The third month of the year is one of my absolute favorites. During March, we celebrate women who have left remarkable legacies that we can all be proud of and the spring season makes its glorious debut (even though, this year, snow crept into my first day of spring and left me stranded in NYC - but that's a story for another time).
Over the span of 31 days, I met so many wonderful women, worked with Disney to promote their female-led film A Wrinkle in Time, attended Get Girls Sporty (an event that introduced girls 8-18 to nontraditional sports), and tried my first Hip Hop yoga class! In between each of those fitness experiences, I learned so many interesting things along the way that may have change my life forever. Keep reading and you may learn something new too.
1. March was once the first month of the year!
According to the oldest Roman calendars, one year was ten months long, beginning in March and ending in December. It may sound crazy, but you can still see traces of this old system in our modern calendar: because December was the tenth month, it was named for the number ten in Latin (decem), just like September was named for seven (septem). So, what about January and February? They were just two nameless months called “winter,” proving that winter is literally so awful it doesn’t even deserve a spot on the calendar. lol (source)
2. Here's how to create a professional podcast
With the goal to release three episodes of The PRETTY GIRLS SWEAT Show on the first day of March, this video taught me how to edit podcasts quickly using GarageBand.
3. Wearing headphones for just an hour could increase the bacteria in your ear by 700 times.
4. It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky.
The anatomy of their neck muscles won't let them look totally upwards. Who knew!
5. The longest one-syllable words in the English language are "scraunched" and "strengthed."
6. A shark is the only known fish that can blink with both eyes and have an almost identical eye structure to humans.
7. Why my arm falls asleep
This happens to me some mornings and I thought that blood was no longer flowing to my limbs - which freaks me out of course. But girl, was I wrong. Watch the video:
8. Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.
A tiger's stripes help to break up the outline of its body and make it hard to see. They also look like shadows as the tiger stalks through long grass in the moonlight. Tigers have striped skin not just striped fur. The stripes are like fingerprints and no two tigers have the same pattern.
9. A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.
I've always wondered why coins have those little ridges along the sides in the first place. So I visited history.com for the answer: in 1792, when the Coinage Act established the U.S. Mint, legislation specified that $10, $5 and $2.50 coins (known as eagles, half-eagles, and quarter-eagles) were to be made of their face value in gold, while dollar, half-dollar, quarter-dollar, dime and half-dime coins were to be made of their value in silver. (Cent and half-cent coins were made of cheaper copper.) But a problem soon arose, after would-be criminals saw they could make a good profit by filing shavings from the sides of gold and silver coins and selling the precious metal. Before the 18th-century was out, the U.S. Mint began adding ridges to the coins’ edges, a process called “reeding,” in order to make it impossible to shave them down without an obvious result. As a side benefit, the reeded edges also made coin design more intricate and counterfeiting more difficult.
10. Leap years exempted, January always begins on the same day as October.
In leap years, January always begins on the same day as April and May.
11. The meaning of remuneration
Found this word while reviewing a contract and it means money paid for a work or service.
12. What is an actuary?
While having a discussion with my youngest daughter's teacher, Ms. McRoberts, she made a joke about a longtime friend who is often the first person to calculate the tip after their girls night out dinners. She called her an actuary and I had never heard the use of that word before. If you're clueless about what it means too, here's the definition: a person who compiles and analyzes statistics and uses them to calculate insurance risks and premiums.
13. Maine is the only state that has a one-syllable name.
14. The mass-production of meat is saddening and quite brutal
15. How to Eat Right 4 My Blood Type
I've sustained a variety of diets over the years. From vegetarian to pescatarian to eating whatever the hell I want, I've had my reasons for switching up my consumption of particular foods. After watching the documentary above, I have returned to eliminating meat from my diet and began doing research to see which foods I should eat to supplement this change. The book Eat Right 4 Your Type by Peter D'Adamo set me straight and not only confirmed that my A blood type does not marry well with a meat diet, but it also outlined the best fruits, vegetables, and grains that I should be eating and dished the details on what makes me me.
16. Shocking amounts of sugar people eat around the world.
The recommended daily amount is 25g. Get ready for your jaw to drop when you discover how much sugar people actually consume worldwide.
17. 350 million people smoke tobacco in China
They also consume 40% of all the cigarettes on Earth and nearly 60% of male Chinese doctors are smokers, which is the highest proportion in the world!
18. The Venus Flytrap is not found in a rainforest.
This exotic plant is actually native to subtropical wetlands on the east coast of the United States in North Carolina and South Carolina
19. Corn, zucchini, and green beans are fruits, strawberries aren't berries, and bananas are berries. Say Word!
Get ready to unlearn everything you've been taught. lol
20. Lighters were invented before matches.
In 1823, which is before the invention of the ACTUAL match in 1826, a German chemist named Johann Wolfgang Dobereiner invented the first lighter.
21. A pencil has the potential to draw a line 70 miles long.
23. I've learned so much about myself.
See numbers 15 and 29.
24. Wakanda is LIT
Black Panther makes history as the highest grossing superhero movie of all time. #WakandaForever
25. Time is money
It's extremely beneficial to know how to calculate your time. Knowing my value of each hour helps me make smarter decisions about whether to accept certain projects, hire a personal assistant, or book a housekeeper. Lucky for you, here’s a great (free) quiz that will help you figure out how much your time is worth.
26. How to improve my small talk
As the owner of a super small business, I don't interact with people outside of my family daily. So when I am out in these streets hugging, air kissing, and fellowshipping with folks that I'm not super close with, it can get difficult to have authentic interactions. To avoid awkwardness, these three tips have come in handy.
27. 54 million people alive right now will be dead within 12 months. Wow!
Heart disease and stroke have remained the leading causes of death globally in the last 15 years <= this part I already knew and is the reason why I have dedicated my life to training and inspiring female health leaders on college campuses and beyond. Join our sisterhood and start a PGS team on your campus!
28. Five of my favorite foods make me smarter
(With the exception of flaxseeds) Green tea, salmon, spinach, and avocado are always on my shopping list. I'll be copping all five items regularly to keep my brain sharp.
29. #WhoBitBeyonce => Why oh why did this actress do the unthinkable?
30. My ENFJ personality type is called "The Protagonist"
And I share this same personality type with Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey. Lawd... I'm not worthy!!! Sike - yes I am :-) LEARN MORE
31. Hip Hop Yoga
I thought Hip Hop yoga would be too distracting. It's hard for me to stay focused as I'm mouthing the latest Drake lyrics. But yoga instructor Jaimee Ratliff proved me wrong when she invited me to try her class. What a wonderful way to end the month! Although she's based in Atlanta, she hosts Hip Hop yoga events all across the country. Visit jaimeeratliff.com to see when she is coming to a city near you.
I love learning new things. It helps me never have a dull conversation at a family function or while I'm hanging with friends. If you're into expanding your mind to new ideas too, check out the 31 things I learned in January 2018 and prepare yourself to be labeled as the smart girl of your crew.