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Bullibility and the Cult of Wellness (Skeptoid #944) - Not only is the entire wellness industry BS, it exists because of people who are especially gullible.
July 9, 2024
The Aliens Are Not Coming (Skeptoid #943) - Fear not; the aliens are not coming to Earth.
July 2, 2024
What the Movies Always Get Wrong (Skeptoid #942) - A roundup of all those things that movies always get wrong and make you mad.
June 25, 2024
Docu Dangers: Why Science Documentaries Usually Suck (Skeptoid #941) - How we decide what makes a good topic for a skeptical documentary film.
June 18, 2024
The Stephenville Lights (Skeptoid #940) - This modern UFO case has been declared to be one of the most compelling ever.
June 11, 2024
A Visit to Lemuria (Skeptoid #939) - The true history of a mythical place.
June 4, 2024
Vampire Facials (Skeptoid #938) - This procedure promising facial rejuvenation is basically a full face tattoo of your own blood.
May 28, 2024
Helen Keller on Trial (Skeptoid #937) - A bizarre subculture of Helen Keller Truthers believe that she was either faking her deafblindness or even that she didn't exist at all.
May 21, 2024
Coffee Myths (Skeptoid #936) - A roundup of 15 common myths about coffee. Which ones had you always believed?
May 14, 2024
Fruitful Feedback and Followups (Skeptoid #935) - Skeptoid answers another round of listener feedback questions.
May 7, 2024
Decoding the Kensington Runestone (Skeptoid #934) - The story goes that this stone covered with Viking runes was found in a Minnesota field in 1898. Its true history is much more interesting.
April 30, 2024
COVID-19 and the Lab Leak (Skeptoid #933) - Was the SARS-CoV-2 virus of natural origin, or was it engineered in a Chinese research lab?
April 23, 2024
Is Recycling for Real? (Skeptoid #932) - A close look at where recycling of some common materials is actually at these days.
April 16, 2024
Error Erasure Extravaganza (Skeptoid #931) - It's time once again for Skeptoid to correct another round of errors in previous shows.
April 9, 2024
Dr. Crow and the Melon Heads (Skeptoid #930) - Some say creepy children with huge balloon heads stalk the woods at night, waiting to attack you.
April 2, 2024
The Trinity UFO Crash of 1945 (Skeptoid #929) - The not-so-famous UFO case that caused the US Congress to spend millions of taxpayer dollars.
March 26, 2024
EMDR: Looking Past the Pain (Skeptoid #928) - This controversial treatment for PTSD involves moving the eyes side to side.
March 19, 2024
I Can't Believe They Did That: Human Guinea Pigs #3 (Skeptoid #927) - Part 3 in our roundup of scientists who took the ultimate plunge and experimented on themselves.
March 12, 2024
The Chicago O'Hare Airport UFO (Skeptoid #926) - In 2006, a flying saucer spent minutes literally hovering right above Chicago's O'Hare International Airport... so the story goes.
March 5, 2024
The Conspirituality of Enneagrams (Skeptoid #925) - Can everything important about you and those you interact with be boiled down to a single digit?
February 27, 2024
Foo Fighters (Skeptoid #924) - What were these early UFOs that chased and harried World War II fighter pilots?
February 20, 2024
The Voodoo Ax Murders (Skeptoid #923) - Were two waves of ax murders in the American south in the early 20th century truly associated with Louisiana Voodoo?
February 13, 2024
Testing Alcubierre's Warp Drive (Skeptoid #922) - Proponents of alien visitation often claim the Alcubierre drive makes faster than light travel possible. Here's why it can't exist.
February 6, 2024
Reconsidering the Seveso Dioxin Disaster (Skeptoid #921) - Was this infamous 1976 dioxin disaster as bad as reported, or might it have been much worse than we thought?
January 30, 2024
The Headless Goats of the Chattahoochee (Skeptoid #920) - The carcasses of headless goats are floating in the Chattahoochee River; too many for a prosaic explanation.
January 23, 2024
Looking Back on the Chronovisor (Skeptoid #919) - A Benedictine monk is said to have built a device allowing him to see and hear historical events.
January 16, 2024
Martin Luther King Jr. Myths (Skeptoid #918) - We break down four popular myths about Martin Luther King Jr. that just won't go away.
January 9, 2024
DDT, 13 Years Later (Skeptoid #917) - A failure mode analysis of my most-hated episode ever: #230 on the use of DDT to fight malaria.
January 2, 2024
Ask Me Anything, 2023 Edition, Part 2 (Skeptoid #916) - Skeptoid rapid fires a bunch of mini-episodes in answer to your questions.
December 26, 2023
Ask Me Anything, 2023 Edition, Part 1 (Skeptoid #915) - A year-end Ask Me Anything session to tell you everything you ever wanted to know about Skeptoid and more.
December 19, 2023
Stopping Hiccups with Science (Skeptoid #914) - Does science have a way to reliably cure the hiccups?
December 12, 2023
Surviving Brazil's Snake Island (Skeptoid #913) - This Brazilian island is said to be too dangerous to visit due to countless venomous snakes.
December 5, 2023
Kambo: Let It Go (Skeptoid #912) - Some believe that taking a deadly frog poison confers a vast array of New Age wellness benefits.
November 28, 2023
How to Escape Nibiru (Skeptoid #911) - Some believe this speculative rogue planet is on a collision course with the Earth.
November 21, 2023
How to Spot Misinformation (Skeptoid #910) - Much content online is designed for high engagement, not for accuracy.
November 14, 2023
Fixing Former Fumbles (Skeptoid #909) - Skeptoid corrects another round of errors in past episodes pointed out by listeners.
November 7, 2023
Your Creepiest Halloween Stories (Skeptoid #908) - Celebrating Halloween with the creepiest ghost stories sent in by you, our listeners.
October 31, 2023
The Science of the 27 Club (Skeptoid #907) - 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?
October 24, 2023
Unraveling the Myth of Nazareth (Skeptoid #906) - Did the village of Nazareth exist at the time of Jesus, making it possible for there to have been a Jesus of Nazareth?
October 17, 2023
Artificial Turf: Poisonous Pitches? (Skeptoid #905) - Some claim that artificial turf sports fields emit poisonous chemicals, making them dangerous for children.
October 10, 2023
Pop quiz: 17 for 17 (Skeptoid #904) - What better way to celebrate 17 years of the Skeptoid podcast than a 17-question pop quiz!
October 3, 2023
Tracking California's Monster Salamander (Skeptoid #903) - Does a monster salamander the size of Asia's largest live undiscovered in the Pacific Northwest?
September 26, 2023
Focusing in on Eye Exercises (Skeptoid #902) - Can you really make your eyesight better with a simple series of eye movements and exercises?
September 19, 2023
The Mystery of the Severed Feet (Skeptoid #901) - Severed feet have been washing up on the shores of the Salish Sea since 2007. What could be the cause?
September 12, 2023
Mussolini's Aliens (Skeptoid #900) - How an old Italian UFO hoax became proof of alien visitation to the US Congress
September 5, 2023
Berberine: Thin Body, or Thin Evidence? (Skeptoid #899) - This supplement is claimed by social media influencers to be Nature's Ozempic.
August 29, 2023
Finding the Third Man (Skeptoid #898) - Reports from some extreme adventurers say that a benevolent presence sometimes appears to provide comfort.
August 22, 2023
The Secret of the Norden Bombsight (Skeptoid #897) - Pop culture tells us the famous Norden bombsight from World War II was actually terribly inaccurate. Was it?
August 15, 2023
The Treasures of the Copper Scroll (Skeptoid #896) - This greatest of all imaginable treasures from the Dead Sea Scrolls probably never existed.
August 8, 2023
The Hottest Temperature on Earth (Skeptoid #895) - Is the world record highest air temperature a solid measurement, or might it be invalid?
August 1, 2023
The Klerksdorp Spheres (Skeptoid #894) - Are these remarkable stones natural, or proof of an ancient advanced civilization?
July 25, 2023
Finding the Lost Tribesmen: Aure and Aura (Skeptoid #893) - Were these two men from an Amazon tribe that had been massacred, or could their story be explained more simply?
July 18, 2023
The UFO That Wasn't Swamp Gas (Skeptoid #892) - A look into the origin story of swamp gas as the explanation for UFOs.
July 11, 2023
How to Change a Conspiracy Theorist's Mind (Skeptoid #891) - A roundup of the ways that work — and that don't work — to help a conspiracy theorist free himself from the rabbit hole.
July 4, 2023
Skeptoid Scared Straight (Skeptoid #890) - In which I issue yet another round of corrections to past episodes.
June 27, 2023
Handling Fentanyl: A Touchy Topic (Skeptoid #889) - Popular wisdom tells us that just touching fentanyl can produce a lethal overdose. What's the fact and what's the fiction?
June 20, 2023
On the Trail of the Mapinguari (Skeptoid #888) - Are ground sloths that somehow survived their extinction responsible for cryptid sightings in the Amazon?
June 13, 2023
The Hard Fall of the Nephilim (Skeptoid #887) - Did giants really walk the Earth in our recent past?
June 6, 2023
Student Questions: College of Central Florida, Part 2 (Skeptoid #886) - Skeptoid answers a round of student questions recorded during a visit to the College of Central Florida.
May 30, 2023
Student Questions: College of Central Florida, Part 1 (Skeptoid #885) - Skeptoid answers a round of student questions recorded during a visit to the College of Central Florida.
May 23, 2023
Hunting the Florida Skunk Ape (Skeptoid #884) - This Bigfoot-like cryptid is said to haunt the swamps of Florida. But has the story been around as long as people think?
May 16, 2023
Lies, Damned Lies, and Polls (Skeptoid #883) - Watch out next time you take a poll... is someone trying to learn about you, or manipulate you?
May 9, 2023
The Treasure of Victorio Peak, Part 3 (Skeptoid #882) - The hunt for the greatest treasure of gold ever imagined.
May 2, 2023
The Treasure of Victorio Peak, Part 2 (Skeptoid #881) - The hunt for the greatest treasure of gold ever imagined.
April 25, 2023
The Treasure of Victorio Peak, Part 1 (Skeptoid #880) - The hunt for the greatest treasure of gold ever imagined.
April 18, 2023
Alien Octopi (Skeptoid #879) - A popular Internet claim asserts that the DNA of the octopus is literally alien in origin.
April 11, 2023
Reining In the Expanding Earth (Skeptoid #878) - Although the Expanding Earth may seem like a silly conjecture, it was actually one of the leading geophysical models quite recently.
April 4, 2023
What the Oil Companies Really Knew, Part 2 (Skeptoid #877) - Is it true that the oil companies knew how much harm they were doing as far back as the 1970s?
March 28, 2023
What the Oil Companies Really Knew, Part 1 (Skeptoid #876) - Is it true that the oil companies knew how much harm they were doing as far back as the 1970s?
March 21, 2023
St. Patrick's Day Myths (Skeptoid #875) - Today's quiz tests whether you've been skeptical of what you think you know about St. Patrick's Day.
March 14, 2023
The Devil's Tramping Ground (Skeptoid #874) - Popular tales claim no plants at all will grow inside this round clearing in North Carolina, said to have been made by the Devil himself.
March 7, 2023
Earthquake Prediction (Skeptoid #873) - After every earthquake, there's always someone who claims to have predicted it. Is earthquake prediction possible?
February 28, 2023
Climate Change Checkup: 2023 Edition (Skeptoid #872) - The state of the climate so far... how we're doing, and what do we need to work on the most.
February 21, 2023
7 Valentine's Day Myths (Skeptoid #871) - See if you can tell whether each of these popular beliefs about Valentine's Day are true or false.
February 14, 2023
The Dirty Secret of Dirty Electricity (Skeptoid #870) - Is there such a thing as a type of electricity running through your home's wiring that delivers horrific health impacts to anyone living there?
February 7, 2023
The Goat Man of Pope Lick Bridge (Skeptoid #869) - Stories of goat men are all over the world. Why is the Pope Lick goat man disproportionately famous?
January 31, 2023
The Most Harmful Anti-Experts: 2023 Edition (Skeptoid #868) - Once again we round up the people working hardest to spread misinformation.
January 24, 2023
Student Questions: Guidestones and Tachyons (Skeptoid #867) - Skeptoid answers another round of questions sent in by friendly folks all over the world.
January 17, 2023
What THEY Don't Want You to Know About UFOs (Skeptoid #866) - Some great ways to think about all the current UFO craze.
January 10, 2023
The Non-Mystery of Nan Madol (Skeptoid #865) - Was this megalithic site in Micronesia built by the people who lived there at the time, or by aliens?
January 3, 2023
Ask Me Anything, 2022 Edition (Skeptoid #864) - In which we wrap up 2022 by letting Skeptoid premium members Ask Me Anything.
December 27, 2022
Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Woo (Skeptoid #863) - The latest form of magnet therapy promises to cure everything from headaches to cancer.
December 20, 2022
Human Mosquito Magnets (Skeptoid #862) - Is it true that mosquitoes like some people better than others?
December 13, 2022
Marketing with Logical Fallacies (Skeptoid #861) - A look at some of the logically fallacious statements used to sell many of today's most popular products.
December 6, 2022
Illuminating the Hornet Spooklight (Skeptoid #860) - Legend has it this ghost light has been spooking people in Missouri for hundreds of years.
November 29, 2022
How to Spot Fake News (Skeptoid #859) - A roundup of easy techniques anyone can employ to better discern accurate news reports from false ones.
November 22, 2022
Resignation Syndrome (Skeptoid #858) - In this bizarre psychiatric condition, healthy children lapse into a coma that may last for years.
November 15, 2022
On the Health Benefits of Drinking Alcohol (Skeptoid #857) - Some say that drinking moderate amounts of alcohol actually has certain health benefits.
November 8, 2022
A Cavalcade of Corrections (Skeptoid #856) - Skeptoid corrects another round of errors from past episodes.
November 1, 2022
Sniffing for Human Sex Pheromones (Skeptoid #855) - Do humans use pheromones to turn each other on? The science so far says... uhh, we have no idea.
October 25, 2022
The Day Science Was Overthrown (Skeptoid #854) - A look at six times when there was a major paradigm shift in science.
October 18, 2022
Brazil's Roswell: The Varginha UFO (Skeptoid #853) - This story of alien visitation in Brazil from 1996 claims to be the most convincing proof we have.
October 11, 2022
Electric Cars and the Power Grid (Skeptoid #852) - Opponents of electric cars claim that the power grid can't keep up with the growing demand for electricity.
October 4, 2022
How Your Smartphone Is Listening to You (Skeptoid #851) - Is your smartphone eavesdropping on your conversation?
September 27, 2022
Ode to the Nightcrawler (Skeptoid #850) - Beware of this creepy cryptid, or you might just fall in love with it.
September 20, 2022
Who Really Killed the Electric Car (Skeptoid #849) - Pop culture tells us that a conspiracy is what killed GM's EV1 in 2002. But is an exotic explanation really needed?
September 13, 2022
On the Trail of Papillon (Skeptoid #848) - How much truth was there to the prison escape story of Henri Charrière?
September 6, 2022
The Episodes That Changed My Mind, Part 2 (Skeptoid #847) - Some more of the episodes where I went in with one idea, and came out with another.
August 30, 2022
The Episodes That Changed My Mind, Part 1 (Skeptoid #846) - Some of the episodes where I went in expecting one thing, but found something different.
August 23, 2022
Seeking the Soviet Battle Mole (Skeptoid #845) - The story goes that the Soviet Union had nuclear-powered underground vehicles for waging a whole new kind of war.
August 16, 2022
What They're Saying About Electric Cars Now (Skeptoid #844) - The arguments made by electric car haters no longer hold up. Time to upgrade
August 9, 2022
Pop Quiz: Religious Symbolism (Skeptoid #843) - How well do you know your Skeptoid? Today's pop quiz focuses on questions drawn from episodes about world religions.
August 2, 2022
The Day the UFO Deactivated the Nukes (Skeptoid #842) - It's said that in 1967, a UFO once deactivated an entire flight of US nuclear missiles in their silos.
July 26, 2022
Feeling Out the Hairy Hands of Dartmoor (Skeptoid #841) - The story goes that in England in 1921, driving a particular stretch of road meant an encounter with a terrifying foe.
July 19, 2022
What Sank the Lusitania? (Skeptoid #840) - Many believe that the true cause of the Lusitania's sinking was not the torpedo, but a mysterious second explosion that followed.
July 12, 2022
Decoding the Carolina Bays (Skeptoid #839) - Some say these oval depressions all along the US east coast are craters from an ancient meteor bombardment.
July 5, 2022
The Chilean Navy UFO (Skeptoid #838) - Amateur Internet researchers figured out in 5 days what the Chilean government UFO group couldn't in two years.
June 28, 2022
Falling Fish Followup (Skeptoid #837) - Some feedback and followups to a raft of previous Skeptoid episodes.
June 21, 2022
Can You Tell if I'm Lying? (Skeptoid #836) - Can watching body language really tell you when someone is lying?
June 14, 2022
False Flag Attack? The USS Liberty (Skeptoid #835) - Officially, Israel's 1967 attack on the USS Liberty was accidental friendly fire; but many claim it was a deliberate conspiracy.
June 7, 2022
The Haunting of the Stanley Hotel (Skeptoid #834) - Colorado's Stanley Hotel is famous not only for its association with The Shining, but also for ghosts of its own.
May 31, 2022
The Secrets of the Integratron (Skeptoid #833) - This white dome in the California desert may house the secrets of the universe, or nothing more than delusions.
May 24, 2022
What Greek Fire Really Was (Skeptoid #832) - This ancient weapon of terror struck fear throughout the ancient world, and stokes a number of mysteries today.
May 17, 2022
Facilitated Communication Isn't (Skeptoid #831) - This discredited technique deceives loved ones into believing non-communicative people are able to communicate just fine by hiring one of these facilitators.
May 10, 2022
The Mystical Death of Jack Parsons (Skeptoid #830) - The complicated life of JPL's co-founder meant that his death was almost certain to be cloaked in conspiracy theories.
May 3, 2022
What ASMR Will Do for You (Skeptoid #829) - What is the state of the science behind this online video genre that combines relaxation with chills and shivers?
April 26, 2022
Why You Don't Want a Flat-Faced Pet (Skeptoid #828) - The science shows that dogs and cats bred to be flat-faced suffer from respiratory distress, but some argue otherwise.
April 19, 2022
What Really Happened on Easter Island (Skeptoid #827) - The popular known history of Easter Island — that deforestation brought about its demise — is not generally accepted.
April 12, 2022
Why the Fresno Nightcrawler Is So Popular (Skeptoid #826) - This relatively new and not-so-famous cryptid manages to have an outsized pop-culture footprint.
April 5, 2022
How Psychic Readings Work (Skeptoid #825) - Whether cold reading, warm reading, or hot, there are simple explanations for even the most impressive psychic performances.
March 29, 2022
Demystifying the Winchester Mystery House (Skeptoid #824) - The unfortunate false narrative of the Winchester Mystery House obscures a wonderful story of one of California's great women pioneers.
March 22, 2022
Hunting the Elusive Rogue Wave (Skeptoid #823) - Modern authors say that scientists didn't used to accept the idea of rogue waves. Is that true?
March 15, 2022
On Washboarded Roads (Skeptoid #822) - The real cause of washboarding on dirt roads is very different from the traditionally believed reason.
March 8, 2022
Forensic (Pseudo) Science (Skeptoid #821) - All those fancy-sounding forensic sciences you've come to trust might not be worth very much of your trust after all.
March 1, 2022
Maury Island: The Government's Alien Artifacts (Skeptoid #820) - The origin story of some of the government's alleged alien wreckage is a little bit shaky.
February 22, 2022
Corrections with Hat in Hands (Skeptoid #819) - Some corrections to errors made in recent shows.
February 15, 2022
On Railroad Tracks and Roman Chariots (Skeptoid #818) - The urban legend that train track gauge descends from Roman war chariots falls apart at every link in the chain.
February 8, 2022
Your Ghostliest Tales, Explained (Skeptoid #817) - In which we hear, analyze, and attempt to explain the ghostly personal stories you've sent in.
February 1, 2022
The Dark Side of Polyvagal Theory (Skeptoid #816) - A controversial mental health framework is also being peddled by unqualified coaches.
January 25, 2022
On the Trail of the Chupacabra (Skeptoid #815) - An exploration into the chupacabra, and how that word came to be applied to so many unrelated things.
January 18, 2022
Nazis and the Occult (Skeptoid #814) - Popular tales of the occult underpinnings of the Nazis are largely modern fiction.
January 11, 2022
Why You Need to Care About Concrete (Skeptoid #813) - Concrete will remain one of our most important materials for decades — but there's a big problem with it.
January 4, 2022
20 Years of Data from Portugal: Drug Decriminalization (Skeptoid #812) - 20 years ago, Portugal decriminalized all drugs in an effort to reduce addiction, incarceration, and negative health impacts. How has it worked?
December 28, 2021
Radon Therapy (Skeptoid #811) - Trying to treat pain or cancer by exposing yourself to a radioactive carcinogen provides only risk without the benefit.
December 21, 2021
Frida Sofia, the Victim Who Wasn't (Skeptoid #810) - After the 2017 earthquake in Mexico City, rescuers dug through the rubble for a little girl named Frida Sofia — who never existed.
December 14, 2021
The Avro Arrow Conspiracies (Skeptoid #809) - Conspiracy theories surround the cancellation of this advanced Canadian aircraft from the 1950s.
December 7, 2021
Followups and Extras (Skeptoid #808) - Some new facts and extra information on six previous episodes.
November 30, 2021
Huna: New Age on an Island (Skeptoid #807) - Huna blends generic New Age spiritualism with a concocted version of Hawaiian tradition.
November 23, 2021
Environmental Microplastics (Skeptoid #806) - This manmade debris permeates our bodies and our planet, but what's the harm?
November 16, 2021
The Cottingley Fairies: Analysis of a Famous Hoax (Skeptoid #805) - The true and weird history of the two girls who fooled the world with their fairy photographs in 1917.
November 9, 2021
Unmasking the Old Stinker: The Hull Werewolf (Skeptoid #804) - This modern sighting of a strange beast is claimed to have been a resurgence of a legendary medieval monster.
November 2, 2021
What Really Happened at Tunguska (Skeptoid #803) - The true cause of one of history's most violent cataclysms remains a mystery... to a degree.
October 26, 2021
Pop Quiz: 15 for 15 (Skeptoid #802) - It's 15 trivia questions from 15 Skeptoid episodes, to celebrate our 15th anniversary!
October 19, 2021
Probiotics Fact and Fiction (Skeptoid #801) - Some people promote probiotics as a miracle cure for just about anything. What can they really do?
October 12, 2021
To the Stars (Skeptoid #800) - A strange radio broadcast from a very unique group of VIPs being whisked away on a UFO.
October 5, 2021
On the Authorship of the Toccata and Fugue in D Minor (Skeptoid #799) - The most famous organ work in history has a surprising mystery -- we're not really sure who composed it!
September 28, 2021
Tracking the Wild Big Cats of Britain (Skeptoid #798) - A close look at the tales of large black predatory cats stalking Britain for centuries.
September 21, 2021
Why You Need to Care About Methane (Skeptoid #797) - We focus a lot on carbon dioxide when talking about climate change. Should we be talking more about methane?
September 14, 2021
9/11 Truthers, 20 Years Later (Skeptoid #796) - 20 years after the worst terrorist attack on American soil, the conspiracy theories are still thriving -- just as we should expect.
September 7, 2021
What Made the Shroud of Turin Immortal (Skeptoid #795) - A close look at what true science and true history can tell us about this most sacred Catholic relic.
August 31, 2021
Why You Needn't Worry About the Missing 411 (Skeptoid #794) - A popular conspiracy theory claims that lots of people disappear under unexplainable circumstances in America's national parks.
August 24, 2021
Your Turn Yet Again (Skeptoid #793) - Skeptoid gives our take on some spooky experiences sent in by listeners.
August 17, 2021
Your Turn Again (Skeptoid #792) - In which I take a shot at trying to explain some of the weirdest stories sent in by listeners.
August 10, 2021
Dowsing: Water Witchcraft (Skeptoid #791) - If you need to find ground water, ask a hydrologist, not an occult magician.
August 3, 2021
Is the Existence of Billionaires Inherently Harmful? (Skeptoid #790) - Pop culture tells us that the existence of billionaires is harmful to the economy. Is that so?
July 27, 2021
All About Clearcutting (Skeptoid #789) - Is clearcutting of forests for logging a public nuisance or a public benefit?
July 20, 2021
The UFO Rogues Gallery Takes Over America, Part 2 (Skeptoid #788) - An unlikely group of paranormalists has persuaded the American public that the government takes UFOs seriously.
July 13, 2021
The UFO Rogues Gallery Takes Over America, Part 1 (Skeptoid #787) - An unlikely group of paranormalists has persuaded the American public that the government takes UFOs seriously.
July 6, 2021
Horses in Pre-Columbian America (Skeptoid #786) - Horses went extinct in North America at the end of the last ice age, but oddly some are now saying they didn't.
June 29, 2021
Desalination vs. A National Water Grid (Skeptoid #785) - A comparison of two popular ways to help cope with the new water reality of global warming.
June 22, 2021
Head Transplants (Skeptoid #784) - The facts and fiction of what's possible and what's already been tried in switching human heads.
June 15, 2021
The Legend of Barsa-Kelmes (Skeptoid #783) - The story behind the story of the many paranormal events associated with this former island in the Aral Sea.
June 8, 2021
A Collection of Corrections (Skeptoid #782) - In which another round of corrections is made to previous episodes. Keeping it real!
June 1, 2021
Space Junk: The Real Risk and What to Do About It (Skeptoid #781) - The problem of a runaway catastrophe in Low Earth Orbit looms ever larger and closer.
May 25, 2021
CBD for Everything (Skeptoid #780) - Cannabidiol is sold as an additive to just about every kind of product you can imagine. Why?
May 18, 2021
How the Pyramids Were (and Were Not) Built, Part 2 (Skeptoid #779) - Some of what we know about the Great Pyramid that exclude it having been built by aliens or Atlanteans.
May 11, 2021
How the Pyramids Were (and Were Not) Built, Part 1 (Skeptoid #778) - Some of what we know about the Great Pyramid that exclude it having been built by aliens or Atlanteans.
May 4, 2021
The 2019 USS Kidd Incident (Skeptoid #777) - Popular reports claim that a group of US Navy destroyers were buzzed by advanced drones in 2019.
April 27, 2021
The Engineered Moon Conspiracy (Skeptoid #776) - Science refutes the claim made by some that the Moon is a hollow spaceship engineered by aliens.
April 20, 2021
Listener Feedback: Monstrous Reversals (Skeptoid #775) - Some updates and additional information to a few past episodes... better all the time.
April 13, 2021
Bitcoin Fact and Fiction (Skeptoid #774) - What's true and what's not about the world's most popular cryptocurrency.
April 6, 2021
Top 10 Pro-Science Fictional Characters (Skeptoid #773) - A roundup of all the best pro-science characters from your favorite books, movies, and TV shows.
March 30, 2021
The Monster of Port Chatham (Skeptoid #772) - This remote town in Alaska was said to have been abandoned because of violent Bigfoot attacks.
March 23, 2021
Denizens of Lake Baikal (Skeptoid #771) - A host of strange monsters are said to lurk beneath the surface of the world's deepest lake.
March 16, 2021
The Human Design System (Skeptoid #770) - A mishmash of eastern mysticism masquerades as psychometry.
March 9, 2021
The Vampire of Croglin Grange (Skeptoid #769) - Which came first: the publication of this famous vampire story, or its associated family tradition?
March 2, 2021
Inside the Mountain Meadows Massacre (Skeptoid #768) - Myths, conspiracies, and coverups cloak this 1857 massacre of American emigrants.
February 23, 2021
The Year's Best of Skeptoid (Skeptoid #767) - My personal favorite Skeptoid episodes from each and every year of its production.
February 16, 2021
Illuminating Our Lady of Zeitoun (Skeptoid #766) - This Marian apparition from Egypt has some science fiction explanations and a sound one.
February 9, 2021
Tartaria and the Mud Flood (Skeptoid #765) - Some claim that all of world history is a coverup for the mighty ancient nation of Tartaria.
February 2, 2021
Learning Styles, Re-examined (Skeptoid #764) - Most teachers believe that students have different learning styles and curricula can be tailored to it. Not so much.
January 26, 2021
Elvis Sightings and You (Skeptoid #763) - People keep thinking Elvis is still alive -- and here's why that matters to you.
January 19, 2021
On the Trail of the Yowie (Skeptoid #762) - Australia's version of Bigfoot may -- or may not -- have its origin in Aboriginal mythology.
January 12, 2021
Havana Syndrome, Microwaves, and Hearing RF (Skeptoid #761) - The lone exception to the science fact that radio cannot hurt you.
January 5, 2021
The 1994 Ruwa Zimbabwe Alien Encounter (Skeptoid #760) - This popular tale claims 62 African schoolchildren were contacted by an extraterrestrial.
December 29, 2020
Percy Schmeiser vs Monsanto (Skeptoid #759) - The most famous case in the history of Monsanto vs. small farmers might not be what you think.
December 22, 2020
Finding the USS Cyclops (Skeptoid #758) - This most famous ship disappearance from the Bermuda Triangle probably had nothing to do with it.
December 15, 2020
The Montauk Project (Skeptoid #757) - Some believe the government opened up time portals underneath Long Island, New York.
December 8, 2020
The Death Ship SS Ourang Medan (Skeptoid #756) - This ship was said to be discovered with all its crew dead under unexplainable circumstances.
December 1, 2020
Examining Gulf War Illness (Skeptoid #755) - Some researchers believe there is no such thing as Gulf War Illness, and the rest have more questions than answers.
November 24, 2020
About That Life on Mars... (Skeptoid #754) - Good scientists can get the wrong idea, but they don't need to make it worse by announcing bad science.
November 17, 2020
The Japan Air Lines Alaska UFO (Skeptoid #753) - This famous UFO case is said to be proven by military radar data.
November 10, 2020
Listener Feedback Live: Outpost 2020 (Skeptoid #752) - Skeptoid answers some... interesting feedback LIVE at the Outpost 2020 con.
November 3, 2020
Pop Quiz: Myths of the Middle Ages (Skeptoid #751) - How well do you know the Middle Ages? Can you tell what's fact and what's fiction?
October 27, 2020
How to Extract Adrenochrome from Children (Skeptoid #750) - Conspiracy theorists believe that Hollywood elitists torture children and extract drugs from their bodies.
October 20, 2020
Observing the Bystander Effect (Skeptoid #749) - Some research has found that crowds are apathetic and don't render assistance; some has found the opposite.
October 13, 2020
Who Sank the Maine? (Skeptoid #748) - Many theories surround the mysterious sinking of the USS Maine that triggered the Spanish-American War.
October 6, 2020
Hitler's Operation Long Jump (Skeptoid #747) - Popular stories claim that the Nazis tried to assassinate Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin in Tehran in 1943.
September 29, 2020
Error Correction: Tokyo Drift (Skeptoid #746) - Skeptoid corrects another round of errors sent in by listeners just like you.
September 22, 2020
Australia Doesn't Exist, and Other Geographic Conspiracy Theories (Skeptoid #745) - The belief that Australia doesn't exist may not be as unique as you think.
September 15, 2020
Phineas Gage, on Second Thought (Skeptoid #744) - A reexamination of the famous case of the man whose personality changed from a grievous brain injury.
September 8, 2020
Hinkley: The Erin Brockovich Case (Skeptoid #743) - The facts differ widely from what's generally believed to have been a mass poisoning.
September 1, 2020
The Phantom Fortress (Skeptoid #742) - This B-17 supposedly completed a mission and returned to base, all without an aircrew.
August 25, 2020
The Wisdom and Stupidity of Crowds (Skeptoid #741) - How the wisdom of crowds can sometimes allow groups of non-experts to reach an expert conclusion.
August 18, 2020
Student Questions: Blue-Blocking Glasses and Nuclear Waste for Tomorrow (Skeptoid #740) - Skeptoid answers another round of questions sent in by students all around the world.
August 11, 2020
More on 5G and COVID Masks (Skeptoid #739) - Some supplemental information on recent episodes, plus some listener feedback.
August 4, 2020
The QAnon Conspiracy (Skeptoid #738) - This growing conspiracy theory posits that a global cabal of pedophiles secretly controls the US government.
July 28, 2020
The Berkshire County UFO (Skeptoid #737) - Why a UFO case you've probably never heard of got attention from a major TV network.
July 21, 2020
New World Tobacco in Old World Mummies (Skeptoid #736) - Some believe that traces of tobacco in Egyptian mummies prove the Egyptians were first to the New World.
July 14, 2020
Bill Gates Conspiracy Theories (Skeptoid #735) - Why is the world's greatest public health philanthropist charged with crimes against humanity?
July 7, 2020
The Stoned Ape Theory (Skeptoid #734) - Some believe that psychedelic drugs played an irreplaceable role in the evolution of Homo sapiens.
June 30, 2020
Listener Feedback: Endgame (Skeptoid #733) - Updates to the episode on MSG sensitivity and the Miracle of Calanda.
June 23, 2020
Hunting the Beast of Gevaudan (Skeptoid #732) - This mysterious creature actually killed over 100 people in France in the 1760s.
June 16, 2020
More Out of Place Artifacts (Skeptoid #731) - A survey of seven of the most popular out-of-place artifacts said to overturn human history.
June 9, 2020
The Skeletons of the Great Eastern (Skeptoid #730) - A popular tale claims that the skeletons of two riveters were found between the hulls of this mighty ship.
June 2, 2020
The LUCIFER Telescope Conspiracy (Skeptoid #729) - A popular conspiracy theory claims the Vatican uses a telescope named LUCIFER to find an alien savior.
May 26, 2020
When the Earth's Magnetic Field Flips (Skeptoid #728) - Some claim that when the Earth's geomagnetic field reverses, it could spell the end of humankind.
May 19, 2020
Hunting the Mokele-Mbembe (Skeptoid #727) - Some believe this relict dinosaur still survives in parts of the Congo.
May 12, 2020
Full of Hot Error (Skeptoid #726) - Skeptoid corrects another round of errors found in past episodes.
May 5, 2020
Pop Quiz: Astonishing Tales of the Sea (Skeptoid #725) - How well do you know your Skeptoid? Today's pop quiz focuses on tales of the sea.
April 28, 2020
Decoding Gobekli Tepe (Skeptoid #724) - This archaeological site in Turkey is said to change everything... but what does that really mean?
April 21, 2020
Draining the Holy Grail (Skeptoid #723) - The true history of the Holy Grail, the most precious of all artifacts.
April 14, 2020
Pandemic Conspiracies and Politics (Skeptoid #722) - How the conspiracy theories around today's pandemic compare to those of the past.
April 7, 2020
Debunking Ancient Aliens, Part 3 (Skeptoid #721) - A look at some of the ancient artworks and artifacts that the show Ancient Aliens gets totally wrong.
March 31, 2020
Debunking Ancient Aliens, Part 2 (Skeptoid #720) - A look at some of the ancient sites and cities that the show Ancient Aliens gets totally wrong.
March 24, 2020
Debunking Ancient Aliens, Part 1 (Skeptoid #719) - A look at some of the ancient sites and cities that the show Ancient Aliens gets totally wrong.
March 17, 2020
Diagnosing Chronic Lyme Disease (Skeptoid #718) - Often dismissed as purely pseudoscientific and nonexistent, chronic Lyme disease is not necessarily nothing.
March 10, 2020
Rethinking Plastic Straw Bans (Skeptoid #717) - Bans on plastic drinking straws are a solution in search of a problem.
March 3, 2020
Learning Languages from Brain Injuries (Skeptoid #716) - Popular stories on the Internet tell of people coming out of comas and suddenly speaking a new language.
February 25, 2020
The Knowles Family UFO Incident (Skeptoid #715) - This family's car is said to have been lifted off the road by a UFO and dropped.
February 18, 2020
Killing the Hammersmith Ghost (Skeptoid #714) - Some possible explanations for this infamously deadly 19th century haunting near London.
February 11, 2020
On the Trail of Red Mercury (Skeptoid #713) - The most elusive substance in pop culture also purports to be one of the most destructive.
February 4, 2020
Apple Cider Vinegar Woo (Skeptoid #712) - A test of the many sensational health claims made for apple cider vinegar.
January 28, 2020
The Trashy Secret of Plastic Bag Bans (Skeptoid #711) - Science decides the question of whether plastic bag bans help or hurt the environment.
January 21, 2020
Your Weirdest Thing, Vol. 4 (Skeptoid #710) - I give my thoughts trying to solve some of your weirdest experiences.
January 14, 2020
Wind Turbines and Birds (Skeptoid #709) - Wind turbines actually save many more bird lives than they destroy.
January 7, 2020
All About Sex Addiction (Skeptoid #708) - The topic of sex addiction and what to do about it turns out to be more complicated than you may think.
December 31, 2019
Vermeer and the Camera Obscura (Skeptoid #707) - Popular claims that the painter Vermeer used a camera obscura contradict the evidence.
December 24, 2019
MSG: How a Friendly Flavor Became Your Enemy (Skeptoid #706) - The history of this vilified flavoring is a wild ride through 20th century cultural influences.
December 17, 2019
Listener Feedback: The Plot Thickens (Skeptoid #705) - Listeners offer some updates and new information to previous episodes.
December 10, 2019
The Green Children of Woolpit (Skeptoid #704) - In the 12th century, a pair of mysterious children with green skin surprised English villagers.
December 3, 2019
Your Weirdest Thing, Vol. 3 (Skeptoid #703) - I give my thoughts trying to solve some of your weirdest experiences.
November 26, 2019
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (Skeptoid #702) - These risky medical devices are increasingly being sold to treat conditions they don't treat.
November 19, 2019
Seneca Guns and Skyquakes (Skeptoid #701) - These mysterious cannon-like booms are heard all around the world, with no apparent source.
November 12, 2019
A Whale of a Tale (Skeptoid #700) - In which we celebrate 700 episodes of great storytelling... sea shanty style.
November 5, 2019
The Mystery of the Ellen Austin (Skeptoid #699) - The true history behind one of the Bermuda Triangle's strangest legends.
October 29, 2019
Radon in Your Basement (Skeptoid #698) - Is this gas a risk you should worry about, or is it just another homeowner scam?
October 22, 2019
Reactionless Space Drives (Skeptoid #697) - Conspiracy theorists and alternate science believers continue to claim triumph over the laws of nature.
October 15, 2019
History's Smallest Underground War (Skeptoid #696) - The public's zeal for sensationalism over facts can sometimes have deadly consequences.
October 8, 2019
Fighting Global Warming with Economics (Skeptoid #695) - There's always been an easy solution to global warming on the table, and it won't hurt the economy.
October 1, 2019
Playing Error Guitar (Skeptoid #694) - Skeptoid corrects another round of errors in previous episodes caught by you amazing listeners.
September 24, 2019
The Age of the Sphinx (Skeptoid #693) - Popular TV shows try to persuade us that Egypt's Great Sphinx is far older than archaeology tells us.
September 17, 2019
Thirteen: The Private History of a Curse (Skeptoid #692) - The number 13 may have more relevance in your life than you suspect.
September 10, 2019
FLICC: 5 Techniques of Science Denial (Skeptoid #691) - One popular rubric for identifying the common techniques used by science deniers.
September 3, 2019
Video Games and Violence (Skeptoid #690) - Data does not support the popular belief that video games promote violent behavior.
August 27, 2019
The Bili Ape of the Congo (Skeptoid #689) - The facts behind the legend of a mysterious giant ape, said by some to be a chimp-gorilla hybrid.
August 20, 2019
Your Phavorite Phollowups (Skeptoid #688) - Updates and newer information to some of the conclusions in your favorite Skeptoid episodes.
August 13, 2019
No, Electric Cars Don't Pollute More (Skeptoid #687) - Popularly shared articles claim electric cars produce more greenhouses gases than internal combustion cars.
August 6, 2019
Your Weirdest Thing, Vol. 2 (Skeptoid #686) - I give my thoughts trying to solve some of your weirdest experiences.
July 30, 2019
Your Weirdest Thing, Vol. 1 (Skeptoid #685) - I take a shot at critical analysis of your weirdest experiences.
July 23, 2019
Starlite, the Magical Mystery Material (Skeptoid #684) - The real reasons for the disappearance of this amateur material said to be able to withstand even a nuclear blast.
July 16, 2019
Prehistoric Supersonic Monster Tides (Skeptoid #683) - A geophysical look at the idea that Earth's early history had enormous destructive tides.
July 9, 2019
Mexico's Zone of Silence (Skeptoid #682) - Legend has it that radios and compasses will not work in this remote Mexican desert.
July 2, 2019
Alien Visitation and Kecksburg (Skeptoid #681) - We can often get a good sense of a UFO story's accuracy even without researching all the details.
June 25, 2019
The True Fate of the Amber Room (Skeptoid #680) - State-sponsored disinformation continues to drive treasure hunters who seek the legendary Amber Room.
June 18, 2019
The Greenbrier Ghost (Skeptoid #679) - A skeptical look at the time a ghost's testimony resulted in a murder conviction.
June 11, 2019
What the Feedback (Skeptoid #678) - More updates and additional information for some recent Skeptoid episodes.
June 4, 2019
5G: Upgrade or Uncertainty? (Skeptoid #677) - An examination of the claims that 5G cell phone data service is potentially harmful to life.
May 28, 2019
Glyphosate and Behavioral Economics (Skeptoid #676) - How misinformation spread over one of the safest herbicides becoming known as one of the most harmful.
May 21, 2019
Valiant Thor: Your Friendly Pentagon Alien (Skeptoid #675) - Some believe this benevolent alien from Venus lived and advised at the Pentagon for three years.
May 14, 2019
Student Questions: Drinking Urine and Studying to Music (Skeptoid #674) - Skeptoid answers another round of questions sent in by students all around the world.
May 7, 2019
Yamashita's Gold (Skeptoid #673) - The facts behind the urban legend that billions in Japanese gold lie buried in the Philippines.
April 30, 2019
Refeeding Syndrome and Sudden Death (Skeptoid #672) - Can starving people actually die immediately upon being given their first bite of food?
April 23, 2019
China, Imported Recyclables, and Ocean Plastic (Skeptoid #671) - Addressing the facts and the fictions around China's ending its overseas purchases of recyclable plastic.
April 16, 2019
Wrong Does Not Cease to be Wrong (Skeptoid #670) - The 15th episode devoted to corrections in previous shows. If it ain't right, we fix it.
April 9, 2019
Pop Quiz: History and Pseudohistory (Skeptoid #669) - Test your knowledge on these subjects, all covered by Skeptoid, on false history claims.
April 2, 2019
A Science Based Ghost Hunting Toolkit (Skeptoid #668) - How a TV ghost hunting show might look if they did what they claim, and used science.
March 26, 2019
All About Atlantis (Skeptoid #667) - For centuries, alternative history fans have been denying Plato's intent and trying to frame Atlantis as a real island.
March 19, 2019
The Historicity of Jesus Christ (Skeptoid #666) - A review of the evidence for and against the life of Jesus of Nazareth as a real living man.
March 12, 2019
Ocean Plastics: Facts and Falsehoods (Skeptoid #665) - The nature of the problem of ocean plastics, and the best solution, may both come as surprises.
March 5, 2019
The Keto Diet (Skeptoid #664) - It's the latest fad diet, and people are trying it for just about any benefit you can think of.
February 26, 2019
Pop Quiz: Urban Legends (Skeptoid #663) - Test your knowledge of popular urban legends, and the science underlying them.
February 19, 2019
Vaccine Denial: Failure Mode Analysis (Skeptoid #662) - The surprising history of how medical science's greatest success has become vilified by so many people.
February 12, 2019
Rapping with the Fox Sisters (Skeptoid #661) - Myth and mystery surrounds the sisters said to have founded the modern spiritualism industry.
February 5, 2019
Feedback and Followups (Skeptoid #660) - A handful of updates to past Skeptoid episodes... eyebrow raising to say the least.
January 29, 2019
Killing Castro (Skeptoid #659) - It's proven the CIA tried to assassinate Castro, but the number of claimed attempts differs wildly.
January 22, 2019
Ong's Hat (Skeptoid #658) - An urban legend tells of a group of scientists who successfully escaped into another dimension.
January 15, 2019
Illuminating the Illuminati (Skeptoid #657) - The surprisingly humble beginnings and even more surprising modern rebirth of the Illuminati.
January 8, 2019
And Bigfoot Said... (Skeptoid #656) - We compare vocalizations attributed to Bigfoot with the sounds of real animals known to be in the area.
January 1, 2019
Stonehenge and the Scope of Uncertainty (Skeptoid #655) - There are things we don't know about Stonehenge, but does that mean we know nothing at all?
December 25, 2018
Pop Quiz: Consumer Ripoffs (Skeptoid #654) - How well do you know your Skeptoid? Today's pop quiz focuses on consumer ripoffs.
December 18, 2018
The Great Kentucky Meat Shower (Skeptoid #653) - A rain of meat is said to have fallen in rural Kentucky one day in 1876.
December 11, 2018
The Cash-Landrum UFO Incident (Skeptoid #652) - The UFO story seems to defy debunking because of the physical injuries suffered by witnesses.
December 4, 2018
The Electric Universe Theory (Skeptoid #651) - Some believe that everything we know about the universe is wrong — and it's all electric.
November 27, 2018
I Believe (Skeptoid #650) - Your beliefs are fallible and can fool you. Be willing to change your mind based on new information.
November 20, 2018
George Soros Conspiracy Theories (Skeptoid #649) - George Soros remains the focus of many anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.
November 13, 2018
Pop Quiz: Aliens and UFOs (Skeptoid #648) - How well do you know your Skeptoid? Today's pop quiz focuses on aliens and UFOs.
November 6, 2018
All About Mindfulness (Skeptoid #647) - An examination of this super-trendy meditation technique to see whether it lives up to the hype.
October 30, 2018
Animal Earthquake Prediction (Skeptoid #646) - Many people believe animals have the ability to predict earthquakes. The facts tell a different story.
October 23, 2018
Pop Quiz: Ancient Mysteries (Skeptoid #645) - How well do you know your Skeptoid? Today's pop quiz focuses on ancient mysteries.
October 16, 2018
Parts Unknown: Foreign Conspiracy Theories (Skeptoid #644) - A roundup of conspiracy theories from various countries all around the world.
October 9, 2018
The Mysterious Stone Chambers of New England (Skeptoid #643) - Some believe these stone structures in New England to be evidence of ancient cultures.
October 2, 2018
Pop Quiz: Cryptozoology! (Skeptoid #642) - How well do you know your Skeptoid? Today's pop quiz focuses on cryptozoology.
September 25, 2018
Alternative Veterinary Medicine (Skeptoid #641) - Even in the 21st century, vets and pet owners are turning to prescientific, magic-based medical care.
September 18, 2018
Draining the Baghdad Battery (Skeptoid #640) - Many people believe this ancient scroll container was actually an early type of battery.
September 11, 2018
An Exorbitance of Emendations (Skeptoid #639) - Once again, Skeptoid corrects another round of errors found in previous episodes.
September 4, 2018
Cueva de los Tayos and the Lost Metal Library, Part 2 (Skeptoid #638) - A closer look at how bad the evidence is that a cave exists filled with golden alien wonders.
August 28, 2018
Cueva de los Tayos and the Lost Metal Library, Part 1 (Skeptoid #637) - Some people believe that this cave in Ecuador harbors an alien library etched on metallic plates.
August 21, 2018
Epigenetics Woo (Skeptoid #636) - This exciting new(ish) field in genetics has brought with it a slew of snake oil claims.
August 14, 2018
The Effects of Mandated GMO Labeling (Skeptoid #635) - We have good evidence for what to expect from mandated labeling of GMO foods, and it's not good.
August 7, 2018
More Alcohol Myths (Skeptoid #634) - The last show on alcohol myths wasn't good enough for many of you, so here are some more.
July 31, 2018
The Horsey History of Clever Hans (Skeptoid #633) - This early-1900s horse appeared to be able to do math and other feats, and we learned a lot from him.
July 24, 2018
Lucid Dreaming (Skeptoid #632) - Some people can control their dreams and do anything they want in them -- or can they?
July 17, 2018
Listener Feedback: Death of the Lefties (Skeptoid #631) - Skeptoid gets some interesting letters from listeners pertaining to radioactive skeletons and lefties.
July 10, 2018
The Apes Who Learned Sign Language (Skeptoid #630) - Although many regard Koko as an ape who used sign language, science tells us that ability probably doesn't exist.
July 3, 2018
Three Big Macs a Day (Skeptoid #629) - When we set aside pop food woo, we find that even multiple Big Macs can be part of a healthy daily diet.
June 26, 2018
The Swedish Ghost Rockets (Skeptoid #628) - This rash of UFO sightings over Sweden in 1946 has long been considered to be Soviet missile tests.
June 19, 2018
Gremlins (Skeptoid #627) - These mischievous creatures that sabotage airplanes are claimed by some to be actual physical beings.
June 12, 2018
Numerology (Skeptoid #626) - We put this ancient system of divination based on numbers to the test.
June 5, 2018
Your Weird Turn (Skeptoid #625) - We try to figure out some of the creepiest stories ever sent in by Skeptoid listeners.
May 29, 2018
Zuma, The Phantom Satellite (Skeptoid #624) - The malfunction said to have doomed this spacecraft may have just been a cover story.
May 22, 2018
Environmental Working Group and the Dirty Dozen (Skeptoid #623) - This company's annual press releases are intended to frighten you into buying organic.
May 15, 2018
Are You Living in a Simulation? (Skeptoid #622) - An exploration of the thought experiment that seeks to determine whether we're living in a computer simulation.
May 8, 2018
The Pentagon's UFO Hunt (Skeptoid #621) - The Pentagon gave $22 million to a very unlikely group of UFO proponents.
May 1, 2018
Listener Feedback: Provisos, Addenda, and Quid Pro Quos (Skeptoid #620) - Listeners write in with extra information that adds a whole new dimension to some past shows.
April 24, 2018
Alcohol Myths (Skeptoid #619) - We point the skeptical eye at five popular beliefs about alcoholic beverages.
April 17, 2018
Are They Real, or Are They Fictional? (Skeptoid #618) - Another round of famous names from the past: Can you guess whether each is real or fictional?
April 10, 2018
10 Great Science Hoaxes (Skeptoid #617) - A look at those few times when hoaxers came closest to fooling those who knew better.
April 3, 2018
Abiotic Oil (Skeptoid #616) - Some believe that oil comes from geological processes rather than from ancient biomass.
March 27, 2018
Titanic Myths (Skeptoid #615) - Three of the most popular conspiracy theories surrounding the sinking of the Titanic.
March 20, 2018
The Inflammatory Diet (Skeptoid #614) - Why no, in fact you should not avoid certain foods to reduce your body's inflammation.
March 13, 2018
The Kids Who See Blindfolded (Skeptoid #613) - Children throughout India are being taught to see while blindfolded... apparently.
March 6, 2018
The Boy Who Thought He Was Reincarnated (Skeptoid #612) - This boy thought he had lived a past life as a fighter pilot. He had some help getting there.
February 27, 2018
All About Grounding (Skeptoid #611) - Some New Agers believe that you can heal virtually any ailment simply by taking off your shoes.
February 20, 2018
The Keepers of Flannan Light (Skeptoid #610) - Mystery clouds the story of what happened to these three vanished lighthouse keepers.
February 13, 2018
Were There Irish Slaves in America? (Skeptoid #609) - Online articles claiming the first slaves in the Americas were white are fictional and racially motivated.
February 6, 2018
Palm Oil Facts and Fiction (Skeptoid #608) - Is it a medical miracle, an environmental disaster, both, or neither?
January 30, 2018
Do Lobsters Feel Pain? (Skeptoid #607) - What the science says on whether we need to change the way we eat crustaceans.
January 23, 2018
The Murder in the Red Barn (Skeptoid #606) - A murder was said to have been solved by the intervention of the victim's ghost.
January 16, 2018
The Civil War Pterosaur (Skeptoid #605) - This famous Internet photo of Civil War soldiers posing with a pterosaur has a surprising source.
January 9, 2018
Net Neutrality Reexamined (Skeptoid #604) - A skeptic's guide for organizing the issues raised by Net Neutrality.
January 2, 2018
Sonic Weapons in Cuba (Skeptoid #603) - There is a much better explanation than sonic weapons for reported attacks against US diplomats in Cuba.
December 26, 2017
Should Moms Eat Placentas? (Skeptoid #602) - The modern practice of Western mothers eating their placentas is a new and strange attention-seeking behavior.
December 19, 2017
Hiding the Decline: Climategate Demystified (Skeptoid #601) - This infamous scandal was said to have proven global warming was all just a hoax. Umm, no.
December 12, 2017
A Musical Retrospective (Skeptoid #600) - Everything you didn't know about ten years of Skeptoid musical episodes, including the reason.
December 5, 2017
Listener Feedback: Creationism and More Dead Paul (Skeptoid #599) - Some updates, notes, and extra information sent in by listeners about recent episodes.
November 28, 2017
The Hudson Valley UFO Mystery (Skeptoid #598) - Hundreds of people watched this UFO over the Hudson River Valley many times between 1983 and 1984.
November 21, 2017
The Wisdom of the Future (Skeptoid #597) - Skeptoid corrects a round of past errors, that they might become the wisdom of the future.
November 14, 2017
How to Assess a Documentary (Skeptoid #596) - Some tips to assess whether a documentary is good science or just propaganda.
November 7, 2017
Chasing Malaysian Airlines MH370 (Skeptoid #595) - A roundup of the conspiracy theories and the probable true fate of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370.
October 31, 2017
Paul Is Dead (Skeptoid #594) - The origins and history of the urban legend that Paul McCartney died and was replaced.
October 24, 2017
I Still Can't Believe They Did That: More Human Guinea Pigs (Skeptoid #593) - A further look at ten more scientists who experimented on themselves for the benefit of mankind.
October 17, 2017
Alert 747: The Vela Incident (Skeptoid #592) - In 1979, a mysterious flash occurred over the southern ocean that could have been a nuclear bomb.
October 10, 2017
Ouija Boards (Skeptoid #591) - Real effects far more interesting than spiritualism claims are behind these famous talking boards.
October 3, 2017
Skepticism vs Cynicism (Skeptoid #590) - The line between skepticism and cynicism is a bit too blurry for many people. Today we bring it into focus.
September 26, 2017
The Big Pharma Conspiracy (Skeptoid #589) - Popular claims of a Big Pharma Conspiracy don't stand up to any rational scrutiny.
September 19, 2017
Celebrity Pseudoscience: 2017 Edition (Skeptoid #588) - A look at which celebrities are currently working hardest to erode the public intellect.
September 12, 2017
What Makes a Good Podcast Episode? (Skeptoid #587) - Stories about urban legends are at their best when there are real people at their center.
September 5, 2017
Volkswagen Dieselgate Reexamined (Skeptoid #586) - In the wake of VW Dieselgate, the government took the wrong steps to solve the wrong problem.
August 29, 2017
Relict Japanese Soldiers (Skeptoid #585) - How factual are the urban legends about Japanese soldiers in the Pacific who never heard the war ended?
August 22, 2017
Eclipse Myths and Science (Skeptoid #584) - A look at the science-based myths and misconceptions about eclipses, plus some things you might not know.
August 15, 2017
Fate of the Feedback (Skeptoid #583) - Skeptoid responds to some listener feedback, updating a few episodes and clarifying some others.
August 8, 2017
Lonnie Zamora and the Socorro UFO (Skeptoid #582) - This famous 1964 UFO sighting by a New Mexico police officer has several interesting explanations.
August 1, 2017
Are You Following a Crank? (Skeptoid #581) - Let's have a look at the traits that define a crank, to make sure your new hero isn't one.
July 25, 2017
Amelia Earhart Redux: Competing Networks, Competing Craziness (Skeptoid #580) - Through their constant promotion of false history, TV networks may have done Amelia Earhart's legacy irreparable harm.
July 18, 2017
Measuring the Age of the Grand Canyon (Skeptoid #579) - The Grand Canyon is millions of years old, not thousands; despite the efforts of Young Earthers.
July 11, 2017
Student Questions: Bitters, Gas, and Diet Woo (Skeptoid #578) - Skeptoid answers another round of questions sent in by students all around the world.
July 4, 2017
What Are the Chances You're Psychic? (Skeptoid #577) - We analyze some of your stories of precognitive experiences.
June 27, 2017
Lights in the Sky (Skeptoid #576) - How likely is the most common type of UFO report to be an alien spacecraft?
June 20, 2017
How to Surprise a Skeptical Podcaster, Part 2 (Skeptoid #575) - Here are the podcast episodes with conclusions that surprised me the most (part 2).
June 13, 2017
How to Surprise a Skeptical Podcaster, Part 1 (Skeptoid #574) - Here are the podcast episodes with conclusions that surprised me the most (part 1).
June 6, 2017
There Is No Finland: Birth of a Conspiracy Theory (Skeptoid #573) - A study of how a conspiracy theory as absurd as "There is no Finland" can even exist.
May 30, 2017
True or False Pregnancy (Skeptoid #572) - False pregnancies are not only real, they're probably more complex than you imagined.
May 23, 2017
Thawing the Minnesota Iceman (Skeptoid #571) - This sideshow attraction convinced a few real scientists that it was an actual ape-man.
May 16, 2017
More Space Missions You Should Know (Skeptoid #570) - We take a look at some more of the most exciting space missions, past, present, and future.
May 9, 2017
Principles of Curiosity (Skeptoid #569) - Three simple steps anyone can follow to learn to tell what's true and what's not.
May 2, 2017
2 Listener 2 Feedback (Skeptoid #568) - I respond to some listener feedback that enhances some recent episodes of the show.
April 25, 2017
Feral Children (Skeptoid #567) - Those stories about children raised by animals probably aren't what you've been led to believe.
April 18, 2017
The Mercury Rivers of Emperor Qin Shi Huang (Skeptoid #566) - A miniature of all China's waterways in liquid mercury is said to be at the heart of the First Emperor's tomb.
April 11, 2017
The Shag Harbour UFO (Skeptoid #565) - Comparing the actual evidence to the Canadian claim of best evidence for alien visitation.
April 4, 2017
Into Thin Error (Skeptoid #564) - Skeptoid issues another round of corrections to past episodes.
March 28, 2017
Grounding the Ghost of Flight 401 (Skeptoid #563) - The unexpected facts behind this famous ghost story from the 1970s.
March 21, 2017
Rhino Horn: Cure or Curse? (Skeptoid #562) - Rhinos are still being killed for their horns, but probably not for the reasons you thought.
March 14, 2017
Beethoven's Hair (Skeptoid #561) - Popular stories claim Beethoven died of lead poisoning, but the science so far doesn't hold up.
March 7, 2017
Remembering the Mandela Effect (Skeptoid #560) - Some claim that certain common false memories are evidence for alternate realities.
February 28, 2017
Hitler's Antarctic Fortress Unmasked (Skeptoid #559) - Deconstructing a wild tale about a Nazi military base deep inside Antarctica.
February 21, 2017
Listener Feedback: Electric Boogaloo (Skeptoid #558) - Skeptoid answers another round of listener feedback, keeping the show on the straight and narrow.
February 14, 2017
Who Were the Berserkers? (Skeptoid #557) - These mighty Norse warriors fought with a frenzy that seems all but inexplicable.
February 7, 2017
Exploring Kincaid's Cave (Skeptoid #556) - Some say a marvelous cave of Egyptian wonders is hidden in the Grand Canyon.
January 31, 2017
Thorium Reactors: Fact and Fiction (Skeptoid #555) - These next-generation reactors have attracted a nearly cultish following. Here are the real facts.
January 24, 2017
How Your Credit Card Got Stolen (Skeptoid #554) - Here are the most likely ways that your credit card got stolen, and how you can prevent it in the future.
January 17, 2017
How Your Password Got Stolen (Skeptoid #553) - The facts, fiction, and real risk to you of all these high-profile data breaches online.
January 10, 2017
The D. B. Cooper Mystery (Skeptoid #552) - The world's only unsolved hijacking case is filled with misinformation.
January 3, 2017
Space Missions You Should Know (Skeptoid #551) - A roundup of the most exciting and important space missions you really need to know about.
December 27, 2016
The Mad Gasser of Mattoon (Skeptoid #550) - In 1944, a strange night prowler is believed to have made poison gas attacks in Illinois. Here's what we know.
December 20, 2016
The Simple Proof of Man-Made Global Warming (Skeptoid #549) - The two most basic Smoking Guns proving that carbon from fossil fuels is warming the Earth.
December 13, 2016
Bruce Lee Myths (Skeptoid #548) - More mythology than fact surrounds this enigmatic figure from martial arts films.
December 6, 2016
The Ghost Fighter Plane of Pearl Harbor (Skeptoid #547) - Published accounts tell of a mysterious fighter plane that came into Pearl Harbor a year after the Japanese attack.
November 29, 2016
There's No Such Thing as Race... Or Is There? (Skeptoid #546) - Genetically, race does not exist; but there are still inconvenient places for it in science.
November 22, 2016
First in Flight (Skeptoid #545) - You always thought the Wright Brothers were the first to fly a plane? Well, it depends what country you're from.
November 15, 2016
Feedback and Followups (Skeptoid #544) - Some nifty extra information for a few recent episodes supplied by listeners in the know.
November 8, 2016
White Hat Journal Hoaxes (Skeptoid #543) - Sometimes the best way to scrutinize an open access journal is to hoax them.
November 1, 2016
Photographic Memory (Skeptoid #542) - Pop culture tells us that some people have photographic memories, but the truth is quite different.
October 25, 2016
Defusing India's Ancient Atomic Blasts (Skeptoid #541) - The facts behind an urban legend claiming a nuclear war in India some 12,000 years ago.
October 18, 2016
Feng Shui Today (Skeptoid #540) - Feng shui is much more than just a debunked way to magically arrange furniture.
October 11, 2016
Radiation Hormesis: Is It Good for You? (Skeptoid #539) - Some say that exposure to small amounts of dangerous radiation can protect you from cancer. No, it probably doesn't.
October 4, 2016
The Belgian UFO Wave (Skeptoid #538) - For two years, some say the Belgian skies were filled with triangular alien UFOs.
September 27, 2016
Debunking the Moon Truthers, Part 3 (Skeptoid #537) - The hard, testable, scientific proof that we actually did land humans on the moon.
September 20, 2016
Debunking the Moon Truthers, Part 2 (Skeptoid #536) - The science behind many of the specific claims made by Apollo moon landing hoax conspiracy theorists.
September 13, 2016
Debunking the Moon Truthers, Part 1 (Skeptoid #535) - The history of the Apollo moon landing hoax conspiracy theory, and those who believe in it.
September 6, 2016
Earthquake Lights: Do They Exist? (Skeptoid #534) - One of those things everyone seems to believe in, but for which there's almost no evidence.
August 30, 2016
Don't Try It Before You Knock It (Skeptoid #533) - Try it before you knock it… unless you want to know if it really works.
August 23, 2016
Who Killed the Red Baron? (Skeptoid #532) - A look at which of the six competing claims for who killed the Red Baron was probably true.
August 16, 2016
The Banjawarn Bang (Skeptoid #531) - Evidence suggests a doomsday cult may have successfully tested a nuclear bomb in Australia in 1993.
August 9, 2016
No, You Shouldn't Question Everything (Skeptoid #530) - Pop wisdom continually reminds us to Question Everything -- an idea which is rarely either practical or useful.
August 2, 2016
Wrongy McWrongface (Skeptoid #529) - Skeptoid corrects another batch of errors from previous episodes.
July 26, 2016
The Secret History of Majestic 12 (Skeptoid #528) - These purported UFO documents changed the course of the culture of UFO belief.
July 19, 2016
Conjuring Up the Warrens (Skeptoid #527) - The Conjuring 2 tells a story that is fictional in a way you might not have guessed.
July 12, 2016
Sky Trumpets (Skeptoid #526) - From all over the world come reports of strange trumpet-like blasts from the sky.
July 5, 2016
Autopsy: The Clinton Body Count (Skeptoid #525) - The surprising origins of the claim that the Clintons kill any who get in their way.
June 28, 2016
Colony Collapse Disorder: Science and Pseudoscience (Skeptoid #524) - Everyone loves to point the finger at the cause of Colony Collapse Disorder; here's what we actually know.
June 21, 2016
How Do Homing Pigeons Navigate? (Skeptoid #523) - The latest and greatest research reveals that we still have no clue how birds accomplish this amazing feat.
June 14, 2016
Dark Watchers (Skeptoid #522) - The true origins of the Dark Watchers, said to go all the way back to Chumash Indian stories.
June 7, 2016
The New Flat Earthers (Skeptoid #521) - The reinvented Flat Earth fad is less about geophysics and more about conspiracy mongering.
May 31, 2016
Solving the Haunted Hoia-Baciu Forest (Skeptoid #520) - It is said to be the world's most haunted forest. Here's what we actually find there.
May 24, 2016
Alien Implants (Skeptoid #519) - Some of those who believe they've been abducted by aliens also think they were left with a souvenir.
May 17, 2016
Listener Feedback: Denial and Aliens (Skeptoid #518) - Skeptoid answers some feedback sent in by listeners.
May 10, 2016
Antibiotics and Hormones in Beef (Skeptoid #517) - One of pop food woo's favorite claims is that drugs given to beef cattle pose a danger to humans.
May 3, 2016
Demythologizing the Shaolin Monks (Skeptoid #516) - Just about everything you think you know about the Shaolin Monks was made up for tourists.
April 26, 2016
All About Absinthe (Skeptoid #515) - This mysterious alcoholic drink is the subject of more urban legends than any other liquor.
April 19, 2016
Your Thoughts on Making Skepticism Commercial (Skeptoid #514) - A proposal for how we can make skeptical programming more attractive to a larger audience.
April 12, 2016
Why Musical Aliens Probably Use the Same Scale We Do (Skeptoid #513) - Reliance on universal mathematical principles may mean alien music is similar to our own.
April 5, 2016
Decrypting Mother Teresa (Skeptoid #512) - It's popular to criticize Mother Teresa, but that criticism might be better directed at the real culprit.
March 29, 2016
Firestorm in Waco (Skeptoid #511) - The FBI did not deliberately murder the Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas.
March 22, 2016
Student Questions: Multiple Intelligences and the Gender Pay Gap (Skeptoid #510) - Skeptoid answers another round of questions sent in by students all around the world.
March 15, 2016
Ninjas Unmasked (Skeptoid #509) - These superheroes of martial arts lore may not be exactly what you thought they were.
March 8, 2016
Demythologizing the Knights Templar (Skeptoid #508) - More pseudohistory than fact surrounds this ancient order's depictions in pop culture.
March 1, 2016
No, Hitler Did Not Escape (Skeptoid #507) - There is no truth to the popular myth that Hitler escaped Berlin and went to Argentina.
February 23, 2016
Bad Skepticism: Why You Should Challenge Popular Assumptions (Skeptoid #506) - From swamp gas and waterspouts to alternative medicine, the harm of not challenging popular assumptions.
February 16, 2016
You've Got to Be Wrong to Be Right (Skeptoid #505) - Skeptoid corrects another round of errors from past episodes.
February 9, 2016
Growing Skeptical of Hair Restoration (Skeptoid #504) - As long as people lose their hair, the market will remain flooded with sham remedies.
February 2, 2016
Bad Science on PBS (Skeptoid #503) - The reasons why PBS is so quick to promote pseudoscience informercials during pledge drives.
January 26, 2016
Listener Feedback: Killing the Comments (Skeptoid #502) - Your comments on our decision to remove the comments from Skeptoid episode transcript pages.
January 19, 2016
Schrodinger's Cat and the Bomb Detector (Skeptoid #501) - Whatever you think you know about Schrödinger's famous cat is probably wrong.
January 12, 2016
A Little Curiosity (Skeptoid #500) - If you haven't yet found your curiosity in the first 500 episodes of Skeptoid, find it here.
January 5, 2016
The Hope Diamond: A Curse Deconstructed (Skeptoid #499) - Find out how the obviously false story of a curse came to be associated with this famous diamond.
December 29, 2015
Did the 1914 Christmas Truce Really Happen? (Skeptoid #498) - Popular stories tell of WWI soldiers laying aside their rifles on Christmas 1914. The facts are not quite so simple.
December 22, 2015
A Skeptical Look at the Rorschach Test (Skeptoid #497) - The famous Rorschach inkblot test is not a window into the subconscious, and doesn't tell us anything useful.
December 15, 2015
The Russian Sleep Experiment (Skeptoid #496) - Russian test subjects are said to have done unspeakably horrible things when sleep deprived.
December 8, 2015
Updated: Top 10 Worst Anti-Science Web Sites (Skeptoid #495) - The worst offending sites on the Internet for promoting bad misinformation.
December 1, 2015
Black Mold: Peril or Prosaic? (Skeptoid #494) - Black mold is commonly believed to harbor many deadly diseases; but in fact removing it is often worse than leaving it.
November 24, 2015
How Real Is the Stockholm Syndrome? (Skeptoid #493) - While the Stockholm syndrome sounds like a mere media buzzword, it does actually sometimes happen.
November 17, 2015
Pouring Cold Water on Cryotherapy (Skeptoid #492) - Questioning whether this new spa treatment provides all the medical benefits it claims.
November 10, 2015
420: The Cannabis Code (Skeptoid #491) - Myths and competing claims fog the origin of the term 420, a slang code for marijuana.
November 3, 2015
Deconstructing the Tasaday Tribe (Skeptoid #490) - Some say this tribe of "gentle savages", discovered in 1971, was just a hoax. The truth isn't quite so simple.
October 27, 2015
The Science of X-Ray Specs and Sea Monkeys (Skeptoid #489) - These products advertised in the back of comic books promised improbable feats of science.
October 20, 2015
Who Was Charles Fort? (Skeptoid #488) - This enigmatic author of the strange continues to confound.
October 13, 2015
About That 1970s Global Cooling... (Skeptoid #487) - No, climatologists in the 1970s did not believe we're headed into another ice age.
October 6, 2015
The Flying Saucer Menace (Skeptoid #486) - The true, interwoven history of flying saucers in American folklore.
September 29, 2015
Holocaust Denial (Skeptoid #485) - Why some people think the Holocaust never happened, and what to do about it.
September 22, 2015
More Unsung Women of Science (Skeptoid #484) - Some women you haven't heard of who made significant contributions to science.
September 15, 2015
Unsung Women of Science (Skeptoid #483) - These important scientists are virtually unknown. Let's see if we can fix that.
September 8, 2015
Franklin's Cannibals (Skeptoid #482) - The fate of Sir John Franklin's Lost Expedition gives a valuable lesson in types of evidence.
September 1, 2015
Captain Kidd's Treasure (Skeptoid #481) - Think you're going to find Captain Kidd's buried treasure on the US east coast? Think again.
August 25, 2015
The Nazi of Nanking (Skeptoid #480) - This most unlikely of guardian angels saved hundreds of thousands of Chinese lives.
August 18, 2015
Chemicals (Skeptoid #479) - Chemicals are deadly, delicious, essential and basically, everything.
August 11, 2015
Listener Feedback: Natural History (Skeptoid #478) - Today we're going to answer questions sent in by listeners pertaining to episodes having to do with our natural world.
August 4, 2015
Wag the Dogman (Skeptoid #477) - They say that a half-canine cryptid stalks the woods of Northern Michigan. Are they right?
July 28, 2015
The Chess-Playing Mechanical Turk (Skeptoid #476) - An overview of the amazing chess playing robot of the 1700s.
July 21, 2015
Listener Feedback: History vs. Pseudohistory (Skeptoid #475) - Brian responds to listener feedback about past history episodes.
July 14, 2015
Solfeggio Frequencies (Skeptoid #474) - Certain specific sonic frequencies are not the key to love, intuition, or spiritual order.
July 7, 2015
The Loveland Frog (Skeptoid #473) - A series of sightings of a frog-like humanoid in the suburb of Loveland, Ohio prompts an enduring folkloric legend.
June 30, 2015
Lysenko and Lesser Science Grifters (Skeptoid #472) - Trofim Lysenko mixed pseudoscience and ideology to set back Soviet biology.
June 23, 2015
Male Circumcision (Skeptoid #471) - Infant male circumcision remains common in the United States. Today we look at the reasons and the implications.
June 16, 2015
Marijuana (Skeptoid #470) - In the last 50 years, marijuana has gone from menace to medicine. Which is it?
June 9, 2015
Jade Helm 15 (Skeptoid #469) - Conspiracy theory that a military training exercise is going to lead to martial law.
June 2, 2015
Listener Feedback: Fads (Skeptoid #468) - Brian responds to some listener feedback concerning the topic of fads.
May 26, 2015
Baby Myths (Skeptoid #467) - A look at some common myths about babies and children.
May 19, 2015
5 Answers for Creationists (Skeptoid #466) - Creationists have presented 5 questions they don't think 'evolutionists' can answer. Here are some answers.
May 12, 2015
Agenda 21 (Skeptoid #465) - A look at the conspiratorial hysteria and sensationalism surrounding the United Nations' Agenda 21.
May 5, 2015
The Lake Michigan Triangle (Skeptoid #464) - There is a region in the Great Lakes where, some say, ships and planes mysteriously disappear. Not so much.
April 28, 2015
Transgender: Fact or Fiction? (Skeptoid #463) - The Internet believes a lot of things about transgender people, but much of it isn't true.
April 21, 2015
Satanic Ritual Abuse (Skeptoid #462) - The history of claims that secret Satanic cults are abusing children.
April 14, 2015
Cryptids That Turned Out To Be Real (Skeptoid #461) - Sometimes speculative animals do turn out to be real, but that still doesn't validate cryptozoology as a science.
April 7, 2015
Plastic Bags (Skeptoid #460) - Deciding whether you want "paper or plastic" at the supermarket turns out to be a remarkably complex choice.
March 31, 2015
Listener Feedback: The Environment (Skeptoid #459) - Brian responds to listener feedback on past episodes about environmental topics.
March 24, 2015
Science Fails (Skeptoid #458) - Science has let you down time after time, and that's one reason why it gets better and better.
March 17, 2015
Forgetting the Alamo (Skeptoid #457) - The myths and facts behind the events that made the Alamo famous reveal it may not be worth remembering much.
March 10, 2015
Cattle Mutilation (Skeptoid #456) - Cow mutilation may have a simpler explanation than alien experimentation.
March 3, 2015
Ghost Photography (Skeptoid #455) - The history of ghost photography and its many problems as evidence.
February 24, 2015
GMO Facts and Fiction (Skeptoid #454) - See if you know how many of these GMO "facts" are right.
February 17, 2015
Cooking Myths (Skeptoid #453) - As the busiest part of the house, the kitchen has collected more folklore than any other room in it.
February 10, 2015
The Stone Spheres of Costa Rica (Skeptoid #452) - In Costa Rica, mysterious stone spheres left behind by the country's previous inhabitants seem to defy explanation.
February 3, 2015
Ideomotor Response (Skeptoid #451) - The Ideomotor Response underlies a number of occult phenomena and alt-med practices.
January 27, 2015
Robert Ripley: Believe Him... or Not? (Skeptoid #450) - We examine Believe it or Not! and determine if we can believe this stuff.
January 20, 2015
Ancient Astronauts (Skeptoid #449) - Did aliens visit the ancient Earth and inspire human cultures? Some people claim so.
January 13, 2015
The Columbus Poltergeist (Skeptoid #448) - This poltergeist in Columbus Ohio turned out to be, like nearly all such cases, a mischievous teen.
January 6, 2015
Listener Feedback: Cryptozoology (Skeptoid #447) - We respond to questions about cryptids asked by listeners to our recent episodes.
December 30, 2014
The Fallibility of Memory (Skeptoid #446) - We are a story our brain tells itself. And our brains are habitual liars.
December 23, 2014
Megalodon Myths (Skeptoid #445) - The Discovery Channel wants you to think that a giant prehistoric shark may still swim our oceans.
December 16, 2014
Myths of Alcatraz (Skeptoid #444) - Alcatraz Island is veiled in the fog of myth.
December 9, 2014
SS Iron Mountain (Skeptoid #443) - This large riverboat is said to have vanished without a trace on the Mississippi River in 1872.
December 2, 2014
Griffins (Skeptoid #442) - Griffins, considered absurd mythological beasts today, were actually our first attempt to explain fossils.
November 25, 2014
The Skookum Cast (Skeptoid #441) - The first "full body cast" of an alleged Bigfoot left many experts with a different impression.
November 18, 2014
That Elusive Fibromyalgia (Skeptoid #440) - Some say fibromyalgia is a real disease, while others question the diagnosis.
November 11, 2014
A Skeptical Look at the News (Skeptoid #439) - How we look at the news is as important as where we get it.
November 4, 2014
The War of the Worlds Panic Broadcast (Skeptoid #438) - On October 30, 1938, Orson Welles panicked a nation with a single broadcast. Or did he?
October 28, 2014
Tube Amplifiers (Skeptoid #437) - The audiophile preference for tube amps over solid state is based more on emotion than on science.
October 21, 2014
Ionithermie (Skeptoid #436) - Ionithermie is not effective for slimming or cellulite removal -- or, for anything, really.
October 14, 2014
The St. Clair Triangle UFO (Skeptoid #435) - In 2000, Illinois police chased what has come to be known as the St. Clair Triangle UFO. We found out what it was.
October 7, 2014
The Braxton County Monster (Skeptoid #434) - A group of 7 West Virginians looked for a crashed UFO in the hills and ended up getting the fright of their lives.
September 30, 2014
The Water Woo of Masaru Emoto (Skeptoid #433) - Masaru Emoto invented a New Age mythology in which water crystals reflect human consciousness.
September 23, 2014
The Death of Rasputin (Skeptoid #432) - Legend says that Grigori Rasputin, the "Mad Monk", was hard to kill; but the truth about his life is the real story.
September 16, 2014
Acupuncture (Skeptoid #431) - Acupuncture, the safe and effective ancient Chinese medical treatment, turns out to be none of those things.
September 9, 2014
Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Skeptoid #430) - The clash between the champions of scientific skepticism and supernaturalism.
September 2, 2014
The Many Voices of Frank's Box (Skeptoid #429) - Frank's ghost box is a radio designed to hear communications from ghosts. Here's how it works (or not).
August 26, 2014
The Haunted Dybbuk Box (Skeptoid #428) - A popular tale tells of a haunted Jewish wine box that brought ill fortune upon its owners... apparently.
August 19, 2014
The Legend of the Flying Dutchman (Skeptoid #427) - The real source of the ancient nautical legends of the Flying Dutchman ghost ship.
August 12, 2014
The Baldoon Mystery (Skeptoid #426) - The surprising truth behind Canada's most famous ghost story.
August 5, 2014
Albinism Facts and Fiction (Skeptoid #425) - Even in developed countries, myths persist about people who have albinism.
July 29, 2014
The Santa Barbara Simoom of 1859 (Skeptoid #424) - Stories of a lethally hot storm wind in Santa Barbara in 1859 persist to this day.
July 22, 2014
12 Step Programs (Skeptoid #423) - Religious-based twelve step programs are no better at stopping addiction than other programs.
July 15, 2014
Lie Detection (Skeptoid #422) - Polygraphs are no better than a roll of the dice at determining whether you're lying.
July 8, 2014
Student Questions: Internet Tracking and Plasma Cosmology (Skeptoid #421) - Skeptoid answers another round of questions sent in by students all around the world.
July 1, 2014
Hillary vs. Mallory: The First to Everest (Skeptoid #420) - From the evidence we have, it seems clear there's no way Mallory could have beaten Hillary to the summit of Everest.
June 24, 2014
Slacktivism: Raising Awareness (Skeptoid #419) - Clicking a "Like" button on a web site is not only useless, it may actually be counterproductive.
June 17, 2014
Left Brained, Right Brained, or Hare Brained? (Skeptoid #418) - Pop psychology tells us we're all either left brain or right brain dominant, a concept with no scientific support.
June 10, 2014
The Riddle of Flight 19 (Skeptoid #417) - The 1945 disappearance of five fighter planes in the Bermuda Triangle was real, but hardly how it's portrayed.
June 3, 2014
5 Conspiracy Theories that Turned Out to Be True... Maybe? (Skeptoid #416) - Skeptoid listeners are always asking for conspiracy theories that turned out to be true. Here are the best I found.
May 27, 2014
In Which I Am the Very Picture of Error Personified (Skeptoid #415) - Skeptoid corrects another round of mistakes made in previous episodes.
May 20, 2014
Killing Princess Diana (Skeptoid #414) - Some say the death of Princess Diana in 1997 was actually a murder plotted by her government.
May 13, 2014
3-7-77: The Montana Vigilance Code (Skeptoid #413) - This mysterious code representing vigilante justice has a history steeped in mystery.
May 6, 2014
Animal Predictors: Psychic, Sensitive, or Silly? (Skeptoid #412) - Despite many examples being promoted in the press, animals do not have psychic powers.
April 29, 2014
Your Body's Alleged Energy Fields (Skeptoid #411) - There is no such thing as your body's energy field.
April 22, 2014
The Black Eyed Kids (Skeptoid #410) - An urban legend says that children with completely black eyes go around trying to be allowed inside.
April 15, 2014
Oil Pulling (Skeptoid #409) - This New Age alternative health fad is not, in fact, based on ayurveda.
April 8, 2014
15 Phreaky Phobias (Skeptoid #408) - Phobias are irrational, yet the brain surprisingly has a good reason for creating them.
April 1, 2014
The Death of Mad King Ludwig (Skeptoid #407) - What we do and do not know about the mysterious death of Bavaria's Mad King who built castles like Neuschwanstein.
March 25, 2014
The Disappearance of Glenn Miller (Skeptoid #406) - This popular bandleader disappeared over the English Channel during World War II, and here's what happened.
March 18, 2014
Aromatherapy: Sniffing Essential Oils (Skeptoid #405) - If you're expecting the pleasant aroma of certain flowers and herbs to be a medical treatment, you may be disappointed.
March 11, 2014
The Boggy Creek Monster (Skeptoid #404) - The Boggy Creek Monster captured our imaginations, but its true story is even more fascinating.
March 4, 2014
Out of Place Artifacts (Skeptoid #403) - Some objects found around the world seem to defy rational explanation.
February 25, 2014
Listener Feedback: Ancient Mysteries (Skeptoid #402) - I respond to questions and feedback sent in by listeners around the world.
February 18, 2014
Hemp, Hearst, and Prohibition (Skeptoid #401) - A popular urban legend claims that William Randolph Hearst conspired to make cannabis illegal in the United States.
February 11, 2014
It's Just Science (Skeptoid #400) - Some pseudoscience promoters attack the messenger rather than the evidence.
February 4, 2014
The Moving Coffins of Barbados (Skeptoid #399) - An old tale tells of coffins that jumbled themselves up in a crypt in Barbados.
January 28, 2014
Solving the Lead Masks of Vintem Hill (Skeptoid #398) - Two dead bodies were found in Brazil in 1966 with mysterious masks made of lead.
January 21, 2014
Fukushima vs Chernobyl vs Three Mile Island (Skeptoid #397) - Years after the disaster, some claim that Fukushima radiation is still going to cause widespread death.
January 14, 2014
The Biggest, the Oldest, and the Baddest (Skeptoid #396) - A tour of the Earth's biggest, oldest, and most lethal living creatures.
January 7, 2014
Student Questions: Food Woo, Food Woo, and More Food Woo (Skeptoid #395) - Skeptoid answers questions sent in by students, all of them this week pertaining to popular food pseudoscience.
December 31, 2013
Finding Butch and Sundance (Skeptoid #394) - Stories that outlaws Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid might have made it back from South America don't hold up.
December 24, 2013
The Hair of Samson (Skeptoid #393) - Hold onto your hats: Growing your hair long will not confer super strength or vitality upon you.
December 17, 2013
Listener Feedback: Consumer Ripoffs (Skeptoid #392) - Skeptoid responds to comments sent in by listeners who don't accept that they've been ripped off.
December 10, 2013
8 Secret Bases: Real or Fictional? (Skeptoid #391) - Guess which of these secret military bases around the world are real.
December 3, 2013
The Red Haired Giants of Lovelock Cave (Skeptoid #390) - Some say that an early Native American tribe were giant cannibals.
November 26, 2013
The JFK Assassination (Skeptoid #389) - After so many decades, the number of incompatible conspiracy theories about the death of JFK continues to grow.
November 19, 2013
6 Problems with Wind Turbine Syndrome (Skeptoid #388) - Despite activist claims, wind turbines are not making anybody sick.
November 12, 2013
Who Discovered the New World? (Skeptoid #387) - Of all the many claims of Europeans being first to the New World, only one is true.
November 5, 2013
Tracking the Tasmanian Tiger (Skeptoid #386) - Some say this extinct Tasmanian marsupial may still roam the forests. The evidence is against them.
October 29, 2013
The Disappearance of Frederick Valentich (Skeptoid #385) - A young pilot who disappeared in 1978 might have been having a little fun, Spielberg style.
October 22, 2013
Asking the Socratic Questions (Skeptoid #384) - A line of reasoning named for Socrates helps us help believers in the strange re-examine their beliefs.
October 15, 2013
5 False Arguments for Raw Milk (Skeptoid #383) - Some people who enjoy raw milk also make up false claims that regular milk is more dangerous.
October 8, 2013
Into the Maelstrom (or Not) (Skeptoid #382) - A look into the plausibility and historicity of the ferocious maelstrom of legend.
October 1, 2013
An Enthusiast's Primer on Study Types (Skeptoid #381) - A quick look at many of the most common scientific study types.
September 24, 2013
The Riddle of the L-8 Blimp (Skeptoid #380) - The crew of a blimp mysteriously vanished in 1942, but their blimp came back OK... without them.
September 17, 2013
I Think, Therefore I Err (Skeptoid #379) - Skeptoid corrects a bunch of errors made in previous episodes.
September 10, 2013
Legendary Places: Real or Fictional? (Skeptoid #378) - We look at twelve legendary places that you've heard of, but may not know whether they're real or not.
September 3, 2013
Student Questions: Hangovers, Manuka Honey, and Probiotics (Skeptoid #377) - Skeptoid answers another round of questions sent in by students all around the world.
August 27, 2013
Salt Therapies (Skeptoid #376) - A new trend in spas is to let people relax in salt caves, and it's based on solid pseudoscience.
August 20, 2013
The Patterson-Gimlin Bigfoot Film (Skeptoid #375) - The true history behind the iconic Bigfoot film that launched the legend.
August 13, 2013
Listener Feedback: Alternative Medicine (Skeptoid #374) - Skeptoid answers a raft of listener emails pertaining to alternative medicine.
August 6, 2013
The Secrets of MKULTRA (Skeptoid #373) - The urban legend that the CIA conducted unethical mind control experiments has a grain of truth.
July 30, 2013
Prove Your Supernatural Power and Get Rich (Skeptoid #372) - If you can demonstrate a power unknown to science, there are people looking to write you a check.
July 23, 2013
The Vanishing Village of Angikuni Lake (Skeptoid #371) - The legend of the disappearing Inuit village of Angikuni Lake turns out to be simple pulp fiction.
July 16, 2013
The Science of Muzak (Skeptoid #370) - Background music really can influence our buying decisions in a shopping environment.
July 9, 2013
Student Questions: Magic Wristbands, Laser Danger, and ManBearPig (Skeptoid #369) - Skeptoid answers another round of questions sent in by students all around the world.
July 2, 2013
Legislating Pseudoscience (Skeptoid #368) - Lawmakers are often pressured by ideologues to pass laws based on bad science.
June 25, 2013
Who Is the Grinning Man? (Skeptoid #367) - A mysterious "grinning man" is said to appear and terrorize UFO witnesses.
June 18, 2013
The Sedona Energy Vortex (Skeptoid #366) - Vortexes of spiritual energy are claimed to exist in Sedona, but science suggests we remain skeptical.
June 11, 2013
The Black Knight Satellite (Skeptoid #365) - An object claimed to be 13,000-year-old alien satellite orbiting the Earth is just a piece of an old space shuttle.
June 4, 2013
Listener Feedback: Conspiracies (Skeptoid #364) - Skeptoid answers questions sent in by listeners pertaining to conspiracy theories.
May 28, 2013
All About Graphology (Skeptoid #363) - In fact, handwriting analysis tells us nothing useful about the personality and aptitudes of the writer.
May 21, 2013
Polybius: Video Game of Death (Skeptoid #362) - The infamous arcade game Polybius, said to drive players to suicide or madness, was never more than an urban legend.
May 14, 2013
The 16 Personalities of Sybil (Skeptoid #361) - The book and movie "Sybil" told the story of a woman purported to have Multiple Personality Syndrome.
May 7, 2013
Lincoln Kennedy Myths (Skeptoid #360) - An old story claims a long list of astonishing similarities between the assassinations of Lincoln and Kennedy.
April 30, 2013
Cupping for the Cure (Skeptoid #359) - Some believe that bruise-causing suction on the skin provides a variety of health benefits.
April 23, 2013
Listener Feedback: Aliens and UFOs (Skeptoid #358) - Skeptoid digs into the feedback mailbag and answers questions about aliens and UFOs.
April 16, 2013
The Aquatic Ape Theory (Skeptoid #357) - There is a popular fringe theory about human evolution that claims we went through an aquatic phase.
April 9, 2013
John Titor, Time Traveler (Skeptoid #356) - An Internet legend claims that a man named John Titor is a visitor from the year 2036.
April 2, 2013
The Airplane That Wasn't There (Skeptoid #355) - A B-25 bomber ditched in a Pennsylvania river in broad daylight 1956 and, seemingly impossibly, was never found.
March 26, 2013
The Pentagon and the Missile (Skeptoid #354) - Some say that it wasn't an airliner that struck the Pentagon on 9/11, but a missile.
March 19, 2013
Pope Joan (Skeptoid #353) - This apocryphal Middle Ages pope said to be a woman in disguise probably never existed.
March 12, 2013
Facts and Fiction of the Schumann Resonance (Skeptoid #352) - The Schumann Resonance, 7.83Hz, is one natural radio band in our atmosphere, but holds no mystical powers.
March 5, 2013
Men in Black (Skeptoid #351) - A look at the mysterious government agents said to intimidate those who witness flying saucers.
February 26, 2013
Trinity: Interview with Dr. Oz, Alex Jones, and Deepak Chopra (Skeptoid #350) - Skeptoid interviews three of the most popular and controversial figures in modern pseudoscience.
February 19, 2013
Top 10 Best Pro-Science Celebrities (Skeptoid #349) - A list of ten Hollywood celebrities who have leveraged their fame into the promotion of science.
February 12, 2013
Ganzfeld Experiments (Skeptoid #348) - The true history of the experiment that is said to present the strongest evidence yet for telepathic abilities.
February 5, 2013
The Lost Dutchman Gold Mine (Skeptoid #347) - This most famous of all fabled "lost mines" has a history that fails to stand up to skeptical scrutiny.
January 29, 2013
Listener Feedback: Me and My Terrible Arguments (Skeptoid #346) - Skeptoid responds to another round of listener feedback.
January 22, 2013
The Cult of Nikola Tesla (Skeptoid #345) - The name of Nikola Tesla is associated with crazy conspiracy claims that have nothing to do with his real work.
January 15, 2013
Olgoi-Khorkhoi: The Mongolian Death Worm (Skeptoid #344) - Mongolian tradition holds that a strange and deadly worm lives beneath the sands of the Gobi desert.
January 8, 2013
The Hollow Earth Theory (Skeptoid #343) - Throughout history there have been a number of different beliefs that the Earth might be hollow.
January 1, 2013
Was the Wow! Signal Alien? (Skeptoid #342) - A signal received by a radio telescope in 1977 may be the best evidence yet for extraterrestrial intelligence.
December 25, 2012
Free Energy Machines (Skeptoid #341) - Someone somewhere is always claiming to have cracked the secret of free energy forever, no fuel needed.
December 18, 2012
Listener Feedback: A Cacophony of Conspiracies (Skeptoid #340) - How you can convince your friends that their conspiracy theories are nonsensical.
December 11, 2012
Setting the Bloop Straight (Skeptoid #339) - The solution to the Bloop mystery sound is finally revealed, and Skeptoid corrects some errors from other episodes.
December 4, 2012
The Flat Earth Theory (Skeptoid #338) - The Flat Earth Theory has its origins not in alt-science but in Christian Fundamentalism.
November 27, 2012
The Bermuda Triangle and the Devil's Sea (Skeptoid #337) - Contrary to popular belief, no unusual number of disappearances has ever happened inside these two ocean regions.
November 20, 2012
How to Tell a Good Website from a Crap Website (Skeptoid #336) - How to tell whether a science article on the web is reliable or not.
November 13, 2012
Cleansing Diets: Why or Why Not? (Skeptoid #335) - Cleansing diets are trendier than ever. They are also a complete waste of your money.
November 6, 2012
The Betz Mystery Sphere (Skeptoid #334) - This mysterious silver ball seemed to have all kinds of strange properties. We finally found out what it was.
October 30, 2012
Student Questions: Dancing Plague and the Cinnamon Challenge (Skeptoid #333) - Skeptoid answers another round of student questions sent in from all around the world.
October 23, 2012
The Phantom Time Hypothesis (Skeptoid #332) - A number of theories claim that several centuries never actually happened, and were faked by the Church.
October 16, 2012
The Kelly-Hopkinsville Encounter (Skeptoid #331) - A rural family spent half a night battling what they thought were space aliens.
October 9, 2012
Hypnotism: Hijacking Your Brain? (Skeptoid #330) - The facts and the fiction of one of the most intriguing psychological phenomena.
October 2, 2012
Is She Real, or Is She Fictional? (Skeptoid #329) - See if you can tell which of these famous women from history are real, and which are fictional.
September 25, 2012
Secrets of the Stradivarius (Skeptoid #328) - The secret of history's greatest stringed instrument, the Stradivarius violin, is that there is no secret.
September 18, 2012
Raiding the Ark of the Covenant (Skeptoid #327) - The true history of the most famous holy relic from Biblical times.
September 11, 2012
The Mystery of the Vitrified Forts (Skeptoid #326) - Some 60 ancient stone forts in Scotland have vitrified walls, with the stone melted into glass. Here's what we know.
September 4, 2012
The Golden Ratio (Skeptoid #325) - For centuries, claims both scientific and pseudoscientific have been made for the golden ratio.
August 28, 2012
Listener Feedback: That Darned Science (Skeptoid #324) - Skeptoid responds to some listener emails that question the validity of the scientific method.
August 21, 2012
8 Spooky Places, and Why They're Like That (Skeptoid #323) - These strange places around the world rank among the most macabre, but have interesting explanations.
August 14, 2012
Negative Calorie Food Myths (Skeptoid #322) - Negative calorie foods, said to require more energy to digest than they provide, are a popular food fad.
August 7, 2012
Skinwalkers (Skeptoid #321) - Navajo Skinwalkers were said to be able to shapeshift into animals, but don't worry, it's just a tall tale.
July 31, 2012
The Suicide Dogs of Overtoun Bridge (Skeptoid #320) - There's a bridge in Scotland where dogs are said to deliberately commit suicide.
July 24, 2012
Student Questions: Food Woo and Iron Man at the Airport (Skeptoid #319) - Skeptoid answers another round of questions sent in by students all around the world.
July 17, 2012
The Loch Ness Monster (Skeptoid #318) - The world's most famous cryptid is said to swim in Scotland's most famous loch.
July 10, 2012
Attack of the Nanobots! (Skeptoid #317) - A look at the belief that nanotechnology may result in an army of self-replicating machines that consume society.
July 3, 2012
Al-Ghazali and Arab-Islamic Science (Skeptoid #316) - Some say that Persian theologian al-Ghazali was solely responsible for the end of the Golden Age of science.
June 26, 2012
The Tehran 1976 UFO (Skeptoid #315) - Declassified military documents show that Iranian fighter planes engaged a UFO in 1976. Here's what's actually known.
June 19, 2012
Botches and Bungles (Skeptoid #314) - Skeptoid goes back and corrects some errors from previous episodes.
June 12, 2012
Area 51 Facts and Fiction (Skeptoid #313) - Now that Area 51 has been declassified, we finally have proof that what they did had nothing to do with aliens.
June 5, 2012
Student Questions: Marauding Mammoths and Queen Elizabeth the Man (Skeptoid #312) - Skeptoid answers another round of questions sent in by students all around the world.
May 29, 2012
Deconstructing the Rothschild Conspiracy (Skeptoid #311) - Some believe that world governments and economies are secretly controlled by the Rothschild banking family.
May 22, 2012
Left Handed Myths and Facts (Skeptoid #310) - Many popular anecdotes tell how and why some people are left-handed, but the true facts are even more interesting.
May 15, 2012
The Science and Politics of Global Warming (Skeptoid #309) - How global warming became the poster boy for failed science communication.
May 8, 2012
Picnic at Hanging Rock (Skeptoid #308) - Although the book and movie convinced many that this story actually happened, it is purely a fictional invention.
May 1, 2012
The Siberian Hell Sounds (Skeptoid #307) - Russian scientists are said to have drilled a borehole that broke into hell and released the screams of the damned.
April 24, 2012
Listener Feedback XX (Skeptoid #306) - Skeptoid dips into the feedback mailbag to respond to comments from listeners.
April 17, 2012
I Can't Believe They Did That: Human Guinea Pigs (Skeptoid #305) - A look at some of history's most famous scientists who experimented upon themselves.
April 10, 2012
Catching Jack the Ripper (Skeptoid #304) - A look at what is and isn't known about history's most infamous serial killer.
April 3, 2012
Are Vinyl Recordings Better than Digital? (Skeptoid #303) - Many audio aficionados split into two camps, those supporting modern digital audio, and those supporting vinyl records.
March 27, 2012
De Loys' Ape (Skeptoid #302) - A geologist claimed to have discovered a new species of great ape in Venezuela in the early 20th century.
March 20, 2012
The Beale Ciphers (Skeptoid #301) - Treasure hunters comb Virginia searching for a legendary hoard of gold and silver.
March 13, 2012
The Secret of the Gypsy Queen (Skeptoid #300) - A little girl saves her kingdom when she is the only one who does not fall for the pop pseudoscience of the day.
March 6, 2012
Star Jelly (Skeptoid #299) - Jellylike blobs have been reported to fall from the sky during meteor showers. Aliens? No, science.
February 28, 2012
Student Questions: Free Energy and Faster-than-Light Neutrinos (Skeptoid #298) - Skeptoid answers another round of questions sent in by students all over the world.
February 21, 2012
A Magical Journey through the Land of Reasoning Errors (Skeptoid #297) - Four common types of analytical errors in reasoning that we all need to beware of.
February 14, 2012
The Versailles Time Slip (Skeptoid #296) - We can be sure that two women visiting Versaille in 1901 did not time-travel back to the days of Marie Antoinette.
February 7, 2012
Finding Amelia Earhart (Skeptoid #295) - The disappearance of Amelia Earhart is one of the worst examples of television promoting pseudohistory.
January 31, 2012
Frequent Listener Feedback (Skeptoid #294) - Skeptoid answers some listener emails that present common flaws in scientific thinking.
January 24, 2012
Wunderwaffen: Nazi Wonder Weapons (Skeptoid #293) - The true history behind the claimed Nazi "wonder weapons" like anti-gravity flying saucers.
January 17, 2012
The Grey Man of Ben MacDhui (Skeptoid #292) - A thin, dark phantom three times the height of a man is said to stalk this peak in the Cairngorms.
January 10, 2012
The Toxic Lady (Skeptoid #291) - The story goes that in 1994, fumes from a woman's body knocked out most of an emergency room staff.
January 3, 2012
Approaching a Subject Skeptically (Skeptoid #290) - My process for examining a new topic, to learn whether it's fact or fiction.
December 27, 2011
The Mystery of the Mary Celeste (Skeptoid #289) - The facts, as we know them, about what really happened to maritime lore's most famous missing crew.
December 20, 2011
Pit Bull Attack! (Skeptoid #288) - Pit bulls have a reputation for being the most dangerous dog breed. Turns out the facts just don't support that.
December 13, 2011
Korean Fan Death (Skeptoid #287) - An urban legend in Korea states that running an electric fan at night can kill you.
December 6, 2011
Listener Feedback: Dorothy and Her Straw Man (Skeptoid #286) - Skeptoid responds to some feedback emails notable for their dependence on straw man arguments.
November 29, 2011
Slips and Goofs (Skeptoid #285) - Skeptoid corrects another round of errors found in previous episodes.
November 22, 2011
The Fate of Fletcher Christian (Skeptoid #284) - No good evidence supports the claims that the leader of the Bounty mutineers made it safely back to England.
November 15, 2011
Top 10 Worst Anti-Science Websites (Skeptoid #283) - My list of the worst offenders on the web in the promotion of scientific and factual misinformation.
November 8, 2011
The Jersey Devil (Skeptoid #282) - Said to have been haunting New Jersey for nearly 300 years, this alleged creature has its actual origins in politics.
November 1, 2011
The Science of Voting (Skeptoid #281) - Most election methods are fundamentally broken, but can be fixed with any of a number of tweaks.
October 25, 2011
Finding Shakespeare (Skeptoid #280) - The claim that someone else wrote Shakespeare's works is popular, but virtually indefensible.
October 18, 2011
Noah's Ark: Sea Trials (Skeptoid #279) - Why it's impossible for a wooden vessel the size of Noah's Ark to be seaworthy.
October 11, 2011
Brainwashing and Deprogramming (Skeptoid #278) - Both brainwashing and its opposite, deprogramming, are equally mythological.
October 4, 2011
Student Questions: A Few Good Myths (Skeptoid #277) - Skeptoid answers another round of questions sent in by students all around the world.
September 27, 2011
The Monster of Glamis (Skeptoid #276) - The story of a living beast in Scotland's Glamis Castle may have a nugget of truth.
September 20, 2011
All About Fracking (Skeptoid #275) - There are lots of reasons to move away from fossil fuels, but the supposed hazards of fracking just aren't among them.
September 13, 2011
Listener Feedback Revolutions (Skeptoid #274) - Another batch of listener emails answered and dissected. And served.
September 6, 2011
Wi-Fi, Smart Meters, and Other Radio Bogeymen (Skeptoid #273) - Demonizing radio transmitters as carcinogenic is popular, but is not supported by any reasonable science.
August 30, 2011
Are We Alone? (Skeptoid #272) - We are not alone in the galaxy. Here's why that doesn't mean we've been visited by anyone.
August 23, 2011
The Zionist Conspiracy (Skeptoid #271) - There is no plausible reason to think a conspiracy of Jews plans to take over the world's banks and governments.
August 16, 2011
The Hessdalen Lights (Skeptoid #270) - Some seek a natural or alien explanation for these aerial lights in Norway. Turns out the true cause is much simpler.
August 9, 2011
The Abominable Snowman (Skeptoid #269) - Science shows that the Yeti of the Himalayas is almost certainly not a real creature.
August 2, 2011
Student Questions: Energy Shots and Sunscreen (Skeptoid #268) - Skeptoid answers another round of questions sent in by students.
July 26, 2011
Zeno's Paradoxes (Skeptoid #267) - Greek philosopher Zeno apparently proved that movement was impossible with a few simple paradoxes.
July 19, 2011
Feedback through a Fine Toothed Comb (Skeptoid #266) - Prepare to have your mind blown by these listener emails from conspiracy theorists.
July 12, 2011
Curing Gays (Skeptoid #265) - Therapies intended to help gays become straight don't work.
July 5, 2011
Conspiracy Theorists Aren't Crazy (Skeptoid #264) - We usually dismiss conspiracy theorists as crazy people; but that doesn't tell the whole story.
June 28, 2011
Anastasia (Skeptoid #263) - The Grand Duchess Anastasia did not survive her family's 1918 execution, and did not go on to live in the US.
June 21, 2011
The Haitian Zombies (Skeptoid #262) - A look at the possibility that legends of Haitian zombies may have a grain of truth.
June 14, 2011
Near Death Experiences (Skeptoid #261) - A comparison of the effects of hypoxia to the reports of a brush with the afterlife.
June 7, 2011
Military Dolphins: James Bonds of the Sea (Skeptoid #260) - The facts behind the stories of military dolphins trained to attack divers and plant mines on ships.
May 31, 2011
Mao's Barefoot Doctors: The Secret History of Chinese Medicine (Skeptoid #259) - Westerners' belief that Chinese have long relied on alternative medicine is due in part to clever book publishers.
May 24, 2011
Spontaneous Human Combustion (Skeptoid #258) - People can catch on fire… and there doesn't seem to be anything too mysterious about any given case.
May 17, 2011
The Secret of Plum Island (Skeptoid #257) - This secret government lab was said to create genetic mutants. Here's what they actually did.
May 10, 2011
Student Questions: Supermoons and an Apple a Day (Skeptoid #256) - Skeptoid answers another round of questions sent in by students from around the world.
May 3, 2011
Superhuman Strength during a Crisis (Skeptoid #255) - Popular stories tell of mothers lifting cars off their children. The science behind it is less than compelling.
April 26, 2011
Finding the POW/MIAs (Skeptoid #254) - American POW/MIAs are probably not still being held captive inside Vietnam.
April 19, 2011
The Port Arthur Massacre (Skeptoid #253) - The 1996 mass murder in Tasmania was not secretly a plot by the government to get firearms banned.
April 12, 2011
The Voynich Manuscript (Skeptoid #252) - The true history and meaning of history's most famous undeciphered book.
April 5, 2011
Listener Feedback: Nobody Ever Posts Twice (Skeptoid #251) - Skeptoid answers more listener feedback. Recorded live at the 250th Episode party.
March 29, 2011
The History of Knowledge (Skeptoid #250) - A trip through the centuries to see how human knowledge is reflected through music.
March 22, 2011
Student Questions: Airport X-Rays, Shampoo, and the Moon (Skeptoid #249) - Skeptoid answers another round of science questions sent in by students all around the world.
March 15, 2011
The Exorcism of Anneliese (Skeptoid #248) - Exorcisms are a brutal torture ritual with no hope of actually helping a person who believes themselves possessed.
March 8, 2011
The Miracle of Calanda (Skeptoid #247) - This famous story of God once healing an amputee falls apart under historical scrutiny.
March 1, 2011
Corrections, Errata, Blunders, and Boo-Boos (Skeptoid #246) - Skeptoid revisits another batch of episodes with errors, and rights the wrongs.
February 22, 2011
Finding the Lost Colony of Roanoke (Skeptoid #245) - Historians actually have a pretty complete picture of what happened to the "missing" Roanoke colonists.
February 15, 2011
Nuclear War and Nuclear Winter (Skeptoid #244) - Atmospheric smoke from a nuclear war would not result in devastating global cooling.
February 8, 2011
Student Questions: Orbo, EVPs, and Shakespeare (Skeptoid #243) - Skeptoid answers another round of questions sent in by students all around the world.
February 1, 2011
Scientology (Skeptoid #242) - The real facts behind the most notorious religion on Earth and its space opera backstory.
January 25, 2011
The Alien Buried in Texas (Skeptoid #241) - Some believe a space alien is buried in a rural cemetery in Aurora, Texas.
January 18, 2011
Mystery Spots (Skeptoid #240) - Various "gravitational anomalies" around the world have fascinating real science behind them.
January 11, 2011
Gluten Free Diets (Skeptoid #239) - Gluten free diets provide no benefits at all for healthy people.
January 4, 2011
More Hollywood Myths (Skeptoid #238) - Was John Wayne's cancer death caused by filming downwind of the Nevada Test Site? ...and other Hollywood rumors.
December 28, 2010
Hollywood Myths (Skeptoid #237) - Skeptoid looks into some of the classic Hollywood legends that you've always believed are true.
December 21, 2010
Whales and Sonar (Skeptoid #236) - Navy sonar is claimed to be lethal to whales, but the latest research tells a very different story.
December 14, 2010
IQ Testing (Skeptoid #235) - IQ tests are fundamentally flawed, hopelessly inconsistent, and almost completely useless.
December 7, 2010
The South Atlantic Anomaly (Skeptoid #234) - This mysterious region in the south Atlantic was not responsible for the crash of Air France flight 447.
November 30, 2010
Student Questions: Bird Gender and Bad Karma (Skeptoid #233) - Skeptoid answers questions sent in by students all around the world.
November 23, 2010
Listener Feedback Rides Again (Skeptoid #232) - A peek inside the Skeptoid inbox, ranging from the sane to the insane.
November 16, 2010
The Mystery of STENDEC (Skeptoid #231) - We still don't know the significance of this mysterious final transmission of an airliner just before its crash.
November 9, 2010
DDT: Secret Life of a Pesticide (Skeptoid #230) - DDT can be both a killer of birds and a savior against malaria. Rarely is a question as black and white as we'd like.
November 2, 2010
Speed Reading (Skeptoid #229) - Speed reading classes claim to be able to turbocharge your words per minute. Save your money; it doesn't work.
October 26, 2010
My Favorite Things (Skeptoid #228) - A few of my favorite moments looking back on 228 Skeptoid episodes.
October 19, 2010
Boost Your Immune System (or Not) (Skeptoid #227) - Although a lot of products promise to boost your immune system, there is actually no such thing.
October 12, 2010
The Brown Mountain Lights (Skeptoid #226) - A ghost light in North Carolina has people scratching their heads, but researchers solved it a century ago.
October 5, 2010
Beware the Bilderberg Group! (Skeptoid #225) - The annual meeting of the Bilderberg Group is not to plan global domination.
September 28, 2010
Alien Downpour: The Red Rain of India (Skeptoid #224) - News agencies have long promoted a 2001 red rainfall as alien, but a better explanation was already there.
September 21, 2010
The Frog in the Stone (Skeptoid #223) - Stories of living frogs being found encased in solid rock have a more interesting (and reality-based) explanation.
September 14, 2010
Toil and Trouble: The Curse of Macbeth (Skeptoid #222) - The Curse of Macbeth should make Shakespeare's play too dangerous to perform, but science tells us for sure.
September 7, 2010
The Myers-Briggs Personality Test (Skeptoid #221) - A critical look at the world's most popular psychological metric, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.
August 31, 2010
Yonaguni Monument: The Japanese Atlantis (Skeptoid #220) - A look at a massive stone structure off the coast of Japan, said to be a manmade pyramid.
August 24, 2010
Stalin's Human-Ape Hybrids (Skeptoid #219) - Josef Stalin did not order the creation of an army of half-ape, half-human hybrids.
August 17, 2010
The Astronauts and the Aliens (Skeptoid #218) - A close look at some of the stories of UFOs said to have been reported by NASA astronauts.
August 10, 2010
Some New Logical Fallacies (Skeptoid #217) - Skeptoid looks at some newer logical fallacies, often used in place of sound arguments.
August 3, 2010
The Things We Eat... (Skeptoid #216) - A look at what's really in food reveals the foolishness of the idea of "good food" and "bad food".
July 27, 2010
Listener Feedback Resurrection (Skeptoid #215) - More vitriol from the Skeptoid inbox exposed.
July 20, 2010
Student Questions: Gold as an Investment and FEMA Coffins (Skeptoid #214) - Another round of answering questions sent in by students everywhere.
July 13, 2010
Mozart and Salieri (Skeptoid #213) - Shockingly, Hollywood movies don't make us all history experts, and Salieri didn't murder Mozart.
July 6, 2010
Things About Which I Have In Error Been (Skeptoid #212) - More additions to the corrections and errata files for Skeptoid.
June 29, 2010
Attack on Pearl Harbor (Skeptoid #211) - The American government did not have advance knowledge of the Pearl Harbor attack, and did not allow it to happen.
June 22, 2010
The North American Union (Skeptoid #210) - The United States, Canada, and Mexico are not planning to merge into a single huge police state.
June 15, 2010
The Lost Ship of the Desert (Skeptoid #209) - The facts behind tall tales from the American southwest of ships found in the middle of the desert.
June 8, 2010
The Westall '66 UFO (Skeptoid #208) - 200 students watched a strange craft fly near their school in Australia in 1966 -- or so the story goes.
June 1, 2010
Dinosaurs Among Us (Skeptoid #207) - All around the world, ancient art depicts creatures that some interpret as dinosaurs. Don't believe it.
May 25, 2010
Morgellons Disease (Skeptoid #206) - In this newly described condition, some patients report strange plastic fibers growing from their skin.
May 18, 2010
Beyond Listener Feedback (Skeptoid #205) - Another trip to the Listener Feedback files, including my favorite yet.
May 11, 2010
Mengele's Boys from Brazil (Skeptoid #204) - A town in Brazil has an unusually high twin rate, but not because Josef Mengele survived and did experiments there.
May 4, 2010
Therapeutic Touch (Skeptoid #203) - Therapeutic touch is a pseudoscientific healing method that is neither therapeutic nor involves touch.
April 27, 2010
The Non-Mystery of Puma Punku (Skeptoid #202) - Though some claim the stone structures at Puma Punku were alien, archaeologists find no real mysteries there.
April 20, 2010
The Virgin of Guadalupe (Skeptoid #201) - Mexico's Virgin of Guadalupe played an important role in the Catholic colonization of the Americas.
April 13, 2010
Buy It! (Skeptoid #200) - Don't blindly turn to science when you need answers - instead, seek out those who want to sell you something.
April 6, 2010
Cargo Cults (Skeptoid #199) - Some native religious groups in the South Pacific hope to recreate WWII's influx of material goods.
March 30, 2010
The Georgia Guidestones (Skeptoid #198) - Dubbed "America's Stonehenge", this granite monument in Georgia appeals to all sorts of conspiracy theorists.
March 23, 2010
Listener Feedback Strikes Back (Skeptoid #197) - Another perilous dive into the listener feedback files.
March 16, 2010
Zeitgeist: The Movie, Myths, and Motivations (Skeptoid #196) - The Internet movie Zeitgeist uses dishonesty to make an ideological point that could have easily been made ethically.
March 9, 2010
Student Questions: Mosquito Repellent and Einstein's Gestation (Skeptoid #195) - Skeptoid answers more questions sent in by students all around the world.
March 2, 2010
The Denver Airport Conspiracy (Skeptoid #194) - Is the Denver International Airport a headquarters for the New World Order? (Hint: no)
February 23, 2010
The Faces of Belmez (Skeptoid #193) - Faces appearing on the floor of a house in Spain were easily faked, yet many still consider them supernatural.
February 16, 2010
Ball Lightning (Skeptoid #192) - Everyone believes in ball lightning, but when we stick to the science, there's probably nothing there.
February 9, 2010
Did Jewish Slaves Build the Pyramids? (Skeptoid #191) - It's a popular story, but all the evidence tells us that no Jews were in Egypt at the time of the Pyramids.
February 2, 2010
The Bell Island Boom (Skeptoid #190) - This shattering boom in Newfoundland was more likely a natural phenomenon than a superweapon test.
January 26, 2010
Bullshido: Martial Arts Magic (Skeptoid #189) - Some call it Bullshido: Martial arts tricks like touchless attacks and the Touch of Death.
January 19, 2010
Student Questions: String Theory, the Asian Flush, and the Peltzman Effect (Skeptoid #188) - Skeptoid answers some questions sent in by students around the world.
January 12, 2010
Emergency Handbook: What to Do When a Friend Loves Woo (Skeptoid #187) - How you can help a friend or loved one with a potentially harmful pseudoscientific belief
January 5, 2010
More Things I'm Wrong About (Skeptoid #186) - Going back over a few previous Skeptoid episodes to correct errors (head is hung in shame).
December 29, 2009
Is Barefoot Better? (Skeptoid #185) - Some advocate that going barefoot is better for the health and strength of your feet.
December 22, 2009
The Antikythera Mechanism (Skeptoid #184) - This ancient device, 1000 years ahead of its time, neither proves alien visitation nor disproves history.
December 15, 2009
The Naga Fireballs (Skeptoid #183) - These fireballs actually do rise from the Mekong river each year -- and we know exactly what causes them.
December 8, 2009
Listener Feedback X (Skeptoid #182) - Another dip into the listener feedback files for Skeptoid.
December 1, 2009
The Baigong Pipes (Skeptoid #181) - Modern metal pipes found buried in ancient China are neither pipes nor evidence of ancient alien visitation.
November 24, 2009
Vaccine Ingredients (Skeptoid #180) - The claims made about the dangerous chemicals in vaccines are all either false or misrepresented.
November 17, 2009
The Scole Experiment (Skeptoid #179) - Said to be the best evidence yet for the afterlife, the Scole Experiments were actually just a hackneyed performance.
November 10, 2009
Student Questions: The Montauk Monster and Bee Sting Therapy (Skeptoid #178) - Skeptoid answers some more questions sent in by students, on a variety of short topics.
November 3, 2009
The Bloop (Skeptoid #177) - This mysterious sound captured by NOAA hydrophones was not a sea monster.
October 27, 2009
Network Marketing (Skeptoid #176) - Call them Network Marketing, Multilevel Marketing, or MLM, these pyramid schemes are proven not to work.
October 20, 2009
Shadow People (Skeptoid #175) - These shadowy apparitions we sometimes see can be terrifying, but aren't supernatural.
October 13, 2009
More Medical Myths (Skeptoid #174) - More myths about the human body that you've always heard, and probably believe.
October 6, 2009
All About Astrology (Skeptoid #173) - Astrology neither has plausibility nor any test data showing that its predictions are better than random chance.
September 29, 2009
Daylight Saving Time Myths (Skeptoid #172) - All the reasons you've ever heard for Daylight Saving Time are nonsense. Here is the real one.
September 22, 2009
The Battle of Los Angeles (Skeptoid #171) - At the beginning of WWII, the American defense forces in Los Angeles fought a battle against a UFO.
September 15, 2009
It's Raining Frogs and Fish (Skeptoid #170) - Waterspouts have nothing to do with popular stories of frogs and fish falling from the sky.
September 8, 2009
Bride of Listener Feedback (Skeptoid #169) - More replies to some of Skeptoid's more colorful listener feedback.
September 1, 2009
Decrypting the Mormon Book of Abraham (Skeptoid #168) - Mormon Prophet Joseph Smith allegedly translated the adventures of Abraham in Egypt.
August 25, 2009
Should Science Debate Pseudoscience? (Skeptoid #167) - When scientists publicly debate promoters of pseudoscience, they often do more harm than good.
August 18, 2009
Organic vs. Conventional Agriculture (Skeptoid #166) - Organic agriculture provides no benefits whatsoever over science-based farming.
August 11, 2009
Real or Fictional: Food and Fashion (Skeptoid #165) - See if you can tell whether these food and fashion products are named after real people or fictitious people.
August 4, 2009
What's Up with the Rosicrucians? (Skeptoid #164) - Believed by many to be an ancient mystical order, but really just a mail-order New Age literature business.
July 28, 2009
How to Make Skepticism Commercial (Skeptoid #163) - Critical thinking offers the opposite of what seems to be popular, yet we can still make it commercial.
July 21, 2009
Locally Grown Produce (Skeptoid #162) - The idea of locally grown produce as nowhere near as green as its proponents seem to think it is.
July 14, 2009
Listener Feedback Episode VIII: No New Hope (Skeptoid #161) - Some more jabs and punches between Skeptoid and its most vocal listeners.
July 7, 2009
Sarah Palin Is Not Stupid (Skeptoid #160) - Good arguments often go unused because poor arguments like ad hominems are so much easier.
June 30, 2009
The Mothman Cometh (Skeptoid #159) - A skeptical look at the Mothman, an alleged prophet of disaster.
June 23, 2009
Student Questions: Swine Flu and Depleted Uranium (Skeptoid #158) - Skeptoid answers questions sent in by students all around the world.
June 16, 2009
High Fructose Corn Syrup: Toxic or Tame? (Skeptoid #157) - A skeptical look at whether high fructose corn syrup is really any worse for you than sugar.
June 9, 2009
Falling into Mel's Hole (Skeptoid #156) - Mel's Hole is said to be a mysterious bottomless pit in eastern Washington state.
June 2, 2009
NLP: Neuro-linguistic Programming (Skeptoid #155) - Some regard Neuro-linguistic Programming as a psychotherapy breakthrough, some as a New Age self-help trend.
May 26, 2009
Was Chuck Yeager the First to Break the Sound Barrier? (Skeptoid #154) - Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier in 1947, but others almost certainly did so before him.
May 19, 2009
Revenge of the Listener Feedback (Skeptoid #153) - Another peek into the mailbag to see who loves us, and who hates us.
May 12, 2009
Attack of the Globsters! (Skeptoid #152) - Mysterious blobs of flesh washed up on the world's beaches have been called everything from sea monsters to Cthulhu.
May 5, 2009
The Placebo Effect (Skeptoid #151) - A look at the placebo effect: What it can do, what it can't do, and what you need to know about it.
April 28, 2009
Screwed! (Skeptoid #150) - A secret recording of an actual meeting of the Illuminati.
April 21, 2009
Coral Castle (Skeptoid #149) - Although urban legends say the creator of Coral Castle had supernatural help, the photographs tell a different story.
April 14, 2009
Student Questions: Zero Point Energy and Missing Time (Skeptoid #148) - Skeptoid answers some interesting questions sent in by students.
April 7, 2009
Binaural Beats: Not Digital Drugs (Skeptoid #147) - The science behind binaural beats: What they are, what they are claimed to do, and what they can actually do.
March 31, 2009
How Old Is the Mount St. Helens Lava Dome? (Skeptoid #146) - Young Earthers point to an infamous dating error as evidence that the Earth is only as old as the Bible says.
March 24, 2009
FEMA Prison Camps (Skeptoid #145) - A skeptical look at the claim that FEMA maintains a network of prison camps in readiness.
March 17, 2009
The Case of the Strange Skulls (Skeptoid #144) - A collection of bizarre human skulls from around the world.
March 10, 2009
The Lucifer Project (Skeptoid #143) - Some believe that NASA is trying to turn Saturn or Jupiter into a small sun.
March 3, 2009
Student Questions: Sugary Behavior, Secondhand Smoke, and Wal-Mart (Skeptoid #142) - Answering more questions sent in by students.
February 24, 2009
Listener Feedback 6: I Want to Believe (Skeptoid #141) - More fun from the listener feedback files.
February 17, 2009
The Bosnian Pyramids (Skeptoid #140) - Belief that this hill in Bosnia is an ancient pyramid is driven by New Age woo and pathological science.
February 10, 2009
Alkaline Water Systems: Change Your Water, Change Your Bank Balance (Skeptoid #139) - Sellers of new-age water treatment products charge outrageous prices for a product with zero plausibility.
February 3, 2009
Is He Real, or Is He Fictional? (Skeptoid #138) - Guess whether these popular characters from history were real or fictional.
January 27, 2009
The Angel of Mons (Skeptoid #137) - The facts behind the story that a heavenly host saved a small group of British from a large German force in WWI.
January 20, 2009
Student Questions: Light Therapy, the Bermuda Triangle, and Isaac Newton (Skeptoid #136) - Skeptoid answers another round of questions submitted by students.
January 13, 2009
The Rendlesham Forest UFO (Skeptoid #135) - Hard to believe, but it wasn't space aliens that caused blinking lights in Rendlesham Forest in 1980.
January 6, 2009
Who Is Closed Minded, the Skeptic or the Believer? (Skeptoid #134) - Skeptics and believers both tend to accuse each other of closed-mindedness in their thinking.
December 30, 2008
Chasing the Min Min Light (Skeptoid #133) - The Australian outback's mysterious jack o' lantern has sparked some good stories, but some even better science.
December 23, 2008
The Sargasso Sea and the Pacific Garbage Patch (Skeptoid #132) - We cast our skeptical eye upon two vast hazards to navigation said to lurk in the centers of the two great oceans.
December 16, 2008
The Bohemian Club Conspiracy (Skeptoid #131) - Wealthy and powerful men gather annually at the mysterious Bohemian Grove -- but not to plot global domination.
December 9, 2008
Space Properties for Sale (Skeptoid #130) - If they're offering extraterrestrial real estate or star-naming rights for sale, chances are it's a ripoff.
December 2, 2008
The Oak Island Money Pit (Skeptoid #129) - This mysterious treasure pit on a Nova Scotia island has a fascinating natural explanation.
November 25, 2008
Student Questions: the Mozart Effect, Quantum Theory, and AIDS (Skeptoid #128) - Skeptoid answers some questions sent in by students.
November 18, 2008
The Truth about Aspartame (Skeptoid #127) - The artificial sweetener aspartame is falsely accused of being the cause of nearly every disease.
November 11, 2008
The Incorruptibles (Skeptoid #126) - We turn our skeptical eye on claims of incorruptibility - bodies that do not decay after death.
November 4, 2008
Ten Most Wanted: Celebrities Who Promote Harmful Pseudoscience (Skeptoid #125) - A critical look at the pseudoscientific antics of some of today's celebrities.
October 28, 2008
Betty and Barney Hill: The Original UFO Abduction (Skeptoid #124) - A critical look at the original UFO abduction story, that so many people take for granted.
October 21, 2008
Listener Feedback Reloaded (Skeptoid #123) - More fun from the inbox, responding to listener feedback.
October 14, 2008
HAARP Myths (Skeptoid #122) - A close look at HAARP, the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program, and the claim that it's a superweapon.
October 7, 2008
Scalar Weapons: Tesla's Doomsday Machine? (Skeptoid #121) - No, Nikola Tesla did not design a superweapon capable of vaporizing whole parts of the earth.
September 30, 2008
The World According to Conservapedia (Skeptoid #120) - A new Young Earth Fundamentalist online encyclopedia rears its ugly head.
September 23, 2008
Student Questions: Body Searches and Theta Healing (Skeptoid #119) - Skeptoid answers some more questions from students. Send yours in today!
September 16, 2008
Demystifying the Bell Witch (Skeptoid #118) - An exploration of the best way to evaluate an old, unsubstantiated folk legend like The Bell Witch.
September 9, 2008
How Dangerous Is Cell Phone Radiation? (Skeptoid #117) - There is neither evidence nor plausible hypothetical foundation for cell phone signals to be at all dangerous.
September 2, 2008
How to Be a Skeptic and Still Have Friends (Skeptoid #116) - Being known as a skeptic is not necessarily good for your social life. Here's how to overcome the difficulties.
August 26, 2008
Search for the Missing Cosmonauts (Skeptoid #115) - A pair of young Italian brothers probably didn't uncover evidence of Soviet cosmonauts dying in space.
August 19, 2008
Student Questions: Fish Oil, Charities, and Rumors (Skeptoid #114) - Skeptoid answers some questions sent in by students.
August 12, 2008
The Most Effective Homeopathy Podcast Ever (Skeptoid #113) - For the first time ever, the active ingredients in homeopathic preparations are revealed.
August 8, 2008
Genetically Modified Organisms: Jeopardy or Jackpot? (Skeptoid #112) - Despite the popular fearmongering, GMO technologies promise a boon to agriculture and humanity.
August 5, 2008
Should Tibet Be Free? (Skeptoid #111) - Misinformation and fantasy surrounds the popular Tibet notions.
July 29, 2008
Illuminating the Fatima Miracle of the Sun (Skeptoid #110) - The pope canonized them, but these three children didn't actually predict anything in 1917.
July 22, 2008
Will the Large Hadron Collider Destroy the Earth? (Skeptoid #109) - Some people believe that CERN's Large Hadron Collider will create black holes that will destroy the Earth.
July 15, 2008
Mystery at Dyatlov Pass (Skeptoid #108) - A look at one of Russia's most bizarre mysteries of mass death.
July 8, 2008
Spy Radio: Numbers Stations (Skeptoid #107) - A look at mysterious shortwave "numbers stations" around the world.
July 1, 2008
King Tut's Curse! (Skeptoid #106) - A look at the tale, the popular explanation, and the real science behind it.
June 24, 2008
When People Talk Backwards (Skeptoid #105) - Some people believe that your brain encodes its actual meaning in reverse within everything you say.
June 17, 2008
Yet More Winning Listener Feedback (Skeptoid #104) - Another visit to the endless well of listeners comments and criticisms.
June 10, 2008
Should You Take Your Vitamins? (Skeptoid #103) - Vitamin C does nothing to prevent or reduce the severity of colds.
June 3, 2008
What You Didn't Know about the Stanford Prison Experiment (Skeptoid #102) - The Stanford Prison Experiment, said to have proven that evil environments produce evil behavior, was completely unscientific and unreliable.
May 27, 2008
Things I'm Wrong About (Skeptoid #101) - A look back correcting some of the facts and figures that Skeptoid has gotten wrong.
May 20, 2008
Is Peak Oil the End of Civilization? (Skeptoid #100) - When we run out of oil, society will likely peacefully and gradually adapt.
May 13, 2008
Reassembling TWA Flight 800 (Skeptoid #99) - TWA Flight 800 was not shot down by US friendly fire.
May 6, 2008
The Crystal Skull: Mystical, or Modern? (Skeptoid #98) - Despite their reputation for mystical powers, crystal skulls are neither ancient nor mysterious.
April 29, 2008
The Face on Mars Revealed (Skeptoid #97) - New high resolution imagery has proven that this hill on Mars doesn't look quite so much like a carved face after all.
April 22, 2008
What's Wrong with The Secret (Skeptoid #96) - The Secret teaches that victims are always to blame, and that anyone can have anything simply by wishing.
April 15, 2008
Bend Over and Own Your Own Business (Skeptoid #95) - If someone wants you to be their salesperson and is calling it a "business opportunity", be very skeptical.
April 8, 2008
Fire in the Sky: A Real UFO Abduction? (Skeptoid #94) - The evidence shows that Travis Walton's famous story of having been abducted by aliens probably never happened.
April 1, 2008
Apocalypse 2012 (Skeptoid #93) - The real science behind the events predicted in 2012.
March 25, 2008
Rethinking Nuclear Power (Skeptoid #92) - There are many good reasons why environmentalists are turning again to nuclear power for the future.
March 18, 2008
More Outrageous Listener Feedback (Skeptoid #91) - My responses to some of the more "out there" feedback I've received.
March 11, 2008
Can You Hear the Hum? (Skeptoid #90) - An exploration of the mysterious rumble that some people hear all over the world.
March 4, 2008
Despicable Vulture Scumbags (Skeptoid #89) - My thoughts on a company that sells useless pseudoscientific hardware to an ALS victim.
February 26, 2008
Super Sized Fast Food Phobia (Skeptoid #88) - Unlike what's said in highly dramatized Hollywood shockumentaries, fast food is not especially unhealthy.
February 19, 2008
Water: Alternative Fuel of the Future? (Skeptoid #87) - Cranks love to make the claim on YouTube, but you cannot run your car on water.
February 12, 2008
MonaVie and Other "Superfruit" Juices (Skeptoid #86) - Superfruit juices are nothing more than super ripoffs. Don't waste your money.
February 5, 2008
World Trade Center 7: The Lies Come Crashing Down (Skeptoid #85) - The collapse of 7 World Trade Center was not a controlled demolition.
January 29, 2008
Magic Jewelry (Skeptoid #84) - All sorts of marvelous health claims are made for jewelry such as the Q-Ray bracelet.
January 22, 2008
The Detoxification Myth (Skeptoid #83) - Despite its sciencey-sounding name, there is no such thing as "detoxification" beyond what your body already does.
January 15, 2008
What Do Creationists Really Believe? (Skeptoid #82) - Creationism is not one set of beliefs - it is a battleground of dramatically conflicting world views.
January 8, 2008
Ghost Hunting Tools of the Trade (Skeptoid #81) - Why the use of electronic equipment by TV ghost hunters is so stupid.
January 1, 2008
Are Microwave Ovens Safe? (Skeptoid #80) - An examination of the various claims that microwaved food and water are poisonous.
December 25, 2007
Aliens in Roswell (Skeptoid #79) - Pop culture says it was an alien spaceship -- but history tells us what was really found in the New Mexico desert.
December 18, 2007
Medical Myths in Movies and Culture (Skeptoid #78) - A skeptical examination of pop-culture medical beliefs, like dramatically stabbing someone in the heart with a syringe.
December 11, 2007
Orang Pendek: Forest Hobbit of Sumatra (Skeptoid #77) - A description of Sumatra's own little miniature Bigfoot legend.
December 4, 2007
Who Kills More, Religion or Atheism? (Skeptoid #76) - Neither religion nor atheism been responsible for a greater death toll throughout human history.
November 27, 2007
How to See Your Aura (Skeptoid #75) - Despite promotional claims, neither auras nor aura photography are things.
November 20, 2007
A Magical Journey through the Land of Logical Fallacies, Part 2 (Skeptoid #74) - The second part of our exploration of logical fallacies.
November 13, 2007
A Magical Journey through the Land of Logical Fallacies, Part 1 (Skeptoid #73) - An examination of many of the most common logical fallacies.
November 6, 2007
Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity: Real or Imagined? (Skeptoid #72) - Some claim to be hypersensitive to electromagnetism. Science has already solved what's really going on.
October 30, 2007
How to Drink Gnarly Breast Milk (Skeptoid #71) - Proponents of colostrum supplements believe that it has a whole range of benefits.
October 23, 2007
Raging (Bioidentical) Hormones (Skeptoid #70) - An examination of the popular trend in women's health, bioidentical hormone therapy.
October 16, 2007
Ann Coulter, Scientist (Skeptoid #69) - Conservative pundit Ann Coulter should stick to politics; her science is too screwed up for words.
October 9, 2007
More Wet and Wild Listener Feedback (Skeptoid #68) - Another round of listener feedback from the past several months.
October 2, 2007
Do Your Body Features Measure Up? (Skeptoid #67) - An examination of phrenology, physiognomy, palmistry, and iridology.
September 25, 2007
The Greatest Secret of Nostradamus (Skeptoid #66) - Virtually nothing that pop culture tells us about Nostradamus is true.
September 18, 2007
How to Debate a Young Earth Creationist (Skeptoid #65) - Learn the basic arguments against science made by Young Earthers, and how to rebut them.
September 11, 2007
The Attack of Spring Heeled Jack (Skeptoid #64) - A look at the theories surrounding Spring Heeled Jack, the scourge of England in the early 1800s.
September 4, 2007
Subliminal Seduction (Skeptoid #63) - Wilson Key's magnum opus textbook about subliminal advertising was almost pure fiction.
August 28, 2007
Crop Circle Jerks (Skeptoid #62) - Crop circles are commonly known to be man made, yet some still insist they must be of alien origin.
August 21, 2007
Irradiation: Is Your Food Toxic? (Skeptoid #61) - Food that has been sterilized with irradiation is not radioactive and will not hurt you.
August 14, 2007
Will Drinking from Plastic Bottles Kill You? (Skeptoid #60) - A popular fad holds that plastic water bottles leach toxic chemicals into your water. Don't believe it.
August 9, 2007
Who Are the Raelians, and Why Are They Naked? (Skeptoid #59) - The Raelians are naked and they worship space aliens.
August 4, 2007
All About Fluoridation (Skeptoid #58) - A few fringe activists claim that fluoridation of water carries more danger than benefit.
July 30, 2007
Email Myths (Skeptoid #57) - A look at some of those persistent hoax emails that you receive almost every day.
July 25, 2007
Bizarre Places I'd Like to Go (Skeptoid #56) - California is home to a wealth of places rich with mystery and intrigue.
July 20, 2007
Autism and Chelation: A Recipe for Risk (Skeptoid #55) - An examination of the lethal pop-culture fad of chelating autistic children.
July 15, 2007
The Twin Towers: Fire Melting Steel (Skeptoid #54) - The Oakland freeway collapse was not a government ploy to prove that the Twin Towers collapsed from fire.
July 10, 2007
Borley Rectory: the World's Most Haunted House? (Skeptoid #53) - This "world's most haunted house" was the invention of an imaginative showman and author.
July 5, 2007
Science Magazines Violating Their Own Missions (Skeptoid #52) - Science magazines continue to undermine themselves by publishing ads for pseudoscientific products.
June 30, 2007
Ethanol: Miracle Fuel, or Not? (Skeptoid #51) - Ethanol as a fuel may be carbon neutral, but offers few other benefits.
June 25, 2007
How to Identify a "Good" Scientific Journal (Skeptoid #50) - Here is how to tell whose "scientific journal" article is actually more reputable.
June 15, 2007
Unconscious Research of Global Consciousness (Skeptoid #49) - Some say that the collective emotions of humans can influence electronic hardware.
June 10, 2007
The Bible Code: Enigmas for Dummies (Skeptoid #48) - Despite claims of divine origin, "Bible Codes" are found in every long manuscript, even random text.
June 5, 2007
Free Range Chicken and Farm Raised Fish (Skeptoid #47) - Free range chickens and farm raised fish probably have almost none of the benefits you think they do.
May 26, 2007
Support Your Local Reptoid (Skeptoid #46) - The conspiracy theory that reptilian beings control our governments has a fascinating history.
May 21, 2007
The Importance of Teaching Critical Thinking (Skeptoid #45) - Teaching critical thinking to students needs to be much more than simply asking the Socratic questions.
May 16, 2007
The Truth About Remote Viewing (Skeptoid #44) - The psychic technique of remote viewing is consistent with simple, well known magic tricks.
May 11, 2007
A Mormon History of the Americas (Skeptoid #43) - The Book of Mormon's history of the Americas is full of irreconcilable errors and false archaeology.
May 6, 2007
Whacking, Cracking, and Chiropracting (Skeptoid #42) - Defined in 1895, chiropractic treats imaginary conditions with dangerous manipulations.
May 1, 2007
The Alien Invasion of Phoenix, Arizona (Skeptoid #41) - Despite what many UFOlogists want, the famous Phoenix Lights were not alien spacecraft.
April 26, 2007
Neanderthals in Present Day Asia (Skeptoid #40) - Some claim that a legendary wildman, the Almas, is a population of relict Neanderthals.
April 21, 2007
Heating Up to Global Warming (Skeptoid #39) - Why everyone needs to start taking global warming more seriously.
April 16, 2007
The Marfa Lights: A Real American Mystery (Skeptoid #38) - No matter how much we want these Texas ghost lights to be mysterious, it turns out they're all too mundane.
April 11, 2007
How to Spot Pseudoscience (Skeptoid #37) - This 15-point checklist will help you tell science from pseudoscience.
April 6, 2007
Mercury Fillings (Skeptoid #36) - Mercury amalgam fillings do not release toxic levels of mercury into the body, and are harmless.
April 1, 2007
Revisionist Darwinism: The Theory That Couldn't Sit Still (Skeptoid #35) - Some creationists claim that evolutionary theory is invalid because it improves as our knowledge increases.
March 27, 2007
Homeopathy: Pure Water or Pure Nonsense? (Skeptoid #34) - Contrary to what many supporters think, homeopathy is neither an herbal nor a natural remedy.
March 22, 2007
Best of Listener Feedback (Skeptoid #33) - The best of listener feedback from the first 32 Skeptoid episodes.
March 17, 2007
Blood for Oil (Skeptoid #32) - The claim that the wars in the Middle East were about oil don't stand up to economic scrutiny.
March 12, 2007
The Devil Walked in Devon (Skeptoid #31) - This 100-mile track of footprints in 1855 probably was not laid by the devil.
March 7, 2007
Raw Food - Raw Deal? (Skeptoid #30) - Some claim that cooking your food ruins its nutrients or makes it poisonous, in a misguided effort to promote raw food.
March 1, 2007
Orbs: The Ghost in the Camera (Skeptoid #29) - Spirit orbs in photographs are not ghosts, but a common artifact of flash photography.
February 24, 2007
Natural Hygiene: Health Without Medicine (or Wisdom) (Skeptoid #28) - Natural Hygiene is a misguided, prescientific notion that nature provides everything to heal anyone of anything.
February 19, 2007
Chemtrails: Real or Not? (Skeptoid #27) - Some believe that airplane contrails are really dangerous chemicals being sprayed by the government.
February 15, 2007
Biodynamic Agriculture (Skeptoid #26) - Biodynamic agriculture is not a modern innovation, but rather a throwback to the Dark Ages.
February 10, 2007
Scientists Are Not Created Equal (Skeptoid #25) - The word "scientist" can mean just about anything you want it to mean.
February 5, 2007
Reflexology: Only Dangerous If You Use It (Skeptoid #24) - Reflexology is really no more than a foot massage, but potentially deadly to those hoping for medical benefits.
January 28, 2007
Paganism: A Naked Rebellion (Skeptoid #23) - A look at paganism, its affinity for nudity, and how it differs from mainstream religions.
January 23, 2007
Skepticism and Flight 93 (Skeptoid #22) - Flight 93, which crashed in a field on September 11, was not shot down by the military.
January 19, 2007
Living Stones of Death Valley (Skeptoid #21) - An examination of the mysterious stones that move by themselves across the desert floor.
January 15, 2007
The Real Amityville Horror (Skeptoid #20) - America's most popular true ghost story was a hoax.
January 11, 2007
Organic Food Myths (Skeptoid #19) - It's marketed as a revolution in health and the environment, but it's better described as a counterproductive fad.
January 5, 2007
The "New" Bill of Rights (Skeptoid #18) - An amended Bill of Rights to better reflect modern American values.
January 1, 2007
Internet Paranoia (Skeptoid #17) - A look at the true threat level from Internet attacks in the mid 2000s.
December 28, 2006
The Real Philadelphia Experiment (Skeptoid #16) - The US Navy did not make a warship completely disappear in 1943.
December 24, 2006
SUV Phobia (Skeptoid #15) - Some believe SUVs should be categorized by their cosmetic appearance, rather than by their size or fuel efficiency.
December 20, 2006
Cell Phones on Airplanes (Skeptoid #14) - Cell phones are perfectly safe on airplanes, despite continued claims of danger.
December 15, 2006
A Primer on Scientific Testing (Skeptoid #13) - Understand the basics of scientific testing.
December 11, 2006
Killing Faith: Deconstructionist Christians (Skeptoid #12) - Proving the literal truth of the Bible is counterproductive to Christianity.
December 7, 2006
Killing Bigfoot with Bad Science (Skeptoid #11) - Sometimes the skeptics' perspective on Bigfoot is just as unscientific as that of the believers.
December 3, 2006
An Evolution Primer for Young Earth Creationists (Skeptoid #10) - Evolution 101 for Young Earth Creationists who want to know better.
November 30, 2006
Sin: What's It Good For? (Skeptoid #9) - There seems to be very little point to classifying some wrong actions as sins.
November 26, 2006
Nocturnal Assaults: Aliens in the Dark (Skeptoid #8) - Alien abductions and Old Hags: things that go bump in the night.
November 21, 2006
Pond Magnet Foolishness (Skeptoid #7) - There is no science-based reason why you should buy magnets for the pipes in your pond, despite the sales pitches.
November 14, 2006
Wheatgrass Juice (Skeptoid #6) - Wheatgrass juice contains virtually nothing of nutritional value to the human body.
November 9, 2006
Sustainable Sustainability (Skeptoid #5) - Focus on the year's undisputed overused buzzword: "Sustainable"
November 1, 2006
Rods: Flying Absurdities (Skeptoid #4) - There is neither evidence nor plausible hypotheticals suggesting that invisible flying "rods" might exist.
October 24, 2006
Ethics of Peddling the Paranormal (Skeptoid #3) - A proposal that it might be ethical for non-believers to sell paranormal services to the grieving in certain cases.
October 19, 2006
New Age Energy (Skeptoid #2) - An examination of energy, as new agers use the term.
October 11, 2006
Religion as a Moral Center (Skeptoid #1) - Religion is not necessary for a good moral center.
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