9 Fun Facts About Fall

This is sure to bring a smile!


Fall leaves are very colorful.

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When the air starts getting crisp and the  smell of pumpkin pie spice is all around, then you know that it is truly fall. It’s time to dig out sweaters, stock up on Halloween treats, and make room in the freezer for the holiday turkey. But there are probably things about the season that you do not know. Check these nine fun facts out and get ready to smile!

Only America Calls it Fall

The season was originally just called harvest and autumn came around much later in the 1300s, according to CNN. When English poets started using the phrase “the fall of leaves” it became very fashionable to call the season fall. But by the mid-1800s, after the split of the colonies from England led to language change,  England reverted back to Autumn and the American upstarts retained fall.

Fall is called Autumn outside the US.

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Pumpkin Pie Spice Doesn’t Taste Like Pumpkin

There isn’t even any real pumpkin in it either. Pumpkin pie spice is the mixture used in pumpkin pies. Today you can find pumpkin pie spice flavored lattes, donuts, cookies, candles, and even air fresheners.. You can make your own pumpkin pie spice with this recipe from Taste of Home.

'Tis the season for pumpkin pie spice.

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More People Fall in Love in Fall

Does cold weather make you want to cuddle with someone? You are far from alone. According to Redbook, the cooler weather in fall makes people want to get closer to others and not be alone for the winter. So get ready to snuggle in the fall.

Love is in the air when the leaves start to fall.

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There are More Than 7,500 apple Varieties

There is an amazing amount of apple varieties that are grown around the globe. According to The Best of Life there are 2,500 types grown in the US and 7,500 types in total. Since apples are so good for you, you can choose the one you like and make sure to eat one a day to keep the doctor away.

This fun fact will keep the doctor away.

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There’s a Candy Corn Day

There’s actually a day devoted to this Halloween classic treat, candy corn, according to Today’s Parent. It falls on October30,  giving you just enough time to stock up on some. But you don’t have to wait until Halloween to enjoy - or hate - this highly  opinionated candy, because there is now themed candy corn for Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and Easter.

You will find candy corn on the shelves this seaso.

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You Can See the Brightest Full Moon in Fall

The full moon in the fall that occurs during the equinox is much brighter (almost orange) and rises much earlier than a typical full moon. This full moon, called the Harvest Moon) occurs sometime in September or October and it was very helpful for farmers who used the moonlight to help harvest their crops according to The Best of Life.

The Harvest Moon appears in the fall.

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Bobbing for Apples was a Courting Ritual

This old-fashioned Halloween party game originally started as a British courting ritual according to Redbook. Men were assigned an apple and the women would bob for them trying to get the right apple from the man she has her eye on. If she was successful, it was taken as an omen that they were meant to be together.

This child's game was once about romance.

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It’s Pumpkin Carving Time

With pumpkin season coming in fall, that means pumpkin carving time. While most people think of Halloween jack-o-lanterns, pumpkin carving has been elevated to a folk art. You can check out these masterpieces in October.

When pumpkins appear, Halloween is near.

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Fall Leaf Colors are Caused by Sugar

Everyone loves those colorful leaf colors in the fall from vibrant reds to eye-popping bright oranges, but did you know that the color the leaves turn is based on how much sugar is in the leaves, according to One Country.  That’s why maple leaves are such a brilliant red color.

Child playing in fall leaves.

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