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Inside the 2009 Farmers’ Almanac

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Numb’s the Word: Find out where the Farmers’ Almanac is forecasting a “numbing” winter. Learn how cold it will be, how much snow you can expect and where the best spots for winter warmth will be. (Page 114)

Natural Cures and Preventions: Did you know that a foot soak and lavender can help a headache? Or that olives can help motion sickness? Get fascinating facts about natural cures and preventions for common cold, headaches, motion sickness and more. (Page 42)

Solve the Mystery of the Missing Sock: E
ver wonder why socks that make it into the laundry often go missing before they can make their way back to their drawers? Learn the truth behind this ever-enigmatic missing sock syndrome, plus easy, inexpensive ways to remove crud from keyboards, keep family and co-workers from stealing your scissors (and staplers!) and much more. See “Household Mysteries Solved.” (Page 36)

Top 10 Deadliest Hurricanes:
You probably thought of Katrina right away, but others made the list too, including the very deadly Galveston Hurricane, Audrey and Camille. Share some of these devastating hurricane stats and get the Farmers’ Almanac predictions for next year’s hurricane season. (Page 150)

Folklore: Did you know if it rains on St. Swithin’s Day, it will rain for 40 more?
(Page 174 ) Or that you should never start the New Year off with all your doors and windows open? (Page 30)

Great Gas Mileage: Want to get 60-100 mpg? You might be able to if you hop on a scooter. Find out how to get better fuel economy, the fun way in “Creating a Buzz with Scooters.” (Page 176)

Easy Green Living:
Our Farmers Almanac TV producers travel the county year-round, meeting people on the cutting edge of the sustainability movement. Get the skinny on the best things they’ve learned over the years in “10 Green Lessons from Farmers Almanac TV.” (Page 54)

Garden Anywhere: Think you don’t have enough land to garden? Think again! Learn about container gardening, raised bed gardens and more in “Easy Ways to Garden.” (Page 86)

Live in Harmony with Wild Neighbors: No, that doesn’t mean the couple next door that parties until 2 a.m. If your neighborhood looks more like an episode of Wild Kingdom than a snapshot of middle America, you’ll want to read “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” for tips on living safely alongside coyotes, bears, alligators and other wild animals. (Page 60)

Decorate on a Dime: L
earn to create attractive home décor from tea towels, old calendars, fruit crates and more in “Repurpose Decorating: Farmhouse Style.” (page 84)

Tons of Practical, Proven Advice
: Need more frosting? When you use a container of pre-made cake frosting, whip the frosting with your mixer for a few minutes. This can double the amount, saving you time and money! Gum stuck in your hair? Reach for the peanut butter. (Page 22) Plus: “Seven Easy Ways to Conserve Water” (Page 40) plus “Five Ways you May be Inadvertently Hurting the Earth.” (Page 50); Peak Fall Foliage Dates (Page 72); a USDA Plant Hardiness Zone map (Page 74); Average Frost Dates (page 76) and loads more useful information.

All this, plus our Philosofacts, Brainteasers, Helpful Hints, Trivia, Smart Living Tips, and more!

If you notice a hole in the upper left-hand corner of your Farmers' Almanac, don't return it to the store! That hole isn't a defect; it's a part of history. Starting with the first edition of the Farmers' Almanac in 1818, readers used to nail holes into the corners to hang it up in their homes, barns, and outhouses (to provide both reading material and toilet paper). In 1919, the Almanac's publishers began pre-drilling holes in the corners to make it even easier for readers to keep all of that invaluable information (and paper) handy.

Reading Farmers' Almanac on Tablet with Doggie

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