…we’re leprechaun size.
Happy St. Paddy’s Day! Did you know that there may have been two St. Patricks? Or that the shortest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the world takes place in Dripsey, Cork, Ireland? It’s only 300 feet long – the distance between two pubs.
Not much is known for sure about St. Patrick, except that he was kidnapped by pirates at the age of 16. But, we know plenty about leprechauns: sometimes they’re red!
And there are a wagon load of St. Patrick’s Day socks to choose from, but these are probably the cutest.
Two presidential birthdays on two consecutive days!
President #4, James Madison, was born today in 1751. The United States owes a great deal to Mr. Madison. Known as the “Father of the Constitution,” Madison was instrumental in its drafting and ratification. As well, he was the primary author of the Bill of Rights.
Andrew Jackson, president #7, was born yesterday in 1767. At the age of 13, he was captured by the British while serving as a courier during the Revolutionary War. The rest of his career is no less dramatic, and certainly controversial. On the one hand, you’ve got to respect a hardcore duelist who died with more than a half-dozen bullets in his body. On the other hand, he signed and enforced the Indian Removal Act.
If you’ve got presidential aspirations of your own, show your swagger in a pair of POTUS socks from PLNDR.com
A soothsayer bids you beware the ides of March
From the Telegraph: “New evidence from an archaeological dig has found that legionnaires wore socks with sandals.” [More]
How cool is it that Albert Einstein shares his birthday with Pi Day?! Born today in 1879, Al is arguably the world’s most famous physicist. Unfortunately, Al never wore socks.
“Even on the most solemn occasions I got away without wearing socks
and hid that lack of civilisation in high boots.”
So, we’ll have to live with the fuzzy slippers instead. Mentalfoss has other awesome photos of Al and Huffington Post’s got plenty of interesting facts. And, if you want Einstein socks of your own to wear, grab a psychedelic pair from Joy of Socks.
Friday the 13th in two consecutive months – what are the odds? Well, it’s 11%. It happened in 2009, but won’t come around again for another eleven years. This isn’t the last one of 2015. November 13 also happens to fall on a Friday. But don’t worry, we can’t ever have more than three in one year. Find out more at Earthsky.org.
Little is known about why Friday the 13th is considered unlucky. Some believe it started in the Middle Ages as an allusion to the Last Supper (Jesus plus his 12 disciples). Though, it’s likely it began in the early 20th Century.
Twenty-third President Benjamin Harrison,1 suffragist Susan B. Anthony,2 and Scopes monkey trial lawyer Clarence Darrow3 all died on March 13th. Though, none occurred on Fridays.
1. 1907, aged 67 ↩
2. 1906, aged 86 ↩
3. 1938, aged 80↩
On March 12, 1930, Indian civil rights leader Mahatma Gandhi1 led a group of protesters on the Salt March. Over the next 24 days, Gandhi and the marchers walked over 240 miles2 to protest the British taxation of salt and British rule over India.
“I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.”3
Learn more about the Salt March at History.com. And keep your feel clean with Gandhi socks from Cafepress:
1. aka Mohandas K. Gandhi↩
2. without socks!↩
3. i.e. “Put some socks on”↩
“I saw the hideous phantasm of a man stretched out, and then, on the working of some powerful engine,
show signs of life, and stir with an uneasy, half vital motion.”
Today in 1818, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus was first published. Considered one of the first horror novels, the book was an immediate popular success. Shelley went on to write six more novels, dozens of short stories, and even three children’s books. But, none were as lasting as her first story.
Johnny Appleseed, born John Chapman, ventured into the new frontier of early America during the first half of the 19th century to plant apple trees. Johnny passed away on this date in 1845 at the age of 70 after nearly fifty years of planting and caring for trees. And though he rarely wore shoes and socks, we still appreciate him. In fact, we think you should pick up a pair of apple scented socks.