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Skeptoid Episode Guide - Cryptozoology


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
Read | Listen (14:12)
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
Read | Listen (13:55)
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
Read | Listen (13:25)
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
Read | Listen (13:30)
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
Read | Listen (13:55)
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
Read | Listen (14:12)
Hunting the Beast of Gevaudan (Skeptoid #732) - This mysterious creature actually killed over 100 people in France in the 1760s.
June 16, 2020
Read | Listen (14:31)
Hunting the Mokele-Mbembe (Skeptoid #727) - Some believe this relict dinosaur still survives in parts of the Congo.
May 12, 2020
Read | Listen (14:38)
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
Read | Listen (13:42)
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
Read | Listen (11:10)
Pop Quiz: Cryptozoology! (Skeptoid #642) - How well do you know your Skeptoid? Today's pop quiz focuses on cryptozoology.
September 25, 2018
Read | Listen (14:07)
Gremlins (Skeptoid #627) - These mischievous creatures that sabotage airplanes are claimed by some to be actual physical beings.
June 12, 2018
Read | Listen (13:28)
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
Read | Listen (12:57)
Thawing the Minnesota Iceman (Skeptoid #571) - This sideshow attraction convinced a few real scientists that it was an actual ape-man.
May 16, 2017
Read | Listen (12:33)
Wag the Dogman (Skeptoid #477) - They say that a half-canine cryptid stalks the woods of Northern Michigan. Are they right?
July 28, 2015
Read | Listen (13:03)
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
Read | Listen (13:51)
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
Read | Listen (14:26)
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)
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 Skookum Cast (Skeptoid #441) - The first "full body cast" of an alleged Bigfoot left many experts with a different impression.
November 18, 2014
Read | Listen (12:30)
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
Read | Listen (11:26)
The Boggy Creek Monster (Skeptoid #404) - The Boggy Creek Monster captured our imaginations, but its true story is even more fascinating.
March 4, 2014
Read | Listen (12:24)
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
Read | Listen (13:02)
The Patterson-Gimlin Bigfoot Film (Skeptoid #375) - The true history behind the iconic Bigfoot film that launched the legend.
August 13, 2013
Read | Listen (13:37)
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
Read | Listen (12:54)
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
Read | Listen (13:55)
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
Read | Listen (12:22)
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
Read | Listen (12:02)
Star Jelly (Skeptoid #299) - Jellylike blobs have been reported to fall from the sky during meteor showers. Aliens? No, science.
February 28, 2012
Read | Listen (12:07)
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
Read | Listen (12:26)
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
Read | Listen (11:56)
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)
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
Read | Listen (12:26)
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
Read | Listen (12:23)
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)
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
Read | Listen (13:14)
The Bloop (Skeptoid #177) - This mysterious sound captured by NOAA hydrophones was not a sea monster.
October 27, 2009
Read | Listen (14:48)
The Mothman Cometh (Skeptoid #159) - A skeptical look at the Mothman, an alleged prophet of disaster.
June 23, 2009
Read | Listen (11:15)
Orang Pendek: Forest Hobbit of Sumatra (Skeptoid #77) - A description of Sumatra's own little miniature Bigfoot legend.
December 4, 2007
Read | Listen (10:53)
Neanderthals in Present Day Asia (Skeptoid #40) - Some claim that a legendary wildman, the Almas, is a population of relict Neanderthals.
April 21, 2007
Read | Listen (8:30)
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
Read | Listen (9:54)
Rods: Flying Absurdities (Skeptoid #4) - There is neither evidence nor plausible hypotheticals suggesting that invisible flying "rods" might exist.
October 24, 2006
Read | Listen (6:47)






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