The Hidden Almanac for
Friday January 3rd, 2014
Episode 49
Previous episode: 2014-01-01
Next episode: 2014-01-06


Today we remember the Slaughterworm Moth Infestation of 1973. It is also the birthday of designer Janet Jonas, and the day the Lost City of Enoch was discovered. It is the Feast Day of St. Amelia, and in the garden rains lead to rain gardens.

Be Safe, and Stay Out of Trouble.


Welcome to the Hidden Almanac, I’m Reverend Mord

Today is January 3th, 2014.

It was on this day in 1973 that an infestation of the Fall Slaughterworm Moth descended upon the city. Small silver moths crawled over every light source and beat at windows and doors. The population was estimated at over a hundred million, and dead moths piled up in the gutter inches thick. The causes were traced to an unusually warm fall and a lack of the Slaughterworm’s natural predator, the Slaughterworm Assassin Bug, which had been nearly wiped out owing to careless pesticide use.

And today was the birthday of Janet Jonas, fashion designer, best known for popularizing leopard print. “Leopard is a neutral,” she often said. “It goes with anything. If you see a leopard in the street, it never clashes.” She went on to champion several other animal prints, including crocodile, giraffe, and wendigo.

And it was on this day in 1949 that the Lost City of Enoch was discovered by the archaeologist Mary Swanson. She had tracked it down based on unusually geometric shapes appearing in aerial photography, a task made more difficult by its tendency to relocate on the vernal equinox. Partial excavations yielded a treasure trove of artifacts. Mary Swanson vanished in 1956 when the Lost City relocated unexpectedly. Neither her remains, nor that of the city, have ever been found.

Today is the Feast Day of St. Amelia, patron of knitting. Amelia was a twelfth century nun who held off an assault by pagans by stabbing them with knitting needles. Her body count was considered extraordinary for a ninety-year-old woman, and she was memorialized as a minor warrior goddess, which was later upgraded to saint in the sixteenth century.

In the garden, take advantage of recent heavy rainfall to track the lowest areas of your garden. Consider installing rain gardens to catch the overflow. Rain gardens slow the flow of water into storm sewers, reducing pollution, erosion, and the flooding of the mole-people’s cities.

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

Also brought to you by Stonebrew Coffee. You don’t have to drink Stonebrew. We don’t actually care if you do or not. Do whatever you want. It’s none of Stonebrew’s business either way.

That’s the Hidden Almanac for January 3rd, 2014. 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.


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