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dave

August 18, 2008
9:50 AM

Post #5430051

There are a total of 510 votes:


a period of forty days, beginning July 3 and ending August 11
(68 votes, 13%)
Red dot


a period of oppressive heat when canines become lazy and lethargic
(108 votes, 21%)
Red dot


an evil time when 'seas boil, wine turns sour, dogs grow mad, and all creatures become languid...'
(168 votes, 32%)
Red dot


the hottest, most humid days of summer
(56 votes, 10%)
Red dot


the rising of Sirius (the dog star), which is the brightest star in the heavens
(110 votes, 21%)
Red dot


Previous PollsBelieve it or not, the lazy hounds are not the reason they call these the dog days of summer!

pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

August 18, 2008
11:05 AM

Post #5430094

Looks like we were both wrong! LOL
AYankeeCat
Fairfield County, CT
(Zone 6b)

August 18, 2008
11:18 AM

Post #5430107

And the reason is?
laurawege
Wayland, MA
(Zone 6a)

August 18, 2008
11:22 AM

Post #5430110

I got this one right but I must be honest I just saw a similar question on the "cash cab"
laura
bjf826
panhandle, FL
(Zone 8b)

August 18, 2008
1:36 PM

Post #5430324

Hmmmm.. the "evil time" scenario sounds just about right for this time of year! ;)

Barb
randbponder
Hornick, IA
(Zone 4b)

August 18, 2008
2:01 PM

Post #5430368

Hmmmmmm The hounds may not get lazy, But I sure do !!!!

kittriana

kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

August 18, 2008
4:14 PM

Post #5430934

an evil time, when... reminds me of old sailors maps, " Here there be monsters"
bigcityal
Menasha, WI
(Zone 5a)

August 18, 2008
4:16 PM

Post #5430948

I guessed Sirius, but only because I don't know astrology that well.

kittriana

kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

August 18, 2008
4:21 PM

Post #5430969

the ? read, not what r the dog days, but what r they not!

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

August 18, 2008
4:25 PM

Post #5431004

It's bitter sweet to learn only 24 thus far is correct. There is hope, I can still learn new information. For I was wrong...and am yearning to learn more...

This message was edited Aug 18, 2008 11:29 AM
SW_gardener

(Zone 6a)

August 18, 2008
4:32 PM

Post #5431037

I had no idea so I guessed Sirius
valrita

August 18, 2008
4:36 PM

Post #5431059

Yay, I knew this one. I remembered reading about the star and thought it was interesting. Does anyone know where the quote 'seas boil, wine turns sour...' comes from?
brigidlily
Lumberton, TX
(Zone 8b)

August 18, 2008
4:42 PM

Post #5431093

This one had me confused, and I took a shot at the wrong one because my dog DOES get lazy! Then again, she's rarely anything BUT lazy...

Terry

Terry
Murfreesboro, TN
(Zone 7a)


August 18, 2008
5:04 PM

Post #5431231

Wikipedia says the quote is from from Brady’s Clavis Calendarium, written in 1813: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dog_Days

jordankittyjo

jordankittyjo
Bessemer, AL
(Zone 8b)

August 18, 2008
5:08 PM

Post #5431245

what is the right answer

Terry

Terry
Murfreesboro, TN
(Zone 7a)


August 18, 2008
5:18 PM

Post #5431295

Look just beneath the voting booth results ;o)

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

August 18, 2008
5:45 PM

Post #5431389

Believe it or not, the lazy hounds are not the reason they call these the dog days of summer!

I'm having an 'ACUTE Blonde Moment' .. so .. it's NOT the 40 days between July 3 and Aug. 11 .. sometimes I'm a bit slow on the uptake :-)

Actually .. here in Thunder Bay yesterday it was close to 95F .. today we are hardly cresting 68F !!!!!!!!!!
So the dog has had his ONE woof here :-)

~M~
valrita

August 18, 2008
6:50 PM

Post #5431696

Thanks, Terry. Very interesting.
kimarj
(Kim) Philadelphi, PA
(Zone 6a)

August 18, 2008
6:51 PM

Post #5431698

I got one right : )

9kittymom

9kittymom
Bartlesville, OK
(Zone 6a)

August 18, 2008
6:56 PM

Post #5431718

Well, give me an example of seas boiling, wine turning sour and all creatures becoming languid.

I just don't believe it! LOL

=^..^=
valrita

August 18, 2008
7:06 PM

Post #5431762

Let's see...in the wake of a motor boat, the sea could possibly look like it's boiling.
I have tasted some very sour wines.
The creatures in my house get very languid in August and tend to stay in the AC. I own a cat and she's always languid.

How's that? Are ya a believer yet? (grins)

kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

August 18, 2008
7:58 PM

Post #5431973

The seas boiling could refer to whirlpools. They happen quite often and uneducated sailors could have thought they were "boiling". Also, boiling could be churning and bubbling, not actual temperature.
DrDoolotz
Oxford, NS
(Zone 5b)

August 18, 2008
8:08 PM

Post #5432033

Marilynne - it's all the answers EXCEPT the one about dogs being lazy (answer 2). The question was asking which was NOT the right answer. So the July 3- Aug 11 is one of the 4 correct answers about it. The one about lazy dogs is the only incorrect answer. Hope that makes sense and overcomes the blonde moment. :-) I have them all the time myself...
Joan
Belfield, ND
(Zone 4a)



August 18, 2008
8:35 PM

Post #5432125

I got it wrong too. I guessed it was NOT that the most humid and hot days of summer. I've always thought of the dog days of summer as the last days before fall sets in, when it's starting to cool down.

My logic on the seas boiling was the hurricanes that occur this time of year. Sour wine? Dunno. Wine doesn't go sour in our house no matter what time of year it is. Dogs turn mad and all creatures become languid? To me, mad and languid don't belong in the same sentence, as they contradict each other. I probably would have voted for this one had it not been for the hurricane/boiling sea connection that I thought could possibly be correct.

And I still would have been wrong. ^_^

kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

August 18, 2008
8:37 PM

Post #5432139

Maybe mad and lanquid refers to rabies? I've heard it's more common during these days.
mamajack
Fate, TX
(Zone 8a)

August 18, 2008
9:27 PM

Post #5432328

i am not as bright as the rest of you so would someone please just spell it out...sorry dave but subtlety is always lost on me. just black and white...the dog days have nothing to do with...somebody fill it in please so we can all get a good laugh on me once the obviousness of the thing is pointed out. lol.
KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

August 18, 2008
9:34 PM

Post #5432368

Dave said:

[quote]Believe it or not, the lazy hounds are not the reason they call these the dog days of summer![/quote]

So, I'm guessing that this is the WRONG answer (which is what the question asked for):

[quote]a period of oppressive heat when canines become lazy and lethargic[/quote]

It's a little confusing, because the poll also mentions Sirius, the dog star. So, you're not losing it, it just wasn't all that clear. :)

DrDoolotz
Oxford, NS
(Zone 5b)

August 18, 2008
9:34 PM

Post #5432370

The dog days of summer have nothing to do with answer # 2: a period of oppressive heat when canines (i.e. dogs) become lazy and lethargic.

The dog days of summer DO have to do with the other 4 answers.

MarilynneS

MarilynneS
Thunder Bay Ontario, ON
(Zone 3a)

August 18, 2008
9:51 PM

Post #5432437

I 'think' I HAVE it now :-) In another half an hour I'll be back and just as DIM !!!

~M~

carrielamont

carrielamont
Milton, MA
(Zone 6a)

August 18, 2008
10:39 PM

Post #5432664

So the "dog days of summer" have nothing to do with actual doggies. And no way is Terry or Dave, much as we love them, gonna come up with 'seas boil, wine turns sour, dogs grow mad, and all creatures become languid...'! It was a trick question, and it tricked a lot of us! Not telling what my answer was. . .

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

August 19, 2008
1:30 AM

Post #5433412

I got it right...
hmmmmmmmm is the heat getting to peeps?
Don't blame ya for getting it wrong...

Checked my greenhouse & it was 100F AFTER the hot part of the day lol
and that's in "cold" Canada LOL
art_n_garden
Colorado Springs, CO
(Zone 6a)

August 19, 2008
3:30 AM

Post #5434152

Oh I got it right! I heard on NPR this week about the dog star rising (which is the main star in Orien's hunting dog), and I've lived in Texas (I know what the dog days really refer to!) and I have known many a literary scholar (myself NOT included) so that is how I narrowed it down.
I had to look up the quote and it seems like it is from a book called "Clavis Calendarium" by Brady (?) lol go figure...I never get these polls right.
dmdula
Morganton, NC

August 19, 2008
11:01 AM

Post #5434897

Got this one wrong too. I guess the seas boil, etc. during the dog days?
Dave47
Southern, CT
(Zone 6a)

August 19, 2008
11:57 AM

Post #5435024

We are now in the cat days of summer.
valrita

August 19, 2008
12:17 PM

Post #5435073

Makes as much sense as the dog days. Is the constellation Leo prominent in the sky?
Is there a constellation Leo?
It's been a long time since I studied astronomy.
gardener2005
Baton Rouge area, LA
(Zone 8b)

August 19, 2008
4:09 PM

Post #5436164

Warning:

Do not take this post too seriously because I`m just a gardener and not a rocket scientist.

I saw where Wikkipedia says the occurance of dog days is no longer the rise of Sirius just before or at the same time as sunrise because of precession of the equinoxes. It used to be according to the web site. That one is another "wrong" answer I think if related to things this day and age. The answer being wrong about dogs being lazy is ok too because the reference refers to "all creatures became languid" and it did not specify dogs. Actually, the others could be right because that is in the past "what has been said"and "what has to do with dog days" in the past. :)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Precession_of_the_equinoxes

P.S. My dogs are asleep in a cave they dug under their dog house so I believe the part about the lazy hounds is still true. These dogs may have gone mad as well growling at each other for the coolest spot to sleep. :)


Edited: link didn`t work so tried to fix it and also more clarification of meanings.



This message was edited Aug 19, 2008 11:34 AM
gardener2005
Baton Rouge area, LA
(Zone 8b)

August 19, 2008
4:43 PM

Post #5436386

Check this out. It explains more about the brightest star Sirius the dog star and how it rises later in the year. I thought it was interesting so decided to post the link.

http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/brightest_stars_030715-1.html
jojoringer
Joey in Conroe, TX
(Zone 8b)

August 19, 2008
5:08 PM

Post #5436523

LOL I guessed the right answer, BUT I read it as Cannas becoming lazy and lethargic LMBO...works either way I guess...
docgipe
NORTH CENTRAL, PA
(Zone 5a)

August 19, 2008
9:04 PM

Post #5437753

I got this one right because we could stay up after taps in Boy Scout Camp if we signed up for star study. The staff person also had wild blue berry cookies for the star gazers. I'd sign up for either to this day. :))) That was sixty years ago. I still crave the cookies.
Procrastinator
Havelock
Canada

August 20, 2008
5:53 PM

Post #5442166

The answer was in an article posted in DG recently and I still got it wrong- Big DUH for me.

Elaine and Otis
Meredith79
Southeastern, NH
(Zone 5b)

August 20, 2008
7:57 PM

Post #5442737

I didn't catch the 'NOT'!
azrobin
Scottsdale, AZ
(Zone 9b)

August 20, 2008
9:32 PM

Post #5443192

Oh. Now that was a trick question. lol
roybird
Santa Fe, NM

August 20, 2008
11:19 PM

Post #5443573

I didn't guess! Interesting. I think the last days of summer are called " Indian Summer " but I'm not sure on that one either.

Samigal

Samigal
(Pegi) Norwalk, CA
(Zone 10b)

August 21, 2008
3:26 AM

Post #5444993

I guessed an evil time because I didn't like the other answers ^_^ If my dogs aren't napping they are barking. And, I am lazy all the time
roisemaire
Vincentown, NJ
(Zone 6b)

August 21, 2008
4:51 AM

Post #5445337

Darn it...Don't ya just hate those trick questions?
rntx22
Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

August 21, 2008
6:25 AM

Post #5445489

I remember my astronomy teacher talking about this... Sirius being the "dog" star, blah blah blah...
KaperC
No. San Diego Co., CA
(Zone 10b)

August 21, 2008
6:29 PM

Post #5447840

Hmmm...our 'summer' has hardly started by July 3rd! I always thought it referred to really hot and humid weather.
leaflady
Hughesville, MO
(Zone 5a)

August 23, 2008
2:02 AM

Post #5454834

I've always heard the time after a cool or really cold spell when the weather would turn shirt sleeve warm again for a week or so called Indian Summer. Usually early Nov. here in central MO I think. And different regions may have different times they call Indian Summer.
AlohaHoya
Keaau, HI
(Zone 11)

August 24, 2008
2:22 AM

Post #5459368

the double meanings are lost on me...I still can't figure out what is going on!!!! For me it is the Dumb Days of Summer
marann
Augusta, GA

August 25, 2008
1:50 AM

Post #5463525

I ordered the black runner elephant ears. They were really nice plants. It has been 10 days now and they are putting out new leaves and growing. They were mailed and here in 2 days. Very good service.
Very helpful place to to shop for plants.

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

August 25, 2008
3:19 AM

Post #5463860

???? Marann????

What are you referring to, and where did you buy them from? What are Black Runner Elephant Ears????

Does it have to do with the Dog Days of Summer?
mamajack
Fate, TX
(Zone 8a)

August 25, 2008
3:44 AM

Post #5463959

well if marann is going to go there then i bought some harvest moon echinacea for the 3rd time in as many years. wish me luck. lol. sorry marann, just the way i am. hahahaha

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