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Post  TipsyCad147 on Fri Jun 26, 2009 3:36 am

The Old Farmer's Almanac

Fair and green is the marsh in June;
Wide and warm in the sunny noon.
The flowering rushes fringe the pool
With slender shadows, dim and cool.
-Antoinette Alcott Bassett (1857-80)
With the start of summer, we are all enjoying long days with early dawns and late sunsets. Here are some interesting facts about the Sun:

• Even though the summer solstice was on June 20-21, the latest sunset of the year takes place during the last week of June-due to Earth's elliptical orbit and speed.

• Though we receive the longest sunlight now, the hottest days of summer aren't in June. We have a "lag" of the seasons while the oceans and Earth warm up from wintertime.

• You can look at your shadow around noon when the Sun is high overhead, and your shadow will never look shorter!

• The Sun is at its most northern point in the sky. So, why does a Sun that seems so far away produce the heat of summer? Because the tilt of Earth's axis lets rays of sunlight hit the Northern Hemisphere more directly

Watermelon Time

Watermelons are well named: They are 92 percent water. A 2-cup serving contains only 90 calories, is a good source of vitamins A and C, and is packed with lycopene (the cancer fighter).

If you grow your own watermelons this summer or buy them at the store, you'll face the daunting task of determining their ripeness. We've heard all sorts of advice, including the fact that a ripe melon, when thumped, will feel more like a human head than a human chest.

Did You Know

June 26, 1925 Charlie Chaplin's movie The Gold Rush premiered in Hollywood.

June 27, 1880 Helen Keller, champion of people with disabilities, was born.

June 28, 1919 World War I formally ended with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles.

June 29, 1994 All-time state records for high temperature were set at Lake Havasu City, Arizona (128°F), and Laughlin, Nevada (125°F).


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