Because of the Internet: St. Patty's Day

Ahh America, land of the free, home of the culture vulture. Today (March 17) is St. Patrick's Day and there's a good chance you have no idea what/why it's origins are and there's an even better chance you've done one of the following four that has never been associated with the Irish holiday....

1.  Pinching people for not wearing green.  America invented it . . . and no one likes it.

2.  Drinking green beer.  That's another one we came up with.  Most bars in Ireland don't serve it.  If you want to be authentic, drink Guinness or Irish whiskey.

3.  Drinking Irish Car Bombs.  That's when you drop a shot of Irish whiskey and Bailey's into a pint of Guinness, and chug it.  A guy in Connecticut came up with it in 1979.

But the name is a reference to the terrorist attacks in Ireland when the IRA was active, so obviously a lot of Irish people think it's offensive.

4.  Wearing green leprechaun top hats.  In traditional Irish folklore, leprechauns wore pointy hats . . . and they were RED.  Not to mention that St. Patrick was traditionally associated with the color blue.

Need some cheering up after the cultural appropriation eye opener? Well lets go back to 2006 in Crichton



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