Thursday, July 25, 2013

Die Hundetage Des Sommers (The Dog Days of Summer)

This Little Guy Knows
how to Stay Cool
The "dog days of summer" have officially begun (July 23-August 23). In Germany, these days roughly correspond to the warmest time of year. And true to form, on July 23th, the days became warmer and increasingly uncomfortable. The phrase dates back to the ancient Egyptians who discovered that the star Sirius from the constellation Canis Major (Latin for "big dog") was at its brightest point during this time of year. The star can be seen rising alongside the sun, and the ancients believed that Sirius gave off extra heat and humidity causing the scorching summer temperatures.  

Packaged Dog Meat at S. Korean Supermarket
In South Korea, dog meat is traditionally consumed during the dog days of summer. It is erroneously believed that eating dog meat helps ease the heat by increasing stamina.

Gregory Peck
as Atticus Finch
During the 19th century, it was believed that dogs would most often contract rabies during this period of time. A scene in To Kill a Mockingbird suggests that this belief continued well into the 20th century, when a mad dog is shot by Atticus Finch. 

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