20 Weird and Amazing Things That Only Happen in the Summer
There are some things about summer that are a no-brainer: s'mores around the campfire, fireworks on the 4th, and flip-flops on your feet. But have you heard about goats in trees and why relationships fizzle in the warmer months?
Oui! The Eiffel Tower is taller
The Eiffel Tower gains about six inches in height during the warmer summer months. The famous landmark is mainly constructed of metal which expands in heat. In addition, the top of the tower may shift away from the sun by as much as seven inches due to the thermal expansion on the side facing the sun. The sun affects your own body in weird ways, too (and we're not just talking about sunburn).
Dazzling meteor showers
The Perseid meteor shower in August is an annual favorite of amateur stargazers—and according to NASA, 2019's will be one of the best ever. We can thank the new moon for that, as it will provide an optimal viewing experience that allows the shooting stars to shine. The Perseids are active from July 17 to August 24, but they'll peak on the nights of August 12 and 13th. Head away from house and city lights to for the best viewing ability, and you'll be oohing and ahhing as as many as 100 meteors per hour zoom by.
Bon voyage, baby turtles!
Sea turtle walks are a popular event on Florida beaches in June and July when huge mama turtles weighing in at around 200 to 250 pounds come ashore to lay their eggs. About two months later, the tiny and adorable sea turtles hatch but they don't just make a run for the water. They wait until the sand cools, which is usually at night, and begin their journey to the water. If you're lucky enough to see them at night, don't shine any light on them. It could really interfere with their sense of direction and set them off course.
Avoid the ER in July
Don't panic if you end up in the ER this summer, but a report published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found the most dangerous time to go to the hospital is in July, especially if it is a teaching hospital where new doctors are trained. July is the month seasoned medical residents leave the hospital and new med students arrive. Death rates increase between 8 to 24 percent in July. If you get a newbie doc, ask for a second opinion if you're concerned, and definitely brush up on these ways to have your healthiest summer ever.
Your chances of getting burned are greater
It doesn't matter if you're ten or 48 years old, waving a sparkler on the 4th of July is a time-honored tradition we all love. Unfortunately, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission Fireworks Information Center says those sparklers can heat up to 2,000 degrees—enough to melt some metals and your skin. In fact, in 2017, sparkler-related injuries sent 900 people to the emergency room. When you use them safely and correctly, fireworks can be fun too! Here are some fascinating things you never knew about fireworks.
A 2014 European College of Neuropsychopharmacology study revealed that babies born during the summer are more prone to mood swings and babies born in cooler months were more—pardon the pun—chill. Scientists in the study aren't exactly sure why this happens, but neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin may be influenced by the season in which you are born. Just don't let this study dictate your mood.
If you have diabetes, this can happen
Injection sites change in the summer due to excessive heat; the blood vessels get bigger and when insulin is injected it can be absorbed faster putting you at risk for low blood sugar. Get inside and cool off for a few minutes, then do the injection and remember to keep your insulin at a temperature below 86 degrees. Here are more ways summer can trigger diabetes-related complications.
All day, every day, sun
The Midnight Sun (visible sun for 24 hours) is a natural phenomenon that occurs around the summer solstice each year and lasts for several weeks. Northern lands, including Canada, Iceland, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Russia, and Alaska all benefit. In Barrow, Alaska, for instance, the sun doesn't set for two-and-a-half months! These are 31 facts you never knew about the summer solstice.
Crazy climbing goats
Every June, goats climb 30 feet or more up the thorny and gnarly Argan trees of southwest Morocco to get a taste of the tree's fruit, which looks like a shriveled up apple. It's a scenario that seems like only kids could imagine but these goats were made for tree climbing. They have two-toed hooves, which spread out to give them balance and leverage. The soft soles of the goat's hooves help them grab onto the bark and their dewclaws give them the ability to pull themselves up branches.
Blink if you want to mate
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee and North Carolina hosts a massive meet and mate night for fireflies. These synchronous fireflies show up in the thousands every summer for two weeks of synchronized blinking to attract mates. They have to act fast because even though the larvae takes one to two years to mature, once born, fireflies only live for around 21 days. Here are 22 more things you should do before summer is over.