Summer Starts Today At 4:59pm
Summer officially starts today at 4:59pm, as if it were some kind of anxious cubicle worker trying to sneak out a minute early.
Of course, today will also be our longest day of the year, so we can’t blame ol’ Solstice for wanting to get out early.
According to the all-knowing yet sometimes obvious-defining Wikipedia:
The summer season in most regions of the world has an evident increase in tourism.
Outdoor activity is also a hobby, taken by many people during this season, due to the favorable conditions.
Some other lesser-known facts about Solstice, courtesy Discover Magazine:
- Supporters of Seattleâ€™s Solstice Parade, an annual fixture of the cityâ€™s artsy Fremont neighborhood, proclaim that it will â€œcast a spell of joy, hope, and rebirth that spreads from Fremont to the entire universe.â€
- Helping cast the spell are the Painted Cyclists, everyone’s favorite nude bike riders who wear intense body makeup. And nuthin’ else, ‘cept for sunscreen. Newbies who doubt are encouraged to â€œask Rob about his plaid sunburn from Solstice 2002.â€
- Some 1 billion to 3 billion years from now, the sunâ€™s increasing intensity will boil away Earthâ€™s oceans, turning our planet into an endless desert.
What will you be doing to celebrate Solstice at 4:59pm today?