Of cats and the moon

Aug_moon

Tonight the moon may look full, but the August full moon
arrives August 18th at 3:27 AM CDT. This full moon is
called the Sturgeon Moon, Corn Moon, or Grain Moon here in
the U.S. of A. If you have a clear sky tonight it may be
worth a look.

Now you may be wondering what that has to do with cats so
I’ll explain. Nothing. Other than the day. Cat Nights
officially begin today, at least according to an old Irish
legend.

Said legend concerns witches and the belief of the day
that they could turn themselves into cats eight times. If
the ornery witch tried nine times, which happened on August
17th, said witch would remain a cat. And that is where the
saying “a cat has nine lives” came from.

Those of us who have cats know August can be a very
vocal month for the critters. So we see the almost full
moon and the beginning of Cat Nights at the same time.

Wondering what else happened today? Davy Crockett was
born in 1786, in 1859 the first official U.S. Airmail was
delivered via a balloon, Mae West was born in 1893,
Maureen O’Hara was born in 1920, in 1939 the Wizard of Oz
made its premiere in NYC, Robert De Niro was born in 1948,
and in 2002 the Charles M. Schultz Museum and Research
Center opened in Santa Rosa, California.

We may have forgotten some, but now we know. Enjoy the
day and try to take a peek at the moon tonight if you can.
Comments are always welcome.

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