Fish rain from sky in Mexico


Officials in northeast Mexico say a light rain was accompanied by small fish that fell from the sky.

The civil defence agency for the state of Tamaulipas said in a brief statement that rain Tuesday in the coastal city of Tampico included fish. Photos posted on the agency’s Facebook page show four small fish in a bag and another on a sidewalk.

According to the U.S. Library of Congress, it’s a phenomenon that has been reported since ancient times. Scientists believe that tornadoes over water — known as waterspouts — could be responsible for sucking fish into the air, where they are blown around until being released to the ground.


Mexican mayor marries crocodile

I thought Catholics normally opposed that kind of relationship… 😉

Joel Vasquez Rojas, the mayor of San Pedro Huamelula, married the reptile – dressed in a white gown – at the city hall and then shared a dance in front of packed party of local residents.

According to local tradition, the crocodile is a princess whose marriage to the town mayor will bring in an abundance of seafood for fisherman on the Pacific coast.

‘As young people, this means a lot,’ said local resident Eduardo Zarate.

‘It’s the greatest treasure our ancestors have left us.’

For safety, the crocodile’s jaw was wired shut for the day.

‘It is my wish to marry the young princess,’ said Mr Vasquez Rojas as the pair were married.

Local council members funded the event, with those who didn’t contribute issued with a fine.

The festivities included dancing and fireworks, and the groom told reporters he was delighted with how the day went.

To accompany that British tabloid piece about that Mexican news story, here’s a YouTube clip about it from some news source in India:

In Mexico, Artists Can Pay Taxes With Artwork

The country has lost billions to tax evasion, but hey, it’s gained thousands of paintings and sculptures. Woo-hoo.

For the past 28 years, Gritón has not paid a dime to the Tax Administration Service (SAT), the Mexican equivalent of the IRS. But he is no criminal. In fact, in a country that has lost an estimated $872 billion to money laundering and tax evasion over the past four decades, Gritón is in good standing with the law. Like more than 700 artists across Mexico, he takes part in a Pago en Especie (Payment in Kind) program—the only one of its type in the world—that allows artists to pay federal income taxes with their own artwork.