Today, we celebrate the symbol of absolute comfort, the reason to slow down and take it easy during these warm summer months, and the best piece of indoor/outdoor furniture ever:  the hammock. July 22nd is National Hammock Day, and we’re celebrating all day long! With summer in full swing and leisure at the forefront of everyone’s minds, what better way to enjoy the Dog Days of summer than kicking back in a hammock? To anyone who has experienced the fantastic peace and serenity that is a hammock, it’ll come as no surprise to know that centuries ago, folks were peacefully snoozing away in these relaxation slings. The hammock has a pretty rich history, from its indigenous origins to its military and prison system purposes to its present-day identification as an outdoor relaxation staple. Anthropologists believe that as far back as 1000 years ago, the hammock got its start thanks to the Mayan Indians of Central America. The Mayans and other indigenous people created the earliest ones out of woven Hamack tree bark or fibers from the Sisal plant. When Columbus and his conquistadors arrived in the Bahamas, they became the first Europeans to encounter both the Taino people and the...

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