I came across an article about St. Patrick's Day lies and other weird facts on the Seattle Post Intelligencer. Some of them surprised me. Some of them didn't, so I thought it'd be fun to see how many other people could tell which ones are true and which are false—a sort of St. Paddy's Day-themed lying game. I threw in a few others I found on another webpage devoted to St. Patrick's Day for good measure.
Can you tell which of the 10 statements below are true and which are not, without cheating? Leave us your guesses in the comments, and we'll share the answers tomorrow.
1) The beer industry makes 10 percent of its revenue on March 17
2) When people raise their glasses and say "Slainte" on St. Paddy's, they're toasting to the other person's health
3) St. Patrick wasn't Irish
4) The first St. Patrick's Day parades were held around the time of World War II.
5) Although people wear green to celebrate St. Paddy's, he was originally associated with the color blue.
6) The pinching tradition comes from an Irish legend that wearing green makes people invisible to leprechauns, who would pinch people not wearing green
7) Shamrocks are associated with St. Patrick's Day, because the first beer was made using clover leaves
8) The phrase drowning the Shamrock means to drink too much
9) The very first St. Patrick's Day celebration was held in Great Britain
10) Former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley is of Irish descent