Socrates suggested a passive solar design for Greek houses. All openings faced south and roofs were angled north. Houses remained cool during summer since the roof provided shade, and warm during winter since the roof deflected cold north winds and sunlight entered through the south openings. dennisrhollowayarchitect.…
After Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of SpongeBob Squarepants, graduated high school he worked as a fry cook during summers at a restaurant in Islesford, Maine known as Islesford Dock Restaurant. The restaurant would later be the inspiration for the Krusty Krab in the show. bangordailynews.com/2018/…
The UK sits under 5 different air masses, creating unpredictable weather patterns and mimicking both tropical and polar climates. Although on the same latitude as Canada the UK often gets rain instead of snow throughout the year and humidity compared to that of a rainforest in summer. bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-2…
The Canadian government will pay you to plant trees for a summer. It became so popular that work visas became available for foreign workers simply to plant trees. cbc.ca/news/canada/britis…
Inflatable, tubular, wavy men are called Airdancers and were invented by Peter Minshall for the 1996 Summer Olympics! He called them "Tall Boys" and they are banned in some areas of the United States, such as Houston. slate.com/blogs/the_eye/2…
Song It's Raining Men was rejected by Donna Summer, Barbara Streisand, Cher and Diana Ross. Backing singers Martha Wash and Izora Armstead then recorded it, with the duo now named The Weather Girls en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pau…
In 2011, the State of New York proclaimed that wiffle ball, as well as kickball, freeze tag and dodgeball were "unsafe" for children, and that any summer camp program that included two or more of such activities would be subject to government regulation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wif…
Today I learned about the BΓΆΓΆgg, which is a giant snowman figure with a head full of a firecrackers that is burned as part of a spring festival every year in Zurich. The time it takes for the BΓΆΓΆgg's head to explode is supposed to predict how warm the summer will be. 🀯 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sec…
Lois Duncan the author of "I Know What You Did Last Summer" and many other teen horror and suspense novels in the 70's and 80's had a teenage daughter that became a victim of an unsolved murder in 1989. Duncan essentially stopped writing in her genre and the murder is still unsolved today. npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
Today I learned of Christa Luding-Rothenburger, the first female to win a medal in both the Summer and Winter Games, and the only athlete to win Winter and Summer Olympic medals in the same year (1988), a feat that is no longer possible due to the staggering of the Winter and Summer Olympic years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
WhopperCoin was a cryptocurrency launched by the Russian branch of Burger King as a loyalty program in the summer of 2017. It was the first issuance of branded cryptocurrency by a major company, and the first form of loyalty points that traded freely. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Who…
Today I learned about The Great Stink, whereupon during a long hot summer in 1858 the River Thames in London got so stinky, it stopped Parliament carrying out business, and made Joseph Bazalgette an unsung British hero. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
The world's first astronomical site, Nabta Playa, was built in Africa and is 2,000 years older than Stonehenge. Located in the Sahara desert, the 7,000-year-old stone circle was used to track the summer solstice and the arrival of the annual monsoon season. astronomy.com/news/2020/0…
Cyprus became independent from the UK on August 16, 1960, but the Independence Day was moved to October 1, to avoid summer heat and tourist season en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
The eye color of reindeer changes from summer to winter nationalgeographic.com/sc…
The Eiffel Tower grows in summer. When it gets hot, the iron expands due to the heat and shrinks again in the winter. It grows by 6 inches each summer. ipfactly.com/the-eiffel-t…
Falling asleep during summer or in hot environments is harder because our body temperature lowers 1 to 2 degrees when we sleep. An optimal room temperature for falling asleep is around 18.3Β°C or 65Β°F. healthline.com/health/sle…
The hottest section of Mars, its equator, can reach about 21 degrees Celsius (70 degrees Fahrenheit) at noon during the summer sciencing.com/warmest-par…
In Austria people get 14 pay packets per year. The 13th and 14th are payed in Summer and at Christmas, so you get double pay for the holidays. globalization-partners.co…
The Hit Masters karaoke company's version of "All Summer Long" managed to chart higher on Billboard charts that the Kid Rock original, as unlike Kid Rock's version, it was avaliable through digital downloads. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All…
Brad Fischetti is the sole surviving member of L.F.O., Lyte Funkie Ones, most famous for the smash hit single β€˜Summer Girls’ (who wear Abercrombie & Fitch). mcall.com/entertainment/l…
Contrary to popular beliefs, more Men died in Napoleon’s summer campaign (disease, heat) than in the winter retreat of 1812 youtu.be/lNReCCShKJQ
Barrow in Alaska remains in daylight for 84 days in Summer and dark for 67 days in Winter. It even experiences a midnight Sun! alaska.org/weather/daylig…
, of Summer Jam, a concert in Watkins Glen, NY held in 1973, featuring The Grateful Dead and The Allman Brother's Band. There was a single fatality by a skydiver who blew himself up with a stick of dynamite. newyorkupstate.com/concer…
Syrian golden hamsters are natural alcoholics; in the summer they store fruits and by the time winter comes, the fruits will have fermented into alcohol. They also prefer alcohol over water. huffpost.com/entry/syrian…
Napoleon actually lost most of his troops during the summer period of his invasion of Russia rather than during the infamous winter retreat. France started with ~650,000 troops and many died from heat exhaustion and disease. The army numbered about 100,000 by the time it reached Moscow. history.com/news/napoleon…
The London 2012 Summer Olympic Committee contacted Keith Moon’s manager to see if the former Who drummer would be interested in performing at the games. Keith Moon died in 1978. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kei…
Paul Newman, Actor and Founder of Newman’s Own, also founded a summer camp called the Hole In The Wall Gang. It is a summer camp for seriously ill children of all ages, free of charge. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hol…
Mungo Jerry's In The Summer Time was the first song to feature beatboxing and to make it to number one on the charts. youtu.be/um-xl9EVqvs?t=20…
Finland is the strictest country in the world in terms of driving lessons. There are lessons required regarding car maintenance and driving in icy conditions, with learners requiring a test in the summer and another one in the winter. agradedrivingschool.com.a…
Queens Of The Stone Age were forcibly thrown out of rehab. They were hired to do a "light-hearted, intimate performance" but they opened their set with the drugs filled lyrics of their song Feel good hit of the summer: "Nicotine, valium, vicodin, marijuana, ecstasy and alcohol c-c-c-c-c-cocaine" nme.com/news/music/queens…
The iconic "What are you waiting for!" scene from I Know What You Did Last Summer was directed by a kid who won a contest to direct part of the movie youtu.be/aQRHAImAj0w
Deficiency of Vitamin D worsens Respiratory Tract Infections. This is thought to be one of the reasons why there are fewer Flu cases in the summer. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Horses in Iceland are Half-Wild, Half-Tame. In the summer, farmers herd them into the highlands, where they live without human care for months. modernfarmer.com/2014/06/…
Point Break, the movie starring Keanu Reeves about surfers who rob banks in LA to finance their endless summer, was almost called Riders on the Storm (The Doors, song) theinertia.com/comedy/12-…
All grapes start out green. The white and red varieties start changing mid-summer. napavintners.com/napa_val…
Carl Benz's wife Bertha was the first motorist. In the summer of 1888 Bertha decided to β€œtest drive” the second prototype Motorwagen on a journey from Mannheim to Pforzheim, a distance of more than 50 miles in a single day and left a note for Carl on the kitchen table heacockclassic.com/articl…
The senate made poor excuse after excuse for taking a summer break, until they finally mandated it in 1970. "members of Congress sought a way to establish a summertime recess. In 1970, finally facing the reality of year-long sessions, Congress mandated a summer break as part of the Legislative" senate.gov/artandhistory/…
The invention of early bikes was prompted by a vulcanic eruption in Indonesia that led to a year without summer and the starvation of many horses. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
"The Dog Days of Summer" is a reference to the return of the star Sirius in the night sky almanac.com/content/what-…
In June of Year Without Summer (1816), a group of writers had to stay indoors in Switzerland because of β€œincessant rain”. As a result of a contest to write the scariest story, Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein, Lord Byron wrote A Fragment, a precursor to Dracula en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yea…
The 2012 Summer Olympic Committee contacted the manager of β€œThe Who” to see if drummer Keith Moon was available to perform at the Olympics. Unbeknownst to them, he died 34 years earlier in 1978. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kei…
Hibernation is definitionally restricted to winter - extended dormancy during the summer is called "aestivation" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aes…
The year 1816 is known as the "year without summer" due to the volcanic eruption of Mount Tambora in Indonesia which resulted in tens of thousands of deaths, a global temperature drop of up to 3 degrees Celsius and unusually cold and wet conditions sweeping across Europe and North America. edition.cnn.com/2019/09/1…
Seagulls gather every summer to feast on swarms of flying ants as they emerge from their nests to mate (deemed as 'flying ant day'). The ants produce formic acid which can make the gulls feel 'drunk' bristolpost.co.uk/news/br…
The dancers in Fame (1980) didn't dance to the title track 'Fame' in the street scene, they danced to a different song, Donna Summers 'Hot Stuff' as at the time of the three-day shoot, the song hadn't been written. bbc.co.uk/news/entertainm…
The US lead a 65 nation protest of the 1980 summer Olympic Games in Moscow because the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan in 1979 2001-2009.state.gov/r/pa/…
Today I learned about the Great Stink, where after years of untreated human waste and industrial runoff in the River Thames, the smell became unbearable in London during the summer of 1858. The stench finally caused local and national authorities to address the problemβ€”and also ended outbreaks of cholera. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
Whales migrate the farthest of any mammal on Earth, and may do so to hunt in the cold waters during summer and shed layers of skin and accumulated microorganisms in the tropical water during winter. atlasobscura.com/articles…
The most powerful volcanic eruption ever recorded was in 1815 (Mount Tambora) - resulted in the "year without a summer" with major food shortages due to global cooling. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/181…

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