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Why an Almanac?

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Almanacs are specialized collections of information. The most famous almanac is The Farmer's Almanac. Even in this age of electronic information, it's nice to be able to sit under a shade tree and flip through your Almanac to absorb information on a topic that really interests you.

Almanacs are portable, inexpensive, and easy to use. And they aren't just collections of abstract information or weather forecasts. You can find the Grateful Dead Almanac, the Singles Almanac, the Nutrition Almanac, and many more. It's a whole lot easier to carry an almanac along on a trip than it is a laptop computer. And try throwing a laptop into your gym bag, instead of an exercise almanac.

For you traditionalists, don't worry. You can still get your crop reports and long-range forecasts. And geopolitical buffs can still find information on various armies around the world.

With an Almanac, you have long-range forecasts. This has its limits, of course. One of those is the Almanac forecasts are general trends. With these trends, you can stay ahead of things and at least plan an overall strategy. To plan specific tactics, you need more specific information, but it's unlikely you'll get it in a long-range way.

Thus, use almanac information for strategic planning against long-range trend forecasts. And be sure you get an almanac for your specific area of interest.

Here, for example, is the Amazon write-up on the 2012 World Almanac.

ISBN-10: 1600571484 | ISBN-13: 978-1600571480 | Publication Date: November 22, 2011 | Edition: 1
Get thousands of facts right at your fingertips with this updated resource.

Praise for the previous editions:

  • "The World Almanac is the most useful reference book known to modern man."--Los Angeles Times
  • "The most versatile single volume, and probably the biggest bargain on the shelf."--Esquire
  • "For the most information in one source, The World Almanac remains the champion."--American Library Association

The World Almanac and Book of Facts is America's top-selling reference book of all time, with more than 80 million copies sold. Published annually since 1868, this compendium of information is the authoritative source for all your entertainment, reference, and learning needs. Praised as a "treasure trove of political, economic, scientific and educational statistics and information" by The Wall Street Journal, The World Almanac contains thousands of facts that are unavailable publicly elsewhere.

In fact, it has been featured as a category on Jeopardy! and is routinely used as a go-to, all-encompassing guide for aspiring game show contestants. The 2012 edition of The World Almanac and Book of Facts will answer all of your trivia questions from history and sports to geography, pop culture, and much more.

Features include:

  • 2010 Census Results: An up-to-date portrait of the changing face of the American people, based on newly released 2010 census data. Includes essential population statistics about each state's demographics, typical households, and new congressional apportionment.
  • Time Capsule: The World Almanac lists the 10 items that most came to symbolize the year 2011, from the news and sports to pop culture.
  • Year in Sports: Coverage of every major sport, with bonus World Series coverage including play-by-play and game-by-game playoff action. The 2011 MLB individual batting and pitching statistics give baseball junkies a jump-start on next year's fantasy baseball draft.
  • The World at a Glance: Fully revised and updated, this annual feature of The World Almanac highlights surprising stats and curious facts that define the changing world today.
  • The Year in Review: The World Almanac takes a look back at 2011 while looking forward to 2012.
  • Offbeat News Stories: The World Almanac editors found some of the wackiest news stories of the year!
  • 2011--Year in Pictures: Striking full-color images from around the world in 2011, covering news, pop culture, and sports.
  • U.S. Colleges and Universities: This feature compiles statistics on thousands of public and private U.S. colleges and universities--an indispensable tool for college-bound students and their families. Complete with student enrollment, tuition and fees, and other useful information on schools

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