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Socks: A Historical Footnote

December 4 is National Sock Day! Before the days of snazzy argyles and cozy fleece, socks were made out of some pretty crazy things. We explore the history of our oldest wardrobe staple with some fascinating facts.

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Helpful Hint…

Before you wash clothes, it’s always best to zip them up. Zippers tend to work better and last longer when you launder the article of clothing while zipped.

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Current Moon Phase

Waning Gibbous, 99% of full

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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