The Hidden Almanac for
Wednesday June 22nd, 2016
Episode 429
Previous episode: 2016-06-20
Next episode: 2016-06-24

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Today we remember the arrival of a dung beetle in Echo Harbor. It is the Feast Day of Lead Roses, and in the garden, we have passed the halfway point. Be Safe, and Stay Out of Trouble.

Transcription Edit

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

Today is June 22nd, 2016. 

It was on this day in the Year of Extra Moons that a large dung beetle entered the city of Echo Harbor, made its way through the streets to a geodesic dome that had been erected over the local museum of science and industry, and rolled it away. The dung beetle was described as being about the size of a garbage truck, and the geodesic dome was several stories tall, but of course dung beetles are very strong for their size. The museum regretted the loss of its replica twin-engine plane and a working cotton gin, but did not attempt to pursue. Several prominent citizens were quoted as saying “Well, it was really inevitable,” and “What did they think would happen?” The whereabouts of the dung beetle at this time are unknown. 

And it was on this day that a small cat befriended a large dog.  It was…adorable.

It is the Feast Day of the Lead Rose. In truth, this could be the feast day of any flower, provided it was made of lead. However, most people, when confronted with the difficulty of flowers, first think of roses. Then daisies, and then they are usually exhausted. As the type of flower has no arcane significance, at the Hidden Almanac, we honor it as the Feast Day of the Lead Squash Blossom. Ordinary squash blossoms are an entirely underrated flower, perhaps because they are so useful. It is a shameful fact of existence that useful things are often taken for granted, whereas largely frivolous ones are sought after, perhaps in order to prove a point. 

In the garden, the summer solstice has just passed, and the days begin to shorten now. It is halfway through the gardening year.  Across the hemisphere, opinion is divided between “Only halfway?” and “Oh god, we have to keep weeding until half past October.” 

The Hidden Almanac is brought to you by Red Wombat Tea Company, purveyors of fine and inaccessible teas. Red Wombat --- “We Dig Tea.”

And now a special message from the Hidden Almanac Station Manager. We have been accused of being in the pockets of “Big Maggot” because Bob appeared on our show as part of our community programming. Nothing could be further from the truth. Pastor Drom wishes to assure everyone that the station is entirely neutral in such matters, and is prepared to work with either candidate to build a better tomorrow for public radio. 

Build a better tomorrow. Really. 

That’s the Hidden Almanac for June 22nd, 2016. Be safe, and stay out of trouble.

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Out of character

The Hidden Almanac is a production of Dark Canvas Media, and is produced by Kevin Sonney. The voice of Reverend Mord is Kevin Sonney. And the voice of Pastor Drom is Ursula Vernon. Our intro music is Moon Valley and our exit music is Red in Black, both by Kosta T. You can find more by Kosta T at the Free Music Archives. All other content is copyright 2013 through 2016, Ursula Vernon.

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