Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

If a man who cannot count finds a four-leaf clover, is he lucky?

–Stanislaw J. Lec

Global Warming Go Bragh?

Apparently a few nasty Irish winters have taken their toll on Trifolium dubium, the three-leafed clover considered the official Shamrock of the Emerald Isle.  Said John Parnell, a botanist at Trinity College in Dublin:

“The growing season this year is at least as delayed as it was last year, and therefore there is the potential for shortage of home-grown material.  We have had frost and snow showers in parts of Ireland within the past week.”

Such a turn of events must have Al Gore crying in his warm beer…er, I mean stout:

When You’re Having More Than One

On any given day 5.5 million pints of Guinness, the famous Irish stout brand, are consumed around the world.

But on St. Patrick’s Day, that number more than doubles to 13 million pints, said Beth Davies Ryan, global corporate-relations director of Guinness.

  • The phrase, “Drowning The Shamrock” is from the custom of floating the shamrock on the top of whiskey before drinking it. The Irish believe that if you keep the custom, then you will have a prosperous year.
  • “It is better to spend money like there’s no tomorrow than to spend tonight like there’s no money”–Irish proverb
  • According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the highest number of leaves found on a clover is 14.
  • One estimate suggests that there are about 10,000 regular three-leaf clovers for every lucky four-leaf clover.
  • Legend says that each leaf of the clover means something: the first is for hope, the second for faith, the third for love and the fourth for luck.

About Bob Mack

Retired since 2003. Military Service: U.S. Army, 36th Artillery Group, Babenhausen, Germany 1966-67; 1st Signal Brigade, Republic of Vietnam, 1967-68 Attended University of Miami, 1969-73
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7 Responses to Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

  1. roxannadanna says:

    Lovely. 😉

  2. Freedom, by the way says:

    May the luck of the Irish be with ‘ye, Bob!

  3. Happy St. Paddy’s, Bob.

  4. Bob Mack says:

    Top o’ the mornin’ to ye, ROXY, FREE, AOW. St. Patrick chased the snakes and the Algorists out of Ireland. From the Irish Times:

    A chilly northwesterly breeze is likely to turn majorettes’ legs blue today, but threats of a white St Patrick’s Day will not be realised.

    The worst of the cold weather, which brought snow to Croagh Patrick on Monday, has passed, though Met Éireann has warned the northwesterly will keep temperatures in single figures for most parts of the country.

    • Bob Mack says:

      The Weekly Standard notes:

      So Obama filled out his NCAA bracket — we hear he’s picked Qaddafi to go all the way.

      Baragh O’Bama? From AP:

      President Barack Obama found out years ago he had an Irish ancestor who fled the potato famine in Ireland in 1850. He can now claim 28 living relatives who also descended from that Irishman, including a Vietnam veteran, a school nurse and a displeased Arizona Republican.

      The president’s newly identified relatives are revealed in a study released to The Associated Press by Ancestry.com, a family history website whose genealogists also traced descendants of 23 other Irish passengers on the ship that brought Falmouth Kearney to the United States when he was 19.

      The survey allowed genealogists to further trace branches in Obama’s family tree and others who arrived on the ship, known as the Marmion, on March 20, 1850.

      According to the survey, the passengers’ descendants live in Canada, Syria and throughout the United States. Among Obama’s newly identified relatives is 83-year-old Dorma Lee Reese, of Tucson, Ariz.

      “I’m not a Democrat, so I can’t say I clapped,” said Reese, a retired brain-imaging technologist. “I don’t appreciate what he’s done by any means, but I do appreciate that he holds that office.”

  5. AFVET says:

    I’m German and Irish.
    I guess that makes me a two fisted drinker. 🙂

  6. TexasFred says:

    I’m NOT Irish… In ANY way… 😐

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