The month of January derives its name from the Roman god Janus, who is associated with transitions, the passage of time, duality, passages, doorways, gates, endings, and new beginnings.
In Western nations, people celebrate the New Year at the start of the Gregorian calendar, but in ancient Mesopotamia, it was celebrated on March 20th, the Spring Equinox.
“Auld Lang Syne”, a traditional song sung at midnight on New Year’s Eve, was written in 1788 by Scottish poet Robert Burns.
Although Hydrox cookies are widely regarded as a knockoff of Oreo cookies, Hydrox cookies debuted in 1908 and Oreos were in fact the knockoff (as they took the design of the Hydrox cookies and debuted in 1912).
The plural form of “sphinx” (a mythological creature with the body of a lion and the head of a human) is “sphinges;” this awkward form has fallen out of favor in recent years, however, and has been slowly replaced with the more intuitive “sphinxes.”