Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Grab Your Shamrock Shakes and Let's Do This Thang

Happy St. Patrick's Day! VC & NT will be spending most of the day at work, but that won't stop them from updating this post frequently with Irishy topics. And when they get home from work, they're going to have a fistfight. Because that's just how badass Scottish and Irish people roll.

But first! Click this link for a message on how to drink responsibly today. (Not safe for work!)

Here is an Irish jam to get you in the mood:

And how is the rest of the world celebrating this boozetacular day? Well, by dying things green and carrying around giant stuffed Irish wolfhound of course!

The White House decided to make its fountain green (either that or some young whippersnappers just punk'd the nation, like some hoodlums used to put bubble bath in my library's fountain back in MI...don't even get me started...):

(Image via AP)

Chicago's trying to make all other cities look uncool by dying its river green.

(Image via Reuters)

And, yes, some revelers in Dublin decided to go all fancypants on the decorations. Dublin wins!

(Image via your mom/AP again)

Hey, did any of you ever see those horror films called Leprechaun and Leprechaun: Back In Tha Hood, etc.? VC never has, but she'd like you all to witness the splendor of one of the trailers, below.

Poor Jennifer Aniston. How much public humiliation can one woman stand? (Cheer up, Jennifer, a murderous Leprechaun isn't as bad as dating Billy Bob Thorton publicly. CoughANGELINACough)

Anyhoo. The sole purpose that the Leprechaun franchise exists is so that we can all mock it, right? So, a St. Patty's Day wouldn't be complete without this time-honored tradition of mockery.

Now, imagine two young girls reinacting that Wayne's World 2 moment at a lunch table in middle school. Aaaaaaaaand welcome to VC's childhood, folks!

UPDATE @4:55pm: At VC's workplace, a co-worker has JUST WHIPPED OUT THE BAGPIPES!!!! (Not a metaphor.) And he is walking around playing them at this very moment! Hand to God, this is actually happening!! Awkward.

Usually National Geographic is a good, informative time, but sometimes they feel the need to suck the joy out of everything with their facts upon facts. Here's a little tidbit of knowledge that maybe you didn't know before from NG.

"In the United States, it's customary to wear green on St. Patrick's Day. But in Ireland the color was long considered to be unlucky, says Bridget Haggerty, author of The Traditional Irish Wedding and the Irish Culture and Customs Web site.

As Haggerty explains, Irish folklore holds that green is the favorite color of the Good People (the proper name for faeries). They are likely to steal people, especially children, who wear too much of the color."

First of all, why has the entire world rejected the spelling "fairies"? When did this shift happen? However, I agree with the "faeries". If I were to kidnap someone based soley on the color of their clothes, green would be the top of my list. Top o' the morning, even. Third, wouldn't this plot have made a better movie than Changeling? I was hoping that movie would be about something like this, with wicked little creatures who steal babies and replace them with ugly robots, instead of just about Angelina scream-whining about HER SON! --points aggressively to sternum while wearing old-timey clothes--