Yeah, Mondays can suck. Monday is the day after the weekend and being such, has become one of the least popular days of the week. But what do you really know about the day we love to hate?
Basic Monday Facts
Monday is the day between Sunday and Tuesday. According to international standard ISO 8601, it is the first day of the work week. Monday is derived from Old English, mōndæg literally meaning “moons day”. Monday aligns with the celestial body, the Moon, and the astrological sign of Cancer, and is represented by the symbol of the Moon, ☾.
Common Monday Names
The term ‘Mondayitis’ has become a popular saying among employees who work a common working week starting on Monday.
In times past Monday also became known as ‘Blue Monday’, named when the first day of the week was set aside for doing laundry. Bluing was used to keep clothes white and from that product the day became known as ‘Blue Monday’. Although today Mondays are not typically set aside for laundry as they once were the term ‘Blue Monday’ still exists as many employees begin their working week after a weekend break.
Monday’s Health And Color
According to the British Medical Journal there is a reported 20% increase in heart attacks on Mondays as opposed to the other days of the week. As the color of the moon is milky white the ancient system of health care called Ayurveda which centers on holistic health recommends wearing milky white and being around white flowers on this day of the week.
Songs About Monday
♦ Monday Monday – The Mamas and The Papas
♦ Monday Morning – Melanie Fiona
♦ Manic Monday – The Bangles
♦ Rainy Days and Mondays – The Carpenters
♦ I Don’t Like Mondays – The Boomtown Rats
Books About Monday
♦ Monday Begins on Saturday – Boris and Arkady Strugatsky
♦ Mister Monday – Garth Nix
♦ Monday Mourning – Kathy Reichs
♦ Monday with a Mad Genius – Mary Pope Osbourne
Number Of Monday’s In A Calendar Year
There are either 52 or 53 Mondays in a calendar year, depending on what day of the week a year starts. It will also depend if the year is a leap year. In 2010 and 2011 there will be 52 Mondays and there will be 53 in 2012. So if you are not looking forward to next Monday remember you are not alone, and try to look on the bright side – there are still six other days of the week in between.
♦ Easter Monday - follows Easter and is celebrated as a holiday in some cultures.
♦ Cyber Monday - follows Thanksgiving- refers to the increase in online sales.
♦ Hansel Monday - first of the new year in which gifts are given to convey good wishes in Scotland and Northern England.
♦ Clean Monday - or Ash Monday- the first day of Lent. Refers to being free from sin.
♦ Big Monday - ESPN's College Basketball presentation.
♦ Black Monday - October 19, 1987- the day the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 508 points.
The Worst Day
In many cultures, the first day of the work week holds the honor of being the worst day. Another interesting fact about Monday, the second day of the week, is, the French used to call automobiles that turn out to be lemons, "Monday Cars."
The Brighter Side
On the brighter side, there are two positive things about Monday. First, if you were born on this day, then you're not homely. After all, the old rhyme goes, "Monday's child is fair of face". That's a good thing. And second, when you're going to shop for a new car, do it on a Monday. Car salespeople make the bulk of their sales on the weekends. When Monday rolls around, there are usually few customers in sight, and the weekend is a long ways off. That's why car salespeople are more desperate on Monday, and they'll be more willing to cut you a deal.
Miscellaneous Monday Fact
A strange Monday fact is it’s associated with Silver when it comes to Alchemy; an ancient chemical science.
Eleven Monday Fun Facts
1. Most of us don't crack our first smile until 11:16 a.m.
2. The best-preferred way to beat Monday blues is by watching television or having sex.
3. Over 50% of employees are late to work.
4. Most people will moan about it being Monday for a whole 12 minutes.
5. People between the ages of 45 and 54 are likely to suffer the most Monday blues.
6. Workers only manage 3 1/2 hours of productive work.
7. Monday is the most likely day to commit suicide.
8. Most heart attacks happen on Mondays.
9. Monday is the least rainy day in the week.
10. Monday is the best day to buy a car.
11. You’re most likely to have a hangover on a Monday.