The World Lost One of Its Greatest Superheroes Last Week

If you've never watched Spanish language television but live near any Spanish speakers, you might be wondering who this "Chespirito" guy was that everyone keeps talking about, or what the deal with the red bug-suited superhero is. That, my friends, is one of the greatest superheroes the world has ever known: Chapulin… » 12/01/14 3:30am 12/01/14 3:30am

Mexico may amend its constitution so that it can drill for more oil

Mexico sits atop some positively massive quantities of shale oil and gas, but, unlike America, has not pursued these lucrative subterranean reserves. Why? According to Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, doing so is against the country's constitution; so he's asking the government to change it. » 11/12/13 2:20pm 11/12/13 2:20pm

What if Star Wars starred Mexican luchadores?

Imagine if George Lucas crumbled under the pressure, blew his special effects budget on leotards, and headed down to Mexico City to fund A New Hope on the remaining gas money. The final product might look not unlike Jason Chalker's La Guerra De Los Luchadores (prints available here soon). Artoo, Threepio, and the… » 10/05/12 6:15am 10/05/12 6:15am

There are few things cuter than a baby gray whale swimming by to say…

Here's your daily moment of cetacean bliss. In the gray whale breeding grounds of Mexico's San Ignacio Lagoon, humans are not permitted to approach gray whales, but these 50-foot-long oceanic beasts will go out of their way to observe humans. Explains One World Ocean, "Whale watching here is highly regulated [...]… » 3/21/12 6:35am 3/21/12 6:35am

Not Your Same Old Magical Realism: New Mexican Stories of the Fantastic

Small Beer Press' latest volume, Three Messages and a Warning: Contemporary Mexican Short Stories of the Fantastic, contains 34 stories published in Mexico in the past decade — most of them from the past two years. Writing in the Seattle Times, Nisi Shawl praises this volume for presenting a fresher look at magical… » 2/06/12 6:30am 2/06/12 6:30am

Grown naturally, Superman's Fortress of Solitude would have taken…

The Crystal Cave — known to many as La Cueva de Los Cristales — is buried 300 meters below the Earth's surface, sequestered away in the Naica ore mines of Chihuahua, Mexico. Bursting from the top, bottom, and sides of the cavern's walls are otherworldy outcroppings of gypsum crystal. Many are too big to wrap your arms… » 1/18/12 1:00pm 1/18/12 1:00pm

The most exciting scenes from Mexican horror stories I've never read

Yours truly recently discovered a treasure trove of art from 1970s Mexican horror pulps, none of which I've ever laid my eyes upon. Nonetheless, I shall attempt to relay these thrilling story beats using nothing but context clues. For example, that illustration above is from a story called The Time Santo Glued His… » 1/17/12 12:40pm 1/17/12 12:40pm

Was the “first photographed UFO” a comet?

On August 12th, 1883, Mexican astronomer José Bonilla was preparing to study the Sun at the recently opened Zacatecas Observatory. However, the Sun's surface was marred by numerous objects quickly travelling across its disk. Over the course of the day and the next, Bonilla exposed several wet plates to take images of… » 10/15/11 5:20pm 10/15/11 5:20pm

Attacks from hyper-evolved vampires are on the rise in Mexico

It's just like something out of Guillermo Del Toro's Blade II, where the vampires use genetic engineering to create hyper-evolved super vampires with giant jaws. Over the past several weeks in Mexico, sheep have been brutally attacked and drained of blood by a large, unrecognizable animal . . . who leaves huge bite… » 3/10/11 7:30am 3/10/11 7:30am