7 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Leprechauns Historical Events
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7 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Leprechauns

In honor of St. Patrick's day, here's a list of 7 things any Irish-respecting person should know about leprechauns, their legends, and why the Irish know we're all wrong about them. Despite the movie of the same name, leprechauns are known mostly for bringing good luck and prosperity to those who run into them. Everyone loves the romantic notion of seeing the proverbial pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

What are some things you probably don't know about leprechauns? Take a look at this list and hopefully you'll learn a thing or two about these little fellas that you may not have known before. Then go have a Guinness, in honor of the Irish.

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    The Irish Find Them Offensive And It Is Probably Disney's Fault

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    Although we love leprechauns in America and quite often feature them in commercials, cartoons, horror movies and breakfast cereals, the Irish find them to be brute, bastardized versions of a Celtic legend ruined (like a lot of old, amazing stories) by Walt Disney.

    A film called Darby O'Gill and The Little People received great critical reception after Walt Disney had the idea following a trip to Ireland, and it was seen as a great fantasy of Gaelic tall stories (pun intended).

    Unfortunately, it reinvented the leprechaun and actually changed its colors in popular culture forever (see item 5 on this list). This movie has been attributed to part of what has forever connected the leprechaun to St. Patrick's Day, even though the creatures had absolutely nothing to do with the patron saint of Ireland or his esteemed day.

    It's kind of like if they made Satan, or some random demon, part of Christmas just because they're part of Christian lore. Although fans of anagrams will say that it has happened.

    Speed up to the 01:55 mark for a singing, Disney-fied, really young Sean Connery... you're welcome, ladies.

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