OPI – Mrs O'Leary's BBQ

I love OPI, but I’ve always hated their cheesy names. This one, on the other hand, is actually the most interestingly named, I think!

It does look like yummy BBQ sauce (and since I’m originally from Texas, I LOVE my BBQ!), but did you know that this nail polish was named after the Great Chicago Fire that burned for 3 days, killing hundreds and destroying about 4 square miles in 1871? The fire was one of the largest U.S. disasters of the 19th century.

The blame was put on Catherine O’Leary. The legend was that Mrs. O’Leary’s cow kicked a lantern over and started the fire.

You gotta love this one!

I have to add that the formula is awesome, this was 2 coats. Its a keeper for sure, even if just for the name!

You can find hundreds of sites dedicated to this fire and the legend of Mrs. O’Leary’s cow.

I found http://www.thechicagofire.com/, http://www.chicagohistory.org/fire/oleary/, and some interesting google image search results too!

The fire actually ended up causing Chicago to become one of the most successful cities, and the fire department became one of the best in the country.

Years later, everyone would sing a parody song:
  Late one night, when we were all in bed,
  Old Mother Leary left a lantern in the shed;
  And when the cow kicked it over, she winked her eye and said,
  “There’ll be a hot time in the old town, tonight.”


One thought on “OPI – Mrs O'Leary's BBQ

  1. Ulmiel

    Thanks for the info, I find stuff like that extremely interesting! I just thought it’s some kind of reference to the BBQ sauce … 🙂 Awesome polish!


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