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Did St. Patrick really run all the snakes out of Ireland? Were there ever any poisonous snakes in Ireland?

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There are zero, and have never been any poisonous snakes indigenous to the island of Ireland.
Sure, St Patty ran all the snakes out of Ireland and I ran all the Jabberwocks of Boston.

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Yeh, you ran the Jabberwocks out of Boston, alright.
And they all came to Chicago.
Thanks a bunch!! Humph.
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Rite on and Thanks alot, Wickedpissah! BTW, Chigago didnt get um all... be sure a bunch of the Jabberwocks made their way 2 Cleveland 2!!!
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Ahhh... the Land of the Cleves.
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Yes, "The Land of Cleve"...most exciting city on the north coast of the United States. Proof u say?... where else has the river in a major city caught on fire and burned 4 days @ a time.....more than once!!! Its also known in Latin as "De Mistaketh by de Laketh Maximus"...Home :-)
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Ahh, yes, the Cleveland variety of the Jabberwock species. Too true! Our shores just had the dead alewives "bloats" for a few years, but no flaming H2O (unless you count the old Calumet River, but nobody does because that's in Gary IN, anyway).
But, ours have an odd behavior: they seem to like selling public-owned bits of Chicago to the French. First the elevated toll highway (Skyway), then the bus kiosks (not the buses...yet), then all the parking meters, and now they're trying to shop out one of our 2 airports (Midway), and who knows what else.
Then (I think it was a passive aggressive action toward the French) they banned liver pate, for a while, but also closed a major roadway (LSD) every Sunday, to give it over to just bicycles (see French? We like bicycles, too!).
I should have taken French in HS instead of Spanish. I may need it.
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Chi-town...now there's a crazy town! Driving in ur town is nutz! Btw, anything that happenes in Gary,IN is Gary's problem...not Chicago's...I'd consider that a blessing! lol bloated Ale wives? Im gonna have 2 look in2 that 1...prohibition? Im in Chi-town a few times a year. Now Im going 2 have keep an eye out 4 da Frenchie invation!?! Great!!! :-P
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Heh, yeh -- tho the alewives die-off was quite a few years back, but it's legend to long-time Chicagoans. The stink was amazing!
And we do have crazy drivers. I don't know how bad we rate on a national scale, but there are several expressways and routes I avoid on holidays, and big game days. I'd like to live longer, and stay in one piece.
Have fun in Chi, tho. We're kinda like Cleveland, actually, there's just more of us .... Muhahahaha!
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Annnnd, every few years we do get another biggish dead alewives "tide" in the Spring, just not the massive bulldoze-fish-off-beaches there used to be. But, hey, there are always some, still, every Spring! So, come walk on our shores -- and bring nose plugs! ;)
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Hm, but doesn't Cleveland have Lake Erie? The Undead Lake? It died but now it lives!!
Don't think we can top that one ...
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Thats right, them river cowboys were always rootin', tootin', burnin' and polutin' poor ole Lady Erie...really put a beatin' on her but, she did bounce back! best game fishing lake in the great lakes now! ;ts because of the river catching fire all them times thats caused the EPA 2 be properly born... That helped give Cleveland a small lift of our self esteam... Now we're known as "The Slightly Dreary City on Erie"... :-[
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Hahaha great name!
Yep I seem to recall something about Erie used to be the only place you could go fishing and catch one that's already deep fried in oil! :D
She's still a pretty lake, tho!
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Oh Lord, lmaooh 4real!!! I made up that last name but, catching fish prefried outta Erie is just 2 funny!!! I hope u dont mind but Im gonna use that 1...!!! lol!:-D
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Hahaha!! Sure, go for it!
I originally heard it (as I recall) from a comic who lived and fished on Lake Erie, so it belongs to you guys, anyway! :D
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Well, actually he was joking about trying to fish on Lake Erie but got too close to the mouth of the Cuyahoga river. More jokes about 3-eyed fish shaking their arm-fins at him and spitting as they climbed out of his boat! Wish I could remember the comic's name. He was hilarious.
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You've heard about Illinois's huge "flying fish" that will jump into a moving motor boat (for real!), right? They're a large variety of escaped imported Asian carp, called Silver Carp. Amazzzing. Places in the Illinois and Sangamon river there are hundreds that will all jump several feet out of the water as you pass and way often land right in the boat.
Check out YouTube for "Asian Carp jumping" and you'll see plenty of homemade videos. I love the one where a fish about 20 pounds slams right into the camera guy! Lol!
Too bad they're such an environmental hazard, but you gotta admit it's hilarious. :)
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Was it Drew Cary? I remember him saying that in the winter in cleveland people up n down his street would stand in their drives w/an arrisol can in both hands just spraying in2 the air, trying 2 speed up hole in ozone so greenhouse effect would speed up and warm up cleveland winters! :-P Yap, Ive seen the carp on river monsters and another show on animal planet...crazy right? at the mouth of cold creek in sandusky bay, L.Erie, theres a guy who use 2 breed these Ginormous carp 2 sell 2 Jewish fish merchants in NYc. We had a boat docked there and some of these carp broke out of the pens. They were so big, when they swim by u, the music from jaws automaticly started playing from outta the sky!!! U should check on youtube and see if theres any video on these monsters...heck, I may just have 2 look myself...
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Yes! I bet it was Drew Cary! It's his kind of joke, for sure. I know I've seen him live a couple times, years back.
Haha yeh I can just hear him telling that aerosol can joke!
It's sooo crazy. We're going to have to drive out sometime and see them jumping. They're even doing boat tours in some places, with wire cages over passenger seats for protection ... from fish!! Weird!!
And yeh you gotta check out You
tube. There are some great ones from Lake Erie, but thankfully those are native carp. Huge ones, but native.
There was one vid showing one almost 42 pounds(!) but it was in Indiana.
I love living near big water!
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Was it Drew Cary? I remember him saying that in the winter in cleveland people up n down his street would stand in their drives w/an arrisol can in both hands just spraying in2 the air, trying 2 speed up hole in ozone so greenhouse effect would speed up and warm up cleveland winters! :-P Yap, Ive seen the carp on river monsters and another show on animal planet...crazy right? at the mouth of cold creek in sandusky bay, L.Erie, theres a guy who use 2 breed these Ginormous carp 2 sell 2 Jewish fish merchants in NYc. We had a boat docked there and some of these carp broke out of the pens. They were so big, when they swim by u, the music from jaws automaticly started playing from outta the sky!!! U should check on youtube and see if theres any video on these monsters...heck, I may just have 2 look myself...
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Im sorry, I posted that comment again...oops. I miss the Great Lakes every time I leave um and the oceans n mountians when I leave them 2...what 2 do, what 2 do...;-) lol!
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Win the lottery and have houses in both places! That's what we'd do, if we could. Sigh.
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lmaooh4real!!! yaaaaaaaaah, if I hit da loto.... I'd be a full time artist and part time amature historian.....
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no and no

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Some believe that the "snakes" were the pagans.

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thats the metaphor I thought it represented. I didnt think vipers could survive in that cold climate...
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Nope, and Yes.
Nope = All snakes in Ireland died in the last ice age, and no new ones have made it across the (really cold) Irish Sea to set up shop again.
Yes = There are venomous snakes in Ireland now, but they were exotic pets that were abandoned -- however none are loose since the zoos and authorities have all of them.

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From an article entitled "List of reptiles in Ireland."

There is only one land reptile species native to Ireland, the viviparous or common lizard. It appears to have a widespread distribution across the entire island with coastal, bogland and mountainous areas showing highest numbers of sightings. A legend tells that Saint Patrick banished all snakes from Ireland, but in reality there is no suggestion that snakes ever existed in Ireland.

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I believe that it is supposed to be a metaphor for the Pagans. There are no signs of snakes ever residing in Ireland.

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