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Mexican Things Make Non-Mexicans React

Because Clamato with beer looks like donkey blood and grasshoppers are edible.


If Mexico is a surreal place for you as a local, imagine how non-Mexicans see it.

We asked BuzzFeed's staff from around the world to share their thoughts with us on these particularly Mexican things:

1. Fortune-teller canary.

What do you think is going on here?

Crystal (L.A.): Marty McFlyaway.

Andrew Richard (NYC): Duh. Chicks in Mexico skate.

Rosa (L.A.): "Baby, where we're going, we don't need wings."

Caroline (NYC): The Tony Hawk of chicks is about to bust a move.

This a fortune-teller canary — watch this video to see what it's all about.

2. A very decorated taxicab.

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How does this make you feel?

Maritsa (NYC): Like he better not make any sharp turns.

Crystal (L.A.): Guilty that this guy can keep several plants alive in his CAR and I can't even keep a succulent alive at home.

Anonymous (L.A.): This looks a lot like my bedroom, so I feel pretty into it.

Alexis Nedd (NYC): SO MUCH CLUTTER... Is that bamboo?

Rosa (L.A.): All of the junk in this dude's car is to try and distract you from the fact that he has two dolphins clearly presenting themselves on his steering wheel. Nice try, man. We see you.

It's very common for taxi drivers to personalize their cars as if it was their homes. Rosaries, pictures, toys and even live plants. You can find many surprises if you happen to run into one of this.

3. Luchador mask.

Do you recognize them?

Crystal (L.A.): From my nightmares after eating a bad fish taco, sure.

Anonymous (NYC): Lucha masks! These are awesome and I hope they become a huge fashion trend this fall so I can pair them with a cute jacket.

Andrew Richard (NYC): NACHO LIBRE!!!!

Jenna (Sydney): They're wrestling masks, I think? I don't really get it, though. Also does that one white-and-blue mask have Fallopian tubes as a symbol?

Rosa (L.A.): They're like the faces of so many dreams I've put on the shelf.

These are very popular around Mexico, and here's why.


4. Balloon salesman.

What is he doing?

Caroline (NYC): He's about to float away and join the little old man from Up!

Chelsea (NYC): Waiting for his mom to pick him up from a birthday party, obviously.

Jenna (Sydney): He's trying to float away to Disneyland. GOALS.

Anonymous (L.A.): I spy a Minion balloon, so I hope this man is in the process of being arrested for having a Minion balloon.

Balloons salesmen are everywhere in the streets of Mexico, specially in downtown areas. And if it's a holiday like Valentine's Day you will not get enough of them.

5. Huichol art skull.

What do you think about this decoration item?

Caroline (NYC): I love it. I'd literally keep it on my bedside table.

Rosa (L.A.): It's beautiful! A little "creepy" by U.S. standards, but Mexico has El Dia de Los Muertos, and doesn't shy away from death. That being said, could I sleep in a room with this thing? Absolutely not.

Alexis Nedd (NYC): It's adorable! I like how the eyes are hollowed out for maximum cute-creepy aesthetic.

Andrew Richard (NYC): Crazy loca! Me gusta!!!

Sarah Koobs (NYC): Sugar skulls are all pretty and trendy but this thing is just creepy.

Huichol art is very popular — and beautiful. Find out more about it here and check this post while you're at it.

6. Grasshoppers.

What do you think these are?

Crystal (L.A.): Chipotle-infused larvae of something I'd rather not think too long about, thank you very much.

Jenna (Sydney): OMG are they cockroaches? They're not to EAT are they? Oh god oh god oh god.

Caitlin (Sydney): They look like baby crickets?

Alexis Nedd (NYC): At first I was like "peppers!" but then I looked closer and those are fucking bugs, aren't they? Goddamn it.

Rosa (L.A.): A plate full of nope.

Juliana Kataoka (São Paulo): Insects! Very "Hakuna Matata" of you guys!

This are grasshoppers, known in Mexico as chapulines. Read about this delicacy here...and definitely try them out if you ever have the chance!

7. Clamato with beer and peanuts.

What do you think is in this drink? Would you drink it?

Maritsa (NYC): It looks weirdly spicy to me. Fuck it, YOLO.

Crystal (L.A.): A "Titty Twister" special, aka vampire blood and Corona.

Anonymous (L.A.): Is this a Michelada it? I would drink it if someone took the corn out and threw it away.

Andrew Richard (NYC): A donkey's blood and eyeballs with some Corona and chili to top it off.

Chelsea (NYC): This drink would probably kill me. It's all pepper and definitely kills at least 100 hubristic white people a year.

Clamato with beer is a popular drink in Mexico, made out of tomato juice and clam — it's spicy and delicious, perfect for a hangover. We usually add weird garnishes like peanuts or jelly beans. (Yeah, WTF.)


8. Candy from the market.

What do you think these are?

Caroline (NYC): Lil' snacks you get before a long bus ride.

Rachel (NYC): An outdoor Mexican Whole Foods bulk bin section.

Rosa (L.A.): For the love of god, someone give this open-air market a sneeze guard.

Anonymous (L.A.): These look like a lot of snacks I would like to eat while watching Netflix.

It's not at all unusual for market sellers to show off their products in incredibly creative and practical ways.

9. The organ grinder.

What is this guy doing?

Crystal (L.A.): Wondering what happened to his illustrious career in music.

Maritsa (NYC): Starting a marching band.

Cailtin (Sydney): I think this guy is performing on the street with a xylophone? Is that something people do?

Rosa (L.A.): He looks like a policeman practicing his passion for music box orchestration on his break.

Caroline (NYC): Doubling up patrol duty and playing a fun little instrument on the street because Mexico is just awesome like that.

In Mexico we call these people organilleros. Here is a little more info on them.

10. A Tijuana zebra.

What's happening here?

Crystal (L.A.): This woman didn't realize she could've just gotten an Uber.

Anonymous (L.A.): Tijuana donkeys! They're the most famous donkeys in all the world and probably hate humans SO MUCH.

Alexis Nedd (NYC): It looks like you let a tourist go absolutely wild on the Mexican stereotypes for a photo op, but I could be wrong.

Caroline (NYC): A street fiesta with a very hot/tired donkey who's like WTF am I doing here?

Yep, that's actually a thing. Read about it here (and don't fall for it if you ever visit Tijuana).

11. Enchiladas.

What are these? How do they make you feel?

Maritsa (NYC): I'm convinced there's some kind of food under there.

Anonymous (L.A.): These look like enchiladas covered in red and green sauce and THEY MAKE ME FEEL HUNGRY. They also look very patriotically Mexican with that color scheme. I approve.

Rosa (L.A.): Enchiladas, duhhh. If a gentle breeze could swing by and blow all that cilantro away, I'd make sweet, sweet love to them.

Juliana Kataoka (São Paulo): Pancakes! Hungry!!!!

Caroline (NY): Is that a TAMALE? An enchilada!? It makes me feel like dancing on my desk, it looks so good.

Enchiladas are crazy delicious and there's a huge variety you can choose from.


12. Street candy pop-up store.

What is this place?

Caroline (NYC): Hell for anyone with ADD.

Rachel (NYC): A meticulous collection of every single thing I've ever eaten while stoned.

Chelsea (NYC): Ummmm heaven? I bet kids freak for this. TBH, I would too and I am 27 years old.

Rosa (L.A.): It's clearly a newsstand, but for food. I just can't help but think how the heat affects the quality of all these treats.

Sarah Kobos (NYC): This place is diabetes.

These kinds of stores are everywhere in Mexico: outside of museums, in parks, by the subway, outside schools. And they sell every kind of candy and junk food you can imagine. Just beware of the expiration dates! ;)

13. Carnitas cook.

What is going on here?

Crystal (L.A.): Several health and safety violations.

Sarah Kobos (NYC): Too many random meat things. I don't know what they are. Is that a head?

Andrew Richard (NYC): Halal, right?

Jenna (Sydney): He's cooking potentially delicious/potentially gross food.

Rachel (NCY): IDK. I'm too vegetarian for this

Carnitas are fried pork and they are to die for. (Just don't ask what part of the pork is it, you don't wanna know.)

14. Beverage in a bag.

What do you suppose this is?

Maritsa (NYC): A land without cups.

Sarah Kobos (NYC): A DIY bug trapper? Kinda like how fruit flies like to go die in wine?

Rosa (L.A.): I'm not sure, but my hands got sticky just looking at it.

Chelsea (NYC): Is this some sort of alcoholic beverage to go? Because I hope so.

It's a popular custom — a practical, not very eco-friendly one.

15. Emilio Azcárraga Jean.

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Do you know who he is?

Chelsea (NYC): This guy got super into the parade and started drooling. There is clearly a spirit orb to his left that is watching over the whole thing, signifying that drooling in public is the holiest of acts.

Rosa (L.A.): I don't think *he* knows who he is.

Jenna (Sydney): Everyone's drunk uncle?

Andrew Richard (NYC): Yeah, he's the guy who lives in my closet.

Anonymous (L.A.): This is my dad.

His name is Emilio Azcárraga Jean, the CEO of Grupo Televisa, and he is filthy, filthy, filthy rich.

16. A Cholombian. / Via Instagram: @stefanruizphoto

How does his fashion sense make you feel?

Crystal (L.A.): Sticky.

Anonymous (L.A.): Quiero ser hardcore.

Morgan (L.A.): Like he has some serious acne brewing under there.

Alexis Nedd (NYC): Sorry for his skin. Having your hair in your face all day like that is just welcoming clogged pores. He has long eyelashes, though. That's one thing going for him.

Rachel (NYC): Oh, sure, whatever.

Here's what a Cholombian is all about.

This post was translated form Spanish.