The Ancient and Esoteric Order of the Jackalope

The Ancient and Esoteric Order of the Jackalope

"Series 8"

Series 8 of the Ancient and Esoteric Order of the Jackalope podcast ran from July 26rd, 2021 to November 14, 2021, and episodes from #7 and #13 on strange disappearances, Venezuelan volcanoes, and Vikings in America.

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.

Connie Mack Stadium

The Graveyard of Baseball

October 1, 1970 was a day that would live in infamy

It was supposed to be a celebration of sixty years of baseball... and instead, well, Philadelphia fans did what Philadelphia fans do best.

Deborah Kallikak reading a book with a cat in her lap

Common Clay

Henry Herbert Goddard (1866-1957), the man who made morons

H.H. Goddard's studies of the feeble-minded helped justify eugenics policies across the world... which is a tragedy because they junk science and lies.

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?

Judge Joseph Force Crater

Judge Crater, Call Your Office

the missingest man in modern history

On August 6th, 1930 Judge Joseph Force Crater walked out of a New York City restaurant and was never seen again.

Hugo Gernsback's personal device for electrocuting sharks

Scarlet Billows

when the shark bites with its teeth, dear

In July 1916, the New Jersey coast was rocked by the deadliest string of shark attacks in US history. Here's the whole bloody story.