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The Farmers Almanac 

Fascinating repository or goofy nostalgia piece? Either way, it's a great stocking stuffer

The ideal stocking stuffer

Did you know that Uranus was almost named GeorgiumSidus after King George III? Or that it is only one of two planets in our solar system that rotate clockwise? No? OK, how about this one: what does Ember Days refer to? Stumped? That's probably because you don't live in the 1800s. Don't worry; this isn't a test of intelligence. These are just a few of the many peculiar facts found in the 2007 edition of The Old Farmer's Almanac, a novelty that makes for a great stocking stuffer.

For 215 years the Almanac has been a source of amusing anecdotes, unusual facts, and useful information. With a nostalgic theme and a devotion to everyday life, culture and tradition, its pages are crammed with weather predictions for 16 different regions of the United States, gardening tips and trends, insight into astrology and astronomy, short stories, and more.

In this edition alone you can learn the rules of impressing the opposite sex (Rule 1: stop trying so hard; Rule 2, ignore rule one) while practicing your newly acquired skills in the art of whistling. Gain an understanding of changing consumer trends (bell bottoms: the collectible trend of 2007) and learn about the latest technological discoveries. Cooks can peruse winning recipes (like Death Row Bourbon Sauce!), green thumbs can learn the secrets to successful pollination, and the everyday academic can rack his brain with the "Maddening Mind-Manglers," a series of riddles and puzzles.

No matter whether you're a weather junky, housewife, farmer, scholar, or hipster, there's something for just about everybody in the Old Farmer's Almanac. Look for the 2007 edition at magazine racks or bookstores, or visit www.Almanac.com/press

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