The Hidden Almanac for
Friday March 28th, 2014
Episode 85
Previous episode: 2014-03-26
Next episode: 2014-03-31


Today is the day The Black Beast was spotted again. It is also the birthday of Rosemary Jackson, and marks the introduction of the Snugglepig. It is the Feast Day of St. Arnulf, and in the garden, there are greens.

Be Safe, and Stay Out of Trouble.


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

Today is March 28th, 2014.

It was on this day in 1899 that the Black Beast was seen again in the city. It emerged from under the Bridge of Monks and frightened several passers-by, who described it as man-sized, faceless, and having either a large cloak or wings.

And it is the birthday of the social worker Rosemary Jackson, who worked tirelessly for the right of the poor to free education. “It is a terrible system,” she wrote, “that deprives a family in perpetuity of the chance at betterment, should any one generation slip into poverty, through mischance or ill-fortune.” Jackson schools were founded throughout the city and outlying lands, and were among the first non-religious early education options available to the working class.

And it is the fiftieth anniversary of the introduction of the Snugglepig, a stuffed toy craze that swept the city and led to mass shortages of pink fabric. Snugglepigs were highly sought after from their introduction on, but the situation did not reach crisis point until the following December. There were reports of armed gangs holding up trucks carrying the toy and the royal guard had to be called out to quell riots. The Snugglepig itself was a somewhat undistinguished pink pig with a heart-shaped snout and a vaguely goofy expression.

It is the Feast Day of Saint Arnulf, patron of small objects made of twigs. If you find yourself making something out of twigs today, this is perfectly normal and not a sign of anything unfortunate. Relax and allow St. Arnulf to work through you.

In the garden, spring approaches and there is much to be done. If you have not already sown your first crop of beets, radishes, and lettuce, do so at once. There is no telling how soon the heat will strike and cause all such tender greens to bolt.

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

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That’s the Hidden Almanac for March 28th, 2014. Be safe, and stay out of trouble.


Out of Character

The Hidden Almanac is a production of Dark Canvas Media, and is written by Ursula Vernon. Our exit music is Red in Black and our into music is Moon Valley, both by Kosta T. You can hear more music from Kosta T at the Free Music Archive. The Hidden Almanac is copyright 2013-2014, Ursula Vernon.

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