Skeptoid #445: Megalodon12/16/14
The Discovery Channel put out a 'docufiction' suggesting that the gigantic shark C. megalodon might still be alive in our oceans, but what does science have to say on the matter?
Skeptoid #444: Myths of Alcatraz
Alcatraz Island harbors ruins, restless spirits and many myths. Skeptoid traveled to The Rock to see the sights and bust some ghosts.
Skeptoid #443: SS Iron Mountain
The SS Iron Mountain is a famous missing ship, said to have vanished from the middle of the Mississippi River without a trace. Was there a ship called the SS Iron Mountain and did she actually vanish? Skeptoid investigates.
Skeptoid #442: Griffins
Griffins, considered an absurd mythological beast by us today, were actually humanity's first known attempt to describe an animal based solely on fossils.
Skeptoid #441: The Skookum Cast
In 2000 a group of BFRO researchers found what they claimed to be a full body impression of a Bigfoot. A more probable explanation is that it was made by an elk. Confirmation bias is discussed.
Skeptoid #440: That Elusive Fibromyalgia
Some say fibromyalgia is a real disease, while others question the diagnosis. Is either side right? Or does the truth lie somewhere in the middle?
Skeptoid #439: A Skeptical Look at the News
Just as being skeptical about medical claims can help us stay well, applying critical thinking skills to the news can help us make informed choices.
Skeptoid #438: The War of the Worlds Panic Broadcast
On October 30, 1938, Orson Welles and the Mercury Theatre panicked millions of Americans with a radio adaptation of The War of the Worlds. Or did they? Let's take a look at what really happened on that Halloween eve in 1938.
Skeptoid #437: Tube Amplifiers
Vacuum tubes have been technologically surpassed by solid state, but tube amplifiers still enjoy the loyally of musicians and audiophiles alike.
Skeptoid #436: Ionithermie
Ionithermie is a popular spa treatment especially on cruise ships. It promises instant slimming up to eight inches, and the removal of "toxins that cause cellulite." How does it work, and does it live up to its claims? We investigate.
Skeptoid #435: The St. Clair Triangle UFO
Early on January 5, 2000 in St. Clair County, Illinois, police officers from four different towns chased what has come to be known as the St. Clair Triangle UFO. The incident has had UFOlogists scratching their heads ever since. But what was really in...
Skeptoid #434: The Braxton County Monster
A group of 7 West Virginians looked for a crashed UFO in the hills and ended up getting the fright of their lives. Did they really encounter an alien spaceship and its occupant? Or does a more skeptical approach reveal a different tale?
Skeptoid #433: The Water Woo of Masaru Emoto
Masaru Emoto believes in 'hado' -- the notion that water somehow entagles with human consciousness and emotion. According to Emoto, water can actually be imbued with good or bad energy. Is there anything behind Emoto's water woo? Skeptoid looks at the...
Skeptoid #432: The Death of Rasputin
Legend says that Grigori Rasputin, the "Mad Monk" who played a part in the last days of the Russian monarchy, was hard to kill. They say he had to be poisoned, shot, beaten, and drowned before he finally succumbed to death. But does the history agree...
Skeptoid #431: Acupuncture
Acupuncture is one of the most popular "alternative" therapies in the world. Where did it come from, and what does it do?
Skeptoid #430: Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Houdini, the champion of scientific skepticism, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the champion of supernaturalism and spiritualism, clashed in the 1920s.
Skeptoid #429: The Many Voices of Frank's Box
Frank's ghost box is a radio designed to hear communications from ghosts. But is there something that we can actually learn from it?
Skeptoid #428: The Haunted Dybbuk Box
A popular tale tells of a haunted Jewish wine box that brought ill fortune upon its owners; at least, until you look at what is actually known to have happened.
Skeptoid #427: The Legend of the Flying Dutchman
The Flying Dutchman ghost ship is one of the oldest and most familiar tales of the sea, but does anyone really know the inspiration for the story?
Skeptoid #426: The Baldoon Mystery
Canada's most famous ghost story tells of Scottish immigrants harassed by a poltergeist, but the true facts of the case may be even more surprising.
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