It's St. Patrick's Day, a day when we love to dress up in green, eat corned beef, and get drunk off our arses. For most of us, that's about the extent of what we know (or care to know) about St. Paddy's Day, but in case you're curious, here are a few more facts.
- The real St. Patrick wasn't even Irish. He was British. At the age of 16, he was kidnapped and sent to Ireland to tend sheep, where he eventually became a Christian. *
- St. Patrick supposedly banished snakes from Ireland, but in reality, Ireland never had any snakes to begin with.*
- On St. Patrick's day, more than 13 million pints of Guinness will be consumed.*
- Corned beef, typically thought of as Irish, is really old English. An Irish St. Paddy's day meal may consist of boiled bacon (a full joint, not the strips), cabbage, and potatoes.
- Syracuse, NY holds the largest celebration per capita, drawing about 100,000 people to the annual parade.