There’s probably a lot you don’t know about leprechauns. You probably didn’t even realize that there is a lot you don’t know about leprechauns until we just told you there’s a lot you don’t know about leprechauns. For instance, they’re not just mad you stole their Lucky Charms, they’re mad they’re not getting any action. According to “A History of Irish Fairies,” there’s no record of the little guys ever having a lady counterpart. Not even one, like on the Smurfs. What else didn’t you know? Well I’m going to tell you.
- The Sliabh Foy Loop trail in the town of Carlingford, Ireland, serves as the official protected land for the country’s 236 remaining living leprechauns (according to an actual law filed with the European Union). The trail has signs asking hikers to tread lightly in the heavily leprechaun-ized area.
- The little guys (who are noted to be somewhere between two and three feet tall) used to wear red.
- One theory says that Leprechaun legends back to eighth-century water spirits called “luchorpán,” meaning small body (makes sense—well the small body part). These sprites eventually merged with a mischievous household fairy said to haunt cellars and drink heavily. (A sprites work is never done.)
- Leprechauns are by vocation cobblers. In fact, it’s the tap-tap-tapping of his tiny cobbler hammer, driving nails into shoes, that announces they are near.
- If you spot a leprechaun, he can’t escape unless you take your eyes off of him. So if you see one, don’t panic or look away or try to get someone else’s attention. The little guy could be gone forever.
Have some leprechaun facts of your own? Let us know. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Daylight savings time begins March 8,which means it’s almost time to spring forward. And while we said not to lose sleep over it, we, quite literally, do. (Did you know that Randy Garnder once went without sleep for 64.4 hours or 11 days and 24 minutes?) Anyways, we think that having that extra hour of daylight is totally worth those first few days of adjusting. So, we’ve gathered some tips to help ease your sleepiness.
- Plan early. Your friends may think you’re a little crazy, but to get a jumpstart on the work week, start adjusting your clocks over the weekend, so by the time Monday rolls around, you’re ready to go. Or you can even start earlier than that by setting your alarm clock 15 minutes earlier each of the four days preceding Sunday.
- No food before bedtime. Your body has gotten used to eating at certain times. But remember, the closer to bedtime you eat, the less well you will sleep. So try to adjust your eating habits as soon as possible.
- Don’t exercise too late in the day. Just like your eating schedule, you’ve likely gotten into a workout schedule. But try to adjust to an hour earlier even though your body may not want to. You don’t want to get yourself all raring to go right before you have to go to sleep. It’s going to put a damper on your morning.
If you’re generally not a good sleeper, take this time to create new nighttime habits that can help get you into a better circadian rhythm:
- There are the obvious fixes like, make sure your bed is comfortable, that the room is a good temperature (a little on the cooler side is better), and limit the light and noise in the room.
- Spend more time outside during the day.
- If you work from home, or are lucky enough to have an office with a window, let as much light in as possible during the day. Plus, a bright room just makes you happier, no?
- Turn off the TV and the computer before bedtime. While many people use the TV or computer to fall asleep, this can actually be disruptive to your natural rhythms.
- If you read before bedtime, turn off the iPad. (What, what, what?) Remember books, with the paper and the binding? Those bad boys are much better for you to put yourself to sleep to.
So, Coupon Cactus nation, rest those eyes. Sleep well.