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Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Tomorrow is the solstice and the official first day of summer. Let's take a look at some fun and fascinating summer facts.
Did you know that France's Eiffel Tower grows more than 6 inches every summer? The heat makes the iron expand.
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July, the hottest summer month in the Northern Hemisphere, is National Ice Cream Month, not surprisingly. Americans eat an average 20 quarts of ice cream a year. Vanilla is the most popular flavor, with chocolate coming in a distant second.
In southern England, over 37,000 people gather at Stonehenge to see the summer solstice. Druids and pagans are among those who celebrate the longest day of the year at this notable place.
The most dangerous time to go to the hospital is during the summer, especially July. The most experienced medical residents graduate and leave hospitals in July, just as new physicians (or last year's medical students) arrive. Death rates increase between 8%-24% in July.
According to Rolling Stone, the top 10 best summer songs of all time are 1) "Dancing in the Street," Martha & The Vandellas; 2) "Summertime Blues," Eddie Cochran; 3) "School's Out," Alice Cooper; 4) "California Girls," The Beach Boys; 5) "Rockaway Beach," The Ramones; 6) "Hot Fun in the Summertime," Sly & the Family Stone; 7) "Summer in the City," Lovin' Spoonful; 8) "Vacation," The Go-Gos; 9) "Summertime," DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince; and 10) "Cruel Summer," Bananarama.