Farmers’ Almanac Forecasts, Fun and Facts

Reader Contribution by Troy Griepentrog

After a refreshingly cool, wet summer (for Kansas), many people are speculating about what winter will bring. Will it also be cooler than normal, with more snow? Will the weather continue to be mild?

You can try your grandma’s best folklore forecast, but picking up the 2010 Farmers’ Almanac will give you lots of other valuable information in addition to the long-term forecast. For example, do you know the answer to these questions?

What’s the gestation period of a goat?

What’s the average lifespan of a donkey?

What are the peak fall foliage dates in Ohio?

When is the Leonid meteor shower?

Can you lick your elbow? (OK, that’s probably not so useful, but it’s fun to know. There’s more to wise living, gardening and farming than simply knowing the facts.)

The Almanac is a bit of tradition mixed with lore, lots of fun facts and useful information. So, are you dying to know the answers to those questions? Scroll down.

Gestation period of a goat is 151 days.
The average lifespan of a donkey is 45 years.
Peak fall foliage dates in Ohio are October 8 through 24.
Most activity in the Leonid meteor shower will be November 17 and 18.
It’s impossible to lick your elbow.

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