The TRUE Story of Lutefisk

St. Patrick Chased More Than the Snakes out of Ireland ~ ~ ~

Did you know the reason the Irish celebrate St. Patrick’s Day is because this is when St. Patrick drove the Norwegians out of Ireland. It seems that some centuries ago, many Norwegians came to Ireland to escape the bitterness of the Norwegian winter. Ireland was having a famine at the time, and food was scarce. The Norwegians were eating almost all the fish caught in the area, leaving the Irish with nothing to eat but potatoes.
St. Patrick,taking matters into his own hands, as most Irishmen do, decided the Norwegians had to go. Secretly, he organized the Irish IRATRION (Irish Republican Army to Rid Ireland of Norwegians) Irish members of IRATRION passed a law in Ireland that prohibited merchants from selling ice boxes or ice to the Norwegians, in hopes that their fish would spoil. This would force the Norwegians to flee to a colder climate where their fish would keep. Well, the fish spoiled, all right, but the Norwegians, as everyone knows today, thrive on spoiled fish.
So, faced with failure, the desperate Irishmen sneaked into the Norwegian fish storage caves in the dead of night and sprinkled the rotten fish with lye, hoping to poison the Norwegian invaders. But, as everyone knows, the Norwegians thought this only added to the flavor of the fish. They liked it so much they decided to call it “lutefisk”, which is Norwegian for “luscious fish”. Matters became even worse for the Irishmen when theNorwegians started taking over the Irish potato crop and making something called “lefse”.
Poor St. Patrick was at his wit’s end, and finally on March 17th, he blew his top and told all the Norwegians to “GO TO HELL”. So they all got in their boats and emigrated to Minnesota or the Dakotas —- the only other paradise on earth where smelly fish, old potatoes and plenty of cold weather can be found in abundance.
The End.


5 thoughts on “The TRUE Story of Lutefisk

  1. You are so funny! Obviously the stress of waiting for the river to do it’s thing has caused you a bit of brain damage! Your stories make my day!

    And yes, I’ve heard about St. Urho’s Day!

    I took you with me to Sedona yesterday to see the red rocks. Did you have fun? We didn’t stop for the vortexes, crystals and new age stuff, but did enjoy the pretty scenery.

    I hear it’s a warm-up back home in Minnesota. I hope and pray things don’t get too difficult for you this spring. Think of you so often.

  2. That is really funny. Lutefisk is such a delicacy for those of us who love it! Actually, the Norse and the Irish share a lot of the same genes because of the Vikings’ raids. The native lasses loved those red-haired marauders and could not resist them. I think there are more people in Ireland with red hair now than there are in Norway.

  3. That is just about the funniest thing I’ve heard in a long time. But I guess in the mess you guys are in, about the only thing that keeps you sane is a sense of humor.

  4. Just discovered your column. How fun !!
    I think I’ve discovered why the “up north” boys/men love sitting in a stinky fish house….it smells very similar ( most of the time)to lutefisk !

  5. Interesting blog, I really enjoyed the articles and the pictures. Ole sounds like a great guy. Best of luck with the flood!

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