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September 19, 2017

The wonder of the universe is at your fingertips! In this post, we highlight all of the tools that help you stargaze and explore the night sky. A Calendar of the Heavens Though weather predictions are often the first thing people associate with The Old Farmer’s Almanac, an almanac means “calendar of the heavens” or a sky timetable. The calendar pages are the heart of the Almanac, and it was an enthusiasm for astronomy which first inspired our founder, Robert B. Thomas, who would pore over “... more

September 12, 2017

As of September 12, The 2018 Old Farmer’s Almanac is available in stores! Which stores? Check out our handy new Store Finder. Simply enter your zip or postal code for stores near you! Where to Buy the Almanac Check to see if The Old Farmer’s Almanac is out in your favorite store. Click here for our new Almanac Store Locator by Zip Code.  What’s Inside the 2018 Edition Early readers have said that the 2018 edition is one of our most intriguing editions ever! (Thank you!) Here’s a sampling of the... more

September 5, 2017

Have you ever seen the “Man in the Moon”? Many of us today grew up seeing a face in the Moon, and we’re not the first to do so! For centuries, people have imagined characters and events to help them understand the Moon’s phases. Here’s a collection of mythical Moon stories from around the world, courtesy of The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids!  Moon Mythology Incas of Peru: The ancient Incas called their Moon goddess Mama Quilla, who cried silver tears. They believed that lunar eclipses were... more

August 31, 2017

This month is sweet! September is National Honey Month; read on for honey facts worth buzzing about…plus an easy recipe! Honey Facts and Fun Honey is one of Mother Nature’s sweeteners. Use it as syrup on pancakes or ice cream. Honey makes a great natural home remedy: for dry lips, rub honey on and leave overnight. For a sore throat, drink warm lemon tea sweetened with honey. Give yourself a facial: Spread honey over your face and leave for 10 minutes. Wash away with warm water. The honey... more

July 26, 2017

Have you ever heard of these weird plant names? Learn how the plants below got such unique names, then pick up a copy of The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids to find out more! Swine’s Snout This name is unusual because it refers to not one, but TWO plants. Swine’s Snout is a wildflower, and after the flower has matured and is ready to develop seeds, the flower closes up and resembles that most prominent part of a pig’s face. It’s also another nickname for a dandelion!  Speaking of which, the name... more

July 21, 2017

Is there anything better than drinking cold iced tea on a warm summer’s day? Here are some iced tea–making tips and recipes for you to enjoy! How to Make Iced Tea Here’s the recipe for Dog-Days Iced Tea—a much-loved sweet tea that’s perfect for those super-hot summer days. Ingredients 6 bags black tea (English, Earl Grey, etc.) 2 tablespoons granulated sugar ½ cup mint leaves and sprigs, divided 1-½ cups chilled orange juice 1 orange, sliced crosswise 1 lemon, sliced crosswise Ice cubes... more

July 21, 2017

A fruit fly infestation can be a truly annoying experience. Here’s how to get rid of fruit flies. Where Do Fruit Flies Come From? Reach for a peach, and what happens? A squadron of fruit flies takes to the air above the fruit bowl! Where the heck did they come from?  They probably didn’t come from the grocery store. They come into house from the outside when they smell fruit as it’s ripening, especially if it was starting to get a bit overripe. (Fruit flies actually prefer wine and beer to... more

July 18, 2017

The peonies in my backyard always have ants crawling on the flower buds. Many people think ants are a pest on peonies.  A popular myth that ants “tickle the buds” or “lick the sugar” to help them open is not really true. Ants on peony buds are common and totally harmless. They are NOT needed to “open” flower buds. They are attracted to the sugary droplets on the outside of flower buds (nectaries) or to the honeydew produced by scale insects (discussed below). The blossoms would open regardless... more

July 16, 2017

Ready for a road trip? Here are eight places to see the 2017 total solar eclipse at its finest. From wide-open western skies to small towns to the eclectic, there are some great destinations for eclipse watchers. You can only see the total solar eclipse from a location which is on the “path of totality,” a 70-mile band that crosses the United States from Oregon to South Carolina. (See an interactive eclipse map showing duration of totality of any place.) On this path, the Sun will be completely... more

July 10, 2017

Did you know? The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids is NEW this month and features hundreds of fun facts, awesome activities, and exciting experiments for all to discover. Enjoy a helping of some of our favorite facts and folklore from the new edition: A Grumble and a Rumble: Do you have a belly ache? Bad weather could be coming—indigestion was once said to precede storms! Sowing the Seeds of Flight: Medieval magicians believed that putting celery seeds in their shoes would enable them to fly. Don’... more

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