Things You Should Know About St. Patty's Day

March 7, 2017

-St. Patrick — wait for it— was not actually Irish. 

The nobleman born in about 400 A.D. in Britain was kidnapped by Irish pirates at the age of 16!

He was a slave for 17 years, and St. Patrick escaped Ireland to find his way home. He later returned.

Anyways, he said "he was ready to die in Ireland in order to make his mission successful," Freeman said.


-There is no evidence Shamrocks actually have meaning.

It is said the shamrock was used by St. Patrick to represent the Christian, Holy, and Trinity.

 "There's no evidence St. Patrick ever did that," Freeman notes.


-Corned beef and cabbage isn't Irish.

Hey, it tastes good and all (don't get me wrong). It's also more American than Irish. 

Irish Americans in the 19th century were mostly poor, and the cheapest meat available was corned beef.


-Guinness is definitely a necessity. 

Analysts predicted that 13 million pints of Guinness were consumed worldwide, during last year's holiday.

 Americans drink about 600K pints of the Dublin-based beer, and about 3 million pints are downed according to Guinness in an email to USA TODAY Network.



-The Green River in Chicago started from a family.

The annual dyeing of the Chicago River for St. Patrick's Day is really awesome.

The Butler and Rowan family clans are responsible for turning the murky water bright green, and they've done it for more than 50 years.