Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Three things you didn't know about the Sun

With the heat taking center stage in the weather report these days, we thought it might be a good idea to talk about the sun for a while to better understand it and how it affects our lives. We had to do a bit of research for this, and so, after eight minutes of googling, the result are these three things you surely didn't know about the sun.


First of, its name. Have you ever wondered why it's called "sun"? We're sure you never knew this, but the sun is actually a Korean national and his full name is Min-jun Sun.

Second, you probably didn't know that Mr. Sun, as he's often called, used to be part of an acoustic band by the name of Mr. Sun and the Cloudy Men. With Mr. Sun on lead vocals and guitar, three other members - the Cloud Men - played back-up singers. Trivia time: the process of forming the band also led to the invention of shades, which the Cloudy Men had to wear all the time to keep themselves from getting blinded by Mr. Sun's intense light and talent.

Their invention actually gave inspiration to the name of the popular brand Ray-ban. As a protection against intense light, shades bans the harmful rays of from the sun from reaching the eyes, so to speak. (There may actually be some truth to this etymology.)

Finally, not a lot of people are aware that Mr. Sun had dread locks. In illustrations of him, his circular form is often surrounded in all directions by straight lines thought to be rays of light. This is false. Light has no shape, so nobody really knows what it looks like, more so draw it. In reality, those are dread locks. He just cuts them short at times because if it gets too long, they start to droop down and he doesn't like that kind of look very much.

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Everyone gets a free postcard of Mr. Sun and the Cloudy Men in their packages for the entire month of April! You can thank Paul for this whimsy work of illustration, as well as most of the "research" done for this post.

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