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Illuminating the Hornet Spooklight

Episode 860, November 29, 2022

Legend has it this ghost light has been spooking people in Missouri for hundreds of years.

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How to Spot Fake News
Episode 859, November 22, 2022
A roundup of easy techniques anyone can employ to better discern accurate news reports from false ones.

Resignation Syndrome
Episode 858, November 15, 2022
In this bizarre psychiatric condition, healthy children lapse into a coma that may last for years.

On the Health Benefits of Drinking Alcohol
Episode 857, November 8, 2022
Some say that drinking moderate amounts of alcohol actually has certain health benefits.

A Cavalcade of Corrections
Episode 856, November 1, 2022
Skeptoid corrects another round of errors from past episodes.

Sniffing for Human Sex Pheromones
Episode 855, October 25, 2022
Do humans use pheromones to turn each other on? The science so far says... uhh, we have no idea.

The Day Science Was Overthrown
Episode 854, October 18, 2022
A look at six times when there was a major paradigm shift in science.

Brazil's Roswell: The Varginha UFO
Episode 853, October 11, 2022
This story of alien visitation in Brazil from 1996 claims to be the most convincing proof we have.

Electric Cars and the Power Grid
Episode 852, October 4, 2022
Opponents of electric cars claim that the power grid can't keep up with the growing demand for electricity.

How Your Smartphone Is Listening to You
Episode 851, September 27, 2022
Is your smartphone eavesdropping on your conversation?

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?
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Can watching body language really tell you when someone is lying?

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