- Did you know, for example, that if you're a guy who likes to flirt, you'll find the women in Kansas City and Oklahoma City most responsive? Or that if you're a woman "boasting a few extra pounds," the men of Albuquerque are most likely to "appreciate a little extra to love."
- Did you know there are pet competitions for nearly every type of animal, including rats? The 2005 edition of "The Old Farmer's Almanac" has some tips for growing and showing your rat:
- Then there's the story of Edward Payson (honest) Weston, who, in the late 1800s and early 1900s was known for his power walks around the world. Carrying a small riding crop in his hand, he delighted crowds as he bested all comers in distance walking events.
- And the story headlined "What on Earth Is Earth Day?" It's introduced by this statement from late American anthropologist Margaret Mead: "We won't have a society if we destroy the environment." You think?
- And what almanac would be complete without a little fishing folklore, including, "Eat the eyes of a fish and you'll never be afraid of the dark." And, of course, it's good luck to spit on your hook and into the mouth of the first fish you catch. And don't forget to take your fiddle or guitar when you go fishing. "The fish will come to the top because they love the music."
- Doubt that Payson is a worldwide leader in water conservation? In Calgary, Alberta, the almanac reports, residents can receive a $50 government rebate for installing a low-flow toilet. Heck, in Payson you can get an entire low-flow toilet for free, and it's a state-of-the-art Toto brand.
- And last, but certainly not least, here are some trends guaranteed to make you glad you are safely ensconced here in the Rim country where they're easy to ignore: