The Hidden Almanac for
Friday October 25th, 2013
Episode 19
Previous episode: 2013-10-23
Next episode: 2013-10-28


On this day, the second battle of the Spice Wars was fought. We also remember the soap factory accident, and the birthday of Ellen Harriet Walking. It is the Feast Day of the Madonna of the Leaves, and in the garden relax and enjoy.

Be Safe, and Stay Out of Trouble.


Welcome to the Hidden Almanac, I'm Reverend Mord. Today is October 25th, 2013.

On this day in 1544, Prince Sergei III's forces were attacked at dawn by troops from Troyzantium, in the second major battle of the Spice Wars. The Troyzantium army had marched under cover of darkness and cut off Prince Sergei from the main body of his troops. Unfortunately, their forced march had left them exhausted and disorganized, and Prince Sergei was able to fight his way back to his own forces with only minimal loss of life. This battle was later known as "The First Great Miscalculation" or simply "The Battle of Fieldstone."

On this day in 1822, the Clean 'n Pure Soap factory suffered a tank rupture and flooded the entire factory floor with three feet of liquid hand soap. Seeing the drains clogging and her workers in the basement at risk of drowning, Anya Ahmad, the foreman, grabbed a sledgehammer and broke out the lowest windows. This allowed the soap to drain into the nearby Autumn River, where it produced a wall of suds twenty-eight feet high and brought shipping to a standstill. Residents later said that the buildings in the area had never been so clean before and that they were extremely tired of the smell of lavender.

Today is the birthday of the great humorist and humanitarian Ellen Harriet Walking, who said "Whatever you see around you, at the age of eight, becomes the way the world is supposed to be." This has led to the creation of great environmentalists, despicable politicians, brilliant artists and genocidal tyrants, as well as a great deal of happiness and unhappiness in ordinary lives. Perhaps we ought to be a little more mindful of it."

And it's the Feast Day of the Madonna of the Leaves, a figure seen multiple times over the years in various forests. She is described as a hooded figure who leaves maple leaves behind her instead of footprints. Several witnesses claim that she healed them of chronic pain and illness. Sightings were common in the forties and fifties, but have tapered off. The Madonna of Leaves is rarely seen today.

In the garden today, sit down on a bench or the steps and try not to do anything. You may find that you are a little better for it.

The Hidden Almanac is brought to you by Red Wombat Tea Company, purveyors of fine and inaccessible teas. Red Wombat — "We Dig Tea."

Also sponsored by Steve's Used Cars! Visit Steve for the very best deal on a single used 1977 hatchback, which is all the remains of Steve's inventory. You can find him living out this fine vehicle today, as he drives around the city in a desperate attempt to avoid Bob. Make him an offer he can't refuse — today!

That's the Hidden Almanac for October 25th, 2013. Be Safe, and Stay Out of Trouble.


Out of Character

The Hidden Almanac is a production of Dark Canvas Media, written by Ursula Vernon and performed and produced by Kevin Sonney. Our theme music is Moon Valley and our exit music is Red in Black, both by Kosta T. You can hear more from Kosta T at the Free Music Archive. All other content is copyright 2013, Ursula Vernon.