Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Dog Days of Summer

greg mankiss - dog days of summer
Greg Mankiss Dog Days of Summer

Today marks the 50th day of triple digit heat in the DFW metroplex.  To celebrate the Dog Days of Summer, I thought I'd share a few summer trivia facts:

1)  The name Dog Days comes from the ancient belief that Sirius, also called the Dog Star, in close proximity to the sun was responsible for the hot weather.

2)  The Eiffel tower grows six inches every year. In the summer the metal expands to make the tower grow, and in the winter the metal contracts to shrink the tower back down.

3 )  Alaska experiences an average of 19:11 hours of sunlight in the month of July.

4)  The average American eats around 5 1/2 gallons of ice cream a year. July is the National Ice Cream month because it is the month the most ice cream is sold.

5)  A cricket’s chirp frequency fluctuates with temperature. What does this mean? You can tell the temperature (in Fahrenheit) by counting the number of times a cricket chirps in 15 seconds. Just add 37 to whatever number you reach and BAM you have an approximate outside temp!

6)  According to the FBI, the total crime rate rises about 10 percent during the summer months.

7)  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 holds the summer box office record for best opening weekend.

8)  The world's first rodeo was held in Pecos, Texas on July 4, 1883.

9)  Over 77 percent of all U.S. households own a barbecue grill and nearly half barbecue year round and use their grills five times a month.  The most popular holiday weekend for barbecuing is July 4th, followed by Labor Day and Memorial Day.

10)  Katy Perry's 2010 song California Gurls is the hottest summer song, beating out The Beach Boys, Don Henley, Bryan Adams, Nat King Cole, and Justin Timberlake, just to name a few.

Enjoy the rest of your summer.  Stay cool :)