The Hidden Almanac for
Friday September 5th, 2014
Episode 154
Previous episode: 2014-09-03
Next episode: 2014-09-08


Today we remember the debut of “The Adventures of Blake Boscoe.” It is also the day Andshear was discovered. It is the Feast Day of St. Gallinulo, and in the garden, there are peppers.

Be Safe, and Stay Out of Trouble.


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

Today is September 5th, 2014.

It was on this day in 1939 that the radio show “The Adventures of Blake Boscoe” first aired. Blake Boscoe was an airship pilot, adventurer, spy, commando and man-about-town. With the aid of his boon companions and Justice the Wonder Rat, Blake saved the city, the empire, and the world on a weekly basis from the evil forces of Captain Scumhanger. The show ran for four years and the voice of Justice the Wonder Rat received multiple awards, but the scripts do not hold up well in this more cynical time.

And it was on this day in 1571 that the island of Andshear was discovered and claimed for the empire, much to the disgruntlement of the people already living there. Although technically part of the Coriander Isles, Andshear proved too remote for military occupation. The islanders, known as the Rua, were vigilant about eradicating invasive species, including missionaries, and thus the Rua culture remains one of the few in the Coriander Isles to make the transition nearly intact to the modern era. Andshear was returned to native rule in the early 1900s, although it remains officially a protectorate of the crown. Andshear is home to several species of rare marine turtle and a flightless songbird called the white-eyed koro, found nowhere else in the world.

It is the Feast Day of Saint Gallinulo, who took shelter in a frozen cave and fed the wolves that lived there by cutting off his own frostbitten toes. The toes reportedly regrew miraculously every night. When the day came that they did not regrow, St. Gallinulo knew that spring had come, cut a staff, and limped from the cave, accompanied by the wolves. He is the patron of foot injuries and invoked to prevent corns, hangnails, and bunions. He is represented as a man carrying toes on a platter, accompanied by wolves. It is all rather unpleasant.

In the garden, the cucumbers have succumbed to irrelevance. The habeneros, however, are ripening to highlighter orange. The units of measurement for heat in peppers is the Scoville, which is somewhat useful for cooks. Sadly, the utility of the Scoville unit has been badly diluted by masculine posturing. The hottest pepper currently known in the world is the Echo Harbor Silent Loathing. Many hot sauces bill themselves as containing this legendary pepper, but if you are not weighted down with a sense of your own crushing inadequacy after eating it, it was probably just Tabasco.

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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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