With spring having just recently arrived, I thought a “This…or That” poll featuring the seasons of the year would be a great option this month.
Each season we experience has its own unique set of challenges as well as pleasures, particularly in the midwestern United States. You know those moments at work when it snowed for the first time, and you discover people are either snow lovers or they hate the stuff? Spring comes along with its freshness and new beginnings, but also tons of rain and severe weather. Summer sun is amazing until the temps are extreme, and someone tells you “At least it’s a dry heat”. Fall is probably the least problematic of the seasons, with its brilliant colors and cooler temperatures. But you still have to rake up all those leaves eventually.
Do you have a particular season you love most? Vote below and let us know why it’s your favorite in the comments.
“Spring is the time of year when it is summer in the sun and winter in the shade.”Charles Dickens, Great Expectations
“The crickets felt it was their duty to warn everybody that summertime cannot last for ever. Even on the most beautiful days in the whole year – the days when summer is changing into autumn – the crickets spread the rumour of sadness and change.”E.B. White, Charlotte’s Web
“Winter is much like unrequited love; cold and merciless.”Kellie Elmore
“I think that to one in sympathy with nature, each season, in turn, seems the loveliest.”Mark Twain
Before you vote, here are some fascinating facts from FACTRETREIVER about our four seasons:
- The first day of spring is called the vernal equinox. The term vernal is Latin for “spring” and equinox is Latin for “equal night.”
- A “Harvest Moon” is the full moon closest to the autumn equinox. Before artificial lighting, such moonlight was essential to a farmer’s successful harvest.
- While it seems counterintuitive, Earth is actually closest to the sun in December, even though winter solstice is the shortest day of the year.
- The “dog days of summer” refer to the weeks between July 3 and August 11 and are named after the Dog Star (Sirius) in the Canis Major constellation. The ancient Greeks blamed Sirius for the hot temperatures, drought, discomfort, and sickness that occurred during the summer.
- Each fall, the black-capped chickadee’s tiny hippocampus enlarges by 30%, which enables it to remember where it collected seeds in different spots in trees and on the ground.
- A ubiquitous summer treat is watermelon. Watermelon is part of the cucumber, pumpkin, and squash family and consists of 92% water. On average, Americans consume 15 pounds of watermelon annually.
- Each autumn, monarch butterflies migrate from the U.S. to Mexico and some parts of Southern California. They fly at speeds ranging between 12 and 25 miles per hour. Monarch butterflies are the only insect that migrates to a warmer climate that is 2,500 miles away.
- Chionophobia is the persistent fear of snow, especially becoming trapped by snow. The term is derived from the Greek words chion and phobos, meaning “snow” and “fear,” respectively.
- While springtime brings flowers and warmer weather, it may be the worst time for human babies to be born. A large-scale study found that babies born in the spring are more likely to develop schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, and anorexia.
- The most dangerous time to go to the hospital is during the summer, especially July. The most experienced medical residents graduate and leave hospitals in July, just as new physicians (or last year’s medical students) arrive. Death rates increase between 8%–24% in July.
- While Americans typically use the word “fall,” the British use the word “autumn,” though both terms date around the 16th century. Before these terms, the period was called “harvest.”
- The largest recorded snowman ever built was in Bethel, Maine, in February 1999. The 113-foot, 7-inch snowman broke the previous record held by Yamagata, Japan, at 96 feet and 7 inches.
With those thoughts in mind, “This…or That?” this week will unscientifically determine which of our four seasons get the most appreciation from our followers.
While you consider your decision, watch a few videos that thematically deal with all four seasons.
You simply choose your favorite and review the results below.
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