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Latest Skeptoid Episodes...
#428, Aug 19, 2014 - The Haunted Dybbuk Box - A popular tale tells of a haunted Jewish wine box that brought ill fortune upon its owners; at least, until you look at what is actually known to have happened.
#427, Aug 12, 2014 - The Legend of the Flying Dutchman - The Flying Dutchman ghost ship is one of the oldest and most familiar tales of the sea, but does anyone really know the inspiration for the story?
#426, Aug 5, 2014 - The Baldoon Mystery - Canada's most famous ghost story tells of Scottish immigrants harassed by a poltergeist, but the true facts of the case may be even more surprising.
#425, Jul 29, 2014 - Albino Facts and Fiction - Although people with albinism are still murdered for their body parts in some African regions, even the developed world still believes in certain albino myths.
#424, Jul 22, 2014 - The Santa Barbara Simoom of 1859 - Stories of a lethally hot storm wind in Santa Barbara in 1859 persist to this day. But with modern weather data, can we paint a more accurate picture?
#423, Jul 15, 2014 - 12 Step Programs - A very popular format for addiction treatment is the twelve step program, which buries treatment under thick layers of religious practice.
#422, Jul 8, 2014 - Lie Detection - Whether it's the polygraph machines of the past or the brain imaging technologies of the future, lie detection has always been clouded with doubt.
#421, Jul 1, 2014 - Student Questions: Internet Tracking and Plasma Cosmology - Skeptoid answers questions from students about hCG diet supplements, internet tracker blocking extensions, ear candling, antibacterial cleansers, and plasma cosmology.
#420, Jun 24, 2014 - Hillary vs. Mallory: The First to Everest - Rumors abound that in 1924, George Mallory beat Sir Edmund Hillary to the summit of Mount Everest, and the record for first ascent should be his.
#419, Jun 17, 2014 - Slacktivism: Raising Awareness - The Internet is full of ways to make us feel good - click a Like button, sign on online petition. But does any of it actually do any good?
#418, Jun 10, 2014 - Left Brained, Right Brained, or Hare Brained? - Pop psychology tells us we're all either left brain dominant or right brain dominant. But is there any science to back this up, or is it nonsense?
#417, Jun 3, 2014 - The Riddle of Flight 19 - Some say these five aircraft that disappeared in the Bermuda Triangle in 1945 fell victim to a mysterious force; others find a more prosaic explanation.
#416, May 27, 2014 - 5 Conspiracy Theories that Turned Out to Be True... Maybe? - Skeptoid listeners are always asking for conspiracy theories that turned out to be true. Here's the best I could come up with. They're hard to find!
#415, May 20, 2014 - In Which I Am the Very Picture of Error Personified - I try to correct as many errors as can be caught in previous Skeptoid episodes. This is another round of corrections, from which we can learn even more.
#414, May 13, 2014 - Killing Princess Diana - Some say the death of Princess Diana in 1997 was actually a murder plotted by her government. How good is the evidence supporting this?
#413, May 6, 2014 - 3-7-77: The Montana Vigilance Code - This mysterious code representing Montana vigilante justice has a meaning lost to history, but many have proposed various explanations.
#412, Apr 29, 2014 - Animal Predictors: Psychic, Sensitive, or Silly? - Many animals are presented through the popular media as being possessed of psychic powers, and able to predict events. Is this really the best explanation?
#411, Apr 22, 2014 - Your Body's Energy Fields - We are constantly bombarded with marketing messages and New Age claims asserting that your body has an energy field. Is this a real thing, or made-up nonsense?
#410, Apr 15, 2014 - The Black Eyed Kids - An urban legend says that children with completely black eyes go around trying to be allowed inside your house or car... for unknown reasons.
#409, Apr 8, 2014 - Oil Pulling - This New Age alternative health fad has people swishing vegetable oil in their mouth hoping to cure a wide variety of medical conditions.
#408, Apr 1, 2014 - 15 Phreaky Phobias - Phobias can seem incredibly goofy sometimes, but that doesn't mean the brain had no rational reason for creating them.
#407, Mar 25, 2014 - The Death of Mad King Ludwig - Bavaria's King Ludwig, creator of the land's most beautiful castles and theaters, is widely believed to have committed suicide. But some say he was murdered.
#406, Mar 18, 2014 - The Disappearance of Glenn Miller - American band leader Glenn Miller disappeared on a short flight during World War II, so of course a variety of theories have arisen to explain what happened.
#405, Mar 11, 2014 - Aromatherapy: Sniffing Essential Oils - Essential oils are the distilled scents from certain flowers or herbs that smell pleasant. But some believe they also secretly harbor amazing healing powers.
#404, Mar 4, 2014 - The Boggy Creek Monster - In Arkansas is said to live a Bigfoot-like creature called the Fouke Monster. Is it more important to hope for it to be a real animal, or to recognize its cultural significance?
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