Dog Days

From Plastic Tub

Appx. July 3 to August 11. The Dog Days are celebrated in AA circles with pranks and at times, fisticuffs. Heavy drinking is assumed. The purpose of this highly-charged atmosphere is to combat the inactivity and stagnation the time of year can induce as the body, depressed and weary, contemplates the coming Winter.

During the Dog Days, Sirius, the brightest star in the sky, is visible at dawn; hence the name: the ancient Romans called them caniculares dies after the constellation of Canis Major, within which Sirius (Canis Majoris) is found.

Since these ancient days the Dog Days have been considered the hottest time of the year.

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Most North American species of Cicada are in the genus Tibicen, popularly called annual or dog-day cicadas because they emerge in late July and August.