Saturday, May 05, 2007

!Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

10 points to anyone who can tell me (without googling) what Cinco de Mayo commemorates...

8 Comments:

At Sat May 05, 11:32:00 AM PDT, Blogger Irma said...

and Happy 5th of May to you, too!

I'm thinking it's the celebration of Mexican independance?

 
At Sat May 05, 01:01:00 PM PDT, Blogger heatherfeather said...

it commemorates a battle that involves a giant group of french and the less numerous, poorly trained mexican soldiers that defeated them. more than that? dunno. but i know it's not independence day...

it's the day we drink coronas in the backyard. which is a fantastic holiday in my book.

 
At Sat May 05, 03:38:00 PM PDT, Blogger Extrem4 said...

It was when the Mexicans beat up on the silly french pigdogs with their outrageous accidents. Then they ate a bunch of bean burritos and tooted in their general direction taunting them a second time. At least that is what I recall from Monty Python.

 
At Sat May 05, 09:30:00 PM PDT, Blogger bryan torre said...

irma, that's an excellent answer, and the most commonly-given answer, it's only defect being a lack of correctness.
but you're right that it has to do with mexico and independence.
heatherfeather (and i suppose extrem4) are more righter on this one -- it's about the battle of puebla, where napoleon's army was overconfident and got their butts kicked.
the funny thing is that napoleon eventually sent like 30,000 troops to mexico, successfully took over the government, set up his own emperor (maximilian), who ruled for several years before being ousted (and executed) by benito juarez. so in a sense, the battle of puebla was a minor victory in a losing cause, but it did serve as a rallying cry for the republicans.
another thing is that a lot of ppl say that maximilian wasn't that bad a ruler, wasn't the puppet napoleon had hoped he would be, and might have been better (and done more for mexican independence) than juarez ended up being.
and now you know everything i know...

 
At Sun May 06, 05:56:00 AM PDT, Blogger Irma said...

you're welcome for playing in to your hands so well with the common misconception....what can I say, I'm from the Midwest!!

 
At Sun May 06, 08:59:00 PM PDT, Blogger bryan torre said...

nothin' wrong with being from the midwest, irma. i was born in illinois, thereby (in my mind) conferring distinction upon the whole area. ;-)
and thanks for playing, for giving me the wrong answer i expected, and for being a good sport about it. :)

 
At Tue May 08, 10:54:00 AM PDT, Blogger bryan torre said...

PS. in my smug explanation of how your answer was wrong, i wrote "it's" instead of "its". oops.

 
At Tue May 08, 08:34:00 PM PDT, Blogger Irma said...

quite amusing actually, followed by "only defect being lack of correctness"!!

 

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