10 summer fun facts

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10 summer facts from Canada and all over the world:

  1. Hottest summer in Canada

    • St. Albans and Emerson, Manitoba had the second hottest summer in Canada.
    • The temperature reached 44.4 °C. on July 11, 1936.
    • Midale and Yellow Grass, Saskatchewan had the highest recorded temperature. It reached 45 °C in 1937.
  2. A year without summer

    • Canada did not experience summer in 1816.
    • Countries in the Northern Hemisphere had cold weather and snow in June and July.
    • Many were afraid of food shortage. Crops need warm weather to grow.
    • The eruption of Mount Tambora in the Dutch East Indies caused the unusual weather.
    • Volcanic ash and gas covered the atmosphere. This blocked out the sun.
    • Many cities around the world were affected.
  3. Dog days of summer

    • The dog days of summer happen between July 3 and August 11.
    • These are the hottest days of summer.
    • They are called dog days because of the Dog Star (Sirius). The star is seen in the skies at this time of the year.
    • Ancient people didn’t like the star. They thought it was a sign of war, diseases and disaster.
  4. Summer is mosquito season

    • There are more mosquitoes in summer. Warm temperatures make them develop faster.
    • More mosquitoes are laying eggs and more eggs are hatching around this time.
    • There are more than 3500 species of mosquitoes worldwide.
    • Only a few places have no mosquitoes like Antarctica and Iceland.
  5. Watermelon: Fruit or vegetable?

    • Watermelons can be called a fruit and a vegetable.
    • It’s a vegetable because they belong to the cucumber family (also the pumpkin and squash family).
    • Botanists say it is a fruit because it grows from a seed.
    • Watermelons are good for you:
      • Watermelons are made up of 92% water. That is why it is refreshing.
      • It has lycopene which is an antioxidant.
      • It contains vitamins A and C and potassium.
      • It is low in calories.
      • It has no fat, sodium or cholesterol.
  6. The Eiffel Tower grows in summer

    • The Eiffel Tower grows more than six inches in summer.
    • The iron expands with the heat.
    • It shrinks back in winter.
    • The Eiffel Tower is in Champs de Mars in Paris, France.
    • It is one of the most visited attractions in world.
    • It welcomes about 7 million visitors each year.
  7. July is Ice Cream Month

    • July is national ice cream month in the US.
    • Some places in Canada celebrate National Ice Cream Day on the third Sunday of July.
    • See this: Ice cream by Canadian province.
    • These are ice cream creations symbolizing each Canadian province.
  8. The popsicle was invented by accident

    • Frank Epperson, a boy in San Francisco left a cup of soda and a stirrer outside his porch. It was frozen the next morning.
    • He began selling the frozen pop at an amusement park in New Jersey.
    • He launched “Epsicles” 18 years later. His children told him to change the name to “Pop’s sicles”.
    • Popsicles are a favourite treat in summer. It is made in various flavours, colours and shapes.
    • Around two billion popsicles are sold every year.
  9. Winnipeg is the “Slurpee Capital of the World”

    • Winnipeggers love Slurpees.
    • Slurpees are a colourful and multi-flavoured cold drink. It is available at 7/11 convenience stores.
    • Winnipeggers drink Slurpees throughout the year.
    • Winnipeggers drink 400,000 cups of Slurpees per month.
    • Winnipeg has won the title of Slurpee Capital of World for 19 consecutive years.
    • A street in Winnipeg was named Slurpee Way’ in 2018.
  10. Manitoba is one of the sunniest provinces in Canada

    • Manitoba enjoys more than 2,300 hours of sunshine per year.
    • It has the sunniest winter season in Canada with 358 hours of sunshine.
    • Southern Manitoba enjoys up to 16 hours of daylight in peak summer weeks.

Sources: 20 fun facts about summer, Vitalcheck blogs; 50 interesting facts about summer, Karin Lehnart, Fact Retriever; 1816: The Year Without Summer, Peter McGuigan, Canada’s History; Mosquito season: Time to be prepared, Elizabeth Miller, Mosquito Reviews; 5 facts about mosquitoes, The Tick and Mosquito Project; 40 fascinating facts about the Eiffel Tower, Oliver Smith, The Telegraph; 41 fun facts about Manitoba that will blow your mind, Travel Manitoba; Top 10 reasons to live in Manitoba; Manitoba named Slurpee Capital of the World for the 19th year in a row, Access Winnipeg; and The History of Popsicles, Country Living. All retrieved July 12, 2018.

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