Why is a floral “frog” called a “frog”?
Most of us who work with flowers today use a floral foam soaked in water to help hold flowers upright and in place. The foam replaced an earlier tool called a “frog” which is a weighted object (metal or glass, usually) with upright spikes or holes or sometimes a pattern of cris-crossed wire that holds flowers in position. The “frog” sits at the bottom of the floral dish or vase in a pool of water….just like the amphibians for which it is named.(at least that one theory. )
By definition, the Dog Days of Summer are the hottest and steamiest part of summer. Typically, this is the period when Sirius, the Dog Star, rises at the same time as the Sun, from July 3 -August 11. The name came about because people associated the hottest days of summer with the star Sirius. Sirius was known as the “Dog Star" because it is the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major (LargeDog).
Most shark attacks occur less than 100 feet from the shore mainly around popular beaches in North America (especially Florida and Hawaii), Australia, and South Africa.93% of shark attacks from 1580 to 2010 worldwide were on males.
In 2010, North American Waters had 42% of all confirmed unprovoked attacks worldwide (32 attacks).
Over the last half-century, there have been more unprovoked shark attacks in Florida (27 out of a total 139) between 2-3 pm than any other time of the day.
New Smyrna Beach in Florida is the shark attack capital of the world according to ISAF. It is estimated that anyone who has been in the water there has been within 10ft of a shark.
You have a 1 in 63 chance of dying from the flu and a 1 in 3,700,000 chance of being killed by a shark during your lifetime.
Fireworks and Flags
Fireworks were originally invented in medieval China in the 9th century to scare away evil spirits, a natural application of gunpowder, one of the Four Great Inventions of ancient China.
Fireworks and black ash were used to celebrate important events long before the American Revolutionary War. The very first celebration of Independence Day was in 1777, six years before Americans knew whether or not the new nation would survive the war; fireworks were a part of all festivities.
According to Betsy Ross's dates and sequence of events, in May the Congressional Committee called upon her at her shop. She finished the flag either in late May or early June 1776. In July, the Declaration of Independence was read aloud for the first time at Independence Hall. Amid celebration, bells throughout the city tolled, heralding the birth of a new nation.