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The Webby Award-winning “Box of Oddities" is a podcast that delves into the strange and mysterious aspects of our world, exploring topics ranging from bizarre medical conditions to unsolved mysteries, and from paranormal phenomena to strange cultural practices from around the world. With a focus on oddities, curiosities, and the macabre, each episode is a journey into the unknown, where hosts Kat and Jethro Gilligan Toth share their love for unusual stories and inject their humor and commentary. From the strange history of medical practices to chilling true crime stories, to natural (and unnatural) events, "The Box of Oddities" satisfies your thirst for the weird and the unusual, offering an informative and entertaining look into the dark and mysterious corners of our world.
JIMMY KIMMEL, ABC-TV says, "Should you be the type who has an interest in weird stuff, this is a fun thing to allow in your head!" 

“Truth is stranger than fiction, and the Box of Oddities is the strangest of all!” -SLUGGO, SIRIUS XM LITHIUM

“Kat & Jethro wring humor from bizarre, macabre and perplexing places.” -BOSTON MAGAZINE

The Box of Oddities Kat & Jethro Gilligan Toth

    • Comedy
    • 4.9 • 2.7K Ratings

The Webby Award-winning “Box of Oddities" is a podcast that delves into the strange and mysterious aspects of our world, exploring topics ranging from bizarre medical conditions to unsolved mysteries, and from paranormal phenomena to strange cultural practices from around the world. With a focus on oddities, curiosities, and the macabre, each episode is a journey into the unknown, where hosts Kat and Jethro Gilligan Toth share their love for unusual stories and inject their humor and commentary. From the strange history of medical practices to chilling true crime stories, to natural (and unnatural) events, "The Box of Oddities" satisfies your thirst for the weird and the unusual, offering an informative and entertaining look into the dark and mysterious corners of our world.
JIMMY KIMMEL, ABC-TV says, "Should you be the type who has an interest in weird stuff, this is a fun thing to allow in your head!" 

“Truth is stranger than fiction, and the Box of Oddities is the strangest of all!” -SLUGGO, SIRIUS XM LITHIUM

“Kat & Jethro wring humor from bizarre, macabre and perplexing places.” -BOSTON MAGAZINE

    Women Who Defied Shocking Odds

    Women Who Defied Shocking Odds

    Welcome to The Box of Oddities podcast, where we celebrate the extraordinary, the unconventional, and the downright bizarre! In honor of International Women's Month, join hosts Kat and Jethro as they spotlight the awe-inspiring tales of badass women who defied the odds and left an indelible mark on history.

    In this special episode, curated by The Freak Family, prepare yourself for astonishing stories of courage, resilience, and determination. From the trailblazing entrepreneur Madam CJ Walker, whose pioneering spirit and business acumen shattered barriers and transformed industries, to the remarkable wartime exploits of Mariya Vasilyevna Oktyabrskaya, who single-handedly took on enemy tanks in World War II, earning her the title of the "Fighting Girlfriend."

    But the inspiration doesn't end there! Brace yourself for the awe-inspiring saga of the all-women WWII pilots of the 588th Night Bomber Aviation Regiment - famously known as The Night Witches. These fearless aviators defied expectations and enemy fire as they flew daring bombing missions under the cover of darkness, striking fear into the hearts of their adversaries with their precision and skill.

    Join us as we delve into these extraordinary tales of resilience, tenacity, and triumph against all odds. From haircare moguls to frontline warriors, these women prove that greatness knows no bounds and that the most unexpected heroes often emerge from the shadows.

    Tune in to The Box of Oddities as we honor the remarkable legacy of these incredible women and celebrate their enduring impact on history. 
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    • 51 min
    #614: Baby Steps To The Elevator

    #614: Baby Steps To The Elevator

    In this episode of The Box of Oddities podcast, we embark on a journey through the realms of the peculiar and enigmatic. Join Kat and Jethro as they delve into four captivating topics guaranteed to leave you intrigued and spellbound.
    First, prepare to be amazed as we unravel the mysteries surrounding SETI and the infamous "Wow! Signal." Discover the story behind this astonishing interstellar transmission that continues to baffle scientists and ignite imaginations worldwide.
    Next, brace yourself for a chilling exploration into the dark history of the Orphan Train. Uncover the haunting tales of children sent westward searching for new homes, only to encounter unforeseen abuse. Join us as we delve into this harrowing chapter of American history.
    Then, prepare to enter the shadowy world of conspiracy and intrigue with our investigation into the mysterious arcade game Polybius. Could this seemingly innocent pastime have been a clandestine government experiment designed to manipulate minds? Join us as we separate fact from fiction and explore the eerie lore surrounding this infamous urban legend.
    Finally, we spotlight strange and unusual jobs from around the world. You wouldn't believe some of the unusual and unconventional careers that are available. Join us as we celebrate the diversity and quirkiness of the human experience.
    Prepare to be transported to the edge of reason and beyond with The Box of Oddities podcast. Subscribe now for your weekly dose of the bizarre and extraordinary.
    This Box contains the following ingredients:
    SETI, Wow! Signal, extraterrestrial communication, space mysteries. Orphan Train, orphanage, American history, true crime, tragedy. Polybius, urban legend, conspiracy theory, mind control, arcade game, unusual jobs, odd professions, career oddities, unique occupations.
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    • 54 min
    Inbox Of Oddities: #004

    Inbox Of Oddities: #004

    "The Inbox of Oddities" is where we delve into the treasure trove of our listeners' emails, messages, and audio submissions. We share our audience's weird and wonderful stories, bringing their remarkable experiences and odd encounters to the forefront. Join us as we read your emails and messages and play audio recordings that you've sent in, allowing you to become an integral part of our show. It's a captivating journey through the strange and extraordinary moments that our listeners have experienced.
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    • 26 min
    #613: Oregon, Owls and E.T.s

    #613: Oregon, Owls and E.T.s

    Join us on another mind-bending journey through the realms of the bizarre and the unexplained. In this episode of The Box of Oddities, we delve into four distinct tales that will leave you questioning reality.

    First, we unravel the haunting legend of the Bandage Man. This enigmatic specter has haunted the roads of the Pacific Northwest for decades, leaving terrified witnesses in its wake. Discover the chilling origins and spine-tingling encounters associated with this elusive entity.

    Next, we uncover a shocking discovery hidden in the depths of the 130-year-old Oregon State Hospital. Beneath its storied halls lay a dark secret waiting to be unearthed. Join us as we unravel the mysteries lurking within its basement walls and confront the secrets of the past.

    Then, we shed light on the extraordinary world of owls and their mysterious allure. Beyond their striking appearances lies a wealth of ancient symbolism, cultural significance, and fascinating behaviors. Explore the depths of owl mythology and uncover the hidden truths behind these enigmatic creatures.

    Finally, we journey into the realm of pop culture and unearth E.T.s buried in the New Mexico desert. Over 700,000 copies of the infamous Atari video game E.T. have been laid to rest in a New Mexico landfill. Join us as we unravel the fascinating story behind this surreal event and explore the enduring legacy of a gaming legend.

    From ghostly apparitions to forgotten relics and cryptic creatures, this episode is a journey into the unknown that you won't want to miss. Tune in to The Box of Oddities and prepare to be amazed.

    This Box contains the following ingredients:
    Oddities, paranormal, mysteries, legends, folklore, strange tales, ghosts, unexplained phenomena, mysterious discoveries, owl symbolism, pop culture oddities, Atari E.T. burial, Oregon State Hospital, Bandage Man legend.

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    • 55 min
    Freak Family Favorites: #002

    Freak Family Favorites: #002

    Join us for a thrilling ride as we invite the members of the Freak Family to the helm. In this special edition, they take you on a whirlwind tour through the depths of our vast catalog, revealing their absolute favorite stories from the world of the bizarre, mysterious, and utterly captivating.
    These Freak Family hosts have scoured the archives to curate a collection of the most mind-bending and inexplicable tales you've ever heard.
    Whether you're a seasoned fan of the Box of Oddities or a newcomer to the world of the peculiar, this bonus episode is your passport to the extraordinary. Get ready to unravel the unexplained, and join us for Freak Family Favorites.
    If you would like to host your favorite Box of Oddities episode, Just record on your smartphone who you are, where you’re from, what your favorite story is and why …and anything else you would like to share. Then email it to curator@theboxofoddities.com

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    • 26 min
    #612: A Mollusk With A Sharp Chisel

    #612: A Mollusk With A Sharp Chisel

    Join Kat and Jethro for another mind-bending episode of The Box of Oddities podcast! This week, we're diving deep into the strange and unusual, exploring four incredible topics that will leave you in awe.

    First, we unravel the mysteries of the "Stone Tape Theory." Is it possible for inanimate objects to record and playback past events? Discover the eerie phenomena and the science behind it as we venture into the unexplained.

    Next, we take you on a journey to uncover the enigmatic "Chatata Wall Inscriptions." The ancient writings that have baffled historians and archaeologists alike. Join us as we delve into the secrets hidden within these mysterious inscriptions, their significance, and their surprising origin,

    Then, we unveil a fascinating scientific theory about how Pythia, the legendary oracle of Delphi, summoned her visions. Was it the magic, rituals, or something entirely different? Tune in to explore this captivating aspect of ancient history.

    And finally, we bring you the incredible story of how scientists have defied time itself by resurrecting a 32,000-year-old plant. It's a tale of scientific marvel and wonder that will leave you questioning the boundaries of life and death.

    Join us on this journey of the bizarre, as we explore the Stone Tape Theory, The Chatata Wall Inscriptions, Pythia's visions, and the resurrection of an ancient plant. Don't miss out on this episode packed with oddities and surprises! Subscribe, rate, and share The Box of Oddities podcast to keep the curiosity flowing.

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    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
2.7K Ratings

2.7K Ratings

DanielMB135 ,

Love it

Super fun and entertaining.

dougpoper ,

Hooked

A friend told me about this podcast. I listened to one episode and was immediately hooked. I’ve started at the beginning and making my way through them all.

haiimagemini ,

Fun and interesting

Fun banter, interesting and freaky stories, and warm, personable hosts. One of my very favorite shows!

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