As we welcome in October and the beautiful Autumn weather, let us take a moment to reflect on the amazing gift of PUMPKIN! Yes, that is what I said, PUMPKIN! Ha-ha. Pumpkin is one of my favorite foods. But how much do you really know about pumpkin? Here are some interesting facts about pumpkin that may surprise you.
Pumpkin is actually a fruit because it starts from a flower and contains seeds. Technically, anything that starts from a flower is scientifically considered a fruit. Pumpkin fruits are a type of berry known as a pepo. They fall into the category of gourds and squash and are considered a winter squash. Their seeds, leaves, and flesh are all edible. But the amazing benefits of pumpkin do not stop there. The seeds when roasted and pressed produce pumpkin seed oil. This marvelous and very diversified fruit is native to North America (northeastern Mexico and the southern United States) but are grown worldwide. According to Wikipedia, pumpkins are one of the oldest domesticated plants, having been used as early as 7,000 to 5,500 BC.
Pumpkins are rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, and are incredibly healthy and low calorie. They can add a good boost to your immune system and promote overall good benefits to your health and skin. So as you are strolling the courthouse square taking in the beautiful changing trees this autumn season, be sure to stop in the local eateries and mercantiles that are unique to the Prescott area, where you are sure to find pumpkin everywhere whether for decorating, eating or cooking! For a list of local activities be sure to check out our Community Connection at Theresadesoto.com. Also it is a great time for friends and family to come for a visit. Once they fall in love with Everybody’s Hometown and want to make it their home, give us a call. We are The deSoto Team, your friendly hometown realtors and we are here to help, whether looking for your dream home, selling your current home……or both!!!
Making dreams come true…..one home at a time.
October glows on every cheek,
October shines in every eye;
While up the hill and down the dale
Her crimson banners fly.
– Elaine Goodale
The Month of October is . . .
National Eat Better, Eat Together Month
National Pickled Peppers Month
National Popcorn Poppin’ Month
National Sarcastic Awareness Month
National Squirrel Awareness Month
WEEKS TO CELEBRATE!
Oct. 2 – 8
Get Organized Week
Oct. 9 – 15
World Rainforest Week
Oct. 16 – 22
National Character Counts Week
Oct. 23 – 29
National Massage Therapy Awareness Week
DAYS TO CELEBRATE!
October 5 – National Do Something Nice Day
October 6 – Bring Your Bible To School Day
October 12 – National Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work/School Day
October 15 – National “I Love Lucy” Day
October 22 – Make A Difference Day
October 23 – Slap Your Irritating Co-Worker Day
October 31 – National Knock-Knock Jokes Day
THERESA’S TIMELINE TRIVIA:
- October 2, 1968 – California’s Redwood National Park was established. Redwoods are the tallest of all trees, growing up to 400 feet (120 meters) during a lifetime that can span 2,000 years.
- October 6, 1927 – The first “talkie” opened in New York. The Jazz Singer starring Al Jolson was the first full-length feature film using spoken dialogue.
- October 11, 1521 – King Henry VIII of England was given the title “Defender of the Faith” by Pope Leo X following the publication of the King’s book against Martin Luther.
- October 13, 54 A.D. – Roman Emperor Claudius died after eating mushrooms poisoned by his wife, the Empress Agrippina.
- October 14, 1947 – U.S. Air Force Captain Chuck Yeager became the first man to break the sound barrier, flying in a rocket-powered research aircraft.
- October 16, 1978 – Cardinal Karol Wojtyla of Poland was elected Pope. He was the first non-Italian Pope chosen in 456 years and took the name John Paul II.
- October 20, 1818 – The U.S. and Britain agreed to set the U.S.- Canadian border at the 49th parallel.
- October 21, 1879 – Thomas Edison successfully tested an electric incandescent lamp with a carbonized filament at his laboratory in Menlo Park, New Jersey, keeping it lit for over 13 hours.
- October 27, 1904 – The New York City subway began operating, running from City Hall to West 145th Street, the first underground and underwater rail system in the world.
- October 29, 1929 – The stock market crashed as over 16 million shares were dumped amid tumbling prices. The Great Depression followed in America, lasting until the outbreak of World War II.
Andy’s Actually Factual Facts:
- In 1325, two Italian city states fought over a bucket which resulted in 2,000 deaths. It started when two soldiers stole a bucket from a well from the city center.
- The serial number on Darth Vader’s suit of armor was E-3778Q-1.
- The inventor of Vaseline, Robert Chesebrough, ate a spoonful of the stuff every single day.
- There is a difference between coffins and caskets – coffins are typically tapered and six-sided, while caskets are rectangular.
- In India, the flying of a kite is illegal under a 1934 law, which classes kites as aircraft.
- Coca-Cola was the first drink that was ever consumed in space.
- The Titanic was about three times bigger than Noah’s Ark, with a volume of 4.6 million cubic feet.
- 85% of people have experienced a dream so real that they were not sure if it happened in real life or not.
- Dogs can be allergic to humans – specifically, their dander. While being treated for this allergy, it can take up to 12 months for a dog to recover.
- Male cats are called toms and females are called queens or mollies.
*They must be true, I found them on the internet!