The Ancient and Esoteric Order of the Jackalope

The Ancient and Esoteric Order of the Jackalope

"Series 3"

Series 3 of the Ancient and Esoteric Order of the Jackalope podcast ran from February 24 to May 4, 2020 and featured episodes from #7, #8 and #13 on such diverse topics as the mother sauces; the craziest season in the history of professional hockey; candy bars raining from the sky; the most notorious con woman in spiritualism; and the most dangerous home business ever.

Mrs. Dicranouhi Kabakjian cooks radium in the basement of 105 East Stratford Avenue

The Hot House

refining radium in the home, for fun and profit

Lots of people have dabbled with strange home businesses -- but only one of them set up a radium refining facility in the basement of his suburban duplex.

stack of cookbooks

Milking It for All It’s Worth

let's get saucy and talk about b├ęchamel

We delve into the world of sauces by talking about the history and use of the milkiest sauce of all - b├ęchamel!

saguaro cactus

A Menace to the West

David Grundman goes shooting at a stationary target -- and breaks off more than he can handle

When a man fights a cactus, you probably don't expect the cactus to win.

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?

Newsy Lalonde, Frank Patrick, and Cyclone Taylor

Rising to the Top

the Renfrew Creamery Kings catch Stanley Cup fever

In 1910, professional hockey was in chaos and a millionaire tried to buy his way to the Stanley Cup with a team of ringers. This is their story