TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Hmmm, a did you know moment...Did you know that today, Thursday, Nov. 17 is National Black Cat day.
Here are five facts that you may not know about black cats (thanks to Meow Mix for providing them):
1. LOOKING FOR A ROMANCE? SURROUND YOURSELF WITH BLACK CATS
There's nothing wrong with being a (black) cat lady! In Japan, young women are encouraged to own a black cat to increase their chances of romance. So black cats are not only great companions—but also fantastic wingcats!
2. IN SOME COUNTRIES, BLACK CATS ARE CONSIDERED GOOD LUCK
In Great Britain, black cats are thought to bring good luck, while in Germany, if a black cat crosses your path from the right, it is said to bring prosperity.
3. BLACK CATS DEVELOPED DARK HAIR FOR A REASON
Research shows that black cats may have developed dark hair to fight off disease, meaning their fur is more than beautiful—it's useful, too!
4. BLACK CATS CAN 'RUST' IN THE SUN
Due to a special pigment called melanin in their fur, when out in the sun, many black cats will temporarily turn a dark brown color, as if they were "rusting."
5. BLACK CATS ALMOST ALWAYS HAVE YELLOW EYES
Black cats have an excess of melanin, a pigment that causes dark coloration. Coincidentally, melanin also causes their irises to be yellow.
Remember to give your favorite black cat an extra squeeze tonight!
Copyright 2016 Tucson News Now. All rights reserved.