Yes or No: Ten Facts About St. Patrick's Day

 

It's time for "Yes or No"  We give you a statement, and you decide YES, it's true . . . or NO.  Today's theme is St. Patrick's Day trivia.

 

 

1.  Americans are expected to drink over a quarter BILLION dollars worth of beer today.

 

Yes:  $255 million worth.

 

 

2.  There are more Irish people in the U.S. than in Ireland.

 

Yes:  WAY more.  The population of Ireland is around 4.6 million people.  And there are over 34 million people with Irish ancestry living in the U.S.  So, about SEVEN TIMES more Irish people than Ireland has.

 

 

3.  St. Patrick was born in Dublin.

 

No:  According to historians, he wasn't even Irish.  He was either born in England, Scotland, or Wales.

 

 

4.  March 17th is St. Patrick's birthday.

 

No:  It's the day he DIED, in the year 461 A.D.

 

 

5.  The shamrock is the official symbol of Ireland.

 

No:  Ireland's official coat of arms is a HARP.

 

 

6.  Since it's a religious holiday, the bars in Ireland are CLOSED on St. Patrick's Day.

 

No:  But that WAS true, until they changed the law in 1970.

 

 

7.  People in Ireland have been eating corned beef and cabbage on St. Patrick's Day for over a thousand years.

 

No:  The Irish preferred pork and potatoes.  But in the U.S., beef and cabbage were cheaper.  So Irish-AMERICANS were the first to eat it on St. Patrick's Day.  And they got it at Jewish delis in New York.

 

 

8.  In 1962, Boston became the first city to dye a river green for St. Patrick's Day.

 

No:  It was Chicago.  The guy organizing the St. Patrick's Day parade was also the head of the plumbers' union.  And he noticed that a certain dye they used to help find sources of river pollution turned his co-worker's overalls a bright green color.

 

 

9.  Per capita, Massachusetts has more people with Irish ancestry than any other state.

 

Yes:  Around 11% of people in America have Irish roots.  But 23% of people in Massachusetts do. 

 

 

10.  Four-leaf clovers aren't actually that rare.  Your chances of finding one are about one in a hundred.

 

No:  The odds are about one in 10,000.