MYTH: Somebody else out there has a shirt that reads “Kiss me, I’m Irish,” so you probably shouldn’t wear yours.
FACT: We’ve never heard this joke before. Come here and give us a kiss.
MYTH: Actual Irish—that is, people found in Ireland and were born there—don’t habitually wear shirts that read “Kiss me, I’m Irish.”
FACT: Believe it or not, they wear them all the time. Of course, being in Ireland, they already know they’re Irish, so they don’t bother with that part of the phrasing. Also, because certain regions of the world express certain sentiments in slightly different ways, their shirts read simply “Fuck you.”
MYTH: Wearing lots of green will make you seem more authentically Irish.
FACT: Wearing lots of green actually makes you authentically Irish. In fact, any sort of association with green qualifies you for citizenship.
|The most famous Irishmen of the twentieth century.|
MYTH: If you don’t wear green on St. Patrick’s Day, you will get pinched.
FACT: We refused to wear green on St. Patrick’s Day throughout our high school career, and claimed that the reason for our stance was that we had actual Irish heritage and didn’t need to bother.1 In truth, this was secretly an ingenious ploy to get pinched by the girl we liked at the time.2 It didn’t work. Never—not once—did we get pinched. It’s okay, though, because she’s dead now.3
MYTH: The Irish are a belligerent, violent people.
FACT: Why don’t you say that to my face, you rotten son of a bitch.
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nowhere to be found in today’s sensitive culture.
MYTH: Didn’t you just love Braveheart?
FACT: Most of the characters in Braveheart were Scots, who come from Scotland—which is a totally different country than Ireland. Really! they have a flag and everything. In fact, the only Irish people you’ll find in the film are one unkempt eccentric and several thousand humorous, belligerent, and easily dispatched extras. The bad guys were English, as all true bad guys are, and of course the hero, William Gibson Wallace, is equal parts American, Australian, and crazy.
|It could be worse. I’m only playing a crazy person.|
MYTH: Some Irish, and even some Americans of Irish descent, might find it a bit disappointing or even insulting that Americans “honor” the Irish culture by getting blind shitfaced and vomiting on things they’re too drunk to identify.
FACT: The Irish are so constantly, uniformly paralytic drunk that they don’t realize they’re being stereotyped.
MYTH: Drinking green beer will make you more Irish.
FACT: Drinking green beer will make you a fucking idiot.
1. We are absolutely 100% half-Irish, if you don’t count the technicality of having been born in the United States of America, just like both our parents, all of our grandparents, and most of our great-grandparents.
2. This is true.
3. Technically she’s not dead; a shocking time-travel accident caused her to kill her own grandfather, so it’s more accurate to say that she simply never existed.