Skeptoid #431: Acupuncture09/09/14
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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A few Skeptoid supporters tell you exactly why they support the Skeptoid podcast, keeping it alive and making it available to you and to the world.
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.
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