10 Things You Didn't Know About Ireland

In the Summer of 2007, It Rained in Ireland for 40 Days Straight

Even by Irish standards, this was a very, very wet summer. By August 24, it had rained in Ireland for 40 days -- fulfilling an Irish proverb that says if it should rain on St. Swithin's day (July 15), it will continue to rain every day for the next 40. Usually, an Irish summer will give at least a few weeks of sunshine and a break from the rain -- at which time the feel good factor in the country goes sky high, for the sheer novelty value of sunshine. But not so, the summer of '07.

Playboy Was Banned in Ireland Until 1995

That's right -- in 1995 although you could get Playboy TV, you couldn't get the magazine, which was banned under the country's censorship laws.

More Guinness Is Sold in Nigeria Than in Ireland

That's right: Ireland is the third largest market for Guinness. Nigeria is at second, and the U.K. is the first.

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