WHEN IS AN IRISH POTATO NOT AN IRISH POTATO?Posted: March 17, 2011
When it’s a French fry…
What is Irish and sits out on the lawn all year? Paddy’O Furniture
What do they call fake diamonds in Ireland? Sham rocks
So, today is the death of St. Patrick, born of Wales, who studied religion and travelled miles and miles (ok kilometers for everyone not American) all the way to Ireland to spread his beliefs. Many stories have been passed on from generation to generation, some true some not true. However, the most famous of them all is the day St. Patrick forced all the snakes out of Ireland. To this day the Irish will tell you no snake can be found in Ireland, which couldn’t be further from the truth. Sometimes you have to make up lies to make holidays seem better than they really are. Right Santa?
In support of this folk lore, Americans wear green (in the 17th century it was blue) to represent the “emerald isle” and traditionally drink heavy amounts of dyed beer. Unfortunately for American drinkers, they forget that tomorrow the dyed green beer will make them feel as if they just drank the water in Mexico.
Another tradition in America, which I personally I hate the most on this day is when people pinch you for not wearing green. No surprise, it’s an entirely American tradition that probably started in the early 1700s. St. Patrick’s revelers thought wearing green made one invisible to leprechauns, fairy creatures who would pinch anyone they could see (anyone not wearing green). People began pinching those who didn’t wear green as a reminder that leprechauns would sneak up and pinch green-abstainers. If you pinch me I will kick you in the shin and then show you my green underwear.
Celebrate and be safe everyone…but don’t drink the water…have a real Irish beer instead, like a Guiness…