The Hidden Almanac for
Wednesday February 18th, 2015
Episode 225
Previous episode: 2015-02-16
Next episode: 2015-02-20


Today a frog was described by Eland the Younger. We also remember the accident in the Glass Quarter Tunnel. It is the Feast Day of the Holy Seven, and in the garden, there is a still.

Be Safe, and Stay Out of Trouble.


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

Today is February 18th, 2015.

It was on this day that the naturalist Eland the Younger first described the Two-Colored Harlequin Poison Frog, a small, brightly colored frog of the rainforests. The Two-Colored Harlequin is marked down the middle, half and half, although the colors vary. Males and females bow to one another during courtship, for up to three hours before mating.

The Two-Colored Harlequin Poison Frog is not to be confused with the Poisonous Harlequin, a character well-known in puppet shows, which comes on, kills the other puppets with venomous breath, and then delivers a monologue on the wages of sin. Eland the Younger was most likely unaware of this figure when he described the species.

And it was on this day in 1988 that a triple trailer carrying dried hydrangea blossoms was overturned on the way into the city, filling the Glass Quarter tunnel with dried blue flowers to a height of three feet. This proved a serious detriment to driving and the tunnel had to be closed while the flowers were removed. Unfortunately, the first attempt involved power-washing them away with firehoses, which promptly clogged the drains in the tunnel with sticky petals. The civic employee responsible was fired. Then it rained. The tunnel filled, and while the flowers floated—at first—flood damage was extraordinary. The tunnel was closed for five days and dried flower arrangements were placed on a list of hazardous materials not allowed to enter the tunnel.

It is the Feast Day of the Holy Seven, a group of businessmen of the city who abandoned their worldly goods and took holy orders in the 12th century. They founded a small monastic order and made a great deal of money, largely by accident, which they gave away repeatedly to other orders and the poor. Their foundling house, “Sons of the Holy Seven” remained in operation for several centuries and provided orphans with three square meals a day and a solid grounding in business management.

In the garden, it is the full moon. The employees are holed up in their van and the interns have taken the protesters into the garden shed, where they keep the still. They believe that I do not know about the still. They believe many things that are incorrect. It is a cold moon and the shadows are glittering on the ice. I fear for my tender perennials.

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That’s the Hidden Almanac for February 18th, 2015. Be safe, and stay out of trouble.


Out of Character

The Hidden Almanac is a production of Dark Canvas Media, written by Ursula Vernon and performed and produced by Kevin Sonney. Our theme music is Moon Valley and our exit music is Red in Black, both by Kosta T. You can hear more from Kosta T at the Free Music Archive. All other content is copyright 2013 through 2015, Ursula Vernon.

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