• The world’s richest person 2010–2013 was Mexican: Carlos Slim Helú is estimated to be worth around US$63.5 billion, thanks to his holdings in companies such as Telmex and América Móvil.
• Because it is built on an ancient lake bed, Mexico City is sinking at a rate of 15–20cm per year.
• Mexico is the home of chocolate (from the Náhuatl “xocolatl”), chiles and maize (corn), though it exports more tomatoes than any other crop (also derived from the Náhuatl word “tomatl”).
• The opening scenes of Bond movie Spectre (2015) closed down central Mexico City’s Zócalo for ten days and involved 1500 extras (mostly dressed as Day of the Dead revellers).
• Bugs have been culinary delicacies in Mexico since Aztec times, with some of the most popular cocopaches (a type of cockroach), chicatanas (flying ants) and escamoles (ant larvae and pupae).
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