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My name is J.W. Ocker. For more than a decade, I have sought out odd sites and artifacts. I believe that within a tank or two of gas of any point in the country are oddities worth trekking to on a Saturday afternoon. And I have the stories as proof.

Odd Things I've Seen: The Podcast J.W. Ocker

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My name is J.W. Ocker. For more than a decade, I have sought out odd sites and artifacts. I believe that within a tank or two of gas of any point in the country are oddities worth trekking to on a Saturday afternoon. And I have the stories as proof.

    Episode 19: JAWS in a Chicken Wing Joint

    Episode 19: JAWS in a Chicken Wing Joint

    We're headed to Staten Island. to a chicken wing joint. That has a 13-foot-long artificial great white shark hanging from its ceiling whose name is JAWS. But not thee one from the movie, the one from the ride. This one's a weird one, so strap on your life jacket, grab a harpoon gun, and make sure your boat is of adequate size.
    Photos from my visit.
    Address for 494 Chicken: 3785 Victory Blvd, Staten Island, New York.
    Universal Studios Hollywood tram tour video.
    Universal Studios Orlando original JAWS ride video.
    Universal Studios Orlando revamped JAWS ride video.
    Photos of JAWS decaying in a yard in Maryland.
    The history of JAWS the ride.
    Want to learn about the oddities I visit in real time? Follow me on Twitter, Facebook, or Patreon.
    I also write other books that you can buy. Spooky books.
     

    • 13 min.
    Episode 18: She's Also the "I" in OTIS, Part 2

    Episode 18: She's Also the "I" in OTIS, Part 2

    In Part 2 of this interview with my wife about this thing called OTIS, we delve into her photography and how that intersects with the project, some of her favorite oddities and where she wants to go the most, what it's like doing OTIS with kids, and--my favorite part in the entire interview--we talk about ending this OTIS project.
    Don't forget to listen to Part 1, as well as the minisode pulled from the interview where we somehow end up arguing Halloween vs. Christmas. That minisode is going on the OTIS Club Patreon and will be open to all member levels, which means you can hear it for as little as $1.
    Odd Things My Wife's Seen (including photos of her).
    The OTIS Club Patreon, where you can get the bonus minisode.
    The time saw the House on the Rock in Wisconsin.
    The time we went to the City Museum in Washington.
    Want to learn about the oddities we visit in real time? Follow me on Twitter, Facebook, or Patreon.
    I also write other books that you can buy. Spooky books.

    • 28 min.
    Episode 17: She's Also the "I" in OTIS, Part 1

    Episode 17: She's Also the "I" in OTIS, Part 1

    For almost the entire 12 years of OTIS, there have actually been two I's in that acronym, my own and my wife's. Lindsey's never told her half of the OTIS story, though, until now. In this first part of the interview, we cover how the whole thing started (which was around the time we met each other), what our first oddities we visited together were, what oddities she is completely uncomfortable visiting, the types of oddities she loves to see, and her take on our night at Lizzie Borden's.
    Also debuting today, a minisode pulled from the interview where we somehow end up arguing Halloween vs. Christmas. That minisode is going on the OTIS Club Patreon and will be open to all member levels, which means you can hear it for as little as $1.
    Odd Things My Wife's Seen (including photos of her).
    The OTIS Club Patreon, where you can get the bonus minisode.
    The time we stayed together at the Lizzie Borden House.
    The time we visited Ed Gein sites.
    Want to learn about the oddities we visit in real time? Follow me on Twitter, Facebook, or Patreon.
    I also write other books that you can buy. Spooky books.

    • 30 min.
    Episode 16: Physical Evidence of Hollow Earth Theory...Believers

    Episode 16: Physical Evidence of Hollow Earth Theory...Believers

    In this episode, I take you to Hamilton, Ohio, to see the hollow-earth-inspired gravestone of one of the theory's biggest evangelists, and then we go to Estero, Florida, to see the remnants of a hollow earth cult whose definition of hollow earth is mind-blowing.
    Photos of my visit to the hollow earth-inspired grave of John Symmes.
    Photos of my visit to the remains of the Koreshan hollow earth cult.
    Address for the grave of John Symmes in Symmes Park: Sycamore St. and South Third St., Hamilton, Ohio.
    Address for Koreshan State Park: 3800 Corkscrew Rd., Estero, Florida.
    Want to learn about the oddities I visit in real time? Follow me on Twitter, Facebook, or Patreon.
    I also write other books that you can buy. Spooky books.

    • 19 min.
    Episode 15 (Special On-Location): A Monk Cave, a Vampire Grave, and a Witch Path

    Episode 15 (Special On-Location): A Monk Cave, a Vampire Grave, and a Witch Path

    We recently trekked to the Springfield area of Massachusetts to see some seriously weird, creepy, and fascinating oddity, and recording the whole outing. That's the "Special On-Location" part. I'd tell you more, but it's kind of all in the title.
    Photos of this road trip on OTIS.
    A deeper dive into Witch Path.
    GPS Coordinates for Monk Cave: 42.506533, -72.409833
    Address of South Cemetery (Grave of Martha Dwight, the Vampire): 143 Mill Valley Rd., Belchertown, MA 
    Address of Fairview Cemetery (Grave of Edward Bellamy): 687 Front St, Chicopee, MA
    Witch Path address: Witch Path, Springfield, MA
    Want to learn about the oddities I visit in real time? Follow me on Twitter, Facebook, or Patreon.
    I also write other books that you can buy. Spooky books.

    • 21 min.
    Episode 14: How to Do Sleepy Hollow

    Episode 14: How to Do Sleepy Hollow

    Gather 'round, and I'll elucidate, everything I've learned over a decade of visiting Sleepy Hollow, New York, during the Halloween season. The only thing you need to know in advance is that the Headless Horseman is my favorite monster. 
    All of my OTIS articles on Sleepy Hollow.
    The 2019 OTIS Halloween Season is in full swing over at oddthingsiveseen.com. 
    Want to learn about the oddities I visit in real time? Follow me on Twitter, Facebook, or Patreon.
    I also write other books that you can buy. Spooky books.

    • 23 min.

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