The Ancient and Esoteric Order of the Jackalope

The Ancient and Esoteric Order of the Jackalope

"Series 4"

Series 4 of the Ancient and Esoteric Order of the Jackalope podcast ran from June 1  to August 10, 2020 and featured episodes from #7, #13 and #23 on such diverse topics as the strange tale of Laura Biggar, professional baseball and labor law, the world’s best (but least useful) die, and the “white savage” who terrorized early America.

a graphic illustration of the cellular cosmogony

We Live Inside

greetings from the inside of the Hollow Earth

Dr. Cyrus Reed Teed may have been a madman, or the Messiah, but only he was bold enough to tell the truth: that we live on the inside of a hollow Earth.

Geographic Center of North America monument in Rugby, ND

The Centers of All Things

looking for a stop on your next road trip? we've got you covered

We take an irreverent look at the geographic centers of the United States, Canada, Mexico, and North America!

Simon Girty chewing gum card

He Whooped to See Them Burn

Simon Girty (1741-1818) -- renegade and traitor, or man of principle?

Was "white savage" Simon Girty (1741-1818) a renegade and traitor, or a man of principle? We reexamine his history and try to figure out what made him tick.

my beloved rhombic triacontahedron

The Die of Tomorrow, Today

a love poem to the greatest die you'll ever own (and never use)

In 1982 a Baltimore hobby store gave the world a bold new innovation in dice... One that hardly anyone would use. Let's sing the praises of the mighty d30!

political cartoon about Nap Lajoie

French Leave

a baseball superstar, an irate owner, and a clever workaround

In 1902 baseball player Nap Lajoie was prohibited by law from entering the state of Pennsylvania. How did this weird state of affairs come to pass?

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.