Hey, I know it's getting freezing cold! But, don't you just love Autumn!?
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Here Are 5 Things You May Not Know About Autumn!
AUTUMN WAS ONCE CALLED "HARVEST."
When you think about it, it's kind of strange that fall is the only time of year with two names: spring, summer, and winter each only have one name, while fall is also known as autumn. The season once had a third name as well—in 12th- and 13th-century Middle English, fall was called "haerfest," which was the act of taking in crops. Eventually, it was known as "harvest" because the full moon closest to the autumn equinox is called the harvest moon
WE LOVE PUMPKINS BECAUSE OF HOW THEY MAKE US FEEL—NOT HOW THEY TASTE.
Fall is basically synonymous with pumpkins—but have you ever wondered why we're all so obsessed with these gourds? We all spend a lot of money buying them, decorating with them, carving them, and eating them...and apparently, it has nothing to do with the taste. Studies have shown that what we really love about pumpkins is the sense of nostalgia they make us feel. Pumpkins represent farm life and tradition, which is a romantic idea for many Americans, and one we're very attached to. Basically, we love the idea of pumpkins and the imagery surrounding them.
AUTUMN COLORS DEPEND ON HOW MUCH SUGAR IS IN THE LEAVES.
Fall leaf colours are caused by certain pigments in the leaves, and different kinds of trees produce different pigments. When you notice leaves that are purple and red, that's caused by the "anthocyanins" pigment, which is only produced in the fall when sugars are trapped in the leaves. Lots of dry weather and sunlight will lead to more sugars in the leaves, meaning the leaves will be a brighter red. Freezing, meanwhile, stops the process of making red pigments.
GLOBAL WARMING COULD RUIN FALL FOLIAGE.
If you look forward to autumn foliage every year, then you'd better do your part to help combat climate change. Scientists believe that global warming is going to ruin autumn foliage, and may have started already. Leaf colours are highly affected by temperature, light, and water supply. If the temperatures remain too warm, that delays the leaves from showing their natural colours.
CHILDREN BORN IN AUTUMN DO BETTER IN SCHOOL.
Research has shown that children who are born in autumn (anywhere between September and December) are more likely to do better in school and reach a "good level of development" than those born at other times of the year. It's not clear exactly why that is.
"Autumn...the years last, loveliest smile"
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