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Best of Almanac articles Articles
A collection of those classic, sometimes quirky, only-in-the-Almanac articles from our archives.
Why Is There a Hole in The Old Farmer's Almanac?
Why do we punch a hole in the corner of The Old Farmer’s Almanac? When did it start? And what do we...
The Tuneful Tale of "Taps"
Ever wonder about the bugle call performed on Memorial Day and Veterans Day and at almost every...
Mardon Me, Padam, But Do You Know Any Spoonerisms?
Ever meant to say one thing, but something else pops out of your mouth? Spoonerisms are sort of...
Supplying Information to the Enemy
Here’s a short story from the The Old Farmer’s Almanac archives about supplying information to a...
Abraham Lincoln, the Almanac, and a Murder Trial
Abraham Lincoln, born on February 12 in 1809, pursued a legal career before turning to a political...
Forecasting Weather With a Goose Bone
Can you really predict weather with a goose bone? Back around the turn of the last century, in the...
Why My Great-Uncle Gave Up the Ministry
When this true story was published in The 1984 Old Farmer’s Almanac, many readers wrote to say that...
100 Ways to Avoid Dying
Doctors and scientists are always telling us ways to live longer. Usually they involve a healthier...
Best of the Almanac
Since George Washington was President of the U.S., folks have turned to The Old Farmer’s Almanac...
The First Case of Artificial Insemination by a Bullet
During the Civil War, Union doctor Captain L. G. Capers was acting as a field surgeon at a skirmish...
Almanac History: The Man of Signs and More
Those quirky advertisements, the Man of Signs, and adding the word “Old” to The Old Farmer’s...
Humor, Sexism, Bed Bugs, Tobacco Smoke, and Type Size
Were the old ways really the best ways? Take a look back at the jokes, sexism, and quirky cures...
New Eras: When They Began and When They Didn't
Ever noticed that The Old Farmer’s Almanac carries a listing of Chronological Eras each year? When...
What to Do During a Long Sermon
Next time you find it difficult to sit still during a long sermon or church service, you might try...
16 Folk Remedies for Headaches
Here are 16 folk remedies for headaches. Back then, they didn’t have that warning, “Don’t try these...
A Walk Through Time
It’s fascinating to read through early editions of The Old Farmer’s Almanac during the times of the...
Predicting Snow for the Summer of 1816
Here’s a peculiar prediction: Legend says that a July forecast of “rain, hail, and snow” mistakenly...
Best Days: When's The Best Time to Castrate Your Bull and More
From the beginning, The Old Farmer's Almanac has been calculated on astronomy, not astrology. But...
First published in 1943, this is still one of the all-time favorite (and most debated) stories...