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March 17, 2006

HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY

Is there a large Irish population in Alabama?

(Thanks to Stupendous Man, and brought to you by the perky Channel 5 news team)

UPDATE: We would be remiss if we did not re-post this link today. (Reminded by Heshy Zaback)

UPDATE: Today's People With Lots Of Spare Time link: Irish Drinking Songs for Cat Lovers, brought to you by Bryan McBournie

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Are they trying to be the first to celebrate St. Patrick's Day?

"The people who see the "leprechaun" say you can see it better at night"

Yeah - at night, with a couple of beers and some kick a$$ parfait in ya.

*pot of gold* - I say CATCH THAT SUCKER!

hell, that ain't no possum,
that's a damned leper-corn!
hand me the J.D.,
i think imma gonna freak!

*The Leprechauns* WBAGNFARB

*Men in Kilts* DefinitelyBAGNFARB

thems is alabaman tree leper-corns,
i seenum once when i was a kid,
my granpappy useta take us boys back deep
into the swamp, alookin fer snakes
he called it...

"Ah well, if you're a cat lover like I am, I sincerely hope that you find Irish Drinking Songs for Cat Lovers to be an absolute joy."

I don't even know what to say (and I own a cat).

Maybe we need a parody. Where's insom?

*snork* @ insom in anticipation of his contribution here.

Leprechauns... why did it have to be leprechauns?

do they scare you or something, mr. c?

Hey! Yesterday I was cleaning out my car and I found an old grilled cheese sandwich under the backseat. It was ♣ green ♣ ! I bet a leprechaun put it there.

*surfs over to e:b@y*

The news team person on the left doesn't look as perky as the rest of them. He needs to borrow some perkiness from the woman.

I'm an O'Brien in Alabama. More n likely just a dead possum thats gone over....just sayin

way #985,643 to figure out you've been single and dateless waaaaaayyyyy to long:

you cruise a site full of men in skirts (NTTATWWT), and see several you wouldn't mind meeting

arrrrrrrgggghhhhhh

Jemmy,

That's Mel Showers. He used to be in Naval Intelligence, so perhaps he's not as perky because he's too busy thinking about that oxymoron.

Ann

There's a lot of alcohol in Alabama isn't there?

Judi - well, YEAH...

Oh, hey... Just in time for St. Patrick's Day, there's this...

Oh, kitties boy And girl forever yowling
And tear to shreds the couches' Naugahyde
My patience gone and my last nerve they're trying
Tissues galore ,my allergies can't hide
But I'll get some rest by Guinessing your kibble
When the SPCA investigates the noise
I'll invest instead in hamsters or in gerbils
And kitty toys, I'll have to let them go!


*terrified gasp*

I will now have Leprechaun nightmares.

Yeeeek!

*o'snork* @ Ins'o'm!!!

Even if you catch a leprechaun, he'll most likely trick you into letting him go before you find his gold. Oooh, something shiny!

I understand that leprechauns are an American invention - the Irish have not heard of them - or corned beef for that matter....

No Such Thing

Leprechauns had nothing to do with St. Patrick or the celebration of St. Patrick's Day. In 1959, Walt Disney released a film called Darby O'Gill & the Little People,(starring Sean Connery as the not so little Darby O'Gill) which introduced America to a very different sort of leprechaun than the cantankerous little man of Irish folk-lore. This leprechaun is a purely American invention.

Disney did that. I thought leprechauns were invented by Lucky Charms.

Check out this pic. from The Whitehouse St. Patricks Day Party.

Party Time

I do believe Jack is celebrating St. O'Spam Day.

Wouldn't that be great? Patron Saint o' the Internet drivin' the spammers from the LAN....maybe back to where the MACs live.

Kathy P - Sean did not play Darby O'Gill. He played the love interest of Darby's daughter, niece or granddaughter (I forget which). But I know I had heard of leprechaun's long before that movie. And I believe there were leprechaun's mentioned in Irish folktales.

OTOH, people around Mobile see leprechaun's (and other interesting things) every night right after Happy Hour.

Stu Man...You're WAY right! Leprechauns are so ancient that I heard about them in my childhood, which was so long ago that my birthday cake had Roman numerals on it.
There are all kinds of links to leprechaun legend, including the fact that they were sometimes thought to be shoemakers by trade. The gold they hoard is really the treasure hidden in Ireland when the Danes invaded.
But for the final word, I'm gonna sign off and check out the O.E.D. (provided the E. would deign [not Dane] to document the I.)
(Talk amongst yourselves...BRB)

The word "leprechaun" (spelled that way) first appeared in 1604. That's the "new" version of the word. The "old" version is....well, REAL old. I'm sure Disney refined the modern version -- the old leprechauns were sour-tempered frequently drunken (!) tricksters, who used to harness the livestock (e.g., chickens, rabbits) and ride them madly around. But they were always "Little People".
yada yada yada...For some reason, I feel compelled to go find the Bailey's Irish Cream...*wanders off smiling*

Drunken tricksters, eh?

An Englishman, a Scotsman and an Irishman each order a Guinness in a pub. Upon being served, each finds a fly in his beer. Repulsed, the Englishman sends his back. The Scotsman gently flicks the fly out of his mug and begins drinking. The Irishman, carefully lifts the fly up by its wings and screams, "Spit it out! Spit it out!"

Yes, Virginia, there is a LOT of Irish ancestry in Alabama--almost 8% on the last census (Scot-Irish immigrants from Ulster)...AND there is a lot of alcohol, thanks be to Guiness...And glowing eyes in a tree is very likely to be an opossum or a raccoon...And all that being said, I'd still slike some of what they're drinking in Mobile! Slainte!

I came across a web-site of a company based in Ireland that will actually catch a leprechaun for you. The web-site can be found at www.catchaleprechaun.com

regards

paul

If you can catch one, bring the little guy to www.mycrystalportriat.com and I'll burn him into laser crystal for you. :)

To see thousands of photos of the HUGE St. Patrick's Day Parade and parties in Savannah and Tybee Island, please go to spotted.savannahnow.com. The Tybee parade was on March 8, 2008 and the Savannah parade was on March 14, 2008, because the 17th is during Holy Week this year.

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