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10 St. Pat's Random Facts You Should Know

St. Patrick's Day is a day to get obliterated for most who celebrate, but there are more interesting things about the day. 

I searched the internet for some crazy facts you should know about the day. 

- St. Patrick wasn’t Irish himself. He was born to Roman parents in Scotland or Wales in the late fourth century. (mentalfloss)

-Blue is actually the color of St. Patrick, not green (Catholic.org)

-An estimated that in the U.S. 26.1 billion pounds of beef were produced (for corned beef, naturally) – that’s equivalent to the average combined weight of 6,525,000 cars (viascience)

- In the U.S., 36.9 million residents claimed Irish ancestry in 2009, eight times the population of Ireland at the time (viascience)

- Americans spend an annual average of $4.5 billion on the holiday (BigInsight)

- It takes 45 gallons of die to die the Chicago river (mentalfloss)

- St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated by an estimated 39% of the American population (or 122 million people), of those people: (viascience)

         83% wear green

         34% make a special dinner

         31% attend a party

         25% decorate their home or office

- In 2012, it was estimated that U.S. beer brewers would earn $245 million in sales on St. Patrick’s Day alone (viascience)

- The original Guinness Brewery in Dublin has a 9,000 year lease. (PopSugar)

-  Your odds of finding a four-leaf clover are: About 1 in 10,000. (Catholic.org)


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