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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:

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#1.)  According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the most leaves ever found on a clover is nine.
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.
Leaf one is for hope.  The second leaf is for faith, and the third is for love.

#3.)  McDonald’s Shamrock Shakes are kosher.
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.
It has 550 calories, compared to 540 for a Big Mac.

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#5.) Shamrock Shakes started as a charity fundraiser, organized by the Philadelphia Eagles.
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.
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.
Turning the river green is privately funded.

#8.) St. Patrick’s Day was originally associated with the color blue, not green.
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.

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#9.)  According to legend, female leprechauns are the only ones that actually have pots of gold.
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
A leprechaun’s pot has one gold coin for each year of his age.


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