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Friday, March 16, 2018

Greetings Infomaniacs,

Congratulations to Marisa Robertson who won this week's "Mind Scrambler". Here was the scrambler:

Feed me and I live, yet give me a drink and I die.

What am I?

ANSWER: Fire.

Enjoy!

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WHO SAID IT?

QUOTE: "If you hold a four-leaf shamrock in your left hand at dawn on St. Patrick's Day you get what you want very much but haven't wished for."

HINT: (1894 - 1972) was an Irish children's writer and a journalist. She was the author of some 48 novels and 200 short stories, best known for blending Irish rural life and fantasy fiction as in The Turf-Cutter's Donkey which was illustrated by Jack B. Yeats.

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RANDOM TIDBITS

Although he made his mark by introducing Christianity to Ireland in the year 432, Patrick wasn't Irish himself. He was born to Roman parents in Scotland or Wales in the late fourth century.

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For most of the 20th century, Saint Patrick's Day was considered a strictly religious holiday in Ireland, which meant that the nation's pubs were closed for business on March 17. (The one exception went to beer vendors at the big national dog show, which was always held on Saint Patrick's Day.) In 1970, the day was converted to a national holiday, and the stout resumed flowing.

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Green has not always been the color associated with St. Patrick and St. Patrick's Day, it was blue. The Order of St. Patrick, established in 1783, selected blue as its color because dark green was already taken. Green became popular with the 1798 Irish Rebellion when wearing a clover on a lapel became a sign.

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Arthur Guinness signed up to a 9,000 year lease on the brewery, with an annual rent of 45 pounds, in 1759. March 17th is a big day for the company. On a usual day, people around the world quaff 5.5 million pints of Guinness. On St. Patrick's Day, however, that figure jumps to about 13 million.

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Corned beef and cabbage, a traditional Saint Patrick's Day staple, doesn't have anything to do with the grain corn. Instead, it's a nod to the large grains of salt that were historically used to cure meats, which were also known as 'corns.'

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You can't attend a Saint Patrick's Day event without hearing a cry of "Erin go Bragh." What's the phrase mean? It's a corruption of the Irish Eirinn go Brach, which means roughly "Ireland Forever."




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WHO SAID IT?

QUOTE: "If you hold a four-leaf shamrock in your left hand at dawn on St. Patrick's Day you get what you want very much but haven't wished for."

ANSWER: Patricia Lynch

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