Trivia of the Day for Tuesday

Summer is just around the corner, and here are some things you probably did not know:

  • The Dog Days of Summer refers to the weeks between July 3rd and August 11th. They are named after the Dog Star (Sirius) in the constellation of Canis Major.
  • Ancient Romans and Greeks blamed Sirius for the extreme temperatures, drought, sickness, and discomfort that came in late summer.
  • The Summer Olympics take place every four years. They were held for the first time in Greece more than two thousand years ago; the modern Summer Olympics were revived in 1896.
  • Mosquitoes, summer’s pest, have been around for more than 30 million years.
  • Watermelon is summer’s most popular vegetable. It is part of the cucumber, pumpkin, and squash family. The average American eats 15 pounds of watermelon a year and these juicy favorites are 92 percent water.
  • July is National Ice Cream Month. More Americans buy ice cream in July than any other month.
  • Summers spent throwing a Frisbee back and forth owe their game to a pie maker named Mr. Frisbee.
  • The first bathing suit for women was created in the 1800’s. It was long sleeved with woolen bloomers.
  • June is named for the Roman goddess Juno (Hera).
  • Romans began the summer wedding tradition, choosing June for Juno’s blessing. The tradition stuck.
  • August is the busiest month for travel and tourism.
  • Summer movie season is considered the most popular time for audiences to watch films.
  • Summer television used to be repeats only as Americans were typically outdoors during the summer. New programming was added to summer television line-ups beginning with 90210’s special summer season of 1991, a network first.

 

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