The Hidden Almanac for 2014-04-21

A happy and blessed Feast of St. Yarrow to you all!

English: Achillea millefolium - Common Yarrow

English: Achillea millefolium – Common Yarrow (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In today’s Hidden Almanac, Rev. Mord told us about some interesting events that occurred on this date in history: in 1705, the only sugarplum fairy born in captivity was born at the Royal Menagerie; in 1545 at the Battle of Chervil, Prince Sergi III slew an enemy general.

In the garden, fuchsias are in season, assuming you’re in the right climate. Otherwise, don’t bother. The Rev. snarks on interns who don’t water the fuchsias.

Today’s sponsors were Red Wombat Taco Company, and Thinking Ink Sentient Tattoos (does Cecil have one of these?!)

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The Hidden Almanac for 2014-04-16

A happy and blessed Feast of The Lower Half of St. Gareth of Stone to you all!

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Walking On A Tight Rope

In today’s Hidden Almanac, Rev. Mord told us about some interesting events that occurred on this date in history: in 1902, an exhibition of the Art Tableau style of furniture was put on at the Royal Museum; in 1945, the Madonna of Leaves was seen by a schoolful of small children; in the 12th century, the island of Stonybirth sank into the sea.

In the garden, the chickweed has gone to seed, so now you’re screwed. But the Rev. puts it more politely.

Today’s sponsor was Red Wombat Tea Conglomerate. The Rev. also includes a shout-out to his former intern, who is now the Queen.

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Wild Speculation: The Same Universe?

It is totally word of god that Ursula Vernon’s Hidden Almanac was inspired by Welcome to Night Vale:

A bunch of friends of mine kept telling me that I needed to listen to this podcast called “Welcome to NightVale” because it was delightful and weird. Several of them described it as “Lake Woebegone meets Lovecraft.”

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It is not at all like Lake Woebegone meets Lovecraft. Lake Woebegone is the town in Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion, of which I happen to be a totally rabid fan* and I was going “Oh my god, do any of these people listen to Prairie Home Companion? Because this is not that! This is a very nice little community radio spoof, and PHC…is a radio variety show with a monologue. Seriously! And anyway, if you were going to do a parody on a Garrison Keillor show and make it freaky and weird, you wouldn’t even pick PHC because it’s too long and you’d have to be a master humorist to pull off the small town thing and you can only throw tentacles at a Lutheran pastor so many times before it stops being funny so obviously the one you’d want to parody would be the little short daily podcast he does called The Writer’s Almanac where he talks about stuff on this day in history and then reads a poem and ohshitthisisactuallyagoodidea.”

She also claims that it takes place in a “totally fictional world mostly inside my head,” but I’m beginning to wonder if that’s, if not untrue initially, then at least becoming less and less true as time goes by.

Between the Intern Infestation in the garden, and the celebration of The Void’s feast day, I’m beginning to wonder if the Hidden Almanac takes place in the same “universe” as Welcome to Night Vale. If Night Vale is this universe’s typical southwestern desert town, perhaps Rev. Mord broadcasts from a typical New England town (I don’t know why I picture the Rev. broadcasting from New England, but there you are).

So, what do you think of my wild speculation? Think there’s any sense to it? If so, feel free to fanfic it up, and post a link! If not, tell me why — and show your work!

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The Hidden Almanac for 2014-02-24

A happy and blessed Feast of St. Anna Cervinius to you all!

In today’s Hidden Almanac, Rev. Mord told us about some interesting events that occurred on this date in history: in 1568, when Lady Emily of the House of Blatt and Lord Milo of the House of Sworn were married (they promptly killed each other); the squirrels launched a counterattack against the mice (no date given); and in 1995, when the Great Lupercalia Drought was classed as an emergency.

In the garden, the interns have returned home. I decide to scour back-episodes to see if I missed a crossover with Welcome to Night Vale.

Today’s sponsors were Red Wombat Teas, and The Garlic Scouts of Troisantium.

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