Ripley's Believe It or Notcast

Ripley's Believe It or Notcast

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For over 100 years, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! has been the home for the strange, the bizarre, and the unusual—all incredibly hard to believe, but undeniably true.
Have you ever wondered what to do if you reeled in the Loch Ness Monster or captured Bigfoot? And just how did conjoined twins Chang and Eng father 21 children? Or how in the world do Japanese game shows get away with some of the insane stunts they do?
Join hosts Brent Donaldson and Ryan Clark as they dive into the wonderful world of weird.
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What Were Washington’s Teeth Really Made From? – Ripley’s Believe It or Notcast Ep. 014
We’ve all heard the story of George Washington, the Founding Father who led America’s colonies to victory in 1781, having wooden teeth. It reminds us that even the greatest heroes have flaws. Some stories even say he carved his teeth himself, a reflection of the admirable ability for a person to solve their own problems. This idea may make for a great story, and compelling lesson in character but is any of it true? This week on the Notcast, we look through historical accounts and Washington’s own writings to find out what his teeth were actually made of and why his dentures were treated like a state secret. Show notes are on Ripleys.com. You can join the Notcast conversation on Twitter or drop us a line at notcast@ripleys.com.
10:59
September 10, 2019
The History Of Crocodile-Filled Moats - Ripley's Believe It or Notcast Episode 013
The idea of a moat imparts a sense of impassibility and danger. For one to fall into the waters of a castle moat seems to spell inevitable death at the jaws of crocodiles, the pets of a sinister count or king, but is there any historical precedence for crocodile-filled moats? This week on the Notcast, we look through the history books to find out how moats worked and if any contained killer reptiles. Show notes are on Ripleys.com. You can join the Notcast conversation on Twitter or drop us a line at notcast@ripleys.com.
13:42
September 3, 2019
Roaches VS Nuclear Armageddon - Ripley's Believe It or Notcast Episode 012
Cockroaches are renowned for how hard they are to kill; they’ve even been rumored to be tough enough to survive nuclear Armageddon. But is their resilience exaggerated? Is the roach's body tough enough to survive nuclear detonation and fallout? This week on the Notcast, we break down the research behind a cockroach and atomic bomb confrontation. Show notes are on Ripleys.com. You can join the Notcast conversation on Twitter or drop us a line at notcast@ripleys.com.
27:01
August 27, 2019
The Truth About Suicidal Lemmings - Ripley's Believe It or Notcast Episode 011
Lemmings have a reputation for being suicide-obsessed cliff-diving rodents, but what explains this curious behavior? While Brent and Ryan work on season two of the Notcast, we explore the "Or Not" side of Ripley's Believe It or Not!. This week, we look into the mystery of lemming behavior, and how our understanding of these rodents became so warped. Show notes are on Ripleys.com. You can join the Notcast conversation on Twitter or drop us a line at notcast@ripleys.com.
13:42
August 20, 2019
Interviewing Real Vampires - Ripley's Believe It or Notcast Episode 010
Could your grocery store clerk, the nurse at your local clinic, or even your priest be a real vampire? Whether it's biological or not, vampirism has long been used as a way to describe the differences between certain groups of people. On the season one finale of the Notcast, Brent and Ryan interview real vampires, delving into the bizarre and sometimes bloody underground world of these unique individuals. Show notes are on Ripleys.com. You can join the Notcast conversation on Twitter or drop us a line at notcast@ripleys.com.
37:42
August 13, 2019
Salem And The Curse Of Giles Corey - Ripley's Believe It or Notcast Episode 009
What began as an investigation into the life of accused witch Giles Corey, culminated in an interview with modern-day witch Lori Bruno. This week, Brent and Ryan discuss the horrors perpetrated in association with the Salem Witch Trials. One man chose to be squished to death by rocks, rather than falsely admit to being a witch. Show notes are on Ripleys.com. You can join the Notcast conversation on Twitter or drop us a line at notcast@ripleys.com.
36:50
August 6, 2019
The Private Lives Of The Conjoined Bunker Twins - Ripley's Believe It or Notcast Episode 008
In 1824, a merchant working between Singapore and Bangkok saw what he thought was some kind of human animal—a creature with two heads, but only two arms, swimming in the Chao Phraya River. This week, Brent and Ryan discuss the legendary conjoined twins Chang and Eng Bunker. These twins began as duck sellers in their humble village, traveled as sideshow performers, and eventually became wealthy slave-owners in the American South. Show notes are on Ripleys.com. You can join the Notcast conversation on Twitter or drop us a line at notcast@ripleys.com.
38:24
July 30, 2019
Behind The Insanity Of Japanese Game Shows - Ripley's Believe It or Notcast Episode 007
Many have heard that Japanese game shows can be ruthless environments where anything goes. This week, Brent and Ryan talk to American contestants and game show experts to separate the facts from the fiction. Show notes are on Ripleys.com. You can join the Notcast conversation on Twitter or drop us a line at notcast@ripleys.com.
41:36
July 23, 2019
Edison And The Electric Chair - Ripley's Believe It or Notcast Episode 006
"An inventor needs enemies." These are the words of the man who brought electricity into the home, Thomas Edison. While many will argue the particulars of what he invented, Edison was perhaps the most influential man in technology during the turn of the century. This week, Brent and Ryan talk to Dr. Paul Israel, the Director and General Editor of the Edison Papers at Rutgers University. They explore the competitive nature of the "Wizard of Menlo Park," and how this led him to be involved in the use of electricity for capital punishment. Show notes are on Ripleys.com. You can join the Notcast conversation on Twitter or drop us a line at notcast@ripleys.com.
31:35
July 16, 2019
The World's Shortest Daredevil Stuntman - Ripley's Believe It or Notcast Episode 005
Picture a cramped tour bus packed with self-proclaimed human oddities, sword swallowers, fire-breathers, glass eaters, and vaudevillian-style performers all getting ready to take the stage. This week on the Ripley's Believe It or Notcast, Brent and Ryan talk to Short E. Dangerously. At three-foot-three, Shorty had to have his lower half amputated when he was two years old. He walks on his hands, but, other than that, does everything a person typically does and more. Currently, he travels with the Hellzapoppin Sideshow, breathing fire, and jumping on glass. Show notes are on Ripleys.com. You can join the Notcast conversation on Twitter or drop us a line at notcast@ripleys.com.
35:58
July 9, 2019
Interview With An Exorcist - Ripley's Believe It or Notcast Episode 004
The conviction that demons exist, and that they exist to harass, derange, and smite human beings stretches back as far as religion itself. This week on the Ripley's Believe It or Notcast, Brent and Ryan talk to Father Vincent Lampert, a Catholic priest and the official exorcist for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.  Father Lampert trained under long-time Italian exorcist, Father Carmine de Filippis, assisting in over 40 exorcisms. Show notes are on Ripleys.com. You can join the Notcast conversation on Twitter or drop us a line at notcast@ripleys.com.
36:41
July 2, 2019
Bruce Campbell's Encounter With The Unexplained - Ripley's Believe It or Notcast Episode 003
Travel Channel has brought Ripley's Believe It or Not! back to television with veteran actor Bruce Campbell introducing viewers to the strange, bizarre, and unusual. This week on the Ripley's Believe It or Notcast, Brent and Ryan talk to Bruce about the show, asking him what it's like in the world-famous Ripley Warehouse. Bruce's Believe It or Not! instincts are also put to the test with some "Or Not" trivia. Bruce reveals his creepiest fan interaction, and even regales our hosts with his very own encounter with an unexplained flying object. Show notes are on Ripleys.com. You can join the Notcast conversation on Twitter or drop us a line at notcast@ripleys.com.
37:14
June 25, 2019
Inside The Most Off Limits Places - Ripley's Believe It or Notcast Episode 002
WARNING: This story contains the descriptions of off limits places where people are not allowed to go. Listen, but watch your step. Things could get dangerous. For even the most seasoned travelers—the ones who have been to every state and every continent—there are still places that for whatever reason—be they geographical, political, or even for your own personal safety—you just can’t visit. We're taking you all the way from Snake Island in Brazil to the Vatican Archives to find out what makes these places off limits. Lonely Planet destinations editor Ben Buckner joins in to explain his favorite places no one is allowed to go, and aerospace historian Peter Merlin even discusses the mystery site of Area 51. Show notes are on Ripleys.com. You can join the Notcast conversation on Twitter or drop us a line at notcast@ripleys.com.
36:00
June 18, 2019
The Law When It Comes To Hunting Cryptids - Ripley's Believe It or Notcast Episode 001
What would happen if people actually captured Bigfoot or the Loch Ness Monster? This week Brent and Ryan talk to a Skunk Ape expert in the Everglades, then navigate the laws protecting Sasquatch in Skamania County, Washington. Show notes are on Ripleys.com. You can join the Notcast conversation on Twitter or drop us a line at notcast@ripleys.com.
32:35
June 11, 2019
Sneak Peek: The Ripley's Believe It or Notcast
For over 100 years, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! has been the home for all things incredibly hard to believe, but undeniably true. Join hosts Brent Donaldson and Ryan Clark as they talk to oddthorities around the world and delve deep into the strange, the bizarre, and the unusual.
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May 28, 2019
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