The Hidden Almanac for
Monday August 11th, 2014
Episode 143
Previous episode: 2014-08-08
Next episode: 2014-08-13


Today we remember the day of the Raven Heads. It is also the day the Crested Lizards were founded, and the last day of the Golden Age of detective fiction. It is the Feast Day of Tigers, and in the garden, there are frogs.

Be Safe, and Stay Out of Trouble.


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

Today is August 11th, 2014.

It was on this day, in the Year of Unwound Chains, that the residents of Echo Harbor awoke to discover that they all had the heads of ravens. It was unsettling. This lasted for several days, during which many shiny objects were hoarded, before going away again. Several prominent citizens said that being a raven was oddly soothing but the change in vision was troubling. “I kept ducking to avoid magnetic fields,” said one. “It was kind of a problem.”

It is the anniversary of the founding, in 1958, of the football team called the Crested Lizards. The Lizards played football. Apparently they were not very good at it. They were sold to various cities over the years, but continued to be called the Lizards and continued to not be very good. A team owner later attempted to change this by re-naming them the Leopards. They did not get any better, except for a brief winning season in 1977. Apparently there were some very heartwarming movies made about this. We here at the Hidden Almanac don’t really get sports.

And it was on this day, in 1941, that the Golden Age of detective fiction ended. Beginning in 1904, with the publication of “The Jewel In The Cathedral,” it featured a great many murder mysteries which followed a particular formula, in which the least likely suspect is always the murderer and there is always a twist two thirds of the way through. The novel “Blood on the Pages” by L. Knoxworth is often cited as the final work of the Golden Age—beginning as a classic murder mystery, it is eventually revealed that the murderer was in fact the reader. No one is quite sure how Knoxworth managed this. “Blood on the Pages” was quickly pulled from publication, as prisons were filling up with bewildered little old ladies with blood on their hands.

It is the Feast Day of Tigers. Avoid smelling like meat today.

In the garden, look for ridiculously tiny frogs. Many tadpoles have completed their metamorphosis by now, and we are surrounded by extremely small newly adult frogs. Watch where you step.

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 element Helium. You offend helium with these shenanigans. Please desist.

That’s the Hidden Almanac for August 11th, 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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