Skeptoid #425: Albino Facts and Fiction07/29/14
Although people with albinism are still murdered for their body parts in some African regions, even the developed world still believes in certain albino myths.
Skeptoid #424: The Santa Barbara Simoom of 1859
Stories of a lethally hot storm wind in Santa Barbara in 1859 persist to this day. But with modern weather data, can we paint a more accurate picture?
Skeptoid #423: 12 Step Programs
A very popular format for addiction treatment is the twelve step program, which buries treatment under thick layers of religious practice.
Skeptoid #422: Lie Detection
Whether it's the polygraph machines of the past or the brain imaging technologies of the future, lie detection has always been clouded with doubt.
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Skeptoid #421: Student Questions: Internet Tracking and Plasma Cosmology
Skeptoid answers questions from students about hCG diet supplements, internet tracker blocking extensions, ear candling, antibacterial cleansers, and plasma cosmology.
Skeptoid #420: Hillary vs. Mallory: The First to Everest
Rumors abound that in 1924, George Mallory beat Sir Edmund Hillary to the summit of Mount Everest, and the record for first ascent should be his.
Skeptoid #419: Slacktivism: Raising Awareness
The Internet is full of ways to make us feel good - click a Like button, sign on online petition. But does any of it actually do any good?
Skeptoid #418: Left Brained, Right Brained, or Hare Brained?
Pop psychology tells us we're all either left brain dominant or right brain dominant. But is there any science to back this up, or is it nonsense?
Skeptoid #417: The Riddle of Flight 19
Some say these five aircraft that disappeared in the Bermuda Triangle in 1945 fell victim to a mysterious force; others find a more prosaic explanation.
Skeptoid #416: 5 Conspiracy Theories that Turned Out to Be True......
Skeptoid listeners are always asking for conspiracy theories that turned out to be true. Here's the best I could come up with. They're hard to find!
Skeptoid #415: In Which I Am the Very Picture of Error Personified
I try to correct as many errors as can be caught in previous Skeptoid episodes. This is another round of corrections, from which we can learn even more.
Skeptoid #414: Killing Princess Diana
Some say the death of Princess Diana in 1997 was actually a murder plotted by her government. How good is the evidence supporting this?
Skeptoid #413: 3-7-77: The Montana Vigilance Code
This mysterious code representing Montana vigilante justice has a meaning lost to history, but many have proposed various explanations.
Skeptoid #412: Animal Predictors: Psychic, Sensitive, or Silly?
Many animals are presented through the popular media as being possessed of psychic powers, and able to predict events. Is this really the best explanation?
Skeptoid #411: Your Body's Energy Fields
We are constantly bombarded with marketing messages and New Age claims asserting that your body has an energy field. Is this a real thing, or made-up nonsense?
Skeptoid #410: The Black Eyed Kids
An urban legend says that children with completely black eyes go around trying to be allowed inside your house or car... for unknown reasons.
Skeptoid #409: Oil Pulling
This New Age alternative health fad has people swishing vegetable oil in their mouth hoping to cure a wide variety of medical conditions.
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Skeptoid #408: 15 Phreaky Phobias
Phobias can seem incredibly goofy sometimes, but that doesn't mean the brain had no rational reason for creating them.
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