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A podcast of fascinating conversations with extraordinary guests about the paranormal, the strange, and the unknown.

Podcast of Mystery Jason Rigden

    • Society & Culture

A podcast of fascinating conversations with extraordinary guests about the paranormal, the strange, and the unknown.

    The Grenada Treaty conspiracy

    The Grenada Treaty conspiracy

    The Grenada Treaty conspiracy

    • 26 min
    BATSQUATCH

    BATSQUATCH

    BATSQUATCH
    On April 19th 1994 at about 9:30pm, 18 year old Brian Canfield, was driving his pickup truck from Buckley to a location near Lake Kapowsin in Washington State. Suddenly his engine died, the dashboard lights went dim, and the truck stopped even though Brian did not apply the brakes. Then he saw something descending in front of him about 30 feet away. At first he just saw the bird-like feet with claws. Then Brian saw the rest of the creature as it landed with a dusty thud. Standing in front of him 9 feet tall with blue tinted fur, tufted ears, yellow eyes with pupils like half-moons, a large mouth with sharp white teeth, and a face like a wolf was the Batsqatch. Brian said he was scared. Seeing the creature made his hair stand on end but he didn't feel threatened. Just out of place. He said the creature stood there and stared at him like it was resting like it didn't know what to think. The young man said that the creature stood there for several minutes. It then twitched its fingers and unfurled its winds. Wings as wide as the road. It flapped its wings and slowly rose into the sky. The wind from the wings of the create was so great that it made his truck shake. He said the creature few off in the direction of Mt. Rainier. A few more minutes later and his truck started and he took off back home as fast as he could.

    This was the first documented encounter with the creature that would come to be known as Batsquatch.
    A newspaper report in the New Tribune of Tacoma written by C.R. Roberts notes that Brian Canfield was "an average normal kid" and didn't drink or do drugs. The reporter also noted that Brian was not a fan of heavy metal and don't play D&D so those facts could be ruled out. At the end of the report Brian is quoted as saying, "It did happen. I'm willing to put my life on it. I just have this picture in front of my head, the picture of it standing there. I can't get rid of it. It's just there. I kinda wish it didn't happen"

    While some might disregard this story as the tall tale of a teenage who has watched on too many episodes of the X-files or Sightings, there have been other sightings. As a matter of fact, local legend says that the fist sightings happen in May of 1980 during the Mt. St. Hellen's eruption.
    There are many tales of batsasquatch stretching from the North Cascades to Mt. Shasta. Most all describe a similar creature. A very tall fury bipedal creature with an ape-like body, a wolf-like head, and leathery bat-like wings. Some claiming the creature to have a wingspan greater that 30 feet. Unfortunately, finding more information about these sighting is difficult. There are many reports that are quite obviously intended as joke. Jokes that many cryptozoologists repeat as actual genuine eyewitness accounts.
    What we do know is that in 2018, Rogue Ales brewery of Newport Oregon released a delicious hazy IPA named after the famed Batsasquatch with some of the best artwork I have ever seen. I'm not getting paid to say this, I just like the beer and the art. Seriously, if anyone at Rogue is listen, please send me a Batsasquatch t-shirt. I'll wear it on my next livestream.

    If anyone knows how to get ahold of Brian please put us in touch. I would love to interview him. And if you have had an encounter with Batsasquatch or any other paranormal experience that you would like to share, please call my voicemail line at (425) 835-2766‬. Maybe we will include it on a future episode.
    I'm Jason Rigden and you've been listening to The Podcast of Mystery

    Find out more at http://podcastofmystery.com

    • 3 min
    Last Thursdayism

    Last Thursdayism

    Last Thursdayism
    The entire universe was created last Thursday. You were created last Thursday. Before last Thursday, you did not exit. Nothing did. All your memories are fake. Everything you know is a lie. Those events never happened. There was no Moon landing. World War II did not happen. And Frank Sinatra never existed. All of history is a lie. Every movie, book, and song was also created last Thursday. Every human and every animal was created last Thursday. Evolution is a lie. All the fossils where created last Thursday. They were created to trick you into thinking the Earth is older than last Thursday. All the geology that you see, the rocks and mountains, have all been created last Thursday. They only appear to be ancient because whoever created them wanted us to believe they were ancient. Everything is a lie. Even the rocks. All the planets and galaxies were created last Thursday. When you look up into the sky and see stars light years away, the photons you are receiving were also created last Thursday.

    Or at least this is what is proposed by Last Thursdayism, a delightfully unfalsifiable theory of the origin of the universe. And a theory that shares many aspects with young earth creationism. It is what we call a, " Omphalos hypothesis" This type of hypothesis tries to reconcile creationism with all the evidence that the universe is billions of years old. The idea behind this hypothesis is that all of this evidence was made by a creator just to make it look like the universe was much older than it really is. Why would the creator of the universe want us to think it is older than it is? Why would the creator of the universe want to trick us? Unfortunately, proponents of this type theory and its many individual forms differ on the motivation of the creator. They also differ on the true age of the universe. Some say it is thousands of years old, some say it was created last Thursday, and some other claim it was created only five minutes ago.

    What is truly interesting about this type of theory that is unfalsifiable. Any evidence that can disprove this type of theory can be simply discounted as more false evidence. If we accept that there is an omnipotent being, then by definition that being is capable of anything. We can't trust our minds or our memories because they could be manipulated. We can't trust physical or scientific evidence for the same reason. We can't event trust mathematics. An omnipotent being can manipulate the fundamental nature of the cosmos. If such a being exists, we can't really be sure of anything, ever, in any way. The very existence of an omnipotent being of any kind, fundamentally changes the nature of reality itself. The really scary thing proposed by this type of theory is that the creator either is deceive us directly or is allowing us to be deceived by others. It isn't a question of if an omnipotent being would deceive us, the fundamental issue of this type of theory is that it has deceived us.

    Maybe the fundamentalist Christians are correct, and the universe is only 10,0000 years old. Maybe our reality really is just a computer simulation that started 5 minutes ago. Maybe we are just a brain in a jar somewhere enjoying virtual reality. Maybe we are just the momentary musings of an omnipotent being. A dream that only exists for a flash. Or maybe the nature of our reality is something much stranger. Something we can't even imagine. Maybe something we have be designed to be incapable of conceiving.

    To quote William Shakespeare's King Lear, "That way lies madness."
    Whether or not this universe is 10,000 years old or 5 minutes old, I'
    m pretty sure I've been Jason Rigden and you've been listening to The Podcast of Mystery.

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    • 4 min
    The Space Needle Fell Down

    The Space Needle Fell Down

    When The The Space Needle Fell Down
    April 1st 1989 was a typical gray dreary day in Seattle. At 7pm a “special report” interrupted the broadcast on Seattle’s local NBC affiliate KING 5. A news announcer solemnly announced that about 7 minutes ago at 6:53pm, Seattle’s most iconic landmark, the Space Needle had collapsed. The announcer reported that injuries where light, noting that a maintenance man had been sent to the Harbor View emergency room. The announcer said that structural damage to buildings around the Space Needle was extensive and the Needle itself was beyond repair. Video showed two photos of the collapsed Space Needle. The broadcast then showed an emotional eyewitness account of the collapse of the beloved landmark building. The lack of human casualties was attributed to the Needle being closed due to a basketball championship. The broadcast suggested metal fatigue and the construction of a bus tunnel as a possible cause of the catastrophic event. The "special report" then ended and normal programming resumed.

    Despite the fact that each photo was clearly labeled, "SPACE NEEDLE – APRIL 1, 1989 APRIL FOOLS DAY" and that the "special report" was broadcast during a previously schedule broadcast of local comedy show Almost Live and that the eye witness was a regular on the show; people all around the region panicked. While many immediately understood that it was a prank, others swamped the city's 911 system. The Space Needle reported receiving over 700 calls. King 5 was inundated with calls both angry and panicked. People worried about loved ones visiting or working in the Space Needle and around the needle. Allegedly, a group of doctors from eastern Washington hit the road to provide humanitarian aid.

    Needless to say, the Space Needle did not fall down and still stands today. The news announcer was an actor specially hired for this prank.

    It is important to remember that 1989 was a very different time. This was a time before photoshop. Those photos looked very believable. This was also a time before we had hundreds of TV stations and few people had cable. KING 5 was a respected broadcaster. One of the only 5 or 6 stations that most people could receive. It was also a time before cellphones. If you wanted to check-in on somebody you couldn't just call them. They had to be at home or at work. Or you couldn’t talk to them.

    This was Seattle's own version of the War of the Worlds scare. And just like that broadcast from Orson Well so many years ago, all people needed to do to verify the broadcast was to change the station. An event as big as an alien invasion or the Space Needle collapsing would be news on other stations.
    John Keister host of Almost Live said that the prank had been inspired by hearing reporters say when leaving for time off, "Unless the Space Needle falls down, don't call me".

    John Keister publicly apologized the next week saying, " "On April Fool's Day, we broadcast a prank -- a phony news report -- in which we said that the Space Needle had collapsed. Now, we meant this as an April Fool's Day joke. We labeled it as a joke, and we thought that people would take it as a joke. Unfortunately, ... it didn't work that way."

    If you would like to see the video yourself, I have linked to it in the show notes. I've also linked to an absolutely incredible clip from the schlocky disaster NBC mini-series 10.5. This clip has a man using his totally gnarly BMX skills to outrun a falling Space Needle.

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    • 3 min
    Why?

    Why?

    Episode Notes
    In this episode, I explain why I am doing this show.

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    • 4 min

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