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Paranormal, unexplainable, and uncanny stories aren't just in the fiction section. They happen every day, to people just like you.
One Strange Thing brings you family-friendly stories from America's newspaper archives. And they all have something in common: an element that can't be explained by logic alone.
Join us on our trek through small town U.S.A.'s oddities - and prepare to wonder what oddities are hiding in your hometown, too.

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Paranormal, unexplainable, and uncanny stories aren't just in the fiction section. They happen every day, to people just like you.
One Strange Thing brings you family-friendly stories from America's newspaper archives. And they all have something in common: an element that can't be explained by logic alone.
Join us on our trek through small town U.S.A.'s oddities - and prepare to wonder what oddities are hiding in your hometown, too.

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    The Chupacabra

    The Chupacabra

    A relative newcomer to the cryptid fold, the chupacabra made its worldwide debut in 1995, when mysterious livestock attacks were reported  across Puerto Rico—and a strange creature was accused of draining blood and sowing mayhem wherever it appeared. 
     
    Hosted and Written  by Laurah Norton
    Research by Laurah Norton and Bryan Worters 
    Produced and Engineered  by Maura Currie 
     
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    • 24 min
    Premium Episode 55: The Emails

    Premium Episode 55: The Emails

    [Hey Apple premium supporters — here's your second premium episode for the month of May, delayed because of tech issues. Thanks for your patience; you'll get two episodes for June as normal.]

    In 2011, a beloved friend, father, and son passed away unexpectedly—and just a few months later, two of his closest friends received emails from him that they couldn’t explain.

    Hosted and Written by Laurah Norton

    Research by Bryan Worters and Laurah Norton

    Produced and Engineered by Maura Currie



    Works Cited

    John (Jack) Froese Obituary

    Bill O’Boyle, “Family Receiving Emails. . .” The Times Leader, 2012.

    N/A, “Emails from dead. . .” The BBC, 2012.

    Dave Smith, “Loved Ones Get. . .” International Business Times, 2012.

    Patrick Stokes, “How Can The Dead. . .” The Conversation, 2021.

    Bill O’Boyle, “Emails From The. . .” The Times Leader, 2012.

    Helen AS Popkin, “Emails From Dead. . .” Today, 2012.

    Peter Fenton, “Email From The Dead,” Getting It, 1999.

    Lauren Effron, “Mysterious Emails Sent. . .” ABC, 2012.

    Chiara Sottle, “Digital Services Send . . “ NBC, 2017.

    Fortinet, Email Spoofing

    Classic Episode: The Bunny

    Classic Episode: The Bunny

    Laurah’s traveling all month — so while we cook up some strange new offerings for you, please enjoy this episode from our archives.


    Whether presented as urban legend, murderous maniac, or ghostly avenger, the Bunnyman of Virginia has haunted a certain overpass near Fairfax--Colchester Bridge--and its residents for more than fifty years. This week, we delve into the origins of the twisty rabbit’s tale. 


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    Hosted, written, and researched by Laurah Norton
    Additional research by Bryan Worters
    Produced by Maura Currie
    Engineered by Brandon Schexnayder 


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    Sources
    Brian A. Conley, “The Bunny Man Unmasked” Fairfax County History 2009
    N/A, “Man in Bunny Suit. . “ The Washington Post, 1970. 
    N/A, “The Rabbit Reappears . “ The Washington Post, 1970. 
    Richard Spong, “A Male in a. . .” The Beckley Post-Herald, 1970. 
    N/A, UPI, “Antics of ‘Bunny Man’. . .” The Minneapolis Star, 1970.
    Matthew Kortan, “A Hare-Raising Tale. . .” The Flat Hat, 2020.
    Kari Pugh, “Beware Bunnyman Bridge. . .” The Manassa Journal Messenger, 2010.
    Staff, “Ghosts, Spirits, Witches. . .” The Arlington Sun Gazette, 2014. 
    Amelia Heymann, “Haunted Virginia. . .” CBS - 11 WJHL, 2021.
    Ally Schweitzer, “The True Story. . .” WAMU, 2017.
    Kari Pugh, “Bunny Man Bridge. . .” Inside Nova, 2021.
    Don Oldenburg, “Boo! It’s the Bunny Man!” The Washington Post, 2003.
    Atlas Obscura, Bunnyman Bridge
    Google Maps

    • 26 min
    Premium Episode 54: The Species

    Premium Episode 54: The Species

    In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, the science world was overwhelmed with new findings out of Australia. One particular species was assumed to be a hoax… and even when it was established that the platypus was, in fact, real? It didn’t make these strange creatures make more sense.

    Hosted by Laurah Norton
    Research by Anna Luria and Maura Currie
    Written, Produced and Engineered by Maura Currie

    Works Cited
    George Shaw, “The Duck-Billed Platypus,” The Naturalist’s Miscellany, 1798.
    NA, “Scientists Trying to Save…” The Washington Herald, 1928.
    Abby Ohlheiser, “The platypus is so weird…” the Washington Post, 2015.
    Natalie Zarrelli, “Why 19th-century naturalists…” Atlas Obscura, 2016.
    Brian K. Hall, “The paradoxical platypus,” Bioscience, 1999.
    Willey Ley, “Bring our private files…” Star Tribune, 1948.
    James MacDonald, “The platypus is even weirder…” JSTOR Daily, 2018.
    Gilad Bino et al, “The platypus: evolutionary…” Journal of Mammalogy, 2019.
    Stephen C. George, “When scientists believed the adorable…” Discover Magazine, 2023.
    NA, “The lying stones of…” Geological Society of London, 2017.
    Jessica Leigh Hester, “The beautiful complexity of…” Atlas Obscura, 2018.
    Annetta Black, “Objects of Intrigue: Fiji…” Atlas Obscura, 2013.
    Douglas Main, “We knew platypuses…” National Geographic, 2020.
    John Yoon, “What scientists learned from…” the New York Times, 2024.
    Mindy Weisberger, “Platypuses glow an eerie…” LiveScience, 2020.
    Lucie Cutting, “Woman spurred by platypus…” ABC, 2023.
    Platypus

    Classic Episode: The Moth

    Classic Episode: The Moth

    Laurah’s traveling all month — so while we cook up some strange new offerings for you, please enjoy this episode from our archives.


    West Virginia isn’t the only region to boast its very own Mothman; since the mid-20 century, Chicago and the Lake Michigan area has had reports of flying humanoids, and those sightings have only picked up since 2011. Why have sightings of the Chicago or Lake Michigan Mothman increased, and what’s behind the mysterious wings in the sky? 


    Hosted and Written by Laurah Norton
    Researched by Bryan Worters and Laurah Norton 
    Produced and Script-Edited by Maura Currie 
    Engineered by Brandon Schexnayder 


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    Seth Breedlove, Dir. On the Trail of the Lake Michigan Mothman, 2020.
    Tobias and Emily Wayland, “USPS Employee Reports. . .” Singular Fortean, 2020
    Tobias and Emily Wayland, “Chicago Mothman Timeline. . . “ Singular Fortean, 2017.
    Lon Strickler, Phantoms and Monsters, Chicago Mothman Sightings 2011-2017
    Josh Terry, “People Keep Seeing. . .” Vice, 2018.
    Robbie Telfer, “The Case of the. . .” WBEZ, NPR, 2019. 
    Ted Slowik, “Chicago’s Mothman. . .” The Chicago Tribune, 2017.
    Ryan Smith, “The Mothman Cometh?” The Chicago Reader, 2017.
    Josh Vince, “Wing Freak Terrorizes. . .” The Chicago Patch, 2017.
    Christopher Borelli, “Fantastic Beasts. . . “ The Chicago Tribune, 2019. 

    • 28 min
    The Mine Fire

    The Mine Fire

    Centralia, Pennsylvania was a busy mining town until a fire of unclear origins started — and swept its way beneath the town. To this day, the mine shafts that built Centralia are destroying it. But could a curse be to blame for everything? 


    Hosted by Laurah Norton
    Research by Bryan Worters and Maura Currie
    Produced and Written by Maura Currie 
    Engineered by Brandon Schexnayder


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    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
615 Ratings

615 Ratings

karen.nik ,

stranger ranger

laurah norton, in a voice as smooth, and dark, as molasses, brings listeners the news of the day, except for one strange thing: the news is of the paranormal, and the day is whenever something strange appeared in the local paper.

an old doll seeking vengeance (robert, please don’t come after me because i said you were old), underground tunnels on fire for decades, the moth man? maybe you’ve been there, seen that, but the delight of one strange thing is in the delivery, the suspenseful unspooling that leads to the hitch. it is smart, funny, and strangely, all gleaned from the news archives. what more could anyone possibly want? except paranormal popcorn?

thejeangenie1974 ,

So much fun

One strange thing is unique and entertaining-with great writing and the topics aren’t the same stories everyone else covers.

AJBPs memaw ,

Very enjoyable

Interesting topics and nice to listen to.

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