The world will drink 13 million pints of Guinness on St. Patrick's Day

If you're doing it right, you'll have yourself a Guinness this St. Patrick's Day.

And you'll be in good company. Personal finance company WalletHub says 56% of Americans will celebrate on March 17 and the world will gulp 13 million pints of the dark, creamy concoction created centuries ago by Arthur Guinness.

St. Patrick's Day, WalletHub said, is the fourth most popular drinking day of the year, outdone only by New Year's Eve, Christmas day and the Fourth of July.

The company has provided the world its list of interesting St. Patrick's Day facts based on their own projects and data from the U.S. Census Bureau. This year, WalletHub hopes St. Patrick's Day stays safe. The company encourages the millions of revelers worldwide avoid drunk driving by organizing a ride home. About three-quarters of fatal St. Patrick's Day crashes involve someone two times the legal limit.

Here are some St. Patrick's Day facts to drop on your friends.

There's a demand for cabbage

WalletHub estimates about 31% of Americans plan to cook something special on St. Patrick's Day. The classic Irish staple corned beef and cabbage is always an option.

Cabbage shipments increase by 70% during the week of St. Patrick's Day. The current price of cabbage is about 50 cents per pound, which is up about 11% over last year.

This St. Patrick's Day falls on a lenten Friday. But don't worry, priests are giving their congregants a pass, allowing them to eat meat on the high holiday.

45 pounds of dye turns the Chicago River green

It's a vegetable-based dye and keeps the river green for five hours. On Saturday, the river will go green at 9 a.m. ahead of the Chicago St. Patrick's Day Parade.

A pot of gold is worth more than a million dollars today

WalletHub estimates a pot of gold containing 1,000 one-ounce coins would today be worth about $1.22 million.

There are 16 Dublins in the United States

There are 16 cities or towns with the same name as the famous Irish city. They include Dublin, Mississippi, Dublin, Pennsylvania, and Dublin, California.

Boston has the highest proportion of Irish people

In Massachusetts and New Hampshire, WalletHub said, more than 20% of the population has Irish ancestry. The federal government pins Boston as the nation's most Irish city.

Actually, about 192 cities across the United States have a population in which at least 10% have Irish ancestry. About 33.1 million Americans claimed Irish heritage as of 2014.

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USA Today


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