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Mar. 17th, 2017 | 07:49 pm

Why are non-Irish Americans so into this holiday again? I forget.

1. Have you ever been to Ireland?
Not yet but I would enjoy a trip. They have AirBnB, yes?

2. According to Facts about Ireland, 73% of Americans are unable to locate Ireland on a map bereft of country names. Whether you are American or not, can you find it on a map?
Yes! Geography was always my strongest subject. Also, thanks to Sporcle, you can even try to identify countries on a map with no names or boundaries. Give it a go!

3. Are you or do you know a natural redhead?
I'm not and we had precious few in isolated northern New Mexico, but there are more around me now!

4. Will you be celebrating St Patrick's Day?
Not planning on it. What exactly would I even do? I suppose I could go to B's bar, but I'm seeing Instagrams where it looked crowded already, so this seems unlikely.*

5. Do you even know who St. Patrick is and why we celebrate his day?
I always had a vague notion thanks to the church, but what I did not learn until much later is that we celebrate it on the day he died. Huge bummer.

*Update: I just put dinner in the oven, so unless eating fish and cheesy broccoli counts as celebrating, I am out. :)

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Tan Gnat

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from: pundigrion
date: Mar. 18th, 2017 12:05 am (UTC)
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Broccoli is green so that totally counts as celebrating! I "celebrated" with kale.

St Patrick, he was the one with something about snakes and why there are no snakes on the Emerald Isles I think?

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jonathan

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from: silverthief2
date: Mar. 19th, 2017 03:36 am (UTC)
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My understanding was that Ireland has never had any snakes? Confusion reigns. :: consults a historian ::

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Tan Gnat

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from: pundigrion
date: Mar. 19th, 2017 11:59 pm (UTC)
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That's the joke!

Actually, skip to legends and you will see I am not making that one up after all: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Patrick (And yes, you are correct too! I didn't know the bit about the shamrocks)

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M!ke

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from: rockingthemike
date: Mar. 18th, 2017 01:42 am (UTC)
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5. Do you even know who St. Patrick is and why we celebrate his day?
I always had a vague notion thanks to the church, but what I did not learn until much later is that we celebrate it on the day he died. Huge bummer.


if properly observed, st. patrick's day is a feast day that recognizes patrick's contributions for converting pagan irish into catholics, and his status as at the patron saint of ireland. it's also considered the tradition day of his death (as you've pointed out).

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jonathan

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from: silverthief2
date: Mar. 19th, 2017 03:36 am (UTC)
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:)

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