Oh how I do love the holidays. I was sitting here at my desk the other day and suddenly got incredibly excited. "YumSugar!" I said in my high pitched super excited cocker spaniel voice, "St. Patrick's Day is on Saturday and you know what that means?! I get to compile a whole bunch of fun facts!"
While you may not feel an exhilarated high by reading these facts, you will totally be the life of the party when you drunkenly impress your friends with these little tid bits. Did you know that St. Patrick's Day was first celebrated in Boston in 1737? Or that both Germans and Belgians consume more beer than the Irish? Want to know the name of the Irish brewed drink made from white potatoes? For the name and more fun facts,
- The moon shining liquor that was outlawed in the late 1700s for its extreme potency is called Poteen and has recently been reintroduced to the market.
- St. Patrick was actually of Scottish descent, not Irish, and contrary to popular folklore he never chased any snakes out of Ireland.
- Green is associated with St. Patrick's Day because it is the color of Spring.
- The shamrock is the traditional symbol because St. Patrick used it to explain the connection between the father, the son, and the holy spirit in the Christian religion.
- The city with the largest population of Americans of Irish descent is Boston (23%).
- On average, every American consumes 22 gallons of beer per year.
- It is considered lucky to find a four leaf clover on St. Patrick's Day.
- The children and grandchildren of people born in Ireland can obtain dual citizenship with the US and Ireland.
- At one time, there were more Irish living in New York City, than in Dublin, Ireland.
- Corned beef is strictly an American invention, the Irish don't actually eat it to celebrate the day.
- St. Patrick’s isn’t a big drinking holiday in Ireland. In fact, many of the local pubs are closed for the day.
- Leprechauns are the official shoe makers of the fairy kingdom.
- Shamrocks are the national flower of Ireland and are picked on St. Patrick's Day and worn on the shoulder.
- The ancient Irish used to wear green to show their love for the harvest gods.
- 34.5 million U.S residents claim Irish ancestry, that is 9 times the current population of Ireland.
- Over 41.5 billion pounds of beef are produced each year for St. Patrick's Day, with the majority of it coming from Texas and over 2.5 billion pounds of cabbage are produced with the majority grown in California.
- Over 8 million St. Patrick's Day cards are exchanged in America making today the ninth-largest card selling occasion in the US.
- Over 94 million people plan to wear green on St. Patrick's Day.
- The original Guinness Brewery in Dublin has a 9,000 year lease.
- The Oscar was handcrafted by an Irishman, Cedric Gibbons, who was born in Dublin in 1823.
- Bailey's Irish Cream which was launched in Ireland in the early seventies, is now the most popular liqueur in the world.
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