03/14/2012 05:54 pm ET | Updated May 14, 2012

Leprechauns: 10 Weird Facts

Few icons from folklore and mythology have been branded and co-opted more than the leprechaun.

They have become so synonymous with Irish culture that the streets are filled with tall green hats and green coats every St. Patrick's Day.

Their history, however, is far different from the traditional leprechauns that endlessly wander into bars and fight hangovers one weekend in March.

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