Here are some interesting facts about the Dog Days of Summer:
· The name ‘Dog Days’ comes from the ancient belief that Sirius, a.k.a. the Dog Star, is in close proximity to the sun and was responsible for the hot weather.
· The Romans considered Sirius to be the Dog Star because it’s the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major (Large Dog).
· The Romans sacrificed a brown dog at the beginning of the Dog Days to appease the rage of Sirius, believing that the star was the cause of the hot weather.
· For the ancient Egyptians, Sirius appeared just before the season of the Nile’s flooding, so they used the star as a ‘watchdog’ for that event.
· Dog Days were popularly believed to be an evil time where “the Sea boiled, the wine turned sour. Dogs grew mad and all other creatures became languid; causing to man, burning fevers, hysterics, and phrensies.”Being a writer, I looked up ‘phrensies’ and found it was another word for frenzy. I believe it. At times this heat has made me a little frenzied. Frazzled even. Some days it was hard to move, the air was so thick and heavy. My fingers stuck to my computer mouse pad and refused to move. I should have taken a cue from my pets, and given into the Dog Days of Summer by just chill-laxing. Stay cool for the rest of the summer everyone!
Oh, and speaking of cool, the winner of the Lazy Days of Summer Giveaway Hop is…drum roll… T. Frances! Congrats, T. Francis, I’ll be contacting you to send you an ecopy of The Last Timekeepers and the Arch of Atlantis in the format of your choice. Cheers!