So, we're all 100% Irish on St. Patrick's Day, but I've got quite a bit of the real deal flowing through these here veins. My Irish ancestors migrated to colonial America in the eighteenth century, settled in western Pennsylvania where they built up quite a landed empire, and then became prominent in the Indian trade. The head of this empire ended up marrying one of the daughters of Iroquois chief Joseph Brant and fathering a number of children with her. Though a historian, I'm not big into genealogical research myself, but I do enjoy knowing this bit of our family's distant history.
So, today, celebrate your Irishness (real or borrowed!), and kiss an Irish person--they're good luck. Even if they're not quite 100%.