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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.

    David Hahn, the Radioactive Boy Scout

    David Hahn, the Radioactive Boy Scout

    MYS092: Outside Detroit in August 1994, teenage Boy Scout David Hahn was discovered to have gathered a dangerous cache of radioactive materials. Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli explore why David was stockpiling these materials, how he got his hands on them, and how the adults in his family and in authority reacted when they found out.
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    Chapters for this episode:
    MYS092 – 00:00:00
    Intro – 00:22:17
    August 31, 1994 – 02:18:55
    Thank you to our Patrons – 06:47:07
    The beginning – 07:14:12
    David’s parents’ reactions – 12:10:11
    Turning point – 13:28:21
    How a nuclear reactor works – 15:14:25
    David decides to make a reactor – 27:17:46
    Collecting radioactive materials – 28:38:64
    Radium and Marie Curie – 33:51:05
    Shut down by the authorities – 38:49:33
    David until today – 42:21:10
    Faith Perspective – 43:56:25
    Bottom Line – 46:17:74
    Further Resources – 46:44:46
    Mysterious Feedback – 47:41:56
    Mysterious Headlines – 50:36:34
    What do you think? – 52:45:00
    Next Time: Reincarnation – 53:09:47
    Outro – 53:26:12
    Links for this episode:

    * Ken Silverstein’s book The Radioactive Boy Scout
    * Sam Kean’s book The Disappearing Spoon
    * James Mahaffey’s book Atomic Accidents
    * The Golden Book of Chemistry Experiments (CD)
    * Prof. James Duane’s book You Have the Right to Remain Innocent
    * David Hahn (Wikipedia)
    * Ken Silverstein’s Harper’s Magazine article
    * Prof. James Duane’s “Don’t Talk to the Police” Debate
    * “History’s Greatest Monster” Simpsons clip
    * Recycling Nuclear Fuel
    * Breeder Reactors


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    • 54 min
    The Government Acid Conspiracy

    The Government Acid Conspiracy

    MYS091: A dangerous chemical known since ancient times has developed a bizarre health craze around it and many health gurus say everyone needs to consume this acid. Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli explore its history, its dangers, and a government conspiracy to put it in our water supply.

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    * Sam Keane’s book The Disappearing Spoon

    * Wikipedia on Hydroxylic Acid

    * More from Wikipedia

    * Planet Gliese 1214 b

    * How It Rains on Other Planets

    * Newly Discovered Planet Where It Rains Iron

    * Torture by Hydroxylic Acid

    * Carotenosis (Carrots/Orange Skin)

    * Argyria (Silver/Blue Skin)

    * WHO Model List of Essential Medicines (2013)

    * Paracelsus

    * Hydroxylic Acid Intoxication

    * Hyponatremia

    * Water Fluoridation Controversy

    * Anti-Hydroxylic Acid Activist Group

    * Beer Hall Putsch

    * Most Disturbing Video Link





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    • 38 min
    Werewolves!

    Werewolves!

    MYS090: People have believed in werewolves since time immemorial with tales of human beings transforming either physically or behaviorally. Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli explore what we know of these accounts, where they come from, and whether there’s any truth to legends of lycanthropy.
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    Chapters for this episode:
    MYS090 – 00:00:00
    Intro – 00:22:13
    Where the term “werewolf” originates – 01:13:11
    Werewolves in prehistory – 02:44:74
    Classical written records about werewolves – 05:40:28
    Werewolf accounts in the Christian era – 10:47:63
    Werewolf trials in Europe – 15:12:50
    Thank you to Patrons! – 19:54:00
    Theories – 20:25:07
    Faith Perspective – 21:30:71
    Could or would God transform someone into a wolf? – 23:18:72
    Could demons transform someone into a werewolf? – 26:47:29
    Reason Perspective – 33:17:50
    Plausible bases for werewolf reports – 34:23:47
    Individual cases – 38:08:52
    Mental conditions – 40:04:74
    Physical conditions – 41:06:58
    The Bottom Line – 50:54:65
    Further Resources – 51:41:29
    Mysterious Feedback – 53:32:11
    Mysterious Headlines – 65:42:01
    Next Time: The Radioactive Boy Scout – 66:30:19
    Outro – 66:46:16
    Links for this episode:

    * Ian Woodward’s book The Werewolf Delusion
    * Baring-Gould & O’Donnell’s book Werewolves: The Definitive Guide: Werewolf History, Fiction, Mythology, Folklore, Legends, and Stories
    * Kathleen McAuliffe’s book This Is Your Brain on Parasites
    * Thomas Aquinas’s book On Evil
    * Werewolf (Wikipedia)
    * Greek vase showing the Trojan warrior Dolan wearing a wolfskin
    * Viking Berserkers May Have Been High on Hallucinogenic Herbal Tea (Insensitive to Pain, Heightened Aggression)
    * Peter Stumpp, the “Werewolf of Bedburg”
    * Medical paper Lycanthrope: A Review
    * Medical paper abstract Lycanthropy: Alive and Well in the Twentieth Century
    * Hypertrichosis
    * Curious Genetics of Werewolves (picture of boys)
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Mysterious Corona Virus Update

    Mysterious Corona Virus Update

    MYS089.1: In this special episode, Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli give a brief update on how they’ll be handling the topic of the coronavirus pandemic on the show and give brief faith and reason perspectives.

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    • 9 min
    Black Magic Harem Conspiracy (Ancient Egyptian Murder Mystery)

    Black Magic Harem Conspiracy (Ancient Egyptian Murder Mystery)

    MYS089: More than 3,000 years ago, a conspiracy was launched against the most powerful man on Earth, the Egyptian pharaoh. Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli explore who the conspirators were, what they were trying to accomplish, and what dark arts they used in their plot.

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    Chapters for this episode:

    MYS089 – 00:00:00

    Intro – 00:22:15

    Disclaimers – 02:08:65

    The source papyrus – 04:19:59

    The Egyptian era in question – 05:45:47

    Rameses III – 06:45:69

    Rameses III’s great tomb – 11:04:24

    Signs of trouble – 13:39:62

    The family – 16:04:02

    Tiye’s plan – 19:55:27

    Did the butler do it? – 22:04:13

    Pebakkamen – 23:22:41

    Magical names – 24:23:19

    The plan – 25:52:66

    The conspiracy grows – 26:33:43

    Bypassing magical protections – 31:45:30

    Theories – 35:42:34

    Faith Perspective – 36:40:18

    Black magic – 38:04:03

    Reason Perspective – 40:57:70

    Why the records were altered – 42:11:22

    Names have been changed – 45:38:10

    How the deed was to be done – 49:57:41

    The motive – 51:35:07

    Were they guilty? – 53:35:27

    Did they succeed? – 55:59:67

    The conspirators’ fates – 59:06:27

    Surprise twist – 61:42:45

    The capital punishments – 65:45:21

    Bottom Line – 73:52:13

    Further Resources – 74:54:14

    Mysterious Feedback – 75:54:28

    Mysterious Headlines – 80:11:53

    Next Time: Werewolves – 82:02:44

    Links for this episode:



    * Susan Redford’s book The Harem Conspiracy

    * Pascal Vernus’s book Affairs and Scandals in Ancient Egypt

    * Bob Brier’s course The History of Ancient Egypt

    * Records of the Harem Conspiracy

    * Bob Brier’s article “The Mystery of Unknown Man E”

    * Zahi Hawass paper “Revisiting the Harem Conspiracy and Death of Ramesses III”

    * Summary of the Zahi Hawass paper

    * Rameses’s tomb

    * Episode 42, Was King Tut Murdered?





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    • 1 hr 23 min
    Nemesis Death Star Theory

    Nemesis Death Star Theory

    MYS088: Does our solar system contain a dramatic secret object, a hidden second star that has caused the destruction of countless life forms on Earth? Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli explore the Nemesis death star theory and whether it’s responsible for a regular cycle of mass extinction on Earth.

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    Chapters for this episode:

    MYS088 – 00:00:00

    Intro – 00:22:09

    Defining terms – 01:50:20

    Problems with IAU definitions – 04:37:63

    Binary star systems – 09:07:51

    Iridium as evidence – 11:46:26

    Rhenium – 17:43:69

    The origin of the Nemesis name – 21:46:52

    Isotopes – 23:47:46

    Theories – 26:02:39

    Faith Perspective – 27:14:20

    Reason Perspective – 29:53:72

    Is the whole basis of the theory wrong? – 29:59:12

    Does Sol have a distant companion? – 32:00:04

    Red dwarf – 32:37:25

    Brown dwarf – 35:11:38

    Huge, undiscovered planet – 36:30:08

    Black hole – 38:00:07

    What have astronomers found? – 40:11:25

    Alternatives to Nemesis – 40:46:10

    Shiva hypothesis – 42:05:15

    Bottom Line – 44:47:53

    When to expect next Rain of Death – 45:22:24

    Further Resources – 46:01:48

    Mysterious Feedback – 46:46:02

    Mysterious Headlines – 56:55:17

    Next Time: Egyptian Black Magic Harem Conspiracy – 58:23:17

    Links for this episode:



    * Richard Muller’s book Nemesis: The Death Star

    * Sam Kean’s book The Disappearing Spoon

    * Richard Muller’s homepage on Nemesis

    * Richard Muller’s most recent (2002) paper on Nemesis

    * Richard Muller’s 1985 New York Times Magazine article on Nemesis

    * Wikipedia on Nemesis

    * Scholtz and Unwin’s paper on Planet “9” being a Primordial Black Hole

    * Our solar system might have a black hole

    * Space.com article on multi-star systems

    * Letter from a Young Listener





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    • 59 min

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