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Thirteen: The Private History of a Curse

Episode 692, September 10, 2019

The number 13 may have more relevance in your life than you suspect.

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FLICC: 5 Techniques of Science Denial
Episode 691, September 3, 2019
One popular rubric for identifying the common techniques used by science deniers.

Video Games and Violence
Episode 690, August 27, 2019
Data does not support the popular belief that video games promote violent behavior.

The Bili Ape of the Congo
Episode 689, August 20, 2019
The facts behind the legend of a mysterious giant ape, said by some to be a chimp-gorilla hybrid.

Your Phavorite Phollowups
Episode 688, August 13, 2019
Updates and newer information to some of the conclusions in your favorite Skeptoid episodes.

No, Electric Cars Don't Pollute More
Episode 687, August 6, 2019
Popularly shared articles claim electric cars produce more greenhouses gases than internal combustion cars.

Your Weirdest Thing, Vol. 2
Episode 686, July 30, 2019
I give my thoughts trying to solve some of your weirdest experiences.

Your Weirdest Thing, Vol. 1
Episode 685, July 23, 2019
I take a shot at critical analysis of your weirdest experiences.

Starlite, the Magical Mystery Material
Episode 684, July 16, 2019
The real reasons for the disappearance of this amateur material said to be able to withstand even a nuclear blast.

Prehistoric Supersonic Monster Tides
Episode 683, July 9, 2019
An astronomical look at the idea that Earth's early history had enormous destructive tides.

Mexico's Zone of Silence
Episode 682, July 2, 2019
Legend has it that radios and compasses will not work in this remote Mexican desert.

Alien Visitation and Kecksburg
Episode 681, June 25, 2019
We can often get a good sense of a UFO story's accuracy even without researching all the details.

The True Fate of the Amber Room
Episode 680, June 18, 2019
State-sponsored disinformation continues to drive treasure hunters who seek the legendary Amber Room.

The Greenbrier Ghost
Episode 679, June 11, 2019
A skeptical look at the time a ghost's testimony resulted in a murder conviction.

What the Feedback
Episode 678, June 4, 2019
More updates and additional information for some recent Skeptoid episodes.

5G: Upgrade or Uncertainty?
Episode 677, May 28, 2019
An examination of the claims that 5G cell phone data service is potentially harmful to life.

Glyphosate and Behavioral Economics
Episode 676, May 21, 2019
How misinformation spread over one of the safest herbicides becoming known as one of the most harmful.

Valiant Thor: Your Friendly Pentagon Alien
Episode 675, May 14, 2019
Some believe this benevolent alien from Venus lived and advised at the Pentagon for three years.

Student Questions: Drinking Urine and Studying to Music
Episode 674, May 7, 2019
Skeptoid answers another round of questions sent in by students all around the world.

Yamashita's Gold
Episode 673, April 30, 2019
The facts behind the urban legend that billions in Japanese gold lie buried in the Philippines.

Refeeding Syndrome and Sudden Death
Episode 672, April 23, 2019
Can starving people actually die immediately upon being given their first bite of food?

China, Imported Recyclables, and Ocean Plastic
Episode 671, April 16, 2019
Addressing the facts and the fictions around China's ending its overseas purchases of recyclable plastic.

Wrong Does Not Cease to be Wrong
Episode 670, April 9, 2019
The 15th episode devoted to corrections in previous shows. If it ain't right, we fix it.

Pop Quiz: History and Pseudohistory
Episode 669, April 2, 2019
Test your knowledge on these subjects, all covered by Skeptoid, on false history claims.

A Science Based Ghost Hunting Toolkit
Episode 668, March 26, 2019
How a TV ghost hunting show might look if they did what they claim, and used science.

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