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.
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.
Black Friday is the busiest day of the year for plumbers, who are left to clean up blocked pipes, post-Thanksgiving.
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.
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.
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.
"Jingle Bells" is used at Christmas, but it was originally a Thanksgiving song. Composed by James Pierpont, in 1857, it was performed by children at a Thanksgiving concert. It was so popular that it was used again at Christmas, and has been associated with that holiday ever since.
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The night before Thanksgiving is the single biggest day for bar sales in the United States.
690 million pounds of turkey were consumed in the United States during Thanksgiving 2007, the same as the population of Singapore.
According to seasonal patterns of relationships in Facebook profiles, fall is the time when more singles change their status to “In a Relationship” or “Engaged."
The tryptophan in turkey making people sleepy is a myth = it's the Thanksgiving dinner overeating that does it.
In 2011, a woman at a California Wal-Mart used pepper spray on shoppers, attempting to battle for an XBox 360. 20 people were injured.
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More than 40 million green bean casseroles are served on Thanksgiving, and it's all thanks to Campbell's. Campbell's soup created green bean casserole for an annual cookbook, over 50 years ago. Today, they sell $20 million worth of cream of mushroom soup annually.
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Two women arrived 22 days ahead of Black Friday sales at the Best Buy in Beaumont. They camped out while waiting.
Those born between September and November are more likely to live to 100 than those who were born in other times of the year.
Swedish researchers found that women lose more hair in the fall, possibly a result of more hot showers.
One of the longest fall bird migrations is the 22,000-mile journey by the Arctic Tern.
Each year, the president of the U.S pardons a turkey and spares it from being cooked for Thanksgiving dinner.
The Guinness Book of Records contains the info on the largest turkey in history, recorded at 86 pounds back in the eighties.
Autumn is the season when our levels of testosterone are higher than at any other time. As such, people tend to have more sex at this time of year.
12% of Thanksgiving shoppers admit to shopping while drunk, according to a survey conducted on the behalf of the coupon site RetailMeNot.
In 1953, Swanson misjudged the number of frozen turkeys it would sell that Thanksgiving -- by 26 tons! One employee came up with the idea to repackage the meat, and thus, the TV dinner was born.
The cranberry is actually one of only three fruits that are native to North America and it is served at 94% of Thanksgiving dinners. The best way to check if a cranberry is ripe? Bounce it on the floor.
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November 2nd is National Plan Your Epitaph Day -- if you didn't do it this year, let's hope you make it to the next.
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Ben Franklin wanted the turkey to be our national bird. He felt the eagle had bad moral character.
Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany, happens each fall, and during the festivities about 1.8 million gallons of beer are poured.
In 2008, Jdimytai Damour, a Long Island Walmart employee, was trampled to death when crazed shoppers pushed open the doors to get their hands on the goods. The paramedics who came to the rescue were also trampled. A note for this Black Friday: Nothing is ever that serious.
Cow chips are flattened, dried cow manure discs that were used by early settlers as fuel. Now, the Wisconsin State Cow Chip Throw happens each year, and 40,000 people attend the event, which is literally just throwing sh*t as far as you can throw it.
The average person consumes 4500 calories on Thanksgiving -- enough to gain about 1.3 pounds.
The woman responsible for the nursery rhyme "Mary Had a Little Lamb" also played an integral role in making Thanksgiving a national holiday: After a 17-year letter-writing campaign, magazine editor Sarah Josepha Hale finally convinced President Abraham Lincoln to issue an 1863 decree recognizing the holiday and traditional dinner.
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The world's largest man-made turkey is in Frazee, Minnesota. He weighs 5,000 pounds, and is 20 feet tall.