The Hidden Almanac for
Wednesday January 16th, 2019
Episode 825
Previous episode: 2019-01-14
Next episode: 2019-01-18


Today we mark the discovery of the corkscrew pine. It is the Feast Day of the Last Mandrake, and in the garden, we have a reading from a seed catalogue.

Be Safe, and Remember: You Have Are Not Alone.


Welcome to the Hidden Almanac, I’m Reverend Mord. Today is January 16th 2019.

It was on this day that the naturalist Eland the Younger first described the Corkscrew Pine, a medium-sized conifer growing in a natural corkscrew shape. Highly unusual for one of Eland’s discoveries, he managed to bring back samples that survived the long, often hostile journey, back to his homeland. While it is unknown if the corkscrew pines that grow throughout the region are actually descended from Eland’s samples, that is the legend that has attached itself to the tree. They are frequently used in topiary as their already-contorted shape lends well to clipping.

And it was also on this day in 1509 that a woman in the town that would become Bricklayer’s Cross reported giving birth to a litter of kittens. While local authorities, even in such times, were highly sceptical, a number of witnesses testified to her upstanding moral character. She enjoyed several years of fame from this alleged event, though did not duplicate it. Bizarre as it seems now, such animals births were not uncommon claims, and were believed to be associated with being startled by an animal at a particularly critical juncture in pregnancy. Suspicious modern minds and invent any number of reasons for these peculiar claims, and probably should.

It is the Feast Day of the Last Mandrake.

In the garden, we turn to the seed catalogues. An offering today from the Seeds of Sun catalogue, a slim volume that specialises only in rare peppers. Of the golden cowhorn, it says, “A large, thick-walled pepper reaching nine inches long. Turns yellow when ripe. This rare cowhorn comes to us from the edge of the Glass Wastes, where it is a well-known heirloom variety used in several classic dishes. Taste is somewhat fruity but hotter than a classic cowhorn. Plants are vigorous and extremely-drought tolerant, but only moderate in yield. 90 days from transplant to maturity.”

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That's the Hidden Almanac for January 16th 2019. Be safe and remember, you are not alone.


Out of Character

The Hidden Almanac is a production of Red Wombat Studio, and is written by Ursula Vernon and produced by Kevin Sonney. The voice of Reverend Mord is Kevin Sonney. And the voice of Pastor Drom is Ursula Vernon. 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 2019, Ursula Vernon.Woo!



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