Episode 17 Sources: “Soviet Union Spring Break 1959: The Dyatlov Pass Incident”

Happy New Year, Spooky People! Winter is here and since we’re hunkering down for a cold couple of months, we think there’s no better time to discuss the mysterious, snowy deaths that occurred at Dyatlov Pass. In our first episode of 2021, we challenge some of the most popular theories surrounding the demise of nine hikers on February 2, 1959. We cover a handful of possibilities, from avalanches and hypothermia to aliens and government conspiracies. If this story leaves you scratching your head, you are not alone. If you have any thoughts on this topic, drop them in the comments below or reach out on social media! You can listen to this episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, or Pandora.

Here are the sources we used for this episode:

Podcasts: Unexplained Season 2, Episode 4.1, 4.2, and 4.3; Astonishing Legends Episodes 23 and 24; Timesuck Episode 62

YouTube: Buzzfeed Unsolved: True Crime, “The Strange Deaths of the 9 Hikers of Dyatlov Pass”; Morbid Mystery, “The Dyatlov Pass Incident”; The Infographics Show, “What Made Hikers Take Clothes Off In Below Freezing Temps? (The Dyatlov Pass Mystery)”

Websites:

Soviet Union Spring Break 1959: The Dyatlov Pass Incident

Winter is here and since we’re hunkering down for a cold couple of months, we think there’s no better time to discuss the snowy mystery that occurred at Dyatlov Pass. In our first episode of 2021, we challenge some of the most popular theories surrounding the deaths of nine hikers on February 2, 1959. We cover a handful of possibilities, from avalanches and hypothermia to aliens and government conspiracies. If this story leaves you scratching your head, you are not alone. If you have any thoughts on this topic, please reach out on social media! We’d love to hear what you think.

To see our sources for this episode, head to our website at spookysciencesisters.com. Hit subscribe to be notified of future episodes, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@SpookySciPod), and Facebook (@SpookyScienceSisters) for even more spooky content! Help us grow by sharing with a friend and leaving a rating and review on Apple Podcasts.

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Episode 16 Sources: Santa Science Sisters

Happy Solstice, Merry (almost) Christmas, & Happy Holidays! From child psychology, to vaporizing reindeer, time dilation, and near death experiences – this episode has a little bit of everything, so we recommend you settle in with some nog (or your holiday beverage of choice) and enjoy! You can listen to this episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, or Pandora.

As always, here are our sources:

  1. https://www.sciencenews.org/blog/growth-curve/science-kids-belief-santa
  2. https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2018/12/18/your-kids-believe-santa-scientist-says-tell-them-stop-it/
  3. https://news.utexas.edu/2020/01/06/is-believing-in-santa-bad-or-good-for-kids/
  4. https://www.parentingscience.com/Easter-Bunny-and-Santa-Claus.html
  5. https://www.forbes.com/sites/startswithabang/2015/12/20/the-physics-of-santa-claus/?sh=1e64feef1e80
  6. https://www.museumofidaho.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/The-Science-of-Santa-Claus.pdf
  7. https://www.npr.org/2012/12/24/167946053/the-science-behind-santas-christmas-eve-journey
  8. https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/the-physics-of-santa-and-his-reindeer/
  9. https://gizmodo.com/can-santa-claus-exist-a-scientific-debate-1669957032
  10. https://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Family/fauci-santa-innate-immunity-spread-covid-19-christmas/story?id=74316296
  11. https://people.howstuffworks.com/culture-traditions/holidays-christmas/santa-chimney.htm
  12. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00508-017-1306-8
  13. https://www.forbes.com/sites/drdonlincoln/2019/12/23/the-science-of-santa-claus–how-can-he-do-it/?sh=fda5a584367a
  14. http://www.mit.edu/people/dmredish/wwwMLRF/links/Humor/Existance_of_Santa.html#:~:text=This%20means%20that%20Santa’s%20sleigh,tops%2C%2015%20miles%20per%20hour.
  15. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/what-near-death-experiences-reveal-about-the-brain/

Santa Science Sisters

Ho! Ho! Ho! Christmas is right around the corner and it’s time to talk about everybody’s favorite jolly old man. Santa may not be considered spooky by most, but he is technically a boogeyman, and we had questions about him that needed answers! In this episode, we discuss the effect of Santa (and similar holiday characters) on children’s cognitive development, the plausibility of Santa’s sleigh withstanding speeds many times faster than sound, and how many calories Santa would eat on Christmas night. In the spirit of 2020, we also answer the question concerning us all, “will Santa get sick with COVID-19”? Don’t forget to stick around until the end to hear this week’s Short and Spooky – a cheerful chat about near death experiences. 

To see our sources for this episode, head to our website at spookysciencesisters.com. Hit subscribe to be notified of future episodes, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@SpookySciPod), and Facebook (@SpookyScienceSisters) for even more spooky content! Help us grow by sharing with a friend and leaving a rating and review on Apple Podcasts.

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Episode 15 Sources: The Lost Colony of Roanoke

In an effort to be more transparent about the sources we gather information from, we’ll be sharing them for each episode on this site!

Episode 15 was a deep dive into the the possible explanations for the disappearance of the Roanoke colony featuring Sara Head and Karen Stollznow of the Archaeological Fantasies and Monster Talk podcasts, respectively. You can listen to this episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, or Amazon Music.

For this episode, we used the following sources:

Book: The Secret Token: Myth, Obsession, and the Search for the Lost Colony of Roanoke by Andrew Lawler

Podcasts: Astonishing Legends Episodes 151 & 152: The Lost Colony of Roanoke Parts 1 & 2; Unexplained Mysteries Episodes 5/5/20 & 5/7/20: The Roanoke Colony Pts. 1 & 2

Websites:

  1. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1998/04/980428075409.htm
  2. https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/news/picture-climate-how-can-we-learn-tree-rings
  3. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/starving-settlers-in-jamestown-colony-resorted-to-cannibalism-46000815/
  4. https://www.buzzfeed.com/christopherhudspeth/5-theories-about-what-actually-happened-to-the-lost-colony
  5. https://ubique.americangeo.org/map-of-the-week/map-of-the-week-the-lost-colony-of-roanoke/
  6. https://www.encyclopediavirginia.org/roanoke_colonies_the
  7. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/mystery-roanoke-endures-yet-another-cruel-twist-180962837/
  8. https://www.andrewlawler.com/it-was-americas-first-english-colony-then-it-was-gone/

The Lost Colony of Roanoke: It’s Not Cannibalism, OK?!

It’s almost Thanksgiving, so it’s time to get Colonial! Eat some turkey and settle in for this jumbo-sized episode on the mystery of the Lost Colony of Roanoke. For this episode, we were joined by the amazing Sarah Head and Karen Stollznow from the Archaeological Fantasies and Monster Talk podcasts, respectively. We discuss all of the possibilities of what may have happened to these colonists, from the obvious — they joined up with a local Native American tribe — to the (probably) absurd — they ate each other.

To see our sources for this episode, head to our website at spookysciencesisters.com. Hit subscribe to be notified of future episodes, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@SpookySciPod), and Facebook (@SpookyScienceSisters) for even more spooky content! Help us grow by sharing with a friend and leaving a rating and review on Apple Podcasts.

Listen at the end of this episode to hear a promo from one of our new favorite shows, I Read It Online Somewhere! https://ireaditos.podbean.com/

Sarah M. Head at Archaeological Fantasies: https://twitter.com/ArchyFantasies

Karen Stollznow: https://twitter.com/karenstollznow?s=20

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First Annual Halloween Listener Stories

In our third Halloween special episode we are sharing and trying to debunk some of our listeners’ spookiest experiences. Listen and let us know if you agree with our interpretations. Thank you to everybody who submitted a story and Happy Halloween!

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This is Halloween

Why are black cats considered unlucky? Do we really have to worry about our children receiving poisoned candy? And what is the deal with Skeleton Lake? Find all of this out and more by listening to our second Halloween special episode. We explore the history of our favorite holiday, and some of the most popular Halloween superstitions and traditions. We discuss the many possible origins of trick-or-treating, tell you a spooky story about Stingy Jack, and talk about why Halloween occurs at a particularly spooky time of year.

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Debunking Hauntings: Let’s Take a Trip to Kenny’s Tiki Bar

Kenny Biddle, science enthusiast, Skeptical Help Bar videocast host, writer for the “I Am Kenny Biddle” blog on Facebook and Skeptical Inquirer magazine, and owner of a backyard tiki bar,  joins us for a laugh-filled episode discussing the credibility of some of the most famous hauntings in America. We debunk photos from The Stanley Hotel (well-known as the inspiration for The Shining’s Overlook Hotel), review Meagan and Kenny’s encyclopedic Ghost Hunters knowledge at Eastern State Penitentiary, reveal the misunderstood history of the Baxter Avenue Morgue, and discuss the maybe not-so-strange happenings in the Astoria Underground Tunnels. Of course, no ghost-filled episode is complete without the Ghost Adventures crew! To hear about these haunted locations, and get an update on the history of Newme, listen now!

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Vampires, Rotting Corpses, and Safe Sex

Episode 11 is here! Listen as we take on Vampires. You will hear about some of your favorite fanged monsters, from Lord Ruthven to the Cullens to Count von Count. We discuss decomposition of the human body, and how a misunderstanding of medical disorders may have helped create what we now know as the vampire.

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