Neil Hester

All poems © Neil Hester unless otherwritten

Location: North Carolina, United States

Thursday, February 01, 2007


You know the drill; as we enter into the latter half of winter, let's look at some trivia on its corresponding month:


  • January and February were the last two months to be added to the Roman calendar, since the Romans originally considered winter a monthless period.
  • Historical names for February include the Anglo-Saxon terms Solmoneth (mud month) and Kale-monath (named for cabbage) as well as Charlemagne's designation Hornung. In Finnish, the month is called helmikuu, meaning "month of the pearl".
  • It is the shortest month and the only month with fewer than 30 days. The month has 29 days in leap years, when the year number is divisible by four (except for years that are divisible by 100 and not by 400 in the Gregorian calendar).
  • On a few occasions in history, February has had 30 days.
  • February is National Hot Breakfast Month.
  • February begins on the same day of the week as March and November in a common year, and on the same day of the week as August in a leap year.
  • February's birth flower is the violet or primrose.

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    Exciting, isn't it? With February also comes the chaos of Valentine's Day, which always tends to be fun. Now, the couplet for the month:



    Fairies brew his arrows’ toxin;
    February’s calm ‘til Cupid walks in.


    That one took longer than usual~ Cupid's a devil, ain't he? Er, angel...

    Take Care,


    Blogger SempreArioso said...

    With Cupid comes chaos, so true. Although the bit about 30 days in February was interesting. ^ ^

    8:17 PM  

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