They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself. - Andy Warhol, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol - US artist (1928 - 1987)

Monday, May 5, 2008

Happy Sinko de Mayo

Once the Titanic reached New York, it's next supposed destination was Mexico.

Most people don't know that back in 1912, Hellmann's mayonnaise was manufactured in England. In fact, the Titanic was carrying 12,000 jars of the condiment scheduled for delivery in Vera Cruz, Mexico, which was to be the next port of call for the great ship after its stop in New York.

This would have been the largest single shipment of mayonnaise ever delivered to Mexico. But as we know, the great ship did not make it to New York. The ship hit an iceberg and sank, and the cargo was forever lost.

The people of Mexico, who were crazy about mayonnaise, and were eagerly awaiting its delivery, were disconsolate at the loss. Their anguish was so great, that they declared a National Day of Mourning, which they still observe to this day.

The National Day of Mourning occurs each year on May 5th and is known, of course, as Sinko de Mayo.


Anonymous said...

LOL! OK, I discovered you through Laurie's blog, and the chuckle and memories (Balboa) today have made this a fun little find!
Have a groovy day!

Dick Pics said...

wait. are you serious??? i've never heard this. weird. very weird. maybe if they were expecting a shipment of dildos. but mayo?

Laurie said...

That's an interesting piece of
history there Dit. Good thing you
don't teach it or you'd have some
upset mayo people :D


M- Filer said...

awesome! I knew there was more to the story than the media was reporting!

Anonymous said...


the things they don't teach us in school!

"Just David!" said...

Well, thanks for clearing up yet another mystery Nancy Drew!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the laugh this morning!