Five Things We Can Thank the Irish For
You drink this (not beer or whiskey), look at that and utilize this technology everyday.
With all the drinking and boozing and partying that goes on during St. Patty's Day celebrations, there are more than just alcohol related things we can give props to the Irish for.
According to irishpost.co.uk, there are technologies (and even punk music) we can thank our brothers from the Emerald Isle for. Here are 5 things I know you've heard of, used or at the very least, seen.
I am not about to rename this invention after a popular Netflix series. Blue is not the new green. Blue is the color of the sky, which was discovered by Irish scientist, John Tyndall of Co. Carlow. Now, we finally have an explanation to the burning question we all ask as kids. And no, it has nothing to do with the cat. I don't know where that came from, but it's cute and as far as I know, no kitty was harmed during the photoshopping of this pic.
That's 'winnie-the-pooh'-ish for soda water because it doesn't get anymore non-alcohol-related, than Winnie. Tigger? Well, the jury is still out on him. Robert Percival from Dublin made this discovery in 1900.
Once upon a time, in a far away decade, in a land before cell phones (gasp), there was a systematic style of writing. Wee like a little leprechaun, it was a way to take notes quickly, without having to write every single word. It helped a number of people, like journalists and secretaries, remember what people said. You know, so the game of telephone could be avoided and no one would get the wrong idea about what someone said in a private meeting and it couldn't get twisted around in a way it wasn't meant to be understood or taken. Ya, because, that never happens anymore. Whew. Thank you, technology.
It's a perfect fit. Punk music and bands like 'Green Day'. Why, Ireland seems to the birthing mother of all kinds of musicians I have loved through the years. Come on, Ireland, push out another. There is always more room for punk in this country girl's heart.
Sean Connery. Enough said. Who doesn't love him? And his accent? Scottish. That is close enough to Ireland for me. But Sean Connery didn't invent the submarine. Phillip John Holland (which isn't near Ireland, either) did in 1899.