The original USS Bonhomme Richard was a ship gifted by the King of France to John Paul Jones during the Revolutionary War. Jones named her Bonhomme Richard in honor of Benjamin Franklin, whose Poor Richard's Almanac was known in France as Les Maximes du Bonhomme Richard. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
The curiously named US Navy ship, USS Bonhomme Richard, is actually a playful pseudonym for Ben Franklin. It was based on Franklin’s pen-name for his β€œPoor Richard’s Almanac”, and French for β€œgood man”, due to his affinity for France. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
Benjamin Franklin, to drive sales of his almanac, predicted that a rival publisher would die on a certain date. When the rival didn’t die, Franklin published his obituary anyway and claimed the rival was an imposter. After the rival’s death, Franklin commended the imposters for stopping. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tit…
In 1993 on Seinfeld, Elaine wanted her boyfriend to change his name from a serial killer’s (Joel Rifkin) to something normal. Reading a football almanac, she suggests O.J., who is arrested eight months later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Benjamin Franklin predicted and then faked a competitor's death to increase book sales of his Poor Richard's Almanac. When the person didn't die, Franklin published that someone had stolen his identity. benjamin-franklin-history…
Ben Franklin, while feuding with Titan Leeds, used astrology to predict his death and published this in the Poor Richards Almanac, and when Leeds didn't die on that date, referred to him as "the ghost of Titan Leeds" thereafter and encouraged him to pass on. greatseal.com/committees/…
Benjamin Franklin predicted the time of death of a fellow almanac publisher in his own almanac. When the date came and passed with nothing happening, Franklin published the obituary anyway, and insisted that the still-alive man was actually being impersonated by someone else. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tit…
Abraham Lincoln successfully defended a criminal defendant by using an almanac to challenge a man's assertion that he saw the murderer "By the light of the moon." almanac.com/lincoln-alman…
The World Almanac and Book of Facts , published yearly from 1886, was number 1 on the Washington Post bestseller list on November 27, 2011. In 1894, the Almanac claimed more than a half-million "habitual users" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wor…
In ancient Assyria, there was considered to be nothing wrong with homosexual love between men. The Almanac of Incantations contained prayers giving equal standing to the love of a man for both a woman and a man. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim…
The hole in the upper left corner of a Farmer's Almanac is put there because it was formerly hung in outhouses to be used as toilet paper farmersalmanac.com/the-ho…
Outdoor temperature can be determined by counting the chirps made by crickets. To convert chirps to Fahrenheit, count number of chirps in 14 seconds then add 40 to get temperature. The formula endorsed by The Old Farmer's Almanac. snopes.com/science/cricke…
An almanac saved a stranded Columbus from starvation and hostile natives by allowing him to predict a lunar eclipse. The natives pleaded with him to restore the moon and he "pardoned" them. Columbus was well supplied until a relief force arrived eight months later. space.com/2729-lunar-ecli…
Before tolit paper was invented, The Farmers Almanac conveniently had a hole in the middle that went on a hook in the outhouse. This was due to it being so commonly used to wipe. farmersalmanac.com/home-g…
The saying "God helps those who help themselves." isn't from the bible. It was popularized by Benjamin Franklin in his 'Poor Richard's Almanac' (1757) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/God…
Before the invention of modern toilet paper, The Old Farmers Almanac had a hole punched through it so that people could hang it in their bathrooms to use it to wipe farmersalmanac.com/the-ho…
The Farmers Almanac has been in publication since 1792. Their predictions are based on 30 year statistical averages and "many longtime Almanac followers claim that our forecasts are 80% to 85% accurate." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old…
Benjamin Banneker, a renowned black scientist, published several astronomical almanacs, and assisted in surveying the land that was to become Washington D.C. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben…
As a prank for the editor, the 1816 edition of the Old Farmers Almanac jokingly predicted snow for July and August. It snowed as predicted. shaybo-therisingtide.blog…
After Ben Franklin falsely predicted the death of a rival editor, he trolled him by publishing his obituary in the Poor Richard's Almanac every year until his actual death, at which point he commended his family for finally admitting it. hoaxes.org/archive/permal…
Accuracy of long range weather predictions in the Old Farmer's Almanac equivalent to a coin flip en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old…
The Farmer's Almanac is claimed to be 80%-85% accurate by it's publishers, but professional meteorologists refute this pointing to historical results of below 50 percent accuracy rate. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Far…
Each Full Moon has a name, according to the Farmer's Almanac, via the Algonquin Native Americans almanac.com/content/full-…
"From 1985 to 1990, approximately 53% of all almanac sales sold in the United States were sold through the "Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? (1985)" computer game." en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/A…
All paperback copies of the Old Farmer's Almanac comes with a hole in the top left. This was so it could hang by a nail...in your outhouse. sparselysageandtimely.com…
The Old Farmer's Almanac comes with a hole in the upper left corner because it was hung from a nail in outhouses and used as Toilet paper before actual TP was invented. wonderopolis.org/wonder/w…
That the Farmer's Almanac uses the study of sun spots as part of it's long term weather forecast almanac.com/content/how-w…
In the Chinese Almanac there is a guide regarding moles on your face, and what they mean depending on what part of the face they appear. wofs.com/index.php/miscel…
Abraham Lincoln, then a young lawyer in Illinois, took on a murder case pro bono to defend the son of an old friend. During the trial, he improvised a piece of judicial notice -- a farmer's almanac -- as the decisive evidence. The jury acquitted him in less than an hour. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…

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