The Ancient and Esoteric Order of the Jackalope

The Ancient and Esoteric Order of the Jackalope

Episodes

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"!

Bebe Rebozo

Be My Bebe

everyone deserves a best friend - even Richard M. Nixon

Bebe Rebozo was Nixon's best friend -- but was he a kind, generous man or a fiend combining the worst aspects of Rasputin and Al Capone?

Rai stone

Cold Hard Cash

the rai stones of Yap, David Dean O'Keefe, and the nature of money

Would you trade your house for a rock? Before you say no, keep this in mind: it's a really really nice rock!

Bird in Space

The Brouhaha

when abstract art when on trial

Is Constantin Brâncuși's "Bird in Space" a masterpiece, or just a hunk of polished bronze? Incredibly, this turned out to be a question for the courts!

Rondo Hatton

Monster without a Mask

the life and times of Rondo Hatton (1894-1946)

They called the Glutton of Glands, the Monster without Makeup, the Brute, the Creeper. You can call him anything you want, but his friends called him Rondo.

Zanzibar Town

Microaggression

victory in :30 or less, or your war is free

What happens when a tiny country tries to fight out of its weight class? Well, it might just be the shortest war in history...

Johnny Dickshot

The Ugliest Man in Baseball

big, rugged, and in his way, beautiful

He may have had the best worst nickname in baseball, but "Ugly" Johnny Dickshot was more than just a pretty face. He was also a character.

Charles Vernon Gridley

He Fired When Ready

the Spanish-American war's forgotten hero

He was one of the most celebrated war heroes of his day, and almost totally forgotten today. We explore the life of Charles Vernon Gridley (1844-1898).

jackalope

The Jackalope

lopegigrus lepusalopus ineptus

Douglas Herrick invented the jackalope in 1932 by "enhancing" a mounted rabbit with a set of deer antlers. It's a nice story, but is it true?