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Fata Morgana: The Strange Mirages at Sea

Fata Morgana: The Strange Mirages at Sea

Unlike the more familiar water-in-the-desert mirages, a “Fata Morgana” can make objects like ships and even cities appear to be floating in the air. Learn more about this strange phenomenon that frightened sailors on the high seas.

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Hurricane Weather Lore

Hurricane Weather Lore

Hurricane season peaks mid-September. We scoured the Almanac archives for wives’ tales and folklore: what signs from nature did our ancestors watch to warn against weather’s fiercest storm? See what we found.

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Lightning Lore: Did They Get It Wrong?

Lightning Lore: Did They Get It Wrong?

Does the old saying, “lightning never strikes twice in the same place” hold true? Find out what Mother Nature has to say about it!

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Why Do We Trick Or Treat?

Why Do We Trick Or Treat?

Every Halloween, kids canvass neighborhoods looking for goodies. But where did this tradition come from? Find out.

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Ouch! Pelted by a sign from nature?

Ouch! Pelted by a sign from nature?

Editor Peter Geiger shares his latest observations and the winter weather folklore surrounding acorns. You might want to grab a hard hat for this one.

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Do Cellphones Attract Lightning?

Do Cellphones Attract Lightning?

Does carrying a cell phone make you a target for lightning?

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Groundhog Day History and Folklore

Groundhog Day History and Folklore

Where did the traditions associated with Groundhog Day originate? We have the answer!

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5 Fun Turkey Facts For Thanksgiving

5 Fun Turkey Facts For Thanksgiving

Time to start talking turkey for Turkey Day! Here are 5 things you may not have known about these unusual birds!

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What Is An Onion Snow?

What Is An Onion Snow?

Isn’t winter over? What does this kind of snow have to do with spring? Find out!

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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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