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Skeptoid Episode Guide - Ancient Mysteries

 

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
Read | Listen (13:10)
 
Exploring Kincaid's Cave (Skeptoid #556) - Some say a marvelous cave of Egyptian wonders is hidden in the Grand Canyon.
January 31, 2017
Read | Listen (12:24)
 
The D. B. Cooper Mystery (Skeptoid #552) - The world's only unsolved hijacking case is filled with misinformation.
January 3, 2017
Read | Listen (12:23)
 
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
Read | Listen (13:05)
 
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
Read | Listen (12:35)
 
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
Read | Listen (13:12)
 
Who Was Charles Fort? (Skeptoid #488) - This enigmatic author of the strange continues to confound.
October 13, 2015
Read | Listen (12:11)
 
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
Read | Listen (12:13)
 
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
Read | Listen (12:07)
 
The Chess-Playing Mechanical Turk (Skeptoid #476) - An overview of the amazing chess playing robot of the 1700s.
July 21, 2015
Read | Listen (11:21)
 
Solfeggio Frequencies (Skeptoid #474) - Certain specific sonic frequencies are not the key to love, intuition, or spiritual order.
July 7, 2015
Read | Listen (13:10)
 
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
Read | Listen (08:56)
 
Ancient Astronauts (Skeptoid #449) - Did aliens visit the ancient Earth and inspire human cultures? Some people claim so.
January 13, 2015
Read | Listen (13:28)
 
Megalodon Myths (Skeptoid #445) - The Discovery Channel wants you to think that a giant prehistoric shark may still swim our oceans.
December 16, 2014
Read | Listen (14:34)
 
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
Read | Listen (11:01)
 
Griffins (Skeptoid #442) - Griffins, considered absurd mythological beasts today, were actually our first attempt to explain fossils.
November 25, 2014
Read | Listen (10:34)
 
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
Read | Listen (11:49)
 
Out of Place Artifacts (Skeptoid #403) - Some objects found around the world seem to defy rational explanation.
February 25, 2014
Read | Listen (13:06)
 
Listener Feedback: Ancient Mysteries (Skeptoid #402) - I respond to questions and feedback sent in by listeners around the world.
February 18, 2014
Read | Listen (12:10)
 
The Red Haired Giants of Lovelock Cave (Skeptoid #390) - Some say that an early Native American tribe were giant cannibals.
November 26, 2013
Read | Listen (11:39)
 
Pope Joan (Skeptoid #353) - This apocryphal Middle Ages pope said to be a woman in disguise probably never existed.
March 12, 2013
Read | Listen (12:42)
 
The Flat Earth Theory (Skeptoid #338) - The Flat Earth Theory has its origins not in alt-science but in Christian Fundamentalism.
November 27, 2012
Read | Listen (12:41)
 
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
Read | Listen (13:17)
 
Raiding the Ark of the Covenant (Skeptoid #327) - The true history of the most famous holy relic from Biblical times.
September 11, 2012
Read | Listen (11:53)
 
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
Read | Listen (12:23)
 
The Golden Ratio (Skeptoid #325) - For centuries, claims both scientific and pseudoscientific have been made for the golden ratio.
August 28, 2012
Read | Listen (13:18)
 
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
Read | Listen (13:20)
 
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
Read | Listen (12:28)
 
The Beale Ciphers (Skeptoid #301) - Treasure hunters comb Virginia searching for a legendary hoard of gold and silver.
March 13, 2012
Read | Listen (12:42)
 
Finding Amelia Earhart (Skeptoid #295) - The disappearance of Amelia Earhart is one of the worst examples of television promoting pseudohistory.
January 31, 2012
Read | Listen (13:05)
 
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
Read | Listen (12:05)
 
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
Read | Listen (12:11)
 
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
Read | Listen (13:15)
 
The Abominable Snowman (Skeptoid #269) - Science shows that the Yeti of the Himalayas is almost certainly not a real creature.
August 2, 2011
Read | Listen (12:11)
 
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
Read | Listen (12:25)
 
The Voynich Manuscript (Skeptoid #252) - The true history and meaning of history's most famous undeciphered book.
April 5, 2011
Read | Listen (13:48)
 
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
Read | Listen (12:17)
 
Mystery Spots (Skeptoid #240) - Various "gravitational anomalies" around the world have fascinating real science behind them.
January 11, 2011
Read | Listen (12:02)
 
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
Read | Listen (12:49)
 
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
Read | Listen (11:31)
 
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
Read | Listen (11:53)
 
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
Read | Listen (11:09)
 
The Mystery of Pumapunku (Skeptoid #202) - Though some claim the stone structures at Pumapunku were alien, archaeologists find no real mysteries there.
April 20, 2010
Read | Listen (12:32)
 
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
Read | Listen (14:50)
 
Cargo Cults (Skeptoid #199) - Some native religious groups in the South Pacific hope to recreate WWII's influx of material goods.
March 30, 2010
Read | Listen (12:17)
 
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
Read | Listen (12:30)
 
The Antikythera Mechanism (Skeptoid #184) - This ancient device, 1000 years ahead of its time, neither proves alien visitation nor disproves history.
December 15, 2009
Read | Listen (12:06)
 
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
Read | Listen (12:38)
 
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
Read | Listen (11:16)
 
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
Read | Listen (15:23)
 
Decrypting the Mormon Book of Abraham (Skeptoid #168) - Mormon Prophet Joseph Smith allegedly translated the adventures of Abraham in Egypt.
August 25, 2009
Read | Listen (12:23)
 
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
Read | Listen (11:41)
 
The Case of the Strange Skulls (Skeptoid #144) - A collection of bizarre human skulls from around the world.
March 10, 2009
Read | Listen (15:13)
 
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
Read | Listen (13:25)
 
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
Read | Listen (10:45)
 
The Oak Island Money Pit (Skeptoid #129) - This mysterious treasure pit on a Nova Scotia island has a fascinating natural explanation.
November 25, 2008
Read | Listen (10:31)
 
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
Read | Listen (11:05)
 
Mystery at Dyatlov Pass (Skeptoid #108) - A look at one of Russia's most bizarre mysteries of mass death.
July 8, 2008
Read | Listen (10:30)
 
King Tut's Curse! (Skeptoid #106) - A look at the tale, the popular explanation, and the real science behind it.
June 24, 2008
Read | Listen (10:43)
 
The Crystal Skull: Mystical, or Modern? (Skeptoid #98) - Despite their reputation for mystical powers, crystal skulls are neither ancient nor mysterious.
April 29, 2008
Read | Listen (8:53)
 
Apocalypse 2012 (Skeptoid #93) - The real science behind the events predicted in 2012.
March 25, 2008
Read | Listen (11:15)
 
The Greatest Secret of Nostradamus (Skeptoid #66) - Virtually nothing that pop culture tells us about Nostradamus is true.
September 18, 2007
Read | Listen (14:38)
 
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
Read | Listen (9:32)
 
Living Stones of Death Valley (Skeptoid #21) - An examination of the mysterious stones that move by themselves across the desert floor.
January 15, 2007
Read | Listen (3:46)
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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