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.
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...
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.
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.
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. . .
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.
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. :)
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.
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.
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.
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