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10 Fun Facts About Summer We Bet You Didn’t Know.

~ “Summer’s here and the time is right for dancing in the street!” – ‘Dancing in the Street’ by Martha and The Vandellas. ~

Here are a few fun facts about the coming season to get you in the mood for Summer. First, see how many you were already aware of, and then test your friends – loser buys the first round of ice creams.

  1. Summer in the northern hemisphere is actually winter in the southern hemisphere. This occurs because of the angle the Earth is tilted at with regards to the Sun. But don’t feel too sorry for them, they’re in the middle of summer while we’re fighting out way through winter too. An eye for an eye, so they say.
  2. In Paris, on the very hot days, the Eiffel Tower can grow up to 6 inches. This is because the heat of the sun causes the iron structure to expand, meaning that the world-famous monument is essentially stretched by the heat. We wonder if that means it gets wider too…?
  3. The Roman politician and general Marc Antony named the month of July in honour of Julius Caesar. It’s a well-deserved title since it is believed he is the reason for the year as we know it; our annual layout of 365 days a year plus the existence of a leap year every four years is all down to this Roman general. In a similar fashion, the month of June was named after the goddess Juno, whose aspects of power and fertility were important to the Romans.
  4. More thunderstorms occur in the summer than in any other season, despite its reputation for being sunnier and stereotypically more pleasant. This is because intense heating causes a parcel of moisture to rise from the Earth’s surface into the upper levels of the atmosphere, the typical conditions for such a storm.
  5. Ice-lollies (or popsicles in the US) were accidentally invented by an 11-year-old boy. In 1905, a young boy in San Francisco left his soda outside overnight, and when he went to fetch it in the morning he saw that it had been frozen. He later sold some at an outdoor event and they have been one of the most-loved summer treats ever since.
  6. The first woman’s swimming suit was invented from a pair of bloomers in the 1800s. Fashion has changed a little bit since then with bikini parades occurring all over the world.
  7. In Manhattan, they witness a beautiful balance between man and nature twice a year due to the layout of their city. Due to their grid-like system and their angle of 29֯ clockwise from true east-west, twice a year the sun fits perfectly and sets between the rows of buildings leading up and down New York.
  8. According to Rolling Stone, the best songs for summer include, “Dancing in the Street” by Martha and the Vandellas, “Summer Time Blues” by Eddie Cochran, and “School’s Out” by Alice Cooper. If you have got a long journey planned for your summer holidays, may we suggest downloading these tunes and listening to them before any others. After all, the experts have spoken.
  9. The first day of summer this year, is Wednesday 21st June 2017.

The first day of summer is also known as the summer solstice, a day celebrated by many for what it symbolises to them. Druids and pagans celebrate the solstice because of links to their religion and fertility. A crowd gathers at Stonehenge every year to watch the sunrise, the opening to summer – on average, around 37,000 people gather, some dressing for the occasion in bright, summertime clothing, to celebrate together.

  1. The last day of summer this year, is Friday 22nd September 2017. Keeps your chins up thought. It will be the solstice again before you know it.

Everyone here at Enlighten Estate Agents wishes everyone a wonderful summer and fabulous holidays! Take the opportunity to really unwind and decrease your stress levels and spend time with those you love the most.

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