I subbed today for a high school English/Spanish teacher.
The kids had to pick a topic for a research project. They had to choose a "person, place, or thing that is important to a Spanish speaking country." A staggeringly large number of kids picked bullfighting. Many picked baseball players, singers, and the city of Barcelona. I had at least one kid in each class who was really unsure of what to do. My suggestion? El Chupacabra.