☀ Summer Fun Facts Day….
- In the U.S., there are more plastic flamingoes than real ones. – Most of them come out to play in the yards, you guessed it, the summer!
- Lemons have more sugar than strawberries. Who would have guessed that!
- One toad can eat 10,000 insects in one summer. (Now that is astounding.)
Summer Solstice Fun Facts
- Pagans called the Midsummer moon the “Honey Moon” for the mead made from fermented honey that was part of wedding ceremonies performed at the Summer Solstice.
- Ancient Pagans celebrated Midsummer with bonfires, when couples would leap through the flames, believing their crops would grow as high as the couples were able to jump.
- Midsummer was thought to be a time of magic, when evil spirits were said to appear. To thwart them, Pagans often wore protective garlands of herbs and flowers. One of the most powerful of them was a plant called ‘chase-devil’, which is known today as St. John’s Wort and still used by modern herbalists as a mood stabilizer. (source for these last three)
“Thought and beauty, like a hurricane or waves, should not know conventional, delimited forms.” Anton Pavlovich Chekhov
Eco-chic green fun fact: Blue jean insulation–a new building material made of industrial scraps from denim production–is gaining popularity. It’s more environmentally friendly than traditional fiberglass insulation, which contains formaldehyde, a chemical believed to cause asthma and allergies. (eco-chick.com)
Beauty fun fact: Scientists tell us hair is as strong as aluminum, can hold one third its weight in absorbed moisture and can be stretched to one and a half times its length, when wet.
Fun Fashion facts: (2 of these)
The Invention of the Bra. Would you believe the bra wasn’t patented until 1914? The bra was created by a young New York socialite named Mary Phelps who grew weary of having her camisole show when she wore a lace blouse. Using handkerchiefs, she designed the first rudimentary bra which she eventually had patented in 1914. Women everywhere loved Mary’s new design and the first bra took off in a big way. It was later that a woman named Ida Rosenthal started designing bras with different cup sizes.
The Function of Buttons On Jacket Sleeves. Have you ever asked yourself why there are buttons on the ends of jacket sleeves. According to information passed down through the ages, none other than Napoleon Bonaparte dictated that buttons be attached to jacket sleeves to stop the annoying habit soldiers had of wiping their runny noses on their jacket sleeves.
The Origin of Beauty: 1225–75; Middle English be ( a ) ute < Old French beaute; replacing Middle English bealte < Old French beltet < Vulgar Latin *bellitāt- (stem of *bellitās ), equivalent to Latin bell ( us ) fine + -itāt- -ity (….and so Southern Bell easy to figure!)
Definition of Beauty: The combination of all the qualities of a person or thing that delight the senses and please the mind. Agree?