We’ve all heard the expression, “The dog days of summer” and know that it refers to the hottest months of the year, typically July and August. According to Wikipedia, the phrase’s origin dates back to the early Romans, who attributed the heat of these months to the star Sirius, which they called the “Dog Star” since it was the brightest star in the Canis Major (Large Dog) constellation. The dog days were considered an evil time, when the heat made man and creature alike weak and lethargic. To appease the gods and hopefully lessen the turmoil of this time, the ancient Romans would sacrifice a brown dog. Fortunately, the advent of air conditioning no longer makes this ritual necessary.
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