The Hidden Almanac for
Monday October 5th, 2015
Episode 317
Previous episode: 2015-10-02
Next episode: 2015-10-07


Today we recall the initial description of the Swollen Bay. A rabbit also had a dream on this day. It is the Feast Day of St. Phyllos, and in the garden, there is motivation.

Be Safe, and Stay Out of Trouble.


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

Today is October 5th, 2015.

It was on this day that the naturalist Eland the Younger first described the peculiar ecology of the Swollen Bay, a shallow body of water on the southeastern edge of the Glass Wastes. The bay is very sheltered, and tides enter primarily through an underwater channel, so that the surface is rarely disturbed. An enormous quantity of smooth, transparent organisms live on the surface, packed together so that they strongly resembling a giant onionskin. Eland was unable to classify the organisms, and a massive storm dramatically changed the ecology of the bay before modern science could describe it. There is speculation that they were some form of communal jellyfish, although some believe they were a now-extinct species of soft-bodied coral. Marine biologists occasionally get very excited over new species and believe that they have found the Swollen Bay Organism, but so far no consensus has been reached.

And it was on this day that a young rabbit dreamed of roses, so vividly that he could smell them, and woke puzzled but happy in his burrow.

It is the Feast Day of Saint Phyllos, the Toothed Frog. This extremely minor saint is represented as a small golden frog with black eyes, crowned with the sun and sporting an extraordinary dentition. The story goes that the keeper of a small traveling circus was detained by a pagan emperor, who refused to let travelers pass until they had shown him a marvel that he had not seen before. In frustration, the keeper brought forth all manner of extraordinary beasts, but none impressed the emperor until at last, in the final cage, the emperor beheld a fanged frog. He fell to his knees, proclaiming the glory of the heavens, and the keeper was allowed to escape with his beasts and his life. Because hagiography is fickle, the name of both keeper and emperor are lost the ages, and the frog was eventually canonized. It is popular in artwork, but is the patron of nothing in particular.

In the garden, Pastor Drom is traumatizing the interns by attempting to motivate them. I should probably intervene, but this is the only quiet time in which I can record the show.

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 Seasonal Assassins. All Hallow's Eve is approaching, and that is an excellent time to kill someone while disguised as someone else. We are not suggesting that anyone do this, nor implying that such a service can be had for a price, but it is certainly an excellent opportunity.

That’s the Hidden Almanac for October 5th, 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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