The Hidden Almanac for
Friday September 26th, 2014
Episode 163
Previous episode: 2014-09-24
Next episode: 2014-09-29


Today we remember a funkadelic theft. It also marks the release of “My Husband And The Plesiosaur.” It is the Feast Day of St. Kay, and in the garden, there is pokeweed.

Be Safe, and Stay Out of Trouble.


Welcome to the Hidden Almanac…groovy people, I’m swinging Reverend Mord. Still.

Today is September 26th 2014.

It was on this day in 1946 that a completed Diplodocus skeleton was stolen from the Royal Museum’s Saurian Wing. As the skeleton was over seventy feet long, no one ever figured out how it was done. It is one of the museum’s great mysteries, and has been the subject of a great many novels, movies, and unfounded speculation. Hundreds of suspects have been suggested, including the Royal family, the Pope, mime-hunter Elaina Golden, and the Smilegod Killer.

The skeleton’s display base remains empty to this day, and the skeleton was never found. So that is…certainly…funkadelic.

I do not know what the word “funkadelic” means, but one of the interns wrote it on a post-it note and handed it to me, so apparently I am supposed to use it on the air. Does this involve drugs? I do not condone getting high and stealing dinosaurs skeletons. That would be a poor life choice. Do not do that.

And it was on this day in 1914 that Helena McGrath, former wife of farmer Colin McGrath, published her tell-all memoir “My Husband And The Plesiosaur,” which purported to tell about her ex-husband’s illicit carrying-on with a “gurt dino-beastie.” The first three printings sold out in days and the author became a rich woman. Farmer McGrath could not be reached for a comment. Bystanders claimed to have seen him near the beach, but it was eventually proved to be a plesiosaur wearing his hat.

It is the Feast Day of Saint Kay, patron of sidekicks. Kay is never represented on his own, but can be seen lurking in the background of numerous other saint icons. He is believed to have been a companion to Saint Ebbe the Boar-Hunter.

In the garden, the hearts-a-bursting has fruited. These small red berries split open to reveal bright orange seeds. It is a beautiful, oddly delicate sight. Hearts-a-bursting really only comes into its own at this time of year, and spends the rest of the year as a rather inoffensive shrub that is heavily browsed by deer.

The pokeweed is changing color and the goldenrod is blooming. There are a number of cultivars of goldenrod in existence—“Fireworks” is the best of them, and few others improve upon it in any significant way. No one bothers to cultivate pokeweed.

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 Migratory Bird Advisory Council. Fall migration is now in full swing! If you interfere with it, we’ll cut you.

That’s the Hidden Almanac for September 26th, 2014. Be safe, and stay out of trouble.


Out of Character

The Hidden Almanac is a production of Dark Canvas Media. It is performed & produced by Kevin Sonney and written by Ursula Vernon. The voice of Pastor Drom is Ursula Vernon. Today's music is Latché Swing with "Hungaria" which you can find at the Free Music Archive. All other content is copyright 2013-2014, Ursula Vernon.

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