The Hidden Almanac for
Monday February 17th, 2014
Episode 68
Previous episode: 2014-02-14
Next episode: 2014-02-19


Today the Buckster and Morgan mail-order catalog introduced a new line of footwear. It is also the day Rachel Roetine’s art show opened, and the anniversary of the rebuilding of the Kingfisher Bridge. It is the Feast Day of St. Fontainus, and in the garden there is melting.

Be Safe, and Stay Out of Trouble.


Welcome to the Hidden Almanac, I’m Reverend Mord.

Today is February 17th, 2014.

It was on this day in 1862 that a line of equine footwear was introduced by the Buckster and Morgan mail-order catalog. Billed as “Donkey Booties” and “Horse Booties” they came in several sizes and a wide range of colors. For a brief period, hot-pink horse booties were all the rage among carriage drivers in the city, and then, as suddenly as it had come, everyone realized how stupid it was and stopped.

And it was on this day in 1931 that the show “Eleven Hundred Small Bits of Onion” was put on display at the Gallery d’Authentique. Rachel Roetine, the artist, was hailed as one of the leading lights in the Modern Peculiar art movement. The show was reported to be a success, as no one could view it without bursting into tears, although some art critics suggested that this method was probably cheating.

And today marks the 300th anniversary of the re-building of the Kingfisher Bridge across the Autumn River. It had been built once before, but was then misplaced through governmental incompetence. The bridge was rebuilt, at great cost and greater indignation. It stands to this day on the High Street, providing one of the most heavily traveled thoroughfares in the city.

The original bridge was eventually found in the attic of one Mrs. Helena Mable, who claimed to have bought it at a jumble sale for ninety-seven cents.

Today is the Feast Day of Saint Fontainus, patron of writing utensils. His image inscribed upon the barrel of a fountain pen is believed to prevent ink blots. Not to be confused with his fellow, Saint Castell, patron of inks.

In the garden, the snow is beginning to melt. A large lake has formed in the garden, and the new sovereign nation by the back gate is spending most of their time bailing water and arguing about who will be president.

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 Bartleby’s Fine Chocolates. You can afford one chocolate. No. A box is too much. Trust us. One chocolate only. It will be worth it.

That’s the Hidden Almanac for February 17th, 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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