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7 Lucky Facts About St. Patricks Day

7lucky facts about St. Patrick's Day Have you ever wondered... Why should I wear green? What is a leprechaun? Are Irish people really Ilucky? Is green beer safe to drink? You're in luck - B'gosh and Begorrah we have the answers! 1. Luck of the Irish? Grrr.. Many St. Patrick's Day traditions revolve around luck. Ironically, the Irish have been a very unlucky people as history will tell. The phrase "Luck of the Irish" can be traced to the 1800s during the U.S. gold rush where a high number of Irish people found gold and silver. Since Irish immigrants were viewed as incapable any success was deemed as luck, hence "Luck of the Irish." Number of U.S. residents who claimed Irish ancestry 36.3 million in 2008. This is 8x the population of Ireland (4.4M). 2. Lucky Number 7 A rainbow has 7 easily distinguishable colors. Both the rainbow and the number 7 are symbols of luck around the world. In slot machines, triple sevens means you've hit the jackpot... your own pot of gold! 777 The maximum jackpot for the $25,000 Lucky Sevens slots machine. 3. Special Shamrocks 3-Leaf Clover 4-Leaf Clover According to legend, each of the four leaves represents According to Christian legend, St. Patrick used the 3-leaf something: hope, faith, love and luck, respectively. clover to teach the Irish pagans about the Trinity. 10,000 x It is estimated that there are about 10,000 3-leaf clovers for every 4-leaf clover. That's why you're lucky to find one! 4. Other Lucky Charms Hang a horseshoe over your doorway like this - if you hang it the other way, the luck will pour out! Horseshoe Coin/Penny The saying goes: "See a penny pick it up and all day long you'll have good luck." Fills pot o' gold. If you are lucky enough to see a falling star or a Falling Star "shooting" star you get to make a secret wish. 5. Green: Is it Lucky? In the 19th century, green became a symbol of Ireland (also called "The Emerald Isle"). Wearing green is patriotic, Pinch! Pinch! and considered lucky especially on St. Patrick's Day. The tradition of pinching those not wearing green began in Ireland many years ago. To celebrate St. Patrick's Day, Chicago dyes the Chicago River green for the day, and many pubs serve green beer as a tradition. Don't worry, it's safe to drink. 40 lbs. The amount of vegetable dye required to turn the Chicago River green for the day. 100 Ibs. turns it green all week. 6. Lucky Leprechauns Root: leipreachán (pigmy or fairy), luchrupán (small body), or leath bhrogan (shoe maker). In Irish folklore, the Leprechauns are cranky fairies who mend the shoes of the other fairies. They have magical powers and delight in mischief and trickery, which they use to guard their fabled treasures. If you catch a Leprechaun he must grant 3 wishes. Good luck! $148.8 million The approximate worth of the Lucky Charms cereal brand (based on its 2.4% market share). 7. Kiss The What? There is a stone of legend called "The Blarney Stone" which is set in the wall of a castle in the Irish village of Blarney. The stone is said to have magical powers, and whoever kisses the stone will have powers of persuasion. Many Scottish kings were crowned over this fated stone because it was believed to have special powers. Best to keep your kiss to a small peck, since millions of people have kissed this stone. No sloppy stone kisses allowed! Spread the luck, share this with your friends! Sources: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_the_origin_of_the_term_%27Luck_of_the_Irish%27 http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/643297/27_popular_good_luck_charms_and_symbols.html http://www.religionfacts.com/christianity/holidays/st_patricks_day.htm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four-leaf_clover http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leprechaun http://www.english-zone.com/holidays/st-patsymbols.html http://www.infoplease.com/spot/stpatcensus1.html http://www.whichslots.com/lucky-7s-slots This infographic was created by: DegreeSearch.org http://www.lavasurfer.com/cereal-stats.html

7 Lucky Facts About St. Patricks Day

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This infogrpahic provides some fun and interesting not commonly known facts about St. Paddy's day and the lucky green elf. It also provides a bit of history about this lucky day and how the lore becam...

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