Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Mar 16, 2012
March 16, 2012
St Patrick's Day A little history:
According to tradition, St. PATRICK died on this day in 461. The date of his death is uncertain --March 8th or 9th-- so church officials compromised by adding the disputed dates, making it Mar 17.
FYI: Patrick was born on the coast of England in the year 383... As a boy, he was captured by pirates and carried off to Ireland to be a slave, where he grew up and became a priest.
The Pope sent Patrick, (by then a Bishop) to Ireland as a missionary, where he became Bishop of Armagh, and is said to have built more than 300 churches and baptized over 120-thousand people.. He basically is credited with introducing Christianity to Ireland. As the saying goes, "St. Patrick found Ireland all heathen and left it all Christian..."
St Patrick's Day has been celebrated in North America since 1737. It started with the formation of an Irish Charitable Society in Boston. Local Irish took to the streets to celebrate and it has since expanded to what is now the largest ethnic celebrations in North America.
States with the largest Irish-American populations:
5. Illinois- 1,511,569
4. Florida- 1,645,585
3. Pennsylvania- 1,981,106
2. New York- 2,451,042
1. California- 2,611,449
Three famous Irishmen:
--ARTHUR GUINESS, who opened his brewery in Dublin in 1759.
--JOHN JAMESON, who opened his distillery in Dublin in 1780.
--Whoever invented Bailey's Irish Cream. Gilbeys of Ireland reportedly introduced the mixture in 1974 to prop up their international sales. Although legend has it the drink was created by ANDREW BAILEY of the R-A Bailey Company, PETER O'CONNOR of Bailey's says "There's no Mr or Mrs Bailey. We wanted a name that was Irish, but not 'show' Irish. The R-A Bailey was a way of putting a name behind the factory, a way of getting across that the product comes from Ireland."
No winner in Tuesday night's drawing for the Mega Millions Lottery. That means tonight's drawing is valued at $200 million ($145 million cash value). Mega Millions is played in 42 states and Washington DC. Chances of winning the big prize are 1 in 175.7 million.
Heading out on a manhunt this weekend, bachelorettes? Before you make up that pretty face, get some expert advice on what your cosmetics convey. Yahoo.com spoke with MATT BEAN from Men's Health magazine for a guy's perspective on your favorite color of lipper.
1. Classic Red. This just screams "look at me," but be warned --a gentleman probably won't want to kiss your flaming lips.
2. Hot Pink. This is punk, adventurous and a little rock-n-roll.
3. Dark Purple/Burgundy. The woman who pulls off this color isn't afraid to take risks --on the right gal, this color can be intriguing to the opposite sex.
4. Neutral. Wearing a color that's the same as your skin isn't flattering --in fact, it can easily make you look like a corpse.
5. Bright Orange. This shade is for confident women only. It screams "spicy" and chances are the girl behind it is a lot of fun.
6. Metallic. Some things are only meant for LADY GAGA --Matt believes glitter should stay in the strip club. (Lee)
FLAVOR FLAV is opening a fried chicken and soul food restaurant in Las Vegas. He was at the opening of Flavor Flav's House of Flavor last night, which is located just southeast of downtown. The former PUBLIC ENEMY rapper didn't have much luck with a place called Flav's Fried Chicken. It opened and closed last year in Clinton, Iowa. (Marino)
Editor's note: My question: will it have a huge clock on the wall? Yeah, boyeeeee. RB
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