Explore St. Patrick’s Day (and deadly snakes!) online

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Compared to, say, a can opener, which does just one thing, your Exede satellite Internet service does lots and lots of different stuff. This week, we suggest using it to catch up on your Irish folklore and the latest edition of When Snakes Attack!

Yep, St. Patrick’s Day is Sunday, so if you’re one of the approximately 35 million Americans with Irish in your blood, you’ll want to break out the plastic leprechaun hats, cook up some corned beef and cabbage and get out the green food dye for your adult beverages. If you’re not at all Irish, you can do all this as well — you just can’t wear the “Kiss me, I’m Irish” button.

Looking at a page about St. Paddy’s Day on History.com, we discovered the first parade in the U.S. commemorating this day was March 17, 1762, when Irish soldiers serving in the British military marched through Manhattan. Now, there are more than 100 parades in the U.S., with the biggest being the ones in New York and Boston.

What about the snakes? We turn now to National Geographic, which addresses the story about how St. Patrick, in addition to converting Ireland from paganism to Christianity in the 5th Century, drove out all the snakes. As the story goes, they began attacking him after a 40-day fast he did on top of a hill, and he drove them all into the sea.

While it is true that Ireland — along with New Zealand, Iceland, Greenland and Antarctica — is one of the few places on Earth utterly devoid of slithering reptiles, it likely wasn’t St. Patrick’s doing. Killjoy scientists say it was more likely due to the last ice age, which ended 10,000 years ago. Snakes hate snow and cold, so once they got frozen out, the cold seas around Ireland kept them out for good.

READERS: Can we see snakes in Irish zoos and pet shops at least?

Well, sure. According to this one completely random story we found online, there’s a guy in Dublin who has snakes for sale — and we’ll bet there are others. And the Dublin Zoo has at least one Burmese Python on hand, so far as we can tell.

Snakes aside, we leave you with a link to a fabulous recipe for corned beef and cabbage. If you do not like CB&C, just order a pizza and deploy that green food dye.

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