Q: They say St. Patrick wasn’t Irish! That’s blarney!
A: Sorry. Maewyn Succat was born in Kilpatrick, Scotland, about 387 to Roman colonial officials.
He was not the first to preach Christianity in Ireland. In 431, Pope Celestine sent a bishop, Palladius, “to the Irish believing in Christ,” indicating some were converted. Patrick arrived in 433.
And, although lore says he used the shamrock to teach the trinity, Patrick’s color is blue, not green.
Did Patrick chase the snakes from Ireland? It’s doubtful, but then Ireland has no indigenous snakes.
In any case, Patrick died at Saul at 74 after preaching in Ireland for about 40 years. — Catholic Online, history.com.
Q: During the Olympics, I wondered why figure skaters don’t get dizzy from all that spinning. How do they do it?
Coaches generally limit new skaters to just one or two rotations per spin. It can take years to get to eight rotations, the number needed to compete seriously.
Breathing exercises and staring at a fixed point at the end of the spin help build tolerance.
Skaters can’t avoid dizziness entirely, but the best become well accustomed to it so it doesn’t affect their routine. — Cecile Dehesdin, Slate.
Q: What’s our state reptile?
A: The black racer, a snake.
Q: Who said, “You can always count on the American people to do the right thing — after they have exhausted all other possibilities”?
A: Many mistakenly credit Winston Churchill. Israeli diplomat Abba Eban (1915-2002) offered this variant in March 1967: “Men and nations behave wisely when they have exhausted all other resources.” — National Public Radio.
Q: What are three technologies that adults say would be hard to give up?
A: Internet, 46 percent; cellphone, 44 percent; television, 35 percent. — Pew Research Center.
Q: How much does a hockey puck weigh?
A: Just 5.5 to 6 ounces. It has been slapped to 110 mph.
Q: What is the “Eisenhower Tree?”
A: It was a 65-foot loblolly pine that stood about 210 yards from the 17th tee, on the left side of the fairway at the Augusta National Golf Club.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower, a club member from 1948 until he died in 1969, hit the tree so often that he lobbied in 1956 to have it removed. Club Chairman Clifford Roberts overruled him.
The tree always got respect.
“When I stood on the 17th tee,” Jack Nicklaus said, “my first thought, always, was to stay away from Ike’s tree. Period.”
But an ice storm last month took down several big limbs and arborists said it couldn’t be saved. It was cut down on Feb. 16. — Associated Press.
Q: Where’s the shortest street?
A: Ebenezer Place, in Wick, Caithness, Scotland, is 81 inches long and is credited by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s shortest street.
It originated in 1883, when 1 Ebenezer Place was built. The owner of the building, a hotel at the time, was instructed to paint a name on the shortest side of the hotel. It was declared a street in 1887. — Martha Esbin,”Librarian’s Muse” blog, Toledo.
Q: What did Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) say?
A: “Some are weatherwise, some are otherwise.”
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