Here are 10 facts you may not have know about Autumn.
Fact #1: Americans
typically refer to this time of year as “fall,” while the British use
the word “autumn.” Both terms date back to the 16th century but before
that it was called “harvest.
Fall was called “harvest” because of the “harvest moon” that occurs
when the full moon is closest to the autumn equinox. Before man-made
lighting, this moonlight was essential to a prosperous harvest.
Fact #3: Weight gain
around this time of year may not only be due to comforting fall foods
like pumpkin pie and cider, researchers have found that lack of vitamin D
reduces fat breakdown and triggers fat storage.
Fact #4: According to The Weather Channel,
pumpkins are the most craved food during the fall. Although, if you’ve
left the house anytime recently, this may not come as a surprise to you.
Fact #5: The
yellow and orange colors you see actually always exist in leaves but
they are overpowered by the abundance of green from chlorophyll. The
amount of chlorophyll starts to decrease as the sun weakens and the days
Red and purple leaves are only that color because of the presence of
sugars and sap that are trapped within the leaves. These sugars provide
plants with the energy they need to survive.
Many birds will prepare for their winter migration during the fall.
The distance they can travel is impressive; the Arctic Tern travels
11,000 miles each way for it’s annual migration. That’s no small feat.
Evergreen trees such as pines, cedars, and spruces stay green because
their leaves (needles) are covered with thick wax and they contain
materials that prevent freezing when it gets cold.
Men and women experience high levels of testosterone during the fall.
This makes sense because more babies are conceived during the fall and
winter. The cause is unknown but it could be due to lack of sunlight or
even go back to ancient mating rituals.
We can’t forget Halloween! Halloween takes place in the fall and comes
from ancient Celtic tradition. They believed that ghosts roamed on
Halloween and people would wear disguises in order to hide from these