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A Leprechaun's Pot of Gold is Worth $1,258,000

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From Lucky Charms’ eponymous mascot to the pint-sized star of The Leprechaun horror movie franchise, the world’s most famous leprechauns have gone to extreme (and occasionally homicidal) lengths to protect their pots of gold. And with good reason: According to a new report by WalletHub, a social media network dedicated to helping users make smarter financial decisions, the current market value on a typical pot of gold is $1,258,000. Not bad for a mini cobbler.

But WalletHub's data went far beyond mythical creatures, and seems to add some support for the long-held reveler rally cry that “Everyone’s Irish on March 17th.” Here are some more of their other “2015 St. Patrick’s Day By The Numbers” findings:

• 33.3 million Americans claim to have some sort of Irish ancestry (which is approximately seven times Ireland’s entire population).

• New England boasts the highest population of Irish-Americans, with the largest concentrations in Braintree, Massachusetts; Portsmouth, New Hampshire; and South Portland, Maine.

• 52.3 percent of Americans plan to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year.

• 82.4 percent of those revelers plan to blend into the crowd by wearing green.

• Cabbage will be in high demand, with 70 percent more of the green stuff making its way into the world than in a typical week.

• St. Patrick’s Day partiers will shell out a total of $4.6 billion on March 17th. (No word on how much of that will be derived from green beer sales.)

• Worldwide, 13 million pints of Guinness will be consumed. St. Patrick’s Day is the fourth most popular drinking day during the calendar year (New Year’s Eve, Christmas Day, and the Fourth of July top the list, respectively). We'll drink to that!

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A Simple Trick For Figuring Out the Day of the Week For Any Given Date
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People typically remember anniversaries in terms of dates and years, not days of the week. If you can’t remember whether you got married on a Saturday or Sunday, or don't know which day of the week you were born on, there’s a simple arithmetic-based math trick to help you figure out sans calendar, according to It's Okay To Be Smart host Joe Hanson.

Mathematician John Conway invented the so-called Doomsday Algorithm to calculate the day of the week for any date in history. It hinges on several sets of rules, including that a handful of certain dates always share the same day of the week, no matter what year it is. (Example: April 4, June 6, August 8, October 10, December 12, and the last day of February all fall on a Wednesday in 2018.) Using this day—called an “anchor day”—among other instructions, you can figure out, step by step, the very day of the week you’re searching for.

Learn more about the Doomsday Algorithm in the video below (and if it’s still stumping you, check out It’s OK to Be Smart’s handy cheat sheet here).

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Pig Island: Sun, Sand, and Swine Await You in the Bahamas
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When most people visit the Bahamas, they’re thinking about a vacation filled with sun, sand, and swimming—not swine. But you can get all four of those things if you visit Big Major Cay.

Big Major Cay, also now known as “Pig Island” for obvious reasons, is part of the Exuma Cays in the Bahamas. Exuma includes private islands owned by Johnny Depp, Tyler Perry, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, and David Copperfield. Despite all of the local star power, the real attraction seems to be the family of feral pigs that has established Big Major Cay as their own. It’s hard to say how many are there—some reports say it’s a family of eight, while others say the numbers are up to 40. However big the band of roaming pigs is, none of them are shy: Their chief means of survival seems to be to swim right up to boats and beg for food, which the charmed tourists are happy to provide (although there are guidelines about the best way of feeding the pigs).

No one knows exactly how the pigs got there, but there are plenty of theories. Among them: 1) A nearby resort purposely released them more than a decade ago, hoping to attract tourists. 2) Sailors dropped them off on the island, intending to dine on pork once they were able to dock for a longer of period of time. For one reason or another, the sailors never returned. 3) They’re descendants of domesticated pigs from a nearby island. When residents complained about the original domesticated pigs, their owners solved the problem by dropping them off at Big Major Cay, which was uninhabited. 4) The pigs survived a shipwreck. The ship’s passengers did not.

The purposeful tourist trap theory is probably the least likely—VICE reports that the James Bond movie Thunderball was shot on a neighboring island in the 1960s, and the swimming swine were there then.

Though multiple articles reference how “adorable” the pigs are, don’t be fooled. One captain warns, “They’ll eat anything and everything—including fingers.”

Here they are in action in a video from National Geographic:

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