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Posted by Hal Neumann (+9335) 6 years ago
Is Corned Beef Really Irish?
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March 15, 2013
http://blogs.smithsonianm...lly-irish/

There May Be Fish Bladder in Your Guinness
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http://blogs.smithsonianm...-guinness/
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Posted by Oddjob (+179) 6 years ago
When I was just a wee lad, my Father used to tell me that nobody in the Olde Sod ate corned beef. They all ate "Potatoes and Points".

Trivia Crown to whoever knows what that consists of..
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Posted by Jeff Denton (+754) 6 years ago
Well I think points is a cut of beef that might be used for corned beef. But I wonder if he meant oxtail soup?
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Posted by Gunnar Emilsson (+13661) 6 years ago
Methinks I'll have another wee point of Guinness...
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Posted by Oddjob (+179) 6 years ago
Actually the phrase is a bit of a morbid joke.

Most of the people in Ireland couldn't afford to buy meat, but when they did have it (usually bacon), they only used it for very special occasion. In the meantime they would store it hanging from the open rafters in the houses. As a result of having very little meat in their diet, breakfast, lunch and dinner usually consisted of boiled potatoes.

The joke was, that if anybody at the table griped about having nothing to eat but potatoes again, the father would point at the bacon hanging from the rafters and tell them "just pretend your eating that!"

Thus "Potatoes and Points".

Happy St. Patrick's Day and hopefully you will all do little better than potatoes and points for dinner today.
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Posted by Bridgier (+8278) 6 years ago
How many potatoes does it take to starve an Irishman?

None.
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Posted by Elizabeth Emilsson (+788) 6 years ago
WE enjoyed a great St.Paddy's day with Steve O'Craddock and Glenna and Tucker O' Bolton and old time Miles Citian, Thora Hanson (for us, the auld sod) and her husband, David. Now I guess, it's time to get serious about Lent.
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