Strange Origins

Episode 48 | The Kraken

The Kraken is mysterious, elusive, and larger than life. Join me this week in discovering the history behind how the Kraken grew from a Norwegian Tall-Tale to being a star in dramatic Hollywood films. From its female interpretation in Homer’s Odysseus to its surprising cameo in the Dr. Seuss prequel, Halloween is Grinch Night, the…

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Episode 47 | Halloween Around The World

I’m back after the busiest summer of my life. Thank you all for allowing me that time to work and deal with real life. In this episode, I dive into the different versions of Halloween around the world. While in the U.S. we are usually busy Trick-or-Treating, dressing up in costumes, and putting giant spiders…

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Episode 46 | Dragons Part II

A Note Of Warning: this episode is not appropriate for children under the age of 13. Dragons are a lot more powerful than you think they are. While in European countries, they have the power of fire and poison on their side, in Asian cultures they can shapeshift, control entire water systems, and sink battleships….

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Episode 45 | Dragons Part I

The story of dragons goes further back in history than you realize. From Chinese Dragon Bones, the birth of the Spartans, and monstrous apocalyptic beasts, join me as I discover just how strange the origin of the dragon is, and also just how much the monster has shaped our modern notions of evil and chaos….

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Episode 44 | Astral Projection

Wouldn’t it be great to be able to travel anywhere in the world, with no restrictions at all? It’s said that if you just focus your mind and go to the astral plane you can escape the confines of your physical form. Going back to the history of astral projection from Egyptians to the “Good…

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Episode 43 | Ladies In White

A Note Of Warning: The topic I discuss this week may not be suitable for listeners under the age of 13. Stories of Ladies in White are some of the most iconic ghost tales ever told. So where exactly did the genre of wailing women come from? Jumping across the globe I investigate the different…

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Episode 42 | Woodwose & Green Men

Green Men and Woodwose have stood in European cathedrals for a thousand years now, so why are they not well known? From Gods to the magic of Merlin what is the origin of these strange carvings? Unicorns, Werewolf men, and Mermen also make guest appearances. Do you have a strange story to tell? Email me…

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Episode 41 | Birthdays and New Years

Did you know that blowing out birthday candles is both a wish sent to the Gods and a way of keeping bad spirits at bay? Or that it’s bad luck to sweep your home on New Years Day? Join me as I travel the globe (via the internet) and discover some of the many ways…

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Episode 40 | Corpse Roads

Note of Warning: This topic includes dark themes and may not be appropriate for those under the age of thirteen. Corpse Roads weren’t just passageways that the English peasantry took in order to transport their dead to consecrated ground. They also serve as a reminder that Halloween superstitions were an everyday occurrence in medieval times….

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Episode 40 | Unicorns

A Note Of Warning: The topic I discuss this week may not be suitable for listeners under the age of 13 due to light mentions of sexuality. Despite how tired I sound in this episode, I really am excited to talk about Unicorns! Starting out as an assumption of what India contained, from the ancient…

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