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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.

    The Versailles Time-Slip (Moberly-Jourdain Incident, An Adventure)

    The Versailles Time-Slip (Moberly-Jourdain Incident, An Adventure)

    MYS244: In 1901, two Englishwomen visiting the French palace of Versailles had a strange experience. Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli discuss their encounters with strangely dressed people in what has become known as a time-slip and what could explain it.
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    Links for this episode:

    * An Adventure (1st, 1911 edition)
    * Mark Lamont’s book The Mysterious Paths of Versailles
    * Moberly-Jourdain Incident (Psi-Encyclopedia)
    * Moberly-Jourdain Incident (Wikipedia)
    * 1981 British TV movie Miss Morison’s Ghosts
    * Folie a deux


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    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.
    Catechism Class, a dynamic weekly podcast journey through the Catechism of the Catholic Church by Greg and Jennifer Willits. It’s the best book club, coffee talk, and faith study group, all rolled into one. Find it in any podcast directory.
    Fiorvento Law, PLLC, specializing in adult guardianships and conservatorships, probate and estate planning matters. Accepting clients throughout Michigan. Taking into account your individual, healthcare, financial and religious needs. Visit FiorventoLaw.com
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    • 1 hr 24 min
    Giants! (Biblical Giants, Goliath, Nephilim, Tallest Man Ever, Robert Wadlow)

    Giants! (Biblical Giants, Goliath, Nephilim, Tallest Man Ever, Robert Wadlow)

    MYS243: Giants have been part of history and mythology all over the world. Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli discuss what giants are, how big humans can get, what’s responsible for giants, and the report of giant people in legends and the Bible.
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    * Giants
    * Gigantism
    * Acromegaly
    * Passage from the Poetic Edda
    * Potsdam Giants
    * Amber Room
    * Regression to the mean
    * Sultan Kosen
    * Robert Wadlow
    * Journal of Anthropology article The Cubit: A History and Measurement Commentary
    * Michael Heiser’s article on the Height of Goliath
    * Giant’s Causeway
    * Hitching Stone
    * Glacial Erratics
    * Stonehenge
    * Wooly Mammoths
    * Andre the Giant
    * Ulster Medical Journal article Hereditary Gigantism—The Biblical Goliath and His Brothers
    * Average heights in countries
    * Height and lifespan


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    • 1 hr 15 min
    Rainmaker Charles Hatfield (San Diego Flood!)

    Rainmaker Charles Hatfield (San Diego Flood!)

    MYS242: In 1915, during a particularly bad drought, San Diego hired rainmaker Charles Hatfield, who gave them more than they bargained for. Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli get to know Hatfield, how he tried to make it rain, and what happened in San Diego.
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    Links for this episode:

    * Clark Spence’s book The Rainmakers: American Pluviculture to World War II
    * Robert Graves’s book I, Claudius
    * Robert Graves’s book Claudius the God and His Wife Messalina
    * 1956 film The Rainmaker
    * 1974 film Chinatown
    * Charles Hatfield
    * Milford Donaldson’s master’s thesis
    * Rainmaking/Pluviculture
    * Sabine Hossenfelder on Rainmaking
    * Vincent Schaefer
    * Vincent Schaefer snow-making demonstration
    * Rainfall in San Diego
    * Rainfall in Boston
    * Rainfall in Fayetteville, AR
    * California Water Wars
    * True West article “Bombs Over Texas”
    * JSTOR Daily article on Hatfield
    * Dust Bowl
    * E Clampus Vitus


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    * Send your feedback or comments to mysterious@sqpn.com or send a tweet to @mys_world
    * You can also leave a voice message on the Mysterious Feedback Line at (619) 738-4515

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    • 1 hr 31 min
    Mysterious Feedback (226A-230, Spoon Bending, Secret Cuban Missile Crisis, Ellen Gould White)

    Mysterious Feedback (226A-230, Spoon Bending, Secret Cuban Missile Crisis, Ellen Gould White)

    MYS241a: Mysterious feedback! Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli answer your mysterious feedback on recent episodes, including astrology, spoon bending, the secret Cuban missile crisis, and 7th Day Adventist prophet Ellen G. White, plus fan art and a poem.
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    Links for this episode:

    * Jillian Chapman
    * Kenny Biddle | Ep. 70 – SHB w/ Jimmy Akin – YouTube
    * 226a: Can Catholics Follow Astrology?
    * 227: Spoon Bending? (Metal Bending, Psychic, PK Parties)
    * 228: The Secret Cuban Missile Crisis (Mikoyan, Castro, Kennedy, Khrushchev, November 1962)
    * 229: Ellen Gould White (Seventh-Day Adventist Prophet)
    * 230: Testing Ellen Gould White (Seventh-Day Adventist Prophetess)


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    * Send your feedback or comments to mysterious@sqpn.com or send a tweet to @mys_world
    * You can also leave a voice message on the Mysterious Feedback Line at (619) 738-4515

    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.
    Catechism Class, a dynamic weekly podcast journey through the Catechism of the Catholic Church by Greg and Jennifer Willits. It’s the best book club, coffee talk, and faith study group, all rolled into one. Find it in any podcast directory.
    Fiorvento Law, PLLC, specializing in adult guardianships and conservatorships, probate and estate planning matters. Accepting clients throughout Michigan. Taking into account your individual, healthcare, financial and religious needs. Visit FiorventoLaw.com
    Deliver Contacts, offering honest pricing and reliable service for all your contact lens n...

    • 1 hr 22 min
    The Mystery of Mummies (Dr. Bob Brier, Ancient Egypt)

    The Mystery of Mummies (Dr. Bob Brier, Ancient Egypt)

    MYS241: Mummies have long been an object of fascination, but how they were made has been a mysterious trade secret of the “men of Anubis.” Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli continue their conversation with Dr. Bob Brier to discuss what he’s learned about mummies as one of the world’s foremost experts.
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    * Bob Brier’s book Tutankhamun and the Tomb That Changed the World
    * Bob Brier’s book The Murder of Tutankhamun
    * Great Courses History of Ancient Egypt (audio version)
    * Bob Brier’s author page
    * Dr. Brier’s web page
    * Steve Martin’s King Tut song
    * Saturday Night Live version


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    * Purchase the books and other material from this and other episodes at the Mysterious World Bookstore.
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    * Send your feedback or comments to mysterious@sqpn.com or send a tweet to @mys_world
    * You can also leave a voice message on the Mysterious Feedback Line at (619) 738-4515

    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.
    Catechism Class, a dynamic weekly podcast journey through the Catechism of the Catholic Church by Greg and Jennifer Willits. It’s the best book club, coffee talk, and faith study group, all rolled into one. Find it in any podcast directory.
    Fiorvento Law, PLLC, specializing in adult guardianships and conservatorships, probate and estate planning matters. Accepting clients throughout Michigan. Taking into account your individual, healthcare, financial and religious needs. Visit FiorventoLaw.com
    Deliver Contacts, offering honest pricing and reliable service for all your contact lens needs. See the difference at delivercontacts.com.
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    • 54 min
    Egyptian Afterlife (Dr. Bob Brier, Ancient Egypt)

    Egyptian Afterlife (Dr. Bob Brier, Ancient Egypt)

    MYS240: The idea of the afterlife is universal in human history, ancient Egyptians included. Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli welcome famed Egyptologist Dr. Bob Brier to discuss what the ancient Egyptians believed, including how it was similar and different from Judeo-Christian beliefs.

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    * Bob Brier’s book Tutankhamun and the Tomb That Changed the World

    * Bob Brier’s book The Murder of Tutankhamun

    * Great Courses History of Ancient Egypt (audio version)

    * Bob Brier’s author page

    * Dr. Brier’s web page





    * 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.

    * Be part of the StarQuest Discord community at SQPN.com/discord

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

    * You can also leave a voice message on the Mysterious Feedback Line at (619) 738-4515



    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.

    Catechism Class, a dynamic weekly podcast journey through the Catechism of the Catholic Church by Greg and Jennifer Willits. It’s the best book club, coffee talk, and faith study group, all rolled into one. Find it in any podcast directory.

    Fiorvento Law, PLLC, specializing in adult guardianships and conservatorships, probate and estate planning matters. Accepting clients throughout Michigan. Taking into account your individual, healthcare, financial and religious needs. Visit FiorventoLaw.com

    Deliver Contacts, offering honest pricing and reliable service for all your contact lens needs. See the difference at delivercontacts.com.

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    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
2K Ratings

2K Ratings

dit-dah-dit ,

Great way to learn new and interesting things

They’re analytical and fun. They cover a wide variety of topics.

The S.K.P. Machine ,

Wanting to believe, a little too much

An argument put forward by the hosts: a hoax cannot be a hoax if the hoax is more successful than the hoaxers could have reasonably predicted. That’s the shoddy, circular reasoning that makes it impossible for me to take this show seriously.

Rootiekazoo ,

Sup Jimmy!

Got the same Mexican blanket you sport often. Just gave it away however…Loved you since Day #1. You just felt and feel like family to me. 💯😂🙏🏻👻 Interesting Podcast. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 I like Nicholas “The Regular…” 😂😂😂 Jimmy, I love your “quick draw McGraw talent… is that yo’ middle name?” Kewl episode of giants! ❤️❤️❤️

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