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Skeptoid Episode Guide - Cryptozoology


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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Hunting the Beast of Gevaudan (Skeptoid #732) - This mysterious creature actually killed over 100 people in France in the 1760s.
June 16, 2020
Hunting the Mokele-Mbembe (Skeptoid #727) - Some believe this relict dinosaur still survives in parts of the Congo.
May 12, 2020
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
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
Pop Quiz: Cryptozoology! (Skeptoid #642) - How well do you know your Skeptoid? Today's pop quiz focuses on cryptozoology.
September 25, 2018
Gremlins (Skeptoid #627) - These mischievous creatures that sabotage airplanes are claimed by some to be actual physical beings.
June 12, 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
Thawing the Minnesota Iceman (Skeptoid #571) - This sideshow attraction convinced a few real scientists that it was an actual ape-man.
May 16, 2017
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 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
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
Megalodon Myths (Skeptoid #445) - The Discovery Channel wants you to think that a giant prehistoric shark may still swim our oceans.
December 16, 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
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 Boggy Creek Monster (Skeptoid #404) - The Boggy Creek Monster captured our imaginations, but its true story is even more fascinating.
March 4, 2014
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 Patterson-Gimlin Bigfoot Film (Skeptoid #375) - The true history behind the iconic Bigfoot film that launched the legend.
August 13, 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
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 Loch Ness Monster (Skeptoid #318) - The world's most famous cryptid is said to swim in Scotland's most famous loch.
July 10, 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
Star Jelly (Skeptoid #299) - Jellylike blobs have been reported to fall from the sky during meteor showers. Aliens? No, science.
February 28, 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 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 Abominable Snowman (Skeptoid #269) - Science shows that the Yeti of the Himalayas is almost certainly not a real creature.
August 2, 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
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
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 Bloop (Skeptoid #177) - This mysterious sound captured by NOAA hydrophones was not a sea monster.
October 27, 2009
The Mothman Cometh (Skeptoid #159) - A skeptical look at the Mothman, an alleged prophet of disaster.
June 23, 2009
Orang Pendek: Forest Hobbit of Sumatra (Skeptoid #77) - A description of Sumatra's own little miniature Bigfoot legend.
December 4, 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
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
Rods: Flying Absurdities (Skeptoid #4) - There is neither evidence nor plausible hypotheticals suggesting that invisible flying "rods" might exist.
October 24, 2006






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