The Hidden Almanac for
Wednesday February 25th, 2015
Episode 228
Previous episode: 2015-02-23
Next episode: 2015-02-27


It was on this day that Eland the Younger described the sand-whale. It is also the day of the wind storm in Echo Harbor. It is the feast Day of St. Karen, and in the garden, there is snow.

Be Safe, and Stay Out of Trouble.


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

Today is February 25th, 2015.

It was on this day that the naturalist Eland the Younger first described the sand-whale. The sand-whale is inaccurately named, as it is actually the largest of the sand-fish of the Glass Wastes. As it possesses a blowhole arrangement instead of gills, the confusion was understandable. The gills are internal, as with many sand-fish, to prevent them from drying in the desert air. The sand-whale breaches rarely, only to devour prey such as camels, and prefers to lie just under the surface to breathe. It has a symbiotic relationship with a species of ant-lion that lives inside the blowhole, which keeps the opening free of debris, sand, and small insects. The ant-lion has powerful pinchers that anchor it during the sand-whale’s inhalations. It would be centuries before a living sand-whale was captured and brought back to civilization.

And it was on this day in the Year of Paper Dreams that the town of Echo Harbor was shaken by a severe windstorm. Shingles were blown from houses and the city hall was blown completely out of this existence and into an alternate dimension, briefly visible, where eyeless sheep roamed the streets, breathing in unison. Several prominent citizens were inside the city hall at the time, and are lost, presumed eaten by sheep.

It is the Feast Day of Saint Karen of Price, patron of washerwomen. The small town of Price is famous for its hot springs in which St. Karen washed the clothing of the village children for sixty years. For her selfless dedication to laundry, she was elevated to sainthood under the reign of the Lobster Pope.

In the garden, mounting snow has resulted in a rare moment of peace, as the van is stuck, the CharmX employees have gone home, and the protesters cannot get through the snow into the garden. Everything is covered in white. I approve of that. Winter interest is a difficult thing to achieve in a garden in this climate, and the snow provides interest where it might otherwise be lacking.

I went for a walk with George in the falling snow, and it was very pleasant.

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 Royal Comic Convention, hosted this weekend at the civic center. Come and get autographs from all your favorite comic artists! Visit the cosplay competition! Meet the cast of “Space 911!” Free commemorative herring to the first 500 people through the door!

That’s the Hidden Almanac for February 25th, 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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