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The first issue appeared when George Washington was president. Ever since, Americans have turned to The Old Farmer's Almanac for a yearly dollop of homespun wit, tried-and-true advice, amazing trivia, and, of course, remarkably accurate weather predictions.
Editor Judson Hale has revisited two centuries' worth of back issues, and culled the most revealing, remarkable, entertaining, and irreverent articles, advertisements, and essays. The result is an enduring treasury of tips, cures, recipes, and curios -- and a fascinating, nostalgic journey through American folk history.
Here's some of the unpredictable information you'll find in this first-ever Old Farmer's Almanac anthology:
-- The lowdown on how a pig may have provoked the War of 1812.
-- A fail-safe method for hypnotizing a lobster.
Time-tested tips on how to find the perfect mate.
A "sure-fire" remedy for the common cold.
And much more, including the answer to that age-old question Which came first, the chicken or the egg?
-- A report on the first case of artificial insemination by a bullet.
Illustrated with more than three hundred cartoons, photographs, woodcuts, and movie stills, and leavened with intriguing historical sidelights -- including how Abraham Lincoln used the Almanac to free a wrongly accused murderer -- this one-of-a-kind collection is a book you'll dip into again and again whenever you need a lift, a laugh, or a bright idea.
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YA-- This entertaining, informative gem needs to be shelved with the current magazines as it is designed for browsers who will learn some unusual, unbelievable tidbits of science and American history as they thumb through. The first 50 pages present a history of the almanac that directly relates to what was happening in the U. S. itself. The countless black-and-white photographs, the boxed informational trivia, and the quips and quotes are sure to please. The lack of an index makes this resource difficult to use for reference even though it includes some hard-to-find topics.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Book Description Random House. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0679742646 Ships promptly from Texas. Seller Inventory # Z0679742646ZN
Book Description Random House, 1992. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0679742646
Book Description Random House, 1992. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0679742646