Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Since today is the first day off Fall(ok not really till 12:30 this afternoon)I wanted to share some facts about my favorite season. I found the information in Woman’s Day.

Autumn: The season of the year between Summer and Winter, lasting from the Autumnal equinox to the Winter solstice. A period of maturity or decline. When the leaves fall from the trees. Synonyms: Fall; Harvest.

The leaves change color in Autumn because during the Winter there is not enough sunlight or rain for photosynthesis, which is how plants make their food. In the Fall the green chlorophyll used for photosynthesis breaks down, revealing the leaf’s other break colors. Small amounts of these “Fall colors” exist in the leaves year round, but are masked by the chlorophyll. The reds and the purples of some trees are made from food trapped in the leaves after photosynthesis ends. Finally, the leaves turn yellow or brown as the tree’s waste breaks down.

In 2002 American consumed 42.2 pounds of apple products per person.

The largest pumpkin ever grown topped 1,000 pounds.

Nearly two billion dollars worth of Halloween candy is sold every year in the U.S.

About 280 million turkeys are sold for Thanksgiving dinners in the U.S. each year.

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