Fall is my favorite season. Some folks think it's crazy that I get excited about the cooling temps and changing leaves. Some folks decide to hide inside until April comes back around. Regardless, here are some fun facts about my favorite season.
- 90 percent of the pumpkins grown in the United States are raised within a 90-mile radius of Peoria, Illinois (according to the University of Illinois)
- It takes about 36 apples to create one gallon of apple cider (and we have been known to go through several gallons at one gathering in my house!)
- Americans spent $1.9 billion in 2013, according to The Nielsen Company. That’s around 600 million pounds worth of Hershey bars, lollipops, Milk Duds, Twizzlers and Clark Bars.
- 158 million people in the United States celebrated Halloween in 2013, spending a total of $6.9 billion on candy, costumes and decorations.
- The highest searched costumes are zombies, Batman, pirates and witches, according to Google.
- In Greek mythology, autumn was the time when Persephone, the daughter of Demeter, was abducted by Hades, the god-king of the underworld. During this time, Demeter, the goddess of the harvest, was distraught and the ground grew sparse and cold. When Persephone returned in the springtime, plants and life bloomed anew because of Demeter’s happiness.
- Yellow, orange and variations thereof always reside in the pigmentation of tree leaves, but they are overpowered by the abundance of green from the chlorophyll in the leaves. Come autumn, when the sun weakens and days grow shorter, the amount of chlorophyll in leaves diminishes, allowing the other pigments in the leaves to show through.
- Red and purple leaves are actually caused by the presence of sugars from sap that is trapped inside of the leaves.
- Folks who live on/near the equator do not expierience autumn. It's always warm!
So, if you dislike fall as much as I love it, the equator is waiting for you :-)