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Wednesday October 14th, 2015
Episode 321
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Today we recall the infamous Zazzle Electric Dishwasher scam. It is also the day and old woman sat at a cafe. It is the Feast Day of St. Eschke, and in the garden, there are ferns.

Be Safe, and Stay Out of Trouble.


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

Today is October 14th, 2015.

It was on this day in 1961 that an ingenious scam was perpetrated by repairmen for the Zazzle Electric Dishwasher Company. Zazzle’s were sufficiently new and rare enough in homes that specialized repairmen were required. Two of these repairmen rapidly realized that the most common problem manifested a loud growling noise, followed by shaking and rattling. The solution was easily accomplished in five minutes, but rather than fix the machines, they began to claim that the dishwashers were possessed by demons. Alarmed clients would hold exorcisms, run by the repairmen’s cohorts, and pay hundreds of dollars to have the demons removed from their home. Eventually the corporate office learned of the scam and quietly put a stop to it, but not before more than two hundred dishwashers had been exorcised.

And it was on this day in the Year of Old Dreams that a little old lady sat down at a café in Echo Harbor, chatting with locals. “You’re so lucky to live in this lovely city,” she is reported to have said. “One sees so much evil in small towns.” This terrifying apparition stayed for nearly four hours, occasionally knitting, before she left. “Said that her nephew Raymond was meeting her here,” said one prominent citizen. “The clouds turned into headless ghosts and performed unspeakable rites and she didn’t even blink. Said it was so interesting what people got up to these days.” The city was placed on high alert for a week, but she did not reappear.

It is the Feast Day of Saint Eschke, patron of museums and curators. It is said that in a state of grace, he cleaned a shroud belonging to Saint Squilla, revealing the beautiful pattern beneath without damaging the ancient fabric.

In the garden, the weather is cool and damp. Ferns enjoy this sort of weather. Beans do not. It is time for a final harvest, and then to compost the beans. Ideally, rather than uprooting them, you will cut them off at the soil level. This allows the nitrogen fixing bacteria along the roots to remain in the soil, which will be helpful later.

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Also brought to you by the Sacred Order of Bull Moose Men, sponsoring a Couch-to-5K training program. The annual Running of the Bull Moose Men is only a few months away, and we know how hard it can be to get back into shape. Whether you’re the hunters or the hunted, come on out for a refresher course!

That’s the Hidden Almanac for October 14th, 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.