Five Fascinating Facts from the November Almanac Monthly Magazine

October 28, 2013

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Turkeys are afraid. Beavers own the Moon. Giants roam the woods. Faces give away more than expressions. The days grow darker. It is time for November and the newest edition of The Old Farmer’s Almanac Monthly magazine. (Purchase on iTunes here)

Five Fascinating Facts from the November Almanac Monthly Magazine

1. Centuries ago, Native Americans kept track of the changing seasons by giving a distinct name to the full Moons—names that we still use today. November’s full Moon was known as the Geese-Going Moon, the Frost Moon, and perhaps most well known, the Full Beaver Moon.


2. The first true proponent of daylight saving time was a London builder named William Willet, who conceived the idea while riding his horse early one morning in 1907. He noticed that the shutters of houses were tightly closed even though the Sun had risen.


3. One of the most common problems that people have with roasting turkey is when the turkey—stuffed, trussed, buttered, and seasoned—does not fit into the oven.


4. A redwood known as the Dyerville Giant, in what is now called the Founders’ Grove of Humboldt Redwoods State Park in California, was estimated to be about 1,600 years old and loomed 362 feet above the earth until March 24, 1991. On that day, strong winds and heavy rains brought it crashing to the ground.


5. Irises that are large (compared to the white space of the eye) indicate a person who brings a great deal of emotional expression to their words and actions. Expect this individual to be dramatic.

 

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