7 Things You Need To Know Today (September 1)

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1. There is nothing this man hates more than "premature pumpkin spicing."

A man in Philadelphia is currently staging a protest against pumpkins. Pumpkin spice lattes, to be exact. In his opinion, it is way too early to start sipping on this fall-themed drink, so he's standing in front of establishments that are already serving them (ahem, Starbucks) with an anti-PSL sign. (TheKitchn)

2. Elephants’ footprints are leaving behind an oasis for aquatic life.

In the swamp forests of Kibale National Park, Uganda, every step elephants take can give rise to a footprint-shaped mini-pond, holding up to 200 liters of water and dozens of invertebrate species. The footprints probably play an important role in allowing these small life-forms to spread, as they form a network of connected ponds. (New Scientist)

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3. Food surpluses are driving down prices for some but driving up stress for others.

Food prices are plummeting fast, and the overall cost of eating at home has slid 1.6 percent this year. Good for us; bad for the farmers and supermarkets who are struggling to break even. (Grub Street)

4. The noise on the New York City subway is as loud as a jet engine.

John Oghalai, professor of otolaryngology cautions that we need to lessen our exposure to loud noise. He found that the eastbound trains at Union Square register in at around 95 decibels — for perspective, 100 decibels is also the volume of a jet taking off at 305 meters. (The Guardian)

5. Orange juice has fallen from grace.

Since the 2000–2001 growing season, orange juice sales have fallen every year and consumption has dropped by 45 percent. Grocers have responded, as the sugary stuff ceded almost 10 percent of its shelf space from 2012 to 2014 alone. (Grub Street)

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6. Body image issues start way too early.

According to a new survey of child care workers in England, body image issues are now starting as young as age 3, and some children already know how to diet when they're only 4. (The Cut)

7. The story behind Sriracha may surprise you.

Ever wonder how the all-mighty Sriracha found its place on the top of the condiment food chain? This video maps out its humble beginnings. (Grub Street)

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