The Hidden Almanac for
Monday June 16th, 2014
Episode 119
Previous episode: 2014-06-13
Next episode: 2014-06-18


So glad to be here! Today we mourn the passing of entomologist Reagan Gennault. Also, barbarian chieftan Ethel Khan attacked a convent! It is the Feast Day of St. Heriz, and in the garden, there are poppies!

Be safe, and have a wonderful day!


Welcome to the Hidden Almanac, I’m Pastor Drom, filling in for Reverend Mord while he’s away, and let me tell you, it’s such a privilege to be here on the Hidden Almanac! Let’s talk about history, shall we?

Today is June 16th, 2014.

It was on this day that noted entomologist Reagan Gennault passed away, in pursuit of the famed Great Morpho butterfly. (Oh dear. I hope he saw it.) He did not find the Great Morpho. (Oh.) The Great Morpho is believed to be extinct, or possibly mythical. Gennault, who described a number of species of louse, was not actually interested in the Great Morpho, but on lice which he believed would live on this giant butterfly’s wings. (To each their own, I guess…)

And it on this day that the barbarian chieftan Ethel Khan attacked the convent of St. Almathea, burning the skunk cabbage fields and advancing despite the acrid smoke. She captured three hundred nuns and put them to the sword--this is a horrible story! Uh…(reading aloud noises, “dut-duh-duh…hundreds beheaded…told the abbess…heads placed on spikes?!) Goodness. She does not sound like a nice person. Let’s…err…move on, shall we?

And it is the fiftieth anniversary of a gathering of caterpillars, who met on the leaves of a hickory tree some miles from this spot and held a poetry contest. (See, that’s nice.) The winner was a two-hundred line epic, entitled “The Battle of the Green Twig” and the poet was given the choicest leaf on the tree as a reward, which it promptly ate.

It is the Feast Day of Saint Heriz, patron of garden sheds. The image of St. Heriz, holding a shovel, crowns many sheds throughout the land. She was martyred by--you know, let’s just leave it there, shall we? St. Heriz, patron of garden sheds. Yes.

In the garden, the poppies have finished blooming, although many of the seed heads are still standing. Oh, this is so wonderful! Poppies are just beautiful, and they have so many uses! You can harvest crude opium from poppies, using a razor blade, although you should definitely consult local laws before you do anything like that. Of course, what you harvest isn’t very refined, although if you’re desperate because civilization has collapsed, it will probably be better than nothing. And you can get poppy seeds from the very same poppies! Those will be excellent on muffins, regardless of the state of civilization. Or lack. I love poppies. Did you know that poppies were once believed to spring up in the footsteps of the Goddess of Sleep? Isn’t that lovely?

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 June 16th, 2014. Be safe, and have a wonderful day!


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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