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Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious world is an exploration of the weird, the strange, the unusual, and the fascinating phenomena in the physical world around us—and beyond—from a Catholic perspective. Join Jimmy Akin and his co-host Domenico Bettinelli as they examine ancient mysteries, folk tales, urban legends, and miraculous stories with a methodical, logical, well-reasoned but not entirely skeptical eye.

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Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious world is an exploration of the weird, the strange, the unusual, and the fascinating phenomena in the physical world around us—and beyond—from a Catholic perspective. Join Jimmy Akin and his co-host Domenico Bettinelli as they examine ancient mysteries, folk tales, urban legends, and miraculous stories with a methodical, logical, well-reasoned but not entirely skeptical eye.

    Apocalyptic Polygamy, Bell Witch, Troy, Lying, Sports in Heaven, Resurrected Kidneys, and More Patron Questions

    Apocalyptic Polygamy, Bell Witch, Troy, Lying, Sports in Heaven, Resurrected Kidneys, and More Patron Questions

    MYS183: We regularly give Patrons the opportunity to ask Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli their mysterious questions and make them available exclusively to Patrons first and then later to the whole audience in a special bonus release like this one.

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    * Polygamy in Christianity – Wikipedia

    * Bell Witch – Wikipedia

    * Troy

    * Heinrich Schliemann

    * August 2021 claim of Trojan Horse discovery

    * Mystery airship

    * Zodiac Killer

    * Aphantasia

    * Aphantasia, Imagination, and Dreaming

    * Hyperconnectivity/Synesthesia

    * Info on ADE responses

    * Incorruptibility

    * Philip experiment





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    * Feedback in this episode comes from MYS173: Jimmy and Dom Test Their Psychic Powers?



    Mysterious Headlines



    * 2 California Condors have virgin births

    * Bigfoot language caught on tape?



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    Catechism Class,

    • 1 hr 37 min
    Raiders of the Lost Ark, Time Travel Murder, Jesus’ Y Chromosome, Two Popes? & More Weird Questions

    Raiders of the Lost Ark, Time Travel Murder, Jesus’ Y Chromosome, Two Popes? & More Weird Questions

    MYS182: It’s the day after Thanksgiving, so Cy Kellett of Catholic Answers Live is asking Jimmy Akin more weird questions from listeners, including whether Indy would have died opening the Ark; Was Emily Blunt murdering Tom Cruise in Edge of Tomorrow; where did Jesus Y chromosome come from; and more.
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    Questions Covered:

    * 01:57 – What’s Jimmy’s favorite meal to eat on a Friday during Lent?
    * 03:35 – Do I get to keep my tattoos after the Last Judgement?
    * 07:00 – Apart from Jesus’ Passion, would Jesus ever have gotten sick or hurt, or would Psalm 91, which Satan quotes, apply and he would be protected? Would He have allowed Himself, Mary or an Apostle to become sick or hurt?
    * 11:32 – Does the Emily Blunt character in the Tom Cruise movie “Edge of Tomorrow” commit murder every time she kills his character to restart the day?
    * 17:25 – What should we make of the up and coming problem of human composting of bodies vs. Catholic burial? It is being implemented in Seattle and already approved by law there.
    * 21:42 – How was the male seed provided to fertilize the egg which enabled Jesus the Christ to germinate? How was the DNA determined for the male contribution to Jesus’s zygote?
    * 22:41 – What do you think the spiritual state of a Time Lord is?
    * 24:24 – Given that Divine Revelation has provided us knowledge of invisible beings called angels and demons, and given that the fall of Adam is what threw the entire universe into discord, and given that all rational creatures are necessarily disposed to worship of God through the Incarnation of Christ, what possible room could there be for the existence of an unknown, unreached race of intelligent beings on other planets not accounted for by Revelation?
    * 30:37 – In what sense could it be said that unicorns (or dragons or trolls or Captain Picard) exist?
    * 37:01 – A Jewish friend asks me this all the time: How could the wise men have seen the star in the east if they were east of Judea?
    * 39:50 – If Raiders of the Lost Ark was written to have Indy and his girlfriend open the Ark instead of the Germans would they have died in the same way the Germans did or no since they didn’t have any evil intentions with the Ark itself?
    * 41:47 – I would love to hear a layman’s explanation of the immutability of God—how God is unchanging and exactly what that means for a personal God who watches over us changeable beings.
    * 43:38 – What happens when you have two popes and, God forbid, the second one dies first?

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    • 47 min
    D.B. Cooper: The Hijacker Who Got Away

    D.B. Cooper: The Hijacker Who Got Away

    MYS181: Fifty years ago, Dan Cooper boarded a short flight to Seattle and then hijacked the plane. After getting $200,000 in ransom, he parachuted out of the plane, never to be seen again. Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli ask who he really was, how he pulled off the plot, and what happened to him after.
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    Links for this episode:

    * Geoffrey Gray’s book Skyjack: The Hunt for D. B. Cooper
    * Skipp Porteous & Robert Blevins’s book Into the Blast
    * Drew Beeson’s book Paratrooper of Fortune
    * Robert H. Edwards’s book D. B. Cooper and Flight 305: Reexamining the Hijacking and the Disappearance (Nov. 24)
    * Chuck Brodsky’s album with “The Ballad of D.B. Cooper”
    * D. B. Cooper
    * FBI files on D.B. Cooper
    * Dan Cooper comics
    * Dan Cooper skydiving cover
    * How “D.B.” Cooper got his name
    * Aircraft hijacking
    * Monty Python “Take this bus to Cuba!”
    * Skydivers weigh in on the jump
    * Vapor lock
    * Terroristic threat
    * Cooper vane


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    Mysterious Headlines

    * Dino DNA find in China challenged
    * Confidence-Based Scale for Alien Life Detection

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    • 1 hr 37 min
    Life on Mars (Martian Life, Alien Life, Extraterrestrials, Exobiology)

    Life on Mars (Martian Life, Alien Life, Extraterrestrials, Exobiology)

    MYS180: For centuries, people have wondered whether there is life on Mars and NASA’s 1970s-era rovers seemed to prove there was, but then doubts arose. Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli look at whether there is life on Mars, how it would have got there, what it would be like.

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    Links for this episode:



    * Bradley Schaefer’s audio course The Remarkable Science of Ancient Astronomy

    * Michael Brooks’ book 13 Things That Don’t Make Sense

    * Marcia Bartusiak’s book The Day We Found the Universe

    * Percival Lowell’s book Mars and Its Canals

    * Gilbert Levin’s web site

    * Gil Levin’s 2020 summary of evidence

    * Life on Mars (Wikipedia)

    * Christian Huygens

    * Giovanni Schiapparelli

    * Percival Lowell

    * Martian “Canals”

    * Flash floods on ancient Mars (video)

    * David Bowie’s song Life on Mars

    * Orson Welles’s War of the Worlds

    * Lucian of Samosata

    * A True Story

    * David Bowie’s 1971 song “Life on Mars?”

    * 1962 Science magazine article “Martian Biology”

    * 1996 NASA announcement

    * 1996 Clinton announcement

    * Meteor ALH 84001

    * Trees on Mars?

    * Dr. Jane’s Science Notes (video version of album, cued up to the song “A Look at Things That Don’t Exist” via Vintage Filk Preservation)





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    • 1 hr 31 min
    Canals on Mars? (Martian Life, Alien Life, Extraterrestrials, Exobiology)

    Canals on Mars? (Martian Life, Alien Life, Extraterrestrials, Exobiology)

    MYS179: After 19th-century astronomers said Mars has a worldwide network of canals, people speculated there was not just life but a civilization there. Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli explore whether there is life on Mars, and if so, how it got there and what it is like.
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    Links for this episode:

    * Bradley Schaefer’s audio course The Remarkable Science of Ancient Astronomy
    * Michael Brooks’ book 13 Things That Don’t Make Sense
    * Marcia Bartusiak’s book The Day We Found the Universe
    * Percival Lowell’s book Mars and Its Canals
    * Gilbert Levin’s web site
    * Gil Levin’s 2020 summary of evidence
    * Life on Mars (Wikipedia)
    * Christian Huygens
    * Giovanni Schiapparelli
    * Percival Lowell
    * Martian “Canals”
    * Flash floods on ancient Mars (video)
    * David Bowie’s song Life on Mars
    * Orson Welles’s War of the Worlds
    * Lucian of Samosata
    * A True Story
    * David Bowie’s 1971 song “Life on Mars?”
    * Video of the song “Life on Mars?”
    * 1962 Science magazine article “Martian Biology”


    * Please spread the word about the podcast. Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts!
    * Purchase the books and other material from this and other episodes at the Mysterious World Bookstore.
    * Join the conversation at the Starquest Facebook page and the Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World Facebook page.
    * Send your feedback or comments to mysterious@sqpn.com or send a tweet to @mys_world

    Mysterious Headlines

    * Humans evolving to have a new artery in their arms (and a new knee bone)
    * Dino DNA in China

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    • 1 hr 27 min
    Superhero Guardian Angels, Ark of the Covenant, Judas in Hell & More Weird Questions

    Superhero Guardian Angels, Ark of the Covenant, Judas in Hell & More Weird Questions

    MYS178: It’s a fifth Friday so Cy Kellett of Catholic Answers Live is asking Jimmy Akin more weird questions from listeners, including what guardian angels would do for superheroes; where the Ark of the Covenant is; whether Judas is in Hell; are there pizza rolls in heaven, what role Neanderthals played in Creation; and more.

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    Questions Covered:



    * 01:40 – Is it possible that at the Transfiguration, when Jesus met Moses and Elijah, it was the same meeting as Exodus 34 and 1 Kings 19? Since Moses looked while Elijah didn’t, was that the reason Moses’ face shined while Elijah’s didn’t?

    * 05:20 – What role do you think a Guardian Angel might play in the life of a super-hero? Night Crawler is Catholic.

    * 06:33 – Would prayers or sacraments be valid in a fictional language like Elvish?

    * 14:06 – Where is the Ark of the Covenant?

    * 19:33 – How about in the future if modern medicine could bring back people after death what would happen to their soul when they were dead? What would happen to the soul once they were brought back to life?

    * 27:51 – Did Jesus have vestigial organs?

    * 31:51 – Are we sure Judas is in hell?

    * 37:48 – Are there pizza rolls in heaven?

    * 42:59 – How do Neanderthals figure into the creation history?





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    * Send your feedback or comments to mysterious@sqpn.com or send a tweet to @mys_world



    Mysterious Headlines



    * 1st Circumtriple planet found?

    * Largest comet ever found!



    This Episode is Brought to You By:

    Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World is brought to you in part through the generous support of Aaron Vurgason Electric and Automation at AaronV.com. Making Connections for Life for your automation and smart home needs in north and central Florida.

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SuzG85 ,

Intriguing

I have been listening for a few months now and I just became a patron. I am always amazed at the topics covered and the quality of the research. There is a great variety of topics for any mystery listener. Thank you Jimmy & Dom for your commitment to present topics from the perspectives of faith and reason!

C&W Anathema ,

Catching up with JA’s Mysterious World

I first starting listening to JAMW with the Weird World episodes and am now going back through the archives selecting those which catch my interest on a quick scroll. I very much enjoy all the episodes thus far and equally enjoy the links posted. Posting those links for further reading make this one of the best podcasts around.

ladymage1993 ,

Amazing

Thank you for not shying away from faith or reason.

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