Last month Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell made a much-debated statement while answering questions on Reddit: He said Taco Cabana makes some of his favorite breakfast tacos.
Mando Rayo, a self-described “taco journalist” in a city that takes its breakfast tacos very seriously, decided to press the issue. On Tuesday, Rayo picked up breakfast tacos from one of his favorite Austin taco spots, Veracruz All Natural, and hand-delivered them to Mayor Leffingwell’s office.
Read more about this taco intervention (tacovention?) here.
…and Nancy Trujillo makes it all happen
Happy Administrative Professional’s Day!
Community-Based Oral History: Salsa Musician Yomo Toro
Salsa is a contemporary Latin musical style and part of a youth culture that was exploding in popularity throughout New York City beginning in the 1970s. Yomo Toro is the Jimmy Hendrix of salsa. He is the best known cuatrista in the world, meaning that he plays the cuatro, a traditional Puerto Rican instrument that has five sets of double strings. As the name implies, the cuatro started out with just four simple strings; it is featured in several types of typical Puerto Rican song styles such as rural, or jíbaro, music and Christmas music, known as aguinaldos.
This week’s educational activity will teach students about Salsa legend Yomo Toro through analysis of oral history and discussion using a transcript from an interview given by the Smithsonian Latino Center of the musician about his life and historic career.
Son Clave Salsa Lounge - Learn about the rhythms of Salsa
#MYLATINOSTORY - Share your Latino and Afro-Latino cultural heritage through oral history for the #MyLatinoStory project. You can share your stories several ways! Visit our submissions page for more details - http://smithsonianlvm.tumblr.com/submit
Connect with the Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum on Twitter and Instagram @Smithsonian_LVM and become a part of our growing online community. Learn more about the Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum on the Latino.si.edu website and view more of our cultural and educational resources.
You are not second chances.
Heavy handed metaphors.
You are human.
You are the first choice.
The security blanket.
We at Latino USA want to say Happy Birthday to our 2013 summer intern, Roberto!
We miss your energy and presence in our office so much!
(Also, someone broke the Bull Moose Party mug.)
Know you’re welcome back anytime.
10 Planetary Facts for Earth Day 2014
Astronomer Phil Plait has put together some fun facts about our planet in honor of today’s Earth Day, such as, “What does the Earth have that no other planet we know of has? A lot of water on the surface - nearly a third of the planet.”
Read more at Slate - and Happy Earth Day!
A majority of Americans don’t believe in even the most fundamental discovery of 20th century physics, which 99.9 percent of members of the National Academies of Sciences do: that our universe began with an enormous explosion, the Big Bang.
51 percent of people in a new AP/GFK poll said they were “not too confident” or “not at all confident” that the statement “the universe began 13.8 billion years ago with a big bang” was correct.
In fact, fewer Americans were confident in that statement that any other on the list, which covered topics like vaccines, evolution, and the Earth’s age.
Read more. [Image: NASA]