The June edition of The Old Farmer’s Almanac Monthly Magazine is now available! This month, the Almanac enters the debate over barbecue sauces, shares the four fundamentals of successful fishing, offers the dirt on growing award-winning vegetables, and much more! To whet your appetite, here are just five of the fascinating facts you’ll find in this month’s edition:
- Father’s Day has ties to U.S. presidents: President Woodrow Wilson first celebrated the day in 1916. In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson signed an executive order that Father’s Day be celebrated on the third Sunday in June. Under President Richard Nixon, in 1972, Congress passed an act officially making Father’s Day a national holiday.
- Mayonnaise was accidentally discovered to be a beauty aid by a New York hair stylist who used to eat BLT sandwiches while he worked. Daubs of mayo worked their way into his beard, which became soft and shiny.
- Trout will most likely bite when water temperatures are between 50° and 55°F. Fish metabolism and feeding reach their highest rates when water temperatures are rising from the 40s and entering the optimum range.
- McClard’s, a Hot Springs, Arkansas, drive-in that President Bill Clinton was known to frequent, got its famous barbecue sauce from a patron who didn’t have the money for his $10 tab and left his sauce recipe in lieu of payment.
- The ancient Greeks believed that marriages consummated during the full Moon were the happiest and most prosperous.
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.