February is a Shocking Month
Feb 01, 2017
FEBRUARY IS A PRETTY SHOCKING MONTH
Did you make a New Year’s Resolution this year? If you answered yes, the odds that you have still kept it up is just about the same odds as a coin toss; at least that’s what StaticBrain.com says. Only 58.5% of New Year’s resolutions last into February. (http://www.statisticbrain.com/new-years-resolution-statistics/)
THE GOOD NEWS
It’s not too late to start over! If you’re one of the people who decided 2017 was the year you were going to lose weight, eat healthier, make life improvements, make better financial decisions, quit smoking, do more exciting things, spend more time with family and close friends, or any of the other top 10 New Year’s resolutions of 2017 (also available on staticbrain.com) - you still have 11 months to left!
Are you surprised that so many people abandon their New Year’s resolutions by February? Here are a few more shocking facts about February courtesy of William Hart in his article Top 10 Facts About February (http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/top10facts/639723/Top-10-facts-February)
1. February is named after the purification ritual Februa, which was a sort of early Roman spring cleaning festival.
2. In Old English, February was called Solmonath (Mud month) or Kale-monath (Kale or cabbage month).
3. February frequently occurs in lists of the most commonly misspelt words in the English language. A press release from the White House consistently spelt it as Feburary last year.
4. The Americans have trouble with the word February too – last year, a press release from the White House consistently spelt it as Feburary.
5. Much Ado About Nothing is the only Shakespeare play that mentions February.
6. Before Julius Caesar’s calendar reform of 45BC, February was the only month with an even number of days. All the rest had 29 or 31.
7. February is the only month that can pass with no full moon. This will next occur in 2018. ETTY
8. In the USA, February is National Pet Dental Health month. It is also Hot Breakfast month.
9. The birthstone for February is amethyst. The birth flower is the violet or iris.
10. The ancient Greeks believed that amethyst protected the wearer from drunkenness.
February is the only month that can pass with no full moon. Don’t worry, that won’t happen again until next year.