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We take the predictability of the calendar for granted. But we may have felt differently if we were living under the rule of Julius Caesar.

September was the seventh month of the old Roman calendar. In this calendar, the year began in March. But the Julian calendar reform shifted the start of new year back two months to where it is now: January 1.

(Do you know what month was named after this Roman ruler? Read about it here.)

This change made September in the new calendar the ninth month and one of only four Gregorian months with 30 days.

The name of the month is derived from septem, which is Latin for seven. It has long been regarded as a number of perfection, luck, and wonder. (Think: seven days of creation.)

We commonly refer to being in a state of everyday bliss as being in seventh heaven. The expression has been used figuratively since the early 1800s. It refers to “the dwelling place of God in the highest of the seven concentric spheres that surround the earth.” Both Muslims and Cabbalistic Jews believed in this system.

The number seven shows up repeatedly in other topics relating to the heavens. The Seven Sisters are the number of Atlas’ daughters in the Pleiades. Also, there are only seven stellar objects in the solar system that are visible from Earth with the naked eye.

Only one of the seven wonders of the ancient world is still in existence. Do you know what it is? Also, seven plays prominently into a Hindu practice. What is it? Share your thoughts below.

Ranbaxy Gets Tentative FDA Approval for Loratadine 10-mg Tablets.(Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals gets approval for generic version of Claritin)

Immunotherapy Weekly February 6, 2002 2002 FEB 6 – (NewsRx.com & NewsRx.net) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has provided tentative approval of Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals’ abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) for Loratadine 10-mg tablets. This tentative approval was granted 9 months after the ANDA was filed in March 2001. go to web site loratadine side effects

Loratadine is the generic equivalent of Schering-Plough’s long-acting tricyclic antihistamine agent Claritin, which has annual sales of $1.6 billion of total Loratadine sales of $2.3 billion (IMS – MAT, Dec. 2000). Loratadine is indicated for the relief of nasal and nonnasal symptoms of seasonal allergic rhinitis and for the treatment of chronic idiopathic urticaria in patients 6 years of age or older. go to site loratadine side effects

Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals will launch the product to the retail pharmacy market that will include chain and independent pharmacies, mass merchandisers, food combination outlets, wholesalers, and generic distributors. The product will be launched following expiration of exclusivity periods, which is scheduled to occur in June 2003.

This article was prepared by Immunotherapy Weekly editors from staff and other reports.

Students Nationwide Improve Math Skills With Everyday Mathematics’ Online Games. go to web site blocked games at school

Pediatrics Week November 15, 2008 Everyday Mathematics(R) demonstrates that learning can be fun with the popularity of the research-based program’s Online EMGames. Students across the country have accessed the online games at school, in the library, and at home for added mathematics skill and concept practice.

The Albuquerque Public Schools and Virginia Beach Public Schools are both getting positive feedback from students using the EMGames. Educators at Albuquerque Public Schools say students benefit greatly from the online games. “Students just love the EMGames,” said Stephanie Homan, the technology coordinator at the district. “More importantly, the EMGames provide me with tools to diagnose the needs and skill level of each student.” Virginia Beach Public Schools is a long-time user of Everyday Mathematics. Denise Williams, a Grade 2 teacher in the district, said, “The differentiation capability in the games is great for parents because if something isn’t challenging enough for their children, they can raise the skill level.” “More and more students love to be engaged in challenging activities online,” said Dan Caton, president of Wright Group. “The Everyday Math Online EMGames stretch students’ mathematical thinking and prepare them for an increasingly complex mathematical world.” Support for Games in the Classroom Games are essential to the pedagogy of Everyday Mathematics. Students need frequent practice to master a skill, yet drills become monotonous and less effective over time. Games, however, relieve the tedium of rote repetition, reduce the need for worksheets, and, because most numbers are generated randomly, offer an almost unlimited source of mathematical problem material. Everyday Math games reinforce concepts in a valuable and enjoyable way. They are designed to help children practice their basic facts and computation skills and develop increasingly sophisticated problem-solving strategies. go to web site blocked games at school

“Many people make a sharp distinction between work and play. They tend to ‘allow’ play only during prescribed times. However, students naturally carry their playfulness into all their activities. This is why Everyday Math sees playing games as an enjoyable way to practice number skills and concepts,” explained Andy Isaacs, D.A., co-author of Everyday Mathematics and co-director of the University of Chicago’s Center for Elementary Mathematics and Science Education.

Everyday Mathematics Online EMGames are animated, interactive, electronic versions of the board games created by the author team. Students play the games independently against the computer, and receive accurate feedback on their understanding of mathematical concepts. The online versions give students unlimited access to the EMGames from home and school, and detailed, real-time reports let teachers and parents monitor student success at each game.

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  1. Jason -  January 20, 2014 - 4:24 am

    Some more details (and some of my own thoughts too).
    Prior to 46BC the Roman Calendar did in fact start with a month named “March”, however it only had ten months, of which September (sette – 7), October (otte – 8), November (nove – 9) and December (dieci – 10) all corresponded properly with their Italian numbers (in brackets) . When Julius Caesar introduced the Julius Calendar in 46BC, he changed almost all of the months, including the insertion of July in his own honour (his birth month) and August in honour of his nephew Augustus who had risen to military might. Due to the insertion of the two extra months, the Italian numerical meanings above are now “shifted” by two. Also at this time January was named after the roman god Janus – the god of beginnings and the use of the name “Caesar” was given to all heads of roman parliament and the name “Augustus” to the head of the military. People understand “Caesar” to mean “Julius Caesar” because he is the most famous one, due to his huge impact on history, including having a month still named after him 2060 years later (and counting). Even Pope Gregory XIII left “July” intact when he reshuffled Easter in 1582 to produce the Gregorian Calendar which most of the world use today (remembering that Britain only adopted the Gregorian Calendar in 1752, so it’s only 262 years old there!). Wiki it.

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  2. Sriram -  January 9, 2014 - 12:31 am

    Seven is significant in Hinduism as it is the number of hills in the uber famous and gloriously divine abode of Lord Venkateshwara (Balaji) also known as the Lord of Seven Hills who is regarded as the protector of universe in this age of Kali (Kali yug)

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  3. Angalyssa -  October 14, 2013 - 9:43 am

    @wolf tamer and tree puncher
    I DO!! (: IVI ;0

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  4. Russell -  September 29, 2013 - 5:06 pm

    The Seventh hour of the light part of the day in the Jewish calendar was 12:00 noon on the Roman Calendar. The old Roman calendar ended the day at 12:00 noon. Pope Gregory in 1552 started the Gregorian Calendar and declared the seventh hour of the night “midnight, the dark part” of the Jewish Calendar, to designate the beginning of a new day. This was accepted by the USA and England in 1752. This made the seventh day of the week for the Catholic church, to start at the middle of the night on seventh day of the week of the Jewish Calendar (seven hours later) and continue to the middle of the night on the first day of the week on the Jewish Calendar. The rest day for the Jews comes at the end of the seven day week, the rest day for the Catholic church and those who have accepted her change start their rest day at the beginning of their seven days. Their are other denominations who disagree with the change have their rest day to start on the seventh day of the week. Even atheist adopt a seven day work week. The US government website states that the seven day week uninterrupted has been as long as records have been kept.

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  5. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  September 29, 2013 - 4:50 am

    Yay Saf!
    I don’t like Septimius Severus because when I see his name I think “Severus Snape.”
    @Mackenzie–LOL
    My name has 7 syllables.
    People love this article–I posted my previous comment 2 days ago.
    :-D
    Anybody know what to do with name tags in Minecraft?

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  6. Angalyssa -  September 27, 2013 - 9:31 am

    Maybee Cuzz That’s Just How It Is. And Whn The People Made The Calender They Didn”t Think About It Thoroughly. LOl(: It Makes Sense ….

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  7. Acacia=^.^= -  September 26, 2013 - 3:05 pm

    Wow, nice story/myth. :)

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  8. sdrdrdr -  September 26, 2013 - 2:11 pm

    wow, there are 200 and 40 SEVEN comments :D

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  9. Ariel -  September 25, 2013 - 4:02 pm

    @Hammad

    The world was created in 7 days. God made a point of resting on the seventh day, the Sabbath. But, I guess if you wanna get all technical, He was in the actual ACT of creating it for six. I think it’s all a little bit confusing, but in the Bible it actually said that whole “On the seventh day” thing. That’s gotta count for something, right?

    Meep ignore me O . O

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  10. Ariel -  September 25, 2013 - 3:55 pm

    What the heck is a hypotenuse?

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