As students, we thought all of our teachers we a bit weird, some in the best ways, like that crazy aunt you absolutely love. Others left you wondering, "Is he a real person or an alien trying to be human?" Jimmy Fallon's hashtag challenge round up the latter. As adults, we know that these are just adults trying to add some spice into their lives or do something to make themselves laugh during the day. No matter the reason every teacher has something special about them.
Yes, it's fall. FINALLY!! I cannot begin to list all of the reasons why this is wonderful. We would be here too long. Instead, here are ten great facts about this wonderful season that will both inform and entertain you. Shoot, you may even get a chance to sound smart while sippin' on that pumpkin spice latte.
1. Americans typically refer to this time of year as “fall,” while the British use the word “autumn.”
Historically, Fall was called "harvest" because of the "harvest moon" that occurs close to the autumn equinox.
2. Fall Is caused by the Earth's tilt, not our distance from the sun.
When the northern hemisphere tilts towards the sun, we get warmer. When it tilts away, we get colder. Fall and spring are the times of transition.
3. Weight gain around this time of year may not be from all the food.
Researchers have found that lack of vitamin D reduces fat breakdown and triggers fat storage. So, the lack of sunlight has more to do with the extra gain than all the pumpkin spice lattes. Well, at least some of it.
4. Pumpkin spice has nothing to do with pumpkins.
Pumpkin spice is actually the spice mix used for pumpkin pies. It is made from 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon, 2 teaspoons ground ginger, 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg, 1 ½ teaspoons ground allspice and 1 ½ teaspoons ground cloves. You can make it at home or buy it pre-mixed at the grocery store.
5. Fall colors are caused by the amount of sugar in leaves.
The more red in the leaf, the more sugar that leaf is storing. That is why Maple trees are so vibrant. Evergreens don't change because their leaves have a thick wax covering that protects the chlorophyl (green) in the leaves.
6. Fall is for lovers.
More people go from "single" to "in a relationship" or "engaged" ion fall than any other season. That may be because both men and women experience a higher level of testosterone in the colder months. We don't have a great answer as to why that is, but more babies are conceived in cold months than any other time of year.
7. Ancient people wore Halloween costumes to hide from ghosts
The Celtic tradition believed that ghosts roamed the earth on Halloween. Wearing a disguise would help you these spirits.
8. Birds spend most of the fall migrating.
Whether traveling from one state to another, from North America to South America (Swainson's Hawk, 14,000 miles), or from the North Pole to the South Pole (Arctic Tern, 44,000 miles), many birds spend this season traveling to mating grounds or finding food.
9. Fall tourism, aka "leaf peeping," brings in big money for New England states.
The seasonal change bring around $3 billion to the small region.
10. Children born in the fall are statistically better students and live longer.
According to the UK Department of education and the University of Chicago, Fall is the best time to be born.
Somehow, we have all been duped into believing that sparkling water with a faint hint of what could be a flavor is the most amazing thing in the world. Look, I believe La Croix is great, I just think we've been tricked. It seems like a joke primarily, but not only, because no one knows how to say the dad-gum name of the dad-burnt drink.
If you talk about Chrissy Metz you may be tempted to bring up her weight but the "This Is Us" star would rather you not. It isn't that she is ashamed of her weight-- her character's storyline really delves into that struggle-- more so that she is tired of talking about it. Talk to her about her style, her acting ability, her EMMY nomination, what she likes to do on the weekend, but please, don't ask her if she is getting gastric bypass surgery. She's tired of talking about it.
After an onslaught of Taylor Swift for about 10 days in the midst of a total solar eclipse, a major natural disaster and a "major" awards show that should have been discontinued at least 6 years ago, ol' Tay has gone silent again.
Minus all the videos she's released through AT&T and her team featuring Old Taylor. Because, you know, "I'm sorry, the old Taylor can't come to the phone right now... Oh, 'cause she's dead!"
New Taylor, I'm here for this. I love that you have committed to this haircut you probably picked out of your mom's high school yearbook and your new private life free of Instagram updates. However, I'm just not convinced Old Taylor is as dead as you think she is. Are you sure you killed her? Did she get out of that suitcase everyone saw you/her in this summer?
During the finals of "America's Got Talent" Simon Cowell claimed to know who was going to win the competition and the $1 million prize. After a fun night of performances including former winners and stars, we found out he was right. Darn you, Cowell and your experienced perspective!
Spoilers ahead. Be careful.
There is a lot more coming to Netflix than leaving it, including a second season of "Stranger Things."
- "88 Minutes"
- "A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song"
- "Before Midnight"
- "Blood Diamond"
- "Boogie Nights"
- "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"
- "Cleverman" (Season 2)
- "Death Sentence"
- "Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood"
- "Eagle vs. Shark"
- "Eyes Wide Shut"
- "Generation Iron 2"
- "Ghost Patrol"
- "I Love You, Man"
- "Ice Guardians"
- "Lockup: Disturbing the Peace: Collection 1"
- "Made of Honor"
- "Miss Congeniality"
- "Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous"
- "Must Love Dogs"
- "Never Let Me Go"
- "No Reservations"
- "PJ Masks" (Season 1)
- "Set Up"
- "The Reaping"
- "Tokyo Idols"
- "Tommy Boy"