March 17th, 2004

dad & fish & i

Get It Straight

Saint Patrick, Irish Hero

Born: c. 385
Birthplace: Bannavem Taberniae, Britain
Death: c. 461
Best Known As: Ireland's favorite saint
St. Patrick is revered by Catholics for establishing Christianity in Ireland during the fifth century AD. The precise dates and details of his life are unclear, but some points are generally agreed: as a teen he was captured and sold into slavery in Ireland, and six years later he escaped to Gaul (now France) where he later became a monk. Around 432 he returned to Ireland as a missionary and succeeded in converting many of the island's tribes to Christianity. Late in life he wrote the brief text Confessio detailing his life and ministry. His feast day, March 17, is celebrated as a day of Irish pride in many parts of the world.

A popular folk tale says that St. Patrick chased all snakes from Ireland, but there is no historical basis for this story... Another folk tale, that he used shamrocks to teach about the holy Trinity, is also generally agreed to be a myth... In Gaelic the saint's name is Padraig.

His Own Account (Confessio)
dad & fish & i

cents and no sense

one thing that drives me nuts is when i go to the grocer and the cashier hands me coins as change and without fail, it is almost always more than one cent. how come there is this inclination, some have, as they put the 26 CENTS in my hand, "twenty six cent."

also, that 50 cent dude that raps? there is a fifty cent piece, that is, a one half dollar coin... but they don't give those out usually.
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