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Readers Share Memories of Their Fathers

Readers Share Memories of Their Fathers

We asked our readers to share with us their favorite memories of their fathers on this special day. Read the moving tributes to the dads in their lives.

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When Is Flag Day?

When Is Flag Day?

Flag Day is a day of national observance for all Americans, but it is not a federal holiday. Learn about this day’s history, as well as the meaning behind the set number of stars and stripes which adorn our nation’s flag. When is Flag Day? We tell you here…

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Cold Water Safety: Don’t Let The Warm Air Fool You

Cold Water Safety: Don’t Let The Warm Air Fool You

As we prepare for a temperature warm up this week, Farmers’ Almanac Editor and water sports fan, Peter Geiger, shares some important cold water safety tips from NOAA.

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Our Commitment to Being Earth Friendly

Our Commitment to Being Earth Friendly

This Earth Day we’re proud to share how committed we are to protecting the environment. Check out how we’re working toward being more sustainable and reducing our carbon footprint.

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Remembering A First Class First Lady, Barbara Bush

Remembering A First Class First Lady, Barbara Bush

We were all sad to hear of the passing Barbara Bush. Editor Peter Geiger remembers an encounter with the First Lady that is a reminder of just how gracious she truly was.

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Drilling For Spring

It’s April and spring is still at war with winter in Maine. Check out editor Peter Geiger’s recent visit to Echo Lake to see just how deep the ice still is.

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10 Strange and Wacky Taxes Throughout History

10 Strange and Wacky Taxes Throughout History

In honor of Tax Day, we compiled a list of some of the craziest taxes that have been imposed on the public over the years. See the list — it might just make you feel better about filing yours!

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Why Do New Englanders Celebrate Patriots’ Day?

Why Do New Englanders Celebrate Patriots’ Day?

If you’re not from Massachusetts, Connecticut, or Maine, you may not be familiar with the Patriots’ Day holiday, which is celebrated the third Monday in April. Learn what the holiday commemorates and its link to the Greek Battle of Marathon.

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Lightning: How Much Do You Know? Take Our Quiz!

Lightning: How Much Do You Know? Take Our Quiz!

Think you’re weather wise? Test your knowledge now with the Farmers’ Almanac Lightning Quiz.

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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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