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‘Presidential Campaign Overload’

“The Old Farmer’s Almanac,” I got my copy of the Southern Edition this week.

The 2013 edition of “The Old Farmer’s Almanac” goes on sale today.

Every year, every day since George Washington was president, through blizzards as well as balmy days, people have been enjoying “The Old Farmer’s Almanac.” 

This year’s edition is no exception touting itself as “The Cure for Presidential Campaign Overload,” commonly known as PCO.

According to a press release that accompanies my copy of the Almanac each year, the symptoms of PCO can be alleviated this fall by generous amounts of information that is “useful, with a pleasant degree of humor.”

Where else can you find the lowdown on the perils of parenting; the deepest, darkest secret of chickens; and the unappreciated work habits of Mother Nature’s Janitor (hint: resume includes “the ability to play dead”) – as well as a recipe for a glazed lemon coconut loaf that’s simply sweet sunshine served up on a plate?

Other useful and humorous features in the 2013 Old Farmer’s Almanac include….

w The telling truth about the history of kissing. Did you know that human kissing probably evolved from sniffing? Or that there’s a science behind smooching? You can even earn more money and live longer just by canoodling. Pucker up and read this article!

w Just who is the American farmer? According to the U. S. census, the average farm nets only about $35,000 annually, yet the number of farms has increased for the first time since World War II. Using fascinating figures and statistics, “The Old Farmer’s Almanac” puts a face on today’s farmer.

w Homemade first aid. Plagued by poison ivy? Insect bites bugging you? In “The 2013 Old Farmer’s Almanac,” you’ll learn tried-and-true homemade remedies for seasonal ailments ranging from chapped lips and bee stings to grill burns and Thanksgiving indigestion (hint: eat papaya).

w 56 kitchen tricks and time savers. When making pancakes, substitute club soda for milk. Use a dryer sheet to remove food baked onto a frying pan. Store yogurt upside down in its container, and it will keep longer. Save money and/or tantalize your taste buds with these (plus 53 more) kitchen tips from the 2013 Almanac.

w How to keep Fluffy and Fido fit. U. S. pets are becoming portly. Find out what’s fat for Fluffy (consider: a 19-pound house cat is equivalent to a 5-foot 4-inch woman weighing 276 pounds) and how to help Fido slim down.

w What about the weather? “The Old Farmer’s Almanac” would not be complete without its famous 80 percent-accurate weather forecasts. The 2013 Almanac predicts big chills for much of the country this winter…with areas from El Paso to Detroit to Virginia Beach bracing for heavy snowfall. The good news? Areas suffering from drought during Summer 2012 should receive enough winter precipitation to bring improvement.

Finally: While “The 2013 Old Farmer’s Almanac” is here to help with PCO (they’re hoping to cure all cases by November), it warns of new maladies on the horizon: zone denial and hypermiling. According to the “2013 At a Glance” trends forecast, the first condition will afflict gardeners who attempt to introduce plants of marginal hardiness. The second affects drivers who compete to get the most miles per gallon.

“The Old Farmer’s Almanac,” which has been delighting readers since 1792, is produced by Yankee Publishing Inc. of Dublin, New Hampshire.

If you’re one of them, be sure and pick up your copy today.

They’re available for just $5.99 from wherever books and magazines are sold. Folks who can’t find it in bookstores, supermarkets or hardware stores can order individual print copies at or call 800-ALMANAC (256-2622).