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Friday, 1 November 2019

Welcome November

As we welcome November, we say hello to the eleventh month of the year and the last one to have thirty days. There are many facts about this month and I've included eighteen below. Of course there are many more so please, do feel free to share them in the comments below. 

1. In Anglo-Saxon times, November was known as Blotmonaรพ (blood month or sacrifice month). 

2. November is the only month used to represent a letter in the phonetic alphabet. 

3. Although the word November dates back to Old English, the first known use of Novemberish, was by Robert Burns in 1793. 

4. According to research published in 2008, serial killers are more likely to be born in November than any other month. 

5. US Presidential elections are held every four years on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. 

6. According to the 17th-century astrologer Richard Saunders: “In this Moneth [November], Melancholy much increaseth.” He recommended eating eggs and honey and vomiting sometimes! 

7. In the US state of Indiana, November is the most likely month for a car to collide with a deer. 

8. “November’s sky is chill and drear, November’s leaf is red and sear [withered].” Sir Walter Scott. 

9. In the USA, November is sweet potato awareness month. 

10. In Finland, November is called “marraskuu” or “month of the dead”. It is the time of souls in Hell. 

11. On Monday, November 11, the planet Mercury will pass directly between the Earth and Sun. Appropriately filtered telescopes or binoculars are necessary for eye-safe viewing. 

12. November 14th is World Diabetes Day 

13. November 16th is National Button Day 

14. November 21st is World Hello Day

15. John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963. 

16. British statesman Sir Winston Churchill born on November 30, 1874. 

17. November’s traditional birthstone is the topaz, usually a yellow to amber colour. The ancient Greeks believed that topaz could make a wearer invisible. A symbol of honour and strength, topaz was also believed to bring longevity and wisdom. 

18. November’s birth flower is the chrysanthemum. Generally, chrysanthemums represent cheerfulness. 

There are so many other interesting things about November, I've only included 18 … you may know of some others, please include them in the comments.
Facts taken from here here and here

And the dead leaves lie huddled and still,
No longer blown hither and thither;
The last lone aster is gone;
The flowers of the witch-hazel wither … 
Robert Frost (1874-1963)

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All the best Jan


Chris Lally said...

An interesting and beautiful way to welcome in the new month:) Great post, Jan!

Tom said...

...the weather is changing before your eyes.

Debbie said...

october is beautiful but this post shows us how interesting november is!! a fun post jan!!

Jeanie said...

Blotmonab. That seems like a better name for November than November!

Cold, wet, windy, yes, even snow to wake to. Not my cuppa! I loved all these fun facts!

Jo said...

So many interesting facts there. Great post.

Sami said...

In Portugal and a few other Catholic countries the first of November is "All Saints Day" or "Day of the Dead" in South American countries, usually a public holiday, when people visit cemeteries and leave flowers in honour of their dead relatives.
Have a lovely weekend and a lovely November :)

Dewena said...

Fascinating! I only knew your # 5 & 15 but I most love the Burns word "Novemberish"! November is my favorite month of the year, even better than October and December.

carol l mckenna said...

Lovely nature photos and informative post ~ ^_^

Happy Day to You,
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JFM/Jan said...

Very interesting post!!!
Thank you for sharing ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‚

Valerie-Jael said...

Beautiful November post. My chrysanthemums started flowering today, they waited for November! Valerie

Debbie Harris said...

Lots of wonderful information to welcome November, I like that. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Happy day to you ♡

Elephant's Child said...

Some interesting (and often melancholy) facts here. I do hope that Winston Churchill wasn't an undiscovered serial killer.

Anonymous said...

Interesting facts. What a different name Blotmonab is.

Tina said...

Thank you for the interesting facts. Enjoy your weekend.

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Hi Jan. November is a beautiful month, so many great things to learn about. It is also my birth month so that is really special!!! Thanks for your visit to me. We are back in the land of the living, for awhile anyway. Our weather is beautiful so maybe our lights will stay on awhile longer this time..Happy Weekend..Judy

DVArtist said...

A very informative post. I didn't know most of those things about November. Thanks for sharing them.

Christine said...

November is a busy month, a lovely tribute today!

William Kendall said...

Thanks for the facts on the month!

aussie aNNie said...

Beautiful posts. The monthly calendar looks busy but great..
Chrysanthemums represent Mother's Day here in Australia so I am not sure about the rest of the world, these are such pretty and cheery flowers. Have a great month. We are entering into our summer..and it's going to be a hot one with bush fires already present.xx

Susan Kane said...

Such a month, November.

Miss Val's Creations said...

Fun facts. How amusing that someone had enough time on their hands to realize that most serial killers are born in November! Chrysanthemum are such a great November treat. That leaf image is a beauty.

Martha said...

Interesting post! Have a wonderful month ahead.

Icy BC said...

Cabbage is one of my favorites! It can keep long in the refrigerator, and I use it for a variety of dishes.

Crafty Green Poet said...

fascinating list of facts! Thanks for sharing.