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When it comes to almanacs, the Farmer’s is great when you need moon phases and hokey aphorisms. The Information Please and the World are just the thing when you need to find Oscar winners of 1938 or how many times Gary Player won the Masters. But if you need to know anything about best-selling ringtones, the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Intensity Scale, the year’s most popular NBA jerseys, marine distress signals, the country’s busiest Amtrak stations, “The Language of Detention & Interrogation,” or U.S. Postal Service slang, reach for Schott’s Almanac 2007. This endeavor of Ben Schott, the Cambridge-educated Brit responsible for the best-selling Schott’s Miscellany, offers the usual almanac standards, including a table of presidential facts and capsule reviews of the past year’s happenings. But this is probably the only one with rundowns of the Whitney Biennial, the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, the Capezio Dance Awards, and the “Bad Sex in Fiction” prize (“he shot three more times, in thick stripes on her chest. Like Zorro”). Tell Schott something he doesn’t know when he discusses and signs copies of his work at 7 p.m. at Olsson’s Books & Records, 418 7th St. NW. Free. (202) 638-7610. (Mike DeBonis)