Episode 69 Sources: Mothman – The Cozy Cryptid, Featuring Ellen Weatherford

Meagan is joined by Substitute Sister and host of the Just the Zoo of Us and Spellbound & Gagged podcasts, Ellen Weatherford, to discuss the man, the moth!?, the legend – Mothman! Join us to hear all about the history and science behind one of America’s coziest cryptids, and get our thoughts on important questions such as “Is Richard Gere actually Mothman,” and, “is Florida the Carboniferous Period 2.0?” Listen on Apple PodcastsSpotifyStitcherGoogle PodcastsAmazon MusicPandoraiHeartRadio, and more.

You can find Ellen on TikTok @ellen.weatherford, or on her podcasts, Just the Zoo of Us and Spellbound & Gagged.

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Here are our sources:

  1. https://www.npr.org/local/309/2019/10/28/773566283/the-case-of-the-chicago-mothman
  2. https://folklife.si.edu/magazine/mothman-point-pleasant-west-virginia
  3. https://www.audubon.org/news/is-mothman-west-virginia-owl
  4. https://uwm.edu/letters-science/news/featured-stories/history-student-tells-the-story-of-the-mothman/ 
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mothman
  6. https://cdn.centerforinquiry.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2002/03/22164753/p20.pdf
  7. https://www.vice.com/en/article/paqv9z/mothman-sightings-in-chicago

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!

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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!

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