In honor of the SOPA and PIPA blackout - top '#Irish Facts Without Wikipedia'
Irish radio host sparks the imagination of Irish tweeters
A canny Irish radio host took advantage of a Twitter hastag #factswithoutwikipedia on Wednesday and asked his listeners to come up with “#Irish Facts Without Wikipedia”. The Twitter frenzy was all in honor of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA) protests in the United States.
The response to The 2fm presenter Rick O’Shea’s (@RickOShea) hashtag was massive. The tweets are a great example of Irish surrealism, sarcasm and humor.
On Wednesday websites such as Wikipedia and Reddit were blacked out. Google.com even joined in blacking out their usually expressionistic logo on the homepage.
Here’s our pick of the top tweets for #IrishFactsWithoutWikipedia:
Guinness is made from Hops,Barley,Leprechaun Juice and the tears of Irish people deep in negative equity #IrishFactswithoutWikipedia
tourismireland give grants for waving at tourists during the summer #irishfactswithoutWikipedia
Damian Hanlon @damohanlo
The IRA was a splinter group of The Richard and Judy Book Club [ the equivalent to Oprah book club] that just got a bit out of hand #irishfactswithoutwikipedia
Brian Murphy @bMurfy
"Hold on a minute, I'll be back in a second" makes perfect sense #irishfactswithoutwikipedia
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Colm Hall @colmhall
Gardai mispronounce the word 'vehicle' in the hope of confusing you into confessing to the abduction of Shergar. #irishfactswithoutwikipedia
Paul Gilligan @cazgillo
ahshernow is a real word. #irishfactswithoutwikipedia
#irishfactswithoutwikipedia leprechauns have been fighting for recognition as an ethnic minority in the European courts since 1991
Brian Murphy @bMurfy
As part of a huge experiment on the placebo effect, there's been no actual alcohol in Irish drink since 1925 #irishfactswithoutwikipedia
In Ireland "just up the road" is anything from 100 yards to 20 miles. The difference in tone determines how far #IrishFactsWithoutWikipedia
William Rotte @thrill_bill
The 'Half your age plus seven' rule is in the Irish Constitution. #IrishFactsWithoutWikipedia
Eoin O'Beara @eobeara
Iceland used to be a county of Ireland before it broke off in 1941, nobody noticed because of the war. #IrishFactsWithoutWikipedia
Liam Porter @LiamPort
If you live anywhere outside Dublin it's mandatory to have your elbow out the car window on a warm day #IrishFactsWithoutWikipedia
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