Tuesday, March 10, 2009

What do the Irish have in common with vampires?

This isn’t one of those annoying absurdist riddles that have no real answer; like Why is a raven like a writing desk?* But it appears that both the daughters of Dracula and the sons of the auld sod have one thing in common: an affinity for retiring in the actual terra of their homeland. To this end, capitalism has given full sway to its potent ability to serve whatever strange whims society can muster. Myriads of websites have sprung up catering to those who yearn to be buried in, or at least sprinkled with, a bagful or two of the Emerald Isle.
The Auld Sod Export Company is one of the many who have come to the rescue of these forlorn souls, and promises to provide for those who cannot make the long journey home. Mr. Burke, one of the co-founders of the company, was quoted, “There’s a saying that when the Irish came to America, they brought their churches, schools and music, but the one thing they couldn't bring was the soil. Now we can send it over to them at an affordable price.” Apparently, they managed to find room to pack their business savvy. According to their website http://www.officialirishdirt.com/ “now you can add that magical ingredient to all the important occasions!” It used to be folks just worried about their caterers; now the socially ambitious have something truly inspiring to obsess about.
*For those of you asking yourselves (as so many have in the past), "So why is a raven like a writing desk?!?"- here is the answer: http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/1173/why-is-a-raven-like-a-writing-desk

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