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September 15, 2014

October is the first full month of the fall season…and you know what that means! Pumpkin and Halloween EVERYTHING! The special October edition of The Old Farmer’s Almanac Monthly Digital Magazine has everything you’ll need for this creepy, crawly, and pumpkin flavored month. Here is a sneak peek! The October Almanac Monthly Digital Magazine *Special Halloween Edition* Why do we have Halloween?SAMHAIN, the Celtic word for “summer’s end,” marked the beginning of winter for the ancient... more

September 10, 2014

Bees are pretty remarkable creatures—and not just because of their pollinating skills. The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids shares some un-bee-lievable facts about this buzzing insect. The Buzz on Bees 1. Life without honeybees: Many farmers and gardeners would not have a harvest with bees. These busy harvesters transfer pollen from flower to flower, or pollinate, which helps fruits and vegetables to form. 2. Bee-ginnings: a. The Latin word for “bee” is APIS. b. Beekeeping is called APICULTURE. c... more

September 8, 2014

Get ready for the best apple pie recipe in the whole wide world (or mighty close to it…as you’ll learn after one taste)! This pie is a classic, with a twist, thanks to Amy Fuqua, first prize winner of the National Pie Championship. The apples are baked twice! Apple-licious Pie from The September Almanac Monthly Digital Magazine Crust: 2 cups all-purpose flour ½ teaspoon salt ¾ cup cold lard ¼ cup (½ stick) cold butter ⅓ cup ice water Filling: 12 ‘Winesap’ apples, peeled, cored,... more

August 27, 2014

Jupiter, the fifth planet out from the Sun, is the largest planet in our solar system (11 times larger than Earth). Naturally, Jupiter has not one, not two, but four planet-size moons. The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids shares with us the awesome names of each moon! Giant Jupiter and its Many Moons Io (Eye-oh) – The Pizza Moon Think of a giant pizza, with melted cheese, tomato sauce, and ripe olives. That’s what Io, the most volcanically active body in the solar system, looks like. “Toppings” on... more

August 25, 2014

It is hard to accurately predict when rain will come to relieve your plants of thirst, but perhaps by looking up at the clouds, you’ll have an idea of whether you need to get the water hose out! Here are three cloud classifications that you’ll need to know to help with your decision, courtesy of The Old Farmer’s Almanac Book of Garden Wisdom. Unfortunately … turtle-, dragon-, and baby-shape clouds don’t count! Cloudy Visions Cumulus. Also called cauliflower clouds, these are the white, fluffy... more

August 22, 2014

Our August 18 post on the Everything Almanac blog was filled with strange and amazing facts about the universe! In case your mind isn’t blown yet, here is part two of “24 Strange Things About the Universe,” from the all-new 2015 Old Farmer’s Almanac! 24 Strange Things About the Universe: Part 2 13. The universe is expanding, but no one knows how far. It has no outside or edge. The extent of the known universe is 38 to 47 billion light-years in every direction. 14. When observed in desert skies... more

August 20, 2014

Are you in need of a refreshing facial? Regular cleansing removes surface dirt and oils, but facial masks clean out the toxins that are found deep in pores—and you can make one at home using ingredients from your pantry! From the Old Farmer’s Almanac, here are instructions for an easy, at-home facial mask! Fruit Facial This nutrient-rich cleansing facial mask contains many of the same age-defying ingredients—such as alpha hydroxy acid (in grapes), vitamin B (in cranberries), and vitamin C (in... more

August 18, 2014

The universe is certainly a strange place … perhaps more strange than you know! From the pages of The 2015 Old Farmer’s Almanac, here are some fascinating pieces of trivia about our solar system and beyond! 24 Strange Things About the Universe: Part 1 The slowest-spinning object in the known universe is the nearest planet, Venus. A person could walk faster than it rotates. The density of every neutron star is equivalent to what you would have after crushing a cruise ship until it’s the size of... more

August 15, 2014

With September come ever shorter days, cooler temperatures, and a return to school. The September edition of the Almanac Monthly e-magazine covers everything you’ll need to welcome back the fall season! Fall Forward With the September Edition of the Almanac Monthly e-Magazine The Harvest Moon is the full Moon nearest to the autumnal equinox, which occurs on September 22 at 10:29 P.M. EDT this year. It can occur in either September or October and is bright enough to allow the finishing of... more

August 13, 2014

Have you purchased your copy of The 2015 Old Farmer’s Almanac yet? To whet your appetite, here are five fascinating facts from the pages of the brand-new edition of The Old Farmer’s Almanac! Five Fascinating Facts from The 2015 Old Farmer’s Almanac Did you know…? $330 million was spent on Halloween outfits for pets in 2013. Forty-eight percent of shoppers bargained for a better deal at least once in the past 3 years. Each saved, on average:     $100 on collectibles and antiques     $200 on ... more

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