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Today is Cinco de Mayo

In honor of Mexican Independence Day, we bring you the following bit of little-known history.

In 1912, the Hellman’s Mayonnaise Company was shipping 12,000 jars of its product from England to Vera Cruz, Mexico. The first leg of the journey was in the cargo hold of the Titanic.

Obviously, the shipment never made it. The Mexican people were devastated by the loss - so much so that they declared a national day of mourning, which is still observed today. It is known, of course, as Sinko de Mayo.

(Courtesy of Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Calendar / Workman Publishing)

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