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Five Fascinating Facts from July's Almanac Monthly Magazine

July 8, 2013

The Old Farmer's Almanac Monthly Magazine

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The July edition of The Old Farmer’s Almanac Monthly magazine is now available! This month, the Almanac takes a trip to the Moon, tells the real story of Casey at the bat, salutes National Hot Dog Month, takes a look at the unlikely pair who built an automotive dynasty, gives tips on perennials, and more! For a little taste, here are just five of the fascinating facts you’ll find in this month’s edition:

Five Fascinating Facts from July's Almanac Monthly Magazine

  1. July’s full Moon is called the Full Buck Moon because at this time bucks begin to grow their new antlers. It is also known as the Thunder Moon because thunderstorms are so frequent at this time of year.

  2. The origin of the term “hot dog” is shrouded in a cloud of steam table fog. According to one version, the phrase came into being at the New York Polo Grounds in 1901. A food vendor selling steamed sausages wrapped in bread rolls invited customers to try his “dachshund sausages.” When cartoonist Tad Dorgan saw and heard the vendor, he sketched an illustration of a puppy in a bun and, due to his inability to spell “dachshund,” dubbed it a “hot dog.”

  3. In 1914, the famous “bowtie” Chevrolet logo began appearing on the cars. Legend has it that the design was inspired by the pattern on wallpaper spotted in a Paris hotel room in 1908.

  4. Mulching is the best way to reduce the amount of maintenance that your garden requires. It will reduce weeding by cutting down on weed-seed germination, and it also decreases the need to water by reducing evaporation from the soil. It also adds organic matter to the soil, which acts like a sponge, to help hold water.

  5. On July 16, 1969, Apollo 11 launched from Cape Kennedy, Florida. Four days later, on July 20, Neil Armstrong became the first person to set foot on the Moon. He placed an American flag there, as well as a commemorative plaque.

Ginger Vaughan has worked for The Old Farmer's Almanac for over a decade and, every spring, thinks about starting a garden. When she isn't enjoying the outdoors (and pondering just where to plant that garden), she can often be found in the kitchen testing out new recipes. She lives in a Pacific Northwest forest on the Puget Sound with Thor and Olive, two English bulldogs who would like to taste test her cooking creations far more often than they are allowed. 


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