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"Books and movies are like apples and oranges. They both are fruit, but taste completely different."

- Stephen King

Mar 31 Don’t be Fooled on April Fools’ Day

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By Ángela Padrón

Most people know that April 1st is the best day to play a practical joke on someone. That’s because it’s April Fools’ Day! Also called “All Fools’ Day,” this holiday has been celebrated for many centuries all over the world and still continues strong today.

fake eyeglasses, nose and mustache and the text happy april fools day in a beige background, with a retro effect

No one really knows how April Fools’ Day began. Some historians believe the tradition dates back to 1582 when the New Year began on April 1st. However, when France began using the Gregorian calendar they changed that date to January 1st. Anyone who didn’t know this still celebrated the new year on the wrong day and were therefore teased. In some countries, people were sent on phony errands as a joke while others had fake tails, paper fish, or “kick me” signs attached to their backsides. Others believe that April Fools’ Day relates to Hilaria, a festival celebrated during March in ancient Rome when people wore disguises. Or, it could relate to the spring equinox in the Northern Hemisphere when the weather can change unpredictably, causing people to be fooled by the unknown late winter/early spring weather.

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Mar 30 Pan mexicano

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En este video, Ale visita una panadería en México y nos presenta los diferentes tipos de deliciosos panes mexicanos. Visita tú también esta panadería y aprende sobre pasteles y panes en México…¡Qué hambre!

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Mar 27 Author of the month: Alejandra Vallejo-Nágera

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Alejandra Vallejo-Nágera (Madrid, 6 de mayo de 1958) es una escritora, profesora universitaria y divulgadora científica española. Es hija del psiquiatra y escritor Juan Antonio Vallejo-Nágera. 

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Mar 23 ¿Qué sabes sobre el coquí?

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A coqui frog on the island of Vieques, in Puerto Rico.

  • Es una rana nativa de Puerto Rico que mide 36 milímetros.
     
  • Se le conoce como coquí por el sonido que hacen los machos de la especie.
     
  • Sus dedos no están ligados entre sí por una membrana.
     
  • No pasa por el estado de renacuajo o larva; cuando sale del huevo es como una rana adulta en miniatura.
     
  • En Puerto Rico existen 17 especies de coquíes, algunas en peligro de extinción por la destrucción de su hábitat.
     

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