Interesting Facts About Summer: Holiday And Fun Time

The summer season is perhaps the most favorite of all seasons to most people. The advent of summer will differ in different countries. We refer to the start of the season with the coming of hot sunny days. Since ancient times, the summer has been associated with holidays and fun time for people of all ages.
Summer is a hot season associated with fresh air and bright colors. It is the time people spend most of their time outside engaged in various interesting and fun activities. The summer days are usually longer than the days of other seasons. It is a season of many festivals and celebrations.
Below are TEN interesting facts about summer:
1. The Eiffel Tower grows in summer. This historic structure is made of iron. Metal expands with heat. As a result, the Eiffel Tower can grow more than 15 centimeters (6 inches) in hot weather.
2. The top five most popular summer vacation activities in the United States are 1) shopping (54%), 2) visiting historical sites (49%), 3) swimming/water sports (49%), 4) going to a park or national park (46%), and 5) sightseeing tours (46%).
3. Scientists argue that summer babies are significantly more likely to suffer from mood swings than babies born in other seasons.
4. The first Olympic Games in the modern era were the 1896 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the I Olympiad in Athens, Greece. The Games featured the Panathinaiko Stadium, the first giant stadium of the modern world that housed the largest crowd to ever watch a sporting event.
5. According to meteorologists, summer extends for the whole months of June, July, and August in the northern hemisphere and the whole months of December, January, and February in the southern hemisphere. Under meteorological definitions, all seasons are arbitrarily set to start at the beginning of a calendar month and end at the end of a month.
6. In southern England, over 37,000 people gather at Stonehenge to see the summer solstice. Druids and pagans are among those who celebrate the longest day of the year at this notable place.
7. Leprosy is more readily contracted during the summer. Each year about 150 Americans contract leprosy, the same skin-disease that is mentioned in the Bible. In the United States, the source of leprosy is usually armadillos. The disease is transmitted when people, particularly in the southern U.S., hunt, kill, and eat infected armadillo.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. “Summer Penile Syndrome” is a seasonal skin disease. Characterized by an acute penis hypersensitivity, swelling, itching, and painful urination, the disease is caused by chigger bites to the penis, most often during the warm summer months.

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