1. Mexico's General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna who fought the Americans at the famous battle of the Alamo is credited with contributing to the invention of chewing gum, when he brought Chicle, the dried sap of the Sapodilla tree to New York and introduced it to the inventor Thomas Adams.
2. It's rare to find significant new archaeological sites these days, but only recently has it been revealed that a discovery, when rebuilding a hotel in Mexico City, is in fact a semi-circular temple dedicated to the Aztec god of the wind, Ehcatl-Quetzalcoatl.
3. The Cuexcomate volcano outside the city of Puebla is just 43 feet tall and is the smallest volcano in the world.
4. Mexico City is the oldest capital city in the Americas and one of only two to have been founded by Native Americans, the other being the Ecuadorian capital Quito. It was originally known as Tenochtitlán.
5.Mexico city is built on a lake and is reckoned to be sinking at the rate of 10cms per year.
6. The first printing press in North America was used in Mexico City in 1539.
7. The Chihuahua is the world's smallest dog and is named for a Mexican state. The tiny dog is reckoned to have the biggest brain amongst all dogs when taken as a percentage of its body size.
8. Speaking of Chihuahua, that's where the actor Antonio Rodolfo Quinn Oaxaca was born, although he is better known as Anthony Quinn, famous for his role in the film Zorba the Greek.
9. The Aztecs played ritual ball game known as tlachtli in which the losers were often sacrificed to the gods.
10. The National University of Mexico was founded in 1551 by Charles V of Spain and is the oldest university in North America.
11. Brendon Hartley is paying his second visit to the Mexico City track in two months, as he was part of the winning crew in the WEC race at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez back in September. He also won here in the same category last year.
12. Mexicans introduced chocolate, corn, and chilies to the world. And we love them for it!