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August 27, 2014

Jupiter, the fifth planet out from the Sun, is the largest planet in our solar system (11 times larger than Earth). Naturally, Jupiter has not one, not two, but four planet-size moons. The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids shares with us the awesome names of each moon! Giant Jupiter and its Many Moons Io (Eye-oh) – The Pizza Moon Think of a giant pizza, with melted cheese, tomato sauce, and ripe olives. That’s what Io, the most volcanically active body in the solar system, looks like. “Toppings”... more

August 25, 2014

It is hard to accurately predict when rain will come to relieve your plants of thirst, but perhaps by looking up at the clouds, you’ll have an idea of whether you need to get the water hose out! Here are three cloud classifications that you’ll need to know to help with your decision, courtesy of The Old Farmer’s Almanac Book of Garden Wisdom. Unfortunately … turtle-, dragon-, and baby-shape clouds don’t count! Cloudy Visions Cumulus. Also called cauliflower clouds, these are the white,... more

August 22, 2014

Our August 18 post on the Everything Almanac blog was filled with strange and amazing facts about the universe! In case your mind isn’t blown yet, here is part two of “24 Strange Things About the Universe,” from the all-new 2015 Old Farmer’s Almanac! 24 Strange Things About the Universe: Part 2 13. The universe is expanding, but no one knows how far. It has no outside or edge. The extent of the known universe is 38 to 47 billion light-years in every direction. 14. When observed in... more

August 20, 2014

Are you in need of a refreshing facial? Regular cleansing removes surface dirt and oils, but facial masks clean out the toxins that are found deep in pores—and you can make one at home using ingredients from your pantry! From the brand-new 2015 Old Farmer’s Almanac, here are instructions for an easy, at-home facial mask! Fruit Facial This nutrient-rich cleansing facial mask contains many of the same age-defying ingredients—such as alpha hydroxy acid (in grapes), vitamin B (in cranberries... more

August 18, 2014

The universe is certainly a strange place … perhaps more strange than you know! From the pages of The 2015 Old Farmer’s Almanac, here are some fascinating pieces of trivia about our solar system and beyond! 24 Strange Things About the Universe: Part 1 The slowest-spinning object in the known universe is the nearest planet, Venus. A person could walk faster than it rotates. The density of every neutron star is equivalent to what you would have after crushing a cruise ship until it’s... more

August 15, 2014

With September come ever shorter days, cooler temperatures, and a return to school. The September edition of the Almanac Monthly e-magazine covers everything you’ll need to welcome back the fall season! Fall Forward With the September Edition of the Almanac Monthly e-Magazine The Harvest Moon is the full Moon nearest to the autumnal equinox, which occurs on September 22 at 10:29 P.M. EDT this year. It can occur in either September or October and is bright enough to allow the finishing of... more

August 13, 2014

Have you purchased your copy of The 2015 Old Farmer’s Almanac yet? To whet your appetite, here are five fascinating facts from the pages of the brand-new edition of The Old Farmer’s Almanac! Five Fascinating Facts from The 2015 Old Farmer’s Almanac Did you know…? $330 million was spent on Halloween outfits for pets in 2013. Forty-eight percent of shoppers bargained for a better deal at least once in the past 3 years. Each saved, on average:     $100 on collectibles and antiques... more

August 8, 2014

A warm and delicious peach crisp is a quintessential summer dessert. If you’re looking for a tried-and-true fruit dessert, check out this well-loved recipe from The Old Farmer’s Almanac Everyday Cookbook! Summer Peach Crisp Makes 10 servings FILLING: ¼ cup flour ⅓ cup sugar ½ teaspoon cinnamon ¼ teaspoon nutmeg ⅛ teaspoon ground ginger 8 cups peeled and sliced ripe peaches or nectarines ¼ cup peach nectar or orange juice TOPPING: ⅔ cup packed brown sugar ½ cup rolled oats ½... more

August 6, 2014

You may want to stay out of the ocean after learning about some of these shark facts from The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids Vol. 3! Jaws! Little-known and hard-to-swallow facts about Sharks These items have been found in the stomachs of sharks: • A man’s wallet • 25 bottles of water (1 quart each) bound together with a wire hoop • a nearly whole reindeer • a blue penquin • a handbag containing three shillings • a full-grown spaniel Tiger sharks may be the most gluttonous of all sharks.... more

August 4, 2014

If your houseplants are looking a little worse for the wear, don’t give up on them just yet! There might be an easy fix! From The All-Seasons Garden Guide, here is a handy guide of common houseplants ailments and how to cure them! What’s Wrong With My Houseplants? Symptom: Long, pale leaves; small new leavesCause: Not enough light; too much nitrogenCure: Give plant more light; reduce fertilizer frequency Symptom: Leaves curl under or have yellow or brown spotsCause: Too much lightCure:... more

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