Here’s What You Don’t Know About St. Patrick’s Day

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Today is St. Patrick’s Day and do you know what people love when they’re drunk?  A know-it-all spouting random trivia facts.

Here are 10 St. Patrick’s Day trivia facts, so YOU can be everyone’s favorite dude or cowgirl:

#1.)  St. Patrick wasn’t Irish.  He was born in either Scotland or Wales, and was brought to Ireland as a slave.

#2.)  You know what else isn’t Irish?  “Danny Boy”.  It was written by an English songwriter named Frederick Weatherly. He set it to an Irish melody called “Londonderry Air”.

#3.)  Also, “When Irish Eyes are Smiling” was written by two Americans.

#4.)  St. Patrick’s name wasn’t Patrick.  It was actually Maewyn.  And the holiday marks his DEATH, not his birthday.

#5.)  America is way more Irish than Ireland.  There are approximately 36 million Americans with Irish ancestors.  The population of Ireland is about 4.5 million.

#6.)  1% of all the beer in the WORLD is consumed on St. Patrick’s Day.

#7.)  Guinness sees the biggest boost of any individual beer on St. Patrick’s Day.  On the average day, people worldwide drink 5.5 million pints of Guinness . . . on St. Patrick’s Day, it jumps to at least 13 million pints.

#8.)  America’s bar tab on Sunday will be approximately $245 million.

#9.)  Americans are in the middle of a new love affair with Irish whiskey.  Sales of Irish whiskey are up 400% since 2002.  They’ve even jumped 22.5% in the past 12 months.

#10.)  Approximately 133 million American adults . . . or 56.3% of the adult population . . . will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year.  And 84% will wear green.

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