Monday, March 21, 2011

It's Spring!

It's the first day of Spring today. OK, technically, Spring started at 7:21pm EST yesterday...But, today is the first FULL day of Spring, And according to the weather reports, it's going to be a beautiful 70 degree day, here in Colorado. However, the begining of Spring doesn't mean much for us Coloradans as we know that it can still snow as late as May. In fact, I don't even feel safe from snow until Memorial Day weekend....and even then I've got one doubtful eye on the sky to see if Mother Nature is going to pull a fast one.

My skepticism aside, here's some Spring facts:
  • The Vernal Equinox is rarely equal...In theory, the Equinox is supposed to mark the date when there are 12 hours of sunlight and 12 hours of darkness. It does happen, but usually before the acutal date of the Vernal Equinox.
  • There is a myth that only on the Vernal Equinox, you can balance a raw egg on its end. This is not true. You can balance a raw egg on its end anytime; you just need patience (and a good reason for why you are wasting your time with this project).
  • Equinoxes happen twice a year and happen when the Earth's axis is centered with the sun. Equinoxes fall about six hours later every year. Every four years, there is a full day of transition. This is just too much math for my Liberal Arts major brain. I'm going to go back to thinking the equinox is caused by happy wishes...
  •  Some first day of Spring birthdays: 1685 Johann Sebastian Bach, 1816 Charlotte Bronte,  1869 Florenz Ziegfield, 1958 Gary Oldman, 1962 Rosie O'Donell, 1963 Matthew Broderick, and 1978 Kevin Federline. Wow, what a weird party that would be.
  • Why do we call it "Spring." The use of the word "spring" to describe the season came about in the 1500's when people would use terms like "spring of leaf" and "spring time of the year" to describe the new plant growth of the season.
  • Things that happen in spring? People start their "spring cleaning" rituals; demand for cleaning products increases. Baseball players start spring training; demand for steroids increases. College students go on spring break; demand for Valtrex increases.
Well, there are some Spring tidbits for ya. And if that's not enough, then I've got this necklace that totally reminds me of spring:
 http://www.etsy.com/listing/69100062/retro-moth-butterfly-necklace-steampunk

Use coupono code BLOG15 for 15% off:)

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