Episode 52 Sources: Modern Not-Folklore with Tyson Kemp

A new contender for giggliest episode enters the ring! In this episode, we’re talking internet urban legends, from the O.G. “Ted the Caver” to the “Not Deer” craze on Appalachian TikTok. Our guest this episode is the delightful Tyson Kemp! Listen on Apple PodcastsSpotifyStitcherGoogle PodcastsAmazon MusicPandora, or iHeartRadio.

You can find Tyson telling wonderful, well-researched spooky and skeptical stories @tysonunkempt on TikTok and Instagram!

Here are links to the TikToks we watched during this episode:

While you’re here, we’d love it if you could subscribe to our YouTube channel! There you’ll find extra video content related to the podcast, and Meagan will be going live from time to time to play spooky games or just hang out with listeners! Additionally, if you are interested in any books we’ve discussed on the podcast, you can find them in our new Amazon storefront. We also have recommendations for other books and products we love.

Here are our sources for this episode:

  1. https://computer.howstuffworks.com/internet/basics/internet-folklore.htm
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creepypasta
  3. https://thegeekanthropologist.com/2014/10/03/contemporary-folklore-in-the-digital-age/
  4. https://www.dictionary.com/e/fictional-characters/the-rake/
  5. https://u.osu.edu/vanzandt/2019/04/09/slender-man/
  6. https://creepypasta.fandom.com/wiki/The_Rake
  7. https://www.ranker.com/list/rake-creepypasta/megan-summers
  8. https://esiculture.com/blog/2018/8/27
  9. https://www.polygon.com/videos/2018/7/12/17562402/fiendzone-negative-nostalgia-petscop-creepypasta
  10. https://ihorror.com/ted-caver-horror-hoax/
  11. https://www.angelfire.com/trek/caver/page1.html

Episode 51 Sources: The Missing Lighthouse Keepers of Eilean Mor

It’s December 1900, and three men go missing while working as keepers at the Eilean Mor Lighthouse. To this day, their disappearance is an unsolved mystery. Stories of what happened span everything from a rogue wave to a murder-suicide to mystical bird transformations. In this episode, we discuss the days leading up to the disappearance, the investigation, and what (we think) really happened.

Listen on Apple PodcastsSpotifyStitcherGoogle PodcastsAmazon MusicPandora, or iHeartRadio.

While you’re here, we’d love it if you could subscribe to our YouTube channel! There you’ll find extra video content related to the podcast, and Meagan will be going live from time to time to play spooky games or just hang out with listeners! Additionally, if you are interested in any books we’ve discussed on the podcast, you can find them in our new Amazon storefront. We also have recommendations for other books and products we love.

Here are our sources for this episode:

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flannan_Isles_Lighthouse
  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWeZJfD42Lg
  3. https://www.history101.com/eilean-more/
  4. https://www.ancient-origins.net/unexplained-phenomena/curious-disappearance-eilean-mor-lighthouse-keepers-scottish-mystery-004820
  5. https://www.scotsman.com/whats-on/arts-and-entertainment/eerie-disappearance-eilean-mor-lighthouse-keepers-1480049
  6. https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/roguewaves
  7. https://interestingengineering.com/science/rogue-waves
  8. https://news.sky.com/story/most-extreme-rogue-wave-on-record-confirmed-in-north-pacific-ocean-12541824
  9. https://www.historicalblindness.com/blogandpodcast//blind-spot-three-men-gone-from-eilean-mor-the-missing-keepers-of-the-flannan-isles-light
  10. https://www.strangeoutdoors.com/historical-strangeness/tag/captain+james+harvey+eilean+mor

Episode 50 (!!!) Sources: The Perfect (Spooky) Storms

We made it to episode 50! This one is all about spooky storms from devastating hurricanes to record-setting blizzards, featuring some of our favorite storm stories and why we think they’re spooky. Listen on Apple PodcastsSpotifyStitcherGoogle PodcastsAmazon MusicPandora, or iHeartRadio.

Here are our sources:

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1991_Perfect_Storm
  2. https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/ghost-hunter-thunderstorms-cause-an-increase-in-paranormal-activity/341839
  3. https://southernspaces.org/2010/katrina-5-x-code-exhibition/
  4. https://www.timesnownews.com/the-buzz/article/this-day-in-history-the-deadliest-blizzard-ever-that-killed-4000-in-iran-started-on-feb-3/715236
  5. https://www.worldvision.org/disaster-relief-news-stories/2005-hurricane-katrina-facts
  6. https://www.history.com/news/hurricane-katrina-facts-legacy
  7. https://www.nssl.noaa.gov/education/svrwx101/winter/types/
  8. https://www.wunderground.com/hurricane/articles/deadliest-us-hurricanes
  9. https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/29930/40-years-ago-iran-was-hit-deadliest-blizzard-history
  10. https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2018/02/how-humans-sank-new-orleans/552323/
  11. https://wgno.com/news/is-a-hurricane-katrina-victim-haunting-a-seafood-restaurant-simon-the-artist-is-on-the-case/
  12. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1991_Halloween_blizzard  
  13. https://patch.com/new-jersey/berkeley-nj/remembering-the-perfect-storm-20-years-later
  14. https://www.foxweather.com/weather-news/the-perfect-storm-30-years-later

Episode 49 Sources: Lab Disasters Part II – Explosions!

Michael Bay, if you’re listening, we made this episode for you. To the rest of our listeners, we agree movie explosions can be great, but in this episode, we’re discussing the real-life science behind why some chemicals go boom and the dangers associated with them when they do. We go into detail about two terrifying, recent explosions, one in a Texas Tech laboratory and the other at the port of Beirut. Listen on Apple PodcastsSpotifyStitcherGoogle PodcastsAmazon MusicPandora, or iHeartRadio.

To see pictures of damage from the Texas Tech explosion, visit this link: https://sma.nasa.gov/docs/default-source/safety-messages/safetymessage-2012-07-09-texastechlaboratoryexplosion.pdf?sfvrsn=e9ae1ef8_6

For pictures of the damage associated with the Port of Beirut incident, visit this link: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-53668493

Here is the full list of our sources:

  1. https://www.csb.gov/texas-tech-university-chemistry-lab-explosion/
  2. https://sma.nasa.gov/docs/default-source/safety-messages/safetymessage-2012-07-09-texastechlaboratoryexplosion.pdf?sfvrsn=e9ae1ef8_6
  3. https://www.chem.fsu.edu/chemlab/chm1020c/Lecture%207/03.php
  4. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-lebanon-security-blast-explosive-fact/what-is-ammonium-nitrate-and-why-is-it-dangerous-idUSKCN25126F
  5. https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/national/longterm/oklahoma/stories/nichols1107.htm
  6. https://inchemistry.acs.org/atomic-news/the-boom-in-fireworks.html
  7. https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpubh.2021.657996/full
  8. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-53668493
  9. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/22/world/europe/1921-deadly-chemical-works-explosion-in-germany.html
  10. https://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/articles/news/energy-environment/2020/08/06/379330/chemical-in-beirut-explosion-was-also-behind-two-texas-disasters/
  11. https://www.science.org/content/article/absolutely-horrendous-scientists-discuss-beirut-s-blast-and-how-they-are-coping-its
  12. https://www.llnl.gov/news/just-how-big-was-2020-beirut-explosion
  13. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/09/09/world/middleeast/beirut-explosion.html
  14. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/what-is-ammonium-nitrate-the-chemical-that-exploded-in-beirut/
  15. https://cen.acs.org/safety/industrial-safety/chemistry-behind-Beirut-explosion/98/web/2020/08
  16. https://www.cas.org/resource/blog/ammonium-nitrate
  17. https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-02361-x

Bonus Episode Sources: Surprise! Spooky Caves with Sara Head

Surprise! We’re talking all things spooky caves in this bonus episode we recorded last fall with the incomparable Sara Head of the Archaeological Fantasies podcast. Listen to hear us discuss the use and mythology about caves from prehistory to current-day TikTok conspiracies. This episode is a bit less polished than our regular ones, but we hope you enjoy this deep dive into the creepy world of caves! Listen on Apple PodcastsSpotifyStitcherGoogle PodcastsAmazon MusicPandora, or iHeartRadio.

You can find Sara on Twitter @ArchyFantasies, or on these podcasts: Archaeological FantasiesParanormal Archaeology, and Digging to the Other Side.

View the Missing 411 maps here: https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/missing-persons-cave-maps/

Photos of the Crystal Maiden skeleton in the Cave of the Crystal Sepulchre: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-crystal-maiden-of-the-actun-tunichil-muknal-cave-belize

Here are our sources:

  1. https://www.nbcnews.com/id/wbna26208873
  2. https://www.cnn.com/2004/US/Midwest/04/28/cave.deaths/index.html
  3. https://www.archaeology.org/issues/96-1307/trenches/962-greece-portals-underworld-neolithic
  4. https://magazine.mayaluxe.com/articles//cenotes-of-yucatan-sacred-portals-to-the-maya-paradise
  5. https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/11-hidden-spots-to-enter-the-underworld
  6. https://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/2014-5-september-october/green-life/spelunkers-beware-these-are-5-spookiest-caves-america
  7. https://www.ladbible.com/community/weird-conspiracy-theorist-says-people-are-going-missing-in-cannibal-caves-20210525
  8. https://www.thesmokies.com/dennis-martin-feral-humans/
  9. https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/02/getting-lost-cave-labyrinth-brain/582865/
  10. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/journey-oldest-cave-paintings-world-180957685/
  11. https://www.science101.com/why-the-catacombs-in-paris-are-dubbed-the-gate-to-hell/
  12. https://drivinvibin.com/2021/05/04/national-parks-home-to-feral-people/
  13. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12520-018-0599-5
  14. https://nypost.com/2018/02/20/theres-a-good-reason-why-people-suddenly-died-near-roman-portal-to-hell/
  15. https://www.cometoparis.com/paris-guide/paris-monuments/the-catacombs-of-paris-s955
  16. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catacombs_of_Paris
  17. https://blogs.egu.eu/divisions/ts/2018/02/02/paris-from-quarry-to-catacombs/

Episode 48 Sources: Spooky True Crime Vol. 4 – Oops, All Witches

In our fourth Spooky True Crime episode, we’re taking you back to Pennsylvania Dutch country in 1928 for the story of the Hex Hollow murder. Listen to hear about the traditional medicine and folk magic traditions of Brauche or Powwow, and what happens when we succumb to fear and suspicion to try to remedy a string of bad luck.

Link with pictures from a tour of the Hex Hollow House: https://housecrazysarah.life/the-house-at-hex-hollow/

You can listen on Apple PodcastsSpotifyStitcherGoogle PodcastsAmazon MusicPandora, or iHeartRadio.

Here are our sources:

  1. Supernatural with Ashley Flowers, Episode 62
  2. Lore podcast, Episode 62: Desperate Measures
  3. Morbid podcast, Episode 153
  4. https://the-line-up.com/hex-hollow-nelson-rehmeyer
  5. https://www.ydr.com/story/news/history/blogs/york-town-square/2017/10/14/murder-and-witchcraft-incredible-story-york-countys-hex-murder/764018001/
  6. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rehmeyer%27s_Hollow
  7. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legend_tripping
  8. https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/rehmeyers-hollow
  9. https://occult-world.com/blymire-john/
  10. https://www.glencairnmuseum.org/newsletter/2017/3/2/powwowing-in-pennsylvania
  11. https://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/ny-metro-justice-story-rehmeyer-20181121-story.html
  12. https://www.ydr.com/story/news/history/blogs/york-town-square/2009/12/06/hex-murder-rehmayer/31681709/
  13. https://www.wgal.com/article/tales-of-witchcraft-spells-murder-surround-rehmeyer-s-hollow/6239526

Episode 47 Sources: Deconstructing Atlantis with Sara Head

We are once again joined by the wonderful Sara Head of the Archaeological Fantasies and Digging to the Other Side podcasts to talk about all things Atlantis. In this episode, we tackle the origins of the myth, what science has to say about real “lost” civilizations and continents, and the very serious problems with the perpetuation of the Atlantis myth today.

You can find Sara on Twitter @ArchyFantasies, or on these podcasts: Archaeological FantasiesParanormal Archaeology, and Digging to the Other Side.

You can listen on Apple PodcastsSpotifyStitcherGoogle PodcastsAmazon MusicPandora, or iHeartRadio.

Here are our sources:

  1. https://www.livescience.com/23217-lost-city-of-atlantis.html
  2. https://www.history.com/topics/folklore/atlantis
  3. https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Atlantis:_The_Antediluvian_World#:~:text=Atlantis%3A%20The%20Antediluvian%20World%20is,descended%20from%20this%20lost%20land.
  4. https://www.geosociety.org/gsatoday/archive/27/3/article/GSATG321A.1.htm
  5. https://t.co/yBBP6AVfmw
  6. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-guatemala-archaeology/divers-probe-mayan-ruins-submerged-in-guatemala-lake-idUSTRE59T4P120091030
  7. https://www.forbes.com/sites/trevornace/2020/06/29/stunning-new-maps-reveal-what-the-lost-continent-of-zealandia-looks-like/?sh=6a26579522be
  8. https://mysteriousthing.com/the-devastating-nuclear-war-between-lemuria-and-atlantis-more-than-10000-years-ago-video
  9. https://gizmodo.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-lemuria-the-lost-con-1624866897
  10. https://www.greeka.com/cyclades/santorini/sightseeing/santorini-volcano/atlantis/
  11. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minoan_eruption  
  12. https://www.livescience.com/4846-eruption-thera-changed-world.html

Episode 46 Sources: The Enfield Poltergeist

In this episode we get back to our paranormal roots to cover a listener request, the Enfield Poltergeist! You may be familiar with this story from the movies, but we are here (per usual) to tell you that what happened to the Hodgson family may not have been as spooky as it seems. Join us to hear about Peggy Hodgson, her children, their G-H-O-S-T, and what we think was actually going on at 284 Green St. in 1977.

Featured promo in this episode comes from our friends at 3 Spooked Girls!

Link including pictures taken by Graham Morris of Janet “levitating” (i.e., jumping off of her bed): http://features.sky.com/enfield-haunting/

Here are our sources:

  1. Monster Talk podcast, Episodes 123 & 124 https://www.skeptic.com/podcasts/monstertalk/17/03/08/, https://www.skeptic.com/podcasts/monstertalk/17/04/12/
  2. Generation Why podcast, “The Enfield Poltergeist”, https://podcasts.apple.com/ro/podcast/the-enfield-poltergeist-151/id541481026?i=1000354821499
  3. https://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/may/01/the-enfield-poltergeist-a-skeptic-speaks
  4. https://www.timeout.com/london/blog/five-reasons-why-londons-most-famous-poltergeist-case-is-a-hoax-061616
  5. http://www.theoccultmuseum.com/interview-poltergeist-true-story-enfield-haunting/
  6. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/4GjC93L35KcswfsR13Gvj8F/what-it-s-like-to-meet-a-poltergeist
  7. https://psi-encyclopedia.spr.ac.uk/articles/enfield-poltergeist
  8. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Society_for_Psychical_Research
  9. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enfield_poltergeist
  10. https://www.thehistoryreader.com/us-history/1977-the-amityville-haunting-and-the-enfield-house/
  11. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2054842/Enfield-Poltergeist-The-amazing-story-11-year-old-North-London-girl-levitated-bed.html  
  12. https://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-15524459

Episode 45 Sources: Lab Disasters Part 1, The Radium Girls

Paige is our resident health and safety professional and it’s her time to shine in this episode all about the “Radium Girls”, a group of amazing women whose fight against the US Radium Corporation was instrumental in the establishment of the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) and modern workplace safety regulations. This is part one of two episodes we plan to do on lab disasters (up next: EXPLOSIONS!).

You can listen on Apple PodcastsSpotifyStitcherGoogle PodcastsAmazon MusicPandora, or iHeartRadio.

Featured promo in this episode from the Malpractice Podcast.

Link to the industrial safety presentation mentioned by Paige: https://orau.org/ihos/downloads/meetings/support-files/2018/RadiumGirls_King.pdf

Link to the song “Radium Dance”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cvn3Kr15azg 

Here are our sources:

  1. Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore https://www.amazon.com/Radium-Girls-Story-Americas-Shining/dp/149264935X
  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPpRrUI3PyE
  3. https://www.britannica.com/story/radium-girls-the-women-who-fought-for-their-lives-in-a-killer-workplace#:~:text=The%20women%20hired%20to%20paint,they%20went%20dancing%20after%20work.
  4. https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/curies-isolate-radium#:~:text=On%20April%2020%2C%201902%2C%20Marie,in%20their%20research%20of%20pitchblende.
  5. https://orau.org/ihos/downloads/meetings/support-files/2018/RadiumGirls_King.pdf
  6. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5595405/  
  7. https://orau.org/health-physics-museum/collection/miscellaneous/radium-dance.html

Episode 44 Sources: The Short & The Spooky – Tokyo Drift

For this installment of Short & Spooky, we’re bringing you four stories that have about as much connection to one-another as The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift has to the rest of the franchise its associated with. That is to say, almost none. Join us as we learn about creepy dolls, glowing Civil War wounds, strange trees, and baby dragons.

You can listen on Apple PodcastsSpotifyStitcherGoogle PodcastsAmazon MusicPandora, or iHeartRadio.

Here are our sources:

  1. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/history-creepy-dolls-180955916/
  2. https://www.prevention.com/health/mental-health/a23737943/fear-of-dolls/
  3. https://www.discovery.com/exploration/the-mystery-of-the-crooked-forest
  4. https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/travel/destinations/interesting-facts-about-udaipur-that-every-traveller-should-know/photostory/82304814.cms
  5. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/31/science/crooked-forest-poland-theories.html
  6. https://www.sciencenews.org/article/blind-aquatic-salamander-may-have-sat-mostly-still-seven-years
  7. https://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/angels-glow-why-did-some-civil-war-soldiers-glow-as-they-lay-dying/?fbclid=IwAR0nTmWhdolMRbKU3OGRf8cHX0cCAGIkz7PCDC_auZAevqXyzw0GDRgUSBg
  8. https://www.ars.usda.gov/news-events/news/research-news/2001/students-may-have-answer-for-faster-healing-civil-war-wounds-that-glowed/ 
  9. https://www.jstor.org/stable/4450468
  10. https://www.livescience.com/32651-what-causes-bioluminescence-.html
  11. https://www.whoi.edu/know-your-ocean/did-you-know/how-does-bioluminescence-work/
  12. https://ocean.si.edu/ocean-life/fish/bioluminescence#:~:text=Bioluminescence%20occurs%20through%20a%20chemical,reacts%20with%20oxygen%2C%20produces%20light.&text=Many%20organisms%20also%20produce%20the,to%20speed%20up%20the%20reaction.
  13. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bioluminescent_bacteria#:~:text=Purpose%20of%20bio%2Dluminescence,-The%20wide%2Dranged&text=In%20the%20case%20of%20bioluminescent,as%20a%20form%20of%20dispersal.&text=The%20bio%2Dluminescence%20of%20bacteria,enter%20and%20inhabit%20other%20organisms.
  14. https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fmicb.2017.01142/full
  15. https://ano-patel.medium.com/slovenias-dragons-from-myth-to-reality-2a22a3f3dfc#:~:text=Postojna%20and%20Skocjan%20caves%20in,14%20years%20without%20any%20food
  16. https://www.newyorker.com/tech/annals-of-technology/whats-behind-slovenias-love-affair-with-a-salamander