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Pumpkin Spice contains no pumpkin: Facts to know on the first day of fall

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We have been able to enjoy the beloved PSL for a while now, but today is officially the first day of fall! The temps may still be in the 90s but according to the calendar, it’s fall once again. To get you in the mood, here are a few fun little facts to get you in the mood despite the summer-esque temps.

  • Google is celebrating the first day of fall with a Google Doodle and a quote from the English poet John Keats, who wrote that fall is the “season of mists and mellow fruitfulness.” Keats continued: “To bend with apples the moss’d cottage trees / And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core.”
  • Incidentally, on the same day, Google is running a Google Doodle elsewhere in the world that celebrates the first day of spring in the Southern Hemisphere. For that Google Doodle, Google turned to Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, who wrote, “Between water and light which unwind the air / Now the Spring is inaugurated / Now the seed is aware of its own growing.”
  • The sun rose this morning in the exactly east direction and will set this evening exactly the west.
  • The first day of fall is not always on September 23. In some years it is on the 22nd.
    The last time fall started on September 24th was in 1931 and the next time it happens will be in 2303.
  • During the fall, with less sunlight and colder temperatures, the chlorophyll production that causes leaves to be green ceases. This allows other colors to show in the leaves.
  • And finally, if you see the words “pumpkin spice,” remember that there is actually no pumpkin involved. That PSL you’re about to enjoy contains some combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and allspice.

Just so you don’t feel alone, here’s how other’s feel about fall in Texas:

And finally, here’s some photos of what fall might look like, if we didn’t live in Texas.

Photo by Kevin Schmid on Unsplash

I guess, in other words, happy fall, ya’ll!

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