Friday, August 13, 2010

Dog Days and maddogs

According to Almanac the Dog Days of summer are traditionally July 3rd through August 11th. The name comes from the ancient belief that Sirius, also called the Dog Star, in close proximity to the sun was responsible for the hot weather.

Dog Days were popularly believed to be an evil time "when the seas boiled, wine turned sour, dogs grew mad, and all creatures became languid, causing to man burning fevers, hysterics, and phrensies" according to Brady’s Clavis Calendarium, 1813.

by wildwood

40 days of hot, sultry weather and more to come before the change of season.

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