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Since George Washington was President of the U.S., folks have turned to The Old Farmer’s Almanac for homespun wit, tried-and-true advice, and remarkably accurate weather predictions.

Here is a collection of those classic, quirky, only-in-the-Almanac articles.

Weatherwise & Otherwise

Though our weather predictions are proven 80% accurate, these stories reveal that forecasting is still an imperfect science.

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 amusing articles from the Almanac archives.



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