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15 fun facts about February

Morgan McGrath, Staff Writer

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February is here! And with it comes Black History Month, Presidents’ Day, Valentine’s Day, and even Groundhog Day. However, what else is there to know about the shortest month of the year? What are some fun facts about February? The list is as follows…

  1. February is National Hot Breakfast Month!
  2. Valentine’s Day was first celebrated around the year 500.
  3. Shakira, Rebel Wilson, Chris Rock, Ashton Kutcher, John Williams, Jennifer Aniston, Rihanna, Emily Blunt, and Rashida Jones are just a few celebrities born in February.
  4.  Pisces and Aquarius are the zodiac signs for this month.
  5. The word February comes from a Latin word meaning “purification.”
  6. February’s birth flower is the violet.
  7. The birthstone for this month is the amethyst.
  8.  February is Return Shopping Carts to the Supermarket Month!
  9. Mardi Gras, celebrated this year on Feb. 13, is also known as Pancake Day.
  10. Feb. 29 is National Frog Legs Day.
  11. In February of 1878, inventor Thomas Edison was granted a patent for the phonograph.
  12.  The chance of being born on Feb. 29 (this date only occurs on a Leap Year) is 1 in 1,461.
  13. According to grammarerrors.com, February “is probably one of the most commonly mispronounced words in the English language.”
  14. Chinese New Year starts on Friday, Feb. 16 of this year. According to the Chinese calendar, 2018 is the Year of the Dog.
  15. In the 1500s, February was known as “Feverell.”
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