From JEOPARDY!, Thursday, May 17, 2007 The largest art theft in U.S. history was at 1:24 a.m. on this date in 1990, while Boston slumbered after partying. *** Apparently, there could have been some ethno-theological near-catastrophe going on today: St. Patrick's Day arrived during Holy Week. This convergence hasn't happened since 1940, when the wearing of the green collided with Palm Sunday, and before that, 1913, with the holiday on Monday of the sacred period. Of course, Albany, with its large Irish Catholic population, had its parade, check that, PARADES and The St. Patrick's Day mass, which CANNOT, apparently, be substituted for one of the Holy Week masses, on Saturday. So there can be time for both the saints AND the sinners, who, of course, are usually the same people.
Naturally, every day is St. Patrick's Day for me; with a name like Roger O'Green, how can it be otherwise?
So my friend Mary sent me some appropriate factoids from something called FITNET:
There is a factoid floating around that Coca-Cola was originally green. To the best of my research this is false and would fall under the category of urban legend. Although the concoction was at one time sold in green bottles. Maybe the rumor was related to the position the company takes on the environment.
"Lord, keep my memory green." -Charles Dickens
"Research is a scientific activity dedicated to discovering what makes grass green." -Russell Baker
"A stockbroker urged me to buy a stock that would triple its value every year. I told him, 'At my age, I don't even buy green bananas.'" -Claude Pepper
"Are you green and growing or ripe and rotting?" -Ray Kroc
"Do not call for black power or green power. Call for brain power." -Barbara Jordan
"If you can sell green toothpaste in this country, you can sell opera." -Sarah Caldwell
"I was the toast of two continents: Greenland and Australia." -Dorothy Parker
"It's not easy being green." -Kermit the Frog *** The JEOPARDY! question: What is March 18? (Check the time!)