The Hidden Almanac for
Friday August 15th, 2014
Episode 145
Previous episode: 2014-08-13
Next episode: 2014-08-18


Today we remember the life of Thomas Lord. It is also the day that the Hill Home Trials were decided. It is the Feast Day of Brass, and in the garden, there is tickseed.

Be Safe, and Stay Out of Trouble.


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

Today is August 15th, 2014.

It is the anniversary of the death of Thomas Lord, founder of Lord’s Union of Bonded Milkmen. He perished in 1944, killed by the Gouda Brothers, one of the most dangerous of the cheesemonger cartels. Unfortunately for the Gouda Brothers, the Bonded Milkmen were widely respected and heavily armed. The resulting trade war between dairy factions lasted only two weeks and the price of gouda dropped so low that it could not be given away.

And it was on this day in 1939 that the Hill Home Trials were decided in favor of the Coriander Islanders. The Hill Home ruling proclaimed that no one could hold patent to designs or technology traditionally used by indigenous peoples. The chief justice at the time said “We are looking at a situation where an unscrupulous party could attempt to slap fines against a tribe who has used these designs since the beginning of recorded history. This court chooses not to be one more link in a long chain of injustice wrought against the inhabitants of the Coriander Isles.” The Hill Home ruling is still used to this day, most recently against pharmaceutical companies attempting to patent herbal medicines long in use by indigenous peoples.

It is the Feast Day of Brass. This is a day much beloved by devils and imps. It is recommended that human or mostly human listeners carry holy water with them to ward off ill-fortune and possession.

In the garden, the standing stone is now a leaning stone, as the movers have gotten it halfway over on its side. The interns have been herded into a shed, where they are singing protest songs. This is not particularly effectual, but it is keeping them out of the way.

Many tickseed species are experiencing a second blooming period. We like mouse-ear tickseed for this, particularly the cultivar “Sunshine Superman.” Many melons are ripening. Many more melons are rotting. That is how it goes with melons.

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 St. Bart’s Snake Resort on Nork! Now offering sight-seeing cruises for snake owners. See the sights of scenic Nork while your reptile companion is being pampered by our trained snake-handling staff. Make your reservation today!

That’s the Hidden Almanac for August 15th, 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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