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St. Patrick’s Day Fun Facts!

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March 17th is the one day where everyone is Irish!  In celebration of being Irish today here are some Irish fun facts:

1. SURPRISE – St. Patrick was NOT Irish!  St. Patrick was born in Great Britain.  He was captured by the Irish at age 16 to be a slave.  St. Patrick eventually escaped and returned to his family.  He returned to Ireland later as a missionary.

2.  It’s Paddy, not Patty.  Patty is short for Patricia.

3.  The 4 leaf clover is not the symbol of Ireland, it’s actually the harp.

4. Your odds of finding a four-leaf clover are:  About 1 in 10,000.

5.  The official colour of St. Patrick is actually blue.  Historical artworks of St. Patrick show him wearing blue liturgical garment.  Blue was also commonly used on flags and coats of arms to represent Ireland.   Green came into the picture much later, most likely as a symbol of the greenness of the “Emerald Isle.”

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Happy Pancake Tuesday!

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What is Pancake Tuesday?

Pancake Tuesday (also known as; Shrove Tuesday, Fat Tuesday and Mardi Gras) is celebrated the day before Ash Wednesday; the first day of Lent.   This day was traditionally a day of eating richer, fattier foods before the ritual of restricting of certain foods during Lent.

5 Fun Facts about Pancake Day:

1. The idea of eating pancakes on Shrove Tuesday is more than 1,000 years old! The idea originally started as a way of using up all the leftover fatty and rich foods before Lent.

2.  The most flips anyone has ever done with a pancake is 349 flips in 2 minutes.

3. The Guinness World Record for the most pancakes served in eight hours is 34,818.

4. In 1889, Aunt Jemima pancake flour became the first ready-mix food to be sold commercially.

5.  Mike Cuzzacrea ran the New York marathon in 1999 in 3hr 2min 27 sec tossing a pancake as he ran.

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15 Facts about Sharks

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August has arrived and it’s that time of year again!  The beginning of August means 2 things:
1. Summer is almost over (where did the time go?!)
2. Shark Week on the Discovery Channel!

Shark Week is an annual week-long “marathon” of programs about Sharks on the Discovery ChannelShark Week was originally developed in 1987 to raise awareness and respect for sharks.  The popularity of Shark Week has dramatically increased over the past 26 years and is now broadcasted in over 72 countries.

In case you don’t know much about sharks and want to feel up to speed during Shark Week here are some fun facts about sharks.

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15 Facts about Sharks:

1. There are more than 350 kinds of sharks.

2. You are 1,000 times more likely to drown in the sea than you are to be bitten by a shark. (After watching a few hours of Shark Week, this is good to know!)

3. A shark can hear a fish in the water from more than a mile away.

4. Scientists can determine the age of a shark by counting the rings that form on its vertebra, similar to counting the rings on a tree to tell its age.

5. Sharks are cartilaginous fish, which means that the structure of the animal’s body is formed of cartilage, instead of bone.

6. The teeth of sharks don’t have roots.  They  usually fall out after about a week.

7.  It is estimated that the whale shark (the largest shark species) can live up to 100-150 years.

8. Sharks are not vicious man-eaters, at least, not all of them! Only 10 out of all the shark species are considered dangerous to humans.

9. Until the 16th century sharks were known as “sea dogs”.

10. Some sharks have eyes similar to a cat’s, with a mirror-like layer that allows them to see better in murky water.

11. Shoes, chairs, boxes of nails, drums, entire bottles of wine and the rear half of a horse are just some of the many bizarre objects that have been found in sharks’ stomachs over the years.

12. For every human killed by a shark, 2 million sharks are killed by humans.

13. Most sharks must swim constantly to force water through their mouths and over their gills because they lack the ability to pump water over their gills like the majority of fish.

14. Sharks’ ears are located inside their heads.

15. The tiger shark is the second-most dangerous shark in the world and is sometimes referred to as the “garbage can of the sea” because it will eat anything.

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