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To celebrate Halloween why not enlighten yourself with some fun Biology Halloween trivia.
- The scientific name for the pumpkin is Curbita maxima.
- The pumpkin is not actually a vegetable but a fruit – in fact it’s a berry! It develops from a single pistil of the flower and has no stone or papery core.
- Pumpkins are monoecious, which means they produce both male and female flowers on the same plant. To ensure adequate pollination farmers often place beehives in pumpkin fields during the bloom period.
- Beta-carotene gives the pumpkin it’s bright orange colour. Beta-carotene is a precursor of vitamin A which is needed for healthy skin and good eyesight.
- According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the fastest time to carve a face into a pumpkin is 20.1 seconds, achieved by David Finkle of the United Kingdom.
- If you know someone who is afraid of Halloween don’t make fun of them, they may be suffering from Samhainophobia – a condition where people have an irrational fear of Halloween.
- According to legend, a monobrow, pronounced canine teeth, and having a long middle finger are all signs of lycanthropy – being a werewolf!
And finally, here’s a hilarious video from Steve Spangler conducting a simple halloween science experiment to make oozing pumpkins.
It’s Easter – a time when most of us will be running around the garden hunting for eggs, painting and decorating eggs, and probably feeling quite sick after eating one too many chocolate eggs! So with all this focus on eggs, have you ever stopped to think about the chicken? Or indeed, which came first the chicken, or the egg?
It’s an age-old question that has vexed philosophers and scientists for centuries but do we now know the answer? Have a look at the scientific evidence for yourself and see if you come to the same conclusion as AsapSCIENCE.