The Hidden Almanac for
Monday June 23rd, 2014
Episode 122
Previous episode: 2014-06-20
Next episode: 2014-06-25


Today, Yellow Dye Z-10 was discovered. It is also the day the dire sand dollar infestation began. It is the Feast Day of St. Perro, and in the garden, there are coneflowers.

Be Safe, and Stay Out of Trouble.


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

Today is June 23th, 2014.

Before we begin, I would like to apologize for last week. My colleague Pastor Drom is the Assistant Adjunct Professor of Miracles at Ravencoast, and you know what miracle-workers are like. Nevertheless, she was available on short notice. My investigations were fruitful, and we are waiting for independent confirmation on our findings.

And now, to history.

It was on this day in 1955 that Yellow Dye Z-10 was discovered, as part of a government program to create an army of pyrokinetic soldiers. Z-10 was discarded as unreliable, but found use as a food coloring until it was pulled from the market following the Great Icing Fire. Apparently small children will willingly eat more frosting in one sitting than the government will inject into test subjects over the course of several weeks. Z-10 is now banned in all civilized countries.

And it was on this day in 1973 that an infestation of dire sand dollars closed the beaches of several resort communities. The dinner-plate sized creatures would ravenously devour anything that sat perfectly still for eight to ten hours, and proved a minor nuisance to sun bathers.

It is the Feast Day of Saint Perro, patron of fashion designers, who is represented as a slender older woman clad in leopard print robes. Janet Jonas, the noted fashion designer, took St. Perro as her personal guardian and printed the saint’s image on the tags of her particular brand. The editor’s column in the noted fashion magazine Hemline is titled “Notes from the Book of St. Perro,” and she appears upon the magazine’s masthead, to the minor annoyance of a number of popes.

In the garden, the cat has been dealt with. We shall burn candles to the patrons of stray wildlife in hopes that there are not more where it came from. Meanwhile, the coneflowers are blooming. These attractive plants are extremely hardy when happy, although the most commonly grown, the purple coneflower, is quite short-lived. It is, however, a reasonably prolific re-seeder. Other notable members of the family include the pallid purple coneflower, the wavy-petaled purple coneflower and the paradoxical yellow purple coneflower.

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 the Sacred Order of Bull Moose Men. We’d like to thank everyone who came out for the Longest Day of the Year, and extend our condolences to the family of Stuart Brogan, who drew the short straw. His death will carry our prayers to the ancient and shaggy gods, but he’ll live forever in our hearts.

That’s the Hidden Almanac for June 23th, 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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