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Today is the first day of Fall…. no more hot sunny days, swimming pools, sticky watermelon/icy cone days and yellow jackets….

Instead here are some fun facts about the season we are heading into:

  • Levels of testosterone in both men and women are at their highest in the fall. Scientists speculate the surge may be a result of ancient mating instincts (e.g., the fall “rutting season”) or that decreasing daylight somehow triggers it.
  • Autumnbabies, or those born between September and November, are more likely to live to 100 than those who were born in other times of the year.
  • According to NASA, autumn is “aurora season” because geomagnetic storms are about twice as frequent as the annual average during the fall.
  • A study in the journalPerception noted that men think women are more attractive in the cooler season. One theory is that men’s testosterone levels rise during the fall. Another theory is the “contrast effect.” During the summer, men are frequently exposed to scantily clad women—but not so much in the autumn, which shifts “attractiveness criteria” in women’s favor in the fall.
  • During the fall, in response to colder temperatures and less light, leaves stop producing chlorophyll, the green pigment that helps capture sunlight to power photosynthesis. As the green fades, the leave’s other pigments shine through, such as orange and yellow carotenoids and vibrant red anthocyanin

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