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dog days of July and August

This has been one hot summer in Prague, and I see from the news that it's been hot in lots of other places as well. The phrase "dog days of summer" keeps running through my mind. But what does it mean?

To find out, I turned to wikipedia, the source that you can't rely on. We all know that wikipedia is open to any and all people who want to contribute, not just experts, so for scholarly research, it's not good enough. But, as my son points out, wikipedia may be the most objective resource available, just because of its wide diversity of viewpoints. Sort of like "good opinions drive out bad opinions."

anyway...I looked up "dog days" and here is the copyright free info I found:

"The Romans referred to the dog days as diēs caniculārēs and associated the hot weather with the star Sirius. They considered Sirius to be the "Dog Star" because it is the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major (Large Dog)... The Romans sacrificed …