-- intro: Looking for a little St. Patrick's Day trivia to sprinkle in conversation over corned beef and cabbage?
From religious observances to drinking rituals to leprechaun lore, the following 10 fun tidbits will provide a festive rejoinder or two among friends and family.
quicklist: 1title: In Fact, Patrick Was Not His Given Nametext: "Patrick’s ‘real’ (i.e. Brythonic) name was Maewyn Succat, or in Latin, Magonus Succetus," reveals Giraffe Childcare and Early Learning, citing Irish legend, in a recent educational infographic it created for the holiday. He took on the name Patrick when he became a priest.media:
quicklist: 2title: If It Seems Like Guinness is Everywhere, It Istext: Approximately 13 million pints of Guinness will be consumed worldwide on St. Patrick's Day, according to WalletHub, which released a St. Patrick's Day by the Numbers report this week.media:
quicklist: 3title: Drowning the Shamrock Refers to Trefoilstext: The phrase “drowning the shamrock” is rooted in a tradition in which a shamrock worn on the lapel for St. Patrick's Day was tossed in the last drink of the evening.
quicklist: 5title: St. Patrick's Day Beers Were Verboten for Decades in Irelandtext: Despite the majority of modern-day St. Patrick’s Day celebrations centering around bar crawls and drink specials, from 1903 until 1970 all pubs were closed on the holiday due to religious observances.media:
quicklist: 8title: Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day, but 33.3 Million Really Aretext: According to the most recent census data, 33.3 million U.S. residents claim Irish ancestry, which is seven times Ireland's total population, cites WalletHub.media:
quicklist: 9title: There are No Female Leprechaunstext: If Irish folk tales are to be believed, the mystical beings are expressly male.media:
quicklist: 10title: That Pot O' Gold Won't Go as Far as You Thinktext: If, by chance, one did happen to find a mystical pot at the end of a rainbow this St. Patrick's Day, and it contained 1,000 gold coins weighing one ounce each, WalletHub estimated the total current worth at $1.26 million.media: