“Tiger Woods” admired Mexican women and promoted a sex drug called “Tiagra” in a spoof news story in Mexico on Monday, the Day of the Innocents, an equivalent to April Fools’ Day in Latin America and Spain.
“Mexican women are the best,” said an alleged quote from Woods in Mexico’s La Reforma daily, which included a set up photograph with Woods purportedly admiring a Mexican waitress.
The parody at the expense of the world’s most famous athlete came as Mexican journalists twisted world news as well as stories closer to home, including a report on an alleged new vaccine for H1N1 made from tequila.
Although the roots of the Day of the Innocents are bloody — marking the murder of first-born children by the ruler Herod in ancient Judea — the customs practiced in modern times are light-hearted.
Across Latin America and Spain citizens watch out for absurd news and practical jokes from friends and even municipal governments.
A front-page banner in the Excelsior newspaper announced a change in this summer’s World Cup soccer tournament, moving a Mexico-France game from South Africa to a city in Mexico where Mexican soldiers beat the French in the 19th century.
On a continent dominated by the Catholic Church, another report claimed that institution had changed its position on divorce, and had even created an Internet site for express marriage annulments.
“In less than 10 clicks and five minutes, this message appears: ‘Marriage over. Hallelujah! Have a nice day,’” the Reforma report said.