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Tuesday Facts and Trivia

Published by J M Lennox in Trivia
September 7th, 2010

A collection of facts and trivia about Tuesday, the second day of the common working week; why it is named, what certain countries celebrate on this day, it’s popularity as a birth name, and the songs and books that are named after it.

The word ‘Tuesday’ was derived from:

  • Old English ‘tiwesdaeg’
  • Latin ‘dies Martis’- day of Mars
  • Ancient Greek ‘hemera Areos’ – day of Ares

Tiu is the English / Germanic god of war and the sky. Mars is the Roman god of war and Ares is the Greek god of war.

Popular First Name

One in every 234,068 Americans is named, Tuesday. The popularity of the name accounts for 4.27 people per million and it is increasing by 11 people every year.

Health and Colour

As Tuesday represents the planet Mars, primarily red in colour, the ancient system of health care called Ayurveda which centres on holistic health recommends wearing red and being around red flowers on this day of the week.

Songs

  • Songs named after Tuesday include:
  • Ruby Tuesday – The Rolling Stones
  • Sweet Tuesday Morning – Bad Finger
  • Barely Out Of Tuesday – Counting Crows

Books

If you were born on a Tuesday the nursery rhyme of Mother Goose states that you would be ‘full of grace’, and fiction books with Tuesday in the title include:

  • Tuesday – David Wiesner
  • Tuesdays With Morrie – Mitch Albom
  • Grim Tuesday – Garth Nix

Religion

All Catholic and some Protestant countries traditionally call the day before Ash Wednesday, ‘Fat Tuesday’. The name predated the Reformation and referred to the common Christian tradition of eating special rich foods before the fasting season of Lent. In the United Kingdom and Ireland ‘Shrove Tuesday’ is often known as ‘Pancake Day’ or ‘Pancake Tuesday’.

Horse Racing

Melbourne Cup Day is Australia’s most famous Tuesday. At 3.00 pm AEST, on the first Tuesday of every November, Australians everywhere stop for one of the world’s most famous horse races – the Melbourne Cup. It’s a day when the nation stops whatever it’s doing to listen to the race call or watch the race on TV.

Political

Federal elections in the United States take place on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November. This date was established by a law of 1845 for presidential elections; in 1875 for the House of Representatives and 1914 for the Senate. Tuesday was the earliest day of the week which was practical for polling in the early nineteenth century because citizens would need to travel for a whole day to cast their vote and not wish to leave on Sunday; a day of worship for the majority of them.

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  1. Posted September 7, 2010 at 3:23 am

    I was born in Tuesday…
    Nice work!

  2. Posted September 7, 2010 at 3:34 am

    These are really interesting facts. I am enjoying this new series of yours.

    Christine

  3. Posted September 7, 2010 at 3:43 am

    great share. Am looking forward for Wednesday Facts, as I was born on that day.

  4. Posted September 7, 2010 at 3:59 am

    Nice Share.

    :-)

  5. Posted September 7, 2010 at 9:37 am

    I enjoyed reading your Tuesday trivias. Well researched and well presented, JM. A great article!

  6. Posted September 7, 2010 at 9:48 am

    Good Post

  7. Posted September 7, 2010 at 11:47 am

    I feel educated now Tuesday wise! very good. LB

  8. Posted September 7, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    Thank you for your comments friends. :-)

  9. Posted September 7, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    I enjoyed reading this. Thanks.

  10. Posted September 7, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    I bookmarked this one and the monday trivia too. I guess you’ll cover the whole week. :)

  11. Posted September 7, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    An interesting and well researched article. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Posted September 8, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    Interesting. There seems to be so much know ledge that remains unknown to me.

  13. Posted September 9, 2010 at 12:33 am

    Interesting facts. I was born on a Tuesday.

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