8 Fun Facts about Clovers
March is the month of luck, and St. Patrick’s Day brings with it a desire for the luckiest plant: the clover! Check out some of these cool facts about clovers from past to present.
They were used to ward off evil.
Back in the day, the Celts of Wales used to keep clover around their homes to ward away evil spirits. However, clovers only sprout in the spring and summer, which makes you wonder what the Celts did the rest of the year!
There is no such thing as a “shamrock plant.”
The term “shamrock” is an Irish-derived word that means “little clover,” which is how the clover leaf got the nickname.
There are lots of varieties of clover, but only one that is considered lucky.
Trifolium repens, or White Clover, identified by the lighter/white-looking line that cuts across the middle of the leaves, is the only “lucky” variety of clover.
This particular plant only has three leaves, so if you do happen to find one with a tiny fourth leaf on the stem, you’ve found the 1 in 10,000, which is very lucky indeed!
It’s an invasive nuisance plant.
More than being the favorite snack of rabbits, clovers are a highly invasive, fast-growing plant. Gardeners usually treat clovers as a type of weed and do their best to keep it out of their yards or gardens.
Ireland may be the luckiest place in the world.
It is believed that Ireland is home to more four-leaf clovers than any other place in the world!
More leaves = even more luck!
Four-leaf clovers are complicated mutations of the regular three-leaf clovers. However, there also exist five-leaf clovers, and these are said to be even luckier than the four-leaf clovers.
There are some impressive record-breaking clovers out there.
The record number of leaves found on a single clover is 56 and was grown in Japan. The largest collection of four leaf clovers is held by a single person who has almost 160,000 of them.
Some clover has surprising health benefits.
Red clover, or Trifolium pretense, has been used by many cultures to treat hypertension, prevent infections, and boost the immune system.
How to Clean Your Pet’s Toys
Rubber/Hard Plastic Toys
Wash with hot soapy water and rinse. Allow to air dry.
Wet the toy and microwave it for a full minute to kill bacteria, yeast, and mold. Use caution when removing the toy, as it could be quite hot. Do not give it to your pet until you’re sure it has cooled completely.
Alternatively, you can also place the toy in the dishwasher and run on a hot cycle with no detergent.
Most stuffed toys can easily survive a trip through the washing machine and dryer.
1802 Congress authorizes the establishment of the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY
1872 Yellowstone becomes the first national park in the United States
1876 Alexander Graham Bell patents the telephone and places the world’s first telephone call to his assistant in the next room. His famous words were, “Watson, come here. I need you.”
1880 Wabash, Indiana becomes the first U.S. town to be illuminated by electric lights
1912 The Girls Scouts of America is founded
1930 Mrs. Charles Fahning of Buffalo, NY is recognized as the first woman to bowl a perfect 300 game
1931 The Star Spangled Banner is officially recognized as the national anthem in the U.S.
Do you work at a desk or in a job where you’re sedentary for the majority of your day? Do you sit in the car for long periods of time or simply find yourself achy from staying seated for too long?
Numerous studies show that our bodies just aren’t meant to remain still for extended periods of time. A sedentary lifestyle is linked to some serious health problems, including an increased risk for Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers.
To help you fight off these sitting diseases, we’ve gathered some exercises you can do when trapped in your chair. Note: These exercises, though helpful, should not replace regular exercise, such as a trip to the gym or a walk around the neighborhood.
- Cross your right arm across your chest with your palm facing behind you, and use the crook of your left arm to stretch your right arm close to your body. Repeat for the left arm, and alternate up to 10 times. Do this 10–20 times.
- Place your feet firmly on the floor and lift both of your legs up on the very tips of your toes. After a few seconds, you should feel a slight burning in your calf muscles. Hold this position for 10–20 seconds (or until it starts to burn), and then release. Repeat 10 times.
- Plant your feet firmly on the ground and push up through your toes to lift your heel and extend your ankle. Lower the heel back to the floor and repeat 10–20 times, then do the same thing for your left foot. This will help improve blood flow to your legs. It is also helpful if you find your feet start to fall asleep from sitting for too long.
- Done properly, this exercise should engage your upper back muscles and your abs. Lift your arms up and interlace them behind your neck. Stay sitting nice and tall, focusing on squeezing your shoulder blades together and keeping your tummy tight. Hold for 10–20 seconds.