Our Everyday Calendar has tons of facts, folklore, proverbs, and puzzles to help you start your day off right every single day of the year! Here is a little look into what we’ve got in store for you this February!
Everyday Calendar: February Facts & Fun
February 1: You will have good luck if you accidentally put on your sock inside out!
February 3: In 17th-century England, women sometimes decorated their hats with carrot leaves instead of feathers.
February 5: “It’s easier to make a buck. It’s a lot tougher to make a difference.” –Tom Brokaw, American journalist (b. 1940)
February 7: Kitchen Calamity
• Problem: You’re separating eggs and dropped a bit of yolk into the whites.
• Solution: Since even a tiny amount of yolk in the whites can affect their leavening ability, it is important to remove it. Moisten a cloth in cold water and touch it to the yolk. It will cling to the cloth like a magnet.
February 9: Porpoise vs. Dolphin
• A porpoise has spade-shape teeth and a triangular dorsal fin and grows up to 7 feet long. The sounds it makes are inaudible to humans.
• A dolphin has cone-shape teeth and a hook-shape dorsal fin and grows up to 12 feet long. The sounds it makes can be clearly heard by humans.
February 11: A duck’s webbed feet have very little soft tissue and a unique blood-flow system that keeps the feet from freezing.
February 13: Each year has at least one Friday the 13th but no more than three (as in this year). In 2015, a Friday the 13th occurs in February, March, and November.
February 15: Susan B. Anthony learned to read and write by age 3.
February 17: Mardi Gras, French for “fat Tuesday,” is named for the practice of using up and eating all of the butter, eggs, and other rich foods before the Christian Lenten feast, which begins on Ash Wednesday.
February 19: Today starts the Chinese year of the sheep. Traditional fare for Chinese New Year includes dumplings, spring rolls, and sticky rice cakes.
February 21: It is considered lucky for two people to sneeze at the same time.
February 23: Put a few drops of lemon or eucalyptus oil onto your kitchen sponge every now and then to freshen the room.
February 25: A quarrel is like buttermilk: Once it’s out of the churn, the more you shake it, the more sour it grows.
February 27: To clean mirrors, use a solution made from 1 cup of cooled black tea and 3 tablespoons of vinegar.
If you enjoyed these fun little tidbits, be sure to look in many of the large bookstores in your area for your own copy of The Old Farmer’s Almanac Everyday Calendar or check out Almanac.com to see this and our other featured calendars for 2015!