Ah, the vernal equinox is upon us once again. The weather starts to get a little warmer, the birds chirp a little louder, and the days seem a little nicer. We all awaken from the dark slumber that is Winter to find a refreshing new burst of energy in our bodies. But along with this glorious season of life comes some strange facts associated with it. Here’s a list of 15 unusual facts about Spring!
1.) Facebook ran a study that showed most couples are likely to break up in the springtime, and two weeks prior to Christmas.
2.) Children grow quicker in the spring than during the other seasons.
3.) Birds are much more vocal this time of year, both for attracting mates and warding off rivals.
4.) Springtime lasts from August until November in the Southern Hemisphere.
5.) The first flowers of spring tend to be daffodils, tulips, dandelions, irises, lilies, and lilacs.
6.) Tornadoes are most common in the spring.
7.) For human babies, research has shown that Springtime could be the worst time to be born. An extensive study found that humans born in spring are more likely to develop bipolar disorder, depression, and schizophrenia.
8.) Another long-term study found that in the Colorado Rocky Mountain region, spring begins about three weeks earlier than it did in the ’70s.
9.) During the spring and fall equinoxes, these are the only two times during the year when the sun rises east and sets west.
10.) The Great Sphinx in Egypt was constructed to that it points toward the rising sun on the vernal equinox.
11.) There’s an old myth that, on the spring equinox, it’s possible to balance an egg on its end. This is clearly a myth. But that would be cool.
12.) On the first day of spring at the North Pole, a person sees the sun heading across the horizon, which begins six months of straight daylight. At the South Pole, you would see the sun heading across the horizon, but signaling six months of darkness instead.
13.) Honey bees swarm more frequently in the spring. And swarming honey bees are docile, marking the spring as the happiest you will ever see these delightful insects.
14.) To avoid “Northern Hemisphere bias”, there’s a movement to rename the vernal equinox the Northward Equinox or the March Equinox.
15.) According to Greek mythology, the dawn of spring relates the return of Persephone. Persephone is the daughter of Demeter, and the goddess of plants and fertility.