The Hidden Almanac for
Friday July 31st, 2015
Episode 289
Previous episode: 2015-07-29
Next episode: 2015-08-03


Today we remember the creation of a poster with a pangolin. We also commemorate That Which Follows. It is the Feast Day of Jellicle Cats, and in the garden, there are butterflies.

Be Safe, and Stay Out of Trouble.


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

Today is July 31st, 2015.

It was on this day in 1972 that the photographer Elaine Carter took a photo of a pangolin clinging to a thin branch. It was later marketed as a poster with the phrase “Hang In There” printed in a large, cheerful font. The poster proved incredibly popular and sold hundreds of thousands of copies. It was widely pirated, but far more annoying, said Carter, were those who kept misidentifying the pangolin. “It’s a pangolin,” she said. “Not a lizard, not a porcupine, not a platypus, definitely not a baby sloth. They live in the jungle and eat insects. Why is this so difficult? Are people really that ignorant of biology?” Carter retired on the proceeds of the Hang In There Pangolin and today devotes herself to promoting backyard naturalism.

It is the day of the creation of That Which Follows. There is no point in looking over your shoulder. It has already moved on.

It is the Feast Day of Jellicle Cats. This particular day moves about, depending on the exact phase of the moon. Jellicle Cats, we are told, are black and white. Jellicle Cats are rather small. Further information is missing, as the primary authority on these creatures vanished into the Wastelands some years ago. He will be missed.

In the garden, the butterflies are up to something. They are gathering in large groups on the starry rosinweed, then hastily dispersing when anyone approaches. Then they attempt to look casual. Nothing is as suspicious as a butterfly attempting to look casual. I believe that I saw one attempting to hide a small electronic device under the spleenwort. We will be keeping an eye on them. The primary conspirators are tiger swallowtails, but there is at least one common buckeye among them.

In other news, the lion’s ear has bloomed. This hot-weather plant has a fan of orange tube-shaped flowers. Hummingbirds appreciate it. If it is enthusiastic, then it is a fine plant that can grow nearly six feet tall, but in other climates, it is much shorter and not really worth bothering with.

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 Rent-a-Yeti! We are issuing a recall for the hot-weather skunk apes. If you rented a skunk ape for the garden in the last month, please contact us immediately. These skunk apes are not violent, but their scent glands have not been removed and the odor can cause vomiting, dizziness, fainting and explosion.

That’s the Hidden Almanac for July 31st, 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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