Friday, March 16, 2007

Leprechauns Have Annoying Little Brothers Too

BELFAST, Ireland (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Everyone celebrates leprechauns on St. Patrick’s Day (March 17), but not everyone acknowledges their annoying little brothers.

As Irish folklore has it, “cluricauns” – close family members of leprechauns – may get the short end of the rainbow on St. Patty’s Day, but end up getting away with mayhem all year long.

Leprechaun investigator John Murphy says cluricauns physically resemble leprechauns, but have very different personalities.

For example, cluricauns get their jollies by causing chaos in mortals’ lives by overturning chairs, breaking plates, and stealing wine, food, and animals.

Murphy says the pesky little fairies cause even more commotion when they harness animals like sheep, goats and dogs and “ride them throughout the country at night.”

But while cluricauns are stirring up havoc, their older, more responsible leprechaun brothers “formally disapprove” of their little bros’ wild antics and often “disassociate themselves from their activities.”

Although cluricauns seem like excellent party buddies, they never actually have beer money because they don’t know where the leprechauns hide their pots of gold.

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