Summer Starts Today At 4:59pm

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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.

Leisure tasks are also associated with summer, due to the number of people on vacation.

Some other lesser-known facts about Solstice, courtesy Discover Magazine:

  • Supporters of Seattle’s Solstice Parade, an annual fixture of the city’s artsy Fremont neighborhood, proclaim that it will “cast a spell of joy, hope, and rebirth that spreads from Fremont to the entire universe.”
  • 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 “ask Rob about his plaid sunburn from Solstice 2002.”
  • Some 1 billion to 3 billion years from now, the sun’s increasing intensity will boil away Earth’s oceans, turning our planet into an endless desert.

What will you be doing to celebrate Solstice at 4:59pm today?

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