Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy St. Patricks Day!

We are sporting our green, kissing the Irish and getting ready to drink plenty of green beer tonight. We thought we would give you a few facts of St. Patricks Day.

Blue, not green, is the color originally associated with St Patrick. In the United States, it's customary to wear green on St. Patrick's Day but in Ireland the color was long considered to be unlucky. Did you know that many NASCAR drivers consider the color green unlucky as well?

The first St Patrick’s Day parade took place not in Ireland, but in the United States.

Until the 1970’s, all pubs were CLOSED in Ireland on St Patrick’s Day!! In 1995 the Irish government used St. Patrick's Day to drive tourism to Ireland. Irish Car Bomb anyone?

St. Patrick's given name was Maewyn Succat and he was born around 385 AD in Britain, not Ireland. At age 16 he was kidnapped by pirates and sold into slavery in Ireland. I guess we should be thanking the Pirates!

There are about 10,000 regular 3 leaf clovers for every lucky 4 leaf clover.

34 million Americans have Irish ancestry (including all 3 of us). That is almost 9 times the population of Ireland, which has 4.1 million.

St. Patrick did not actually drive snakes out of Ireland; the snakes represent the Pagans that he converted to Christianity. I hate snakes.

The best St. Patricks day toast we found: May you be in heaven one half hour before the devil knows you're dead.


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