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 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.

Laura Biggar cigarette card

Pleadings from Asbury Park

a fake marriage, a dead baby, and 21 absinthe frappes

The amazing story of Laura Biggar, the Anna Nicole Smith of 1901, and her crazy plot to steal an inheritance that may or may not have been rightfully hers.

Ann O'Delia Diss Debar

Spirit Princess

one woman, thirty aliases, forty years and too many crimes to count

The greatest and most notorious Spiritualist swindler of all time was a woman from Kentucky who looked a bit like Lola Montez (if you squinted).

Curtiss Candy Company invoice

Death from Above by Chocolate

sometimes a story seems too good to be true because it is

In 1923, a plane flew over downtown Pittsburgh, dropped Baby Ruth candy bars on the crowd below, and caused widespread panic... or did it?

icon of St. Irene Chrysovalantou

Goodnight, Irene

an icon finally gets her due

The story of the "weeping icon" has it all - a 102-year-old flying nun, the Gulf War, armed robbery, John Gotti, religious schism, and insurance fraud. Hear the amazing truth in this week's episode, "Goodnight, Irene"!