The Hidden Almanac for
Wednesday May 7th, 2014
Episode 102
Previous episode: 2014-05-05
Next episode: 2014-05-09


Today marks the creation of a terrarium. It is also the anniversary of the publication of “The Weeping Doom,” and the new dress code in the Navy. It is the Feast Day of St. Caprus, and in the garden, there are trees.

Be Safe, and Stay Out of Trouble.


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

Today is May 7th, 2014.

It was on this day in 1895 that the experimental gardener Ethan Roswell created the World’s Largest Terrarium. It spanned four city blocks and included its own working railway. Various parties suggested that it was more like a really large greenhouse than a terrarium, but were escorted from the premises by the Terrarium’s scale-model standing army.

And it is the one hundredth anniversary of the publication of the pulp horror novel “The Weeping Doom,” by Jackson McGuire. The Weeping Doom, about an unseen monster slowly closing in on an unsuspecting family, inspired dozens of works, six movies, one musical, and multiple television adaptations. It has been listed as one of the dozen most influential novels of all time. Jackson McGuire did not write any other works and proved very difficult to track down. Eventually one reporter discovered that Mr. McGuire was in fact one Rosa Edelwhite. The aged Rosa said that she wrote “Weeping Doom” because she was spending a lot of time at home with the kids and felt the need to blow off some steam. “Who knew it would catch on?” she said. She had eleven grandchildren at the time of the interview, all of them slightly jumpy and extremely well-behaved.

And it was on this day in 1974 that the Royal Naval Academy adopted a newer and more stringent dress code, as someone had figured out that nowhere in the rules did it state that uniforms could not be tie-dyed, provided they remained the correct length and free of wrinkles. The Rainbow Rebellion lasted four weeks, after which new rules were drafted and the ringleaders were set to peeling potatoes for being wise guys.

It is the Feast Day of Saint Caprus of the Goat-Men. Little is known of Caprus’s early life, but he came to Saint Ellen in the desert and led her to an oasis. Whether he was actually religious or just a well-inclined local is unknown.

In the garden, tree seedlings have come up everywhere. Maples and sweet gum are the worst offenders, but a number of elms and juniper cedar are also frequent invaders. Oak trees seem to hide for a long time and then are suddenly two feet tall, so shears are recommended. This assumes, of course, that you wish to have a garden and not a forest, which is entirely up to you.

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 Seagrim’s Enchanted Cuckoo Clocks! A clock from Seagrim never needs winding and stays up to the minute accurate for years. Just remember to protect your family from the enchanted cuckoo during Daylight Savings Time, as falling back allows the cuckoo to rampage through the house during that extra hour. But that’s a small price to pay for accuracy!

That’s the Hidden Almanac for May 7th, 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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