Episode 34 Sources: Damn Oceans, You Scary – AKA The Whale Episode

Thalassophobia, the fear of the ocean or other large bodies of water, is a common phobia, and in this episode we discuss what makes large bodies of water so spooky. Whether it be the size of the ocean, ghost ships, or what could be lurking beneath the surface of the water there are plenty of reasons to be creeped out! You can listen on Apple PodcastsSpotifyStitcherGoogle PodcastsAmazon MusicPandora, or iHeartRadio.

Reminder: We’re collecting spooky stories for our Annual Halloween Listener Stories episode! If you have a paranormal or other creepy experience that you were able to debunk, or that you’d like us to take a stab at, you can send it to [email protected] or DM us on any of our social media accounts. Happy Spooky Season!

As always, here are our sources:

  1. https://amp.capecodtimes.com/amp/7653838002?__twitter_impression=true
  2. https://www.popularmechanics.com/science/a19000/less-than-one-percent-worlds-shipwrecks-explored/
  3. https://theconversation.com/ten-things-you-never-knew-about-the-oceans-deepest-places-55172
  4. https://www.usharbors.com/2018/10/the-science-of-ghost-ships/
  5. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/the-enchanting-sea-monsters-on-medieval-maps-1805646/
  6. https://medium.com/short-history/christopher-columbus-cant-tell-a-manatee-from-a-mermaid-b008e117c78d
  7. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/five-real-sea-monsters-brought-life-early-naturalists-180953155/
  8. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rogue_wave
  9. https://www.boatinternational.com/luxury-yacht-life/lifestyle/best-ghost-ship-stories–29737
  10. https://www.ripleys.com/weird-news/ss-ourang-medan-ghost-ship/
  11. https://www.historicmysteries.com/ourang-medan/
  12. https://www.marineinsight.com/maritime-history/ghost-ship-the-mysterious-flying-dutchman/
  13. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-did-whales-evolve-73276956/

Damn Oceans, You Scary: AKA The Whale Episode

Thalassophobia, the fear of the ocean or other large bodies of water, is a common phobia, and in this episode we discuss what makes large bodies of water so spooky. Whether it be the size of the ocean, ghost ships, or what could be lurking beneath the surface of the water there are plenty of reasons to be creeped out!

To see our sources for this episode, head to our website at www.spookysciencesisters.com. Hit subscribe to be notified of future episodes, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@SpookySciPod), TikTok (@SpookyScience), 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. You can also support the show further by buying us a “spirit”!

Spooky Science Sisters is a member of the Straight Up Strange Podcast Network.

Episode 28 Sources: Werewolf Folklore & Science with K.T. Katzmann

Werewolves (AKA lycanthropes) are typically described as a human with the ability to shapeshift into a vicious wolf. In this episode K.T. Katzmann (Twitter @IWriteMonsters), author of Murder with Monsters, joins us for a fun-filled discussion on the folklore and science behind werewolves. We cover everything from rabid dogs and clinical lycanthropy to the parallels between changes that occur during puberty and the werewolf transformation. You can listen to this episode on Apple PodcastsSpotifyStitcherGoogle PodcastsAmazon MusicPandora, or iHeartRadio.

Sources:

  1. https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/cocktail-party-physics/bad-moon-rising-the-science-of-werewolves/
  2. https://www.rte.ie/brainstorm/2019/1018/1084230-the-science-of-werewolves/
  3. https://boingboing.net/2012/10/31/a-case-report-on-lycanthropy.html
  4. https://dnascience.plos.org/2012/12/27/the-curious-genetics-of-werewolves/
  5. https://theconversation.com/the-ancient-origins-of-werewolves-104775
  6. https://www.livescience.com/24412-werewolves.html
  7. https://twistedphysics.typepad.com/cocktail_party_physics/2009/11/bad-moon-rising.html
  8. https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/thoughtful-animal/real-life-werewolves-dog-bites-and-full-moons/
  9. https://dnascience.plos.org/2012/12/27/the-curious-genetics-of-werewolves/
  10. https://gizmodo.com/werewolf-science-do-dogs-really-bite-more-people-durin-1652449939
  11. https://www.rte.ie/brainstorm/2019/1018/1084230-the-science-of-werewolves/
  12. https://science.howstuffworks.com/science-vs-myth/strange-creatures/werewolf.htm
  13. https://historydaily.org/werewolf-trials
  14. https://www.livescience.com/44875-werewolves-in-psychiatry.html

Werewolf Folklore & Science with K.T. Katzmann

Werewolves (AKA lycanthropes) are typically described as a human with the ability to shapeshift into a vicious wolf. In this episode K.T. Katzmann (Twitter @IWriteMonsters), author of Murder with Monsters, joins us for a fun-filled discussion on the folklore and science behind werewolves. We cover everything from rabid dogs and clinical lycanthropy to the parallels between changes that occur during puberty and the werewolf transformation.

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), TikTok (@SpookyScience), 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. You can also support the show further by buying us a “spirit”!

Spooky Science Sisters is a member of the Straight Up Strange Podcast Network.

Episode 26 Sources: Origins of Cryptozoology with Dr. Brian Regal

In this episode we are joined by professor of science history at Kean University and author, Dr. Brian Regal, to discuss the origins of cryptozoology. We chat about some of our favorite cryptids, and learn about how sea serpents and mating whales helped to create what we know today as the field of cryptozoology. You can listen to this episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, or Pandora.

You can find out more about Brian, including the papers and books we discussed, on his website here: https://sites.google.com/a/kean.edu/brian-regal-phd/ or by following him on Twitter @Tarbosaur!

Sources:

  1. https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/tetrapod-zoology/is-cryptozoology-good-or-bad-for-science/
  2. https://cosmosmagazine.com/biology/how-the-search-for-mythical-monsters-can-help-conservation-in-the-real-world
  3. https://cosmosmagazine.com/society/science-history-the-weird-world-of-cryptozoology/
  4. https://alumni.berkeley.edu/california-magazine/just-in/2018-10-26/so-why-do-people-believe-bigfoot-anyway

Episode 25 Sources: Wendigos – This Time It’s Cannibalism!

Wendigos are said to be terrifying humanoid cannibals from the Great Lakes region of the Midwest and Canada. In this episode we discuss the origins of the wendigo myth, wendigo psychosis, and our theories on alleged wendigo sightings.  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: Timesuck, Episode 196: “The Wendigo and Other American Indian Folklore Monsters”; Blurry Photos, Episode 135: “The Wendigo”; Lore, Episode 18: “Hunger Pains”

Origins of Pop Culture Vampires with Dr. Holly Walters

Edward Cullen and Dracula. Two vastly different characters that have one major thing in common – they vant to suck your blood. If you enjoyed our first episode about vampires, you will love this one! Dr. Holly Walters, cultural anthropologist, author, and knower of all things vampires, joins us to chat about the origins of the modern day vampire. What stories inspired the young, sexy, blood-sucking vampire that we know and love today? Are Meagan and Paige embarrassed by the poor taste in vampire fiction? Listen now to find out!

You can find Holly at her blog or on Twitter!

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. You can also support the show further by buying us a “spirit”!

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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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