9 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT NOVEMBER YOU PROBABLY DIDN’T KNOW
November is a beautiful month especially for all the hopeless romantics who see it as the unofficial beginning of winter and the start of the festive season that includes Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. November speaks of gray skies, bare trees, and crumbled, colorful dead leaves. Lots of activities come to a halt in November but if you expect to read about already popular things that the month includes such as Veterans Day, lots of American football action, and Thanksgiving then you’re sadly mistaken. We’re here to inform you about nine awesome little-known details about November that you may not know, and if you do, you probably don’t remember. Happy autumn! Written By Theodoros II ForTCmag
NOVEMBER IS THE MONTH OF “WINDS, SLAUGHTER AND BLOOD”
Surprisingly, we learned during our research that in Old English November was ‘‘Windmonath,’’ aka the wind month, in some regions of England and ‘‘Blotmonath’’ in others because November was the month in which animal sacrifices occurred. Furthermore, the “flying” Dutch called it “Slachtmaand,” hence “the slaughter month” while in Wales November was “Tachwedd,” which meant pretty much that this is the ideal month to do some animal killing. No matter how you slice it, November has a damn bloody history.
IT WAS THE NINTH MONTH FOR THE ROMANS
The word November comes from the Latin word novem (the English for “nine”), and as you have probably guessed by now, November was the ninth month of the Roman calendar unlike the Gregorian calendar, in which it is the eleventh.
SHAKESPEARE PROBABLY HATED THIS MONTH….
Well, to be quite honest, we can’t be really sure if the great English playwright had a beef with November but the fact is there is no mention of November in any of his plays or sonnets, while there are numerous mentions of pretty much every other month of the year in his works. What’s your problem with November, William?
….BUT IT IS THE FAVORITE MONTH FOR MOST OTHER WRITERS IN THE US
While Shakespeare maybe didn’t like November much, it is, however, the month that seems to get quite a lot of respect from many established and aspiring authors. See, November has been designated National Novel Writing Month and National Blog Posting Month for many years now and there are all kinds of festivals to celebrating this fact.
NOVEMBERS “LOVES” TOPAZ, CHRYSANTHEMUMS, AND POMEGRANATES
I know, I know, the title might confuse some of you since it reminds you more of a James Bond film than anything; however, we have a good reason for giving such a title to this entry since the birthstone for November is topaz while the birth flower for the month is the chrysanthemum. Additionally, November is National Pomegranate Month in the US.
NOVEMBER IS ALSO “THE MONTH OF THE DEAD”
In the Christian calendar, November 2 is All Souls’ Day. It is known in Mexico as el Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), and the whole month of November is especially dedicated to praying for the dead. November 2 is also the only date on which two US presidents were born: James Polk in 1795, and Warren Harding in 1865.
IT IS THE OFFICIAL ANTI-SMOKING MONTH
The third Thursday of November is called the Great American Smokeout. What happens exactly on that day? US smokers are encouraged and motivated by the American Cancer Society to stop smoking and pursue a healthier lifestyle that includes healthy nutrition, exercise, and of course, no tobacco.
IT INSPIRED ONE OF EUROPE’S MOST NOTORIOUS TERRORIST GROUPS
The Revolutionary Organization 17 November, also known as 17N, was a Greek Marxist terrorist group formed in 1975, a year after the fall of the Greek dictatorship known as the “Junta” and it disbanded in 2002 after the arrest and trial of a large number of its members. The group murdered a total of twenty-three people in 103 organized attacks against mainly US, British, Turkish, and Greek targets.
They were named after the day of the 1973 Athens Polytechnic uprising against the military junta and existed for nearly four decades as one of the most dangerous urban terrorist groups in Europe.
ONE OF THE HIGHEST CHARTING MONTHS EVER
There are many songs that include a month of the year in their title but who doesn’t know “November Rain” by the legendary Guns N’ Roses? However, not many are aware of a very special record the song holds and with it the month of November as well; the song peaked at number three on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1992, making it the longest song in history to enter that chart’s top ten. It also became gold in the US, the Netherlands, and Germany while in England it received a silver certification for sales of over 200,000 copies.