To commemorate December, the twelve month of the year, we have chosen 12 days of facts, folklore, and history from The Old Farmer’s Almanac to share with you!
12 Days of December
A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.
–attributed to Roald Dahl, English writer (1916–90)
Expect a snowstorm if sheep feed facing downhill.
National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day:
The USS Arizona Memorial rests above the sunken battleship at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The ship sank with 1.4 million gallons of fuel on board. Fuel that bubbles up (a little over a quart a day) is called “black tears.”
- Remove the foil from around the pot.
- Place in a sunny window, but don’t let the leaves touch the glass.
- Allow the soil to dry between waterings.
- Keep the room temperature cool to prolong the period of bloom.
- Don’t fertilize while the plant is in flower.
The annual Geminid meteor shower peaks after midnight tonight. You may see blue, green, red, white, or yellow shooting stars.
On this day in 1969, Project Blue Book, a program dedicated to the investigation of UFOs, was terminated. During more than 20 years, the U.S. Air Force had examined 12,618 sightings. 701 remain unexplained.
If cold December gave you birth,
The month of snow and ice and mirth,
Place on your hand a turquoise blue;
Success will bless whate’er you do.
–Tiffany and Company, 1870
Well, even then, though cake and pie do service on the side,
And coffee is a luxury that may not be denied,
Still of the many viands there is one that’s hailed as chief,
And that, as you are well aware, is rare roast beef.
–Eugene Field, American poet (1850–95)
Dear Old Rudy:
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, the brainchild of department store ad copywriter Robert May, was “born” in 1939, when the poem of the same name was published as a promotional giveaway.
If ice hangs on the willow at Christmas, clover may be cut at Easter.
Is that clear?
A polar bear’s fur is not white, but transparent. Like snow, the fur scatters and reflects all wavelengths of sunlight, so it appears white.
Darn, That’s Clever:
On the Aran Islands off the coast of Ireland, knitting patterns were derived from daily life. The lattice stitch, for example, represents the low stone walls dividing small patches of land throughout the countryside.
Find fun facts for every day in The Old Farmer’s Almanac Everyday Calendar!