The Hidden Almanac for
Monday February 23rd, 2015
Episode 227
Previous episode: 2015-02-20
Next episode: 2015-02-25


Today we remember the Dragon Panic of 1983. It is also the day singer Carla McDonald was born. And died. It is the Feast Day of Moderately Priced Compact Cars, and in the garden, there are irises.

Be Safe, and Stay Out of Trouble.


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

Today is February 23rd, 2015.

It was on this day in 1983 that panic gripped the city with the report that a dragon had been seen over the Glass Quarter. This was particularly surprising given that dragons aren’t real. The source of the panic was eventually traced to a startlingly life-like kite, but not before several people had been trampled and there had been an inexplicable run on bread, milk, and eggs. How exactly this would have protected the populace against dragonfire was never determined.

And it is the birthday in 1941 of the folk singer Carla McDonald, called “The Lark of the Highlands.” She had multiple best selling albums and her rendition of “Tear the Filthy Scabs a New One” was said to bring tears to the eyes of all who heard it. She received multiple awards for her last album, “My Love Is A Tunnel-Digging Man,” but passed away tragically when she was trampled in a panic caused by a dragon-shaped kite.

It is the Feast Day of Moderately Priced Compact Cars. There is some doubt as to whether this feast day is rooted in any historical events, but the hagiographers at Royal Motors assure us that it is historically accurate. Indeed.

In the garden, the snow has finally melted, the van is out of the mud, and the protesters have gone home to get showers. Thank the Madonna of Leaves. The hole that the CharmX people began drilling to tap the ley lines is completely full of wet mud. This gives me a certain personal satisfaction. And the frost irises are budding, though they have yet to bloom, which reminds us that in the bleakest winter, there is hope. Provided someone doesn’t step on it.

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 Silent Nightclub, offering this week’s special, the Iceworm Cocktail. Are you a sourdough? Can you prove it? We have fresh iceworms from the frozen north and all the cheap gin required to prove your doughiness.

That’s the Hidden Almanac for February 23rd, 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.

Notes Edit

Ad blocker interference detected!

Wikia is a free-to-use site that makes money from advertising. We have a modified experience for viewers using ad blockers

Wikia is not accessible if you’ve made further modifications. Remove the custom ad blocker rule(s) and the page will load as expected.