Posts Tagged ‘St. Patrick’s Day’

Fun Fact Friday, Number Fifteen!

March 17, 2017

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  And Happy Friday!   In honor of the patron saint of Ireland, today’s fun fact(s) will center on all things Irish.  Did you know . . .

  • that the average height of Irish men is 5’8″?
  • that the average height of Irish women is 5’5″?
  • that 90% of Irish nationals are Catholic?  (Only 30% of which ever attended church.)
  • that the Irish have the lowest number of UFO sightings in all of Europe (per year)?
  • that 73% of all Americans cannot locate Ireland on a map?
  • that only 9% of the Irish population are natural redheads?
  • that May is generally the driest month of the year in Ireland?
  • that 57% of Irish people wear glasses or contact lenses?
  • that cats now outnumber dogs (2 to 1) as the most popular pet in Ireland?
  • that there is one pub for every one hundred persons in Dublin?
  • that a song can top the Irish music charts if it sells 5,000 copies?
  • that a book can top the Irish bestsellers list if it sells 3,000 copies?
  • that the River Shannon is the longest river in Ireland or Britain?



Happy Saint Patrick’s Day 2016!

March 17, 2016

In honor of this religious and cultural celebration, why not attempt something creative by making your very own origami shamrock?  (Okay, clover, but close enough.)  And for all of you of Irish descent, Erin go bragh!

Necktie of the Month — March 2016!

March 2, 2016

Garcia-StPatrick Éirinn go brách, or, the English version: Erin go bragh! (Ireland forever!)  And while I’m not Irish in the least, it is only fitting that the necktie this month honor or pay tribute to St. Patrick, the patron Saint of Ireland, whose feast  day is celebrated on the 17th of March (supposedly the anniversary of the date of his death).   But did you know that . . .

  • his first name wasn’t actually Patrick (Maewyn Succat)?
  • St. Patrick was not born in Ireland?  (born in Roman Britain)
  • he was captured by Irish pirates when he was a teen and forced into slavery in Ireland?
  • his color was not green (blue)?
  • the first parade took place in New York City (1762)?
  • 34.7 million Irish-Americans (more than seven times the population of Ireland)?
  • the Shamrock was used as a symbol for the Holy Trinity?
  • odds of finding a four-leaf clover: 1 in 10,000?
  • he did not banish any snakes from Ireland (there is no evidence that snakes ever inhabited Ireland)?
  • Guinness sales double on St. Patrick’s Day?

This particular necktie is yet another Jerry Garcia design and looks simply splendid on this solid white shirt.  It looks equally fine with my dark green shirt, my black shirt, and even my bright yellow shirt; quite a versatile necktie.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, 2015!

March 17, 2015

Did you know . . . that the phrase luck of the Irish (commonly thought to mean “extreme good fortune”) is not of Irish origin?  This aleatory element attributed to the Irish actually originated in America.

“During the gold and silver rush years in the second half of the 19th century, a number of the most famous and successful miners were of Irish and Irish American birth . . . Over time this association of the Irish with mining fortunes led to the expression ‘luck of the Irish.’ Of course, it carried with it a certain tone of derision, as if to say, only by sheer luck, as opposed to brains, could these fools succeed.”  (Source: 1001 Things Everyone Should Know About Irish American History, by Edward T. O’Donnell.)


\ey-lee-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, al-ee-\, adjective;

1.  of or relating to accidental causes; of luck or chance; unpredictable
2.  Law.
depending on a contingent event

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

March 17, 2012

Go Green!  And, while I am not Irish, I am certainly favoring the color green today as I celebrate the second round victory of the Michigan State Spartans in the NCAA Tournament.  The Spartans had no trouble at all handling the Long Island University Brooklyn Blackbirds yesterday.

Unlike the Spartans though, more than a few highly seeded teams have already run into some underdog buzzsaws and have gone down in defeat.  Welcome to March Madness, always an entertaining time of year.

The surprises through the second round of games included:

  • Duke (2) losing to Lehigh (15)
  • Missouri (2) losing to Norfolk State (15)
  • Michigan (4) losing to Ohio (13)
  • Wichita State (5) losing to Virginia Commonwealth (12)
  • Temple (5) losing to University of South Florida (12)
  • UNLV (6) losing to Colorado State (11)
  • San Diego State (6) losing to North Carolina State (11)
  • Notre Dame (7) losing to Xavier (10)
  • Saint Mary’s (7) losing to Purdue (10)
  • Memphis (8) losing to Saint Louis (9)

The East Region was the only region where all eight of the favored teams have won.  The Midwest Region has had the most upsets (5) where the lower seeded team has won.  However, the top three seed still remain in the Midwest; the number two seed has been defeated in both the South and West Regions.

Next up for the Spartans, and a chance to get to the Sweet Sixteen, the Billikens of Saint Louis University on Sunday.  Go Green!

Note: now that March Madness is upon us, I will be posting college basketball updates a bit more frequently.  But after the Final Four, my college sports posting will take a hiatus until the start of the college football season.

Necktie of the Month – April 2011!

April 6, 2011

This month’s necktie was a gift from a colleague of mine who was fortunate enough to have been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and traveled to Ireland to complete her research.  How did she ever know that Guinness was my favorite stout beer?  (Hmm, I may have let it slip before she headed overseas.)  Regardless, twas a fabulous gift.  I had intended to do a “bonus necktie post” on St. Patrick’s Day to post this tie earlier, but you know what they say about the best laid plans . . . time and the day slipped past me and the next thing I knew, it was no longer St. Patrick’s Day!  A missed opportunity that is being corrected today!  And I’m going to even download the free Guinness Pub Finder app to my iPhone (way cool!).   And, since the size of the pattern is too small to really see it clearly from the full necktie photo, I’ve taken a close up photo of the repeating pattern (Guinness . . . by night) . . . hmm, I’m getting thirsty.  Everyday is a good day for a Guinness!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

March 17, 2011

Here are some fun facts!

1. St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland (his parent were Roman citizens).
2. As a boy of 14 he was captured and taken to Ireland where he spent six years in slavery herding sheep.
3. He returned to Ireland in his 30s as a missionary among the Celtic pagans.
4. Legend has it that he used the native shamrock as a symbol of the holy trinity when preaching.
5.  He brought the Latin alphabet to Ireland.
6. Miracles attributed to him include the driving of serpents out of Ireland.
7. Wearing green, eating green food and even drinking green beer, is said to commemorate St Patrick’s use of the shamrock.
8. St Patrick was said to have proclaimed that everyone should have a drop of the “hard stuff” on his feast day after chastising an innkeeper who served a short measure of whiskey.
9. In the custom known as “drowning the shamrock”, the shamrock that has been worn on a lapel or hat is put in the last drink of the evening.
10. Popular Irish toasts on St Patrick’s Day, include: may the roof above us never fall in, and may we friends beneath it never fall out.
11. St. Patrick’s Day was first celebrated in America in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1737.
12. Around 34 million modern Americans claim Irish ancestry.
13. It is believed that St Patrick died on March 17 in 461 AD.
14. It is a national holiday in Ireland and on the island of Montserrat in the Caribbean, which was founded by Irish refugees.
15. It is a bank holiday in Northern Ireland and a provincial holiday in the Canadian province of Newfoundland.
16. Dublin has a parade that attracts hundreds of thousands of people.
17. In Chicago the river is dyed green for a few hours.
18. The biggest parade is normally held in New York.
19. The largest celebration in the southern hemisphere is in Sydney, Australia.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

March 17, 2010

Here’s a real groaner that a friend forwarded to me yesterday . . .

What’s green and stays outside the house all night? . . . . . . . .  Paddy O’Furniture.  Happy St. Patrick’s Day one and all. 

And, as always, Go Green!

Pondering “Green” . . .

March 17, 2009

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

In honor of the Emerald Isle (and all things Irish, including St. Patrick), here’s to the color “green.”  When you stop to think about it, in our everyday lives we are bombarded by things that are green . . .

green grass, green leaves, green plants, green street and highway signs, green vehicles, green lights (traffic signals), “green” buildings, green glass, greenbacks, etc.

At the grocery store . . . green beans, green olives, green tea, lettuce, celery, green peppers, parsley, chives, green onions, okra, cucumbers, cilantro, basil, rosemary, thyme, mint leaves, green apples, pears, watermelon (at least the outside), honeydew melon, bananas (unripe), peas, avocados, pistachios (okay, a bit of a stretch), relish, pickles, limes, etc.

At the theater/bookstore . . . Soylent Green, The Green Mile, Fried Green Tomatoes, Anne Green Gables, The Scent of Green Papaya, Green Berets, Big Green, Green Card, Green Pastures, How Green Was My Valley, Woman in Green, Green Dragon, Green Plaid Shirt, Green Mansions, Green Hornet, Green Acres, Corn is Green, The Green Slime, Green Eggs and Ham, etc.

Fictional characters . . . The Green Hornet, The Green Goblin, The Incredible Hulk, Mr. Green (Clue boardgame), Mr. Green Jeans (Captain Kangaroo show), etc.

Phrases . . . the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence, green-eyed lady, green with envy, green around the gills, green-eyed monster, green diet, green horn, greener pastures, going green, green card, etc.

Cities/Geography . . . Greenville, Green Bay, Greenwich, Bowling Green, Greenland, Green Mountain State (Vermont), Greensboro, Green River, Greene County (AL), Evergreen, Green Pond, Greenbrier, Greenhill,  Greenwood, Green Valley, Greenfield, Greenway, Green Forest, Greenview, Greenbrea, Greenacres, Green Mountain, Green Creek, Green Leaf, Green Dale, Greens Fork, Greenburg, Greentown, Green Island, Green Castle, Greenup, Green Hall, Green Spring, Greenwell Springs, Green Haven, Greenbelt, Greenberry Hills, Greenmount, Green Harbor, Green Lake, Greenbush, Greenleafton, Greenwald, Green Park, Green Ridge, Green Top, Greenough, Green Bank, Green Brook, Greendell, Greenhurst, Greenlawn, Greenport, Greenpoint, Greenevers, Greenford, Green Pastures, Green Lane, Green Village, Greenawalds, Greenburr, Greenock, Greens Landing, Green Town, Green Sea, Greenback, Greenvine, Greenbackville, Greenbank, Greenwater, Green Sulphur Springs, etc.

And of course, the Michigan State Spartans . . . Go Green!


Good Luck in the NCAA Tournament!