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Skeptoid Episode Guide - Paranormal

 

Grounding the Ghost of Flight 401 (Skeptoid #563) - The unexpected facts behind this famous ghost story from the 1970s.
March 21, 2017
Read | Listen (12:01)
 
Remembering the Mandela Effect (Skeptoid #560) - Some claim that certain common false memories are evidence for alternate realities.
February 28, 2017
Read | Listen (12:54)
 
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
Read | Listen (11:22)
 
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
Read | Listen (13:02)
 
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
Read | Listen (12:08)
 
Who Was Charles Fort? (Skeptoid #488) - This enigmatic author of the strange continues to confound.
October 13, 2015
Read | Listen (12:11)
 
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)
 
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
Read | Listen (11:40)
 
Ghost Photography (Skeptoid #455) - The history of ghost photography and its many problems as evidence.
February 24, 2015
Read | Listen (15:30)
 
Ideomotor Response (Skeptoid #451) - The Ideomotor Response underlies a number of occult phenomena and alt-med practices.
January 27, 2015
Read | Listen (13:55)
 
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
Read | Listen (16:49)
 
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)
 
Acupuncture (Skeptoid #431) - Acupuncture, the safe and effective ancient Chinese medical treatment, turns out to be none of those things.
September 9, 2014
Read | Listen (15:07)
 
Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Skeptoid #430) - The clash between the champions of scientific skepticism and supernaturalism.
September 2, 2014
Read | Listen (13:30)
 
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
Read | Listen (13:31)
 
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
Read | Listen (11:26)
 
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)
 
The Baldoon Mystery (Skeptoid #426) - The surprising truth behind Canada's most famous ghost story.
August 5, 2014
Read | Listen (11:44)
 
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
Read | Listen (12:13)
 
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
Read | Listen (13:33)
 
Your Body's Alleged Energy Fields (Skeptoid #411) - There is no such thing as your body's energy field.
April 22, 2014
Read | Listen (12:50)
 
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
Read | Listen (11:18)
 
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
Read | Listen (12:10)
 
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
Read | Listen (12:02)
 
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
Read | Listen (10:54)
 
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
Read | Listen (12:32)
 
Men in Black (Skeptoid #351) - A look at the mysterious government agents said to intimidate those who witness flying saucers.
February 26, 2013
Read | Listen (13:46)
 
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
Read | Listen (12:42)
 
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
Read | Listen (13:37)
 
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)
 
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
Read | Listen (11:25)
 
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
Read | Listen (13:46)
 
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 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 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
Read | Listen (12:51)
 
The Haitian Zombies (Skeptoid #262) - A look at the possibility that legends of Haitian zombies may have a grain of truth.
June 14, 2011
Read | Listen (13:08)
 
Near Death Experiences (Skeptoid #261) - A comparison of the effects of hypoxia to the reports of a brush with the afterlife.
June 7, 2011
Read | Listen (12:19)
 
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
Read | Listen (12:01)
 
The History of Knowledge (Skeptoid #250) - A trip through the centuries to see how human knowledge is reflected through music.
March 22, 2011
Read | Listen (11:33)
 
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
Read | Listen (13:08)
 
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)
 
Therapeutic Touch (Skeptoid #203) - Therapeutic touch is a pseudoscientific healing method that is neither therapeutic nor involves touch.
April 27, 2010
Read | Listen (12:57)
 
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
Read | Listen (11:15)
 
Bullshido: Martial Arts Magic (Skeptoid #189) - Some call it Bullshido: Martial arts tricks like touchless attacks and the Touch of Death.
January 19, 2010
Read | Listen (11:57)
 
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 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
Read | Listen (12:11)
 
Shadow People (Skeptoid #175) - These shadowy apparitions we sometimes see can be terrifying, but aren't supernatural.
October 13, 2009
Read | Listen (12:25)
 
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)
 
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
Read | Listen (11:20)
 
The Mothman Cometh (Skeptoid #159) - A skeptical look at the Mothman, an alleged prophet of disaster.
June 23, 2009
Read | Listen (11:15)
 
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
Read | Listen (11:03)
 
Screwed! (Skeptoid #150) - A secret recording of an actual meeting of the Illuminati.
April 21, 2009
Read | Listen (9:40)
 
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 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
Read | Listen (10:29)
 
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
Read | Listen (13:30)
 
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
Read | Listen (11:28)
 
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)
 
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
Read | Listen (10:26)
 
Magic Jewelry (Skeptoid #84) - All sorts of marvelous health claims are made for jewelry such as the Q-Ray bracelet.
January 22, 2008
Read | Listen (11:10)
 
Ghost Hunting Tools of the Trade (Skeptoid #81) - Why the use of electronic equipment by TV ghost hunters is so stupid.
January 1, 2008
Read | Listen (11:50)
 
How to See Your Aura (Skeptoid #75) - Despite promotional claims, neither auras nor aura photography are things.
November 20, 2007
Read | Listen (10:33)
 
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)
 
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
Read | Listen (9:06)
 
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
Read | Listen (12:05)
 
Unconscious Research of Global Consciousness (Skeptoid #49) - Some say that the collective emotions of humans can influence electronic hardware.
June 10, 2007
Read | Listen (11:56)
 
The Truth About Remote Viewing (Skeptoid #44) - The psychic technique of remote viewing is consistent with simple, well known magic tricks.
May 11, 2007
Read | Listen (11:05)
 
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
Read | Listen (8:25)
 
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
Read | Listen (6:51)
 
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
Read | Listen (8:08)
 
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)
 
The Real Amityville Horror (Skeptoid #20) - America's most popular true ghost story was a hoax.
January 11, 2007
Read | Listen (7:38)
 
The Real Philadelphia Experiment (Skeptoid #16) - The US Navy did not make a warship completely disappear in 1943.
December 24, 2006
Read | Listen (6:50)
 
Nocturnal Assaults: Aliens in the Dark (Skeptoid #8) - Alien abductions and Old Hags: things that go bump in the night.
November 21, 2006
Read | Listen (6:22)
 
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
Read | Listen (7:11)
 
Ethics of Peddling the Paranormal (Skeptoid #4) - A proposal that it might be ethical for non-believers to sell paranormal services to the grieving in certain cases.
October 24, 2006
Read | Listen (8:46)
 
New Age Energy (Skeptoid #1) - An examination of energy, as new agers use the term.
October 3, 2006
Read | Listen (6:07)
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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