A popular St. Patrick’s Day joke is:
Q: Why should you never iron a 4-leaf clover?
A: You don’t want to press your luck.
The joke has been printed on many images and has been cited in print since 1978.
Wikipedia: Four-leaf clover
The four-leaf clover is a rare variation of the common three-leaved clover. According to tradition, such leaves bring good luck to their finders, especially if found accidentally. In addition, each leaf is believed to represent something: the first is for faith, the second is for hope, the third is for love, and the fourth is for luck.
Google News Archive
22 August 1978, The Free Lance-Star (Fredericksburg, VA), “Tell Me Why!” by A. Leokum, pg. 6, col. 2:
Why shouldn’t you iron a four-leaf clover?
You shouldn’t press your luck.
October 1987, Boys’ Life, “Think & Grin,” pg. 65, col. 3:
Warped wise man says: “If you iron a four-leaf clover, you press your luck."— Wayne Rich, Jefferson, Tex.
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Why should you never iron a 4-leaf clover? You don’t want to press your luck.
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Why don’t you ever iron a four-leaf clover?
You might press your luck!
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WHY IS IT ALWAYS A bad idea to iron a four-leaf clover?
Because you should never press your luck.
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Jane Walsh @irishcentral March 07,2016 01:00 AM
4. Never iron a four leaf clover. You don’t want to press your luck.