7 lucky ways for geeks to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day

Being a geek is all about enjoying the things you like and not worrying what others think.  St. Patrick’s Day is traditionally a fun-loving holiday celebration.  The inclusive, welcoming motto “everyone is Irish on March 17th” makes it a wonderful match with geek culture.  So let’s make a list of 7 geeky ways to celebrate!

 1.  Eat some Lucky Charms for breakfast

(General Mills)

Clichéd and stereotypical? Oh, relax and put such worries aside! Embrace your inner geeky child today—you know you want to.  Plus, they’re magically delicious!

 2.  Wear your favorite green superhero t-shirt

(via Amazon.com)

There’s lots to choose from!  Green Lantern? Green Arrow? The Hulk/She-Hulk?  Or… dare I suggest it… Swamp Thing? The desirable shirt pictured above which combines two of everyone’s favorite green heroes can be purchased on Amazon.com.

 3.  Watch your city dye its river green

This is just a cool chemistry experiment that serves no purpose other than to have some geeky fun.  Gotta love the spirit of this. What, your city doesn’t dye its river green, you say? Well, your city just isn’t as cool as Chicago then, is it? 😉

If you’re curious how Chicago did it, the Windy City’s spokespeople don’t divulge all the secrets but they do share some info in this Chicago Tribune article.

 4.  Enjoy some comic books with Irish characters/themes

The DC supervillain Silver Banshee is a notable Irish character (DC Comics)

Banshees, whether Marvel’s Banshee or DC’s Silver Banshee, are always a fine choice here.  MTV has put together a great list of other suggestions here.

 5.  Listen to some Irish rock music

What’ll it be: U2, Van Morrison, The Pogues, Sinead O’Connor, or the Cranberries?  Maybe even some Thin Lizzy!

 6.  Read some Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde


Forget that downer James Joyce.  Oscar knows how to mix it up!

“Humanity takes itself too seriously. It is the world’s original sin. If the cave-man had known how to laugh, History would have been different.”  —Oscar Wilde

 7.  Watch an Irish-themed movie

(Universal Pictures)


There are lots of good ones but some of our favorites include Gangs of New York, Far and Away, My Left Foot, Waking Ned Devine and the John Wayne classic The Quiet Man.

Happy geeky St. Patrick’s Day, everyone!

About Andrea Sefler

Andrea Sefler
Andrea is a consultant and technical writer for various scientific software and instrumentation companies. She has a Ph.D. in chemistry from Berkeley and has never met a genre of music or books that she hasn’t liked. As a gamer since the days of the Apple II, Andrea can relate any number of hair-raising tales about role-playing games stored on 360 kB 5.25” floppy disks and may, someday, put them to paper.

One comment

  1. The Black &Tans were British vigilantes who hunted Irish freedom fighters. The Chicago River is filthy with waste water and invasive species that are b separated by electric fences from Lake Michigan. Not so lucky,imho.

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