Why Do We Carve Pumpkins at Halloween?

The jack-o’-lantern has a long history with Halloween, although our favorite demonic faces haven’t always been carved out of pumpkins.   But how did jack-o’-lanterns become associated with Halloween? Halloween is based on the Celtic festival Samhain, a celebration in ancient Britain and Ireland that marked the end of summer and the beginning of the new year on November[…]

Glorious Facts About Sunflowers

Sunflowers, in all their colorful glory, are a happy sight to behold—but there’s more to their nature than just beauty. The multipurpose plants deliver healthy snacks, useful oil, and birdseeds. Let your garden knowledge flourish with these facts about Helianthus Annuus.   1. THEY’RE NATIVE TO THE AMERICAS. Like potatoes, tomatoes, and corn, the cheerful plants didn’t originate in[…]

Planet Earth: Facts About Its Orbit, Atmosphere & Size

      Earth, our home, is the third planet from the sun. It’s the only planet known to have an atmosphere containing free oxygen, oceans of water on its surface and, of course, life.nEarth is the fifth largest of the planets in the solar system. It’s smaller than the four gas giants — Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune — but[…]

22 Facts About the Brain | World Brain Day

      1. Multitasking is impossible When we think we’re multitasking, we’re actually context-switching. That is, we’re quickly switching back-and-forth between different tasks, rather than doing them at the same time. The book Brain Rules explains how detrimental “multitasking” can be: Research shows your error rate goes up 50 percent and it takes you twice as[…]