Being a few days past the solstice, we are officially into those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer. Although with climate change causing so many serious events of nature and temperature fluctuations, summers along with other seasons are becoming more unpredictable. That being said, let’s look at the lighter side. Following are some interesting facts about summer.
The first modern Olympic Games were held in the summer in 1896 in Athens, Greece.
Did you know that watermelons are not a fruit, but a vegetable instead? They belong to the cucumber family of vegetables.
The Eiffel tower actually grows in the heat of the summer. Due to the iron expanding, the tower grows about 6 inches every summer.
July is national ice cream month.
The month of June is named after the Roman goddess Juno.
The first women’s bathing suit was created in the 1800’s. It came with a pair of bloomers.
The “dog days of summer” refer to the dates from July 3rd to August 11th. They are named so after Sirius the Dog Star. This star is located in the constellation of Canis Major.
Frisbees, invented in the 1870’s as a pie plate, but in the 1940’s, college students began throwing them around. They have since stopped being used for pie plates and are now a summertime staple.
Roman general Marc Antony named the month of July after Julius Caesar.
July is national blueberry month.
Mosquitos, we know, are most prevalent during summer months. Mosquitos have been on earth for more than 30 million years. Ugh!
August was named after Julius Caesar’s nephew. He had received the title of “Augustus” which means “reverend”.
The first National Spelling Bee was held on June 17th, 1825.
Ice pops were invented in 1905 by an 11 year old boy.
Finally, Sea turtle walks are a popular event on Florida beaches in June and July when huge mama turtles weighing in at around 200 to 250 pounds come ashore to lay their eggs. About two months later, the tiny and adorable sea turtles hatch but they don’t just make a run for the water. They wait until the sand cools, which is usually at night, and begin their journey to the water. If you’re lucky enough to see them at night, don’t shine any light on them. It could really interfere with their sense of direction and set them off course.
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