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Predicting Weather Using a Persimmon Seed
According to weather folklore, you can predict winter weather with a persimmon seed. Here’s how to...
The Legend of the Black Box and The Old Farmer's Almanac Weather Forecasts
The secret to our weather forecasts has been speculated on for some time. Is weather folklore the...
Full Moon for September 2018
Learn about the Full Moon for September 2018—the Harvest Moon—plus, see Moon phase dates, Best Days...
Woolly Bear Caterpillars and Weather Prediction
The woolly bear caterpillar—also called woolly worm and fuzzy worm—has the reputation of being able...
Full Moon for July 2019
Learn about the Full Moon for July 2019—the Full Buck Moon—and see the best days by the Moon, full...
Left-Hander's Day: August 13
August 13 is Left-Handers Day! If you or the lefties in your life feel excluded, forgotten, or even...
Old-Fashioned Views on How Appearance Determined Personality
Judging by this document published in Brookfield, Massachusetts in 1816, a bushy eyebrow shows you...
What Are the Dog Days of Summer?
What are the “Dog Days of Summer”—and when are they? The answer might surprise you. Enjoy this...
Flower Meanings: The Language of Flowers
Do you know the Language of Flowers? Many flowers, herbs, trees, and other plants traditionally...
Full Moon for April 2019
Celebrate the Full Moon of April 2019! Find out why it’s called the Pink Moon—plus more Moon facts...
Cats and Weather—The Folklore
You can blame this blog on my cat sprawling on my computer when I was trying to write this weather ...
Phenology: Planting by Nature's Signs
Follow nature’s signs when planting in the garden! For centuries, farmers took their cues for...
Groundhog Day 2018
Did the groundhog see his shadow this year? What is the meaning of Groundhog Day—and why do we...
New Year’s Day Weather Folklore
A new year is always ripe with possibilities. Though we have our forecasts, we also enjoy the...
When Is St. Nicholas Day?
Was Saint Nicholas a real person? Actually, he was! Find out about the history of St. Nicholas (and...
Indian Summer: What, Why, and When
In the fall, it seems that almost any warm day is referred to by most people as “Indian summer.” ...
How to Sleep Better and Stop Snoring
If you are suffering from insomnia or sleep deprivation, simply can’t sleep, or are snoring, you...
Weather Sayings and Their Meanings
Ready for do-it-yourself weather predicting? Long before meteorologists had sophisticated...
Weather Lore: Observing Nature's Signs
What weather is in store for us? Our ancestors lived close to the land and by observing the natural...
Folklore of Cocks, Cockcrows, and Weathercocks
The cock has stood as a symbol of folklore for centuries, is a main facet on weathervanes, and has...
Weather Folklore: The Shepherd's Barometer
Here are some ways to judge the weather, grounded on 50 years’ experience and observations by an...
Fun Facts and Myths about Hair
Curious about your crowning glory? Here are some fun facts and myths about hair, including hair...
A History of Switchel
Switchel, or haymaker’s punch, is an old-fashioned summer drink that carries great history. This...
Bottle Trees: Mystical Color for the Garden
When Greg Grant, then a Texas A&M University Extension agent, told me about bottle trees and...
How To Have A Baby
(Here's an article from the Almanac archives with some tongue-in-cheek advice about having a baby...
Holiday Folklore and Facts
You may know about the major holidays but here are some facts, folklore, and traditions to...
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