48 episodes

Where science meets the paranormal: A Believer, A Scientist, and the things that go bump in the night.

Sarah Cox and Dr. Kelly Ruggles explore the tales and the truth behind all things strange and unexplained--join them as they laugh, drink, argue, and get pushed outside their comfort zones.

Zero Percent Scared Dr. Kelly Ruggles and Sarah Cox

    • Natural Sciences

Where science meets the paranormal: A Believer, A Scientist, and the things that go bump in the night.

Sarah Cox and Dr. Kelly Ruggles explore the tales and the truth behind all things strange and unexplained--join them as they laugh, drink, argue, and get pushed outside their comfort zones.

    48: La Llorona and her fireball fang baby

    48: La Llorona and her fireball fang baby

    Join us today for a terrifying, depressing and somehow funny voyage into all things La Llorona -- aka 'the weeping woman', a child stalking madwoman who OBVI has postpartum psychosis like a mofo.
    We have so many insane stories in this episode, so get in here! 
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    References:
    La Llorona, Wikipedia La Llorona, the weeping woman of the southwest US Theater screens La Llorona instead of Detective Pikachu The Return of La Llorona, Texas Observer Postpartum Depression, Wikipedia Postpartum info, from the CDC Scholarly articles on Postpartum Depression Postpartum depression in men The creepy island of the dolls!!!!  Youtube vids of the island of the dolls Find us Online!
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    • 48 min
    47: Bizarro News Roundup

    47: Bizarro News Roundup

    Sarah reads the strangest stuff sometimes, and lucky you, she shares it with you this week. Join her in another solo episode to hear about endangered sea fairies, talking mummies and how dark matter might be information which means GHOSTS DEFINITELY EXIST. 
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    References:
    Scottish fish farm rejected because FAIRIES Sexy Archaeologists make a mummy speak! Information has mass and dark matter = ghosts Stop Worrying! There probably is an afterlife by Greg Taylor

    • 20 min
    46: Mass Hysteria!! We hate that term!!

    46: Mass Hysteria!! We hate that term!!

    Today we explore the insane, disturbing and occasionally frickin adorable world of mass psychogenic disorders, aka Mass Hysteria.
    Meowing nuns, dancing plagues, dogs and cats living together!! MASS HYSTERIA!!!
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    References:
     The mysterious dancing mania and mass psychogenic illness  Tarantism, dancing mania and demonopathy (via pub med) 15 cases of mass psychogenic disorder Ghost haunts toilet in Bangladesh, sends thousands into mass panic  Why does mass hysteria affect mostly women?  Mass hysteria at a New York high school Mirror Neurons are frickin awesome  Women in the middle ages (spoiler: kinda sucked) Life as a nun in the middle ages (spoiler: mostly sucked) Gender and women's mental health (via the WHO)  

    • 41 min
    45: Ed and Lorraine Warren - a diabolically adorable couple

    45: Ed and Lorraine Warren - a diabolically adorable couple

    Today Sarah gives us a solo look at Ed and Lorraine Warren, the original ghost busters! They're also the most adorable demonologist couple ever, though some say they're nothing but money hungry publicity hound charlatans. What do you think? Let us know!
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    References:
    Wiki entry on the Warrens The Warrens' website (omg guys it's so bad I feel bad) Atlas Obscura article Criticisms of the Warrens The Strange Afterlife of Ed and Lorraine Warren Connecticut Mag profile of the Warrens Annabelle (gulp) The Perron Family Haunting Amityville Amityville ghost boy photo (get it away!) The Warren Werewolf case The Devil made me do it case Find us Online!
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    • 33 min
    44: Listener Stories take 2

    44: Listener Stories take 2

    We have SO MANY AWESOME stories for you on our second listener stories episode. Thanks everyone for writing in and please keep the stories coming! Dolls, dog, football, cat, door, floor, lamp.
    Email us stories! I MEAN IT, email us! stories@zeropercentscared.com
    References:
    The free sleep paralysis show (The Nightmare, 2005) The costs-money sleep paralysis show with an effects budget (The Nightmare, 2015) The Mutter, a 'medical oddities' Museum Find us Online!
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    • 36 min
    43: Drug Bushes and Wormholes (time slips)

    43: Drug Bushes and Wormholes (time slips)

    People seem to experience time-slips all of the time, but is it really just a troupe of victorian era cosplayers or heaps of concentrated hallucinogenic flora? Or could it be actual wormholes because PHYSICS!
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    References: 
    Slips in time and space. By Rosemary Ellen Guiley  Time storms. By Jenny Randles  The Moberly Jourdain time slip  An Adventure. By C. A. E Moberly  Other time slip stories from Mysterious Universe Salvia divinorum aka drug bush!What is Space-Time? By Adam Mann Scientists dismiss the idea of travel through wormholes. By RUDN University  Are wormholes real? By Sabrina Stierwalt Time Travel Via Wormhole Breaks the Rules of Quantum Mechanics. By Bill Andrews  ‘We can build a real time machine’ By Thomas Scheidl  Stephen Hawking hosted a party for time travelers, but no one came. By Mark Kaufman  Time Traveller photos Swiss ring found in unsealed Ming era tomb Find us Online!
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    • 42 min

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