The Hidden Almanac for
Wednesday March 12th, 2014
Episode 78
Previous episode: 2014-03-10
Next episode: 2014-03-14


Today we remember the death of Johnny Stone. Today also marks the start the of typhoid outbreak in Troyzantium, and is the anniversary of the Plague Doctor Accords. Today is the Festival of Masks, and in the garden, there are weeds.

Be Safe, and Stay Out of Trouble.


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

Today is March 12th, 2014.

It was on this day in 1981 that the performer Johnny Stone died in that regrettable incident, which, out of respect for his family, we shall not describe here. The circumstances were, in any event, somewhat mysterious and the goat has refused all interviews.

And it was on this day in 1853 that typhoid began to spread in Troyzantium. Several tenement children were the first reported cases, but the disease spread unchecked for months throughout the poorer quarters, eventually claiming hundreds of lives and leading to major reworkings of the city’s water and sewage system. It was described as the worst outbreak in Troyzantium’s history, and is considered one of the contributing factors to the eventual Ribbon Riots of the following year.

And it is the anniversary of the Plague Doctor Accords, brokered at the Ravencoast School of Divinity, wherein the status of these vital (and attractive) members of society was first codified. Plague Doctors are now granted pensions, basic health care, and living quarters in times of distress. While this was originally considered a very expensive solution, and the Prime Minister refused to ratify it, legend has it that he went into a back room with several members of the Docter’s Brotherhood. He emerged several minutes later, pale and shaken and muttering about the masks coming off, and immediately signed off on the Accords. Plague Doctors have now been folded into the religious housing system, much like vicars and bishops, and all is well.

It is the Festival of Masks today. Even the saints will be wearing them.

In the garden, common weeds such as pepperweed and chickweed will be taking advantage of the weather to set seed. Both are minor nuisances, but pepperweed should be pulled before it sets seed, if at all possible. Chickweed will spread by runners and there is really nothing to be done. We counsel patience and perhaps a soothing cup of tea.

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

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That’s the Hidden Almanac for March 12th, 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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