Honestly, there’s really not much else you can say about Dog Days and be pleasant!
“Dog Days, those long, hot days following the summer solstice, having always gotten a bad rap. Nineteenth-century laws in Alabama ordered all dogs muzzled in July and August to prevent them from spreading mad-dog disease (rabies). And in ancient times people attributed all sorts of problems to the dog star, Sirius, which would rise just before the sun in July and August. First, the Eqyptians blamed the Nile floods on its appearance: then the Greeks, led by the physician Hippocrates, thought that time to be the unhealthiest of the year. Even the Romans claimed that Sirius intensified the sun’s efforts, creating unbearable summer heat and humidity – hence the nickname, ‘Dog Days.” Early in this century, some farmers believed that if it didn’t rain on the first day that Sirius rose at daybreak, then a 40-day drought would follow. Conversely, if it rained that day, they presumed it would rain every day thereafter for the next month. It’s enough to make you want to go out and howl at the moon.” (Annette Thompson, Southern Living, July 1999).
So, the less said about it THIS year, perhaps the better. The list below ought to do it….source unknown but surely from a native South Carolinian:
You know it’s Dog Days in South Carolina when:
• The birds have to use potholders to pull worms out of the ground.
• The trees are whistling for dogs.
• The best parking space is determined by shade instead of distance.
• Hot water now comes out of both taps.
• You can make sun tea instantly.
• You learn that a seat belt buckle makes a pretty good branding iron.
• The temperature drops below 95 and you feel a little chilly.
• You discover that in July it only takes 2 fingers to steer your car.
• You discover that you can get sunburned through your car window.
• You actually burn your hand opening the car door.
• You break into a sweat the instant you step outside at 7:30 AM.
• Your biggest bicycle wreck fear is, “What if I get knocked out and end up lying on the pavement and cook to death?”
• You realize that asphalt has a liquid state.
• The potatoes cook underground, so all you have to do is pull one out and add butter, salt and pepper.
• Farmers are feeding their chickens crushed ice to keep them from laying boiled eggs.
• The cows are giving evaporated milk.
~ From the desk of Becky Morlok ~
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