The Ancient and Esoteric Order of the Jackalope

The Ancient and Esoteric Order of the Jackalope

"Hoaxes, Frauds & Forgeries"

Here’s a hint – if it’s too good to be true, it probably isn’t true.

The Spirit of the Runestone

Westward Huss

here a Viking, there a Viking, everywhere a Viking Viking

Would you believe there were Vikings in Washington, DC? Or West Virginia? Or Oklahoma? Or Hawaii? How about all of the above and none of the above?

The Kensington Runestone monument (larger than life-size)

Westward Huss

Minnesota Vikings can be found far beyond U.S. Bank Stadium

In which the vikings of Minnesota challenge the patriots of New England for the right to claim Vikings beat Columbus to the New World.

Dighton Rock

Westward Huss

in which America asks the question: whither Vinland?

For years, archaeologists have searched in vain for the location of Leif Eriksson's Vinland. They should have just asked the good people of New England.

Burnu Acquanetta posing in a Mexican costume in front of a fake Olmec head

Burning Fire, Deep Water

neither Venezuelan nor Volcano

Burnu Acquanetta, "the Venezuelan Volcano," was an exotic beauty who took Hollywood by storm in the summer of 1942... but who was she really?

a colorized postcard of the Silver Lake sea serpent

His Royal Snakeship

or perhaps just one of his country cousins

In 1855 the town of Perry, New York was terrorized by a "sea serpent" in nearby Silver Lake. It was a hoax... but whose hoax was it?

Soviet propaganda poster promoting collectivization

Moron or Madman? Addenda

duped by Mendelist-Morganists

We thought our episode on Trofim Lysenko was too focused on the what and when rather than the how and why. This bonus episode should clear things up.

The Great Stalin Plan for the Transformation of Nature

Moron or Madman?

in which science is subordinated to politics

Trofim D. Lysenko (1898-1976) set back the study of biology in the Soviet Union for two generations -- but the lessons you should learn from his story are not the one scientists and philosophers have pushed.

strange tracks in the snow

What-Is-It?

there's an animal roaming round the town that is certainly gaining great renown

For one week in January 1909, the Jersey Devil walked among us. Maybe.

Color Wheel from Edwin D. Babbitt's THE PRINCIPLES OF LIGHT AND COLOR

Normalating

let me tell you about the healing power of color

The idea that color has healing power is a relatively modern (and utterly fallacious) one. We discuss its development through the 19th and 20th centuries.