15 Things You Didn't Know About Four-Leaf Clovers

15 Things You Didn't Know About Four-Leaf Clovers

The Wee, Lucky Plant You Probably Don't Think About That Much
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It's almost St. Patrick's Day! Time for beer, green, Rubens, more beer, and four-leaf clovers. But why do we care about these cute little four-leafed plants? Worry not, for I will tell you!

On this green, drunken holiday, here are some fun pieces of four-leaf clover trivia to amaze your friends!

1. The odds of finding a four-leaf clover are 1 in 10,000

Lucky or not, these wee little weeds are pretty rare!

2. However, those odds (might) be better in the Emerald Isle

This is one of the reasons we say it's the luck o' the Irish.

3. Four-leaf clovers aren't shamrocks

I know. Mind. Blown.

Shamrocks are the three-leaf version, not the lucky four-leaf we hear so much about.

4. Each leaf means something different

The four leaves represent faith, love, hope, and of course, luck.

5. Clovers aren't just lucky in Ireland

Egyptians gave four-leaf clovers to newlyweds to bless the marriage.

6. Four-leaf clovers are supposed to also represent the cross

7. Celtic folklore claims that people who wear four-leaf clovers are able to see fairies

Of course, several pints of ale could probably help with this, too...

8. No one really knows what to do with clovers

Some traditions say four-leaf clovers are only lucky if you keep them hidden from other people, but other traditions say your fortune will double if you give your clover to someone else.

9. The legend goes back to biblical times

Some believe that Eve took a four-leaf clover with her when she and Adam were thrown out of the Garden of Eden as a memento of paradise.

10. The four-leaf clovers are believed to have healing powers, too

According to legend, Druid priests used the four-leaf clover for healing rituals and to ward off evil spirits.

11. St. Patrick actually liked three-leaf clovers better

Not to say he didn't like the four-leaf counterpart, but St. Patrick was fond of the more common three-leaf clover. He used it to teach his followers about the Holy Trinity.

12. Some say four-leaf clovers will help you find love

If you didn't find "the one" in time for Valentine's Day, you might still be in luck.

Four-leaf clovers are said to help you find your true love. Some people even put clovers in their shoes to lead their feet to their soulmate.

13. Clovers can be unlucky, too

Here's a quick look at clovers' levels of luck determined by their number of leaves: Three-leaf clover? Good, but not lucky. Four-leaf clover? Good and lucky. Five-leaf clover? Bad, bad luck -- drop it and run!

14. Four-leaf clovers make great gifts

They aren't just for decoration every March 17th. You are encouraged to give clover-inspired gifts when friends and family try something new or make a life-changing decision.

15. There are fake clovers

There are several species of four-leaf clovers, but only one is considered to be authentic.

So, while you're holding back your friend's hair after a long night of celebration, feel free to share these festive bits of trivia. And have a lucky St. Patrick's Day!

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

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We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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