Tuesday, March 17, 2009

St. Patrick's Statistics

So maybe everything can be reduced to statistics. Or not. Here are some fun numbers for St. Patrick's:
1. More than 80% of Americans avoid being pinched by wearing green. Didn't know about that custom? Got a green marker?
2. Four-leaf clovers are rare, with only one for every 10,000 three-leaf clovers.
3. The most leaves ever found on a clover? 18 18! I'm not sure if that's glorious or gross.
4. The world's first St. Patrick's Day parade took place in New York City 247 years ago.
5. Americans spend almost $4 billion on St. Patrick's Day.
6. Let's hope it's not all on green beer. I made this last one up. It's not a statistic anyway.

Our Ebscohost online resource has great articles on St. Pat's. Access it from home with your Des Moines Public Library card number and PIN
Source: Fast Company; Mar2009 Issue 133, p28-28, 1/5p

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