Friday, August 3, 2012

Farmers' Almanac Facts

Fun Facts Friday

Here are some fun facts I garnered from my copy of the 1975 Farmers’ Almanac:

The Early Bird Catches the Worm
 The mental efficiency of most people follows a course of rise and fall, and it goes like this:
Mornings:  105% at 8 am and 102% at 10 am 
Afternoons:  101% at 1 pm and 96% at 4 pm
Evenings:  98% at 8 pm and 97% at 10 pm

This is why surgeons plan operations during the morning hours. Also, it is thought that the patient’s vitality is higher in the morning.

“I have made it a rule never to let the sun rise before me.” Thomas Jefferson

Farewell to the friendly postmark!
You have probably noticed, as have I, that the current postmark does not say the name of the community from which it came. But, do you know when that change was made?

In 1973, the U.S. Postal Service decided to eliminate the name of the city or town of origin from the postmarks on mailing pieces. The postal service substituted, “U.S. Postal Service,” plus a state abbreviation and a three numeral ZIP number. A trained postal clerk can interpret this, but it doesn’t tell the recipient of a letter very much. For instance, a letter from Dayton, Ohio, became  OH513.

I am not sure, what the postmark on a letter, is today... That is because I never get letters anymore – only emails. I long for the day when I receive a letter, and know right away that it is from my cousin in Dayton, Ohio.

By Lois Jamieson

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