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What do extraterrestrial radio signals and a mushroom in Texas have in common? What is a ”number station,” and why is it so spine-tinglingly creepy?

Join comedians Shane Rogers and Duncan MacEwan for an entertaining deep-dive into obscure facts from science and history. A fascinating new subject each week.

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What do extraterrestrial radio signals and a mushroom in Texas have in common? What is a ”number station,” and why is it so spine-tinglingly creepy?

Join comedians Shane Rogers and Duncan MacEwan for an entertaining deep-dive into obscure facts from science and history. A fascinating new subject each week.

    Spectral Evidence and Satanic Panic: The Salem Witch Trials

    Spectral Evidence and Satanic Panic: The Salem Witch Trials

    In the late 17th century, a satanic panic swept through the Puritan colony of Salem, Massachusetts. Neighbors turned on neighbors, families were torn apart, and when all was said and done 19 innocent men and women were dead.

    And the scariest part? It could happen again.  

    Join Shane and Duncan for a thorough exploration of one of the most shameful episodes in American history: the Salem Witch Trials. 

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    European Witch Trials
    The German Trier Trials
    King James VI
    The Berwick Witch Trials
    Connecticut Witch Trials
    Arthur Miller's The Crucible
    The Puritans
    The Catholic Church and Indulgences
    Salem in the 1690s
    Abigail Williams and Elizabeth "Betty" Parris
    Samuel Parris
    William Griggs
    Mary Sibley and the Witches Cake
    Elizabeth Hubbard and the Wolf
    The First Three Accused: Sarah Good, Sarah Osborne, and Tituba
    Ann Putnam Jr.
    The Devil's Book
    John and Elizabeth Proctor
    John Hathorne and Jon Corwin
    Governor Sir William Phipps
    Judge William Stoughton
    The First Execution: Bridget Bishop
    Oyer and Terminer
    Spectral Evidence
    Witch Tests
    The Pressing of Giles Cory
    The Superior Court of Judicature
    The Panic Ends

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    After Midnight: The 5 Greatest Comedians of All Time (Sample)

    After Midnight: The 5 Greatest Comedians of All Time (Sample)

    Chapelle or Seinfeld? Carlin or Kaufman? From Eddie Murphy to Eddie Izzard, the boys debate the greatest comics to ever take the stage.

    Who's in your top five? Tell us in the DISCORD ...

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    H.H. Holmes: Myths and Murder Castles

    H.H. Holmes: Myths and Murder Castles

    Everything you think you know about H.H. Holmes is probably a lie. Which is appropriate, because "Dr. Henry Howard Holmes" was more of a serial liar than a serial killer. But while the popular version of his story is more myth than reality, the truth behind the legend is equally fascinating. Join the boys as they unearth the disturbing history of Herman Webster Mudgett, aka H.H. Holmes. 

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    Herman Webster Mudgett
    Myths vs. Reality
    Erik Larson's The Devil in the White City vs. Adam Seltzer's The True History of the White City Devil
    Yellow Journalism
    The "Murder Castle"
    The World's Columbian Exposition (Chicago World's Fair)
    Formative Years
    Herman Webster Mudgett, "Resurrectionist"
    First Wife: Clara Lovering
    First Child: Robert Lovering Mudgett
    Second Wife: Myrta Zulique Belknap
    Second Child: Lucy Theodate Holmes
    Englewood, Chicago
    The Holtons
    Scams and Swindles (Mineral Water and Natural Gas)
    Benjamin Pitezel
    The Connors: Julia, Ned, and Pearl
    The Keeley Cure
    The Disappearance of Emeline Cigrand
    Third Wife: Minnie Williams
    Disappearance of Anna and Minnie
    On the Run
    Fourth Wife: Georiana Yoke
    Murders of Benjam, Howard, Alice, and Nellie Pitezel
    Apprehended
    The Trial
    Executed

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    Megafauna: Titans of the Past and Present

    Megafauna: Titans of the Past and Present

    From the largest animal to ever inhabit the earth to the heaviest predator of all time, from Spinosaurus to Dire Wolves (they were real!), Shane and Duncan explore the biggest of the big. 

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    Modern Megafauna
    Blue Whale: Balaenoptera Musculus
    Megatherium (Giant Ground Sloth)
    The Pando Aspen Colony 
    Armillaria Ostoyae: Clone Network of Fungus Rhizomorphs
    La Brea Tar Pits and Zed
    The Five Major Extinction Events
    The Square Cube Law
    Patagotitan Mayorum
    Brontosaurus (?)
    Spinosaurus
    Meganeuropsis Permiana
    Paraceratherium
    Dire Wolves

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    Mormonism: Private Worlds, Secret Handshakes, and Sacred Underwear

    Mormonism: Private Worlds, Secret Handshakes, and Sacred Underwear

    Welcome to another exciting episode of "Is it a cult?" (Spoiler: yep!)

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is one of the world's youngest and fastest-growing religions. It's also completely bonkers. In this week's supersized episode, Shane and Duncan marvel at the sheer awesome silliness of Mormonism and recount the unlikely story of the church's enigmatic con-artist founder, Joseph Smith.

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    Joseph Smith
    The Angel Moroni and the Golden Plates
    Urim and Thummim
    The Book of Mormon (Lehi, Nephi, Laman et al) 
    Brigham Young
    Nauvoo
    Exoduses from: New York, Ohio, Illinois, Missouri
    Revelation of Polygamy
    The Expositor and the Death of Joseph Smith
    Salt Lake, Utah
    The Mountain Meadows Massacre
    Missionaries
    The Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah
    Warren Jeffs
    Tithing (Sacred Taxation)
    The Artists Formerly Known as the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
    The Endowment Ceremony
    Covenants, Tokens, Signs and Seals
    Veils and Secret Handshakes
    Execution of the Penalty
    Sacred Temple Garments (God's Armor)
    Baptizing the Dead
    Exaltation (Private Worlds)
    Mormon cosmology and Kolob
    The Oath of Vengeance
    Mormons and LGBTQ+
    Prop 8
    Family Home Evening (FHE)
    Shunning/Excommunication

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    Declassified Military Operations

    Declassified Military Operations

    What was the sinister secret behind "Camp Century"? Did the American government really import and employ high-ranking Nazi scientists after WWII? Is there a non-pervy interpretation of the term "Rods of God"? Find out the answers to all of these questions and more in this week's classified, undercover, top-secret edition of MFFI. 

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    Project Iceworm
    Project Sunshine
    Project Thor
    Operation Northwoods
    Operation Paperclip

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