Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Punk'd

Today is Día de los Inocentes, the Mexican equivalent of April Fool's Day. This has always struck us as a little weird since, in the Christian tradition, the Day of the Innocents commemorates the day, three days after the birth of Jesus, that King Herod ordered the slaughter of every newborn male child in Bethlehem. That this somehow became the Day of Goofball Pranks has always kind of baffled us. As pranks go, ripping a newborn out of his mother's arms and impaling him on a spear seems to us to be the prime example of "carrying the joke too far."  But then, we've always found Mexican humor a little... broad.

As far as we've seen, Mexicans don't invest a lot in DdlI jokes. Instead, it seems to fall mostly to the news media to publish silly stories in the hopes of punking a few readers - "[World Famous Soccer Star] to Join Local Soccer Team!" read one. "[Politician Unlikely to Run for Mayor] to Run for Mayor!" You get the idea.

Our favorite of the day - by which we mean, "most in keeping with the original proposition that bayoneting babies is funny" - came from a.m. Querétaro, with it's headline "General Motors Coming to Querétaro!" GM, they insisted, was planning to build one of the largest automotive assembly plants in Latin America right here in town.  Over $3 billion in investment, with more than 10,000 precious new jobs created.


HAHAHAHAHA! Psych!  Oh my God, you should have seen the look on your face! Fucking priceless!   No... sorry.  No new investment.  No new jobs.  Nope. Heh-heh-heh.  No. Sorry.  Nada. Nothing.  Ha. 

Have a nice day.

1 comment:

Hugo el inocente said...

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