The Hidden Almanac for
Monday November 17th, 2014
Episode 185
Previous episode: 2014-11-14
Next episode: 2014-11-19


Today we remember the horse that flew over the bridge. It is also the birthday of William Howel. It is the Feast Day of St. Joaquim, and in the garden, there is a George.

Be Safe, and Stay Out of Trouble.


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

Today is November 17th, 2014.

It was on this day in 1881 that a winged horse flew over the Kingfisher Bridge. It stayed airborne for nearly a hundred yards, then plummeted into the Autumn River, because horses are much too heavy to fly, no matter how big their wings are. The horse was soggy but survived. The chain of events that led to its flight were never adequately explained.

And it is the birthday in 1733 of famed trumpeter William Howel. Virtually nothing is known of Howel’s life, beyond the dates of his birth and death, except that he was extremely popular as a trumpeter for tournaments and royal occasions. His name occurs frequently in the record books, normally with a margin note as to his fee. He commanded quite high prices by the end of his life, before passing away at the age of 59.

It is the Feast Day of Saint Joaquim, patron of stones with writing on them. It doesn’t come up that much. Joaquim was marooned on an uninhabited island, where he wrote his great philosophical texts entirely on small rocks. He passed away, according to a diary rock, at an advanced age. His great philosophical treatise, “On Morality” was deciphered by laying nearly twenty thousand stones end to end. Unfortunately he did not number the rock, so his thoughts on Morality are still subject to intense scholarly debate.

In the garden, George the crow is eating Cheetos (and also peanuts, peanut butter, and some biscuits provided by the interns — we must really research proper crow diet some time.) We are becoming concerned that the rest of his family group was sucked into the terrible alternate dimension inhabited by the dread Corvus-Wrax. This will leave George an orphan and deprived of essential crow support systems. We at the Hidden Almanac are doing what we can to provide a stable home life for George while we search for alternative family arrangements.

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 Friends of Birds. Cold weather is coming, and the best you can do for our feathered friends is to provide unfrozen water for them to drink. Dehydration is more dangerous than starvation during extreme cold snaps. Keep those bird baths thawed!

That’s the Hidden Almanac for November 17th, 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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