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Early last month, I received an email from the Farmer’s Almanac. It was a promotional pitch and I was about to delete it when the subtitle caught my eye: “Read your Farmers’ Almanac in the Bathroom Day.”
I was hooked. It went on to say that “in a reader survey, nearly half of the respondents indicated that of all the rooms in the house, the bathroom is where their copy resides.”
Because their publication was a favourite front-to-back read for more than two centuries, they dedicated an entire day to it, crowning May 6 as “Read Your Farmers’ Almanac in the Bathroom Day.”
It’s too late to celebrate this year, but I’m looking forward to coming up with fun ways to celebrate next year.
Let me tell you why I feel the need to share this with you.
One day while I was at the farmers’ market at Alderney Landing in Dartmouth, N.S., a man walked over to tell me how much he’s been enjoying my book (his daughter bought him a copy of Grandma Says for Christmas). He paused for a moment, then went on to say, “I hope this doesn’t offend you, but I love reading it in the bathroom. That’s where it stays.”
Honestly, I was a little put off until I saw the email from the Farmer’s Almanac. What a relief – “Grandma Says” is in good company!
P.S. - Have you ever wondered why there is a little hole in the top left corner of the almanac? Since readers used to nail holes into the corners of the publication to hang it in their barns, and outhouses, the almanac’s publishers started pre-drilling holes in the corners to make it even easier to keep the handbook handy. That little hole dates back to 1919. While plumbing has moved indoors, the hole is so iconic that, do this date, it is a part of every single edition.
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Cindy Day is the chief meteorologist for SaltWire Network.