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Skeptoid Episode Guide - Urban Legends


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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Elvis Sightings and You (Skeptoid #763) - People keep thinking Elvis is still alive -- and here's why that matters to you.
January 19, 2021
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
The Phantom Fortress (Skeptoid #742) - This B-17 supposedly completed a mission and returned to base, all without an aircrew.
August 25, 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
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
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
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
Seneca Guns and Skyquakes (Skeptoid #701) - These mysterious cannon-like booms are heard all around the world, with no apparent source.
November 12, 2019
The Mystery of the Ellen Austin (Skeptoid #699) - The true history behind one of the Bermuda Triangle's strangest legends.
October 29, 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
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
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
Yamashita's Gold (Skeptoid #673) - The facts behind the urban legend that billions in Japanese gold lie buried in the Philippines.
April 30, 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
Pop Quiz: Urban Legends (Skeptoid #663) - Test your knowledge of popular urban legends, and the science underlying them.
February 19, 2019
Ong's Hat (Skeptoid #658) - An urban legend tells of a group of scientists who successfully escaped into another dimension.
January 15, 2019
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
Animal Earthquake Prediction (Skeptoid #646) - Many people believe animals have the ability to predict earthquakes. The facts tell a different story.
October 23, 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
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
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 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
Gremlins (Skeptoid #627) - These mischievous creatures that sabotage airplanes are claimed by some to be actual physical beings.
June 12, 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
Paul Is Dead (Skeptoid #594) - The origins and history of the urban legend that Paul McCartney died and was replaced.
October 24, 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
Feral Children (Skeptoid #567) - Those stories about children raised by animals probably aren't what you've been led to believe.
April 18, 2017
Grounding the Ghost of Flight 401 (Skeptoid #563) - The unexpected facts behind this famous ghost story from the 1970s.
March 21, 2017
Exploring Kincaid's Cave (Skeptoid #556) - Some say a marvelous cave of Egyptian wonders is hidden in the Grand Canyon.
January 31, 2017
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
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
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
The Banjawarn Bang (Skeptoid #531) - Evidence suggests a doomsday cult may have successfully tested a nuclear bomb in Australia in 1993.
August 9, 2016
Sky Trumpets (Skeptoid #526) - From all over the world come reports of strange trumpet-like blasts from the sky.
July 5, 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
All About Absinthe (Skeptoid #515) - This mysterious alcoholic drink is the subject of more urban legends than any other liquor.
April 19, 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
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
The Russian Sleep Experiment (Skeptoid #496) - Russian test subjects are said to have done unspeakably horrible things when sleep deprived.
December 8, 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
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
The Flying Saucer Menace (Skeptoid #486) - The true, interwoven history of flying saucers in American folklore.
September 29, 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
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
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
Myths of Alcatraz (Skeptoid #444) - Alcatraz Island is veiled in the fog of myth.
December 9, 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Into the Maelstrom (or Not) (Skeptoid #382) - A look into the plausibility and historicity of the ferocious maelstrom of legend.
October 1, 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
The Patterson-Gimlin Bigfoot Film (Skeptoid #375) - The true history behind the iconic Bigfoot film that launched the legend.
August 13, 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
Who Is the Grinning Man? (Skeptoid #367) - A mysterious "grinning man" is said to appear and terrorize UFO witnesses.
June 18, 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
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
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
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
Pope Joan (Skeptoid #353) - This apocryphal Middle Ages pope said to be a woman in disguise probably never existed.
March 12, 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
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
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
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
Raiding the Ark of the Covenant (Skeptoid #327) - The true history of the most famous holy relic from Biblical times.
September 11, 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
Finding Shakespeare (Skeptoid #280) - The claim that someone else wrote Shakespeare's works is popular, but virtually indefensible.
October 18, 2011
Brainwashing and Deprogramming (Skeptoid #278) - Both brainwashing and its opposite, deprogramming, are equally mythological.
October 4, 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 Haitian Zombies (Skeptoid #262) - A look at the possibility that legends of Haitian zombies may have a grain of truth.
June 14, 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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Mozart and Salieri (Skeptoid #213) - Shockingly, Hollywood movies don't make us all history experts, and Salieri didn't murder Mozart.
July 6, 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
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
The Denver Airport Conspiracy (Skeptoid #194) - Is the Denver International Airport a headquarters for the New World Order? (Hint: no)
February 23, 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
The Bell Island Boom (Skeptoid #190) - This shattering boom in Newfoundland was more likely a natural phenomenon than a superweapon test.
January 26, 2010
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
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
The Mothman Cometh (Skeptoid #159) - A skeptical look at the Mothman, an alleged prophet of disaster.
June 23, 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
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
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
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
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
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
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 Oak Island Money Pit (Skeptoid #129) - This mysterious treasure pit on a Nova Scotia island has a fascinating natural explanation.
November 25, 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
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
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
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
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
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
Can You Hear the Hum? (Skeptoid #90) - An exploration of the mysterious rumble that some people hear all over the world.
March 4, 2008
Are Microwave Ovens Safe? (Skeptoid #80) - An examination of the various claims that microwaved food and water are poisonous.
December 25, 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
The Greatest Secret of Nostradamus (Skeptoid #66) - Virtually nothing that pop culture tells us about Nostradamus is true.
September 18, 2007
Subliminal Seduction (Skeptoid #63) - Wilson Key's magnum opus textbook about subliminal advertising was almost pure fiction.
August 28, 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
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
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
Chemtrails: Real or Not? (Skeptoid #27) - Some believe that airplane contrails are really dangerous chemicals being sprayed by the government.
February 15, 2007
The Real Philadelphia Experiment (Skeptoid #16) - The US Navy did not make a warship completely disappear in 1943.
December 24, 2006
Cell Phones on Airplanes (Skeptoid #14) - Cell phones are perfectly safe on airplanes, despite continued claims of danger.
December 15, 2006






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