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Eight Amazing Autumnal Facts to Fascinate Your Friends

1. The Start of Autumn

Autumn as defined by the Earth’s orbit around the sun and starts on the equinox which falls on either 22 or 23 September.

2. The Trees Wind Down

One of the most stunning signs of Autumn is the turning of the leaves. The shorter days are a sign to trees to begin to prepare for winter.

In winter there is not enough light for photosynthesis to occur, so as the days shorten, the trees begin to close their production systems and reduce the amount of chlorophyll in their leaves and have a rest.

3. The Colour Show Begins

As the chlorophyll decreases, other chemicals such as Flavanoids, Carotenoids and Anthocyains are responsible for the vibrant ambers, reds and yellows of autumn.

Did you know some of these chemicals are the same ones that give carrots (beta-carotenes) and egg yolks (luteins) their colours?

4. Autumn Babies Live Longer

A study in the Journal of Aging Research found that babies born during the autumn months are more likely to live to 100 than those born during the rest of the year. The Queen must be busy at this time of year!

5. Nights Get Longer

The word equinox comes from the Latin equi (meaning equal) and nox (meaning night) accounting for the equinox marking the time when day and night are of equal length.

We often notice the nights begin to draw in from this point as after the Autumn equinox, the night longer than the day, until this is reversed at the Spring equinox.

6. 24 September 2303

Generally speaking the autumn equinox always falls on either 22 or 23 September, but not quite always.

As the Gregorian calendar is not quite in perfect symmetry with the Earth’s orbit, the autumn equinox very occasionally falls on September 24. This will next happen in 2303.

7. Persephone’s return

In Greek mythology, autumn began when Persephone was abducted by Hades to be the Queen of the Underworld. In distress Persephone’s mother, Demeter (the goddess of the harvest), caused all the crops on Earth to die until her daughter was returned, marking spring.

8. Autumn or Fall

We often think of ‘Fall’ as the North American version of the word ‘Autumn’, but it was in fact in widespread use in England until relatively recently.

The word autumn entered English from the French automne and didn’t become common usage until the 18th century.

Anyone for Tennis? – 10 Wow your friends with Wimbledon facts!

The summer of sport continues, and Wimbledon is now here as well as the World Cup!

1. Nearly 55,000 tennis balls are used during the Championships period.

2. Each morning, 48 tins of tennis balls are taken onto Centre and No.1 Courts and 24 on all the others.

3. Tennis balls were originally white! They were replaced in 1986 so that they could be seen more easily on television.

4. An estimated TV audience of 1 billion people tune in to watch Wimbledon from across the globe.

5. As the largest sporting catering operation in Europe, 234,000 meals, 330,000 cups of tea and coffee, 140,000 portions of English strawberries, 29,000 bottles of champagne and 10,000 litres of dairy cream are served over the fortnight.

6. The first Wimbledon took place in 1877 at the All England Club in the London suburb of Wimbledon as a Gentlemen’s Single Championship, making it the oldest tennis tournament in the world. Only 22 players participated.

7. It is within the rules of Wimbledon that all players must be dressed almost entirely in white and they can be asked to change if they fail to meet the dress code.

8. Wimbledon is the only Grand Slam that is played on grass courts. The grass is cut to a height of exactly 8 mm.

9. To make sure that the pigeons don’t interrupt play, Wimbledon has its very own Hawk called Rufus. His job is to scare away the pigeons each morning.

10. The repairs team at Wimbledon will string around 2,000 rackets and use over 40 miles of string!

10 Fabulous Festive Facts
1. Speedy Santa

Did you know that Santa has to visit 822 homes per second to ensure he delivers all our presents? This means he travels at 650 miles per second!! With all those mince pies and brandy, let’s hope the police don’t pull him over!

2. World’s Tallest Christmas Tree

Yet to be beaten, the world’s largest Christmas Tree was erected in a Washington shopping mall in 1950!

3. World’s Biggest Snowman

The world’s largest snowman was built in 1999 and he stood at a mighty grand 113ft tall. I would imagine that it would be tricky for him to be walking in the air!

4. Christmas Crackers

THE largest Christmas cracker was a mighty 45.72m long and 3.04m in diameter. This fabulous effort by our friends in Australia was pulled in 1991. Oooft! I bet that went with a BANG!

5. Santa and his many names

SANTA has different names around the world. Here is a little selection:
Chile: Viejo Pascuero (“Old Man Christmas”)
Germany: Kris Kringle or Weihnachtsmann
Mexico: Nino Jesus
Norway: Julenissen (“Christmas gnome”)
Poland: Gwiazdor (Star Man)
Russia: Ded Moroz (“Grandfather Frost”)
Sweden: Jultomten (“Christmas brownie”)
United Kingdom: Father Christmas
Wales: Sion Corn (Chimney John)

6. Christmas Pudding

Originally, Christmas Pudding was a soup made of wine and raisins.

7. Mistletoe Kisses

Frigga, the Norse goddess of love, was associated with the mistletoe plant and it is believed that this is where the tradition of kissing under the mistletoe originates from.

8. Festive Films

THE highest-grossing Christmas movie is How The Grinch Stole Christmas, which has raked in £175m!

9. Santa in Iceland

THERE are 13 Father Christmas in Iceland and each of them leave a gift for children. One by one they come down from the mountain. This begins on December 12 and they have very sinister names such as Sausage swiper, candle stealer, spoon licker and window peeper!

10. The very first Christmas!

Britain celebrated Christmas for the first time in York in 521AD. There’s been a lot of sprouts eaten in that time!

A cabinet full of curiosities

As the whole of the United Kingdom getting ready for a surprising, yet pivotal general election, here are some fun and curious facts you probably never knew about Prime Ministers past.

Wow, the world is truly a bizarre place

The world is such an amazing place, filled with a ton of stuff that we will probably never know. From warehouses so big they have their own weather to unusual facts about goats … there’s a lot of things you don’t know about the world until now.

100 Presidential Facts to ‘Trump’ Them All

With the eyes of the World fixed on the United States and their newest President, we thought we’d take a look back over the years to bring you some little-known facts of Presidents past.

Bizarre laws

Here’s a rather bizarre, but fabulous collection of 20 strange laws from across the world. Most of these laws still remain in the books today, even if rarely enforced.

Gee, I Never Knew this Stuff

Surely Not!