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Since 2006, the weekly Skeptoid podcast has been taking on all the most popular urban legends and revealing the true science, true history, and true lessons we can learn from each. Skeptoid is a listener supported 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Learn more

 

Decoding the Carolina Bays

Episode 839, July 5, 2022

Some say these oval depressions all along the US east coast are craters from an ancient meteor bombardment.

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The Chilean Navy UFO
Episode 838, June 28, 2022
Amateur Internet researchers figured out in 5 days what the Chilean government UFO group couldn't in two years.

Falling Fish Followup
Episode 837, June 21, 2022
Some feedback and followups to a raft of previous Skeptoid episodes.

Can You Tell if I'm Lying?
Episode 836, June 14, 2022
Can watching body language really tell you when someone is lying?

False Flag Attack? The USS Liberty
Episode 835, June 7, 2022
Officially, Israel's 1967 attack on the USS Liberty was accidental friendly fire; but many claim it was a deliberate conspiracy.

The Haunting of the Stanley Hotel
Episode 834, May 31, 2022
Colorado's Stanley Hotel is famous not only for its association with The Shining, but also for ghosts of its own.

The Secrets of the Integratron
Episode 833, May 24, 2022
This white dome in the California desert may house the secrets of the universe, or nothing more than delusions.

What Greek Fire Really Was
Episode 832, May 17, 2022
This ancient weapon of terror struck fear throughout the ancient world, and stokes a number of mysteries today.

Facilitated Communication Isn't
Episode 831, May 10, 2022
This discredited technique deceives loved ones into believing non-communicative people are able to communicate just fine by hiring one of these facilitators.

The Mystical Death of Jack Parsons
Episode 830, May 3, 2022
The complicated life of JPL's co-founder meant that his death was almost certain to be cloaked in conspiracy theories.

What ASMR Will Do for You
Episode 829, April 26, 2022
What is the state of the science behind this online video genre that combines relaxation with chills and shivers?

Why You Don't Want a Flat-Faced Pet
Episode 828, April 19, 2022
The science shows that dogs and cats bred to be flat-faced suffer from respiratory distress, but some argue otherwise.

What Really Happened on Easter Island
Episode 827, April 12, 2022
The popular known history of Easter Island — that deforestation brought about its demise — is not generally accepted.

Why the Fresno Nightcrawler Is So Popular
Episode 826, April 5, 2022
This relatively new and not-so-famous cryptid manages to have an outsized pop-culture footprint.

How Psychic Readings Work
Episode 825, March 29, 2022
Whether cold reading, warm reading, or hot, there are simple explanations for even the most impressive psychic performances.

Demystifying the Winchester Mystery House
Episode 824, March 22, 2022
The unfortunate false narrative of the Winchester Mystery House obscures a wonderful story of one of California's great women pioneers.

Hunting the Elusive Rogue Wave
Episode 823, March 15, 2022
Modern authors say that scientists didn't used to accept the idea of rogue waves. Is that true?

On Washboarded Roads
Episode 822, March 8, 2022
The real cause of washboarding on dirt roads is very different from the traditionally believed reason.

Forensic (Pseudo) Science
Episode 821, March 1, 2022
All those fancy-sounding forensic sciences you've come to trust might not be worth very much of your trust after all.

Maury Island: The Government's Alien Artifacts
Episode 820, February 22, 2022
The origin story of some of the government's alleged alien wreckage is a little bit shaky.

Corrections with Hat in Hands
Episode 819, February 15, 2022
Some corrections to errors made in recent shows.

On Railroad Tracks and Roman Chariots
Episode 818, February 8, 2022
The urban legend that train track gauge descends from Roman war chariots falls apart at every link in the chain.

Your Ghostliest Tales, Explained
Episode 817, February 1, 2022
In which we hear, analyze, and attempt to explain the ghostly personal stories you've sent in.

The Dark Side of Polyvagal Theory
Episode 816, January 25, 2022
A controversial mental health framework is also being peddled by unqualified coaches.

On the Trail of the Chupacabra
Episode 815, January 18, 2022
An exploration into the chupacabra, and how that word came to be applied to so many unrelated things.

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