Skeptoid #438: The War of the Worlds Panic Broadcast10/28/14
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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Skeptoid #425: Albino Facts and Fiction
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.
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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.
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