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

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 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

Episode 43 Sources: Spooky Volcanoes – Take My Picture With It!

In this episode, our very own volcano expert, Meagan, talks about what occurred during the infamous eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 CE. We discuss what is left of the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, as well as what makes them spooky. We also dive into supervolcanoes, including how much of a threat they really pose to the survival of the human race and some spooky stories about the biggest eruptions that humans (or at least our ancestors) have witnessed.

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

*This is a joke. Meagan did not pose with any skeletons.

Here are our sources:

  1. MEAGAN’S BRAIN.
  2. https://www.audiology.org/volcanic-eruption-tops-loudest-sound-heard-on-earth-in-the-past-100-years/#:~:text=Scientists%20believe%20the%20sonic%20boom,235%20dB%20in%20the%20epicenter.
  3. https://www.popsci.com/story/science/loudest-sounds-ever-measured/
  4. https://www.livescience.com/vitrified-brain-of-vesuvius-victim-found.html
  5. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mount-vesuvius-boiled-its-victims-blood-and-caused-their-skulls-explode-180970504/
  6. https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/12/partially-mutilated-herculaneum-skeleton-was-fugitive-of-vesuvius-eruption/
  7. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-57055163
  8. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pliny_the_Elder  https://www.susannaduffy.com/the-ghosts-of-herculaneum/
  9. https://igppweb.ucsd.edu/~gabi/sio15/lectures/volcanoes/pliny.html
  10. https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-22355515
  11. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-humans-weathered-toba-supervolcano-just-fine-180968479/
  12. https://scied.ucar.edu/learning-zone/how-climate-works/mount-tambora-and-year-without-summer
  13. https://www.usatoday.com/story/weather/2016/05/26/year-without-a-summer-1816-mount-tambora/84855694/
  14. http://www.craterlakeinstitute.com/smith-chronological-history-of-crater-lake/sources-and-articles-of-interest/orgin-stories-of-the-lake/

Episode 38 Sources: Turkey Manslaughter & Murder Birds

This (belated) Thanksgiving episode features an exceptionally giggly discussion on spooky birds. It’s got a little bit of everything, from dinosaur-like cassowaries capable of disemboweling an adult human to mistaking owls for Mothman to meat raining from the sky!

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

Here are our sources – links with images discussed in the episode are noted:

  1. Cassowary images: https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/tetrapod-zoology/how-dangerous-are-cassowaries-really/
  2. Baby cassowary image: https://www.nashvillezoo.org/our-blog/posts/first-cassowary-hatches-despite-hazards
  3. Shoebill Stork images: https://allthatsinteresting.com/shoebill-stork
  4. Information on bird preservation & what you can do: https://www.birds.cornell.edu/home/bring-birds-back/
  5. Baby owls look like aliens: https://www.popularmechanics.com/science/animals/a29802935/owl-video-aliens/
  6. Barred owl with red eyeshine: https://twitter.com/edpiotrowski/status/438503770834497536?lang=ca
  7. https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/running-ponies/the-great-kentucky-meat-shower-mystery-unwound-by-projectile-vulture-vomit/
  8. https://www.npr.org/2011/01/03/132631464/What-Killed-Thousands-Of-Blackbirds-In-Arkansas
  9. https://www.insider.com/scariest-birds-2019-1.
  10. https://lemonly.com/blog/owls-are-fcking-scary-an-infographic-argument
  11. https://craigmedred.news/2020/02/05/when-owls-attack/
  12. https://www.news18.com/news/buzz/aliens-or-baby-owls-man-shocked-after-spotting-spooky-looking-creatures-in-attic-2392311.html
  13. https://lithub.com/aliens-among-us-a-brief-history-of-the-owl/
  14. https://www.audubon.org/news/is-mothman-west-virginia-owl
  15. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flatwoods_monster
  16. https://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Balaeniceps_rex/
  17. https://www.encyclopedia.com/science/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/shoebill-balaenicipitidae
  18. https://www.firerescue1.com/fire-prevention/articles/firefighters-demonstrate-the-dangers-of-deep-frying-a-turkey-PB6hDnjromoNOD4n/#:~:text=Fire%20Rescue,more%20than%2035%2C000%20burn%20injuries.
  19. https://web.extension.illinois.edu/turkey/turkey_facts.cfm
  20. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2011/feb/08/cock-kills-man-california-cockfight

Turkey Manslaughter & Murder Birds

This (belated) Thanksgiving episode features an exceptionally giggly discussion on spooky birds. It’s got a little bit of everything, from dinosaur-like cassowaries capable of disemboweling an adult human to owls as Mothman to meat raining from the sky!

To see our sources and any extras 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”!

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”!

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