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This Podcast Doesn't Exist

This Podcast Doesn't Exist

By Shannon McCarthy and Emma Kiely-Hampson

Do aliens exist? Was that Elvis who officiated your Vegas wedding actually Elvis? What if Bigfoot is really a family of cave-dwelling humans from the dark ages? We're just two best friends with so many questions about the world. Join us as each week we tell each other the weirdest unsolved, unimaginable, or unknown case we could find! We don't have any answers, but where's the fun in that?
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Ep. 102: An Overly Ambitious Mongoose: El Chupacabra
Ep. 102: An Overly Ambitious Mongoose: El Chupacabra
This week we’re headed down to warmer climates and getting acquainted with Puerto Rico’s cryptid, El Chupacabra. While it’s debated if it’s an alien sent to ruin humanity’s food supply or just a sad dog, the mystery and mystique of this ragged cryptid survives. We make some music, laugh at some stupid jokes, and get scared by our Mailbag Moment, so bring your Chupie remixes and join the chaos. Come follow us on TikTok, Instagram, and Twitter! Visit our website! Send us a heart fart! Sources The Texas Observer “The United States of Cryptids” by J. W. Ocker The Last of the Chupacabras on Disney+ The Mother Source on Chupie National Geographic All That’s Interesting One of the Chupacabra Cocktails The Chupacabra Homepage (a bit of a conspiracy rabbit hole from 1995, but fun!) YouTube Ghost Archive of Chupie chicken attack
30:26
November 25, 2022
Repost: Ep. 13: Gorls, Gargoyles, and Airperts: The Denver Airport
Repost: Ep. 13: Gorls, Gargoyles, and Airperts: The Denver Airport
This week we have another repost for you, this time in honor of the holiday travel we all will inevitably face in the next few months. Enjoy the conspiracies of the Denver airport and we'll see you next week for a brand new episode! What's scarier than a demon horse named Blucifer? Probably the Illuminati plotting government overthrows with the lizard people below the Denver International Airport. Listen this week to Shannon tell Emma all about the conspiracies surrounding the beautiful, albeit riddled with aliens, airport in Colorado's capital city. Warning: Emma screams with excitement. Watch your ears. Come follow us on TikTok, Instagram, and Twitter! Visit our website! Send us a heart fart! Sources: The Mother Source The Travel The New York Times The Denver Post Insider Fly Denver Uncover Colorado YouTube: Denver7 YouTube: Atlas Obscura YouTube: United Twitter Fly Denver: DEN Files
01:16:04
November 18, 2022
Repost: Ep. 58: Hapless Millennials: The Beale Ciphers
Repost: Ep. 58: Hapless Millennials: The Beale Ciphers
Hey everyone! We're taking a little break this week but wanted to bring you back to the National Treasure of the 1880s. Enjoy! A treasure in the Blue Ridge? Almost a billion dollars? Uncrackable ciphers and a story that’s a bit too good? This week, Emma gifts Shannon with a very Shannon-y episode about The Beale Ciphers, a set of codes printed in the 1880s that continue to draw people in. If you find the treasure the codes lead you to, you could get your own McNugget of gold! Join us and find out if we can really dig up this treasure! Or if it's just another movie Shannon wrote on the fly (she's getting really good at it, you guys). Come follow us on TikTok, Instagram, and Twitter! Visit our website! Send us a heart fart! Sources: The Mother Source  The Museum of Unnatural Mystery reprint of the pamphlet “Discovered: The Secret of Beale’s Treasure” by Joe Nickell, found on JSTOR Northern Virginia Magazine Mental Floss Virginia Living Magazine The NSA’s stash of copies
01:17:16
November 11, 2022
Ep. 101: Nama-cray: The Werewolf of Dickson County WITH SPECIAL GUEST GREG
Ep. 101: Nama-cray: The Werewolf of Dickson County WITH SPECIAL GUEST GREG
*Note that today’s episode, and probably those in the future, contains swearing and adult themes. Keep the little ears away!*  The chaos today is brought to you by peanut butter whiskey and a brand new cryptid, our wonderful friend Greg! Shannon tells us as much as she can about the Werewolf of Dickson County, who still might be hunting in the woods of Tennessee to this day. Tune in for wild stories, French in a southern accent, and lots of healthy cackling. And potentially a boyfriend?! Stay tuned at the end for all the fun stuff Emma cut from the middle. Come follow us on TikTok, Instagram, and Twitter! Visit our website! Send us a heart fart! Sources: Reddit The Kayseean What Lies Beyond Dickson County History The Tenneseean Cryptid Wiki: Werewolf
01:20:31
November 04, 2022
Ep. 100: Ding Dong the Dairy-o: Dear David
Ep. 100: Ding Dong the Dairy-o: Dear David
Welcome to the 100th episode!! Thanks for being here, everyone! To celebrate the Podaversary and the end of the spooky season, Emma tries to scare Shannon with the terrifying story of Dear David, the dented head little boy who haunted a man’s apartment and dreams. Was David really out to get Adam? Or was this all a ploy to get a movie in the works? We might never know, but we do think we’ll have an inspector get into every crawl space the next time we move so we don’t have to discover anything unseemly in the walls.  Come follow us on TikTok, Instagram, and Twitter! Visit our website! Send us a heart fart! Sources:  A transcript of all the tweets from Adam on Dear David Bustle about the movie to come Adam’s Buzzfeed article with the poll at the end Hello Giggles
53:23
October 28, 2022
Ep. 99: Booty Rocks: The Episode Update Quiz #5
Ep. 99: Booty Rocks: The Episode Update Quiz #5
For just a dollar a day, you too can support Bi-icon Professor Shannon, who has our last Pod Pop Quiz of the season this week! Come find out what Emma was wrong about (the Princes in the tower for one) and let us know what your special skills are! Sources: The Press and Journal Hew Morrison Forensic Art KFYR TV The Washington Post PBS WYFF4 Athens Banner-Herald Courier Journal Deadline Daily Record Twitter The Church of Scotland King Charles III supports DNA testing of Princes in the Tower from The Mirror BBC The Sun The Mirror Stornoway Gazette NPR
59:46
October 21, 2022
Ep. 98: Really Flappy Lips: The Disappearance of Dorothy Arnold
Ep. 98: Really Flappy Lips: The Disappearance of Dorothy Arnold
This week, Emma gives Shannon all the details we know about the “Gone Girl” of the 20th Century, socialite Dorothy Arnold. Whether it was intentional or if something awful happened to her, the actual fate of the heiress has never been revealed. Come join the chaos and don’t forget to let us know your go-to ghost hunting snacks! Come follow us on TikTok, Instagram, and Twitter! Visit our website! Send us a heart fart! Sources: The Mother Source NY Daily News All That’s Interesting The Bulletin True Crime Edition Medium The New York Times Article from 1921 Ninja Journalist
47:22
October 14, 2022
Ep. 97: Don't Be Brawling: The Episode Update Quiz #4
Ep. 97: Don't Be Brawling: The Episode Update Quiz #4
Talk of the noggin’ to ya and yours! Shannon has another installment of updates for us this week and we have visits from Angus and the Very Good, No Bad Day, Jennifer Coolidge, Rick and Marty, and many more on this adventure through another 10 episodes! Come follow us on TikTok, Instagram, and Twitter! Visit our website! Send us a heart fart! Sources: Insider  E! News Capital FM Artnet News NBC10 Boston The Boston Globe Everything GP Patch YouTube (Watcher trailer) Looper (Source 1, Source 2) Rolling Stone (S1, S2) The Orange County Register The Guardian App Comicbook YouTube (Reed’s Point trailer) Independent Fox 5 New York CNN 8 News Now
01:03:36
October 07, 2022
Ep. 96: Tell Your Mom About Us: The Haunted White House
Ep. 96: Tell Your Mom About Us: The Haunted White House
Have you ever been inside the most haunted house in America? Probably, if you had the 8th grade trip that most of us had to D.C. Emma tells us this week about the ghosts of the White House and those who have claimed to see them. So hop in the car for this forced-family-fun road trip! *Note, Shannon’s mic wasn’t plugged in for the first half of the episode. We have talked to Gus about it and he promises to check from now on.* Come follow us on TikTok, Instagram, and Twitter! Visit our website! Send us a heart fart! Sources: The White House Historical Association on all things White House spooky and ghost stories The Mother Source on the White House and Lincoln’s ghost Travel Channel  History on the White House ghosts The Washington Post VOA News Insider Our White House and the First Kid Ghost Stories DC Ghost Tours Brit+Co
53:49
September 30, 2022
Repost: Ep. 47: Team Indoors Forever: The Dutch Hikers Mystery
Repost: Ep. 47: Team Indoors Forever: The Dutch Hikers Mystery
Bringing you a spooky tale from our catalogue, Shannon tells us about the Dutch Hikers Mystery. See y'all soon! Shannon freaks Emma out with this sad and creepy episode on the Dutch hikers Lisanne Froon and Kris Kremers, who disappeared in the Panamanian jungle. We also confirm to each other that we are not murderers, learn Shannon’s hell loop, and Emma stops breathing at one point. Wanna be too scared to ever go hiking again? Then come listen! Come follow us on TikTok, Instagram, and Twitter! Visit our website! Send us a heart fart! Sources: From Imperfect Plan: The full story, an analysis of photo 505, a super in-depth analysis of Kremers’s bleached bones, and the Google Earth map Forensic Tales Lost Media Wiki Rivy Lyon via Medium Mother Source
01:31:14
September 23, 2022
Repost: Ep. 22: A Crop Circle of Virgin Mary's: Annabelle the Doll
Repost: Ep. 22: A Crop Circle of Virgin Mary's: Annabelle the Doll
So Emma got Covid, which means you get treated with a throwback episode of one of Emma's favorite scary items, Annabelle the Doll. See y'all soon! A demon? A ghost? A prank gone wrong? Whatever the reason, this doll is creepy as all get out, so much so that it has to be kept locked away in a glass case like a Marvel villian. Listen as Emma freaks Shannon out with another scary doll mystery, but only cries like once! Come follow us on TikTok, Instagram, and Twitter! Visit our website! Send us a heart fart! Sources: The Mother Source Mysteries at the Museum Annabelle appearing in Shazam and Aquaman Inside the Warren’s Occult Museum from The Daily Mirror  Annabelle’s escape attempt  The New Haven Register on the “Real Annabelle” All That’s Interesting The Demonologist: The Extraordinary Career of Ed and Lorraine Warren The Museum is closed  Tony Spera’s Website on the Warrens
01:12:49
September 16, 2022
Ep. 95: Deja Vu: The Episode Update Quiz #3
Ep. 95: Deja Vu: The Episode Update Quiz #3
Shannon’s got another eleven episodes to update us on this week and Emma made it out with a C+! Shannon had to get real crafty with some organic hints, which were very helpful and honestly delightful to hear. We’ve got Chief Archeologists, bat-pigs, Everest and more, so come join us and see if you can get a better score! Come follow us on TikTok, Instagram, and Twitter! Visit our website! Send us a heart fart! Sources: Times Now News Live Science 12WBOY Mothman Festival PBS NBC Connecticut Marie Claire AU Newsweek Slate IFL Science The Sunday Post
54:25
September 09, 2022
Ep. 94: Noodly Tortilla: The Axeman of New Orleans
Ep. 94: Noodly Tortilla: The Axeman of New Orleans
Better buckle in this week as Emma takes us back to the Jazz Age and the terrifying reign of the Axeman of New Orleans. Was it a demon who just liked to “jazz it out”? Or was it a vendetta against all Italians? Whatever it was, we hope it never makes its way back out of hell again. The train of thought gets derailed a few times because, ya know, murder is hard to listen to, but we hope you enjoy the ride. So choot, choot, mother truckers; let's dive right in. Come follow us on TikTok, Instagram, and Twitter! Visit our website! Send us a heart fart! Sources: The Mother Source on the Axeman Reveille Vice Smithsonian Legends of America New Orleans Ghosts Mental Floss The Encyclopedia of Unsolved Crimes “Axeman Came from Hell and Other Southern True Crime Stories” by Keven McQueen
01:02:25
September 02, 2022
Ep. 93: Too Much Milk: The Episode Update Quiz #2
Ep. 93: Too Much Milk: The Episode Update Quiz #2
Shannon is back with another episode update quiz and Emma gets almost none of them right. Come back with us as we revisit and discuss the Todd-Father, Ikea aliens, Elvis, and many more in our extensive cast of characters. Is everything in Zak Bagans’ museum actually haunted? Can we go to the World Carrot Museum? Is the Titanic safe? Listen and find out (and see if you can beat Emma’s C- score)! Sources:  Sports Illustrated on milk and Valley News Live on Santa NBC News on Palin facing Santa Claus and the Alaska Board of Elections The Today Show on eating before swims The Mother Source on the World Carrot Museum News Center Maine on the Hill's and “discovery+ Shock Docs Specials Alien Abduction BBC News on the Tolkien house HITC on the movie “Dybbuk” and the Input Mag on the truth of the Dybbuk box The Gazette on Sabena Flight 548 New York Post on “road to Atlantis” and Hunger on TikTokers who believe they’re Atlanteans Daily Star on the Elvis conspiracy and CBS News on Elvis weddings Daily Mail on Possible Amber Room treasure and the Daily Mail on the sunken ship The Prospector on Chuckie's return Robert the Doll website People on iceberg fall, Robb Report on Titanic Lego and ABC News Australia on Titanic tourism
01:09:07
August 26, 2022
Ep. 92: Zak Bagans is a Pokemon: The Haunted Mirror of Bela Lugosi
Ep. 92: Zak Bagans is a Pokemon: The Haunted Mirror of Bela Lugosi
We’re back (kinda)! Bringing you a brand new episode this week about something that is only slightly spooky. Did this haunted mirror belong to the very first Dracula? Or is it a long con thought up by a B-movie (not Bee Movie) director and perpetuated by our fave/least fave ghost hunter? We might just have to go to Las Vegas to find out for ourselves. With the hope that Emma doesn’t accidentally poke out Zak Bagans’ eye. Come join the buffoonery! Come follow us on TikTok, Instagram, and Twitter! Visit our website! Send us a heart fart! Sources: The Mother Source on Bela Lugosi and scrying The Skeptical Inquirer Mental Floss From Tiny Pennies Puzzle Box Horror Dublin City website
49:30
August 19, 2022
Repost #2: Ep.3: The Group Project from Hell: Who was William Shakespeare?
Repost #2: Ep.3: The Group Project from Hell: Who was William Shakespeare?
Here comes repost number two, this time in honor of the show that has been taking up all of Shannon's summer hours. Buckle in for this episode as we delve into everything that might be right about the man, the myth, the legend, William Shakespeare. We all know Shakespeare’s plays, but do we actually know the man? This week we explore the theory that Shakespeare is not at all who he says he is. Was he merely a player? Or a woman? Or even the QUEEN OF ENGLAND?! Come expound on all the possibilities with us! Sources: -Shakespeare conspiracy -Inside the Weird World of Shakespeare Conspiracy Theories -Was Shakespeare a Woman? -"Who really wrote Shakespeare?" by Robert McCrum (who looks like the most dour middle-aged Englishman you can think of) -Christopher Marlowe -Did Shakespeare write his plays? -Francis Bacon Society -Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, Was Shakespeare
01:03:28
August 12, 2022
Repost #1: Ep. 24: Rubber Chicken Slinky: D.B. Cooper
Repost #1: Ep. 24: Rubber Chicken Slinky: D.B. Cooper
It's the summer and that means that we are gone for a bit, but are reposting our favorite jetsetter, Mr. D.B. Cooper! Toot toot bazoot right into this long episode, perfect for a roadtrip or your own jetset adventure. See y'all soon! Who was the mystery man who jumped out of a plane in 1971? A spy? A superhero? An idiot? Join us as Emma tells Shannon the story of D.B. Cooper, get sidetracked by thought experiments and fanny packs, and try our hardest to keep this 2 hour long episode entertaining (sorry it's so long ya'll! Leave us a review or leave us alone!). Stay at the end for a bonus ten minutes of National Treasure Talk! Sources: The Mother Source  The FBI  The Hollywood Reporter on Rackstraw The Rolling Stone History Channel on Letters from D.B. Cooper Ransom Money Clues Documentary on HBO Documentary Review “HA-HA-HA” by D.B. Cooper The History of the Fanny Pack
01:59:53
August 05, 2022
Ep. 91: Like a Grape: The Episode Update Quiz
Ep. 91: Like a Grape: The Episode Update Quiz
Shannon knocks it out of the park this week with a quiz style update on our first five episodes! Does Emma actually get a good score and not cheat? She didn't actually study for this quiz, so she just might try to. Is Shakespeare once again not Shakespeare? Somehow both Everest and craft-enthusiast Snoop Dogg make an appearance so tune in for this short and sweet episode! Come follow us on TikTok, Instagram, and Twitter! Visit our website! Send us a heart fart! Sources: AP News Tupac museum E! News The Mirror In Park Magazine Lit Hub Popular Mechanics NBC News Christian Chronicle WCAX3 on the disappearance of Maura Murray and the bone fragments Manchester Ink Link Mass Live
32:25
July 29, 2022
Ep. 90: Muddle English: The Dodleston Messages
Ep. 90: Muddle English: The Dodleston Messages
It’s a ghost party-line this week! Was a man from the 1540s communicating with the future via the first home computer? Was the future talking back? Was the even further future trying to experiment on them all? We kinda hope so! And very much hope to find the secret book someday soon (very National Treasure of us). Join us for this adventure in the British countryside with the Dodleston Messages! Come follow us on TikTok, Instagram, and Twitter! Visit our website! Answer the question and send us a heart fart! Sources: Tom Ruffles’ blog post from August 2020 Ghost in the Machine blog post from Mercurius Politicus OZY How Stuff Works Frag Hero The Mother Source on Erasmus Out of this World episode from August 1996 
54:60
July 22, 2022
Ep. 89: The Belt: The Fresno Night Crawler
Ep. 89: The Belt: The Fresno Night Crawler
This week Shannon has the cryptid and boy HOWDY are these things CUTE! Or at least we think they are. What exactly are these adorable Fresno Nightcrawlers? Bog cryptids? A hoax? The sweatpant imitation of a human that wiggles menacingly? Better pull out your flip-flones and snap a pic of this cute cryptid, because the Fresno Nightcrawler might be prowling your neighborhood tonight and we need some good footage. Come follow us on TikTok, Instagram, and Twitter! Visit our website! Send us a heart fart! Sources: Which Cryptid are You? Quiz CCTV footage Yosemite sighting Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files “The Proof is Out There” clip Cryptid Wiki Ranker Astonishing Legends The Human Exception Paranorms Reddit
36:57
July 15, 2022
Ep. 88: My Basement Void: La Pascualita, the Corpse Bride
Ep. 88: My Basement Void: La Pascualita, the Corpse Bride
Emma did another doll this week and got away with it! Okay, so maybe she isn’t a doll, but La Pasculita, the uncanny human-like mannequin of Chihuahua, Mexico is pretty scary up close. Is she even a mannequin at all? We flesh out this question (pun unintended) and discuss Emma’s 30th birthday plans, nopé in third position, and if a jerky mannequin is the preferred movement (spoiler, nopé). So join us and see if La Pascualita is more than she seems. Come follow us on TikTok, Instagram, and Twitter! Visit our website! Send us a heart fart! Sources: Faena Aleph All That’s Interesting Odd Feed Atlas Obscura History 101 Astonishing Legends The Mother Source on the Uncanny Valley
40:20
July 08, 2022
Ep. 87: TonsaTonies: The Disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa
Ep. 87: TonsaTonies: The Disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa
This week Shannon takes on the case of Jimmy Hoffa and just what exactly happened to the mob-associated union boss. Was he off-d and fed to the fishes? Or is he at the bottom of a landfill? Was Ed Sheeran’s great uncle a hit man? Should we start a cheese company? We only know that yes, we should start a cheese company, and then maybe we could rival the Missouri Cheese Caves (they’re real?!). Come follow us on TikTok, Instagram, and Twitter! Visit our website! Send us a heart fart! Sources: The Mother Source Buzzfeed Unsolved CNBC Fox LA The New York Times BBC News All That’s Interesting History International Missing Persons Wiki
01:04:24
July 01, 2022
Ep. 86: Rutabaga: The Mystery of Pauline Picard
Ep. 86: Rutabaga: The Mystery of Pauline Picard
It’s not spooky, it’s just sad. It’s short and not so sweet this episode as Emma tells Shannon about the mysterious 100-year-old disappearance and possible homicide of Pauline Picard. Was this little girl abducted and killed? Or was she simply never found? And who was the girl who took her place? So many questions and absolutely no answers, as usual, so come listen! Come follow us on TikTok, Instagram, and Twitter! Visit our website! Send us a heart fart! Sources: Ozy The Lineup Morbidology The Occult Museum Historic Mysteries The New York Times May 27th, 1922 article
32:34
June 24, 2022
Ep. 85: Spooky Oopy: The Babadook
Ep. 85: Spooky Oopy: The Babadook
*WARNING: The ghosts got to us again (for real) this week, so the audio is subpar. It’ll be back to normal once Emma sages the entire Pod Nook* *Content Warning: violence against animals and intended violence against children* This week Shannon really spooks Emma with the story of the sort-of-cryptid, certainly Gay Icon, the Babadook. This creature is absolutely terrifying, but is it based on a sleep paralysis phenomenon that affects people across the globe? Is Shannon the Babadook? We might never know, but we do know that there has to be a ghost working with Shannon this episode. And it's apparently living in Emma's house. So come join the Babadiscourse! Visit our website! Check out our Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok! Send us a heart fart for our mailbag! Shoutout to DreamShare! Sources: The Mother Source Movie Monster Wiki Rolling Stone Screen Rant YouTube Quartz The Guardian (excellent memes) New York Magazine Vulture AV Club
45:13
June 18, 2022
Ep. 84: Possessed by Cher: The Exorcism of Roland Doe and the Curse of the Exorcist
Ep. 84: Possessed by Cher: The Exorcism of Roland Doe and the Curse of the Exorcist
Exorcize? I thought you said extra fries! This week, Emma tackles a spooky two-fer with the Exorcism of Roland Doe and the curse of The Exorcist. The movie was based on a book, which was based on a true story. But just how true was it? If it is true, it's some seriously scary stuff. Somehow, Emma manages to make Shannon cry without actually scaring her, we call upon the Kirkland brand of Jesus to help out, and we even have a surprise special guest at the end! So come get your spooky-vibes fix and a bedtime story Mailbag Moment! Visit our website! Check out our Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok! Send us a heart fart for our mailbag! Shoutouts to Failure to Adapt and How Did This Get Made? Sources: The Mother Source on The Exorcist and the Exorcism of Roland Doe The Sun The Guardian The Grunge American Hauntings Skeptical Inquirer Washington City Paper
01:16:11
June 10, 2022
Ep. 83: Merp and Derp: The Irish Crown Jewels
Ep. 83: Merp and Derp: The Irish Crown Jewels
This week’s episode has it all: a heist, jewelery, the gay agenda; what more could you want?! Shannon goes in depth on the mysterious disappearance of the Irish Crown Jewels. Someone may have been so wealthy that they just wanted to take them for the heck of it (like Emma would if she were filthy rich). It could have been for money after all, or as a political move against the monarchy. We’ll never know unless someone finds a giant shamrock made of emeralds. Visit our website! Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok. Send us a Heart Fart! Sources: Atlas Obscura The Irish Times Mental Floss Dublin Castle The Vintage News National Archives of Ireland Wikipedia
01:00:43
June 03, 2022
Ep. 82: Squatch Squad: Bigfoot
Ep. 82: Squatch Squad: Bigfoot
So Emma may have done something irreversible this episode but with all the musical interludes, does it really matter? Be prepared to swipe right on this week’s topic, Bigfoot! This cryptid icon takes center stage in our musical episode as Emma tells Shannon all about the big lug. Are they really out there, are they some interdimensional entity, or are they just a giant figment of the world’s imagination? Regardless, Emma is a squatcher now, so hop on board to this week’s inanity and you might just find love in a forested place! Correction: Finding Bigfoot only had 9 seasons. But our sentiments still stand. Come follow us on TikTok, Instagram, and Twitter! Visit our website! Send us a heart fart! Sources: The Mother Source on Bigfoot and the Patterson-Gimlin Film Smithsonian Magazine Live Science Map of Bigfoot sightings in the United States History The Oklahoman BBC News
01:03:48
May 27, 2022
Ep. 81: Bits and Giggles: Ernest Shackleton and The Endurance
Ep. 81: Bits and Giggles: Ernest Shackleton and The Endurance
Hey all you cool cats and postal kittens! This week we’re back to our regularly scheduled Shannon programming, except this time she’s got a solved case! Shannon dives deep into the no-longer-enduring mystery of the location of Ernest Shackleton’s Antarctic expedition ship The Endurance and the harrowing but miraculous adventure that led to its disappearance. Since it was found in March of 2022, the mystery is solved and we couldn’t be happier! Until the end of the episode, when we get a good scare from one of our listeners! Visit our website! Or find us on Insta, Twitter, or TikTok. Have a story? Send it in here! Sources: Nat Geo on TikTok Historic Mysteries Live Science Atlas Obscura Men’s Journal The Mother Source on The Endurance and Ernest Shackleton BBC News YouTube: The end of Endurance, 1915 Endurance22 Expedition Site Shipwreck photos!
01:11:18
May 20, 2022
Ep. 80: Math Gave Us Bananas: Unlucky Numbers
Ep. 80: Math Gave Us Bananas: Unlucky Numbers
It's everyone's favorite topic: numbers! Is the number 13 really that unlucky? Or is Friday the 13th actually the perfect day to get married, start a journey, and sit in row 17 on a plane? Well, even with Emma’s inability to count, she decided to tell Shannon about the reality of unlucky numbers and how it might actually be misogyny’s fault (isn’t it always). If only Emma and numbers were friends. Maybe then she’d be lucky all the time. Sources: The Mother Source on the number 13, Friday the 13th, Chinese numerology, and the lunisolar calendar How Stuff Works History Channel CNN
41:37
May 13, 2022
Ep. 79: TPDE (Taylor's Version): Taylor Swift Conspiracies 4.0 WITH SPECIAL GUEST STEPHEN
Ep. 79: TPDE (Taylor's Version): Taylor Swift Conspiracies 4.0 WITH SPECIAL GUEST STEPHEN
Powder up, clowns! This is the fourth and final (for now) installment of Shannon’s deep dive into the Taylor Swift album conspiracies! We continue to be joined by our Swift expert, Stephen (aka @thecardiganguy), and knock out the last few album potentials for Taylor’s re-release. We learn that mashed potatoes will get you through Adele’s 25, Stephen Colbert is a Taurus, and everyone wants an invite to the Trixie Motel, but most of all, we learn once again that Taylor RUNS the music industry. So join us this week for the last bit of Taylor fun! Visit our website and follow us on Insta and TikTok! Send some love the husband’s way on Twitter! Follow Stephen on TikTok! TIME Magazine The Mother Source Us Magazine Popsugar Rolling Stone TS10 theory Debut theory Buzzfeed Late Night with Stephen Colbert Watch Stephen cry to Adele’s 25
01:23:54
May 06, 2022
Ep. 78: Ye Olde Alcatrazi: Escape from Alcatraz
Ep. 78: Ye Olde Alcatrazi: Escape from Alcatraz
If anything were a crime, we both know we’d be in for LIFE (bookshelves and sinks, look out). This week, Emma brings us back to the 1960s and the most daring prison escape of all time, the Escape from Alcatraz. Did the three men make it out alive? Did they end up beardy and lipsticked for a funeral? Or did they drown like the FBI claims? All we know is that the sound of freedom sure has the ring of a concertina inflating a handmade rubber raft. Visit our website! Follow us on Instagram and TikTok! Sources: The Mother Source Britannica FBI History Mental Floss All That’s Interesting
01:06:31
April 29, 2022
Ep. 77: He Looks Smelly and Evil: Taylor Swift Conspiracies 3.0 WITH SPECIAL GUEST STEPHEN
Ep. 77: He Looks Smelly and Evil: Taylor Swift Conspiracies 3.0 WITH SPECIAL GUEST STEPHEN
The best things come in threes, so we couldn’t pass up a third installment of all the clownery and tomfoolery Dr. Taylor Swift has been putting her fans through. And if that wasn’t enough, we are also joined by the subject matter expert on all things Swift: Stephen, aka @thecardiganguy! Shannon takes us through the conspiracies and guesses for what this wonder woman will drop as her next re-record and even with all of our tangents and catching up, we think we prove that Taylor is one of the most influential musicians of all time. Come join the hilarity and speculate with us about what Taylor will do next! Visit our website! Follow Stephen on TikTok! Sources: TIME Magazine The Mother Source Us Magazine Popsugar Rolling Stone Award show outfit for the BRITs (very 1989-esque) Blake Lively’s on-set photo Birthday photos, with Speak Now award visible in background Purple hints from Blake The Things Stephen’s Crawdads theory
01:14:07
April 22, 2022
Ep. 76: An Everlasting Faint: The Greenbrier Ghost
Ep. 76: An Everlasting Faint: The Greenbrier Ghost
Once again, Emma makes a case for becoming a vase because she just wants to be useful in the afterlife! Just like Zona Heaster Shue, otherwise known as the Greenbrier Ghost, who came from the other side to help convict her husband for her murder. But was it really her? All we know for sure is that justice was served and Shannon didn’t get “scurred”, but somehow a listener ensures Emma gets a taste of her own medicine. Visit our website! Follow us on Insta! Play bingo :) Sources: Medium The Greenbrier Valley Website on the case The Mother Source Dusty Old Thing Mental Floss
47:04
April 15, 2022
Ep. 75: Electric Boogaloo: Taylor Swift Album Conspiracies
Ep. 75: Electric Boogaloo: Taylor Swift Album Conspiracies
Let’s party like it’s 1989, friends! Shannon is bringing back the Taylor Swift conspiracies and Emma is absolutely convinced that Taylor is the absolute QUEEN of business and Easter eggs. Shannon still isn’t a fan of Nick Jonas, but Stephen Colbert could hold our drinks at the club, no problem. There’s talk of pizza, candles, and a part two?! Pregame with your favorite TSwift album (or post-game like we did). Come visit our website! Sources: Our Taylor Swift Expert: @thecardiganguy The Mother Source on TSwift Cosmopolitan Magazine Popsugar on Woodvale and the JoBros Buzzfeed on Woodvale and Karma Refinery29 Teen Vogue (lots of great fan tweets) Inclusive language  Diversity Style Guide
50:48
April 08, 2022
Ep. 74.5: Nonsense Parade: The Mysterious Case of the Missing Episode
Ep. 74.5: Nonsense Parade: The Mysterious Case of the Missing Episode
Come join the nonsense parade this week (with hopefully very few damp confetti pieces)! Shannon SUCCEEDED in scaring Emma to bits, but Gus the Ghost mismanaged our audio this week, so there are a few surprises mixed in. Watch out for variable noise levels, too. Gus is not very good at adjusting the audio quality, or cutting out the times that Emma swears (whoops).  Visit our website!  Sources:  The Mother Source on how to scare properly LA Times article Shannon talks about extensively The scary photo Shannon refuses to post Mardi Gras ghost
40:25
April 01, 2022
Ep. 74: Noodle Arms: Goatman's Bridge
Ep. 74: Noodle Arms: Goatman's Bridge
Welcome to another nonsense filled episode where Shannon narrowly avoids getting scared, this time by Goatman’s Bridge. Is it a demon on this bridge? A cryptid? A stoner kid in the tree whispering “Steve”? We might never know, but we do know that Emma wants to be a vase but might end up as a couch, and Shannon will certainly be prepared for any demon with a super soaker full of holy water. Apparently, Emma also draws the spooky line at clowns, so you're safe if that wasn't your jam. Just goat-headed barefoot demons here.  Visit our website! Sources: Buzzfeed Unsolved Clips from Ghost Adventures Texas Hill Country We Denton Do It The Mother Source on the Old Alton Bridge Atlas Obscura All That’s Interesting High School Newspaper Encounter at Old Alton Bridge
01:06:01
March 25, 2022
Ep. 73: You're My Tamagotchi: Theodosia Burr Alston
Ep. 73: You're My Tamagotchi: Theodosia Burr Alston
It’s the MUSICAL episode! This week Shannon has prepared a mystery that even Emma didn’t know about! Did you know that Aaron Burr’s daughter Theodosia disappeared at sea? Or did she? We learn that Aaron Burr wanted to be an emperor, Emma won’t eat airport hotdogs, and no cast or crew member was left alive on the ship that Theodosia Burr Alston was last seen aboard. Join the nonsense and don’t forget to send us your heart farts! Visit our website! Sources: The Mother Source on Theodosia and Joseph Alston Atlas Obscura History of American Women The Library of Congress All That’s Interesting Island Life NC
01:09:03
March 18, 2022
Ep. 72: We Fixed Democracy: The Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe
Ep. 72: We Fixed Democracy: The Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe
*WARNING: The audio quality is not the best on this one. The ghosts got to us. We’ll banish them next week. Sorry about your ears.* Emma is taking us back in the time machine this week to tell us about the weird life and mysterious death of Edgar Allan Poe. Was it extreme sadness that killed him? Rabies? Voter fraud? Your guess is as good as ours. There will be some accidental scares, some bones under beds, and hopefully some heart farts from our listeners! Visit our website! Sources: The Mother Source on EAP’s life The Mother Source on EAP’s death “The Raven” Smithsonian Magazine National Park Service Biography Blogspot: Strange State The actual song Shannon was referencing from Snoopy: the Musical
01:08:36
March 11, 2022
Ep. 71: Aliens are Mold: The Mysterious Death of Brittany Murphy
Ep. 71: Aliens are Mold: The Mysterious Death of Brittany Murphy
*Content warning: Emotional abuse and disordered eating are talked about on this episode* We’re back in 2009 this week as Shannon tells Emma about the mysterious death of Brittany Murphy. There are a lot of “big yikes” in this story, but overall the treatment of women in the entertainment industry is the crux of it all. We suggest you watch Uptown Girls and Clueless to celebrate this actress’ life after we discuss her mysterious (and potentially murderous?) passing. Visit our website! Sources: Wikipedia Rolling Stone Esquire Slate Entertainment Tonight The Cut All That’s Interesting Oxygen: True Crime HBO The My Favorite Murder Problem
01:07:05
March 04, 2022
Ep. 70: Is It Me?: Gef the Talking Mongoose
Ep. 70: Is It Me?: Gef the Talking Mongoose
The walls are starting to talk to us and Shannon might be evil? Are we nuts? Most likely. This week, Emma takes us on the adventure that is Gef the Talking Mongoose, who really didn’t like to be perceived. He lived in the walls of a farmhouse, and Emma conveniently forgot that there is currently something in Shannon’s walls (sorry again!). Our rock throwing friend, Harry Price, makes an appearance and the dog has a name this time, so all seems well, right? Come join us this week for, as we the kids once did say, a banger episode! Come visit our website!  Sources: The Mother Source Carolina Moon, the song Gef loved Blogspot with the overview of Gef, and the investigations of Captain McDonald, Harry Price, and Nandor Fodor Mental Floss Medium Hyperallergic
01:11:54
February 25, 2022
Ep. 69: An Aged Retainer: The Borley Rectory
Ep. 69: An Aged Retainer: The Borley Rectory
Want some more historically bad vibes? How does the most haunted house in England sound? Shannon attempts to scare Emma this week with the tale of the Borley Rectory. It’s got ringing bells, researchers throwing pebbles, and some very productive rector’s wives. Does Emma think the ghosts are cute and sad? Maybe. Do we attempt our best Essex accents and potentially fail at them? Yup. Do we have yet another mailbag moment for you at the end? Of course! Visit our website! Sources: The Mother Source Burials & Beyond TIME EssexLive An extensive report by New Horizons Foundation into the hauntings Haunted Rooms (just in case Airbnb wasn’t doing it for you) The Harry Price Website Mirror The transcript that doesn’t exist of the proposed BBC broadcast from 1956 and photos of the house courtesy of the Foxearth and District Local History Society
01:33:18
February 18, 2022
Ep. 68: Share Your Trauma: The Disappearance of Ben McDaniel
Ep. 68: Share Your Trauma: The Disappearance of Ben McDaniel
Wanna relive some claustrophobic nightmares? No? Sorry, because Emma takes us to the depths of Vortex Spring as she tells Shannon about the disappearance of Ben McDaniel. Is Ben stuck in a deep underwater cave? Or is he off in Canada with a hot mountie? Or did something a bit more sinister fall upon him? Was it Florida Man? Come join us this week and don’t forget to bring your adventure buddy! Visit our website! Sources: The Mother Source Historic Mysteries Disappeared Blog Reddit thread on theories about Ben’s Disappearance  The “Missing but not Forgotten” Facebook in Ben’s honor
01:13:54
February 11, 2022
Ep. 67: Spookytime Sadness: The Bennington Triangle
Ep. 67: Spookytime Sadness: The Bennington Triangle
Are you ready for some historically bad vibes? This week, Shannon steals one of Emma’s topics to talk about the Bennington Triangle. It’s always triangles that seem to have disappearances, spooky (potentially alien) encounters, and inexplicable dead bodies. So is it a curse? Or something a bit more on the “time travel” side? All we know is we are never wearing red in the woods #indoorcatsfurever. Special appearances from The Pennington Monster, another theme song (thanks Liam!), and a scary story from our very own Haylei! Come visit our website! Sources: Wikipedia on the Triangle and Paula Jean  Obscure Vermont All That’s Interesting Vermont State Police Cool Interesting Stuff Historic Mysteries Legends of America Grunge Ranker The Bennington Banner NBC5
01:29:27
February 04, 2022
Ep. 66: A Whole Baguette: The Circleville Letter Writer
Ep. 66: A Whole Baguette: The Circleville Letter Writer
Oh my gourd, you guys! Emma might have stolen another one of Shannon’s topics this week when she discusses the Circleville Letter Writer. Whoever this was terrorized an entire town to the point that someone ended up dead. Try to buckle in and if you can’t then just clench everything and grip the seat for this week’s episode of nonsense and mystery! Come visit our website! Sources: Unsolved Mysteries Unsolved Mysteries Fandom Wiki Mental Floss Thought Catalog Historicmysteries.com CBS News Film Daddy
01:00:34
January 28, 2022
Ep. 65: Cheerio, My Dude: George Melville Boynton
Ep. 65: Cheerio, My Dude: George Melville Boynton
Wanna hear the wackiest story of a great explorer who…well, never explored much of anything? Come listen to Shannon tell Emma about George M. Boynton, the man who walked a lot, talked a big game, and got Teddy Roosevelt to love him. It seriously is crazy the amount this man got away with in life. Grannies, Chad, and Everest make appearances this week, so come get your fill of some nonsense. And enjoy our BRAND NEW INTRO MUSIC courtesy of our lovely friend, Tom (not the Cryptking)! Visit our website at thispodcastdoesntexist.com. Sources: TikTok The British Library’s Map Library (Shannon’s main source): Geographical Ultrarunning History A poem written by Boynton; Historical Society of Princeton Center for Bibliographical Studies and Research: San Jose Times Star Arizona Memory Project Accomack News (1907) The Strand Magazine (1901) Colorado Central Magazine
01:26:40
January 21, 2022
Ep. 64: Hypno Hologram Beats: The Mystery of the Mary Celeste
Ep. 64: Hypno Hologram Beats: The Mystery of the Mary Celeste
So Emma may have stolen one of Shannon’s episodes this week as we talk about the mystery of the Mary Celeste. NOT the Mary Rosa. We discuss cruise ship ghosts, holding an American Idol-style panel for Shannon’s next prospective date, and obviously get derailed talking about both Santa and books. Join us for this ramble about the mysterious disappearance of the crew of the Mary Celeste. Visit our website at thispodcastdoesntexist.com! Sources: The Sauce Smithsonian The Mother Source All That’s Interesting Buzzfeed Unsolved History
01:18:10
January 14, 2022
Ep. 63: A Baby Bone Shaman: The Moon Landing
Ep. 63: A Baby Bone Shaman: The Moon Landing
HISTORY WOULD HAVE YOU BELIEVE that today’s episode was just another one of those silly topics that no one has heard of. But we bet you’ve heard this one before! Come listen to our guest hosts Chad and Brad chat about the moon landing. Was it real? Was it filmed on a Hollywood set? Or were they just “russian” it? We’re here to blow Chad and Brad’s minds, and we think we were successful. Come listen and judge for yourself! Our website! Sources: The Mother Source on Apollo 11 and the conspiracy theories University of Manchester Capricorn One trailer  “13 Reasons Why the Moon Landing was FAKE” Vox History Time USA Today The Guardian EnkiVillage Florida Today
01:18:32
January 07, 2022
Ep. 62: Giant Calamari: The Kraken
Ep. 62: Giant Calamari: The Kraken
We have another short one for you to start off the new year, and we “Kraken” right into it. This week, Emma (somehow) scares Shannon with the legend of the Kraken and what it may actually be in the modern world, as the ocean is a very deep and scary place and researchers keep trying to see all of it. Turns out, neither of these hosts would like to see the bottom of the ocean. Emma also would like your poetry dissection papers to grade, please and thank you. Sources: The Mother Source on the Kraken, the giant squid, Akkorokamui, and Lusca Nature Article: “Kraken versus ichthyosaur: let battle commence Cryptid Wiki on The Kraken Wired Tennyson’s poem “The Kraken” The Conversation Mental Floss University of Washington News Encyclopaedia Perthensis
39:16
December 31, 2021
Ep. 61: So Much Licking: Grýla the Christmas Witch
Ep. 61: So Much Licking: Grýla the Christmas Witch
Merry Christmas, Witches! We’ve got a short one this week to get you in the holiday mood; Shannon tells Emma the terrifying tale of Grýla, the Christmas Witch of Iceland, and her crazy sons, the Yule Lads. Is there anything better than traumatizing your kids into behaving? Probably, but telling them there are thirteen trolls coming to lick all of their belongings might keep them in line while you prepare for the holidays. So take a quick break with us and snuggle in for some creepy holiday cheer! Sources: Smithsonian on Gryla and the Yule Lads Iceland.is The Reykjavik Grapevine Mythical Creatures Guide The Mother Source Guide to Iceland on Gryla and the Yule Lads Mental Floss Villains Wiki Iceland Mag Vice
35:19
December 24, 2021
Ep. 60: Some Homo: The Knights Templar
Ep. 60: Some Homo: The Knights Templar
Would you want to live forever? If so, guarding the Holy Grail may be the job for you! This week Emma tells Shannon about the Knights Templar, their legendary banking prowess, and the possibility that they are still hoarding treasure to this day. They also had rules pretty akin to what we know of fraternities today: “A bro shall not lay his hand on another bro.” This is probably as close to a National Treasure fan podcast as we could get, so come join and get those bingo cards ready! Emma might just give you a freebie for Christmas. Come visit our website!  Sources: The Mother Source on the Knights Templar, the cartel, and Le Morte d’Arthur History on the Knights Templar, their rules, and the Grail Britannica LiveScience Smithsonian Magazine’s article on the American “knights”  World History Encyclopedia  National Geographic’s interview with Dan Jones The Tunnels beneath Acre The treasure (maybe?)
50:30
December 17, 2021
Ep. 59: Milo Bloodsugar: The Lost Library
Ep. 59: Milo Bloodsugar: The Lost Library
Dear Diary, this year for Christmas I would like all the old books in the world, and I think I may know where to find them. This week Shannon dives deep into the tunnels beneath the Kremlin for the legend of the Lost Library of the Czars. Emma nerds out, the tangents are unending, and we may have figured out our drag king names. Also, is your name Ivan? If so, you may be eligible to be a groom proxy! Come visit us at thispodcastdoesntexist.com Sources: Book Riot Vlogbrothers on YouTube Russia Beyond The Journal of Library History (1974-1987), Vol. 18, No. 3 (Summer, 1983) (via JSTOR) “The Unsolved Problem of Tsar Ivan IV's Library,” Russian History 14/1-4 (1987) by Daniel C.Waugh Mother Source on the Library, on Ivan III (the Great), on Sophia, and on Ivan the Terrible Ancient Origins
01:27:15
December 10, 2021
Ep. 58: Hapless Millennials: The Beale Ciphers
Ep. 58: Hapless Millennials: The Beale Ciphers
A treasure in the Blue Ridge? Almost a billion dollars? Uncrackable ciphers and a story that’s a bit too good? This week, Emma gifts Shannon with a very Shannon-y episode about The Beale Ciphers, a set of codes printed in the 1880s that continue to draw people in. If you find the treasure the codes lead you to, you could get your own McNugget of gold! Join us and find out if we can really dig up this treasure! Or if it's just another movie Shannon wrote on the fly (she's getting really good at it, you guys).  Sources: The Mother Source  The Museum of Unnatural Mystery reprint of the pamphlet “Discovered: The Secret of Beale’s Treasure” by Joe Nickell, found on JSTOR Northern Virginia Magazine Mental Floss Virginia Living Magazine The NSA’s stash of copies
01:12:06
December 03, 2021
Ep. 57: A Two Layer Dip-Deck-Dock: Lake Lanier
Ep. 57: A Two Layer Dip-Deck-Dock: Lake Lanier
A slew of underwater ghost towns beneath the depths of a lake that has been cursed since its creation? We’re in! This week, Shannon takes us to Georgia’s Lake Lanier, with mysterious deaths, a handless ghost, and some very very very bad soup. You won’t catch us swimming it, but you might see us on the beach with our eyes closed, meditating on Shannon's intro for this episode. Want a couple tangential stories? Stick around to the end for Emma’s own lake tale! Sources: CNN Oxford American Southern Gothic Media Media Entertainment Arts WorldWide Buzzfeed StyleBlueprint Travel Noire
01:04:20
November 26, 2021
Ep. 56: Evil Sloth: The Sallie House
Ep. 56: Evil Sloth: The Sallie House
“And the sloth shall cometh and slash thrice upon the man.” There are so many tangents this week, ya’ll, as Shannon tries to avoid the story of The Sallie House at all costs. Emma went spooky, and nothing is spookier than a haunted house that might be haunted by something a bit darker than a ghost. We’ve got some spicy questions for the group chat, we accidentally write a horror film, and we determine that Robert the Doll is the King of Consent. Come listen and get spooked! Sources: WBUR: Is Atchison, Kansas, The Most Haunted City In America?  Visit Atchison “The Sallie House Haunting: A True Story” by Debra Pickman Live SciFi TV on the Sallie House History and Haunting Wide Open Roads The Mother Source on Atchison, Kansas Ghost Adventures, Season 13, Episode 2, available on Discovery+ Buzzfeed Unsolved: 3 Horrifying Cases of Ghosts and Demons
01:10:25
November 19, 2021
Ep. 55: Sissy Sisyphus: The Great Brink's Robbery
Ep. 55: Sissy Sisyphus: The Great Brink's Robbery
Do you have a nickname? Is it better than "Jazz"? The answer is no, we're telling you now. Tune in this week for a much more lighthearted listen as Shannon tells Emma all about the Great Brink's Robbery, one of the most notorious crimes in American history, or so we've been told. Not only was it one of the biggest cash heists in history, it also was chock full of perfect names. We've got Fats, Gus, Trigger,  Specs, and a few more we picked up along the way in this Ocean's 11-esque heist of the century.  Sources: LIFE: The Most Notorious Crimes in American History (print, 2008) Wikipedia FBI New England Historical Society The Boston Globe History of Boston and Beyond
01:08:60
November 12, 2021
Ep. 54: That Nickel Was Mean to Me Once: The Disappearance of Walter Collins
Ep. 54: That Nickel Was Mean to Me Once: The Disappearance of Walter Collins
Did you like our new intro for this episode? We loved it, and it helped lighten the mood for Emma’s downer of a story: this week, she tells Shannon the sad tale of the disappearance of Walter Collins, the inspiration for the movie The Changeling. We learn not only that Emma apparently loves to tell stories of sad, missing children, but the real meaning of “petty cash,” our next album name, and how we each decided to run away from home as kids. So come on by and tell us your potential circles of hell! Sources: The Mother Source on the Christine Collins The Mother Source on Gordon Stewart Northcott and the Wineville Chicken Coop Murders Christine Collins and Walter J. Collins’ graves Mental Floss MammaMia Australia St. Mary’s University Research Scholars The Des Moines Register Crime Museum The LA Times
59:47
November 05, 2021
Ep. 53: Large Todd: The Disappearance of Lars Mittank
Ep. 53: Large Todd: The Disappearance of Lars Mittank
Ever been curb-stomped in a foreign country? We hope the answer is no, but that wasn't so for Lars Mittank, whose disappearance Shannon scares Emma with this week. We go through all the theories, realize that trains are also an option, what it means to "wear a beard," and what it would look like if Emma ever podcasted on her own (ya know, as an old lady). We wish you a delightfully spooky season, and buddy system up this year, friends, so you don't go missing and we have to put a Google Alert on you! Sources: Dark Tales YouTube Medium All That’s Interesting The Berlin Spectator Grunge Reddit
44:32
October 29, 2021
Ep. 52: The Toilets are Bleeding: The Amityville Horror
Ep. 52: The Toilets are Bleeding: The Amityville Horror
IT’S OUR ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY, YOU GUYS! This week Emma was given express permission to SPOOK Shannon out, but did she deliver? Come found out on this episode about The Amityville Horror, from the murders to the movie. There’s also some great gift wrap ASMR, reminders to drink your water, reminiscing about reading scary books far too early, and Barbie Bachelor. Some questions to ponder: Would you eat evil Jell-o? Would you try to come at Dana at the Pizza Pad? Listen to our answers on this creepy episode! Sources: The Mother Source on the book Biography.com with the “real” facts Rolling Stone The Mother Source on Butch DeFeo The Amityville Murders Website  Amityville Murders on the “true story”  Horror Obsessive with a comprehensive look at the murders, the haunting, and the movie franchise Amityville Horror House Shock Doc, available on Travel Channel with a TV provider
01:43:33
October 22, 2021
Ep. 51: White Man History: The Lost Colony of Roanoke
Ep. 51: White Man History: The Lost Colony of Roanoke
Shannon brings us back in time this week with the story of the Lost Colony of Roanoke and if the settlers really did disappear, or if they just moved. Or aliens?! They are always an option. Emma is impressed by the deep dive into history (I mean it’s a Shannon episode, are we surprised?), we learn that Sir Walter Raleigh liked sassafras and pipes, and Shannon has an aversion to new gravity. We’d also like to know how you say potato, but really, Emma will still say it wrong. Sources: The First Colony Foundation The Mother Source on Roanoke Colony and Wanchese ExplorersWeb National Geographic on Raleigh and the Survivor Camp History Collection Supernatural Wiki The New York Times Artnet News
01:32:29
October 15, 2021
Ep. 50: I'm Not a Witch I'm Your Wife!: The Salem Witch Trials
Ep. 50: I'm Not a Witch I'm Your Wife!: The Salem Witch Trials
It's spooky season, and what's spookier than the real life horror that was the Salem Witch Trials of 1692 and 1693! Listen to our 50TH EPISODE (what?!) as Emma lets Shannon know that she is both a witch and a wife. Come play "put a finger down, witch edition," and learn that the past was super uncomfy for a variety of reasons, not just dry skin ones. We have rendered ourselves obnoxious as we explore a potential case of extreme pettiness.  AND BIG NEWS! We have our own WEBSITE! Come visit! You can find everything you could possibly need from us there. Even the bingo card has its own spot! AND BIGGER NEWS! We're having a giveaway! Stay tuned into the Instagram page to find out how to play and win!  Sources:  The Mother Source History.com The History of Massachusetts Blog Smithsonian Magazine Mental Floss Salem.org The Salem Witch Trials Documentary Archive
01:24:39
October 08, 2021
Ep. 49: Well, Catholicism: The Flannan Isles Lighthouse
Ep. 49: Well, Catholicism: The Flannan Isles Lighthouse
Shannon has done it again with a spooky Scottish episode! This week it's about the three lighthouse keepers who mysteriously vanished off a little Scottish isle, but Emma may have figured it out (ghosts, duh). Therapy is had, stories are swapped, and Emma's undergraduate thesis is discussed in depth because of course it is. Also, does anyone know the tune that we always sing our Mother Source's name to? We certainly don't. Come celebrate the beginning of spooky season with us! Sources: Wikipedia Strange Outdoors Historic Mysteries History (UK) Mental Floss Fortean Times Trailer for The Vanishing Buzzfeed Unsolved
01:03:15
October 01, 2021
Ep. 48: Surprise! Bones: The Princes in the Tower
Ep. 48: Surprise! Bones: The Princes in the Tower
What could have happened to two young boys under their uncle's care? Surely it was all fun and rainbows and shooting arrows? This week we discuss the mystery of the Princes in the Tower, Edward and Richard, and the possibility that Richard III, King of England, killed them for the crown. We learn that the TV show The Tudors is our main source of info on English royalty of the time, learn Shannon's drag name, and make some royal detours along the way. Hop on for the ride into 1455! Sources: The Mother Source Historic Royal Places: The Tower of London Historic UK Tower of London Ghosts
01:26:12
September 24, 2021
Ep. 47: Team Indoors Forever: The Dutch Hikers Mystery
Ep. 47: Team Indoors Forever: The Dutch Hikers Mystery
Shannon freaks Emma out with this sad and creepy episode on the Dutch hikers Lisanne Froon and Kris Kremers, who disappeared in the Panamanian jungle. We also confirm to each other that we are not murderers, learn Shannon’s hell loop, and Emma stops breathing at one point. Wanna be too scared to ever go hiking again? Then come listen! Sources: From Imperfect Plan: The full story, an analysis of photo 505, a super in-depth analysis of Kremers’s bleached bones, and the Google Earth map Forensic Tales Lost Media Wiki Rivy Lyon via Medium Mother Source
01:27:34
September 17, 2021
Ep. 46: An Angry Craisin: The Disappearance of the Beaumont Children
Ep. 46: An Angry Craisin: The Disappearance of the Beaumont Children
We're your therapists now. Join us as Emma tells Shannon the sad story of the disappearance of the Beaumont siblings in 1966. As always, however, we must find the levity in the depravity so there is discussion of murderers with mohawks, angry muppets, and our very particular podcast niches. Emma also decides to fight the void, so buy your tickets to that fight now. Open call for engineers/chemists/scientists of all kinds to make some heavy duty evidence boxes with fingerprint passkeys please and thank you!  Sources: Mother Source The Canberra Times article theorizing their fates from 1966 Crime Investigation Australia episode Phipps lead Arthur Stanley Brown death
01:09:31
September 10, 2021
Ep. 45: Afterlife Hacks: Kelpies
Ep. 45: Afterlife Hacks: Kelpies
Have you seen a horse before? Are you sure it wasn’t a kelpie?! Join us this week for Shannon’s Cryptid Corner on these mysterious demon water horses of Scotland. Shannon starts her scatting career, we get very invested in our Winnie the Pooh zodiac signs, and make a mental note to stay at least 50 feet from any Scottish ponies loitering by themselves. We think you should, too.  Sources: Wikipedia Icy Sedgwick BlogSpot Historic UK Thought Catalog YouTube
55:00
September 03, 2021
Ep. 44: Hot Hands McGee: The Island of the Dolls
Ep. 44: Hot Hands McGee: The Island of the Dolls
An island filled with dolls? Cursed, blessed, or just plain awful? Feel like crying along with Shannon? Then join us this week for a short episode about the extremely spooky Island of the Dolls in Mexico. It’s so creepy even Emma cries! Don't forget to send us your ghost resumes! Sources: The Mother Source All That’s Interesting Atlas Obscura Discovery Channel Buzzfeed Unsolved
35:30
August 27, 2021
Ep. 43: A Carbon Date: The Hope Diamond
Ep. 43: A Carbon Date: The Hope Diamond
Could a beautiful, 45.52 carat diamond be the source of suffering for generations of its owners? Shannon is here this week to report on the Hope Diamond, currently in stasis at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. Is it really cursed, killing off anyone who touches it? Or was it a well constructed story told in order to sell it to the highest bidder? Join us this week to find out! Sources: The Curse of the Hope Diamond The Smithsonian The Great Courses Daily Mental Floss Forbes Thought Co Cursed Objects by J.W. Ocker
46:12
August 20, 2021
Ep. 42: Call Me Pretty and Buy Me Books: The Georgia Guidestones
Ep. 42: Call Me Pretty and Buy Me Books: The Georgia Guidestones
If you’re ever going through the state of Georgia and the world ends, make sure to head over to Elberton County and read the Georgia Guidestones! They’ll give you all the “rules” to navigate the end of the world’s necessary creation of a government. Emma regales Shannon with these, who loves lists, as they both try to figure out if this was an elaborate hoax or an elaborate earnest endeavor. Sources:  The Mother Source Media Matters on Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene May 2009 Magazine on the Georgia Guidestones Skeptoid episode on the Stones Wired Magazine WSGC Radio article on the stolen stone
48:41
August 13, 2021
Ep. 41: A Raw Tortilla: Insulin Price Gouging
Ep. 41: A Raw Tortilla: Insulin Price Gouging
Feel like getting mad? Then join us this week as Shannon tells Emma all about Big Pharma's conspiracy to keep insulin-dependant humans as money generators. Hint: the answer might just be greed. Emma also learns about how Nick Jonas may be at the center of it all. #JoNOnus.  Sources: From T1 International: Timeline of insulin and the 2018 Out-of-Pocket Cost Report T1 International's From Gift to Greed Dexcom commercial ft. Nick Jonas The Mayo Clinic Health Digest Esquire Substack data for insulin and The Shot Instagram @MissDiabetes Library and Archives Canada Dr. Banting photo and stamp
01:00:53
August 06, 2021
Ep 40: Shaming Children: The Isdal Woman WITH SPECIAL GUEST SARA
Ep 40: Shaming Children: The Isdal Woman WITH SPECIAL GUEST SARA
Was it suicide? Murder? A vampire colony's revenge? Or was this lady just combustible? This week Emma tells Shannon AND OUR SPECIAL GUEST SARA all about the Isdal Woman of Norway who died mysteriously on a mountain, half-burned. Emma needs to write a novel series about burnt people and Shannon needs to find a Brit to marry because Norway is too cold. Oh, and don't miss out on Sara's kittens!!  Sources: True Crime Database BBC in 2017 and 2019 The Mother Source Unidentified Wiki Medium
01:07:47
July 30, 2021
Mailbag #4: Morris the Stegosaurus
Mailbag #4: Morris the Stegosaurus
Another mail bag THIS TIME WITH REAL PHYSICAL MAIL!!! Come listen to some tales of ghosts, definitely haunted chests, carrot syllabi, and our mutual love of socks. 
29:22
July 26, 2021
Ep. 39: The Issue with Human Beings: Skeleton Lake
Ep. 39: The Issue with Human Beings: Skeleton Lake
This week's episode is a wild, wonderful, kinda-spooky ride! Come join us as Shannon regales Emma with the site of Skeleton Lake in the Himalayas. Shannon does some great pronunciations, Emma gets really angry with human idiots, and it's overall a fun time. Don't forget to answer Shannon's end of episode question! Sources: National Geographic Nature Communications The Hindu (India’s national newspaper) The Atlantic BBC News Mother Source Live Science History Channel The New York Times The Daily Beast Atlas Obscura
40:47
July 23, 2021
Ep. 38: Very Very Welcome to You: The Sodder Family Mystery
Ep. 38: Very Very Welcome to You: The Sodder Family Mystery
Did five of ten children die in a house fire on Christmas Eve? Or did the Mafia have something to do with it? This is a sad one ya'll (SORRY!!). Emma tells Shannon the story of the Sodder Family mystery and how much Emma knows about cremation (she brings up the vase again, guys). Come join us for a couple laughs amid this sad mystery!  Sources: Smithsonian Magazine “The Children Who Went Up in Smoke” Mother Source 1968 Sunday Gazette article True Crime Files NPR The Enduring Mystery on Mental Floss
01:04:19
July 16, 2021
Ep. 37: The Viscount of Tangent Town: The Curse of Macbeth
Ep. 37: The Viscount of Tangent Town: The Curse of Macbeth
Are you a theatre kid who was scared into behaving backstage by superstition? US TOO! Did a group of witches put a curse on the Scottish Play because their spells were being bastardized? POSSIBLY! Did Lady Macbeth actually kill anyone? NO BUT OTHERS THINK SO! Come join us as Shannon tells Emma about the curse of Macbeth and all kinds of theatre related stories.  Sources: The Tech (MIT) The Royal Shakespeare Company Images from the Royal Shakespeare Company Penguin The Shakespeare Company (USA) The Guardian The History Channel Mother Source
01:02:38
July 09, 2021
Ep. 36: It's A Boy! (phlegm): The Jersey Devil
Ep. 36: It's A Boy! (phlegm): The Jersey Devil
This week Emma cries while she tells Shannon about the Jersey Devil! It's not all that scary, just a creepy flying T-rex roaming New Jersey. Come join us for stories of brave children and Emma's own potential cryptid encounter!  Sources: The Mother Source Cryptid Wiki Pinelands Preservation Alliance on the Legend Jersey Devil Sightings and Stories from WeirdNJ abcNews on the 2015 “sighting” Silly Ben Franklin on Mental Floss Brian Regal book on Quakers and the Jersey Devil
53:10
July 02, 2021
Ep. 35: Tappin' Variety: The Mysterious Disappearance of Agatha Christie
Ep. 35: Tappin' Variety: The Mysterious Disappearance of Agatha Christie
Did one of the most famous mystery writers in the world stage her own disappearance? Or did she really forget that she was the Agatha Christie? In this episode, Shannon tells Emma all about this bad-witch and what we think may have happened in the 10 day span that she was missing. Sources: Wikipedia Agatha Christie Wiki The New York Times Medium All That’s Interesting The Washington Post The Mystery of Mrs. Christie
54:39
June 25, 2021
Ep. 34: Speculation Station: Flat Earth WITH SPECIAL GUEST RUTH
Ep. 34: Speculation Station: Flat Earth WITH SPECIAL GUEST RUTH
How do we know the Earth is round? Because the Disneyland NASA actors told us? Probably. Is the sun a lamp strapped to the ice wall? Definitely.  Buckle in for a tangent-filled, chaotic, messy-but-fun episode about Flat Earthers with our Meme Lord RUTH!  Sources: Flat Earth ‘Theory’ Modern Flat Earth belief from the Mother Source Myth of Flat Earth from the Mother Source Flat Earth Society webpage Library of Congress collection of Flat Earth Material Fighting Flat Earth Theory Flat Earth Conference coverage from CNN Forbes on Flat Earth Supporters going to Antarctica
01:10:50
June 18, 2021
Ep. 33: The Coconuts!: The Oak Island Money Pit
Ep. 33: The Coconuts!: The Oak Island Money Pit
There is nothing better than a treasure hunt. Except maybe if it's a pirate treasure. And it's in Canada. Come join us as Shannon tells Emma all about Canada's national treasure (and we aren't talking poutine) in the Oak Island Money Pit.  Sources: The Vintage News Mother Source What is the Money Pit? Season 8 of The Curse of Oak Island 12 Possible Treasures 25 Treasures Discovered Oak Island Treasure Men’s Health Atlas Obscura
52:33
June 11, 2021
Ep. 32: Baby Bones: The Watcher
Ep. 32: Baby Bones: The Watcher
Creepy is back!! And what is creepier than a house that comes with a designated "watcher?" Emma does her best to scare Shannon (and mostly fails) with the story of The Watcher from Westfield, New Jersey. Because of course it's New Jersey.  Sources:  The Haunting of 657 Boulevard from The Cut Why Westfield is so scary Inside the House Tales of True Crime Episode 18 Letters and Story of the Watcher
01:08:34
June 04, 2021
Ep. 31: John Cena's Horcrux: Staircases in the Woods
Ep. 31: John Cena's Horcrux: Staircases in the Woods
Are there staircases in the depths of the American National Parks? Are they remnants of a lost city, a tornado dump, a portal to another world? Or are they just a hoax? Come listen this week as Shannon pulls an Emma and talks about her Reddit deep dive into the creepy, solitary staircases in the woods.  Sources: SearchAndRescueWoods on Reddit Pt. 1 and Pt. 2 Historic Mysteries The Cambodia Daily Traveler Magazine Atlas Obscura Wanderglobe Renee Rose on Medium Wikipedia on the Roswell Incident Forest of Dean Sculpture Trust
41:34
May 28, 2021
Ep. 30: Sugar and Blood: The Gardner Museum Heist
Ep. 30: Sugar and Blood: The Gardner Museum Heist
How would someone go about stealing almost $50 million in art from a central Boston museum? How could they even get away with it? Well, thieves in 1990 somehow did, and the things they stole have been missing ever since. Come listen as Emma pulls a Shannon and shares the story of the most expensive art heist in the world from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum! Somehow she makes Shannon cry!  Sources:  The Mother Source on the Museum The Mother Source on the Theft The Gardner Museum Boston Magazine infographic of the theft FBI website of the theft Time Magazine anniversary article The Guardian article on the FBI’s suspects found Netflix limited series: This is a Robbery: The World’s Biggest Art Heist
01:17:49
May 21, 2021
Ep. 29: Alleged Blankets: The Manslaughter Conspiracy of Taylor Swift and Harry Styles
Ep. 29: Alleged Blankets: The Manslaughter Conspiracy of Taylor Swift and Harry Styles
Did Taylor Swift and Harry Styles commit manslaughter during their whirlwind romance? Or is TikTok just stirring up conspiracy for the fun of it? Come join us on this little episode all about TSwift and her penchant for writing songs that may just reveal a bit more than she wanted them to.  Sources: TikTok HAIM on IG Haylor commiting vehicular manslaughter by Laragh O'Reilly on Mind Meister “I Think Taylor Swift and Harry Styles Killed Someone” by clementines on Spotify Bustle Your Tango 
36:08
May 14, 2021
Ep. 28: Big Mac Daddy: The Montauk Project
Ep. 28: Big Mac Daddy: The Montauk Project
Time travel is always an option! And so apparently are teleportation, making giant ships invisible, and becoming a tour guide for computers in a futuristic landscape. Come join us this week as Emma makes Shannon cry (with laughter) at this story of the Montauk Project and the experiments they tried.  Sources:  The Mother Source on the Montauk Project The Mother Source on the Books The Mother Source on John von Neumann The Montauk Project Gallery The Montauk Project connection to Stranger Things  A Closer Look at the Montauk Project (for stuff that Emma didn’t mention) Sky Books, where you can find the Montauk books Montauk Survivor Accounts Stewart Swerdlow’s website (with workbooks) Stranger Things influenced by the Montauk Project, by the New York Daily News What really happened during the Philadelphia Experiment
01:03:47
May 07, 2021
Ep. 27: Cocktail Hour in Heaven: Everest and the Mystery of Mallory and Irvine
Ep. 27: Cocktail Hour in Heaven: Everest and the Mystery of Mallory and Irvine
The tallest mountain in the world has been conquered by many, but was Sir Edmund Hillary actually the first of these? Or was it George Mallory and his partner, lost to the snow at the peak? Listen as Shannon delves into her favorite topic, Mount Everest, and the mystery of Mallory and Irvine. Emma may or may not cry...  Sources:  Mother Source  PBS NOVA The Clymb Secrets of the Ice Ghosts of Everest: The Search for Mallory & Irvine by Jochen Hemmleb, Eric R. Simonson, Larry A. Johnson Last Climb by David Breashears and Audrey Salkeld Western Oregon University, Pete Poston BBC News National Geographic’s Lost on Everest (2020) - streaming on Disney+ National Geographic
01:37:13
April 30, 2021
Ep. 26: If You're a Cow, I'm a Cow: The Mandela Effect
Ep. 26: If You're a Cow, I'm a Cow: The Mandela Effect
Does Curious George have a tail? Are we living in a simulation? Is Shannon from an alternate universe? Answers to these questions and more on this episode where Emma tells Shannon about the Mandela effect (not the mandala one) and how there are just some things about the world that are a *little* off.   Sources: Take a quiz to see what you remember How False Memories Occur Mental Floss: 10 Examples of the Mandela Effect Buzzfeed’s list of examples The ‘Mandela Effect’ and How Your Mind is Playing Tricks on You The film Wiki The Mandela Effect, Statue of Liberty, and Black Tom Island Conspiracy Custard Forbes: The Mandela Effect--Bad Memories or an Alternate Universe? Medical News Today: What is the Mandela Effect? MandelaEffect.com George Takei’s Facebook Post Snopes: Good Luck, Mr. Gorsky! Black Tom Island
01:14:43
April 23, 2021
Ep. 25: Botanical Sexism: The Seasonal Allergies Conspiracy
Ep. 25: Botanical Sexism: The Seasonal Allergies Conspiracy
Do you have a stuffy nose the minute you walk out your door? Eyes itch and throat get scratchy just by existing during the spring? Well then it may just be Big Nursery coming after you, and Big Pharma's in on it too! Listen this week as Shannon clues Emma in on the giant conspiracy that the government is trying to kill her and allergy sufferers like her.  Sources: @theovtnetwork on TikTok: https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMemAYAeV/ Atlas Obscura: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/seasonal-allergies-blame-male-trees Scientific American: https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/botanical-sexism-cultivates-home-grown-allergies/ Mel Magazine: https://melmagazine.com/en-us/story/the-horticulturalist-whose-lifes-work-is-to-end-botanical-sexism The Mother Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OPALS_(Ogren_Plant_Allergy_Scale) Wired: https://www.wired.co.uk/article/hay-fever-botanical-sexism San Luis Ranch, “Home Grown Community”: https://www.sanluisranch.com/
56:39
April 16, 2021
Mailbag #3: Doubt Your Doubts
Mailbag #3: Doubt Your Doubts
Another mailbag?! So quickly!? Well we just had to finish all the emails you'd sent us, and of course some of them are doozies. Ghosts that you drive through, Hollywood Chris rankings, and more Sweet Briar stories this episode! We'll be back to our regularly scheduled programming next Friday. Enjoy! Sources from Jesse:  Article: Radar scan of Shakespeare's grave confirms skull apparently missing: by Sarah Young; editing by Stephen Addison Article: The Curse on Shakespeare's Grave: by Stacy Conradt
54:34
April 09, 2021
Mailbag #2: Daisy Listens
Mailbag #2: Daisy Listens
We finally have another mailbag! We've got Sweet Briar College ghosts, a Titanic Museum visit, and a near-death-by-ghost in the family. And of course, lots of "detours" which couldn't be avoided even if we tried. And we didn't try very hard. Enjoy!   
49:16
April 02, 2021
Ep. 24: Rubber Chicken Slinky: D.B. Cooper
Ep. 24: Rubber Chicken Slinky: D.B. Cooper
Who was the mystery man who jumped out of a plane in 1971? A spy? A superhero? An idiot? Join us as Emma tells Shannon the story of D.B. Cooper, get sidetracked by thought experiments and fanny packs, and try our hardest to keep this 2 hour long episode entertaining (sorry it's so long ya'll! Leave us a review or leave us alone!). Stay at the end for a bonus ten minutes of National Treasure Talk! Sources: The Mother Source  The FBI  The Hollywood Reporter on Rackstraw The Rolling Stone History Channel on Letters from D.B. Cooper Ransom Money Clues Documentary on HBO Documentary Review “HA-HA-HA” by D.B. Cooper The History of the Fanny Pack
01:57:23
March 26, 2021
Ep. 23: Pale and Frail: The Kennedy Curse
Ep. 23: Pale and Frail: The Kennedy Curse
Join us this week from another one of Emma's family closets as Shannon regales us with the story of Camelot. Well, the Kennedy Camelot, all its twists and turns and the curse that hangs over them all. Is it really a curse, a testosterone-fueled urge to take risks, or just a whole lot of bad luck from a whole lot of gold coins? Come find out!   Surprise appearance from Emma's mom. (Hi, Mom!) Sources: The Mother Source on the curse and the family Refinery29 Curse Timeline Two Sons, One Destiny by Vanity Fair CNN on the curse Kennedy’s on Larry King  My Favorite Murder Grunge (YouTube) All That’s Interesting The New York Times on Jackie’s pink suit The National Post  Ireland’s Big Issue 
01:39:06
March 19, 2021
Ep. 22: A Crop Circle of Virgin Mary's: Annabelle the Doll
Ep. 22: A Crop Circle of Virgin Mary's: Annabelle the Doll
A demon? A ghost? A prank gone wrong? Whatever the reason, this doll is creepy as all get out, so much so that it has to be kept locked away in a glass case like a Marvel villian. Listen as Emma freaks Shannon out with another scary doll mystery, but only cries like once! Sources: The Mother Source Mysteries at the Museum Annabelle appearing in Shazam and Aquaman Inside the Warren’s Occult Museum from The Daily Mirror  Annabelle’s escape attempt  The New Haven Register on the “Real Annabelle” All That’s Interesting The Demonologist: The Extraordinary Career of Ed and Lorraine Warren The Museum is closed  Tony Spera’s Website on the Warrens  
01:09:60
March 12, 2021
Ep. 21: Jean-Paul Joe Schmoe: Amelia Earhart
Ep. 21: Jean-Paul Joe Schmoe: Amelia Earhart
This week Shannon scares Emma with planes and gigantic crabs in retaliation for all the times Emma has made her cry to tell the incredible story of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan, who disappeared in the Pacific in the 30s. Were they stranded and eventually eaten by crabs? (ew. no thank you.) Were they captured? Sucked up into space? Come listen to our theories and all of our shoutouts to Tom King, archeologist extraordinare! Sources: Wikipedia The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery: General overview and in-depth evidence list National Archives MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE  Half of the National Geographic website: disappearance theories, colossal demon crabs, forensic puppies, plane theories, and discredited photo. NBC News here and here Insider Royal Museums Greenwich USA Today ZME Science
01:42:27
March 05, 2021
Ep. 20: Batpig: The Mothman
Ep. 20: Batpig: The Mothman
A creature born of radioactivity scared the bejesus out of two couples in 1966 on a dark road at midnight. Or was it a gigantic bird? Or Batpig? More likely it was the antihero of Point Pleasant: Mothman! Come listen to Emma tell Shannon about the feathered man bird and all of his "cousins" around the world.  Sources:  The Mother Source First report in the Point Pleasant Register Second report in the Williamson Daily News Mothman Wiki The Silver Bridge collapse and why it buckled Other Disasters Photographic evidence of Mothman in 2016 and a fact check  The Chicago Mothman in Vice, NPR, and 2020  Mothman Cam Sandhill crane Petition for Mothman statues to replace stinky Confederate ones Shoebill stork
51:28
February 26, 2021
Ep. 19: Woo! Politics: El Dorado
Ep. 19: Woo! Politics: El Dorado
Now we would love to all find a city of gold, but could we actually succeed? And why do we even think there is one in the first place? Come listen as Shannon tells Emma all about El Dorado, both the maybe mythical place and the 2000 movie (Elton's greatest work) that everyone should be in love with.  Sources: ThoughtCo.: https://www.thoughtco.com/the-legend-of-el-dorado-2136432 and https://www.thoughtco.com/walter-raleighs-journey-to-el-dorado-2136440 National Geographic: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/archaeology/el-dorado/#close BBC News: https://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-20964114#:~:text=The%20European%20myth%20that%20arose,lands%20for%20their%20monetary%20value. Poetry Foundation: “Eldorado” by Edgar Allen Poe: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/48634/eldorado-56d22a0920778 The Mother Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Dorado and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Road_to_El_Dorado
01:08:02
February 19, 2021
Ep. 18: A Dingo Ate My Body!: The Tamam Shud Case
Ep. 18: A Dingo Ate My Body!: The Tamam Shud Case
Emma gets real lazy this week and retells Shannon one of her favorite mysteries: The Tamam Shud Case. Luckily, Shannon remembers none of it! Was this man a Soviet spy? Or a British seaman? No one knows, but maybe we figure it out! Sources: The Mother Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tamam_Shud_case ABC News: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-12-14/somerton-man-cold-case-could-be-one-step-closer-to-solved/9245512 The Smithsonian (good read): https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/the-body-on-somerton-beach-50795611/ THe Herald Sun: https://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/law-order/portrait-may-hold-key-to-somerton-man-beach-mystery/news-story/2fd340506364419ca316c2d1e721021b The Adelaide City Explorer: https://adelaidecityexplorer.com.au/items/show/162 and https://adelaidecityexplorer.com.au/items/show/163
01:09:35
February 12, 2021
Ep. 17: Error 401: The Titanic
Ep. 17: Error 401: The Titanic
Did the Titanic actually hit an iceberg, or was it sunk by a rich man's conspiracy to commit murder? Or was it a mummy in London cursing whoever it saw fit? Find out about these and other theories as Shannon tells Emma about her all-time favorite morbid fascination! Sources: Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinking_of_the_Titanic, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Titanic, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Titanic_conspiracy_theories and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RMS_Olympic The History Channel: https://www.history.com/news/titanic-sinking-conspiracy-myths-jp-morgan-olympic The Huffington Post: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/-did-a-german-uboat-sink-_b_1413770 Popular Mechanics: https://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/infrastructure/a26533526/olympic-titanic-conspiracy-theory/ Reddit: https://old.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/aumhwo/which_conspiracy_theory_is_so_believable_that_it/eh9lbu7/ Business Insider: https://www.businessinsider.com/titanic-sinking-conspiracy-theories-2018-4#the-ship-was-attacked-by-a-u-boat-3 The Washington Post (possible paywall): https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2018/08/04/how-j-p-morgan-didnt-sink-the-titanic-and-other-qanon-conspiracy-theories-debunked/ The National Archives (UK): https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/titanic/stories/margaret-brown.htm Titanic: A New Musical: https://open.spotify.com/album/6C4TnyShiHnUHzJojd2gCV?si=zUeZ-Du_Rd2zWJoBtVYGIQ
01:10:17
February 05, 2021
Ep. 16: An Undiagnosed Wizard: Robert the Doll
Ep. 16: An Undiagnosed Wizard: Robert the Doll
Does this life size doll have a life of its own, cursing those who get in its way? Or is he just an old doll with a hell of a lot of creep factor? Come listen as Emma tries to explain and Shannon cries in this episode on Key West's Robert the Doll.  Sources: The Mother Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_(doll) Boredom Therapy: https://boredomtherapy.com/s/creepy-history-of-robert-the-doll?as=799&asv=1&bdk=0 Ghosts and Gravestones Ghost Tours and Key West History: https://www.ghostsandgravestones.com/key-west/robert-the-doll Key West Art and Historical Society Exhibition Description and History: https://www.kwahs.org/exhibitions/robert-the-doll Atlas Obscura: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/the-story-behind-the-worlds-most-haunted-doll The Artist’s House: http://www.artisthousekeywest.com/about/robert-the-doll/ and http://www.artisthousekeywest.com/about/key-west-hotel-history/ All That’s Interesting: https://allthatsinteresting.com/robert-the-doll The Curse of Robert the Doll: https://www.workforcesoftware.com/blog/the-curse-of-robert-the-doll/#:~:text=Robert%20is%20three%20feet%20tall,propped%20up%20on%20a%20stool. The Story of Robert Gene Otto and Robert the Doll: https://missysmadhouse.tumblr.com/post/614251533290323968/robert-the-doll Museum Ghost Tour: https://ghostfort.com/ghost-tour
58:23
January 29, 2021
Mailbag #1: Doppelganger Mom
Mailbag #1: Doppelganger Mom
Welcome to our very first Mailbag episode! We read you some stories sent in by "friend-ly fans" and add some corrections from our past episodes. Buckle in for ghosts, UFOs, and mistakes! 
51:45
January 25, 2021
Ep. 15: International Treasure: The Amber Room
Ep. 15: International Treasure: The Amber Room
Did the Nazi's manage to dismantle the 8th wonder of the world and destroy it within the span of a few years? Or is it at the bottom of the ocean? Could it still be in Russia? Did Nicholas Cage find it in his new movie International Treasure? Come listen as Shannon tells Emma all about the mysterious Amber Room and where it may, or may not, be now.  Sources: Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amber_Room Smithsonian Magazine: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/a-brief-history-of-the-amber-room-160940121/?no-ist and https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/true-story-monuments-men-180949569/ The Atlantic: https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/05/ghost-army-the-inflatable-tanks-that-fooled-hitler/276137/ Stuff You Missed in History Class (podcast): https://www.iheart.com/podcast/stuff-you-missed-in-history-cl-21124503/episode/the-ghost-army-30207647/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUSgxUKrLXw and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rCsO0PzNd-A Listverse: https://listverse.com/2018/07/28/10-rumored-locations-of-the-lost-amber-room/ Forbes:https://www.forbes.com/forbes-life-magazine/2004/0329/048.html?sh=576e01655424 Live Science: https://www.livescience.com/amber-room-nazi-wreck-poland.html IndieBound Books: The Monuments Men: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781599951508 and Salt to the Sea: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780142423622
01:23:42
January 22, 2021
Ep. 14: Snap Me Like a Glowstick: The Life and Death of Elvis Presley
Ep. 14: Snap Me Like a Glowstick: The Life and Death of Elvis Presley
Did Elvis actually ever "leave the building"? Or did he just hop a plane to Rio and has been sipping sangria for years? This week, hear Emma tell Shannon about the theory that Elvis is still alive. We talk about dead bodies, bad music, and how a friend tortured Emma in high school. So join us! And long live the King! Check out Luke Caccetta on Spotify Also, Emma remembered the name of the podcast Scientology: Fair Game. with Leah Remini and Mike Rinder Sources: The Mother Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elvis_Presley The King’s Palace: https://www.graceland.com/ Elvis “Sightings” in the Wild: https://www.graceland.com/elvis-sightings Elvis Bio: https://www.graceland.com/1974---1977 Funeral Footage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Acs4iWERZ4&ab_channel=TheMattDollarShow Catalogued Elvis Sightings: https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/503466/suspicious-minds-bizarre-40-year-history-elvis-presley-sightings Nixon and Presley: https://time.com/4894301/elvis-president-nixon-photo/ The Elvis Information Network: http://www.elvisinfonet.com/conspiracy.html Graceland Ghosts: http://alastarpacker.weebly.com/mists--moonlight/alastar-packer-haunted-graceland-and-a-ghostly-encounter-in-memphis Places to look for Elvis’s Ghost: https://www.houstonpress.com/music/all-the-places-to-see-elvis-presleys-ghost-6755060
01:15:24
January 15, 2021
Ep. 13: Gorls, Gargoyles, and Airperts: The Denver Airport
Ep. 13: Gorls, Gargoyles, and Airperts: The Denver Airport
What's scarier than a demon horse named Blucifer? Probably the Illuminati plotting government overthrows with the lizard people below the Denver International Airport. Listen this week to Shannon tell Emma all about the conspiracies surrounding the beautiful, albeit riddled with aliens, airport in Colorado's capital city. Warning: Emma screams with excitement. Watch your ears.  Come follow us on TikTok, Instagram, and Twitter! Visit our website! Send us a heart fart! Sources:  The Mother Source The Travel The New York Times The Denver Post Insider Fly Denver Uncover Colorado YouTube: Denver7 YouTube: Atlas Obscura YouTube: United Twitter Fly Denver: DEN Files
01:12:50
January 08, 2021
Ep. 12: Zeus@MtOlympus.net: Atlantis
Ep. 12: Zeus@MtOlympus.net: Atlantis
This week, to start off the new year, Emma tells Shannon about her favorite place: Atlantis! Was Plato right, or was he a big fat liar? Is Atlantis still under the ocean, ruled by Milo and Kida? Tune in to hear about the good, the unknown, and the potentially magical.  Sources: The Mother Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlantis The Theosophical Society books: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Secret_Doctrine Live Science, Atlantis: https://www.livescience.com/23217-lost-city-of-atlantis.html, https://www.livescience.com/4846-eruption-thera-changed-world.html, https://www.livescience.com/64176-lost-city-atlantis-spain.html and https://www.livescience.com/26275-peaceful-minoans-surprisingly-warlike.html Critias and Timaeus: https://www.gutenberg.org/files/1571/1571-h/1571-h.htm and https://www.gutenberg.org/files/1572/1572-h/1572-h.htm Lost Worlds: Atlantis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrkhGaNGnbU&ab_channel=HISTORY Ancient Aliens: Aliens and Forbidden Islands: https://www.hulu.com/watch/4f9c3233-e9ef-495c-9dbe-5f455b4a9c46 National Geographic: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/archaeology/atlantis/ Discover Magazine: https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/where-is-the-lost-city-of-atlantis-and-does-it-even-exist Atlantis Rising with James Cameron and Simcha Jacobovici, found on Disney +
59:38
January 01, 2021
Ep. 11: Let Me Know if You Need to Scream: Sabena Flight 548
Ep. 11: Let Me Know if You Need to Scream: Sabena Flight 548
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all who celebrate! Honor the day and Shannon's Aunt Fran by listening to Emma scream as Shannon tells her the devastating story of Sabena Flight 548 and the 1961 U.S. Figure Skating Team. Stay till the end for a surprise for Emma! Sources:  Wikipedia: “1961” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1961#Events) Wikipedia: “Sabena Flight 548” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sabena_Flight_548) ESPN: Still Crystal Clear (http://www.espn.com/espn/eticket/story?page=110215/skatingcrash&redirected=true) Sports Illustrated, Feb. 13, 1961 (https://vault.si.com/vault/1961/02/13/mother-set-the-style) Podcast: All Bad Things (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/episode-086-sabena-flight-548/id1260408998?i=1000430564619) Wikipedia: “1961 U.S. Figure Skating Championships” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1961_U.S._Figure_Skating_Championships) YouTube: “Laurence Owen - 1961 US National Championships Freeskate” (https://youtu.be/0114AudgYms) YouTube: “Maribel Owen & Dudley Richards - Freeskate US Nationals 1961” (https://youtu.be/qICTuC1SeWk) This Day in Aviation: https://www.thisdayinaviation.com/tag/sabena-flight-sn548/ TIME: “In 1961 a Plane Crash Killed the Entire U.S. Figure Skating Team. Here's How the Tragic Legacy Lives On” (https://time.com/5172201/1961-plane-crash-us-figure-skating/) YouTube: “Documentary - the 1961 U.S. Figure Skating Team & the Sabena Flight 548 air disaster” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0cYfPXxcco) Sports Illustrated, Feb. 21, 2011, “The Day the Music Stopped” (https://vault.si.com/vault/2011/02/21/the-day-the-music-stopped) Washington Post: “The terrible plane crash that devastated U.S. figure skating — and still shapes it today” (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2018/02/20/the-terrible-plane-crash-that-devastated-u-s-figure-skating-and-still-shapes-it-today/) Vintage News: “The Saddest Day in Figure Skating History- The Fateful Flight of the 1961 U.S. Team” (https://www.thevintagenews.com/2018/10/06/1961-figure-skating-team/)
56:21
December 25, 2020
Ep. 10: Haunt People While You’re Alive: The Dybbuk Box
Ep. 10: Haunt People While You’re Alive: The Dybbuk Box
This week we get extra spooky as Emma regales Shannon with the story of the most haunted item in the world: The Dybbuk Box. Is it haunted by a Jewish supernatural being, a demon, or is it all a lie? Join us this week and try not to cry! Shannon does and it's fine because scary things are scary, ya'll.  Sources:  The Mother Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dybbuk_box, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dybbuk and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shema_Yisrael Archived  EBAY description: https://web.archive.org/web/20051105000557/http://www.andrew.cmu.edu/user/rubyc/eBay_dibbuk.htm  Questions of Zak Bagans’ idiocy of opening the box: https://www.tvshowsace.com/2020/07/02/zak-bagans-shares-ten-things-to-know-about-the-evil-dybbuk-box-prior-to-opening-on-ghost-adventures-quarantine/  Skeptoid article about the box: https://skeptoid.com/episodes/4428?gclid=CjwKCAiA_Kz-BRAJEiwAhJNY75e3xT_wpgal7quQ2Uhl84SDgBMl_9gHtsLOU4Qlo8Z4bBm06A8m5RoCQikQAvD_BwE  LA Times article that was the inspiration for the movie The Possession: https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-2004-jul-25-ca-gornstein25-story.html  The Dibbuk Box website, run by Jason Haxton: http://www.dibbukbox.com/links.htm  Keselim meanings: https://www.contdict.com/translate/turkish-english/keselim  Truman University site to buy The Dibbuk Box: https://tsup.truman.edu/product/dibbuk-box-the/  Episode 1 of Season 1 of Ghost Adventures: Artifacts: https://www.hulu.com/watch/6554d8cc-ed78-433c-932b-baef056c482d  Evidence of Kevin Mannis’s poetic license: https://www.facebook.com/GhostAdventures/posts/hey-zak-just-finished-watching-episode-1-of-your-artifacts-show-which-is-great-w/10154702483432413/  Opening the dybbuk box during quarantine (requires a cable connection): https://watch.travelchannel.com/tv-shows/ghost-adventures-quarantine/full-episodes/dybbuk-box-the-opening Post Malone touching the box: https://www.tmz.com/2018/09/16/post-malone-emergency-plane-landing-car-crash-home-invasion-haunted-box/ Sinisterhood Episode 96: The Dybbuk
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December 18, 2020
Ep. 9: Summon the Father-in-Law: The Vyne Ring
Ep. 9: Summon the Father-in-Law: The Vyne Ring
This week, Shannon tells Emma the tale of the Vyne Ring, a (almost) cursed object from the time of the ancient Romans, stolen from a man who put his curse down in metal. Was this ring the inspiration for J.R.R. Tolkien's famous novels? Or is it just the discarded piece of jewelry from an unwanted Christmas gift? Join us this week for a short episode about elves, novels, and petty theft, oh my!  Sources:  The National Trust: http://www.nationaltrustcollections.org.uk/object/719789 Astonishing Legends: https://www.astonishinglegends.com/astonishing-legends/2018/7/7/the-ring-of-senicianus Cursed Objects: Strange but True Stories of the World's Most Infamous Items by J.W. Ocker (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781683692362) Imgur: “Behold the cursed ring that may have inspired Tolkien's One Ring” (https://imgur.com/gallery/0I1wu) Ripley’s Believe It or Not: “One Ring to Curse Them All” (https://www.ripleys.com/weird-news/one-ring-to-curse-them-all/) YouTube: The Vyne - A Tolkien-inspired experience for children (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mMxjzaSoTs) CNN: “'The Lord of the Rings' cast is crowdfunding to buy J.R.R. Tolkien's home and turn it into a literary center” by Scottie Andrew (https://www.cnn.com/2020/12/03/entertainment/tolkien-home-lord-of-the-rings-trnd/index.html)
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December 11, 2020
Ep. 8: IKEA Aliens WITH SPECIAL GUEST!: The Abduction of Betty and Barney Hill
Ep. 8: IKEA Aliens WITH SPECIAL GUEST!: The Abduction of Betty and Barney Hill
Our very first guest, Liam, (little brother!) joins us as Emma tells Shannon the story of the 1961 abduction of Betty and Barney Hill. The Hills were a New Hampshire couple who truly believed that aliens had taken and returned them; there's even a historical marker in the spot! We all figure out that IKEA is the modern alien's abduction site and that if we get tattoos, Betty's star map may just be the inspiration.   Sources:  The Mother Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barney_and_Betty_Hill#cite_note-27  The Exhibition of Betty and Barney Hill at the University of New Hampshire: https://www.newswise.com/articles/exhibition-of-betty-and-barney-hill-collection-opens-at-unh-couple-claimed-to-be-abducted-by-aliens  The collection: https://www.library.unh.edu/find/archives/collections/betty-and-barney-hill-papers-1961-2006#series-1  Boston Globe “Why Alien Abductions are Down”: https://www.bostonglobe.com/ideas/2016/06/11/why-alien-abductions-are-down-dramatically/qQ3zdBIc2tLAf3LVms8GLP/story.html  The Death of Betty Hill, covered by the New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2004/10/23/us/betty-hill-85-figure-in-alien-abduction-case-dies.html  Betty and Barney’s story by the Concord Monitor: https://www.concordmonitor.com/In-Lincoln-a-UFO-story-that-is-out-of-this-world-15987667  The Truth about the Star Map: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SmDxXcRCkN4&ab_channel=DiscoveryUK  An overview of the incident: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixPZD8Pu_68&ab_channel=BuzzFeedUnsolvedNetwork T he Basement Office overview of the incident: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WO5OhbIdXWU&ab_channel=NewYorkPost
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December 04, 2020
Ep. 7: Hairball Awareness Day: The Lies Your Parents Told You
Ep. 7: Hairball Awareness Day: The Lies Your Parents Told You
This week Shannon lightens the mood with the lies your parents told you as a kid. Emma screams, Shannon waxes poetic on Santa and hairballs, and we get to hear from a special guest! Listen along to what you thought you'd never know the answers to.  Sources: CNN: “Chocolate milk definitely doesn't come from brown cows -- but some adults think otherwise” by Nancy Coleman (https://www.cnn.com/2017/06/16/us/chocolate-milk-help-trnd/index.html) The Conversation: “Lies about Santa? They could be good for your child” by Kristen Dunfield (https://theconversation.com/lies-about-santa-they-could-be-good-for-your-child-88855) SwimmingPool.com: “7 Common Swimming Pool Myths Busted” (https://www.swimmingpool.com/blog/pool-myths-busted/) Mayo Clinic: “Mayo Clinic Minute: Should you wait 30 minutes to swim after eating?” by Ian Roth (https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/mayo-clinic-minute-should-you-wait-30-minutes-to-swim-after-eating/) The Smithsonian: “A WWII Propaganda Campaign Popularized the Myth That Carrots Help You See in the Dark” by K. Annabelle Smith (https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/a-wwii-propaganda-campaign-popularized-the-myth-that-carrots-help-you-see-in-the-dark-28812484/) The World Carrot Museum (http://www.carrotmuseum.co.uk/) Potato Pete jingle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3ndKK3j8ms Scientific American: “Fact or Fiction?: Chewing Gum Takes Seven Years to Digest” by John Matson (https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/fact-or-fiction-chewing-gum-takes-seven-years-to-digest/) Moms.com: “20 Strange Habits That Kids Have (Explained By Scientists)” by Layne G. (https://www.moms.com/20-strange-habits-that-kids-have-explained-by-scientists/) (CW: Super gross medical photos) National Museum of Health and Medicine: “Hairballs: Myths And Realities Behind Some Medical Curiosities” (https://www.medicalmuseum.mil/index.cfm?p=exhibits.virtual.hairball.index)
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November 27, 2020
Ep. 6: Heebus Jeebus: The Disappearance of Maura Murray
Ep. 6: Heebus Jeebus: The Disappearance of Maura Murray
On a snowy night in February, 2004, a young woman disappeared without a trace...YIKES! Tune in as Emma tells Shannon the spooky and sad story of Maura Murray and the many theories behind what could have possibly made her vanish.  Sources:  -Billy Jensen writing in 2014 about internet sleuthing in the case: https://www.bostonmagazine.com/news/2014/01/28/maura-murray/4/ -Our mother source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disappearance_of_Maura_Murray - The Maura Murray Missing site, still active: https://www.mauramurraymissing.org/about.html -True Crime Addict on Google Books: https://www.google.com/books/edition/True_Crime_Addict/Vd7aCgAAQBAJ?hl=en&gbpv=0 -True Crime Garage, on Stitcher
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November 20, 2020
Ep. 5: Like a Raisin: The Tennessee Children's Home Society
Ep. 5: Like a Raisin: The Tennessee Children's Home Society
This week Shannon tells Emma about the Tennessee Children's Home Society and the awful, evil, scary lady, Georgia Tann, who kidnapped, scammed, and abused children and families in the early decades of the 1900s. There are families still waiting for an answer and people realizing that their stories are eerily similar to the horrors of the Society, so listen along and freak out with both of us!  Sources: Insider / Erika Celeste: https://www.insider.com/georgia-tann-tennessee-children-home-society-survivors-speak-out-2019-12 Newton County, Mississippi Historical and Genealogical Society / Lois Cooper: https://www.nchgs.org/html/a_story_of_stolen_babies.html New York Post / Nick Poppy: https://nypost.com/2017/06/17/this-woman-stole-children-from-the-poor-to-give-to-the-rich/ Los Angeles Times / Beverly Beyette: https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1990-08-20-vw-882-story.html Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georgia_Tann#In_the_media The Baby Thief by Barbara Bisantz Raymond: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781402758638 Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780425284704 Before and After by Judy Christie and Lisa Wingate: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780593130148 Women’s Refugee Commission: “Here’s How You Can Help Migrant Children” - https://www.womensrefugeecommission.org/how-you-can-help-migrant-children/
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November 13, 2020
Ep. 4: Sister Somethin': The Bermuda Triangle and the Mystery of Flight 19
Ep. 4: Sister Somethin': The Bermuda Triangle and the Mystery of Flight 19
The Bermuda Triangle is rumored to be a vortex where ships and planes go missing and might just be a portal for extra-terrestrial beings to join us here on earth. Of all the "notable incidents" that occur within the triangle's bounds, the disappearance of Flight 19 in 1945 is the most famous. Were the pilots plucked from the air by aliens? Were they thrown off course by magnetic forces? Or was it just human error and a crash into the ocean? Maybe the triangle is the site of Atlantis! Join us in this (more rambly than usual) episode on the scariest part of the ocean. Sources: The Basics: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bermuda_Triangle and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flight_19 Some theories: https://www.liveabout.com/theories-of-the-bermuda-triangle-2593654 and https://www.theweek.co.uk/95557/bermuda-triangle-five-theories-on-the-mysterious-disappearances and https://www.marineinsight.com/maritime-history/5-famous-mysterious-stories-of-the-bermuda-triangle/ Actual historians writing about the Bermuda Triangle: https://www.history.com/topics/folklore/bermuda-triangle#section_2
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November 06, 2020
Ep. 3: The Group Project from Hell: Who was William Shakespeare?
Ep. 3: The Group Project from Hell: Who was William Shakespeare?
We all know Shakespeare’s plays, but do we actually know the man? This week we explore the theory that Shakespeare is not at all who he says he is. Was he merely a player? Or a woman? Or even the QUEEN OF ENGLAND?! Come expound on all the possibilities with us!  Sources:  -Shakespeare conspiracy -Inside the Weird World of Shakespeare Conspiracy Theories -Was Shakespeare a Woman? -"Who really wrote Shakespeare?" by Robert McCrum (who looks like the most dour middle-aged Englishman you can think of) -Christopher Marlowe -Did Shakespeare write his plays? -Francis Bacon Society -Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, Was Shakespeare
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October 30, 2020
Ep. 2: A Spiritual Prenup: The Winchester Mystery House
Ep. 2: A Spiritual Prenup: The Winchester Mystery House
Why did Sarah Winchester build an insane house in San Jose, California? Was it because she believed she was cursed? Or did she just like architecture? Maybe she was rich-people-eccentric? The Winchester Mystery House is one of the U.S.'s most notoriously haunted homes. Or is it? This week we talk about all the possible reasons the house was built, and what, or who, remains in it.  Sources: The house's site: https://www.winchestermysteryhouse.com/ The 360 tour for $9: https://www.winchestermysteryhouse.com/introducing-360-tour/ Shakespeare, Bacon, and Masons, Oh My!: http://thetruthaboutthewinchesterhouse.com/ Neil the Necromancer: https://www.facebook.com/NeilTobinNecromancer/posts/necromancer-solves-a-winchester-house-mysteryilluminating-the-grand-ballrooma-fe/10154276700363011/ Zak Bagans taunting ghosts: https://www.travelchannel.com/videos/winchester-encounters-0180413 Secrets from Mental Floss and People: https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/633036/mental-floss-favorite-horror-books?utm_content=infinitescroll1 and https://people.com/movies/americas-most-haunted-house-creepy-secrets-of-the-winchester-mansion/
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October 23, 2020
Ep. 1: DJ EZ and Mr. Nice: The Unsolved Case of Tupac Shakur
Ep. 1: DJ EZ and Mr. Nice: The Unsolved Case of Tupac Shakur
Was the most famous and prolific rapper of the ninety's murdered, or is he actually alive, traveling the world, and putting out music on Soundcloud? In this (our very first!) episode we dive into the life and potential death of Tupac and whether or not Kamala Harris knows the truth.   Sources:  -Rolling Stone: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/tupac-shakurs-unsolved-murder-musics-most-wtf-conspiracy-theories-explained-118189/ and https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/tupac-alive-movie-951140/   -Kamala Harris knows things: https://medium.com/true-crime-addiction/kamala-harris-confirms-tupac-conspiracy-theory-bf11e3e18518  -Forty facts you didn't know about Tupac: https://www.cbsnews.com/pictures/forty-facts-you-didnt-know-about-tupac/13/  -Michael Nice's claims: https://www.nme.com/news/man-helped-tupac-fake-death-claims-faked-own-death-prove-rapper-alive-2590816
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October 23, 2020
Introducing....Us!
Introducing....Us!
Hello new friends! We are Emma and Shannon, the hosts of This Podcast Doesn't Exist. We can't wait to have you join us each week for a new spooky, scary, or downright oddball case that has no answers. We'll explore all the stories and theories for each, and maybe find the answers along the way. See you soon!
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October 14, 2020