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St Patricks Day
# 1 : Tuesday 20-1-2009 @ 00:11
why do we really celebrate st patricks day?? is it because it gives us free reign to get a day off work,get pissed,celebrate being irish..or is it to honour the saint himself?? a welsh man who was a major part in christianity being brought into ireland and drove some snakes out with it.

ive only really just thought about this tonight after a discussion about it earlier.patricks day is just like any other day to me to be honest.the only thing i do is make sure the kids are wearing green of some sort that day.thats it!

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# 2 : Tuesday 20-1-2009 @ 00:12
On St. Patrick's day I go to McDonald's purely for the Shamrock Shake and that's about it...I can't stand the parade, and everything else associated with it.

and drove some snakes out with it.

lol. Is that actually true?
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# 3 : Tuesday 20-1-2009 @ 00:13

In Ireland it is largely a day for drinking, getting drunk, and vomitting in the streets of dublin it seems, but for Irish people around the world it is a celebration of their unique heritage.

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# 4 : Tuesday 20-1-2009 @ 00:18
So what youre saying Mr Fetch is that people around the world celebrate our unique culture of getting drunk and vomiting in the street,is that what youre saying,bejayziz dats fighting talk so it is,hic!
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# 5 : Tuesday 20-1-2009 @ 00:21
Its a drink fest full stop
I enjoy it though, I like meeting all the different tourists, and
There is a good atmosphere in dub city
well if you can avoid all the yobs
Personally I always stop drinking a week after the new year
and reengage alcohol on paddys day
Maybe thats why I like it
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# 6 : Tuesday 20-1-2009 @ 00:47
St. Patrick's Day is atotal piss fest. OK, there is there is the parade for kiddies, and the other recent things on in and around the day itself but for most it's an excuse to get plastered.

It's also the only day in the year where I drink the black stuff.
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# 7 : Tuesday 20-1-2009 @ 08:39
I really don't understand Paddy's Day. When I was in college the first time, I did History as one of my subjects.

St. Patrick WAS NOT the first person to bring Christianity to mind - let alone drive blood snakes out of the country.

It's a pile of BALLS.

And Stewie - I worked in MacDonalds for four years - I HATE the Shamrock Shake!! Paddy's Day was always awful if you were unlucky enough to be in that day.
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# 8 : Tuesday 20-1-2009 @ 08:46
I would assume its more a national day than anything to do with a saint, we don't have an independance day, a royalty to "celebrate" and it kickstarts the tourist season in ireland. The irony being that st. patricks day parades were first started by the british army in recruitment drives through irish towns in the 18th century.
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# 9 : Tuesday 20-1-2009 @ 08:54
Someone said :

lol. Is that actually true?

the are also no moles in Ireland for the same reason as there are no snakes and these having nothing to do with St P.

Millions of years ago Ireland was seperated from the European mainland before Britain was and so there are species there and on the continent whose ancestors never made it to Ireland.
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# 10 : Tuesday 20-1-2009 @ 08:56
millions? try a few thousand!
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# 11 : Tuesday 20-1-2009 @ 09:00
Someone said :
millions? try a few thousand!

are you sure? I could well be wrong. I suppose millions was just an automatic number that came into my head as most of that sort of thing happened millions of years ago - big bang, life on earth, emergence of Man, extinction of dinosaurs (not in that order)
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# 12 : Tuesday 20-1-2009 @ 09:04
Someone said :

are you sure?

The last glacial period was the most recent glacial period within the current ice age, occurring in the Pleistocene epoch. It began about 110,000 years ago and ended between 10,000 and 15,000 BP. During this period there were several changes between glacier advance and retreat. The maximum extent of glaciation was approximately 18,000 years ago. While the general pattern of global cooling and glacier advance was similar, local differences in the development of glacier advance and retreat make it difficult to compare the details from continent to continent (see picture of ice core data below for differences).

The last glacial period is sometimes colloquially referred to as the "last ice age", though this use is incorrect because an ice age is a longer period of cold temperature in which ice sheets cover large parts of the Earth. Glacials, on the other hand, refer to colder phases within an ice age that separate interglacials. Thus, the end of the last glacial period is not the end of the last ice age. The end of the last glacial period was about 12,500 years ago, while the end of the last ice age may not yet have come: little evidence points to a stop of the glacial-interglacial cycle of the last million years.

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# 13 : Tuesday 20-1-2009 @ 09:17
...but it doesn't mention moles or snakes or St Patrick....
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# 14 : Tuesday 20-1-2009 @ 09:29
maybe st. patrick hadn't a whole lot to do with the ice age?
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# 15 : Tuesday 20-1-2009 @ 09:33
Well the Smithsonian national Zoological park has a good explanation, with some sort of a timeline.

http://nationalzoo.si.edu/Animals/ReptilesAmphibians/NewsEvents/i etc ...
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