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• The word canicular is an adjective and refers to either one of two things - either a dog itself or to the almost beastly hot days of summer from July to early September. The word, with a root of canine, refers particularly to those dog days of summer you’ve a l w a y s heard so much about - or experienced first hand! If you don’t live in the deep South, they might not have affected you as badly as others, but no matter where you are, you’re probably looking forward to the cooler days ahead!
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• New England is well known for its tourists in autumn. Some of the best times to visit the northeast depend on the state you are planning to visit. Maine’s best foliage can be seen from mid-September to mid-October. But don’t think the pretty scenery is limited to the north, even states like Alabama have fall foliage tourism. Visitors to Elkmont, Alabama can walk or ride a ten mile trail and enjoy the scenery. The Elkmont “Rails to Trails Color Walk or Ride” event takes place on October 24th and 25th this year. • The autumn equinox takes place on September 22nd this year. An equinox occurs when both poles are equal distance from the sun, whereas a solstice takes place when one pole is as close to the sun as it can get. The autumnal equinox actually marks the middle of autumn in such Asian countries as China, Japan and Korea.
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Page 2 HERE COMES FALL! (continued) • Why do leaves change colors anyway? Leaves are green because of the chlorophyll inside of them. As the days get shorter, trees begin to prepare for winter. The trees begin to close up shop for winter and in the process begin to lose their green chlorophyll, revealing colors like orange and yellow. Continued chlorophyll making in the autumn is what turns some leaves red, and brown is the left over waste inside of a leaf. Cool autumn nights in combination with the glucose inside them cause some leaves, like maple leaves, to turn purple. • The Chinese, and several other East Asian cultures, divide their years into twenty-four solar terms rather than four seasons. Each term is marked by the degree at which the earth is tilted. MidAutumn is marked by the Earth being titled at 180º and is celebrated with the mid-autumn festival known as Zhongqiu Jie. Along with New Year, it is one of the most important festivals of the year for the Chinese. The festival is particularly marked by moon themed activities since the harvest moon is believed to be the fullest, roundest moon of the year. Moon worship is also an ancient custom, dating back thousands of years, making the harvest moon a particularly celebratory thing. Families and friends gather to admire the moon, visit with loved ones, light lanterns or attend lantern shows and eat moon cakes during this festival. This year, the festival will take place on October 3, 2009. The festival generally occurs anywhere between mid-September and early October. • Did you know that there was a period of time in France where the new year began in autumn and not in January? After the French revolution and during the days of the French First Republic at the turn of the 18th century, the French Republican calendar was used. The calendar was divided into twelve months, the same as modern calendars. However, the months were all thirty days long and were divided into three decades, unlike our four week months. Each decade was divided into ten days, which was divided into ten hours, which was divided into 100 minutes and so on. The important part so far as autumn is concerned is that the calendar began in the month of Vendémiaire and on the autumnul equinox on the 22nd, 23rd or 24th of September. The entire calendar was very precise but was abolished by Napoléon in 1806, giving the calendar
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just over twelve years of use. • The word autumn came originally from Old French, where it was written autompne. However, the Old French word came from the Latin word autumnus. Before the use of autumn in modern English language, the most commonly accepted term was harvest, which came from the Old English hærfest. • While maple syrup is more traditionally thought of in the winter, the maple trees which produce the syrup are some of the most brilliantly colored trees during fall. Did you know that Vermont is the largest producer of maple syrup in the U.S.? Likewise, Canada is the producer of a majority of maple syrup in the world and Quebec is the largest producer in Canada. Maple trees, known for their bright red color in the fall, can be seen throughout North America, Europe and Asia. The changing of the maple leaves is called momijigari in Japan.
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in, cornu means horn and copia means plenty, making cornucopia literally mean “horn of plenty.” Greek mythology says that while Zeus was playing as a child, the horn of his pet goat Amalthea broke off. The broken off horn had great power and thereafter became a symbol for plenty, as whoever was in possession of the horn would be granted whatever he or she desired. In history and today, the horn is depicted as hollow and filled with a bounty of fruits and vegetables and has come to symbolize the bounty of the fall harvest.
• While we tend to think of the Mayflower only during the month of November, it’s good to remember when the Mayflower left • Did you know that America has its own England as well! Stonehenge? America’s Stonehenge The Pilgrims left claims an accurate astronomical calenEngland on September 16 and sailed for dar made up of the structures on site and sixty-six days to reach Plymouth, Massacelebrates yearly astronomical events, chusetts. They started out in Southampincluding the autumnul equinox. Located ton, England, which is a coastal town in in Salem, New Hampshire, this archaesouth England. Did you know that Southological site is made up of large strucampton is also famous for being the port tures made of stone. There are many in which the Titanic departed in 1912? theories about the origins of America’s Stonehenge, although carbon dating has • Another traditional sign of autumn is the placed some of the charcoal pits over two cornucopia, or the Horn of Plenty. While thousand years ago. The site is open year we also tend to associate this with the round from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and offers a Pilgrims and Thanksgiving, the symbolvariety of entertainment for its visitors to ism behind the horn actually dates to the enjoy, including alpacas! Greeks and the 5th century B.C.E. In Lat-
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• On Sept. 26, 1957, “West Side Story,” composed by Leonard Bernstein, opens on Broadway. The play was a reinterpretation of William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” transposed onto New York’s West Side. It tells the tale of a love affair between Tony, who is Polish American, and Maria, a Puerto Rican, set against an urban background of interracial warfare. • On Sept. 25, 1978, a Pacific Southwest Airlines jet collides in mid-air with a small Cessna over San Diego, killing 153 people. The fuel in the jet burst into a massive fireball upon impact, and a witness on the ground reported that she saw her “apples and oranges bake on the trees.” • On Sept. 27, 1989, actress Zsa Zsa Gabor storms out of a courtroom in Beverly Hills, Calif., where she stood accused of slapping Officer Paul Kramer during a traffic stop and having an open container and expired license. Gabor violated a court-imposed gag order by calling a prosecution witness “a little punk with a hairdo like a girl.” • On Sept. 24, 1996, bestselling author Stephen King releases two new novels at once. The first, “Desperation,” was released under King’s name, while the second, “The Regulators,” was published under his pseudonym, Richard Bachman. (c) 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.
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• On Sept. 23, 1944, President Franklin D. Roosevelt defends the honor of his small dog, Fala, who had recently been the subject of a political attack. Critics had circulated a story claiming that Roosevelt had accidentally left Fala behind while visiting the Aleutian Islands, and that the president sent a Navy destroyer, at a taxpayer expense of up to $20 million, to go back and pick up the dog.
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• On Sept. 22, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln issues a preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, which sets a date for the freedom of more than 3 million black slaves in the United States and recasts the Civil War as a fight against slavery.
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Question: How many members of the U.S.S. Enterprise does it take to change a light bulb? By Samantha Weaver • It was Chinese philosopher Confucius who made the following sage observation: “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” • In 1875, a locust plague of epic proportions descended upon the Great Plains. Observers say it was 110 miles wide, and, at 1,800 miles long, stretched from Canada all the way down to Texas. • If you ever travel to China, keep in mind that the menu item known colorfully as phoenix talons are actually just chicken feet. • Farming is against the law in Washington, D.C. • When business magnate Bill Gates was a student at Harvard, he probably wasn’t taken very seriously when he told his professors that he would be a millionaire by the time he was 30 years old. Imagine their surprise when, by the time he turned 31, he was a billionaire. • Before entrepreneur Eddie Bauer founded his eponymous clothing line, he sold tennis and badminton equipment. • In ancient Rome, an augur was someone who devoted his time to predicting the future based on the behavior of birds. Yep, birds. • In honor of National Pizza Month (which is October, in case you didn’t know), here’s an interesting tidbit: The average American eats 23 pounds, or 46 slices of pizza each year. • When “Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith” was released in 2005, hardcore fans went to great lengths to be among the first to see the film. One man spent 139 days camping out in front of a theater to ensure his spot, remaining connected to work via his cell phone and laptop. (c) 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.
Thought for the Day: “As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.” -- Albert Einstein
Answer: 7. Scotty will report to Captain Kirk that the light bulb in the Engineering Section is burnt out, to which Kirk will send Bones to pronounce the bulb dead. Scotty, after checking around, notices that they have no more new light bulbs, and complains that he can’t see in the dark to tend to his engines. Kirk must make an emergency stop at the next uncharted planet, Alpha Regula IV, to procure a light bulb from the natives. Kirk, Spock, Bones, Sulu, and 3 red shirt security officers beam down. The 3 security officers are promptly killed by the natives, and the rest of the landing party is captured. Meanwhile, back in orbit, Scotty notices a Klingon ship approaching and must warp out of orbit to escape detection. Bones cures the native king who is suffering from the flu, and as a reward the landing party is set free and given all of the light bulbs they can carry. Scotty cripples the Klingon ship and warps back to the planet just in time to beam up Kirk et. al. The new bulb is inserted, and the Enterprise continues with its five year mission.
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