16 Lucky Facts About Saint Patrick’s Day

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  • St. Patrick gives only the names of his father, Calpornius, and paternal grandfather, Potitus. He says his father was a deacon and his grandfather a priest. Though later writers further explained his family tree. Jocelin and MacEvin say his mother was a Frankish woman named Conceis. Conceis was said to be related to Saint Martin of Tours. Though MacEvin claims she was his sister and Jocelin says she was his niece.
  • St. Patrick never mentions having any siblings in his works, but Jocelin and MacEvin claim he had a sister named Lupita.
  • From St. Patrick’s own works, we gather he was kidnapped from his home at about the age of sixteen and brought to Ireland alongside thousands of others to be sold as slaves. Patrick worked as a shepherd for six years. Jocelin says he was slave to a pagan prince named Milcho, though Patrick says nothing specific of his captor. Saying only he was “the man with whom I had been for six years”.
  • Jocelin and MacEvin ascribe many miracles to St. Patrick in his youth, and describe him as pious from his early years. Though Patrick himself seems to contradict these statements. In reference to his capture in his youth, he says that “at that time, I did not know the true God”.
  • St. Patrick is often said to have used the shamrock to explain to the Irish pagans the concept of the Trinity. Despite the fame of this story the shamrock or its significance to such a way is never mentioned in any work by St. Patrick and is apparently a much later legend attached to him.
  • St. Patrick, despite being known as the Patron Saint of Ireland, was never formally canonized. His recognition as a saint was done through popular opinion, and likely with the approval of a bishop. Though he’s far from the only saint to never have been formally canonized. In fact, the church had no formal process for sainthood until the twelfth century. So it’s safe to assume St. Patrick will always be considered a saint.
  • The date of the 17th of March was chosen for St. Patrick’s feast day on account of it being the day he is said to have died. The year was said to have been 461, but we do not know for certain.
  • The St. Patrick you know may in fact be based on several people. While we are quite certain that St. Patrick was a historical person, it’s possible that the folkloric character may be derived from two different people. Patrick of Wales and the previously mentioned bishop Palladius. The two bishops had stories about them circulating until they became one unified preacher.
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    22 Super Facts About Sunday

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    Sunday, for most of us, is the final day of the week. Sunday night is the herald of Monday, and the death of the weekend.

    However, in some countries, Sunday is considered the first day of the week, not the last.

    Sunday is often a day of rest for many around the world, with business and banks not often opening on a Sunday or just opening for shorter hours. There are a few weird facts about Sunday, so let’s get on it with it!

    1. Originally the first day of the week rather than the last (in a calendar derived from Hellenistic astrology), Sunday is named after the Sun.
    2. Unlike many of the other six days in a week, almost every language around has derived their word for Sunday from the meaning ‘Sun’s Day’ or ‘Day of Sun’.
    3. However, almost is not all. In Russian, the word for Sunday is Воскресенье (Voskreseniye) meaning Resurrection.
    4. In other Slavic languages like Polish, Ukrainian, Croatian, and Bulgarian among others, the word for Sunday means “no work.”
    5. In the Thai Solar Calendar, red is the color associated with Sunday.
    6. In astrology, Sunday is associated with the Sun.
    7. The Modern Greek word for Sunday means “Lord’s Day.”
    8. In Roman culture, Sunday was the day of the Sun God. In Paganism, the sun was the source of life and giver of warmth and illumination to mankind. Therefore, it was the center of a popular cult among Romans who would stand at dawn on a Sunday to catch the first rays of sunshine as they prayed.
    9. Many countries, mostly in Europe like France, Sweden, Germany and Belgium (but also non-European countries like Peru), choose to hold their national and local elections on Sunday, either by law or tradition.
    10. In most Middle Eastern countries, Sunday is the first day of the working week.
    11. In 321 AD, Roman Emperor Constantine I decreed that Sunday was to be a day of rest for all except those engaged in agricultural work.
    12. Worldwide, nearly all banks are closed on Sundays.
    13. Months that begin on a Sunday always have a Friday the 13th in them.
    14. You can be fined up to $1,000 for whistling on a Sunday in Salt Lake City, Utah.
    15. Many American and British daily newspapers publish larger editions on Sundays, often including color comic strips, a magazine, a coupon section, and sometimes a twin release alongside a sister-newspaper.
    16. Gloomy Sunday is the name of a popular song composed by Hungarian pianist and composer Rezső Seress and published in 1933. Also known as ‘The Hungarian Suicide Song’, this song has been the center of many urban myths linking it to the suicide of several people who had listened to the song.
    17. In the U.K., most period TV dramas like Downton Abbey, Call The Midwife, Lark Rise to Candleford and Heartbeat commonly air on a Sunday evening.
    18. K. TV show Antiques Roadshow has always been shown on a Sunday since 1979.
    19. Professional golf tournaments often end on a Sunday.
    20. Most motor sport events like MotoGP, Formula One and NASCAR Sprint Cup races take place on a Sunday, with Saturday typically being when qualifying for the race takes place.
    21. Easter Sunday is the day that Jesus is said to have been resurrected from the dead.
    22. Cold Sunday is the name given to Sunday the 17th of January in 1982, when incredibly cold air swept into the U.S. from Canada and plunged temperatures across most of the States far below their existing all-time lows.

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    22 Stupendous Facts About Saturday

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    Saturday is the first official day of the regular two-day weekend, and is a day usually synonymous with sleeping in late, being lazy, or going for a night out to paint the town.

    Saturday is often the most common day of the week for sports to take place, often ensuring maximum turn-out from fans who would otherwise be working in the week.

    There’s quite a few interesting facts about Saturdays themselves, as well as a tapestry of really interesting names for Saturday around the world, so without further delay let’s get to it.

    1. Saturday takes its name from Saturn, the Roman god of generation, dissolution, plenty, wealth, agriculture, periodic renewal, and liberation.
    2. Generally speaking, many of the days of the week were renamed from the Roman calendar to the Germanic calendar after the Germanic deities instead of the Roman ones. However, for the day Saturday, the Germanic calendar stuck with naming the day after Saturn as none of the Germanic gods were the equivalent of Saturn.
    3. In different cultures such as Scandinavian countries, Saturday is called lördag,lørdag, or laurdag, with the name being derived from the old word laugr/laug, meaning bath. So therefore ‘lördag’ equates to “bath-day.” This is due to the Viking practice of bathing on a Saturday.
    4. The roots for this naming of Saturday, lör and lauger are the equivalent of the English word lye, in the sense of detergent.
    5. In German speaking countries, Saturday is officially known as Samstag, which is derived from Ancient Greek. However, there is another word used for Saturday which is Sonnabend, which is derived from the Old High German Sunnunaband, and closely related to the Old English word sunnanæfen, which literally means “Sun Eve,” so ‘The Day before Sunday.”
    6. The Maori name for Saturday is Rahoroi, which literally means Washing Day. This derives from early colonized life when Maori Christian converts would set aside a Saturday to wash their clothes for church on a Sunday.
    7. In Japanese, the word for Saturday translates as do youbi, meaning “soil day” and is associated with the planet Saturn (not the God) which is called dosei in Japanese and translates as “soil star.”
    8. Similar to this, in Korean the day for Saturday translates as “earth day.”
    9. In the Thai solar calendar of Thailand, ourple is the color associated with the day Saturday.
    10. In astrology, Saturday is aligned to the planet Saturn and the astrological signs of Capricorn and Aquarius.
    11. In Nepal, Saturday is the last day of the week and is the only official weekly holiday.
    12. Saturday is the official day of rest in Israel, where all government offices and most businesses, including public transportation, are closed.
    13. Saturday is the day in which elections usually take place in Australia.
    14. Saturday is also the only day that elections take place in New Zealand.
    15. In Sweden, Saturday is often the only day of the week when young children are allowed to eat candy.
    16. In the song/rhyme Monday’s Child, Saturday’s child ‘works hard for a living’.
    17. In folklore, Saturday was often viewed as the best day to hunt vampires, as this was the day of the week when they were restricted to their coffins. It was also believed in the Balkans that if somebody was born on a Saturday then they could see a vampire that was invisible to others, and that these people were the best recruits to become vampire hunters.
    18. In the Western world, Saturday morning television is often orientated towards a viewership of children, whilst in the evening it is often aimed at a viewership of families.
    19. Saturday night is the night on which most bars, pubs, clubs and restaurants open longer, denoting Saturday as the regular party night of the working week.
    20. Saturday is the most common day of the week for most domestic football matches to occur in the U.K.
    21. The final of the Eurovision Song Contest, the longest-running annual international TV song competition, has always aired on a Saturday since its start in 1956.
    22. Black Saturday is the name given to the start of a series of deadly and devastating bushfires in Victoria, Australia, that started on Saturday February the 7th 2009 and were Australia’s all-time worst bushfire disasters.

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    22 Fantastic Friday Facts | The Fact Site

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    Friday is widely considered to be the last day of the working week worldwide, and for those who work a Monday to Friday job, it’s the beginning of the weekend and therefore the most glorious weekday around.

    There are a few different acronyms that float about for Friday and there are also a couple different Friday dress-codes encouraged in the corporate world.

    Friday is also a day synonymous with superstition whenever it falls upon the 13th day of the month, but do you know what the fear of Friday the 13th is called? Or do you know where the name for Friday comes from? Well, the answers are all here, so let’s get on with it. Happy Friday people!

    1. The English name Friday comes from the Old English Frīġedæġ, meaning “Day of Frige.” This is as a result of the Old English goddess Frigg (an Anglo-Saxon interpretation of the Norse goddess Freya) being associated with the Roman goddess Venus.
    2. This is the same within several other languages, including the Old High German Frīatag and Modern German Frietag, as well as Vrijdag in Dutch.
    3. In most languages that are derived from Latin, Friday is derived from the words “dies Veneris” (day of Venus), like “Vendredi” is French, “Venerdì” in Italian and “Viernes” in Spanish.
    4. However, in Portuguese, also a language derived from Latin, the word for Friday is “Sexta-feira,” meaning “sixth day of liturgical celebration” and is derived from the Latin “Feria Sexta” which was used in religious texts where it was forbidden to consecrate days to pagan gods.
    5. In Japanese, the word for Friday is formed from the words kinsei, meaning Venus (which literally translates as “gold + water”) and yōbi, meaning day.
    6. A popular American acronym is “TGIF,” which means “Thank God It’s Friday.”
    7. In the U.K. and Australia, Friday is sometimes referred to by the acronym “POETS Day,” which stands for “Piss Off Early Tomorrow’s Saturday.”
    8. The term “Friday’s Syndrome” and the term “Friday Feeling” refer to Friday often being the last day of the working week for people and therefore people feeling more relaxed and easy going on a Friday.
    9. Friday the 13th, although considered lucky in some parts of the world, is often a day of superstition for most people in the western world, and the fear of Friday the 13th is known as paraskavedekatriaphobia.
    10. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen were born together on Friday the 13th June 1986.
    11. In the maritime world, it is considered highly unlucky to begin a voyage on a Friday.
    12. Many corporate workplaces in the West have a “Casual Friday” or “Dress-down Friday” dress-code where employees aren’t expected to turn up to work in their smart business attire, but instead in something more casual like jeans and a t-shirt.
    13. In some places around the world, there is also an occurrence known as “Country and Western Friday,” which is similar to “Casual Friday,” but where employees will wear Cowboy attire rather than casual clothing.
    14. In the U.S., the term “Black Friday” sometimes refers to the day after Thanksgiving, which is traditionally the first day of the Christmas shopping season.
    15. The retail madness seen in stores across the U.S. on Black Friday first resulted in the death of a retail employee in 2008 when, upon opening doors to a 2,000-strong crowd of shoppers in Valley Stream, New York, the employee was trampled by to death by the rushing crowd.
    16. Since then there have been multiple reports of people being shot, stabbed, beaten, trampled and even pepper-sprayed during Black Friday sales.
    17. In astrology, Friday is connected with the planet Venus and is symbolized by that planet’s symbol.
    18. Friday is also associated with the astrological signs of Libra and Taurus.
    19. In the Thai Solar Calendar, blue is the color associated with Friday.
    20. In Christianity, Good Friday is the Friday before Easter and it commemorates the day of Jesus’ crucifixion.
    21. In 1719 the Daniel Defoe novel Robinson Crusoe, the main character meets a native to the island he’s stranded on, with whom he cannot communicate at first. Crusoe and calls him Friday as this is the day of the week when he meets him.
    22. The expression “Man Friday” comes from the character Friday in the novel Robinson Crusoe, and is used to describe a particularly loyal or competent male personal assistant.

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    22 Fabulous Facts About Thursday

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    Thursday is sometimes referred to as “Friday’s Friday,” meaning it’s the herald of Friday, and therefore the weekend.

    Many students call Thursdays ‘Thirsty Thursdays” due to a decreasing number of lessons students have on a Friday making it the day to start their weekend drinking.

    Thursday is a day featured heavily in Christian lore, and it’s also the traditional day U.K. elections are held on. So let’s take a look at all the interesting facts about Thursday!

    1. The name Thursday is derived from the Old English Þūnresdægand the Middle English Thuresday (with loss of -n-, first in northern dialects, from influence of Old Norse Þorsdagr) meaning ‘Thor’s Day,” after the Norse God of Thunder and son of Odin, Thor.
    2. Many Germanic-derived languages name Thursday after Thor, like ‘Torsdag” in Denmark, Norway and Sweden, “Donnerstag” in Germany, Donderlag in the Netherlands.
    3. As Jupiter is the Roman equivalent of Thor, the Latin name for Thursday was “lovis Dies,” meaning “Jupiter’s Day.”
    4. In Latin, the possessive case of Jupiter was either “lovis” or “jovis,” and therefore most languages derived from Latin reflect this in their naming of Thursday, like the Spanish “jueves,” the French “jeudi,” or the Italian “giovedi.”
    5. In most of the languages spoken in India, the word for Thursday is “Guruvara,” with vara meaning “day” and “guru” being the style for Brhaspati, who is guru to the gods and a regent of the planet Jupiter.
    6. In the Judeo-Christian liturgical calendar, Thursday is often abbreviated to Th or Thu.
    7. In Christianity, Maundy Thursday, also known as Holy Thursday, is the Thursday before Easter, which is the day that The Last Supper took place.
    8. “Ascension Thursday” is 40 days after Easter and is when Christ was said to have ascended to heaven.
    9. The astrological and astronomical sign of the planet Jupiter is sometimes used to represent Thursday.
    10. Estonians did not work on Thursdays and called their Thursday nights “evenings of Tooru.”
    11. Some historians say that Estonians would gather in holy woods known as “Hiis” on Thursday nights, where a bagpipe player would sit and play whilst people danced and sung until the dawn.
    12. Back in the USSR during the 1970’s and 1980’s, Thursday was known as the “Fish Day” of the week, where the nation’s food service institutions would serve fish rather than meat.
    13. Thursday is the name of a six-piece post-hardcore rock band from America who formed in 1997.
    14. In the U.K., elections are always held on a Thursday. This may seem a little odd, especially considering there’s no specific reason why other than tradition. The last U.K. election to be contested that did not occur on a Thursday was back in 1931, when everybody voted on a Tuesday.
    15. In some American high schools during the 1950’s and 1960’s, wearing the color green on a Thursday would lead to people believing you were gay.
    16. In the Thai Solar Calendar, the color orange is associated with Thursday.
    17. In Buddhist Thailand, Thursday is considered to be ‘Teacher’s Day,” and it is believed that a person should begin their education on a Thursday.
    18. Thai students still pay homage to this belief by holding gratitude ceremonies for their teachers that are always held on a Thursday.
    19. Following on in the same vein, graduations days at universities in Thailand almost always occur on a Thursday.
    20. In Australia, most movie premiers are often held on a Thursday.
    21. On Thursday the 20th of June 1782, the fledgling United States of America decided to do some branding and selected the Bald Eagle as their official emblem.
    22. Leonardo Da Vinci, artist, inventor, pioneer, genius (and probably time traveler) was born on a Thursday, on April 15, 1452.

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    22 Wacky Facts About Wednesday

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    Wednesday is the middle of the working week, so to many it’s the herald of the fast-approaching weekend. That’s why they call it “Hump Day” in America, because it’s all smooth sailing from there on out until the weekend.

    Wednesday is a name often used for fictional characters, as well as the name used by English football club. With ties to gods and astrology, Wednesday has some interesting facts about it. So without further ado, let’s get on it with it!

    1. Wednesday is named after Woden, the most important God in the German Pantheon, and is often associated with the Nose God Odin. The name is derived from the Old English word Wōdnesdæg and the Middle English word Wednesdei, meaning ‘day of Woden’, reflecting the pre-Christian religion practiced by the Anglo-Saxons.
    2. Woden and Odin are also associated with the Roman God Mercury, which is reflected in languages derived from Latin in their names for Wednesday, like French with “Mercredi,” Spanish with “Miercoles” and Italian with “Mercoledì.”
    3. In many Slavic languages, Wednesday translates to “the middle.”
    4. Similarly to this, in Estonian, Lithuanian, Latvian, and Mandarin Chinese, the name for Wednesday translates to “third day.”
    5. Quakers continue to refer to Wednesday as the “Fourth Day” of the week in keeping with the traditional calendar so as to avoid the pagan associations the Wednesday holds.
    6. According to a survey, bosses are most receptive to requests from their employees on a Wednesday. So if you’re going to ask for a pay rise or a holiday, make sure you do it on a Wednesday, people!
    7. In the Addams Family films, the daughter is called Wednesday Addams. Creator Charles Addams said he chose this name because of the nursery rhyme Monday’s Child, which says the “Wednesday’s child is full of woe.”
    8. Wednesday is also seen as a reccurring character name within some fiction, including Richard James Allen’s Thursday’s Fictions and Neil Gaiman’s American Gods, which has recently been adapted for an Amazon Prime TV Show.
    9. In John Steinbeck’s 1945 novel Sweet Thursday, the Thursday of the title was said to have been preceded by a “Lousy Wednesday.”
    10. In Japanese, the word for Wednesday (sui youbi) means “water day,” as it is associated with the planet Mercury (suisei), which means “water star.”
    11. In German, the word for Wednesday (Mittwoch) is the only day of the week not to end with “tag,” which means “day.”
    12. The U.K. football team (that’s soccer, if you’re American) “Sheffield Wednesday” started out as The Wednesday Cricket Club in 1820. They named themselves after the day on which they played their matches.
    13. The Wednesday before Easter is known as “Holy Wednesday,” or sometimes “Spy Wednesday,” in reference to Judas Iscariot’s betrayal of Jesus.
    14. The first day of Lent in the Western Christian Calendar is known as “Ash Wednesday” and follows “Shrove Tuesday.”
    15. Red Wednesday is the name of a Yezidi festival celebrated in Iraq.
    16. Wednesday is known as “hump day” in America because it is the middle of the working week and the hump which you have to get over to make it to Friday.
    17. In Hindu mythology, Buddha is the God of Mercury, mid-week Wednesday, and of Merchants and merchandise.
    18. In the Thai Solar Calendar, the color associated with Wednesday is green.
    19. The astrological sign for Wednesday is the same as the astrological sign for the planet Mercury.
    20. In American Christianity, both Catholic and Protestant churches schedule studies, prayers or meetings on Wednesday nights. This is reflected in the sports calendar for many public American schools, with Mondays and Thursdays being nights for girls’ games and Tuesday and Fridays being nights for boys’ games, often avoiding Wednesdays altogether.
    21. In Australia, on Wednesday the 16th of February 1983, a series of over 100 bushfires started that swept across southern Australia, killing some 75 people, injuring 2,600 people, destroying roughly 9,000 homes, killing over 300,000 livestock, and causing damage totaling around $324 million. This day would become known as ‘Ash Wednesday’.
    22. On Wednesday the 10th of May 1797, the first U.S. Navy Ship, the “United States,” was launched.

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    22 Terrific Facts About Tuesday

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    To most people, Tuesday is just another day, and that’s mostly because it is. However, one thing most of us can agree on is that Tuesday doesn’t suck as bad as Monday!

    Depending on where in the world you’re from, Tuesday could be considered an unlucky day, especially if the 13th falls on a Tuesday.

    Globally, Tuesday is a day with a lot of rich meaning in its name, with many different places having many various meanings behind their names for Tuesday. Regardless of where you’re from or what Tuesday usually means to you, let’s have a look at all the interesting facts there are about Tuesday.

    1. Tuesday gets its English name from the Old English Tiwesdæg and the Middle English Tewesday, meaning ‘Tiw’s Day.” Tiw was the Norse God of Single Combat, Victory, and Heroic Glory. Those Norse Gods are so cool!
    2. Unsurprisingly, Tiw is associated with the Roman God of War, Mars. This is why Tuesday contains a reference to Mars in other languages derived from Latin. Like “Mardi” in French, “Martes” in Spanish and “Martedi” in Italian.
    3. However, in Japanese the word for Tuesday (ka youbi) means “fire day,” in relation to Mars the planet (kasei) meaning “fire star.”
    4. In some Slavic languages, Tuesday originates from an Old Church Slavonic word literally meaning “the second.”
    5. For many employees, Tuesday is apparently the most productive day of the working week.
    6. On the flip side, Tuesday is also the day where there’s the highest number of job applications submitted. I guess people who have a bad Monday don’t always have a better Tuesday!
    7. Tuesday is the day of the week that is least likely to have a Christmas Eve on it.
    8. Although interestingly enough, it is the day of the week that has the second-highest chance of having a Christmas on it, with the first being Thursday.
    9. The Greeks consider Tuesday to be an unlucky day as this was the day that Constantinople Fell.
    10. Likewise, Spanish speaking parts of the world also find Tuesday to be an unlucky day.
    11. For both Greek and Spanish speaking people alike, the 13th day of a month is considered unlucky if it falls on a Tuesday, rather than a Friday.
    12. However, in Judaism, Tuesday is considered to be a lucky day, because in the first chapter of Genesis, the paragraph about Tuesday has the words “it was good” in it twice.
    13. According to a study conducted in America, Californian people are less likely to barbecue on a Tuesday than any other day of the week.
    14. In astrology, Tuesday is associated with the planet Mars, with the two sharing the same symbol. As Mars rules over Aries and Scorpio, these signs are also associated with Tuesday.
    15. In the Thai Solar Calendar the color associated with Tuesday is pink.
    16. Tuesday the 29th of October 1929 is one of the world’s most infamous Tuesdays, known as Black Tuesday. This is the day of the Great Stock Market Crash, the event which catalyzed the Great Depression in the run-up to World War II.
    17. Super Tuesday is the day on which many U.S. states choose to hold their Presidential primary elections.
    18. Tuesday is also the day when Barack Obama was elected as the first African American President of the United States of America.
    19. The second Tuesday of every month is commonly known as Patch Tuesday, as this is the day of the month when Microsoft releases their patches.
    20. And whilst we’re talking about Tuesdays we can’t forget Shrove Tuesday, the day that precedes the first day of Lent in the Western Christian Calendar. More importantly, this day is also commonly known as Pancake Day.
    21. Tuesday is the day of the week when the Allied Forces stormed Nazi-held French beaches at the commencement of the D-Day attacks during World War II, on June 6th
    22. Uranus was first discovered on a Tuesday by William Herschel on March 13, 1781.

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    22 Facts About Monday To Kickstart Your Week

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    It’s a universally recognized fact that Mondays suck. What’s worse than hauling yourself out of bed and mourning the death of the weekend? Only to then make the long commute to work where you sit in an office all day wishing it was still Sunday, and praying that Friday would come quickly. Suffice to say, there aren’t a great deal of positive facts about Mondays, but there are a few, and here’s 22 of them!

    1. Monday is the best day to buy a new car. Studies have shown that some people will avoid buying a car on a weekend, as these are the busiest days for car salespeople. This means people will buy cars on Mondays as they’re often guaranteed to get more of the salesperson’s time and attention, and thus a better deal.
    2. Another positive fact about Mondays is that it is statistically the most likely day that the U.S. Stock Market will rise, rather than fall.
    3. But it’s not all happiness on Mondays – a study conducted by Marmite in 2011 showed that the average U.K. person won’t crack a smile until 11:16 A.M.
    4. It has also been found that the productivity of workers is at its all-time low on Mondays. With people being up to 30% less productive on a Monday, it it shown they often only manage 3.5 hours of work throughout the day.
    5. Monday is the day of the week when most people do their online shopping. I’d hazard a guess to say that’s a lot of unproductive, demotivated, bored employees shopping online at work!
    6. The name for Monday comes from the Old English word “Mōnandæg,” and the Middle English “Monenday.” It is originally a translation of Latin “dies lunae” meaning “day of the Moon.”
    7. In the U.K., “Monday” is a slang term used to describe a large and heavy sledgehammer.
    8. The Boomtown Rats song I Don’t Like Mondays was inspired by a shooting spree in America by killer Brenda Spencer. When questioned by the police about her motivations for the murder spree she answered ‘I don’t like Mondays.’
    9. In 2012 and 2018, there were 53 Mondays in the year. This occurrence won’t happen again until 2024.
    10. Monday is the only day of the week that is an anagram for single word, that word being ‘dynamo’.
    11. A study in 2011 showed that the average person moans for 34 minutes on a Monday, compared to the 22 minutes on other days.
    12. Even if you maintain a steady weight, scientists have found that Monday is the day of the week when you will weigh the most.
    13. On a Monday, almost 50% of employees are late to work.
    14. Professionals over 40 are the biggest demographic to suffer more stress on a Monday.
    15. Socializing is part of the reason why Mondays suck so much. Researchers have found that being away from a work-related social group for a weekend makes us feel like we need to secure our place in our social work environment. The same researchers also say that because of this, Monday morning gossiping at work is an important aspect of helping us get through the day.
    16. A study once revealed the best ways to get over the “Monday Blues” are by watching TV, online shopping, buying chocolate, and planning a holiday.
    17. Monday is commonly considered “suicide day,” being the day of the week where the most people take their own lives.
    18. “Heart attack day” also takes place on Monday’s when there is a marked 20% increase of heart attacks.
    19. Surprisingly, Mondays are the least rainy day of the week. Although the exact science behind this is unknown, researchers believe it is due to the decrease in man-made pollution over the weekend.
    20. When scientists recorded emotions of people in each day, they found Monday to be no different from Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. However, when they asked people to remember which day was the most stressful they will always say Monday. This is due to a larger emotional shift from Sunday to Monday than there is between Tuesday and Wednesday.
    21. Mondays are the most sleep deprived day. According to scientists, the extra sleep you get on a weekend makes you worse off on a Monday, as it throws off your body clock. When you wake up early on Monday, it’s more of a shock than waking up any other weekday.
    22. You look less attractive on a Monday. Or at least you think you do. One study showed that American people of all ages feel at their least attractive on a Monday.

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    The A-Z of Global Halloween Traditions

    H is for Hong Kong – Using their famous destinations such as Disneyland, Hong Kong likes to put on a big show for its residents and visitors by decorating large shopping centers and points of interest with Halloween-themed décor.

    I is for Iceland – Children in this Scandinavian country are seen dressing up as witches, wizards, vampires, ghosts and many other spooky costumes in the lead-up to Halloween. The popular American Bar in Reykjavik hosts an annual American-themed party, alongside many other bars and clubs in the capital.

    J is for Japan – The people of Japan like to do things slightly different when it comes to a lot of things, and they are opposed to following the traditional celebrations of Halloween, such as trick-or-treating. As would be expected, however, cosplay is a big feature in Japan when October rolls around, and there are street festivals and parties to celebrate.

    K is for Kenya – Less so in the suburbs, but in the large cities such as Nairobi, Kenyan people love a good Halloween party. The restaurants and large shopping malls put on large Halloween displays, while cinemas offer free showings of spooky movies.

    L is for Lithuania – In Lithuania, the citizens believe the year is divided into two halves – the light half and the dark half. The date where these two halves meet is 31st October. Children play fight pretending one person is the light half and the other is the dark.

    M is for the Maldives – If you visit Malta during Halloween season, you’ll find restaurants decorated with cobwebs and public festivals where you can participate in spooky games such as apple bobbing.

    N is for the Netherlands – There’s something for everyone in the Netherlands on Halloween. Whether you want to take part in the scary Zombiewalk in Rotterdam or the Halloween Festival in Amsterdam, you’ll find celebrations up and down the country, including at the famous Keukenhof Castle.

    O is for Oman – In this country, it’s easy to find a Halloween party, usually including live music, fun party games, decorations and spooky-themed food!

    P is for Puerto Rico – Locals of San Juan look forward to the Yellow Halloween event, which takes place every year on October 31st. International artists came from all over the world, and the concert is sold out days in advance.

    Q is for Quebec – This Canadian province certainly knows how to celebrate Halloween. It’s traditional to say ‘La charité s’il-vous-plaît’, which is Canadian French for ‘Happy Halloween’!

    R is for Romania – The Romanian region of Transylvania is buzzing with Halloween parties and events during October. While other parts of the country don’t celebrate it as much, adults get involved in the parties and people of all ages enjoy street festivals.

    S is for Spain – Spanish people enjoy eating chestnuts during the Halloween period, and making their own spooky food called Huesos de santo – Spanish for ‘saint bones’.

    T is for Thailand – Halloween is only celebrated in the larger cities of Thailand, such as Bangkok, where the locals often throw parties and dress up as spooky characters. However, it’s difficult to find pumpkins and people in the villages avoid too much celebration for fear of angering the spirits.

    U is for Uganda – The West has had a big influence on the countries of Africa over the years, so if you visit cities such as Kampala during October, you’ll see young children showing off their face painting skills and pumpkins galore for carving and decorating.

    V is for Vietnam – During recent years, Vietnam has become a popular tourist attraction as well as a great host of Halloween celebrations. Parties take place all across the cities, and a popular feature is the presence of pop-up face painters, who are ready to help you get dressed up last minute!

    W is for Wales – Seen to be the first day of winter, Nos Galan Gaeaf is more than just a day for Halloween celebrations – it’s the last day of autumn and the birth of the colder season. Paying homage to the famous Welsh dragon, the people of Wales love to carve pumpkins in the shape of dragons.

    X is for Xalapa – …in Mexico! As we all know, the Mexicans love dressing up and they love their street festivals even more. You’ll be able to buy candles, jack-o-lanterns and many more Halloween supplies as you walk the streets and take part in the superb celebrations.

    Y is for Yemen – The people of Yemen don’t pay much attention to the traditional date of Halloween on October 31st, but during Ramadan, the children in the large Muslim community of this country participate in trick-or-treating!

    Z is for Zimbabwe – Children don’t go trick-or-treating here since there is plenty of unsafe wildlife out at night time, but that doesn’t stop them taking part in Halloween celebrations. It’s common to see people of all ages come together to throw a party and play games.

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