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Alamanc of Signs


I lifted the musty book from the shelf tenderly, my heart eager to turn its leaves. 952 more words

Ben Franklin

"Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus"*...

It seems that in northern Siberia, the reindeer developed a taste for those colorful red and white mushrooms, fly agaric (amanita muscaria), and will eat them till they’re higher than a kite. 

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December 19, 1732: The Nack and How To Get It

Filled with proverbs preaching positive virtues such as industry and prudence, Poor Richard’s Almanack debuted on this day in 1732 and was published yearly until 1757. 361 more words

Wretched Richard's Almanac

Diligence, Luck & Sweet CoCo's Almanac

As we prepare for our family trip to Boston this month, I tasked each child with preparing a timeline of historical events, people and cultural happenings of the area where we will be staying.  735 more words

Daily Encouragement

The Benjamin Franklin Diet

“A Full Belly is the Mother of all Evil,” Benjamin Franklin counselled the readers of his 1743 edition of Poor Richard’s Almanack. For some mysterious reason this aphorism hasn’t had the sticking power of some of the inventor’s more famous sayings, like “he who lies down with dogs shall rise up with fleas,” or “fish and visitors stink in three days.”  Most of us are more inclined to see a full belly as one of life’s blessings. 1,136 more words

Advice from Poor Richard's Almanac by Benjamin Franklin

This 200+ year old advice appears to be relevant today. What do you think?

“Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” 220 more words

Daily Trivia : Poor Richard's Almanack

It was on December 19th, 1732 that Benjamin Franklin began publishing Poor Richard’s Almanack.

It was a hodgepodge of things: It had information about the movements of the moon and stars, weather reports, historical tidbits, poems, and those adages that Franklin became famous for, like “Fish and visitors stink in three days” and “Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead.” 106 more words

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