The Hidden Almanac for
Friday November 7th, 2014
Episode 181
Previous episode: 2014-11-05
Next episode: 2014-11-10


Today we celebrate the Troyzantine Otterhound. It is also the birthday of Minky’s restaurant. It is the Feast Day of St. Moreno, and in the garden, there is cleanup.

Be Safe, and Stay Out of Trouble.


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

Today is November 7th, 2014.

It was on this day in 1966 that the Troyzantine Otterhound was recognized by the Royal Kennel Association. Otterhounds are not bred to hunt otters, but are in fact, part otter. No one is quite sure how this happened. Otterhounds have webbed feet, long, muscular tails, and small ears. They bark and also, disturbingly, chitter. Otterhounds require frequent access to water and have extremely oily coats. They are very expensive and most dog-owners feel that they are not worth the trouble, but Otterhound enthusiasts are very vocal in their affection for the breed.

And it was on this day in 1950 that the first Minky’s restaurant opened. This fast food franchise would spread like wildfire, offering a range of cheap, low-quality foods and a children’s play area. Minky’s attempted to reinvent itself several times, largely without success, but continues to serve in hundreds of locations to this day.

It is the Feast Day of Saint Moreno, patron of people who make yarn or felt out of weird species. Dog-hair sweaters, Persian cat-hair blankets, and cow-yarn jumpers all fall under the protection of St. Moreno. She came to prominence in the late 7th century, when she was trapped in a barn with a group of children during a blizzard. She saved them all from freezing to death by weaving warm blankets from the hair of rats that had infested the barn. There is no word on how the rats felt about the matter, but as she is shown with a spindle in one hand and a rat perched on her shoulder, we are forced to assume that the rats were willing participants.

In the garden, we continue the cleanup after the unfortunate incursion of the gigantic crow-demon. A number of perennials will have to be pruned, which is always worrisome at this time of year. Pruning can start new growth, and if this is then hit with a cold snap, the plant can be set back severely, sometimes fatally. Still, one must make do.

On the bright side, the fall color is starting in earnest and is quite spectacular.

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 Garlic Scouts of Troyzantium. It’s time for the annual Waffle Fight! Sign up today to sponsor a waffle in a syrup-soaked battle to the death against other waffles! The loser will be eaten! The victor will also be eaten, so that we may take its strength for ourselves! All proceeds go to charity.

That’s the Hidden Almanac for November 7th, 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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