There’s an old saying in England that when the ravens leave the Tower of London, the monarchy will fall. Is there, I wonder, a similar maxim in Ireland when sales of Guinness slump: the Blarney Stone turning to dust, perhaps?
Collectibles - Full Pints September 1, 2005 - Dave Gausepohl
Everyone recognizes the old ploy to keep us in the pub when the publican places salty foods like peanuts, pretzels and popcorn at the bar. Even though these thirst-causing snacks keep us drinking, they will not keep us at the bar as long as a game will.