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That explanation said that the moon "usually comes full twelve times in a year, three times for each season.

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Occasionally, however, there will come a year when there are 13 full moons during a year, not the usual The almanac explanation continued:. For this reason thirteen came to be considered an unlucky number. And with that extra full moon, it also meant that one of the four seasons would contain four full moons instead of the usual three. But while LaFleur quoted the almanac's account, he made one very important omission: He never specified the date for this particular blue moon.

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As it turned out, in , it occurred on Aug. That was the third full moon in the summer of , a summer season that would see a total of four full moons. Names were assigned to each moon in a season: For example, the first moon of summer was called the early summer moon, the second was the midsummer moon, and the last was called the late summer moon. But when a particular season has four moons, the third was apparently called a blue moon so that the fourth and final one can continue to be called the late moon.

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This time, on page 3 of the March issue, James Hugh Pruett wrote an article, "Once in a Blue Moon," in which he made a reference to the term "blue moon" and referenced LaFleur's article from But because Pruett had no specific full moon date for to fall back on, his interpretation of the ruling given by the Maine Farmers' Almanac was highly subjective.

Pruett ultimately came to this conclusion:. This gives 11 months with one full moon each and one with two. This second in a month, so I interpret it, was called Blue Moon. How unfortunate that Pruett did not have a copy of that almanac at hand, or else he would have almost certainly noticed that his "two full moons in a single month assumption" would have been totally wrong. For the blue moon date of Aug.

Pruett's explanation was, of course, the wrong interpretation and it might have been completely forgotten were it not for Deborah Byrd who used it on her popular radio program, "StarDate" on Jan.

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We could almost say that in the aftermath of her radio show, the incorrect blue moon rule "went viral" -- or at least the '80s equivalent of it. Over the next decade, this new blue moon definition started appearing in diverse places, such as the World Almanac for Kids and the board game Trivial Pursuit. I must confess here, that even I was involved in helping to perpetuate the new version of the blue moon phenomenon. Nearly 30 years ago, in the Dec.

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Today, Pruett's misinterpreted "two full moons in a month rule" is recognized worldwide. Under the old Almanac rule, this would technically be a blue moon. In the autumn season of , there are four full moons:. And you would be correct, but only if you live north of the equator in the Northern Hemisphere. South of the equator it's the first day of summer.

But the moon turns full at a. EST UT. That's 15 hours and 25 minutes before the solstice occurs. So the Dec. This means that under the original Maine Almanac rule -- the one promoted by Lafleur and later misinterpreted by Pruett -- the third full moon of the fall season on Nov.

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It was written in Classical Chinese rather than Vernacular Chinese. Pu is believed to have completed the majority of the tales sometime in , though he could have added entries as late as He borrows from a folk tradition of oral storytelling to put to paper a series of captivating, colorful stories, where the boundary between reality and the odd or fantastic is blurred. The cast of characters includes vixen spirits, ghosts, scholars, court officials, Taoist exorcists and beasts. Moral purposes are often inverted between humans and the supposedly degenerate ghosts or spirits, resulting in a satirical edge to some of the stories.

Ghosts and spirits are often bold and trustworthy, while humans are on the other hand weak, indecisive and easily manipulated, reflecting the author's own disillusionment with his society. Wikipedia For further information, including links to online text, reader information, RSS feeds, CD cover or other formats if available , please go to the LibriVox catalog page for this recording. For more free audio books or to become a volunteer reader, visit LibriVox.

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