Strange Origins

Episode 28 | Stairs in the Woods

*A note of warning: the topic I discuss this week may not be suitable for listeners under the age of 13. Would you ever climb a set of stairs you found in the woods? What do you think would happen if you got to the top? This week I dive into the history behind this…

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Episode 27 | Creepy Dolls

*A note of warning: the topic I discuss this week may not be suitable for listeners under the age of 13. From magic Barbies, to automatons, to dummies controlling their masters, there’s a lot of different types of creepy dolls. Join me as I describe my personal feelings towards the little devils, and research the…

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Episode 25 | Fairies II

*A note of warning: the topic I discuss this week may not be suitable for listeners under the age of 13. This week I revisit my love of the Little People, the Hidden People, the Fae. From the insane asylum of Bedlam to a titan of industry in Texas, fairies show up in more places…

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Episode 25 | Past Lives

Who were you in a past life? According to a lot of people, they were someone. And they usually were someone pretty interesting. From Greek philosophers to mid-modern cocktail parties, the history of reincarnation in popular culture spans more groups than you might imagine. Be sure to check out ParaUnity Podcast if you’re interested in…

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Episode 24 | Werewolves

*Please note this episode lightly discusses mature themes like cannabilism, murder, torture, and rape, and may not be suitable for children under the age of 13. Did you hear that? I think there’s a werewolf outside. Join me as I deep dive into the history of what makes a werewolf tick. From the myth of…

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Episode 23 | Angels

It may have taken Clarence from It’s a Wonderful Life 200 years to earn his wings, but what about the angels with three sets of wings? Spanning across all the Abrahamic religions, angels have done a lot of work to keep the cosmos in order. And some have done a lot of work to bring…

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Episode 22 | Santa & Krampus

Who is Krampus and why is always scaring the children? This week I close out the year and discuss one of the more fan-favorite monsters of the season and Santa Claus’ counterpart from Hell, Krampus. From St. Nicholas’ healing bone manna to Santa Claus’ abolitionist history, you’ll be full of strange facts to share with…

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Episode 21 | Black Eyed Children

*Please note that due to darker themes this episode may not be suitable for children under the age of 13. When do contemporary American myths cross the border between fun and just plain strange? From hypnotism to dead cats and nosebleeds, where do The Black Eyed Children fit in and how much can they be…

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Have you ever wondered what gave birth to the stories we tell around the campfire? What happened in our history that caused spooky tales of creatures such as werewolves and ladies in white to be passed down from generation to generation? Why are we still so fascinated with the macabre? Join me, Paige Woolstenhulme, as…

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Episode 20 | The Ghost Club

From the hallowed halls of Trinity College was born The Ghost Club. After decades of lectures, research, and debunkings, where did their interest in the unexplained take them? Apparently, exploding knives, fake mediums, and a Spontaneous Psychophysical Incident Data Electronic Recorder (SPIDER). (Sidenote: I know that I pronounce Cambridge weird. I tried to watch out…

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