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The best of the Farmer's Almanac articles

A collection of classic, quirky, only-in-the-Almanac stories

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Folks often turn to The Old Farmer’s Almanac for homespun wit and tried-and-true advice. We’ve collected some of our most quirky, only-in-the-Almanac articles from “Frozen Death” to “100 Ways to Avoid Dying.” Wishing you a lift, a laugh, or a smile!

Weatherwise & Otherwise

Though our weather predictions have been proven to be 80% accurate, forecasting is still an imperfect science! Here are a couple of vintage Almanac weather articles.

Predicting Snow for the Summer of 1816
Predicting the Weather: The Ol’ Goose Bone Method

 Unbelievable As It May Seem

Folklore often challenges our capacity to believe in the extraordinary. With these stories, temporarily set aside disbelief.

The First Case of Artificial Insemination by a Bullet
Frozen Death 

The True Stories Behind the History Stories

The Old Farmer’s Almanac is the oldest periodical in America, so naturally, it has made its way into some famous hands.

Abraham Lincoln, The Almanac & A Murder Trial
Supplying Information to the Enemy

Still Laughing After All These Years

Though the Almanac strives “to be useful with a pleasant degree of humor”, sometimes we reverse the equation!

Mardon Me, Padam, But Do You Know Any Spoonerisms?
Why My Great Uncle Gave Up the Ministry

How To Cure Whatever Ails You

In the folklore tradition, there is much wisdom—and superstition—about “cures.”

100 Ways to Avoid Dying
16 Folk Remedies for Headaches

Enjoy more amusement from the Almanac archives.

About The Author

Catherine Boeckmann

Catherine Boeckmann loves nature, stargazing, and gardening so it’s not surprising that she and The Old Farmer’s Almanac found each other. She leads digital content for the Almanac website, and is also a certified master gardener in the state of Indiana. Read More from Catherine Boeckmann

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