Today is Cinco de Mayo, which is a holiday that commemorates a battle victory by Mexico over France in 1862. Oddly enough, it’s way more popular in America than it is in Mexico.
Anyway, a website called CableTV.com just analyzed Google searches from last year’s Cinco de Mayo to find out what holiday-related search was the most popular in every state. Here are some highlights . . .
1. In 13 states, the most common search was, “What is Cinco de Mayo?” We can’t blast anyone who wants some education.
2. We CAN blast the four states where the top search was “When is Cinco de Mayo?” though. Not a good look, Arizona, Nebraska, Iowa, and Indiana.
3. Tequila or tequila sunrise was the top search in eight states.
4. Searches for different Mexican restaurants were popular in 15 states, but only one of them searched for TACO BELL: Utah.
5. And finally, there were three states that Googled something about Mexican culture that isn’t food. Wyoming and Rhode Island’s top search was for the Mexican flag . . . and Louisiana’s was for sombreros.
Here’s some stupid one-liners about Cinco de Mayo.
- Some people mistakenly think it’s Mexican Independence Day. The rest don’t care as long as the bartender keeps refilling their margaritas.
- It’s the only day of the year your liver says, “No mas.”
- There’s a movie in the works about Mexican General Ignacio Zaragoza’s victory over the French . . . starring Tom Cruise.
- It’s the one time a year Americans get to let loose and have a few drinks.
- By some crazy coincidence, it always happens to fall on the 5th of May.
- People think it celebrates Mexico’s independence from Spain. But it actually celebrates Mexico’s independence from sobriety.
- Once you drink your tenth beer, it’s traditional to yell “GOAAAAAALLLL!!!”
- It’s one of about five million holidays around the world that all commemorate a military victory against France.
- Millions of Americans will pack Mexican restaurants today . . . and others will go to Taco Bell.
- In Spanish it means “Fifth of May”. And in English it means “I’m going to dress in offensive stereotypical costumes as an excuse to get drunk”.
- Mike Pence wants to replace it with a day celebrating white people called Cinco de Mayonnaise.
- It’s racist. But in a harmless way. Like Aunt Jemima.
There’s a 44-year-old guy in New York named Peter Shankman who does business seminars all over the world. So he racks up a lot of frequent flyer miles, and uses most of them to get plane tickets for his friends and family.
But he’s also using a bunch of them this year to buy tickets for complete STRANGERS who can’t afford to fly home for Christmas.
He’s been asking people to explain why they deserve a free ticket on the site Imgur.com. (Pronounced image-er.)
The ones who get the most votes by 5:00 P.M. Eastern today will get the tickets. So HE’S not choosing who gets them, the Internet is. (It’s probably too late to get in on the action, but this story explains how to apply for a free ticket.)
He says he has enough miles to fly three or four people round-trip. Or more depending on where each person’s going.
If this sounds familiar, it’s because he did the same thing last year. And he also sent six people home for the holidays back in 2013, which inspired OTHER people to do it. So about 25 people ended up getting free tickets that year.
By the way, if YOU have a bunch of frequent flyer miles you want to donate to someone, there’s actually a website you can go through now called Abroaders.com.
(Imgur / Lansing State Journal)
Hope you’re saving money, because Christmas is going to do its best to bankrupt you this year.
A new study by the consulting company Deloitte found the average person will spend almost $1,500 on the holidays this year. Here’s how that breaks down . . .
- $487 on gifts.
- $348 going to holiday parties.
- $212 hosting holiday parties.
- $182 on clothing for yourself or your family that ISN’T a gift.
- $124 on decorations.
- And $110 on random other expenses.
That’s a total of $1,463 . . . so only one-third is going toward gifts.
And that total doesn’t include things you buy for YOURSELF. Half of people say they plan on getting themselves a gift or two while they’re shopping.
(On a related note, another survey found that 71% of people say the thing that gets them into the “holiday spirit” is . . . shopping.)
According to the website Skyscanner.com, this week is the best time all YEAR to buy flights for the holidays.
They looked at data from last year to see when people are most likely to book, and that affects the price. So listen up . . .
Tickets for around Christmas are 19% cheaper than normal right now. So a ticket that’s usually $300 might be more like $240.
And tickets for Thanksgiving are about 6% cheaper. Also, tickets for New Year’s Eve are 15% less expensive than normal, if people actually fly somewhere for that.
Don’t panic if you’re not ready to book your trip yet though, because you can still get a decent price for the next few weeks. Tickets will just gradually get more expensive.
Like, if you book by the end of the month, a flight for around Christmas should still be 13% cheaper than normal.
And apparently two weeks before any holiday is a decent time to buy tickets. They should be about 5% cheaper than average at that point.
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This is pretty weird, but if your name happens to be Elizabeth Gallagher, you have a ton of free time over the holidays, and you have a high tolerance for weirdos, it’s your lucky day.
A guy named Jordan from Toronto, Canada recently got dumped by his girlfriend . . . Elizabeth Gallagher. And they had an amazing around-the-world trip booked for the end of the year to Milan, Prague, Paris, Bangkok, and New Delhi.
Well . . . Elizabeth isn’t going on the trip with Jordan anymore. But he already paid for the ticket, it would cost him too much to cancel it, and he can’t change the name on it.
So he’s put an offer out on the Internet: If your name is Elizabeth Gallagher, you can go on the around-the-world trip for FREE. He says it doesn’t include hotels and you don’t even have to hang out with him in the different cities.
He also says he’s not expecting anything in return . . . but, quote, “if you feel compelled to toss me a couple hundred bucks, great. Really the only thing I ask for is that you enjoy this trip and that it brings you happiness.”
So if your name is Elizabeth Gallagher, email Jordan at email@example.com. The trip starts on December 21st from New York and ends January 8th in Toronto. Jordan thinks you might need a Canadian passport but we think you’ll be fine with a U.S. one.