A Load Of Blarney About The Irish Blarney Stone
Anyone kissing the Blarney Stone magically acquires the gift of gab, eloquence or skill at flattery. However, for anyone wanting to kiss the 'Blarney Stone' this is not a trivial task. Kissing the Blarney Stone is a team effort. The kisser lays down and lowers his body backwards into the chasm whilst holding a support bar, and a friend sits on his legs to keep him anchored firmly to the floor.
In ancient times pilgrims were hung over the parapet by their feet and lowered so they could kiss the stone.
The word 'blarney' has entered common parlance meaning clever bluster, or coaxing someone to do what you want.
* Funny Blarney Story
A group of tourists were touring Ireland. One of the women in the group was a real moaner, always complaining. The bus seats were uncomfortable or the food was terrible; it was either too hot, or it's too cold; the accommodations was awful. Will and Guy are sure you know the score.
The group arrived at the site of the famous Blarney Stone in County Cork.
'Good luck will be following you all your days, if you kiss the Blarney Stone,' the guide said. 'Unfortunately, it's being cleaned today and so no one will be able to kiss it. Perhaps we can come back tomorrow.'
'We can't be here tomorrow,' the nasty curmudgeonly woman shouted. 'We have some other boring tour to go on. So I guess we can' t kiss the stupid stone.'
'Well now,' the guide said patiently, 'it is said that if you kiss someone who has kissed the stone, you'll have the same good fortune.'
'And I suppose you've kissed the stone?' the woman scoffed rudely.
'No, ma'am,' the frustrated guide said, 'but I have sat on it.'
courtesy of: http://www.guy-sports.com/months/funny_stones.htm#The_Blarney_Stone