2. Watermelon is the summer's favorite vegetable. Yes, vegetable and not a fruit. It is part of the cucumber, pumpkin, and squash family. Fruit or veggie, this juicy favorite is 92 percent water and the average American eats 15 pounds of watermelon a year
3. Summers spent throwing a Frisbee back and forth owe their game to a pie maker named Mr. Frisbee.
4. The first bathing suits for women came out during the 1800's. During this time, it was improper if your skin was anything but creamy white. These suits were long sleeved bathing dresses with bloomers under them. The only swimming a woman did was wade in the water and jump waves.
5. Here's a fun experiment to try if you want to find out what the temperature is and don't have a thermometer. The frequency of a cricket's chirps fluctuates with the temperature, so if you count a cricket's chirps for 15 seconds and add 37, you will have the approximate outdoor temperature (in Fahrenheit).
6. Mosquitoes have been around for 30 million years. They can detect mammals from 100 feet away especially warm-blooded creatures (that's why they love human!!) And they have visual sensors that detect movement and contrast in colors.
7. The average American eats around 5 1/2 gallons of ice cream a year. July is the National Ice Cream month because it is the month the most ice cream is sold.
8. Popsicle was invented by accident by an 11-year-old boy named Frank Epperson in 1905. He accidentally left a mixture of powdered soda and water, with a stirring stick, on his porch, and awoke the next morning to find a frozen pop! Cherry flavor popsicle is the number one favorite flavor.
9. According to Forbes, the top 9 most hazardous summer injuries are caused by
1) playground equipment
4) lawn mowers
5) amusement attractions
6) non-powder guns, BBs pellets;
7) beach, picnic,camping equipment
8) barbeque grills,stoves, equipment
9) trimmers, small garden tools.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. Contrary to popular belief, crime rates do not increase during the summer. However, the types of crimes change as the seasons change. For example, during the summer, bike thefts and items stolen from cars increase. During the winter, criminals are more likely to steal cars and Christmas presents left in cars.
13. 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.
14. In the United States, the top 5 most popular summer vacations are
1) beach/ocean (45%),
2) a famous city (42%),
3) national parks (21%),
4) a lake (17%)
5) a resort (14%).