Five Fascinating Facts from the June Edition of the Almanac Monthly Magazine
1. June’s full Moon is known as the Full Strawberry Moon because Sioux tribes knew it as a signal to gather ripening fruit. It was often known as the Full Rose Moon in Europe, where strawberries are not native.
2. A single blade of grass has a life span of 40 days, on average, and is 75 to 80 percent water, by weight.
3. There are 47 species of bats in North America, but fewer than half are likely to use a bat house. In the northern two-thirds of the United States and Canada, you’re most likely to find the Little Brown Bat or the Big Brown Bat living in a bat house.
4. Gilbert “Gil” Lothair Dodds won the 1940 NCAA national cross-country championship with a performance that by some estimates was deemed mediocre: His best mile of the 4-mile race was around 4:30. He had a record-breaking run 8 years later at the Millrose Games, with an indoor mile of 4:05.3.
5. Summer begins with the solstice, the longest day, on June 21. The word “solstice” comes from the Latin solstitium, from sol (Sun) and stitium (to stop), reflecting the fact that the Sun appears to stop at this time.
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