30 Things You Didn’t Know About Thanksgiving… You Really DON’T Want To Know About #11.
Sure, the fall might be a time for earthy tones, cozy sweaters, and your favorite pair of boots: But it's also a time when things get a little weirder than they are during the rest of the year. Maybe it's due to the holidays, the change in weather, or the endless massive holiday meals, but the fact is, the fall is a very bizarre time.
Below are 30 strange and fascinating facts about this peculiar time of year, ones that you can surely delight your Thanksgiving guests with later this week. Take a look below to experience the autumnal oddities -- #29 was even more shocking than we thought.
#1. According to a study conducted by the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation (which is as unusual and cool as it sounds), men find the smell of pumpkin pie to be sexually arousing.
#2. Black Friday is the busiest day of the year for plumbers, who are left to clean up blocked pipes, post-Thanksgiving.
#3. The World Championship Punkin Chunkin -- in which pumpkins are launched into the sky like canons -- has been held the first weekend in November in a big field in Delaware since 1986. The world record for pumpkin launching is 4,694 feet.
#4. The first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day festival did not include giant balloons and floats. Instead, the parade was fronted by animals from the Central Park Zoo.
#5. In the 1800's, "Black Friday" refereed to stock market crashes. The actual “Black Friday” stock market scare happened in 1869, and it was due to the suddenly falling prices of gold.
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