This week marks the anniversary of the first issue of Poor Richard's Almanack, published in 1732 by Richard Saunders (actually Benjamin Franklin). An advertisement in the Pennsylvania Gazette offered “many pleasant and witty verses, jests and sayings … new fashions, games for kisses … men and melons … breakfast in bed, etc.” The nation’s most famous almanac was published for 26 years until 1758.
Since then, there have been many imitators. Those of you who love to collect odd facts and figures can browse:
The Old Farmer’s Almanac
The World Almanac and Book of Facts
Guinness World Records 2007
The Top Ten of Everything 2007
Ripley’s Believe It Or Not: Expect the Unexpected
Know a quirky fact or two? Share it with us.