St. Patty’s Day — Fact or Bullcrap!
It’s time for another round of Fact or Bullcrap. We give you a statement, you tell us whether it’s a FACT, or whether it’s BULLCRAP. Today’s topic is St. Patrick’s Day. Here we go:
#1.) According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the most leaves ever found on a clover is nine.
Bullcrap: The record-setting clover had 18 leaves. (–Check it out here.)
#2.) Each leaf of a four-leaf clover represents a different quality. The fourth leaf represents luck, which is why four-leaf clovers are considered lucky.
Fact: Leaf one is for hope. The second leaf is for faith, and the third is for love.
#3.) McDonald’s Shamrock Shakes are kosher.
Bullcrap: There’s also a rumor that they’re vegan. Also untrue.
#4.) A 16 ounces, the McDonald’s Shamrock Shake has more calories than a Big Mac.
Fact: It has 550 calories, compared to 540 for a Big Mac.
#5.) Shamrock Shakes started as a charity fundraiser, organized by the Philadelphia Eagles.
Fact: The daughter of one of their players had leukemia, and the money raised built the first Ronald McDonald House.
#6.) St. Patrick wasn’t Irish.
Fact: He was born in Britain and sold into slavery in Ireland.
#7.) Chicago residents pay about a half a cent tax on every beer they buy in a bar to help pay for the annual St. Patrick’s Day tradition of dying the river green.
Bullcrap: Turning the river green is privately funded.
#8.) St. Patrick’s Day was originally associated with the color blue, not green.
Fact: Blue was the color associated with the saint, but when the holiday became more associated with Irish heritage than the man, the color changed to green.
#9.) According to legend, female leprechauns are the only ones that actually have pots of gold.
Bullcrap: There is no such thing as a female leprechaun.
#10.) A leprechaun’s pot of gold is always full. If you take any gold out, it magically refills
Bullcrap: A leprechaun’s pot has one gold coin for each year of his age.