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.

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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”!

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”