4 Inexpensive Ways to Stay Cool with Your Family Over the Summer

Summers can be hot, but Florida summers are especially hot!

For those enjoying summer break, spend some time with your family!  Osceola Christian Preparatory School has a few things you can do over the summer with your family without having to spend a fortune.

Find a day to go to the beach. Take advantage of only having that one to two hour drive to either Florida beach coast.  Pack up some sandwiches and head out for some fun in the Sun!  All you need to cover the cost is the gas or bus expenses to get to the beach.  Head out in the early morning, then come back in the evening to fill up the day.

Have a pool day.  If the beach is still not an option, due to the distance, take a day to cool off in the community pool if there is one available in your area.

Parks! We don’t mean amusement parks, but ones with big grassy areas and trees!  Central Florida has plenty of local parks around that people can go out and enjoy a sport or have a walk. Bring a ball or Frisbee and have a picnic in the shade!

Backyard water fight!  Whether in your backyard or out in the community playground, a water fight is a great way to stay cool with your family.  Pull out the super soakers, soggy dodge balls, and water balloons!  There are games such as water balloon dodge ball, water duck-duck-goose (Where instead of tagging the person who calls you a goose, you have to get them wet with a water balloon.), and many other games with a staying-cool twist.

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What was the “#” originally called? Octothorpe?

Did you Know octothorpe was the original name for a hashtag?

In present day…

The # has been used in social media and referred to as a hashtag. The idea of calling it “hash” came out in the 1970s. It has also been referred to as the pound sign and the number sign. It had been called the pound sign because when scribes wrote it “lb”, a line was often slashed across the top of the “lb” creating a similar appearance to the “#” symbol. However, not to confused with the British form of currency, they would refer to it as the number sign, such as in a number two pencil (#2). Other names for the symbol include “tic-tac-toe,” “crunch,” “square,” etc.

Octothorpe was actually a made up word.

It was formulated by technicians when creating the “*” and “#” symbols on the phone in the 1960s. It had many spelling deviations: octothorp, octotherp, octatherp, etc. One of the theories of why they chose that name was that it had the appearance of a town surrounded by eight fields, “octo” meaning eight and “thorpe” meaning fields. Another theory was that it was named after an athlete, Jim Thorpe.

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