That Sinking Feeling

May 9, 2008 at 2:15 pm (Unzipped Thoughts)

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 Titanic 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.”

[What did you expect, something educational from me? :-)]

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