Friday, August 6, 2010

Dog Days of Summer Revisited! SALE!!!!

The Romans referred to the dog days as diēs caniculārēs and associated the hot weather with the star Sirius. They considered Sirius to be the "Dog Star" because it is the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major (Large Dog). Sirius is also the brightest star in the heavens besides the Sun. The term "Dog Days" was used earlier by the Greeks (see, e.g., Aristotle's Physics, 199a2).

The Dog Days originally were the days when Sirius rose just before or at the same time as sunrise (heliacal rising), which is no longer true, owing to precession of the equinoxes. The Romans sacrificed a brown dog at the beginning of the Dog Days to appease the rage of Sirius, believing that the star was the cause of the hot, sultry weather.

Dog Days were popularly believed to be an evil time "when the seas boiled, wine turned sour, dogs grew mad, and all creatures became languid, causing to man burning fevers, hysterics, and phrensies" according to Brady’s Clavis Calendarium, 1813.

If you Knit, Crochet or Sew, or know someone who does, cemetarian can help cool down those Dog Days of Summer with patterns for swim and play. From the 1930s through the 1990s. We have Knitting, Crochet and Sewing patterns available.

And just a reminder, to help you beat the Dog Days of Summer approach, we are offering a Doggie Discount. Until Aug 15th use the coupon code Dog Days and receive a 15% discount on your total at checkout.

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