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At 76 years old, the Huntington St. Patrick’s Day parade is the oldest on Long Island. It organized in the wake of Prohibition’s repeal and is under the auspices of the local Ancient Order of the Hibernians.

The gold reserve commonly known as “Fort Knox” is officially called the “United States Bullion Depository” and holds 4,603 tons of gold bullion, so-named because of their in-excess of 99.9% purity.

The accepted meaning of the current green, white and orange flag of Ireland: Orange: the color of the widespread Protestant fraternal organization known as the Orange Institution. Green: The color of the Irish nationalist social movement. White: The truce between the two.

George Washington was actually against having his likeness on United States currency and coinage, feeling that it was too much like an egoist gesture typical of European monarchs.

The March holiday of Nowruz is both the first day of spring and New Year’s Day for Iran. Revered prophet Zoroaster allegedly founded the holiday and its spirit is symbolized by fire.

It was only in the past few decades that the Irish government transcended religious tradition and piggybacked the celebration of all things Irish onto St. Patrick’s Day.

The smallest denomination of United States currency ever produced was the half-cent coin, minted between 1793 and 1857. Featuring a likeness of Liberty on the obverse, it was made of 100% copper and slightly smaller than today’s quarter.

What happens on the vernal equinox, the first day of spring: Earth is at a point in its solar orbit where its axis is neither tilted away or toward the sun, making the sun directly overhead at the equator.

The Leprechaun, whose name is derived from the Irish term “lobaircin,” meaning “small-bodied fellow,” was historically a class of fairy and had no association with St. Patrick’s Day.

Australia began producing polypropylene polymer (plastic)-based banknotes in 1988. When they are taken out of circulation, they are melted down and mixed to form garbage cans.

The fastest estimated wind speed on any planet is 6,000 mph. Evidence of this was observed on an extrasolar planet orbiting the star HD 189733, which is located 63 light years away in the constellation Vulpecula.

When a dye pack given to a robber in a bank holdup explodes, it typically sprays out a dye called Disperse Red 9 and, depending on the model, tear gas. Also, the explosion produces temperatures as high as 400 degrees Fahrenheit, further tainting the stolen cash.

Corned beef, the St. Patrick’s Day staple, is a beef brisket cured in brine, which is essentially salt water. The “Corned” refers to the coarse grains of salt in the cure.

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