10 Facts About Summer That Will Really Make You Sweat!

Summer is a time for relaxation, taking in some sun and joining the global migration to the beach. It happens every year, but how much do you really know about the season and what the world gets up to during this time? Here is a list of ten facts about summer that are guaranteed to really make you sweat!

 

1. The Hindu calendar has 6 seasons instead of four.

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The Hindu calendar used frequently in India has 6 seasons instead of the traditionally Western four. They are: spring, summer, monsoon, autumn, winter and prevernal. According to environmental research, India has one of the world’s most serious pollution problems. Breathing the air in the large city of Mumbai in India for just a single day is about the equivalent of smoking around 100 cigarettes!

India is also home to the world record for the biggest family. The family in question consists of one man with 39 wives and 94 children. Most importantly though, India was the home of Mohandas K. Gandhi, and Mother Theresa from the city of Calcutta. The former, Gandhi, devoted his life to freeing India from British rule peacefully until he was assassinated in 1948. The latter, Mother Theresa, who was actually born in the Ottoman Empire – now Macedonia -, devoted her life to help those in need.

2. The official slogan of the 2016 Olympic Games to be held in Rio de Janeiro is “Viva sua paixão” which means “Live your passion”.

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Alongside the Summer Olympic Games, there are also the Winter Olympic Games, also held every four years. They feature sports that are played on snow and ice. The first Winter Olympic Games took place in Chamonix, France in 1924. Norway holds the record for most medals won at the Winter Olympic Games with a whopping 263 in total! Although 4 people have won medals at both the Summer and Winter Olympics, only one has won gold in both, Eddie Eagan clinched gold in boxing in 1920 and in 1932 at the Winter Olympics as a member of a four-person bobsled team.

Due to the cold-weather nature of the Winter Olympic Games, it is clear, that not all countries have representation in the games. In the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, 18 nations only had one athlete representing them: Zimbabwe, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Timor-Leste, Malta, Cayman Islands, Mexico, Venezuela, U.S. Virgin Islands, Nepal, Luxembourg, Bermuda, Paraguay, British Virgin Islands, Hong Kong, Philippines and Tonga.

3. The United States is the largest worldwide consumer of ice cream.

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One of the most common causes for a brain freeze is the quick ingestion of ice cream. This creamy sweet treat is a favorite summer treat all around the world. The average person in the United States eats around 26 liters of ice cream annually! Worldwide those numbers soar as every year, the world consumes about 15 billion, that’s right, BILLION liters of the stuff. That’s enough to fill 5,000 Olympic swimming pools! According to NASA, ice cream is amongst the top three items that astronauts miss whilst in space, alongside pizza and soft drinks.

One of the most famous ice cream brands is Ben & Jerry’s. The founders of the brand, the dynamic duo of Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield got into the business simply because their first choice to make bagels seemed too tough as bagel-making equipment was too expensive for their taste. Today, at their hallmark factory in Waterbury, Vermont stands a famous “ice cream cemetery” where all the failed flavor tests are laid to rest. Some of the “dearly de-pinted” flavors include Crème Brulee, Wavy Gravy, Peanut Butter and Jelly, and the oddly named Schweddy Balls, a flavor marketed (and named) after the infamous SNL sketch featuring Alec Baldwin.

4. Bright light shone on the backs of knees can reset your internal clock.

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An experiment carried out in 1998 found that shining a bright light on the back of human knees can reset the brain’s sleep-wake clock. This tactic is often used to combat jet-lag. Stepping out into the sun with the backs of our knees exposed has the potential to help you combat jet-lag and reset your internal clock. Although it may feel obvious to reach for the caffeine to fight the effects of jet lag, experts warn that this may actually have adverse effects because of their stimulant effects, they are not effective for successfully properly readjusting your body clock.

Jet lag is a common side effect of long distance travel. It is caused by the changing of time zones. A 2002 study found that jet lag is extremely common. The same study, carried out on International Business Travelers (IBTs) found that of all the common health problems recorded in the individuals, jet lag was the most frequently reported, affecting as many as 74% of these IBTs.

5. In ancient Egypt, the summer solstice marked the beginning of a new year.

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The Summer Solstice takes place every year somewhere between June 20-22 and is celebrated in different ways all over the world. In Alaska, it is marked with a baseball game played at midnight. Every year on the night of the summer solstice, the Alaska Goldpanners play a special game that starts at 10:30 in the evening and stretches out into the next day. This game is known as the Midnight Sun Game.

In ancient Egypt, the summer solstice was a very important day in the calendar, as it marked the start of the new year. It has also been long believed that Stonehenge in England was the site of ancient Druid solstice celebrations due to the arrangement of the stones and how the sun lines them up at the different solstices. Every year therefore, thousands of people flock to the site to watch the sun rise over the stones.

6. Uranus is known for appearing blue in color.

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Uranus only has two seasons: summer and winter. Summer on Uranus lasts for a full 42 years! That sounds pretty good when you consider that winter must be pretty brutal. Uranus has the coldest planetary atmosphere in our solar system with temperatures dropping to -224°C (-371.56°F)! Wind speeds on the planet’s surface can also reach up to 900 km/h (560 mph) Uranus is also one of the biggest. Our planet Earth can fit into it 63 times.

Uranus has a total of 27 moons in its orbit. All of its moons are named after characters from works by William Shakespeare and Alexander Pope. Some of them include: Oberon, Titania, Ariel, Cupid, Miranda and Puck. When it comes to orbiting the sun, Uranus does things a little differently than the others. The planet rotates sideways and “rolls” rather than “spins” around the sun like all the other planets.

7. The phrase “dog days of summer” comes from ancient Greece.

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Ever hear the phrase “dog days of summer”? Well, the saying actually refers to the weeks between the 3rd of July and the 11th of August when the Dog Star, aka Sirius, in the Canis Major constellation appears. The negative connotation of the phrase is derived from ancient Greek beliefs. The ancient Greeks blamed the Sirius constellation for the hot temperatures, drought, sickness, and general discomfort that occurred during the summer seasons.

The ancient Greeks also celebrated during the summer for the God of agriculture, Cronus. During the festivities, everybody was considered equal. Both slaves and nobility were treated as equals during that time.

8. According to a study done in 2013, Bangkok was the most visited city.

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Tourism and travelling is so important to our lives as human beings. One out of every eight jobs in the United States depends on travel and tourism. Travel is not only a big business, but also has serious health benefits. According to studies, travelling can help to improve your problem-solving skills and lower your risk of heart disease. Travel has also been shown to have helped people suffering from depression. It also shows that after just a day or two into a travel, 89% of people experience a notable drop in stress.

The United States is the only developed country in the world without even a single legally required paid vacation or holiday day. Austrian citizens on the other hand, have the most vacation time out of any other country with a legal minimum of 22 paid vacation days and 13 paid holiday days ever year.

9. California 's official state animal, the California grizzly bear, is extinct. You can find the species on their state flag.

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California is one of the biggest states in the United States, so much so that 1 in 8 Americans is from the state. California has a lot of famous cities, from Los Angeles to Long Beach, San Francisco to San Diego, but did you know, there’s also a town in Cali called “Cool” and another called “Squabbletown”? Better add those to the road trip list next time!

California produces 80% of all the world’s almonds. In fact, the state is the world’s fifth largest supplier of food! When it comes to food within Cali, they are pretty famous for burritos. There is actually a gas station in the state with a microwaveable burrito vending machine for a warm burrito on the go.

10. The Punch and Judy Show has its origins in 16th-century Italy.

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The Punch and Judy show is a traditional puppet show in England that is often performed during the summer season on beaches and seaside locales across the country. The show, which is usually very crass and violent in nature, features two characters, Mr. Pulcinella (Mr. Punch) and his wife Judy. The show depicts short scenes between the pair and sometimes a third character who generally falls victim to Mr. Punch’s club.

The Punch and Judy Show is traditionally performed by a single puppeteer inside of a brightly-colored booth. Since Victorian times, this puppeteer has been known as a “professor” or “punchman”. This puppeteer is sometimes accompanied by another person known as a “bottler” whose job it is to corral the audience outside the booth, introduce the show and collect monetary donations from the crowd.