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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Greetings Infomaniacs,

For those of you who didn't notice; Autumn is here! I love the cool, crisp air, the beautiful colors of the trees, and the fall scents like pumpkin spice and apple crisp.

Enjoy!

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WHO SAID IT?

QUOTE: "Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree."

HINT: (1818-1848), was an English novelist and poet, best remembered for her only novel, Wuthering Heights.

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RANDOM TIDBITS

The first day of autumn is known as the autumnal equinox. On this day, the number of hours of daylight and darkness are equal. This is because the sun is aligned with the center of the Earth between the north and south of the planet.

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In Greek mythology, autumn was the time when Persephone, the daughter of Demeter, was abducted by Hades, the god-king of the underworld. During this time, Demeter, the goddess of the harvest, was distraught and the ground grew sparse and cold. When Persephone returned in the springtime, plants and life bloomed anew because of Demeter's happiness.

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Yellow, orange and variations thereof always reside in the pigmentation of tree leaves, but they are overpowered by the abundance of green from the chlorophyll in the leaves. Come autumn, when the sun weakens and days grow shorter, the amount of chlorophyll in leaves diminishes, allowing the other pigments in the leaves to show through.

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Fall is a peak migration time for many species of birds. During autumn, birds will fly to other areas seeking more hospitable climates. The Arctic tern journeys about 11,000 miles each way for its annual migration. That is like going all the way across the United States about three and a half times.

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Autumn also signals another colorful spectacle apart from the tree leaves. The aurora borealis, also known as the Northern Lights, tends to be visible this time of year. This is because geomagnetic storms are about twice as likely to occur during the fall thanks to cool evening weather.

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Evergreen trees will not lose their leaves like deciduous trees. Their leaves, also called needles, are covered with a thick wax. This wax protects the inner components of the needles, preventing them from freezing.




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WHO SAID IT?

QUOTE: "Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree."

ANSWER: Emily Bronte.

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