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Monthly Archives: August 2013

  • Fun Pool Facts!

     Santorini II Fiesta Cantilever UmbrellaIn many areas of the country, pool season is winding down to a close. Kids are heading back to school, bikinis are being packed away, and folks are returning home from vacations. Let’s send off summer with some fun and exciting facts about pools to lighten up the mood and provide some great talking points for those that are still lingering poolside.

    • The Titanic was the first ship to have a heated swimming pool.
    • Swimming became an amateur sport in the late part of the nineteenth century.
    • Ancient drawings and paintings found in Egypt depicting people swimming date back to 2500 AD.
    • Elephants can swim as many as 20 miles a day — they use their trunks as natural snorkels!
    • Swimming exercises all of the body’s major muscles
    • President Franklin D. Roosevelt had the first indoor swimming pool put in the West Wing at the White House.
    • 65% of people in the U.S. don’t know how to swim.
    • An hour of vigorous swimming will burn up to 650 calories. It burns off more calories than walking or biking.
    • President Gerald Ford had an in ground pool installed near the tennis courts on the White House grounds in 1975.
    • Swimming became a part of the Olympic Games in 1896.
    • Most swimmers at the highest levels of competition train from four to five hours per day and five to seven days per week. They will typically swim about six to twelve miles per day along with weight training and flexibility training.
    • Water’s buoyancy make swimming the ideal exercise for physical therapy and rehabilitation or for anyone seeking a low-impact exercise.
    • The slowest Olympic swim stroke is the breaststroke.
    • The two-piece bathing suit known as a bikini got its name from Bikini Atoll, a US nuclear test site in the South Pacific.
    • Swimming strengthens the heart and lungs
    • The first man to cross the English Channel swimming from England to France is Englishman Captain Matthew Webb in 1875.
    • An Olympic size pool depending on its size (50 meters X 25 yards or meters) can hold from 700,000 to 850,000 gallons of water.
    • Swimming helps reduce stress
    • The average person produces 25,000 quarts of saliva in his or her lifetime — that’s enough spit to fill TWO swimming pools!
    • Swim fins were invented by Benjamin Franklin.
    • Michael Phelps has won a total of 14 gold medals and 2 bronze medals in a pool.

    How many of these did you know? How many were news to you? Share with us any pool facts we missed!

  • The Santorini II Line of Umbrellas is Here!

    The Santorini II line of cantilever umbrellas are now on our site and ready to ship!  These umbrellas are 10’ x 10’, offering a huge amount of shade and multiple tilting positions to block the sun from any angle! Perfect for keeping dangerous UV rays off your skin while you enjoy the summer.

    Not only that, but these new umbrellas are also available with a valance, as well as in the new Fiesta model, which comes with built-in LED lights in the ribs and center of the umbrella to provide light at night. Super cool!

    The GREAT features of these new deluxe umbrellas include:

    (1)    PRICES ARE 30% OFF!!!  The cost for these Sunbrella fabric umbrellas is 1/3 less than the Acrylic (Sunbrella) Santorini I and 10% less than the Olefin Santorini I
    (2)    FREE SHIPPING! Free shipping in 48 states. Usually ships in 2 business days.
    (3)    SAME GREAT COLOR OPTIONS! The Santorini II comes in best-selling Antique Beige, Stone and Terra Cotta colors
    (4)    SUNBRELLA FABRIC on all models carries a 5-year warranty

    Check out these attractive, affordable poolside umbrellas here at Pools and Stuff. To receive updates on new products, great deals, and other helpful information, sign up for our monthly newsletter!

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