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Five Fascinating Facts from the March Almanac Monthly Magazine

February 28, 2014

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So long, winter . . . Hello, spring! With the March edition of The Old Farmer’s Almanac Monthly magazine comes the excitement of a new season! Put a spring in your step with a sneak peek at these fun facts from the newest edition of the digital magazine!

Five Fascinating Facts from the March Almanac Monthly Magazine

1. This month’s full Moon (March 16, 1:08 P.M.) is called the Full Worm Moon. This is the time of year when the ground begins to soften and earthworm casts reappear, inviting the return of the robin. It is also called the Full Sap Moon because this is the annual time when the tapping of maple trees begins in northern regions.

2. March’s birthstone, the aquamarine, was thought to cure heart, liver, and stomach diseases—all that you had to do was drink the water in which the gem had been soaking. Early sailors believed that aquamarine talismans, etched with the likeness of the sea god Neptune, protected them against ocean dangers.

3. Did you know? Bread gets stale most rapidly at temperatures just above freezing. It doesn’t simply dry out, but suffers from a change in the locations and distribution of its water molecules. Bread will go stale even if hermetically sealed to prevent it from losing water!

4. Some folks in the Northeast have learned to mark the end of winter when they hear the “doorbells of spring,” nature’s seasonal trumpeters—tiny male tree frogs whose swamp song warms the hearts of humans but is actually a suitor’s serenade to the females of the species.

5. Using ordinary kitchen staples like baking soda in unconventional ways can help to save time and money around the house. Did you know that you can sprinkle baking soda on icy steps and walkways to provide traction and melt the ice? Unlike rock salt, kitty litter, or sand, it won’t damage outdoor or indoor surfaces or shoes.

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