–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
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.