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.