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What were these early UFOs that chased and harried World War II fighter pilots?

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The Voodoo Ax Murders
Episode 923, February 13, 2024
Were two waves of ax murders in the American south in the early 20th century truly associated with Louisiana Voodoo?

Testing Alcubierre's Warp Drive
Episode 922, February 6, 2024
Proponents of alien visitation often claim the Alcubierre drive makes faster than light travel possible. Here's why it can't exist.

Reconsidering the Seveso Dioxin Disaster
Episode 921, January 30, 2024
Was this infamous 1976 dioxin disaster as bad as reported, or might it have been much worse than we thought?

The Headless Goats of the Chattahoochee
Episode 920, January 23, 2024
The carcasses of headless goats are floating in the Chattahoochee River; too many for a prosaic explanation.

Looking Back on the Chronovisor
Episode 919, January 16, 2024
A Benedictine monk is said to have built a device allowing him to see and hear historical events.

Martin Luther King Jr. Myths
Episode 918, January 9, 2024
We break down four popular myths about Martin Luther King Jr. that just won't go away.

DDT, 13 Years Later
Episode 917, January 2, 2024
A failure mode analysis of my most-hated episode ever: #230 on the use of DDT to fight malaria.

Ask Me Anything, 2023 Edition, Part 2
Episode 916, December 26, 2023
Skeptoid rapid fires a bunch of mini-episodes in answer to your questions.

Ask Me Anything, 2023 Edition, Part 1
Episode 915, December 19, 2023
A year-end Ask Me Anything session to tell you everything you ever wanted to know about Skeptoid and more.

Stopping Hiccups with Science
Episode 914, December 12, 2023
Does science have a way to reliably cure the hiccups?

Surviving Brazil's Snake Island
Episode 913, December 5, 2023
This Brazilian island is said to be too dangerous to visit due to countless venomous snakes.

Kambo: Let It Go
Episode 912, November 28, 2023
Some believe that taking a deadly frog poison confers a vast array of New Age wellness benefits.

How to Escape Nibiru
Episode 911, November 21, 2023
Some believe this speculative rogue planet is on a collision course with the Earth.

How to Spot Misinformation
Episode 910, November 14, 2023
Much content online is designed for high engagement, not for accuracy.

Fixing Former Fumbles
Episode 909, November 7, 2023
Skeptoid corrects another round of errors in past episodes pointed out by listeners.

Your Creepiest Halloween Stories
Episode 908, October 31, 2023
Celebrating Halloween with the creepiest ghost stories sent in by you, our listeners.

The Science of the 27 Club
Episode 907, October 24, 2023
Do lots of famous pop musicians really die at the age of 27, or is there something in science that just makes us think so?

Unraveling the Myth of Nazareth
Episode 906, October 17, 2023
Did the village of Nazareth exist at the time of Jesus, making it possible for there to have been a Jesus of Nazareth?

Artificial Turf: Poisonous Pitches?
Episode 905, October 10, 2023
Some claim that artificial turf sports fields emit poisonous chemicals, making them dangerous for children.

Pop quiz: 17 for 17
Episode 904, October 3, 2023
What better way to celebrate 17 years of the Skeptoid podcast than a 17-question pop quiz!

Tracking California's Monster Salamander
Episode 903, September 26, 2023
Does a monster salamander the size of Asia's largest live undiscovered in the Pacific Northwest?

Focusing in on Eye Exercises
Episode 902, September 19, 2023
Can you really make your eyesight better with a simple series of eye movements and exercises?

The Mystery of the Severed Feet
Episode 901, September 12, 2023
Severed feet have been washing up on the shores of the Salish Sea since 2007. What could be the cause?

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Episode 900, September 5, 2023
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