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Throwback Thursday: What Did The Almanac Say For August 1969?

Throwback Thursday: What Did The Almanac Say For August 1969?

If you’re a fan of history and Woodstock, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this week, you might enjoy this blast from the past: take a peek at the Farmer’s Almanac’s calendar page from August 1969!

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Happy 75th Birthday, Smokey Bear!

Happy 75th Birthday, Smokey Bear!

Smokey Bear, the furry face of wildfire prevention, turns 75! We take a fun look back and introduce you to the real orphaned cub that started it all.

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July 31 Black Moon: Here’s What It Means

July 31 Black Moon: Here’s What It Means

We have a black Moon arriving at the end of this month. Is it anything to be alarmed about? Is the world coming to an end? We have the answers.

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Apollo 11 Moon Landing Anniversary: Memories of A Lifetime

Apollo 11 Moon Landing Anniversary: Memories of A Lifetime

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, writer Ed Higgins shares his memories of the space event of a lifetime. Plus check out the TV footage from 1969!

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Why Are Barber Poles Red, White, and Blue?

Why Are Barber Poles Red, White, and Blue?

While most recognize the barber pole as a symbol for a good place to get a haircut, many don’t realize what it actually means. The rather gruesome history might just surprise you!

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Why Do We Set Off Fireworks on the Fourth of July?

Why Do We Set Off Fireworks on the Fourth of July?

Each year on July 4th, colorful fireworks displays light up the night sky all across the US. Ever wonder how they became an Independence Day tradition? We explain.

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The Unusual History of Knock-Knock Jokes

The Unusual History of Knock-Knock Jokes

The knock-knock joke is so simple that it’s usually the first one we learn as preschoolers. Ever wonder how these pun-based ditties entered into our lexicon? We have the answer.

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Are You Guilty Of Using These Phrases Incorrectly?

Are You Guilty Of Using These Phrases Incorrectly?

Here’s a list of common phrases that are commonly used and sometimes used incorrectly. It’s sure to whet—rather than wet—your appetite! See the list.

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Parades: Why Do We Have Them?

Parades: Why Do We Have Them?

Did you know July 4th celebrations warrant the most parades across the country? How did the tradition start? Which is the largest parade in the world? We have the answers. March on!

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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.

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