The Hidden Almanac for
Friday December 19th, 2014
Episode 199
Previous episode: 2014-12-17
Next episode: 2014-12-22


Today we recall the publication of “A Stranger In The City.” It is also the day a fungus was identified. It is the Feast Day of St. Olivia, and in the garden, there are suveyors.

Be Safe, and Stay Out of Trouble.


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

Today is December 19th, 2014.

It is the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of the crime novel A Stranger In The City, which sparked riots when readers reached the end and discovered that the victim had been murdered by — to quote — “the welfare state that denies innovation and champions dependency.” As the victim had been stabbed eleven times in an apparently locked room, and the build-up had been extremely skillful until that point, there was widespread outrage at this ending. One critic stated, “How the welfare state wields a knife and walks through walls is never adequately explained, calling into question the good sense of writer, editor, and publisher alike.” A Stranger in the City was pulled from bookstores as a result, with one bookseller saying “It ain’t censorship, it’s paperwork. People are coming in demanding refunds and it’s more trouble than it’s worth to stock it.”

A Stranger in the City was made into movies three times, all of which bombed badly at the box office.

And it was on this day in 1977 that the marine fungus, Zophicus maritimus, was isolated by a team of researchers at the Royal Botanical Society. The fungus forms thick crusts on the skin of glutton whales. These so-called “Fungal Forests” are home to dozens of species, amounting to small, mobile reefs attached to the skin of the whales. Research on these fascinating and unique ecosystems continue to this day.

It is the Feast Day of Saint Olivia, patron of…why are there surveyors in my garden? I didn’t request any surveyers. They have dowsing rods. And drills!

They are standing on my hellebores.

No one stands on my hellebores.

Someone will answer for this. Immediately.

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 Pastor Drom’s latest degenerate self-help book. Excuse me, they have just broken the branches on a valuable witch hazel.

That’s the Hidden Almanac for December 19th, 2014. Be safe, and stay out of my garden!


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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