10 Facts That’ll Make You Love Autumn…

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It almost seems like everybody is talking about autumn right now… Over time, it has become one of the most “trendy” seasons. The colours, pumpkin spiced lattes and crunchy leaves underfoot probably play a big part in that.

Not feeling the hype? Lets take a look at some brilliantly odd autumn facts that could possibly help…

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1) Autumn Is Smart To The Heart

Quite the hypochondriac? Autumn is widely known by many researchers as the month we get ourselves an extra hour of sleep. This not only results in less stress, but annually lowers the recorded rate of heart attacks. Some studies have even noticed a significant  drop in car accidents too!

2) It’s Rare Somewhere…

Those who live near the equator miss out on autumn entirely! This is because of their regions getting a consistent amount of sun all year round. This fact alone means that autumn is something that not everybody out there gets to experience… Ain’t you lucky!

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3) Live Stronger & Longer!

Perhaps you are more excited about your birthday being in autumn than you are about the season? But you’ll be pleased to know that studies have proven how those born during this time of year are more likely to live to 100 than those born in other seasons. Feeling more grateful now?

4) Spiders Go Bonkers About Conkers…

Autumn is the all-dreaded famous spider mating season. But don’t let that put you off! No other time of year allows you to pick fresh conkers right outside your front door. They’re good to eat, to play with and even useful around the house… Though there is no scientific proof, the story is said that conkers contain a noxious chemical that repels spiders. There is hearsay that if a spider gets close to a conker, it will curl it’s legs up and die within a day…

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5) Autumn Thinks It’s Great To Mate!

According to the big guys in science labs, the levels of testosterone in both men and women are at their highest during autumn. Scientists have speculated that the surge may be a result of ancient mating instincts. The difference in monthly levels of testosterone varied up to 31% for men. As a result, sex drive increases and men find women even more attractive than during summer months… Your dating life is about to get a whole lot more interesting!

6) Get Snug With Your Love Bug

If mating isn’t quite what you are looking for… perhaps you’ll be pleased to know that researchers took the time to discover that men are more likely to get cozy with their sweethearts and watch romantic comedies during the weeks of autumn… What a time to be alive!

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7) Your Chance At Romance

During Autumn, it appears that crisp weather is not the only thing in the air… An analysis of Facebook data found that more people change their relationship statuses from “single” to “in a relationship” or “engaged” in autumn than the yearly average. Though, in summer time, it is found that more break-ups occur… It’s Facebook official: love is in the autumn air!

8) The Cook –Was Shook!

Autumn brings you a big build up to bonfire night… and a whole lot of neighbour firework displays in-between. But did you know that fireworks were invented when a Chinese cook accidentally discovered how to make the early origin of gunpowder during the 10th century? The cook accidentally mixed three common kitchen ingredients – saltpetre, sulphur and charcoal which set light to the concoction… The result = colourful flames! That’s something to think about next time you watch a display…

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9) The Sun Is a Leaf Thief…

Throughout your whole lives you were probably told that leaves change from their natural colour throughout Autumn. WRONG! Leaves are naturally red, yellow, orange and purple. But during the spring and summer, they are just overpowered by chlorophyll which is a natural chemical that makes leaves turn green! As the sunlight declines, so does the presence of the chemical… It will eventually fade and take the green pigment away with it to give it’s natural colours back.

10) That ‘Time Of Year’ Is In The Atmosphere…

As Autumn begins to come to an end, we all know what is waiting just around the corner… And although you were just mind blown by that previous leafy fact – you’ll be pleased to know that Christmas trees are one of the only trees to stay green in the coldest, darkest of months. That’s all thanks to the needles. Pine needles are compact, watertight, and generally harder for weather and insects to destroy. By slowing everything down, pine trees can photosynthesise all year-round, keeping that chlorophyll at work.

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Time’s up! You’ve officially had enough time to fully contemplate your love for Autumn. Did these facts entice you enough to fully appreciate the season or did they just make your love burn even stronger? I would love to know your feelings about this time of transition in the comments!

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Organising A Short & Spontaneous Holiday | NinkComPoop

Very recently, Wimdu invited me to a getaway in London! With little planned and minimal items packed, I set off to my little stay at an apartment in Ealing Broadway. There is a video of my trip at my YouTube channel here.

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I had purposely allowed my short break away to be spontaneous and unplanned, giving me all the freedom to venture out and seek for whatever sights take our fancy. London is one of my favourite locations in the world and fortunately it is very close to home and there’s a lot to do there. A lot of last minute decisions were made throughout my trip so I thought it would be fun to discuss small and simple ways to plan your holiday!

1) What’s current and trending?

We are already so clued up on what’s trending within the internet world, we should be doing the exact same when we are travelling somewhere new! It is always a good idea to have a scroll around current Facebook events in the area or recent Twitter posts under location hashtags, etc to find out what’s going on. This way you can make the most of the exact time and place you are travelling. Being able to travel is a good thing, being there at the right time is a great thing!

Amazingly, Facebook let my boyfriend and I know that a Just Eat food festival was happening in the area. The Facebook event stated that there will be award winning food and a cozy environment to chill out and listen to some live music. The festival had photo booths, a blow-up flamingo seating area, photoesque lounges, cocktail bars and even a giant adult slide.

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2) Food stops

If you know anything about me, one of my favourite things to do is eat… During most special occasions, I am always most excited about the food (lol). A holiday is the perfect excuse to cheat yourself out of any current diet and go a little crazy. If I ever find myself in a new area, I love to scope out the location for some hidden gems. Food hot spots can really range from independent cafes to well-known restaurant chains. Honestly, not one evening of my getaway trip was spent in front of the oven… whoops!

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3) The money maker

Finding the money maker of the location you are visiting is knowing what brings all the tourists there in the first place. On holiday, I always have a couple what I call ‘tourist days’. These days are all about doing the stereotypical things everybody does in the area. Why is it popular? What do the majority of people travel there for? How does the city reel visitors in? This is usually the easiest tip to follow because it’s never too difficult to work out somewhere’s true selling point. On one of the days, my friend and I decided that a visit to the Tower of London was perfect for us! I find it so fascinating to hear about all the crazy events which happened in my own country… not to mention that the tower is one of the most haunted places in the world… ooooooo! (Plot twist: I saw 0 ghosts).

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4) No plan caveman

Believe it or not, back in the day people didn’t have technology to help them around new places. I know right… poor sods. In all seriousness, sometimes it is easy to forget the true fun in exploring somewhere new. Because of technology, we often forget the fun in having no idea what we are doing! I encourage you to put your phone away for at least one day (or even afternoon), and just go for a walk somewhere that takes your interest. Not only are spontaneous trips the most enjoyable ones, but you won’t know where the day will take you. You may even find some hidden gems which you wouldn’t have heard about online. During our walks, we came across a lot of incredible graffiti, some beautiful parks, pretty sights and quirky shops.

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To finish this blog post, I would like to thank Wimdu for my lovely escape away into the busy city of London. I had such a lovely time with my boyfriend and a close friend; we all really appreciated (and needed!) the break away. I will leave Wimdu’s link here so that you can plan your own adventure soon: http://www.wimdu.com/?wt_vi=brand.youtube.comactivity.facebook.