“In any case, Feb. 22 is the real National Margarita Day, but since we’re plenty familiar with those cocktails already, we thought we’d take a fun look at the magical spirit that makes our margaritas sing: tequila. Everyone — from foodies and frat boys to drunks and slightly older, former frat boys — keeps a special place in their hearts (and livers) for tequila, and we’re proud to count ourselves among them.”
#2. Tequila gets its name from the town of Tequila in Jalisco, Mexico, but the etymology of the word is much more ambiguous. Some claim it comes from the Nahuatl words “tequitl” and “tlan,” which can be translated as “place of work,” “place of duty,” “place of job,” or “place of task” (some take it to mean “place of wild herbs,” “place where they cut” or “place of tricks,” too). Others say it comes from the names of native tribes once known as the Ticuilas and the Tiquilos. A final theory claims that “tequila” is simply a corruption of the word “tetilla” — meaning “small breast” — which is also the name of a tiny volcano nearby.
#10.Physicists at the National Autonomous University of Mexico have discovered how to make artificial diamonds out of 80-proof tequila, which contains the perfect ratio of ethanol to water for the process. They begin by evaporating the tequila into a vapor, and then they heat that vapor to a temperature of 1400 degrees Fahrenheit. Once the vapor hits a silicon or stainless steel tray, it creates a “diamond film” containing microscopic diamonds free of impurities. Too small for jewelry (as of yet), these diamonds can be used for a wide variety of practical, industrial and electronic purposes. What’s more, the scientists say that even the cheapest of tequilas can be made into these diamonds.