I thought a nice winter photo would help me keep my cool while writing about the heat!
I heard someone refer to the "Dog Days" of summer, which got me wondering about where that term came from.
First off, the dog days are generally considered the hottest, most humid days of summer that run sometime between early July and mid-September. But, why are dogs taking the heat for this unpleasant time of year?
After doing some research, it looks like the term originally had nothing to do with the furry, friendly critters known as "man's best friend." Rather, the term arose in reference to the "dog star" in the constellation "Canis Major" (Big Dog).