Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Old Farmer's Almanac 2012
So...we're pretty sure that you know that the Farmer's Almanac exists...but we're equally certain that you've never read one, other than gloss over the cover at the grocery store check out. Turns out...it is a super useful, interesting and fun read and as pertinent as ever in these modern times. The Farmer's Almanac has been published annually since 1818 from its headquarters in Lewiston, Maine and has become revered for its weather predictions. Funny story about that...their long term predictions for the weather have an 80 - 85% accuracy, beating out your local talking head on the TV who has Doppler radar at his fingertips. If the casino had those odds...we'd all be gambling addicts. The almanac uses a super-duper secret mathematical and astrological formula that relies on sunspot activity, tidal action, planetary positions and more to create the forecast....sometimes up to two years in advance. We say super-duper secret because next to the formula for Coke and the KFC recipe, it is the most secret "recipe" held in private sector hands. The weather portion aside, the book is also famous for its corny humour, gardening tips, recipes, trivia, fishing advice and human interest stories. Conservation, sustainable living, and and simplicity are the publications core values and are heavily promoted throughout. Sounds to us that this is the perfect edition to your fast paced, plugged in life. We could all use more simplicity, sustainable living and conservation in our lives. Available everywhere books are sold for as little as $6 for paperback, or if you're a big spender, $15 for hardcover. Above pic courtesy of From the Briar Patch.