George Washington stories, Mardi Gras, pancakes

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Daily Newsletter for Monday, February 15, 2021

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February 15: Washington's Birthday (Observed)

The Old Farmer's Almanac was founded during Washington's presidency. In honor of Washington's Birthday, we introduce three articles from the Almanac archives all about our Founding Father.

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Why George Washington Never Smiled
Why George Washington Never Smiled
George Washington was naturally somber in mood and temperament. It’s rare that he was seen smiling. Why? His teeth were a mess. And no, they were not wooden! Find out the facts and fiction to learn more about our first president’s troublesome teeth—and be thankful for modern dentistry!
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3 Breakfast Mistakes Linked To Weight Gain (#2 Will Surprise You)

The common belief is the timing of when you eat in the morning is everything when it comes to maintaining a healthy weight, however, this is simply not true. What’s really shocking is that Americans are learning what they thought was a “healthy breakfast”, is actually leading to their poor digestion and weight gain. Watch The Video

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The Day George Washington Became President
The Day George Washington Became President
On the day that George Washington was inaugurated as the first presi­dent of the United States, it was reportedly cloudy. The president-elect made his audience wait for an hour and ten minutes. He wore a brown suit. He was so nervous he trembled, and he didn’t give the speech he had originally...
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What recipes are Almanac readers raving about?

Readers’ Best Recipes and the Stories Behind Them brings you all the favorites served at family gatherings and supper tables, the ones that keep folks coming back for more. These exclusive recipes include Momma’s Salted Caramel Shortbread Bars, Gra’s Barbecue Chicken, and so many more! You’ll love the heartwarming, humorous, and true stories that these cooks tell, too. Order today!

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When George Washington Died | How a Young Nation Mourned
When George Washington Died | How a Young Nation Mourned
When George Washington died suddenly at the age of 67, the news of his death spread with remarkable speed across a nation of 16 states not yet united by rail or telegraph.  The young country had lost its father. Here’s the incredibly moving way Americans mourned their most beloved Founding Father...
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This rock can tell you about the weather!

When you wake up and wonder, “What is the weather like today?” This hilarious Almanac Weather Rock will have the answer! And even better: It’s made in picturesque Bethlehem, New Hampshire from local lumber!

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Mardi Gras 2021 (Fat Tuesday)
Mardi Gras 2021 (Fat Tuesday)
Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, is celebrated on Tuesday, February 16, 2021. But what exactly is the meaning of Mardi Gras and why do we celebrate? From its origins as a spring fertility rite to the masked balls of medieval Italy to today’s famous Mardi Gras festival in New Orleans, learn...
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What's the best way to get rid of weeds in my garden?

Vern Ader’s Weed Spinner is an innovative drill-driven weed removal tool that spins out weeds and their roots in one whirling motion. It’s essentially a long sturdy drill bit for your drill (drill not included). There’s no kneeling, bending, or getting your hands dirty. Weeds don’t stand a chance!

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Shrove Tuesday Pancakes
Shrove Tuesday Pancakes

In some countries, Shrove Tuesday is also called Pancake Day! We’ve updated our pancake recipe so that you can easily whip it up in a blender. These delicious pancakes have more of a crepe consistency, as was traditional. The lemon juice and sprinkled sugar are optional toppings. We’re big fans of lemon!

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The 2021 Garden Guide has arrived!

The Old Farmer’s Almanac Garden Guide features helpful articles on all types of gardening and landscape maintenance, including newest trends, general information, and advice from experts on best methods for growing vegetables, flowers, fruits, lawns, shrubs, and much more!

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