Weather, Gardening and Pet Peeves?
A cure for doctor’s office delays?! Move Thanksgiving to October? Eliminate the Penny? Change the National Anthem?
What do these things have in common? They were questions that the Farmers’ Almanac posed and asked readers to weigh in on.
While the Farmers’ Almanac is known for its weather forecasts and gardening tips, we also launch human interest crusades. These “campaigns,” as we call them, are chosen in an effort to address everyday (non-political) things that maybe have fallen victim to the “it’s always been done that way” mindset, or is a system so ingrained in our daily lives, that no one ever thought to revisit it to see if it makes sense for today. It’s usually something we can all relate to, and something that could possibly make life easier and more enjoyable with a few simple tweaks.
Many of our Almanac campaigns gained widespread support from our readers: naming a national dessert, doing away with the penny, and reminding doctors and medical professionals that our time is just as important as their time (“take our weight, but don’t make us wait!”) – while others caused discourse and objections. Many of our readers didn’t like the idea of moving Thanksgiving to October (a time closer to the harvest season and possibly better traveling weather), and others couldn’t even fathom the idea of naming a different song for the National Anthem (to one that might be easier to sing).
Overall, our readers and editors found it fun to explore these common, everyday topics or systems that we may have all wondered why or how they could be improved but never asked for the opinion of others.
Do you have an idea for something that we could all relate to (again, non-political) that you feel should be discussed and maybe even changed? Share your thoughts here. Again, we’re not trying to address politics or start arguments, but instead identify something which, with a little ingenuity, creativity and thinking outside the box, could prove to be a change for the better for all of us.
Share your ideas here.
(Some of our other crusades include changing the date of trick-or-treating so it always lands on a Saturday in October, adding more color to US currency, and recognizing efforts that prove kindness does matter.)