The Hidden Almanac for
Wednesday May 28th, 2014
Episode 111
Previous episode: 2014-05-26
Next episode: 2014-05-30


Today we remember a new Modern Peculiar Movement exhibit. It is also the day the wasps came to Echo Harbor. It is the Feast Day of Anuk-Who-Raced-The-Sun, and in the garden, there are irises.

Be Safe, and Stay Out of Trouble


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

Today is May 28th, 2014.

It was on this day in 1930 that the Gallery d’Authentique featured a show of the Modern Peculiar art movement. Billed as an “interactive exhibit” patrons could come to the gallery and do laundry for the artists. Critics were unimpressed. One said “I have scrubbed skidmarks for three hours and found no deeper meaning whatsoever.” Another claimed that while it was a profound argument for the plight of the washerwoman, perhaps a documentary would have been a better subject. The show closed some weeks later. Many contributing artists complained of missing socks.

And it was on this day in the Year of Anguish that all the wasps in Echo Harbor came together and built a single nest over the town hall. It was five stories tall and made of chewed paper. Several prominent citizens attempted to knock it down with a hose and were taken to the hospital with severe allergic reactions to stings. After a week of careful negotiations with the Wasp Queen, the leaders of Echo Harbor announced that a settlement had been reached. The wasps left in the night. Janitors charged with dismantling the nest reported enormous letters inside the nest, written in wax, reading “WE WILL RETURN FOR THE SACRIFICE.”

And it is the birthday of some artist who drew a lot of things with wombats.

It is the Feast Day of Anuk-Who-Raced-The-Sun, a hummingbird folk hero who supposedly flew so fast for five days and nights that the sun never set on her back. She is portrayed as a hummingbird haloed with the sun, sometimes hovering above a vanquished and bleeding crescent moon. She is the patron of those with jet-lag.

In the garden, water irises are in bloom. While some formal, bearded irises will rot in standing water, irises native to bogs love streams and even shallow ponds. They come in a less dramatic array of colors than bearded irises, but are generally hardy and trouble-free, naturalizing aggressively in moist, low-lying areas. Some popular cultivars include “Black Gamecock” “Pheasant Eye” and “Giant Sausage.”

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 Mr. Wiggles Sushi! So fresh, it’s still wiggling! Try our mud-toro today! (Formerly Mr. Wiggles Bait and Tackle, formerly Mr. Wiggles Home Vermiculture Kits, formerly the law offices of Wiggles & Wiggles, Esq.)

That’s the Hidden Almanac for May 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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