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Fun Facts Friday!

It’s Friday! Here are some fun facts that have nothing to do with home inspection:

  • The average four-year-old child asks more than 400 questions per day.
  • Routine traffic stops gone awry kill more bystanders each year than stray bullets.
  •  A baby in the womb develops fingerprints at 18 weeks.
  • The fear of vegetables is called lachanophobia.
  • The sun is 330,330 times larger than the earth.

Fun Facts Friday!

The custom of spring cleaning is much older than the arrival of modern cleaning supplies; the clean routine has roots around the world in religious customs that have existed for thousands of years.

In the days leading up to Passover, the spring holiday during which leavened food, or chametz, is strictly forbidden, Jews traditionally clean their homes as a way to rid their spaces of any leftover traces of chametz from the preceding months.

Then there’s the Ancient Persian festival of Nowruz, commemorating the Persian New Year that occurs on the vernal equinox, which is widely regarded as the first day of spring (usually on or around March 20). In the days leading up to Nowruz, ritual house cleaning called kooneh tekouni, or “shaking of the house” is practiced in preparation for the coming year. 

Leading up to the Chinese New Year is a holiday called Ninyabaat, which typically falls on the 28th day of the 12th month of the Lunar calendar. According to the Cantonese saying, “Wash away the dirt on ninyabaat,” this day is designated for cleaning—a symbolic way to sweep away the bad luck of the previous year and prepare the home to receive the good luck of the coming New Year.

Fun Facts Friday!

The etymology behind the word “April” comes from the verb “aperire,” which means “to open.” It’s commonly believed that the word refers to the season of trees and flowers begin to “open” or bloom.

No one is sure how the month ended up with its name, but we do know the Romans named it “Aprillis.”

We know April as the fourth month of the year, but that’s only by the Gregorian calendar that we adhere to now. It was previously the fifth month in the earlier Julian calendar.

Fun Facts Friday!

The Eiffel Tower was ascended for the first time on March 31, 1889. Gustave Eiffel himself led a group of government officials and members of the press to the top. The elevators were not in operation yet, so the journey was made on foot and took over an hour.

The tower is 324 metres (1,063 ft) tall, about the same height as an 81-storey building, and the tallest structure in Paris.

Fun Facts Friday: American Robin

The American robin is a very widespread and familiar North American bird, and is often one of the first birds children learn to recognize.

These are omnivorous birds that eat a wide variety of different foods, including earthworms, caterpillars, snails, spiders, berries, and fruit

The American robin is the state bird of Michigan, Wisconsin, and Connecticut.