The Hidden Almanac for
Wednesday June 3rd, 2015
Episode 264
Previous episode: 2015-06-01
Next episode: 2015-06-05


Today we correct an error. It is also the day Eland the Younger described a particular owl. It is the Feast Day of Javelins, and in the garden, there is rain.

Be Safe, and Stay Out of Trouble.


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

Today is June 3rd, 2015.

I would like to apologize for the mis-dating on the previous show. Several pages from the future had been inserted into my notes. The interns occasionally like to do this in an effort to bring about a paradox because they think rebooting consensual reality is amusing. The error has been corrected and the interns set to pulling bindweed until they learn.

It was on this day that the naturalist Eland the Younger first described the Mouse Owl, a bird of prey so small that it lived in the burrows of mice, often alongside them. Mouse Owls feed primarily on grasshoppers and large insects, and are active during the early morning and evening. Because of their diet, they are extremely sensitive to pesticides in the food chain. Their numbers plummeted as pesticides became widely used in agriculture, and surviving populations are closely monitored by the Horrowitz Trust.

Today is the Feast Day of Javelins. It has been recalled from the ecclesiastical calendar for safety reasons.

In the garden, rain has re-filled the rain barrels and trapped George in the recording studio with me. He has been enjoying the outdoors for the last few weeks, but seems to have settled into a melancholy frame of mind. It is nesting season, but George has not indicated any interest in anything other than Cheetos. There was an attractive female fish crow in the garden, but they only cawed at each other for a few minutes before she moved on. Fish crows can be told from common crows by the cadence of their calls, but as we are not entirely sure what species George is, this is not terribly helpful.

The CharmX people were clearly hoping that the rain would fill their excavation with water, but it is in fact draining rapidly. Clearly the seal on the ancient chamber is not water-tight. Oddly, this fact is not filling them with delight.

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That’s the Hidden Almanac for June 3rd, 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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