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06 May 2005 @ 12:08 pm
Yesterday was Cinco de Mayo  
So when is Cinco de Ketchup?
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Hogan: Chioaxelphogan on May 6th, 2005 07:20 pm (UTC)
Alun Clewe: villainalun_clewe on May 6th, 2005 07:37 pm (UTC)
From a page on the Snopes site listing some particularly obvious jokes that people have seriously asked them about comes the following:

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.

(From the e-mail of the person who wrote in to Snopes asking about this: "The only evidence I've found that this is a joke and not some coincidence embellished with a poor inter-lingual pun is that mayonnaise was supposedly just invented in 1912." Well, yeah, and the fact that the whole thing is just silly.)