The Hidden Almanac for
Friday February 21st, 2014
Episode 70
Previous episode: 2014-02-19
Next episode: 2014-02-24


Today the Highland Plodding Horse was formally identified. It is also the day the Shepherd Pope issued some guidelines. It is the Feast Day of Mockingbird Eyes, and in the garden, there is reconciliation.

Be Safe, and Stay Out of Trouble.


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

Today is February 21st, 2014.

It was on this day in 1962 that the breed known as the Highland Plodding Horse was formally recognized by the Royal Equestrian Society. The standard for this line is a tall, long-necked horse up to 17 hands high, with long shoulders, a short back, and heavy hindquarters. It is considered to have one of the most uncomfortable walking gaits in the horse world and riders describe showing Highland Plodders as an exercise in torment. Perhaps because of this, the Highland Plodding Horse is in danger of extinction due to lack of interest in the breed.

And it was on this day in 1489 that the Shepherd Pope issued guidelines for acceptable flagellant orders, which included, among other things, the maximum size of whips, floggers, chains, and other devices that could be used by penitents. It also put limits on the use of irritating and blistering agents and outlawed the practice of scalding. Many hailed this as a great humanitarian act, but the heads of several flagellant orders disagreed. One Abbot, known as “Three-Fingered Saul” wrote “This false Pope…attempts to limit our approach to the divine. Only by suffering is divinity achieved. He would salve our bodies at the cost of our souls.” Three-Fingered Saul was later removed from the order by papal order and thrown into prison, which by all accounts, he quite enjoyed.

Today is the Feast Day of the Saint known as “Mockingbird Eyes” who appeared frequently during the Great Plague. Mockingbird Eyes came to a number of plague victims and healed their sickness, then led them away from the city.

Whether these were visions or the saint actually appeared is unknown. Those who saw the saint awoke in a grass field some miles from the city walls. The true name and origin of this saint are unknown, and the church has gone to some lengths to downplay his importance in the ecclesiastical calendar.

In the garden, the intern’s fledgling nation has collapsed under internal pressures. When the water subsides, they have indicated by semaphore that they wish to come home. We will welcome them.

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 the Angry Young Rhinoceros. He wishes you to know that he is angry, not particularly old, and also a rhinoceros. We are not sure why he is angry, but he paid us a good deal of money to inform you of this fact.

That’s the Hidden Almanac for February 21st, 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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