Mar 17, 2015

Everything You Know About St. Patrick's Day Is Wrong The Huffington Post | By Christine Dalton

St. Patrick's Day is almost upon us! Typically, we associate the holiday with drinking, drinking, and drinking. Oh, and being Irish.
But there's a lot more to St. Patrick's Day than most people know. Truthfully, you've probably been living a lie. When you learn all the facts, this holiday actually kind of... sucks.
Sorry to burst your bubble, but here are 10 brutally honest facts about St. Patrick's Day.
  • 10
    St. Patrick wasn't Irish.
  • WE'VE BEEN LIVING A LIE. You might want to hold off on the green face paint this year.
  • 8
    St. Patrick's Day as we know it was invented in America.
     
  • So you're celebrating his death, you a**hole.
  • 6
    St. Patrick didn't drive all the snakes from Ireland.
     
  • Probably because there's no evidence that snakes have EVER existed in Ireland. The climate is much too chilly for them.
  • 5
    The shamrock isn't the symbol of Ireland.
     
  • Sure, you can find shamrocks all over the Emerald Isle, but the real symbol is the harp.
  • 4
    St. Patrick's Day used to be a dry holiday.
     
  • Today's booze-bags look to the holiday as a great excuse to start drinking Guinness at 9 AM. Until 1970, however, all pubs in Ireland were closed in observance of the religious feast day.
  • 3
    Corned beef and cabbage isn't a traditional Irish dish.
     
  • It's just about as Irish as spaghetti and meatballs. You're better off sticking to Guinness.
  • 2
    There are more Irish people living in the U.S. than Ireland.
     
    The population of Ireland is about 4.2. million. In contrast, there are around 34 MILLION people of Irish descent living in America.
  • 1
    Your odds of finding a four-leaf clover are slim to none.
     
    1 in 10,000 to be exact.
Ouch.
But let's end on a happy note. At least these two guys are Irish.
Happy St. Patrick's Day, everyone!
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