Your grandma’s secret recipe is a lie

Your grandma’s secret recipe is a lie

Posted by Janice Stillman on 29th Jan 2019

Anecdotes, Pleasantries, and the Golden Rule

We love a good story. But this first one is causing some controversy.

Dear Story Lover,

If there’s one thing that we enjoy here at The Old Farmer’s Almanac (aside from weather, of course), it’s a good story. A humorous anecdote works anywhere, whether you’re sitting around the campfire, having a family dinner, or taking a break at work. So it’s only natural that we included a few anecdotes in this year’s Almanac.

Honestly, they aren’t even that hard to find. We found one in the news recently about an interesting, though apparently controversial, ingredient. Most of us know that the secret ingredient to a prizewinning recipe is love (and possibly an iron skillet). The FDA, however, doesn’t necessarily agree, as the Nashoba Brook Bakery in Massachusetts discovered when they tried to list “Love” as an ingredient in their granola. According to the FDA, “‘Love’ is not a common or usual name of an ingredient and is considered to be intervening material because it is not part of the common or usual name of the ingredient.” We sincerely wish the FDA good luck when they argue with thousands of grandmas about that.

We also got a kick out of the story about a 16-inch, 11-pound zucchini found in Berlin, Germany. It was originally mistaken for an unexploded World War II bomb! Wonder how much zucchini bread we could make with that? Hmmm.

Our love of a good story isn’t new, of course. The Old Farmer’s Almanac has a long-noted love of anecdotes, poetry, pleasantries, and rules to live by, as evidenced by this poem in the 1819 edition (a replica of which you’ll get as part of The Old Farmer’s Almanac Best Value Club Charter Membership).


The shallow brook with restless murmur flows,

And ever bubbling, prattles as it goes;

The deeper river rolls its tranquil tide,

In silent dignity and stately pride;

So judgment still and virtue most abound

Where there is least of show, and least of sound.

Time, Youth, and Poetry

We included a bit of poetry in the 1919 edition, as well, by George Peele.

His golden locks time hath to silver turned;

O time too swift! O swiftness never ceasing!

His youth ’gainst age, and age at time, hath spurned,

But spurned in vain; youth waneth by increasing:

Beauty, strength, youth, are flowers but fading seen;

Duty, faith, love, are roots and ever green.

Around the World With the Golden Rule

Poetry and storytelling styles have changed over the two centuries since we began publishing. But one thing hasn’t changed: the Golden Rule.
Interestingly, The Golden Rule is found throughout time and across cultures.

In Christianity, it reads, “All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them.” It’s such a well-known maxim that it is sometimes shortened to “Do unto others.”

In Buddhism, the Golden Rule reads, “Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful.” In the Jewish faith, the Talmud reads, “What is hateful to you, do not to your fellow man. That is the entire Law; all the rest is commentary.”

And in Taoism, it reads, “Regard your neighbor’s gain as your own gain and your neighbor’s loss as your own loss.”

Famous Last Words

We’ll leave you with some famous last words, spoken by Ludwig van Beethoven, who died on March 26, 1827:

“Friends, applaud. The comedy is finished.”

Or, perhaps we should part with the last words of actress Ethel Barrymore: “Is everybody happy? I want everybody to be happy. I know I’m happy.”

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