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The Surprising True History Behind Cinco de Mayo

The celebrations can be traced back to the Civil War

Today, Cinco de Mayo’s actual meaning can be easily lost in an abundance of margaritas—which might cause celebrants to completely overlook the real history of the holiday, which dates back to strife in 19th-century Mexico and the effect of the American Civil War on Latinos living in what’s now the Southwest.

The Battle of Puebla took place on 5 May 1862, The Mexican victory is celebrated yearly on the fifth of May. Its celebration is regional in Mexico, primarily in the state of Puebla, where the holiday is celebrated as El Día de la Batalla de Puebla (English: The Day of the Battle of Puebla). Although this holiday remains very popular in the United States where it is celebrated yearly as Cinco de Mayo.

24 Ways to Beat The Summer Heat

24 Ways to Beat The Summer Heat (Without AC)
source: greatist

When summer comes to mind, we almost always focus on picnics, days lounging on the beach, and tasty iced drinks. But hot weather has a gnarly side too. We’re talking about the real dog days of summer when intense heat and humidity make it impossible to sit comfortably, let alone sleep through the night.

The obvious solution for cool, calm, and REM-ful sleeping is an air conditioner: These modern gizmos can keep a bedroom at the optimum sleep temperature (roughly between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit), plus provide some nice white noise to boot. But even small window units use up tons of energy and jack up monthly electric bills. So what’s an environmentally-responsible, budget-conscious sleeper to do?