Your St. Patrick's Day IQ: Answer 4

What happens if you kiss the Blarney Stone?

Answer: You're given the gift of gab

If you know a smooth talker, chances are he or she has smooched the Blarney Stone. So why do people equate kissing the Blarney Stone with having a way with words? The answer dates back to the 18th century: England’s Queen Elizabeth coined the phrase due to her annoyance with Irish nobleman Lord Blarney’s ability to talk endlessly without ever actually agreeing to her demands. In other words, he was a typical politician.

The Blarney Stone is housed in Blarney Castle, a massive stone tower built around 1446 that stands in the lush green hills of Southern Ireland. The stone is believed to be half of the Stone of Scone, which originally belonged to Scotland. Scottish Kings were crowned over the stone, because it was believed to have special powers.

You can still visit Blarney Castle today and kiss the famous stone—just be sure to limber up and erase any fear of heights first. To kiss the Blarney Stone, which is located high up in the battlements of the castle, you must bend over backward and lower yourself down about two feet from the top of the castle. Then as you pucker up, ask yourself, “Is the gift of gab really worth all of this?”