Things you come across living in Ireland
40 degrees - Californians shiver uncontrollably.
35 degrees - Italian cars won't start.
20 degrees - Floridians wear coats, gloves, and wool hats.
15 degrees - Californians begin to evacuate the state.
People in Ireland go swimming in the sea.
0 degrees - New York landlords turn the heat on.
-10 degrees - People in Miami are extinct.
-20 degrees - Californians all now live in Mexico .
-100 degrees - Santa Claus abandons the North Pole.
-297 degrees - Microbial life starts to grind to a halt. Irish cows
-460 degrees - ALL atomic motion stops.
-500 degrees - Hell freezes over.
When wanting to open a bankaccount in Ireland
You will need:
When needing a general practitioner in Ireland
You first need to pay an amount of around 50 euro to the reception desk to be able to see anyone. Then you wait until the GP has time for you, and go into his office. Do not expect any PC or any other sign of modernness, by the way.
How does Ireland know how many people are living in the country?
Once every five years a person comes by your house and gives you a 'census' form. This year we all had to fill in this form on 23 April 2006 at 24.00 hours EXACTLY. You had to fill in who are the residents of the house, who lives there, who should be there, and who is in your house on that exact time.
Have they never heard of Technology?
Would Ireland be the only country in Europe where the health insurance is free, but for this you will only receive medical care when there are doctors on duty and they have nothing better to do when you arrive? In order to actually get medical care when you need it (which is by the way very modest comparing to countries on the European mainland) you simply have to pay for insurance. But then still you might have to wait up to two years for an operation.
Elections in the Republic of Ireland
The electoral system could be open to voter fraud if the register is not properly updated before the next general election, the Taoiseach told the Dail last night. A total of 17.000 people eligible to vote in the Dublin South-East constituency are not registered, it emerged this week. And a further 15.000 who have died or moved from the area are still on the register. Bertie Ahern said:"I am afraid it will have to be a Shank's mare exercise, which is the only way we will get a good register. We will need to take challenge this year".