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Skeptoid Episode Guide - Paranormal

 

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
 
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 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
 
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
 
Dowsing: Water Witchcraft (Skeptoid #791) - If you need to find ground water, ask a hydrologist, not an occult magician.
August 3, 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
 
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
 
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 Phantom Fortress (Skeptoid #742) - This B-17 supposedly completed a mission and returned to base, all without an aircrew.
August 25, 2020
 
Killing the Hammersmith Ghost (Skeptoid #714) - Some possible explanations for this infamously deadly 19th century haunting near London.
February 11, 2020
 
The Mystery of the Ellen Austin (Skeptoid #699) - The true history behind one of the Bermuda Triangle's strangest legends.
October 29, 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
 
The Greenbrier Ghost (Skeptoid #679) - A skeptical look at the time a ghost's testimony resulted in a murder conviction.
June 11, 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
 
Rapping with the Fox Sisters (Skeptoid #661) - Myth and mystery surrounds the sisters said to have founded the modern spiritualism industry.
February 5, 2019
 
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
 
Numerology (Skeptoid #626) - We put this ancient system of divination based on numbers to the test.
June 5, 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
 
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
 
Ouija Boards (Skeptoid #591) - Real effects far more interesting than spiritualism claims are behind these famous talking boards.
October 3, 2017
 
What Are the Chances You're Psychic? (Skeptoid #577) - We analyze some of your stories of precognitive experiences.
June 27, 2017
 
Grounding the Ghost of Flight 401 (Skeptoid #563) - The unexpected facts behind this famous ghost story from the 1970s.
March 21, 2017
 
Remembering the Mandela Effect (Skeptoid #560) - Some claim that certain common false memories are evidence for alternate realities.
February 28, 2017
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
Who Was Charles Fort? (Skeptoid #488) - This enigmatic author of the strange continues to confound.
October 13, 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
 
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
 
Ghost Photography (Skeptoid #455) - The history of ghost photography and its many problems as evidence.
February 24, 2015
 
Ideomotor Response (Skeptoid #451) - The Ideomotor Response underlies a number of occult phenomena and alt-med practices.
January 27, 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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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 Sedona Energy Vortex (Skeptoid #366) - Vortexes of spiritual energy are claimed to exist in Sedona, but science suggests we remain skeptical.
June 11, 2013
 
Men in Black (Skeptoid #351) - A look at the mysterious government agents said to intimidate those who witness flying saucers.
February 26, 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 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
 
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
 
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 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
 
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 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
 
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 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
 
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 History of Knowledge (Skeptoid #250) - A trip through the centuries to see how human knowledge is reflected through music.
March 22, 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
 
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
 
Therapeutic Touch (Skeptoid #203) - Therapeutic touch is a pseudoscientific healing method that is neither therapeutic nor involves touch.
April 27, 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
 
Bullshido: Martial Arts Magic (Skeptoid #189) - Some call it Bullshido: Martial arts tricks like touchless attacks and the Touch of Death.
January 19, 2010
 
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
 
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
 
Shadow People (Skeptoid #175) - These shadowy apparitions we sometimes see can be terrifying, but aren't supernatural.
October 13, 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
 
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
 
The Mothman Cometh (Skeptoid #159) - A skeptical look at the Mothman, an alleged prophet of disaster.
June 23, 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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
King Tut's Curse! (Skeptoid #106) - A look at the tale, the popular explanation, and the real science behind it.
June 24, 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
 
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
 
Ghost Hunting Tools of the Trade (Skeptoid #81) - Why the use of electronic equipment by TV ghost hunters is so stupid.
January 1, 2008
 
How to See Your Aura (Skeptoid #75) - Despite promotional claims, neither auras nor aura photography are things.
November 20, 2007
 
The Greatest Secret of Nostradamus (Skeptoid #66) - Virtually nothing that pop culture tells us about Nostradamus is true.
September 18, 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
 
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
 
Unconscious Research of Global Consciousness (Skeptoid #49) - Some say that the collective emotions of humans can influence electronic hardware.
June 10, 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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
The Real Philadelphia Experiment (Skeptoid #16) - The US Navy did not make a warship completely disappear in 1943.
December 24, 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
 
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
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

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