Each year around Halloween, I partake in a 2 ½ hour interview on Maine’s most popular radio station WMME — the Moose. The format is music but we slip in conversation about the newest edition of the Farmers’ Almanac. We also mention a secret password that allows people who hear it to gain additional candy from my house Halloween night. We usually toss out a few trivia questions from the current or previous almanac editions. Friday morning, DJ, Jon James, and I asked how many ice ages has Mother Earth experienced over its life. I had 3 as my answer and awarded gifts to the “correct caller.”
I got stood down quickly, when an 11 year old by the name of Camden, called to inform me that there were 5 Ice Ages and then listed them in quick order. ( When I said three, it didn’t seem right but I went with what I had on my paper.) I am always hapily impressed with the knowledge that people (young and old) possess. Thanks to Camden for setting me straight.
On Saturday, I was on another program when the average life expectancy of a chicken and cow was brought up. We list the life expectancy of a chicken as 15 years and a cow as 22 years. After researching this, I am sticking to what I have. The average is all over the place but the one more used is chicken 15 and cow — 22 years. If you own either or both, let me know what you think.
I do love to be challenged and thank Camden and others who call my attention to a specific fact. Keep me honest.
I hope that if you had trick-or-treating in your neighborhood last night that it was safe and fun for all. I give out giant sized candy bars. Thanks to my radio interview and an article in the local newspaper, last night I had 678 visitors and gave out 2,500 candy bars. It was a blast. I hope it was at your home!