It's Saint Patrick's Day, a venerable Irish holiday that has been taken over by folks who think they need an excuse to wear green and get shitfaced. There's more to this day than finding yourself in the back of a police cruiser covered in green barf and wondering why you're wearing someone else's underwear. St. Paddy's day is steeped in Irish myth and lore.
Some of that myth and lore came to visit Alabama eleven years ago today, and the internet hasn't been the same since.
That's right, it's the eleventh anniversary of the day a Mobile, Alabama news station aired a segment featuring the fevered reactions of residents of that city's Crichton neighborhood to an alleged leprechaun sighting in the neighborhood. As you can see in the video above, it's one of Jimmy Kimmel's favorite viral news stories. Kimmel didn't air the whole thing, though, so feel free to watch the downright amazing original video here:
The video seems in hindsight like it was destined to go viral It had everything: local characters clearly having fun with it, that suspect sketch:
... The hilariously sober-sounding announcer, and the woman pointing out that it may not be a mythical Irish creature at all, but "a crackhead that got hold of the wrong stuff."
We've never found out if it was a leprechaun in that neighborhood or not. The hoopla died down. But the video lives on, and it's freaking awesome. Especially after you've had a few to celebrate the day.