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The Hidden Almanac for
Monday August 24th, 2015
Episode 299
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Previous episode: 2015-08-21
Next episode: 2015-08-26

SummaryEdit

Today is the day the Voluntary Starvation Experimental Study was released. It is also the day snow fell in Echo Harbor. It is the Feast Day of St. Martin, and in the garden, there are weeds.

Be Safe, and Stay Out of Trouble.

TranscriptionEdit

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

Today is August 24th, 2015.

It was on this day in 1945 that the Voluntary Starvation Experimental Study released its findings. This study followed fifty volunteers, who drastically reduced their caloric intake for twenty weeks and were then treated with different medical protocols, in order to determine the best method of aiding famine victims. With the world still reeling from terrible scenes of starvation in the Mountain Kingdom, there were over a thousand volunteers to draw from.

The results confirmed what many researchers had suspected—that prolonged starvation is devastating to the mind and the body, producing intense psychological effects and terrible physical suffering. But perhaps more important, the study determined some of the best ways to treat famine victims. It is still referred to by aid workers today, and is believed to have saved thousands of lives. There is a handsome courtyard in the Royal Medical Complex with plaques including the names of all fifty participants, as well the study architects themselves.

And it was on this day in the Year of Winged Horses that an evil snow fell on Echo Harbor. When asked what made this snow evil, several prominent citizens answered that first, it was August, and second, the snow knew what it had done. It melted within three days, and the water, which was widely considered to be at least somewhat malicious, ran into the storm system and onward to the sea.

It is the Feast Day of Saint Martin, patron of wedding planners and occasional second chances. The Hidden Almanac thanks you for your recent intervention, St. Martin, and will burn a candle to you in the winter to come.

In the garden, the temperature is still high, but a few cloudy days made it seems as if it were cooler. It was good to sit outside with George and watch the bees working in the mallow. The seashore mallow is blooming. It has small, perfect pink flowers, like palm-sized hibiscus, and it is a good and uncomplaining plant that flowers late in the season. George calls occasionally at passing crows. I see a shadowy figure watching us from the trees, which is hopefully George’s ornithology advocate, but could also be a serial killer.

Strange weather took off some of our bulbs, and the purple mulberry is everywhere now. This annual weed reseeds frantically and the interns were possessed during the prime weeding season, so we have some years of weeding ahead of us. Such is life. But life is still good.

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 Suzy’s Sleepaway Camp! Teaching your child valuable skills that will lead to lucrative seasonal employment. Now taking reservations for next summer.

That’s the Hidden Almanac for August 24th, 2015. Be safe, and stay out of trouble.

OutroEdit

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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