Episode Guide - Urban Legends


8/19/14The Haunted Dybbuk Box (Skeptoid #428) - A popular tale tells of a haunted Jewish wine box that brought ill fortune upon its owners... apparently.
Read | Listen (11:26) | Discuss
8/12/14The Legend of the Flying Dutchman (Skeptoid #427) - What is the real source of the ancient nautical legends of the Flying Dutchman ghost ship?
Read | Listen (11:49) | Discuss
8/5/14The Baldoon Mystery (Skeptoid #426) - The surprising truth behind Canada's most famous ghost story.
Read | Listen (11:44) | Discuss
7/22/14The Santa Barbara Simoom of 1859 (Skeptoid #424) - Stories of a lethally hot storm wind in Santa Barbara in 1859 persist to this day.
Read | Listen (12:27) | Discuss
6/24/14Hillary vs. Mallory: The First to Everest (Skeptoid #420) - Did George Mallory really beat Sir Edmund Hillary to the summit of Mount Everest in 1924?
Read | Listen (12:54) | Discuss
4/29/14Animal Predictors: Psychic, Sensitive, or Silly? (Skeptoid #412) - Many animals are presented in the popular media as being psychic. Is this the best explanation?
Read | Listen (13:33) | Discuss
4/15/14The Black Eyed Kids (Skeptoid #410) - An urban legend says that children with completely black eyes go around trying to be allowed inside.
Read | Listen (11:18) | Discuss
3/25/14The Death of Mad King Ludwig (Skeptoid #407) - Was Bavaria's Mad King who built castles like Neuschwanstein truly murdered, or did he commit suicide?
Read | Listen (11:49) | Discuss
3/18/14The Disappearance of Glenn Miller (Skeptoid #406) - What happened to American band leader Glenn Miller when he disappeared in WWII?
Read | Listen (11:31) | Discuss
3/4/14The Boggy Creek Monster (Skeptoid #404) - Is Arkansas' Fouke Monster a real zoological specimen, or an important part of local folklore?
Read | Listen (12:24) | Discuss
2/25/14Out of Place Artifacts (Skeptoid #403) - Some objects found around the world seem to defy rational explanation.
Read | Listen (13:06) | Discuss
2/11/14Hemp, Hearst, and Prohibition (Skeptoid #401) - A popular urban legend claims that William Randolph Hearst conspired to make cannabis illegal in the United States.
Read | Listen (12:36) | Discuss
1/28/14The Moving Coffins of Barbados (Skeptoid #399) - An old tale tells of coffins that jumbled themselves up in a crypt in Barbados.
Read | Listen (12:10) | Discuss
1/21/14Solving the Lead Masks of Vintem Hill (Skeptoid #398) - Two dead bodies were found in Brazil in 1966 with mysterious masks made of lead.
Read | Listen (12:02) | Discuss
12/3/138 Secret Bases: Real or Fictional? (Skeptoid #391) - Do you know which of these secret military bases around the world are real?
Read | Listen (13:06) | Discuss
11/26/13The Red Haired Giants of Lovelock Cave (Skeptoid #390) - Some say that an early Native American tribe were giant cannibals.
Read | Listen (11:39) | Discuss
10/29/13Tracking the Tasmanian Tiger (Skeptoid #386) - Does this supposedly extinct marsupial still live in the wilds of Tasmania?
Read | Listen (13:02) | Discuss
10/22/13The Disappearance of Frederick Valentich (Skeptoid #385) - A young pilot who disappeared in 1978 might have been having a little fun, Spielberg style.
Read | Listen (12:35) | Discuss
10/1/13Into the Maelstrom (or Not) (Skeptoid #382) - Infamous legends tell of a maelstrom that devours ships and men. Is such a thing possible?
Read | Listen (11:14) | Discuss
9/17/13The Riddle of the L-8 Blimp (Skeptoid #380) - The crew of a blimp mysteriously vanished in 1942, but their blimp came back OK... without them.
Read | Listen (11:36) | Discuss
8/13/13The Patterson-Gimlin Bigfoot Film (Skeptoid #375) - The true history behind the iconic Bigfoot film that launched the legend.
Read | Listen (13:37) | Discuss
7/16/13The Vanishing Village of Angikuni Lake (Skeptoid #371) - Did the population of a remote Eskimo village completely disappear in 1930?
Read | Listen (12:54) | Discuss
6/18/13Who Is the Grinning Man? (Skeptoid #367) - A mysterious "grinning man" is said to appear and terrorize UFO witnesses.
Read | Listen (12:51) | Discuss
6/4/13The Black Knight Satellite (Skeptoid #365) - Is a mysterious 13,000-year-old alien satellite orbiting the Earth?
Read | Listen (14:19) | Discuss
5/14/13Polybius: Video Game of Death (Skeptoid #362) - Did a 1981 video arcade game sicken players while government agents collected the data?
Read | Listen (11:27) | Discuss
4/30/13Lincoln Kennedy Myths (Skeptoid #360) - An old story claims a long list of astonishing similarities between the assassinations of Lincoln and Kennedy.
Read | Listen (11:07) | Discuss
4/2/13John Titor, Time Traveler (Skeptoid #356) - An Internet legend claims that a man named John Titor is a visitor from the year 2036.
Read | Listen (10:42) | Discuss
3/26/13The Airplane that Wasn't There (Skeptoid #355) - A B-25 bomber ditched in a Pennsylvania river in broad daylight 1956 and, seemingly impossibly, was never found.
Read | Listen (13:27) | Discuss
3/12/13Pope Joan (Skeptoid #353) - Was a Middle Ages pope actually a woman in disguise?
Read | Listen (12:42) | Discuss
1/29/13The Lost Dutchman Gold Mine (Skeptoid #347) - This most famous of all fabled "lost mines" has a history that fails to stand up to skeptical scrutiny.
Read | Listen (14:38) | Discuss
11/20/12The Bermuda Triangle and the Devil's Sea (Skeptoid #337) - Two regions of ocean are said to be mysteriously dangerous. What's the truth behind this popular belief?
Read | Listen (13:37) | Discuss
10/30/12The Betz Mystery Sphere (Skeptoid #334) - A mysterious silver ball that seemed to move on its own came to a Florida family in 1974. Was it alien?
Read | Listen (12:05) | Discuss
10/16/12The Phantom Time Hypothesis (Skeptoid #332) - A number of theories claim that several centuries never actually happened, and were faked by the Church.
Read | Listen (13:17) | Discuss
10/9/12The Kelly-Hopkinsville Encounter (Skeptoid #331) - A rural family spent half a night battling what they thought were space aliens.
Read | Listen (13:02) | Discuss
9/11/12Raiding the Ark of the Covenant (Skeptoid #327) - The true history of the most famous holy relic from Biblical times.
Read | Listen (11:53) | Discuss
8/14/128 Spooky Places, and Why They're Like That (Skeptoid #323) - These strange places around the world rank among the most macabre, but have interesting explanations.
Read | Listen (13:20) | Discuss
7/31/12Skinwalkers (Skeptoid #321) - Navajo witches are said to be able to shapeshift into animals. Is it just a tall tale, or is there some truth to it?
Read | Listen (13:55) | Discuss
7/24/12The Suicide Dogs of Overtoun Bridge (Skeptoid #320) - There's a bridge in Scotland where dogs are said to deliberately commit suicide.
Read | Listen (11:36) | Discuss
7/10/12The Loch Ness Monster (Skeptoid #318) - The world's most famous cryptid is said to swim in Scotland's most famous loch.
Read | Listen (12:22) | Discuss
6/19/12The Tehran 1976 UFO (Skeptoid #315) - Declassified military documents show that Iranian fighter planes engaged a UFO in 1976. What really happened?
Read | Listen (15:01) | Discuss
6/5/12Area 51 Facts and Fiction (Skeptoid #313) - Some say alien spacecraft are tested at Nevada's legendary Area 51 site; what does history have to say?
Read | Listen (12:47) | Discuss
5/1/12Picnic at Hanging Rock (Skeptoid #308) - Is this classic tale of the disappearance of a group of schoolgirls fact or fiction?
Read | Listen (11:25) | Discuss
4/24/12The Siberian Hell Sounds (Skeptoid #307) - Russian scientists are said to have drilled a borehole that broke into hell and released the screams of the damned.
Read | Listen (13:05) | Discuss
4/3/12Catching Jack the Ripper (Skeptoid #304) - A look at what is and isn't known about history's most infamous serial killer.
Read | Listen (12:28) | Discuss
3/20/12De Loys' Ape (Skeptoid #302) - A geologist claimed to have discovered a new species of great ape in Venezuela in the early 20th century.
Read | Listen (12:02) | Discuss
3/13/12The Beale Ciphers (Skeptoid #301) - Treasure hunters comb Virginia search for a legendary hoard of gold and silver.
Read | Listen (12:42) | Discuss
2/7/12The Versailles Time Slip (Skeptoid #296) - Did two women visiting Versaille in 1901 time-travel back to the days of Marie Antoinette?
Read | Listen (13:46) | Discuss
1/31/12Finding Amelia Earhart (Skeptoid #295) - Popular modern reports claim Amelia Earhart made it to an island and survived for a time. Might that be true?
Read | Listen (13:05) | Discuss
1/17/12Wunderwaffen: Nazi Wonder Weapons (Skeptoid #293) - Did the Nazis really have super-advanced technology, even anti-gravity flying saucers?
Read | Listen (13:48) | Discuss
1/10/12The Grey Man of Ben MacDhui (Skeptoid #292) - A thin, dark phantom three times the height of a man is said to stalk this peak in the Cairngorms.
Read | Listen (12:26) | Discuss
1/3/12The Toxic Lady (Skeptoid #291) - In 1994, fumes from a woman's body knocked out most of an emergency room staff. What happened?
Read | Listen (12:37) | Discuss
12/20/11The Mystery of the Mary Celeste (Skeptoid #289) - The facts, as we know them, about what really happened to maritime lore's most famous missing crew.
Read | Listen (12:05) | Discuss
12/13/11Pit Bull Attack! (Skeptoid #288) - Pit bulls have a reputation for being the most dangerous dog breed. Is this reputation deserved?
Read | Listen (12:13) | Discuss
12/6/11Korean Fan Death (Skeptoid #287) - An urban legend in Korea states that running an electric fan at night can kill you.
Read | Listen (12:38) | Discuss
11/15/11The Fate of Fletcher Christian (Skeptoid #284) - Did the leader of the Bounty mutineers die on Pitcairn Island, or did he eventually make it back to England?
Read | Listen (11:42) | Discuss
11/1/11The Jersey Devil (Skeptoid #282) - This creature has been haunting New Jersey for nearly 300 years. From whence did it come?
Read | Listen (11:56) | Discuss
10/18/11Finding Shakespeare (Skeptoid #280) - Was William Shakespeare the author of his own works, or was he merely someone else's pseudonym?
Read | Listen (12:25) | Discuss
10/4/11Brainwashing and Deprogramming (Skeptoid #278) - Can people really be brainwashed, and then deprogrammed back to who they were before?
Read | Listen (11:43) | Discuss
8/2/11The Abominable Snowman (Skeptoid #269) - How likely is it that the Yeti of the Himalayas is a real creature?
Read | Listen (12:11) | Discuss
6/14/11The Haitian Zombies (Skeptoid #262) - Are Haiti's legendary zombies real, or just an imaginative fiction?
Read | Listen (13:08) | Discuss
5/31/11Military Dolphins: James Bonds of the Sea (Skeptoid #260) - Are dolphins actually trained to attack divers and place limpet mines on ships?
Read | Listen (12:14) | Discuss
5/17/11Spontaneous Human Combustion (Skeptoid #258) - People can catch on fire... but can it really happen when there is no external source of ignition?
Read | Listen (12:01) | Discuss
5/10/11The Secret of Plum Island (Skeptoid #257) - Does this secret government lab really create genetic mutants and biological weapons?
Read | Listen (12:26) | Discuss
4/26/11Superhuman Strength during a Crisis (Skeptoid #255) - Popular stories tell of mothers lifting cars off their children. Can the human body really do such feats?
Read | Listen (12:08) | Discuss
4/19/11Finding the POW/MIAs (Skeptoid #254) - Are American POW/MIAs still being held captive inside Vietnam?
Read | Listen (12:50) | Discuss
1/18/11The Alien Buried in Texas (Skeptoid #241) - Some believe a space alien is buried in a rural cemetery in Aurora, Texas.
Read | Listen (12:05) | Discuss
1/11/11Mystery Spots (Skeptoid #240) - Are the various "mystery spots" around the world actually gravitational anomalies, or might the explanation lie elsewhere?
Read | Listen (12:02) | Discuss
12/28/10More Hollywood Myths (Skeptoid #238) - Was John Wayne's cancer death caused by filming downwind of the Nevada Test Site? ...and other Hollywood rumors.
Read | Listen (11:39) | Discuss
12/21/10Hollywood Myths (Skeptoid #237) - Skeptoid looks into some of the classic Hollywood legends that you've always believed are true.
Read | Listen (11:30) | Discuss
11/30/10The South Atlantic Anomaly (Skeptoid #234) - Was this mysterious region in the south Atlantic responsible for the crash of Air France flight 447?
Read | Listen (11:36) | Discuss
11/9/10The Mystery of STENDEC (Skeptoid #231) - What was the significance of this mysterious final transmission of an airliner just before its crash?
Read | Listen (11:56) | Discuss
10/5/10The Brown Mountain Lights (Skeptoid #226) - A ghost light in North Carolina has people scratching their heads. What's the explanation?
Read | Listen (14:47) | Discuss
9/21/10Alien Downpour: The Red Rain of India (Skeptoid #224) - News agencies have long been promoting a 2001 red rainfall as being of alien origin. What's the evidence?
Read | Listen (12:23) | Discuss
9/14/10The Frog in the Stone (Skeptoid #223) - Stories abound of living frogs being found encased in solid rock. What's really going on here?
Read | Listen (12:49) | Discuss
9/7/10Toil and Trouble: The Curse of Macbeth (Skeptoid #222) - The Curse of Macbeth should make Shakespeare's play too dangerous to perform. Is this the case?
Read | Listen (11:31) | Discuss
8/24/10Yonaguni Monument: The Japanese Atlantis (Skeptoid #220) - A look at a massive stone structure off the coast of Japan, said to be a manmade pyramid.
Read | Listen (11:53) | Discuss
8/17/10Stalin's Human-Ape Hybrids (Skeptoid #219) - Did Josef Stalin order the creation of an army of half-ape, half-human hybrids, and did these experiments take place?
Read | Listen (13:14) | Discuss
8/10/10The Astronauts and the Aliens (Skeptoid #218) - A close look at some of the stories of UFOs said to have been reported by NASA astronauts.
Read | Listen (12:53) | Discuss
7/6/10Mozart and Salieri (Skeptoid #213) - Was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart actually murdered by his rival composer Antonio Salieri?
Read | Listen (13:29) | Discuss
6/15/10The North American Union (Skeptoid #210) - Are the United States, Canada, and Mexico planning to merge into a single huge police state?
Read | Listen (12:52) | Discuss
6/8/10The Lost Ship of the Desert (Skeptoid #209) - The facts behind tall tales from the American southwest of ships found in the middle of the desert.
Read | Listen (11:09) | Discuss
5/4/10Mengele's Boys from Brazil (Skeptoid #204) - Is the unusually high twin rate of a town in Brazil due to continued medical experiments by Josef Mengele, the infamous Nazi Angel of Death?
Read | Listen (12:15) | Discuss
2/23/10The Denver Airport Conspiracy (Skeptoid #194) - Is the Denver International Airport really a headquarters for the New World Order?
Read | Listen (14:25) | Discuss
2/9/10Ball Lightning (Skeptoid #192) - We've all heard of it, we all believe it exists - but what does science have to say?
Read | Listen (11:58) | Discuss
1/26/10The Bell Island Boom (Skeptoid #190) - Was the cause of this shattering boom in Newfoundland natural, or a test of a superweapon?
Read | Listen (12:02) | Discuss
9/22/09Daylight Saving Time Myths (Skeptoid #172) - What does daylight saving time really do for us, and what are the real reasons we have it?
Read | Listen (11:10) | Discuss
8/4/09Real or Fictional: Food and Fashion (Skeptoid #165) - See if you can tell whether these food and fashion products are named after real people or fictitious people.
Read | Listen (14:45) | Discuss
6/23/09The Mothman Cometh (Skeptoid #159) - A skeptical look at the Mothman, an alleged prophet of disaster.
Read | Listen (11:15) | Discuss
6/9/09High Fructose Corn Syrup: Toxic or Tame? (Skeptoid #157) - A skeptical look at whether high fructose corn syrup is really any worse for you than sugar.
Read | Listen (12:32) | Discuss
6/2/09Falling into Mel's Hole (Skeptoid #156) - Mel's Hole is said to be a mysterious bottomless pit in eastern Washington state.
Read | Listen (11:03) | Discuss
5/19/09Was Chuck Yeager the First to Break the Sound Barrier? (Skeptoid #154) - We all know that Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier in 1947, but did others beat him to it?
Read | Listen (17:24) | Discuss
5/5/09Attack of the Globsters! (Skeptoid #152) - Are mysterious blobs of flesh washed up on the world's beaches really unworthy of skeptical attention?
Read | Listen (12:39) | Discuss
4/14/09Coral Castle (Skeptoid #149) - Was one man able to move these huge coral blocks using some unknown technology?
Read | Listen (11:41) | Discuss
2/10/09The Bosnian Pyramids (Skeptoid #140) - Does the world's oldest and largest ancient pyramid stand unnoticed in the open in a tiny village in Bosnia?
Read | Listen (13:25) | Discuss
1/27/09Is He Real, or Is He Fictional? (Skeptoid #138) - A look at some popular characters from history. Were they real or fictional?
Read | Listen (13:26) | Discuss
1/20/09The Angel of Mons (Skeptoid #137) - Did a mysterious heavenly host save a small group of British from a large German force in World War I?
Read | Listen (10:29) | Discuss
12/23/08Chasing the Min Min Light (Skeptoid #133) - What is the source of the Australian outback's mysterious channel country jack o' lantern?
Read | Listen (10:45) | Discuss
11/25/08The Oak Island Money Pit (Skeptoid #129) - Is a pirate treasure buried in this mysterious pit in Nova Scotia?
Read | Listen (10:31) | Discuss
11/11/08The Truth about Aspartame (Skeptoid #127) - The artificial sweetener aspartame is falsely accused of being the cause of nearly every disease.
Read | Listen (12:29) | Discuss
10/21/08Betty and Barney Hill: The Original UFO Abduction (Skeptoid #124) - A critical look at the original UFO abduction story, that so many people take for granted.
Read | Listen (13:18) | Discuss
10/7/08HAARP Myths (Skeptoid #122) - A close look at HAARP, the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program, and the claim that it's a superweapon.
Read | Listen (12:59) | Discuss
9/30/08Scalar Weapons: Tesla's Doomsday Machine? (Skeptoid #121) - Did Nikola Tesla really design a superweapon capable of vaporizing whole parts of the earth?
Read | Listen (10:45) | Discuss
9/9/08Demystifying the Bell Witch (Skeptoid #118) - An exploration of the best way to evaluate an old, unsubstantiated folk legend like The Bell Witch.
Read | Listen (11:28) | Discuss
8/19/08Search for the Missing Cosmonauts (Skeptoid #115) - Did a young pair of Italian brothers uncover evidence of Soviet cosmonauts dying in space?
Read | Listen (13:38) | Discuss
7/8/08Mystery at Dyatlov Pass (Skeptoid #108) - A look at one of the most bizarre cases in Russian cross country skiing history.
Read | Listen (10:30) | Discuss
7/1/08Spy Radio: Numbers Stations (Skeptoid #107) - A look at mysterious shortwave "numbers stations" around the world.
Read | Listen (10:28) | Discuss
6/24/08King Tut's Curse! (Skeptoid #106) - A look at the tale, the popular explanation, and the real science behind it.
Read | Listen (10:43) | Discuss
3/4/08Can You Hear the Hum? (Skeptoid #90) - An exploration of the mysterious rumble that some people hear all over the world.
Read | Listen (11:35) | Discuss
12/25/07Are Microwave Ovens Safe? (Skeptoid #80) - An examination of the various claims that microwaved food and water are poisonous.
Read | Listen (11:01) | Discuss
12/11/07Medical Myths in Movies and Culture (Skeptoid #78) - Do doctors ever really stab people in the heart with a syringe? Does chocolate really cause acne?
Read | Listen (9:19) | Discuss
9/18/07The Greatest Secret of Nostradamus (Skeptoid #66) - How much of the pop-culture information about Nostradamus is true?
Read | Listen (14:38) | Discuss
8/28/07Subliminal Seduction (Skeptoid #63) - How true is Wilson Key's magnum opus work about subliminal advertising?
Read | Listen (9:11) | Discuss
8/9/07Will Drinking from Plastic Bottles Kill You? (Skeptoid #60) - A recent fad states that plastic water bottles leech toxic chemicals. Is it true?
Read | Listen (8:01) | Discuss
7/30/07All About Fluoridation (Skeptoid #58) - A few fringe activists claim that fluoridation of water carries more danger than benefit.
Read | Listen (9:20) | Discuss
7/25/07Email Myths (Skeptoid #57) - A look at some of those persistent hoax emails that you receive almost every day.
Read | Listen (12:28) | Discuss
7/5/07Borley Rectory: the World's Most Haunted House? (Skeptoid #53) - Were the events at Borley Rectory a real haunting, or the product of a hoaxster?
Read | Listen (12:05) | Discuss
3/7/07The Devil Walked in Devon (Skeptoid #31) - Was the devil responsible for a set of 100-mile footprints in 1855?
Read | Listen (6:51) | Discuss
2/15/07Chemtrails: Real or Not? (Skeptoid #27) - What you always thought were simply contrails are really dangerous chemicals being sprayed.
Read | Listen (9:06) | Discuss
12/24/06The Real Philadelphia Experiment (Skeptoid #16) - Did a US Navy warship completely disappear in 1943?
Read | Listen (6:50) | Discuss
12/15/06Cell Phones on Airplanes (Skeptoid #14) - Cell phones are perfectly safe on airplanes. So why can't we use them?
Read | Listen (6:35) | Discuss

 

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