August Teacher Resource Guide

August north of the equator has the reputation of being one of the year's hottest months - if not the hottest. We have all heard about the "Dog Days of August" and how hot and baking they are (and, interestingly, the term comes from the ancient Egyptians, who thought that the Dog Star, Sirius, which becomes visible in August, caused the heat of the month). Yet, as the first of the strange facts you can discover about August, it actually isn't the hottest month of the year, despite its reputation. Other than in a few small areas where local weather conditions are unique, July is actually hotter on average than August - by several degrees. The invention of the thermometer should have told everyone that July is hotter, yet nearly everyone still believes in the Dog Days.

August also has several of the strangest "holidays" in the United States, a country that seems to be taking pride in coming up with a weird holiday or two for every day of the day. The two that really stand out are "Wiggle Your Toes Day" and "Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor's Porch Night," which fall on the 6th and 8th of August respectively. Wiggle Your Toes Day is said to be a day when you should kick off your shoes and socks at some point in the day and let your toes wiggle freely. Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor's Porch Night is a night when people who have grown too many zucchini squash are supposed to leave some in bag or box on a neighbor's porch or front step - hopefully without being chased like a burglar by their dog. Nobody knows who originated these holidays, but they do have some amount of national recognition. Read More About The Month of August

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