We're now a week into fall, and the season of pumpkins, flannel and colorful leaves has finally arrived. In honor of its arrival, here are seven facts about fall that you may not have known.
1. The official flavor of fall, pumpkin spice, doesn’t actually contain any pumpkin. Instead, it’s a mix of all the spices usually used to make pumpkin pie.
2. A 2011 study found that people born in the fall have a greater chance of reaching 100 years old.
3. A common superstition is that every falling leaf you catch before it hits the ground is the equivalent of one month of good fortune and happiness.
4. According to a 1998 study, squirrels never find up to 74 percent of the nuts they store throughout the fall.
5. Ancient Greeks believed that fall was the result of Demeter, the goddess of harvest, throwing a tantrum because her daughter, Persephone, had returned to the underworld.
6. Fall is when the most people update their relationship status on social media to “engaged” or “in a relationship.”
7. A study found that people born in the fall are 30 to 90 percent more likely to have food allergies!