January was named for the Roman god Janus, known as the protector of gates and doorways, which symbolize beginnings and ends.
FOLKLORE FOR THE SEASON: Fog in January brings a wet spring; a favorable January brings us a good year; if grass grows in January, it will grow badly the whole year; a summerish January, a winterish spring.
Keep road and sidewalk salt away from plants. Construct a burlap screen to keep road spray off plants.
Avoid walking on frosted or frozen grass.
If necessary, carefully remove heavy snows from evergreen limbs to prevent damage. DO NOT try to remove ice from limbs as this may cause plant damage.
At this time of year make sure your smoke detectors have fresh batteries and install carbon monoxide detectors to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
Keep extra weight in your car’s trunk when driving in winter. Bags of sand can add weight and be used on ice to help provide traction.
All weeds are not bad. Clover, for example, works as a natural fertilizer by returning nitrogen to the soil.
It takes about 20 daisies, 30 roses or 36 marigolds to cover just one square foot of a Rose Bowl Parade float. All of the floats together take approximately 18 million flowers and can cost between $250,000-$260,000.
Animal behaviorists have concluded that cats don't meow as a way to communicate with each other. It's a method they use for getting attention from humans.
There is no historical evidence to confirm Plymouth Rock was the Pilgrims’ steppingstone to the New World. Actually the Pilgrims first made landfall on the tip of Cape Cod in November,1620 before sailing to safer harbors in Plymouth, Massachusetts the following month.
A spoonful of honey or two works better at relieving a sore throat than a placebo. Honey gives the throat a protective coating and it also has antibacterial properties.
Dig and store tender flowering bulbs and keep in a protected area. Complete planting spring flowering bulbs.
Fall tilling, except in erosion-prone areas, helps to improve soil structure and usually leads to faster soil-warming and drying in the spring, allowing crops to be started earlier.
November in the Northern Hemisphere is similar to May in the Southern Hemisphere.
The coldest day ever recorded was -144 degrees Fahrenheit. The temperature was recorded in Antarctica during a span of research between 2004 and 2016. Just a few breaths of air at that temperature would induce hemorrhaging in your lungs and kill you.
Basiphobia—fear of falling. Some may even refuse to walk or stand up.
According to the Population Reference Bureau, the number of people alive today represents a whopping seven percent of the total number of humans who have ever lived.
Red bell peppers are packed with Vitamin C, which is necessary for the production of collagen—a structural protein that maintains the gum’s tight shape around teeth.
If you stop getting thirsty, you need to drink more water. When a human body is dehydrated, its thirst shuts off.
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