38 episodes

Husband and wife team Zoe and Mike look into topics of the paranormal, folklore, cryptids, hauntings, UAP’s and aliens, conspiracies, and all manner of weird Forteana.
Join us as we take it in turns presenting topics to each other, which we then discuss in our own irreverent manner - usually ending up talking about biscuits or something - and get in touch with your questions, comments and your own stories!

Stories of Strangeness Zoe and Mike

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 11 Ratings

Husband and wife team Zoe and Mike look into topics of the paranormal, folklore, cryptids, hauntings, UAP’s and aliens, conspiracies, and all manner of weird Forteana.
Join us as we take it in turns presenting topics to each other, which we then discuss in our own irreverent manner - usually ending up talking about biscuits or something - and get in touch with your questions, comments and your own stories!

    Episode 36 - Bridget Cleary and the Fairies

    Episode 36 - Bridget Cleary and the Fairies

    In this episode, Zoe tells us the strange story of Bridget Cleary, who was thought to have been swapped out for a fairy changeling, and is sometimes erroneously called the last witch to be burned in Ireland - listen to find out why!

    We also discuss why hippos don't make good familiars, fairy etiquette, the purifying properties of urine, and stockings.

    • 55 min
    Episode 35 - John Titor

    Episode 35 - John Titor

    In this episode, Mike tells us about the strange story of John Titor, who spent four months on internet message boards back in 2000 telling people he was a time travelling soldier on a mission from 2036, trying to recover an old computer to save the world in his timeline, and then disappeared forever.

    We also talk about dissertations, gorillas that speak sign language, and expensive books.

    • 59 min
    Episode 34 - The Rise of the Cat

    Episode 34 - The Rise of the Cat

    In this episode, Zoe tells us about the odd relationship between humans and cats and how that came to be.

    We also talk about weasel diets, witches' teats and picking up dog poop. You know - the usual sort of thing.

    • 47 min
    Episode 33 - The Somerton Man - Descript

    Episode 33 - The Somerton Man - Descript

    In this episode, Mike tells us about the strange story of the Somerton Man, who died mysteriously on a beach in Adelaide, Australia in 1948. Was he a spy? A black market trader? Was his death a suicide? A murder? Listen in to find out more.
    We also talk about ear anatomy, Zoe's inability to sink in water, petitioning heaven for answers, and time travel via the Terminator and Futurama. You know, usual stuff.
    Also, an apology: We've been having an ongoing issue with mic bleed, where you can hear one host on the other's mic. We tried a slightly different setup to see if we can block it out better, but actually it made things worse and there's some echo on both of us this episode. Sorry about that, we'll try something different next time, or just revert to our previous setup.


    Here's a rundown of the episode:
    00:28 - Hello!
    00:42 - Presented Piece: Numbers Stations
    14:05 - Promo - Paraunity Podcast
    14:59 - Discussion
    51:06 - Thanks and Where You Can Find Us
    52:57 - Fun Fact: The Butter Churner
    54:32 - Bye!
    Total Runtime: 55:11


    LinksPromoOur promo partner this week is the https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/the-paraunity-podcast-1369789 (Paraunity Podcast). Listen to genuine paranormal investigators talk shop!


    Research Linkshttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tamam_Shud_case (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tamam_Shud_case)
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-57166662 (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-57166662)
    https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/the-body-on-somerton- beach-50795611/ (https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/the-body-on-somerton- beach-50795611/)
    https://edition.cnn.com/2021/05/31/australia/australia-somerton-man-mystery-intl-hnk-dst/index.html https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/real-life/news-life/bombshell-claim-on-somerton-man-mystery-i-saw-his-dead-body/news-story/a78b959a0f922ad- c0d993d351a516c8d (https://edition.cnn.com/2021/05/31/australia/australia-somerton-man-mystery-intl-hnk-dst/index.html https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/real-life/news-life/bombshell-claim-on-somerton-man-mystery-i-saw-his-dead-body/news-story/a78b959a0f922ad- c0d993d351a516c8d)
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-05-19/six-clues-that-have-failed-to-solve- the-somerton-man-mystery/100148922 (https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-05-19/six-clues-that-have-failed-to-solve- the-somerton-man-mystery/100148922)
    https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/breaking-news/somerton-man-experts-say- mystery-could-surround-case-forever/news-story/fb6bf- b7961023ed2113a93d979165160 (https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/breaking-news/somerton-man-experts-say- mystery-could-surround-case-forever/news-story/fb6bf- b7961023ed2113a93d979165160)
    https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/danvergano/who-is-the-somerton-man (https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/danvergano/who-is-the-somerton-man)
    The other podcasts we mentioned on the show, which Mike highly recom- mends are:
    https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/death-in-ice-valley-641289 (https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/death-in-ice-valley-641289) Death In Ice Valley, which we’ve mentioned a couple of times now and is well worth a listen.
    https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/wind-of-change-1163212 (https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/wind-of-change-1163212) The podcast about the Scorpions possibly being CIA agents, is, rather predictably, called Wind Of Change. (Doh - how could I not remember that? I even said it!)
    Also, not mentioned in this episode, but one Mike has mentioned before is Bear Brook - https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/bear-brook-712155 (https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/bear-brook-712155) which, while dealing with some horrific murders, also tells the story of how one woman al- most single-handedly pioneered the discipline of forensic genealogy, which kind of links in with this case and DNA research.


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    • 55 min
    Episode 32 - Friday The 13th

    Episode 32 - Friday The 13th

    In this episode, Zoe tells us about the strange origins of Friday the 13th and why the date is considered unlucky. We also talk about phallic rockets, baker's dozens, annoying neighbours, and Sexburger the Dane.

    • 41 min
    Episode 31 - Rennes-le-Château

    Episode 31 - Rennes-le-Château

    In this episode, Mike tells us about the strange story of a Priest in Southern France, who apparently happened on a fortune in treasure and went on to spend millions, buying land, building a tower for his library, collecting exotic animals, and renovating the church with some odd additions - but what was the treasure? Listen in to find out more about Rennes-le-Château and it's priest, Berenger Saunière…

    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

Hawkesey89 ,

Fun, Factual, Five Stars

I really enjoy chilling with this podcast on. It's light and fun, while factual and informative. Mike and Zoe's natural back and forth is always entertaining, and the episodes do exactly what they say on the tin. I've enjoyed this on dog walks, while cooking, even while unable to sleep. Very enjoyable.

Pauliboy23 ,

Sounds of Greatness

If you find yourself attracted to darker or spooky things you’ll love this.
The lovely voices of Zoe and Mike will take you through the fantastical, delivered with a real love for the subjects and a critical eye.
Wonderful stuff.

Johners51 ,

Great format, great content, great podcast.

Settle in and let Mike and Zoe take you on a journey through the weird and wonderful. Great stories and excellent, informative, insightful banter as they take it in turns to present their story which is then discussed. As a fellow podcaster of the spooky kind, I thoroughly recommend subscribing.

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