Monday, March 17, 2014

Fact of the Day: Patrick and the Serpents

While legend says Saint Patrick drove all the snakes out of Ireland, in reality it is pure myth. The story was used to explain why there are no species of snake native to the country in a time where nobody knew the scientific reason. 

19 comments:

DWei said...

I wish people could credit me for amazing feats of amazingness that I never did.

Emmylou said...

This reminded me of The Simpson's Whacking Day episode:D

Margaret D said...

I actually knew that :)

Bob Bushell said...

He did!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

I was just reading about that this morning! So many things we are led to believe that aren't true.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Oh the tales that we humans used to make up out of thin air to explain something lol.

Ken Lynch said...

Or they were too into their pints and thought the Saint Patrick and snakes thing made as good a sense as anything.
NOTE: This stereotype joke was brought to you by a 3/4 blooded Irishman. So, I guess that makes it okay. If not, I'm gonna fight someone.

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stephen Hayes said...

I knew Ireland never had snakes, but the St. Patrick fable is a good story.

Christine said...

Interesting how myths start, if you don't know the answer, make one up!

DEZMOND said...

snakes would die of hunger in Ireland! Long live Eire!

Pat Hatt said...

No scorpion here. I admit, I did it!

Pilar Domínguez said...

Happy Saint Patrick´s day! Kisses:)

A Beer for the Shower said...

Well, duh, of course he didn't drive them out of Ireland. He didn't have a car back then. He walked them out. I thought everyone knew that.

Dana said...

Interesting! Have a great St. Patrick's Day. ☺

Theresa Mahoney said...

Seems like Tall Tales have been around a lot longer than I realized.

The Happy Whisk said...

Hope you have a fun St. Paddy's Day.

JustCleo said...

Wow, that's a curio!:)
Had no idea about it..xD