The Hidden Almanac for
Monday April 14th, 2014
Episode 92
Previous episode: 2014-04-11
Next episode: 2014-04-16


Today Eland the Younger made another important discovery. It is also the day of the Snugglebug Sleepwear Factory explosion, and the day Echo Harbor had moths. It is the Feast Day of St. Megaera, and in the garden, there are flowering shrubs.

Be Safe, and Stay Out of Trouble.


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

Today is April 14th, 2014.

It was on this day that Eland the Younger discovered the Ravenous Fire Chigger, by standing in a nest of the fearsome insects. The next few pages of Eland’s journal are a testament to this great naturalist’s extraordinary vocabulary. Ravenous Fire Chiggers are confined to a small area of the Glass Wastes, which is full of tall grass and deep lakes, and looks deceptively peaceful. The itching of a Fire Chigger bite has been compared to poison oak, only more so and with enthusiasm.

And it was on this day in 1981 that the Snugglebug Sleepwear Factory exploded following a gas leak. No one was hurt, but brightly colored pajama bottoms rained down across the city, clogging the Autumn River for some days.

And it was on this day in the Year of Sober Thoughts that the town of Echo Harbor found its rain gutters filled with enormous gray moths. They were over five inches wide and perched throughout the city, fanning their wings. Several prominent citizens said that the sound of their wings resembled someone whispering “Hush…” over and over again. It was somewhat unsettling, and the town kept very quiet for the rest of the day, just in case.

It is the Feast Day of Saint Megaera, who martyred herself in the conviction that her fellow nuns were conspiring against her. “Dark gossip and darker plots abound,” she wrote in her diary, “and I will ascend to heaven without the others!” She then threw herself off the belltower and fell to her death. The other nuns were extremely surprised, and there was some speculation that Megaera might have been, as the local parlance had it, “a wee bit touched.” She is the patron of those persecuted without the help of others.

In the garden, spring is finally breaking out everywhere. Many shrubs that flower early in the season should be pruned back hard after flowering, but it is worthwhile to look up individual species, as some few species will only flower on old wood. Others, if not pruned immediately, will begin trying to devour your home, both metaphorically, and in the case of Carnivorous Mock-Orange, literally. It is always worth doing your research.

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That’s the Hidden Almanac for April 14th, 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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