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Where science meets the paranormal: A Believer, A Scientist, and the things that go bump in the night.

Sarah Cox and Dr. Kelly Ruggles explore the tales and the truth behind all things strange and unexplained--join them as they laugh, drink, argue, and get pushed outside their comfort zones.

Zero Percent Scared Dr. Kelly Ruggles and Sarah Cox

    • Natural Sciences
    • 4.9, 47 Ratings

Where science meets the paranormal: A Believer, A Scientist, and the things that go bump in the night.

Sarah Cox and Dr. Kelly Ruggles explore the tales and the truth behind all things strange and unexplained--join them as they laugh, drink, argue, and get pushed outside their comfort zones.

    Imaginary Friends (Definitely Demons)

    Imaginary Friends (Definitely Demons)

    Hey all fellow quarrantinos! Are you lonely? Wishing you had an imaginary friend right about now? Well, after listening to today's episode you my have another think coming.
    Our episode starts with a good article for all us isolated folk, then we jump into an episode chock full of scary tales and scinecy goodness about the most unsettling of playmates -- the imaginary friend.
    We discuss them in popular culture, why science says they're actually a good thing for kids (though creeptastic), then we tell some tales about why some of these charming pals are DEFINITELY DEMONIC.
    Let us know what you think! Email! stories@zeropercentscared.com
    FYI: The best way to support the pod is by telling a friend to subscribe, you can use this link to make it cray easy: https://plnk.to/Zps
    References:
    This is why you can't remember yesterday - the psychological effects of isolation. Imaginary Friends in Psychology Today The truth about imaginary friends - Science Friday Giant list of scaryass and some normal imaginary friends in popular culture Invisible friends across four countries - J. Bradley Wigger The psychological significance of play with imaginary companions in early childhood - Tracy R. Gleason Relationship Between Chinese Children's Imaginary Companions and Their Understanding of Second-Order False Beliefs and Emotions Longitudinal Outcomes of Young High-Risk Adolescents With Imaginary Companions When your Daughters Imaginary Friend Might Not Be So Imaginary (audio) Haunted Walks, episode 81, Imaginary Friends (podcast audio) Apophenia Find us Online!
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    • 51 min
    Beware the Basement!

    Beware the Basement!

    Hi everyone? Coping well with the quarantine?  Cool, us neither.
    As palliative care, join us this episode as we regale our favorite M.D with strange stories of HAUNTED HOSPITALS!
    Guys, nurses are heroes and they ALSO tell the scariest stories ever!
    Let us know what you think! Email! stories@zeropercentscared.com
    References:
    THANK YOU HEALTHCARE WORKERS Scary healthcare stories on reddit Allnurses.com's paranormal happenings thread! FYI: The best way to support the pod is by telling a friend to subscribe, you can use this link to make it cray easy: https://plnk.to/Zps
    Find us Online!
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    • 36 min
    Wendigos and much needed hugs

    Wendigos and much needed hugs

    Hey folks! How’s your social isolation going? Seeing squirrels carrying sacks marching around your house yet? Craving hugs as much as we are?
    In this episode we talk about the psychological and physical impacts of being socially isolated. We also talk Wendigos, a slenderman krampus love child that is caused by isolation and starvation. Don’t become a Wendigo, people. Also, if you’re making sourdough bread from scratch, we don’t want to hear it.  
    Let us know what you think! Email! stories@zeropercentscared.com
    FYI: The best way to support the pod is by telling a friend to subscribe, you can use this link to make it cray easy: https://plnk.to/Zps
    References: 
    How Loneliness from Coronavirus Isolation Takes its Own Toll. (2020) How extreme isolation warps the mind. (2014) Social isolation, loneliness and health in old age: a scoping review. (2017) The risks of social isolation (2019) Why does being lonely make you ill? (2013) Hallucinations and $100,000: the poker player who shut himself in a pitch-black room for weeks. (2019) Solitary confinement and health. (2019) Solitary confinement placement and post-release mortality risk among formerly incarcerated individuals: a population-based study (2020). How Wendigos Work Find us Online!
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    • 36 min
    Parasitic Half Life (The Virus Episode!)

    Parasitic Half Life (The Virus Episode!)

    In a unfortunately timely episode, we talk about the fact that viruses are essentially magic. Dark. Science. Magic. 
    Everyone be safe out there. Wash your hands, stay inside, and email us. We’re quarantined and lonely.
    Let us know what you think! Email! stories@zeropercentscared.com
    FYI: The best way to support the pod is by telling a friend to subscribe, you can use this link to make it cray easy: https://plnk.to/Zps
    References: 
    Wessner DR. The Origin of Viruses (2010) Brouillette M. Viral ‘fossils’ in our DNA may help us fight infection (2016) Dewannieux M et al., (2006) Chuong EB (2016) Thermohilic Viruses Yara Virus, the crazy new Brazilian thing
    Was an ancient virus responsible for human consciousness? Erin Garcia de Jesus (2020) Bats’ immune defenses may be why their viruses can be so deadly to people Radiolab Patient Zero Sara Reardon (2016)  HIV’s Patient Zero exonerated Comment on the origin of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Calisher et al., (2020) Statement in support of the scientists, public health professionals, and medical professionals of China combatting COVID-19 Find us Online!
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    • 39 min
    Alien Butt Bullets

    Alien Butt Bullets

    Today we are going straight to the good stuff and talking Alien Implants with our fave M.D., Dr. Mysteryface!
    She is here to break down the science and no-so-science to the bat-shiz crazy world of apodiatrist who removed and analyzed alleged alien implants.
    We cover isotopes, surgeries, and a lot of stuff Sarah can’t even pronounce!
    DO YOU BELIEVE??? Please say yes it’ll really help Sarah feel validated, k?
    Let us know what you think! Alien implants real or no? Look at that isotope stuff and tell me what it means! Email! stories@zeropercentscared.com
    FYI: The best way to support the pod is by telling a friend to subscribe, you can use this link to make it cray easy: https://plnk.to/Zps
    References:
    Alien Implants Wiki The Dogon tribe Alien mystery! Betty and Barney Hill, famous abductees Alien Abductee narratives Dr. Leir, podiatrist and alien implant good guy Dr. Leir’s caseboook: alien implants Dr. Leir's last article Patient 17, documentary on Dr. Leir and implant analysis Results from the spectrographic scan of Patient 17s implant Dr. Leir’s last article Find us Online!
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    • 56 min
    Leave a message at the BooOOOOooop

    Leave a message at the BooOOOOooop

    WHAT?? We're up to 50 episodes! You guys! Thanks so much for listening!
    Join us for another solo episode by Sarah -- this week we discuss the strange and controversial world of ghost EVPs or electronic voice phenomenon! Sarah discusses ghost shows, the methods they use to record unearthly voices and even PLAYS SOME FOR YOU!!!
    She also goes into science stuff so don't worry science nerds!
    Let us know what you think! Are ghosts real and can they talk to us? Email us! stories@zeropercentscared.com
    FYI: The best way to support the pod is by telling a friend to subscribe, you can use this link to make it cray easy: https://plnk.to/Zps
    References:
    Wikipedia on EVPs Listen to EVPs in this episode here Association of TransCommunications (kinda weird, but has EVPs!) American Association of Electronic Voice Phenomena NeuroQuantology: Journal of Neuroscience and Quantum Physics Scientist claims EVPs persist, even in controlled environments The study PDF is here, check it out. What the eff is a Spirit Box The Unsolved episode w/ a Spirit Box The statistical analysis of a spirit box thing EVP Ratings THE CIAs take on EVPs!!!! Skeptics take on EVPs (boo!) New York Paranormal Society's take (yay!) The interdimensional hypothesis! Find us Online!
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    • 35 min

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A great premise for a podcast—really entertaining! It’s also a timely reminder of how critical thinking and the scientific method works, and a great example of how people with different opinions can come together for good-natured, lively discussion. And I’ve gotten answers to my own question about why we want to believe.

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