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Did you know that Americans typically refer to this time of year as “fall,” while the British use the word “autumn”?

Is Fall really the best season? We will leave that up to you to decide. In the meantime, some pretty interesting facts about Fall can be found below.

  • Research has shown that people born in the fall are more likely to live to 100 years old, and no, it's not just a coincidence. Studies show that the month you're born in can influence the environment you develop in, both inside the womb and out. That environment can do everything from affecting your behavior to your overall health.

  • Okay, interesting fact here: All of those colors in a leaf have always been there, it's just that they don't come out until conditions are right. Leaf colors depend on the sun. Leaves are full of chlorophyll, a natural chemical that makes them green. But when the leaves get less sunshine, chlorophyll isn't produced as much, making the green color fade, and allowing the natural color of the leaves to come out. So, really, leaves are naturally red, yellow, orange, and purple—the green is just dominant most of the year.

  • Fall is when birth rates are at their highest, so you can expect to see an increase in newborn baby pics filling your feed. But according to Facebook's own data, it's also the time of year when a higher number of singles update their status to "in a relationship" or "engaged" compared to the yearly average.

  • While you might say that a scare "almost gave me a heart attack," the opposite may be true. Some medical professionals believe that an innocent scare now and then (say while visiting a haunted house or watching a scary movie) can, in fact, promote heart health. Michael Castine, cardiologist at Ochsner Medical Center, explained in a blog post that when scared, a person's adrenaline triggers the blood vessels to contract and re-direct blood toward the heart and lungs, in a "flight or fight" response. The result? "This can train your heart to pump more blood with every stroke—increasing your cardiac output up to eight times its resting capacity," Castine explained.

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