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The 2014 Farmers Almanac
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8 New and Useful Ways to Use Clothespins!

8 New and Useful Ways to Use Clothespins!

1. Food bag closers–great for bags of chips and other snacks, as well as for frozen vegetable bags.

2. Paper holders–good for keeping notes, receipts, monthly bills and coupons in neat, windproof piles.

3. Book markers–clip to the page where you stop reading.

4. Clothes identifiers–print names on clothespins and use to clip boots, mittens, and shoes together.

When camping:
5. Clip clothespins to paper plates so they hold the plates down and won’t blow away.

6. Clip wet towels, bathing suits, etc., on thin tree branches.

7. Use one to hold short matches when lighting candles, lanterns, or campfires.

8. Use a clothespin as an emergency safety pin or hairclip.

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 1910, 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.