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A Little Of Everything – Fun Facts

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A Little Of Everything – Fun Facts

Check out these fun facts featured in the 1963 edition of the Farmers’ Almanac — a little of everything!

  • There is about one cent’s worth of gold in 1,000 gallons of sea water.
  • An ostrich can knock a man unconscious with one blow from its powerful feet.
  • Eleven and twelve once were written “oneteen” and “twoteen.”
  • A camel doesn’t feel the pangs of thirst for five days after drinking.
  • There were only ten students in attendance when West Point Academy opened in 1802.
  • Rhode Island has the greatest population density, and the highest proportion of industrial workers. (In 2015, New Jersey has the greatest).
  • If you have to measure a short distance and have no ruler, use a dollar bill as a rough guide.  The bill is just six and one-eighth inches long.

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If you notice a hole in the upper left-hand corner of your Farmers' Almanac, don't return it to the store! That hole isn't a defect; it's a part of history. Starting with the first edition of the Farmers' Almanac in 1818, readers used to nail holes into the corners to hang it up in their homes, barns, and outhouses (to provide both reading material and toilet paper). In 1919, the Almanac's publishers began pre-drilling holes in the corners to make it even easier for readers to keep all of that invaluable information (and paper) handy.

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