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Irish, American or Dead?

In the grand tradition of the "Dead or Canadian?" segment on


Remote Control


Across the Street

presents "Irish, American or Dead?". "Irish, American or Dead?" is a little quiz designed to help readers discern amongst those things which hail from the Emerald Isle, those things which advertisers would like you to think are Irish and those things which are, well, dead.

Rules: A person, place or thing will be presented, followed by the question "Irish, American or dead?". Simply pick one of the categories and see how your answer stacks up! One point is awarded per correct answer. May the luck o' the Irish be with you!

Q: Shamrock Shake -- Irish, American or dead?

A: The obvious answer is American.



Shamrock Shake

was served in the 1970s and was created by Hal Rosen.

Q: St. Patrick -- Irish, American or dead?

A: Dead!

St. Patrick

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may have been English, Welsh, Scottish, or even French, but definitely not Irish! According to legend and recounted in his


, Patrick was a British youth, kidnapped and enslaved in Ireland as a teen, only to escape to France and at the age of 60 return to Ireland as a bishop. Snakes, Christianity and shamrocks, oh my! Take a look at the

three myths

associated with St. Patrick. More on Patrick can be found



Q: Lucky the Leprechaun -- Irish, American or dead?

A: American! Although the


has been described as Ireland's national fairy, this name was originally only used in the north


area. True


are short, ugly and quite bitter little cobblers. The modern interpretation of the Leprechaun is largely influenced by the Disney film

Darby O'Gill and the Little People

and is embodied in

Lucky the Leprechaun

as a combination of the original Leprechaun and an Irish farmer. Love your

Lucky Charms

? Then check out the

Bring back the Yellow Moons!


Q: Enya -- Irish, American or dead?



is as Irish as a shillelagh and can induce coma just as easily. She was born on May 17, 1961 in the small village of Dore in the Gweedore region of County Donegal in the northwest of the Republic of Ireland.

Q: Kathy Ireland -- Irish, American or dead?

A: The Irish may wish she was theirs, but

Kathy Ireland

is America's very own Santa Barbara, Calif., girl.

Q: Bagpipes -- Irish, American or dead?

A: Definitely dead -- animals, that is. This wailing instrument is composed of an entire hide of a sheep or goat, with a chanter, the pipe with finger holes, fitted into a wooden plug in the animal's neck. Popping up first in Asia in the 1st century, the


was introduced later to Rome toward the end of the century. Check out

Panati's Browser's Book of Beginnings

for more information.

Q.: Irish Spring -- Irish, American or dead?

A: Definitely American. This


deodorant soap first appeared in 1972. Although it may feel like you're "takin' a shower in Ireland," you'll open your eyes to find you never left your own bathroom. Read about

Irish Spring Sport

introduced in 1996. For a review of the original Irish Spring bar soap, click



Q:The Irish Dragoons -- Irish, American or dead?

A: American. The

Irish Dragoons

are a mounted and dismounted cavalry regiment. Raised illegally in 1863 by Gen. John C. Fremont, the Irish Dragoons suffered a short, but brave life. The men of the Reactivated Irish Dragoons Mounted & Dismounted Cavalry, U.S. strive to portray as authentically as possible the valor and courage of those men.

Q: Michael Flatley, a.k.a. "Lord of the Dance" -- Irish, American or dead?

A: If you said American, you are right! This self-proclaimed

Lord of the Dance

hails from the Windy City of Chicago.

Q: University of Notre Dame -- Irish, American or dead?

A: This is actually a trick question. Geographically speaking, the University of

Notre Dame

is in the heartland of America. However, it was founded in late November 1842 by a French-speaking priest by the name of

Edward Sorin

. And though they are known today as the "Fighting Irish," it wasn't until 1965 that the Leprechaun replaced

a series of Irish terrier dogs

, which usually took the name Clashmore Mike, as the official school mascot. Give yourself one point for any answer.

Q: Bailey's Irish Cream -- Irish, American or dead?

A: Irish. Since 1974, this

triple-distilled Irish pot still whiskey

has accounted for 4% of the total milk production in Ireland.

Q: Pierce Brosnan -- Irish, American or dead?

A: He may be on "Her Majesty's Secret Service," but this

Bond boy

hails from the Emerald Isle.

Q: Corned beef and cabbage -- Irish, American or dead?

A: The resounding answer is dead!

Corned beef and cabbage

may be a traditional dish on St. Patrick's Day, but its Irish roots are very questionable. The term "corned" refers to the corn-sized grains of salt used in the preserving process since beef was shipped to Britain and Canada while the Irish snacked on pork or ham. For further insight, recipes, and advice, click





8-13 -- Erin Go Bragh!

You know your Irish from your imitators. Have a pint and celebrate!

2-7 -- Erin Go So-So.

You can find Ireland on a map with your eyes closed, but the term "Taoiseach" makes you scratch your head.

0-2 -- Erin Go Nowhere.

You may need to reread

How the Irish Saved Civilization


The Irish in America


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