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Thursday, 1 August 2019

Welcome August ... but did you know !


Wonderful Yorkshire, Northern England, UK - see fact 10


As many of us are asking 'where did July go?' it's time to celebrate a new month. Yes, August is with us, so here are a few facts about the month of August. 

1. The month of August was named after Roman emperor Augustus Caesar. In Latin, Augustus meant auspicious or venerable. 

2. Before 8BC the Romans called it Sextilis as it was the sixth month in their calendar. 

3. The Anglo-Saxons, though, called August “weod-monath” (weed month). 

4. In the USA August is the month that has the highest birth rate; in the UK it is September. 

5. Traditionally the season for eating crayfish in Sweden begins on the second Thursday in August. 

6. In the USA August is National Hair Loss Awareness Month. 

7. August was the 18th most common name given to a baby boy in Denmark in 2015. 

8. In 2009 the Icelandic Naming Committee declared August unacceptable as a child’s name. Augustus is also not allowed. 

9. Henry VI Part I and The Tempest are the only Shakespeare plays that mention the month of August. Cymbeline is The Bard’s only play mentioning the Emperor Augustus or anyone else of that name. 

10. August 1st is celebrated as both Yorkshire Day and World Scout Scarf Day.

11. August's birthstones are the peridot, sardonyx, and spinel.

12. Its birth flower is the gladiolus or poppy, meaning beauty, strength of character, love, marriage and family.

gladiolus

13. The Western zodiac signs for the month of August are Leo (until August 22) and Virgo (from August 23 onwards)

14. August 15th it's Lemon Meringue Pie Day in the US

15. International Strange Music Day is on 24th August, created by Patrick Grant

16. In the UK on 30 August it's National Burger Day, you can find plenty of low-carb and keto burger recipes here

The above from articles here and here and here

There are so many other interesting things about August, I've only included 16 … you may know of some others!


Celebrate Lemon Meringue Pie Day on August 15th
this version is low Carb, gluten free, and with no added sugars
see details here

Readers, we bring a variety of articles, studies etc. plus recent news/views and recipe ideas to this blog, we hope something for everyone to read and enjoy. Please note, not all may be suitable for you. If you may have any food allergies, or underlying health issues these must always be taken into account. If you are a diabetic and not sure how certain foods may affect your blood sugars, test is best, i.e. use your meter.

All the best Jan

41 comments:

Tom said...

...Yorkshire surely does look wonderful.

Valerie-Jael said...

I lived for a time in Yorkshire and enjoyed being there. Valerie

Miss Val's Creations said...

Fun August facts! That is such a beautiful Yokshire photo.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

My youngest son AND his wife both have birthdays this month. And years ago, this son mowed a neighbor's lawn just to be nice and she made him a lemon meringue pie just for HIM...he didn't have to share! She made a second one for the rest of our family. That's a fun memory! Hugs!

Iris Flavia said...

Interesting facts, no I didn´t know!

Chris Lally said...

A gorgeous photo & very warm welcome to the month of August. Great post, Jan!

Christine said...

Thanks for sharing these interesting facts!

mamasmercantile said...

So much that I didn't know, so a joy to visit.

R's Rue said...

Beautiful.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Those Anglo-Saxons were smart folk.

I'll bet there aren't many Libertarians living in Iceland.

peppylady (Dora) said...

Looks at birthdays..no never had child born in Aug. My oldest is in Sept and youngest in April.
Coffee is on

Jo said...

Some very interesting facts about August there. Yes, it's Yorkshire Day today, I'm very lucky to live in such a beautiful county.

Sally said...

I had absolutely no idea about August! Very interesting, thank you. :)

My dad was born in August, and my daughter's husband also. It's ironic when I think about how much Matthew reminds me of Dad. Family first, always with both.

xoxo

Sami said...

Some fun facts for August. I only became aware of nr. 5 when I received an email from Ikea a day or two ago announcing a crayfish festival dinner.

Debbie Harris said...

Very interesting!
My husband's birthday is in August and had I known the 15th was lemon pie day, he would have likely had that for his birthday. 😉 maybe this year?

Have a most beautiful day 🌻

angryparsnip said...

Beautiful Yorkshire and of course yeggies.
Interesting reading today. Must look up the Lemon Meringue Pie, one of my favorites.
parsnip

Sue said...

Well I knew some of these, Yorkshire Day being one of them of course xx

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Beautiful picture.....

Cute facts about August....Here in our crazy country, we have a National DAY for something almost every day.. It is such a joke.....

You forget one important thing about August........ I was born on August 5, 1942........ That should be on your list.... HA HA HA

Hugs,
Betsy

Practical Parsimony said...

Interesting! My father and brother have the same birthday on August 5, and my daughter have a birthday in September. Mine is Sept 11.

Susan Kane said...

Who knew? Lemon Meringue day. I will copy and paste your recipe. I love your recipes.

August as the prime month for babies means November & December were busy months. We have an August 14 birthday, our daughter.

William Kendall said...

Yorkshire has splendid views!

Elephant's Child said...

Some interesting facts - thank you. It seems every day is reserved to celebrate something. I lose track.

Louca por porcelana said...

Such fun and interesting!August is the birth month of my Grandma,my youngest son and mine.Thanks for sharing,Jan!Hugs!

happyone said...

Interesting to learn about August.
My dad was born in August, he would have been 98!!

Little Wandering Wren said...

Roll on National Lemon Meringue Day!
Happy August.
Wren x

My name is Erika. said...

Cool facts! I learned a lot about August that I didn't know. Happy August to you!

dellgirl said...

These are some really interesting August tidbits. National Lemon Meringue Day is a tempting one, got me thinking of food now. Happy August to you my friend!

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!






Nas said...

Yes, July went so fast. We are already done with half the year.

Angie said...

Jan - having lived in the UK two times, and having a hubby from the northeast, I am delighted to know that today is National Yorkshire Day! But I am even more excited about Lemon Meringue Day - I love anything lemon and you have my mouth watering! I hope you have a wonderful August!

Fun60 said...

Really interesting post. After spending a couple of hours in the garden yesterday I can understand its title of 'weed month'.

Phil Slade said...

There's some weird and wonderful celebrations of August there. Is that Malham Tarn?

Bob Bushell said...

Happy August to you, nice to see the Yorkshire.

David M. Gascoigne, said...

The panoramic shot of Yorkshire is very beautiful indeed. My daughter just returned from a visit to the UK and Yorkshire was her favourite place to stay.

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Muito interessante e aproveito para desejar um bom fim-de-semana.

Andarilhar
Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
O prazer dos livros

Teresa said...

Interesantes datos del mes de agosto, me ha encantado saberlo. Mi hija y marido cumplen años en agosto y las fiestas del pueblo son el 24 de agosto. Besitos.

eileeninmd said...

Hello and happy August!

What a fun post, so many interesting facts about the month of August.
I love Lemon Meringue, YUM! Have a happy day and a great weekend!
PS, thanks for visiting my blog.

Laura. M said...

Interesante. Empezamos otro nuevo. Mi marido cumple años este mes. Feliz agosto.
Un abrazo.

bill burke said...

August facts that I never knew. Thank you and that is a beautiful view of Yorkshire.

carol l mckenna said...

Great article about August ~ thanks, ^_^

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Jeanie said...

I had no idea on any of these but any month that celebrates lemon meringue pie is OK in my book!

Magic Love Crow said...

What a great post Jan! Thank you for all this information! Lots of fun! Big Hugs and Happy August!