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Latest Skeptoid Episodes...
#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?
#403, Feb 25, 2014 - Out of Place Artifacts - Some objects are found around the world that seem to defy explanation, in that they seem to prove a different version of history.
#402, Feb 18, 2014 - Listener Feedback: Ancient Mysteries - Skeptoid answers another round of questions sent in by listeners, this time focusing on episodes about ancient mysteries and those pesky ancient aliens.
#401, Feb 11, 2014 - Hemp, Hearst, and Prohibition - A popular urban legend claims that William Randolph Hearst conspired with DuPont to make cannabis illegal in the United States. How true is this?
#400, Feb 4, 2014 - It's Just Science - Some activists who promote a particular pseudoscientific idea or claim tend to attack the messenger, rather than present science based evidence.
#399, Jan 28, 2014 - The Moving Coffins of Barbados - An old tale tells of coffins that jumbled themselves up in a crypt in Barbados. The only problem is finding any evidence indicating it ever actually happened.
#398, Jan 21, 2014 - Solving the Lead Masks of Vintem Hill - Two dead bodies were found in Brazil in 1966 with mysterious masks made of lead. What the masks were for has baffled investigators ever since.
#397, Jan 14, 2014 - Fukushima vs Chernobyl vs Three Mile Island - Despite all scientific predictions about the lack of health consequences from the Fukushima disaster coming true, some people still promote looming disaster.
#396, Jan 7, 2014 - The Biggest, the Oldest, and the Baddest - The Earth produces a diverse array of living creatures. Some are immensely big, some incredibly old, and some frighteningly lethal.
#395, Dec 31, 2013 - Student Questions: Food Woo, Food Woo, and More Food Woo - Pseudoscience runs rampant in the food marketing industry. This week we answer questions sent in by students inquiring about the validity of six food myths.
#394, Dec 24, 2013 - Finding Butch and Sundance - Stories persist claiming the infamous outlaws Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid were not killed in Bolivia, as is popularly believed, but actually survived to return to the United States.
#393, Dec 17, 2013 - The Hair of Samson - Some believe that long hair provides great physical strength. Sometimes it's a cultural thing, sometimes religious. But what's the truth behind it?
#392, Dec 10, 2013 - Listener Feedback: Consumer Ripoffs - Consumer ripoffs are everywhere, and many times the victims refuse to acknowledge it. Skeptoid responds to comments sent in by some such listeners.
#391, Dec 3, 2013 - 8 Secret Bases: Real or Fictional? - It's a fact that there are secret military bases all around the world. But can you tell the real ones from the fictional ones?
#390, Nov 26, 2013 - The Red Haired Giants of Lovelock Cave - Some say that an early Native American tribe were giant red-haired cannibals. How does the archaeological history compare to the cultural traditions?
#389, Nov 19, 2013 - The JFK Assassination - Pop culture tells us that any of the hundreds of conspiracy theories about the death of JFK are more plausible than the official story. How should we regard that?
#388, Nov 12, 2013 - 6 Problems with Wind Turbine Syndrome - Some people believe that wind turbines have detrimental physiological effects on people, through a wide variety of potential mechanisms.
#387, Nov 5, 2013 - Who Discovered the New World? - Was it Columbus, the Vikings, the Chinese, the Muslims, or the British? We examine the 5 most popular claims to be first to the New World by sea.
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