Weird and Wild — 10 Interesting Finds From the Old Farmer’s Almanac

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Planning your spring garden is easy thanks to weather predictions in the Old Farmer’s Alamanac. Historically known as the farming handbook, this publication came complete with a drilled hole for hanging from a nail in the barn. But much has changed for the once-leading periodical, first published in 1792 and now on its 221st issue. Since the early 1900s, more and more of the traditional agriculture articles have been replaced with old wive’s tales, astrology, household tips, and social norms.

Read on for tidbits sure to spark your curiousity in this institution as old as time, and stay tuned for more about what this whole Farmers Almanac is about.

1. Did you know you could predict the weather report by blowing out a lit candle? A smoldering wick means rain is on the way. Here are more tips for using candles around the home.

2. Anyone with bright red hair should marry someone with jet-black hair and other odd social norms from the Victorian Era. Find out how to cross the street and which gentlemen to avoid at the ball.

3. Remodeling your home? It could be deadly. Avoid cutting a new window in an old house; but if you do, toss your apron through the new window, and then jump through it yourself. Don’t miss the other 99 ways to avoid dying.

4. Get your hands on a mad stone, the latest home remedy trend. Also known as bezoar stone, these are only found in the stomaches of cud-chewing animals. Find out why you’ll need one.

5. Do you happen to have fennel on hand? Stuff it in your keyhole or hang it over your door to protect against witches. See other superstitions you’ve never heard of before.

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6. Is online dating not working out for you? Get lucky the old-fashion way.

7. Put away the asprin. Rubbing cow dung and molasses on your temples should relieve that headache. If not, here are some other remedies to try.

8. Carrying an umbrella will only make it rain longer. Here’s a DIY on predicting the weather.

9. Your dog doesn’t sing so it’s time to get a new pet. Make it a cricket which can sing and eat at the same time.

10. And finally, speaking of animals, their behavior is as much of a weather predictor as the Alamanc itself. Bet you didn’t know that when cats sneeze, you can bet on rain.

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And so what is this whole Farmers Almanac about anyway? Well stay tuned, because we’re gonna tell ya!

 
  • Gayley

    I LOVE quirky things like this! My cat sneezes constantly–maybe that IS why it’s been raining so much!! Cow dung and molasses to stop a headache? Um….I think I’ll stick with Tylenol!