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Alexa Skills: Retro Flash Briefing Says Today is the Best Day to Castrate Animals

Before there was daily Alexa flash briefings, there was the Farmer’s Almanac. According to Wikipedia

Farmers’ Almanac is an annual North American periodical that has been in continuous publication since 1818. Published by Geiger of Lewiston, Maine, it is famous for its long-range weather predictions and astronomical data, along with a blend of humor, trivia, and advice on gardening, cooking, fishing, and human interest. Conservation, sustainable living, and simple living are core values of the publication and its editors, and these themes are heavily promoted in every edition.

I actually remember reading through this an edition or two when I was younger, but I’ve not even seen one in a number of years. So, its of interest to me that a new Alexa skill called “The Old Farmer’s Almanac” has been released.

It’s actually a pretty informative daily briefing. Pulled from the pages of the Farmer’s Almanac it give insight into the day of the year and the season and also gives a list of famous people who were born and died on the day. The information the skill gives is pretty dang interesting I must say. For example, today’s “question of the day” was about how cutting your hair during a full moon makes it grow back more lush and full. It also told me that today is the best day to castrate animals.

Things you can say…

“Alexa, ask the Farmer’s Almanac about today”
“Alexa, ask the Farmer’s Almanac to give me a summary”
“Alexa, ask the Farmer’s Almanac to tell me what’s going on”

Where to get it: You can locate The Old Farmer’s Almanac Skill in the Amazon Alexa app, enable it using your voice, or use the following web link: The Old Farmer’s Almanac

Alexa is available for Amazon devices Echo, Dot, Tap, Fire tablets, and Fire TV, but also on iOS, Android, and the web with


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