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Read any Good Almanacs Lately?

Have youcever read an almanac? I mean really read it? Sure I've leafed through one, maybe scanned an article or checked out the weather forecast or looked up the next full moon. But read it? All the way through? Never - until this year.

Over the years I've bought a few almanacs which usually end up in a cupboard in the bathroom. I just discovered one from 1986 hanging on a nail inside the vanity of our downstairs bathroom. But, after the casual glances I mentioned, they usually just hang waiting for someone to care.

This year my wife included the 2000 edition of the Old Farmer's Almanac (Canadian Edition) originally written and published by Robert B. Thomas in 1792 with my Christmas gifts.

There is quite a bit of fascinating reading here, and I'm almost finished. Most of the interesting facts I've already forgotten, but here's a few that come to mind:

There are several interesting articles such as one on Frontier College, the booming art of horseshoeing and the Vikings in Newfoundland. However, the article that brought a tear to my eye was Mel Allen's "Five Stories from the Hall of Fame". I don't want to spoil the fun, but the best stories were about a son getting his Dad's picture into the Hall of Fame as well as a daughter finding out what her baseball-playing Dad was really like. I am a baseball fan, and I thoroughly enjoyed this article. The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York is a great vacation stop. This article alone is worth the cover price.

I've often wondered how a publication such as the Old Farmer's Almanac can stay in business so long. If even a few of the 4,000,000 odd copies sold actually get read, it should remain in business for many more years to come.


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