Daily Archives: March 16, 2008

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Begora!

I love that word, damn it.

Wait, I love to say damn it too, but on this special day I’ll stick with Begora to honor St. Patrick’s excellent work as a snake herder. Maybe he was just rounding up all the reptiles in order to slip the legless wonders into bottles of vodka?

To get you into the mood for the day, I’ve rounded up three classic commercials with an Irish theme – Shamrock Shakes from McDonald’s, Irish Spring deodorant soap and an old Lucky Charms commercial from way back when there were only four different marshmallow shapes in the box.

Here we go down nostalgia lane.

I’ll admit I’ve never sucked back one of those minty dairy concoctions, although it is a bit intriguing. Wait, what was I thinking. Pass on the offer. If I’m drinking anything in shades of grass today, it will be green beer. For more Shamrock Shake commercials, head here.

Now, pucker up and whistle along as we get all get squeaky clean.

Carving up a bar of soap must be a way for a frustrated lad to relieve some tension when the lasses aren’t responding to his wooing. That or it’s some threatening and weird fetish. Cleanliness is next to Irishness.

And finally, a 1970s version of those magically delicious breakfast treats.

I actually found the inaugural Lucky Charms commercial which was filmed in black and white but made a point of showing the different shapes and telling the viewer what color they were. The original four shapes and corresponding hues were yellow moons, orange stars, green clovers and pink hearts. I think they’re now actually packing up to about 64 different shapes of the dehydrated little marshmallow bits in a box. That’s one for every color, not in a rainbow, but in a box of Crayola crayons.

Don’t forget to wear something green and Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all.

Rattlesnake Vodka is Meaner than Bacon Vodka

I understand there’s a buzz in the liquor world over Bacon Vodka, but a man in Texas has come up with something with more bite – Rattlesnake Vodka.

Agents for the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission seized 410 bottles of the hissing vodka that each included a 10-inch long rattlesnake from Bayou Bob’s Brazos River Rattlesnake Ranch in Palo Pinto County.

Supposedly, there’s an aphrodisiac quality to the reptile-infused illegal hooch.

Sure, eating the worm in tequila is supposed to provide visions. Imagine the kick this venomous vodka could provide. That’s just what the authorities thought.

According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Internet searches show Bayou Bob’s isn’t the only location selling exotic libations which are popular in Asia. Thai scorpion vodka, cobra whiskey, giant centipede whiskey, herbal gecko lizard wine and Mekong River eel wine are ll available online.