1. It's not too late to plant a vegetable garden in July and August for a fall harvest. Late July is the time to sow seeds for some late crops, like cauliflower, broccoli and cabbage. In August you can begin to sow seeds for lettuces and peas every couple of weeks for a late harvest.
2. Fireworks date back as a tradition of Independence Day as early as the first anniversary in 1777.
3. Kiwis and papayas contain more vitamin C than oranges.
4. The “dog days of summer” refer to the weeks between July 3 and August 11 and are named after the Dog Star (Sirius) in the Canis Major constellation. The ancient Greeks blamed Sirius for the hot temperatures, drought, discomfort, and sickness that occurred during the summer.
5. On July 5, 1946, the world’s first bikini was unveiled in the famous Piscine Molitor swimming pool in Paris. The bikini was modeled by showgirl Micheline Bernardini.
6. The best way to remove a tick is with a pair of fine-point tweezers. Grasp the tick’s mouthparts (where it has attached to your skin) and gently pull the tick out with steady pressure.
7. Richard Stockton, a lawyer from New Jersey, became the only signer of the Declaration of Independence to recant his support of the revolution after being captured by the British in November 1776 and thrown in jail.
8. The first modern Olympic Games were held in the summer in 1896 in Athens, Greece.
9. Did you know that watermelons are not a fruit, but a vegetable? They belong to the cucumber family.
10. The first European known to have visited Indiana was French Explorer Rene’-Robert Cavalier sierur de La Salle, in 1679. After LaSalle and others explored the Great Lakes region, the land was claimed for New France, a nation based in Canada.
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