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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.

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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!

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1 Frutero { 11.02.10 at 10:39 am }

The four major ice ages of the North American Pleistocene were the Nebraskan, the Kansan, the Illinoisan, and the Wisconsin, but there is evidence for up to eleven others, and they correspond only roughly to those of other continents. Furthermore, there were glacial periods before the Pleistocene – some long before. How many? Even paleogeographers can’t agree!

2 TheMaineMan { 11.01.10 at 7:37 pm }

Nice Halloween night last night! Dry and just a little seasonably chilly. Nothing like last year when it stayed near 50 all night! Too bad it wasn’t a full moon, but hey you can’t have it every year.
Jon James is a fun guy… I used to go to school with his son. 🙂

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