‘Jeopardy!’ Celebrates St. Patrick’s Day Revealing ‘Only Leprechaun Colony West of Ireland’

by Thad Mitchell
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The popular game show “Jeopardy!” is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day the best way it knows how — by providing obscure but interesting facts.

Today (Wednesday) is St. Patrick’s Day as the holiday is celebrated each year on March 17. Using their social media page, “Jeopardy!” shares a factoid on the world’s smallest park in Portland, Oregon. They tie in the Irish holiday by proclaiming the park might be home to a mythical creature made popular in Irish lore. Using a meme from “Mental Floss” Jeopardy! uses the opportunity to wish viewers a happy St. Patrick’s Day.

“Enjoy your St. Patrick’s Day with plenty of corned beef and cabbage,” the Wednesday Instagram post says.

‘Jeopardy!’ Wishes Watchers a Happy St. Patrick’s Day

The meme “Jeopardy!” shares is an obscure fact about Mill Ends Park, reportedly the world’s tiniest park.

“The world’s smallest park is a 24-inch circle in Portland, Oregon called Mill Ends Park,” the post states. “It is said to house “the only leprechaun colony west of Ireland.”

The “Jeopardy!” Instagram post took in thousands of “likes” and dozens of comments in under two hours of its posting. Several social media users took to the comments section to spread a little St. Paddy’s Day cheer of their own.

Mill Ends Park is a tiny urban park, consisting of one tree and is located in the median strip of SW Naito Parkway. Originally intended to be the site of a light pole, the park is a small circle, 2-feet across, with a total area of 452 square inches. It is said to be home to a colony of leprechauns, according to Portland lore.

“Jeopardy!” continues rolling right along with Journalist Katie Couric filling in as the game show’s guest host. The show has relied on guest hosts since the passing of long-time host Alex Trebek late last year. Trebek lost his battle with pancreatic cancer on November 8. The 80-year-old was the host of the show for 37 years, beginning his reign in 1984. In addition to Couric, former contestant Ken Jennings and executive producer Mike Richards have hosted the show. Future “Jeopardy!” hosts include NFL star Aaron Rodgers, Dr. Mehmet Oz, and journalist Anderson Cooper.

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