Panda Pregnancy, National Friendship Day and Other August Stats

Learn how long panda bear pregnancy lasts, how many close friends your brain recognizes and other fun facts to celebrate the month of August.


A single banana gives you about this percentage of your daily potassium requirement – a key mineral that helps lower blood pressure, protect the heart and improve muscle function. That nutrition factoid might help lessen the guilt when you’re piling this fruit with ice cream and whipped topping on Aug. 25 for National Banana Split Day.


That’s how many Michigan beach towns ranked in the top 10 of a new study by WalletHub of the best U.S. beach towns to live in. In the “lakes” category, Traverse City came in first place followed by Holland at No. 6 and Alpena at No. 7. Plan a trip before summer’s up!


The average panda gestation lasts this many days, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C. reports. But that’s not in the plans this year for giant panda Mei Xiang, who Smithsonian scientists recently discovered is not pregnant but experiencing a “pseudopregnancy.” Her third cub Bei Bei turns 3 this month – watch him on the zoo’s 24-hour panda cam before he moves to China ahead of his 4th birthday.


If you have this many close friendships, you’re about at your max. A 2016 study in MIT’s Technology Review found that the human brain limits the number of people we can have the closest relationships with to around five. Whether you’ve got one, five or 10 BFFs, celebrate them Aug. 5 for National Friendship Day.


You’ll have this many Saturdays to enjoy between your child’s birth and 18th birthday. It’s a fact author Harley A. Rotbart, M.D. points out in his book 940 Saturdays: Family Activities & a Keepsake Journal, and it’s something to keep in mind this August during Family Fun Month. Check out our Fun Guide and make those Saturdays count this month!


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