Why Do People Pinch on St. Patrick's Day?

posted by Robin - 

I have this weird thing about being touched. I dunno, if a stranger feels the need to touch me without being invited to...y'all may lose an arm. St. Patrick's Day makes it worse when people think they can pinch you just for neglecting to wear green. Did you know that having green eyes just isn't enough for people? Did you know that I am a grouchy old man on the inside and will get super pissy about someone pinching me without asking? I am. I am the grouchiest old man.

Apparently, the tradition of pinching people started in America? At least according to WGNO in New Orleans: "It's an American tradition that dates back to the 1700's.  Apparently, leprechauns can't be seen.  They're mischievous, so people pinch you to remind you that if you're not wearing green, you'll get pinched by a leprechaun." No thank you. You can read up more on the tradition HERE.

My St. Patrick's Day tradition is this: playing the classic Cartoon Network tune, "Don't Touch Me." I should probably just have this playing all of the time, but I particularly enjoy this when people get pinchy. Enjoy.

Robin Jones

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