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Episode 851, September 27, 2022

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Ode to the Nightcrawler
Episode 850, September 20, 2022
Beware of this creepy cryptid, or you might just fall in love with it.

Who Really Killed the Electric Car
Episode 849, September 13, 2022
Pop culture tells us that a conspiracy is what killed GM's EV1 in 2002. But is an exotic explanation really needed?

On the Trail of Papillon
Episode 848, September 6, 2022
How much truth was there to the prison escape story of Henri Charrière?

The Episodes That Changed My Mind, Part 2
Episode 847, August 30, 2022
Some more of the episodes where I went in with one idea, and came out with another.

The Episodes That Changed My Mind, Part 1
Episode 846, August 23, 2022
Some of the episodes where I went in expecting one thing, but found something different.

Seeking the Soviet Battle Mole
Episode 845, August 16, 2022
The story goes that the Soviet Union had nuclear-powered underground vehicles for waging a whole new kind of war.

What They're Saying About Electric Cars Now
Episode 844, August 9, 2022
The arguments made by electric car haters no longer hold up. Time to upgrade

Pop Quiz: Religious Symbolism
Episode 843, August 2, 2022
How well do you know your Skeptoid? Today's pop quiz focuses on questions drawn from episodes about world religions.

The Day the UFO Deactivated the Nukes
Episode 842, July 26, 2022
It's said that in 1967, a UFO once deactivated an entire flight of US nuclear missiles in their silos.

Feeling Out the Hairy Hands of Dartmoor
Episode 841, July 19, 2022
The story goes that in England in 1921, driving a particular stretch of road meant an encounter with a terrifying foe.

What Sank the Lusitania?
Episode 840, July 12, 2022
Many believe that the true cause of the Lusitania's sinking was not the torpedo, but a mysterious second explosion that followed.

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.

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.

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