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  • kermitIt’s the day of parades, festivals and parties; the day of shamrocks, three-leaf clovers and wearing green. But, most of all, it’s a day of celebration for a great figure in the Irish Culture: Saint Patrick’s Day. This day resonates and is celebrated throughout the world. Though everyone has their own traditions to uphold, parties to attend, and parades to organize, we would like to give a small tribute to some of our favorite green things in honor of good ole Saint “Paddy’s” Day.

    Money
    Would this be a list about “green” things if money wasn’t included? Money makes the world keep spinning and firing on all cylinders. The majority of our lives revolve around money and how we spend it. Many think about how fast money is spent versus how often it graces our pocketbooks, but here are a few fun facts about money, as pulled from the Federal Reserve Education site:

    • The U.S. Secret Service was created during the Civil War to fight counterfeiting.

    • The Bureau of Engraving and Printing has two facilities, one in Washington, D.C. and the other in Fort Worth, Texas. Together they use approximately 9.7 tons of ink per day.

    • The largest bill ever printed by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing was the $100,000 gold certificate.

    Kermit the Frog
    Jim Henson, the creator of The Muppets, left behind a legacy that still resonates today. One of his most memorable creations from the franchise was Kermit the Frog. As he is considered a celebrity with his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, here are some fun facts about our favorite green puppet:

    • An early version of Kermit appeared in 1955 in a 5-minute puppet show for WRC-TV’s “Sam and Friends”.

    • The original Kermit was made out of an old coat that once belonged to Jim Henson’s mother and the eyes were made from ping-pong balls. 

    • Though introduced in 1955, Kermit didn’t become famous until he appeared on “Sesame Street” in 1969.

    Yoda
    Honoring green things, are you? Then include Yoda, you should. A supporting character that, in some cases, holds more clout than the live stars of the film, Yoda is one of the most memorable characters in the Star Wars universe. He first appeared in the 1980 film “The Empire Strikes Back” as Luke Skywalker’s trainer.

    Here are a few fun facts about our little green Jedi Grandmaster:

    • Yoda has a first name: Minch Yoda. George Lucas aimed to create an air of mystery around the character and decided on not revealing the characters full name in the movies. 

    • Even though Yoda is one of the most recognized characters from the Star Wars universe, very little is known about his past. His species is also unknown. 

    • Yoda was voiced by Frank Oz, who also voiced the Cookie Monster from “Sesame Street” and Miss Piggy from “The Muppets”.

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