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Monday, June 20, 2016

Greetings Infomaniacs,

Welcome to summer. Today is the summer solstice and the first official day of summer.

Enjoy!

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WHO SAID IT?

QUOTE: "And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer."

HINT: An American novelist and short story writer, who was one of the more famous members of the so-called "Lost Generation" of the 1920s. His most famous novel is widely considered to be Great.

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RANDOM TIDBITS

Solstice comes from the Latin (sol, sun and sistit, stands). For several days before and after each solstice, the sun appears to stand still in the sky as its noontime elevation does not seem to change. At the solstices the sun's apparent position on the celestial sphere reaches its greatest distance above or below the celestial equator, directly overhead at noon at the Tropic of Cancer.

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In the Northern Hemisphere the longest day and shortest night of the year occur on this date, marking the beginning of summer. At winter solstice, about December 22, the sun is overhead at noon at the Tropic of Capricorn; this marks the beginning of winter in the Northern Hemisphere. For several days before and after each solstice the sun appears to stand still in the sky, i.e., its noontime elevation does not seem to change from day to day.

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Before the Civil War, schools did not have summer vacation. In rural communities, kids had school off during the spring planting and fall harvest while urban schools were essentially year-round. The long summer holiday didn't come about until the early 20th century.

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The 'dog days of summer' refer to the weeks between July 3 and August 11 and are named after the Dog Star (Sirius) in the Canis Major constellation. The ancient Greeks blamed Sirius for the hot temperatures, drought, discomfort, and sickness that occurred during the summer.

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According to Forbes, the top 9 most hazardous summer injuries are caused by 1) playground equipment; 2) skateboards; 3) trampolines; 4) lawn mowers; 5) amusement attractions; 6) non-powder guns, BBs pellets; 7) beach, picnic, camping equipment; 8) barbeque grills, stoves, equipment; and 9) trimmers, small garden tools.




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WHO SAID IT?

QUOTE: "And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer."

ANSWER: F. Scott Fitzgerald

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