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Welcome to the cult of the curious! ost and comedian Dan Cummins passionately applies sarcasm, silliness, and exhaustive research into fascinating, listener-suggested topics every week on Timesuck. With episodes on flat earth believers, Houdini, Aliens, Charles Manson, ISIS, and more, no topic is too random, controversial, or complex for Timesuck to tackle. So find how much fun it is to be curious and start suckin’!

Welcome to the cult of the curious! ost and comedian Dan Cummins passionately applies sarcasm, silliness, and exhaustive research into fascinating, listener-suggested topics every week on Timesuck. With episodes on flat earth believers, Houdini, Aliens, Charles Manson, ISIS, and more, no topic is too random, controversial, or complex for Timesuck to tackle. So find how much fun it is to be curious and start suckin’!
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Welcome to the cult of the curious! ost and comedian Dan Cummins passionately applies sarcasm, silliness, and exhaustive research into fascinating, listener-suggested topics every week on Timesuck. With episodes on flat earth believers, Houdini, Aliens, Charles Manson, ISIS, and more, no topic is too random, controversial, or complex for Timesuck to tackle. So find how much fun it is to be curious and start suckin’!






135 - Vikings!

Vikings! We take a deep dive today into the history of Scandinavia, focusing in particular on the age of the Vikings! We look into what they wore, how their society was structured, why they became associated with barbaric raping and pillaging, and so much more. Viking culture is fascinating, complex, and honestly - pretty weird. And strange people make for a fun Suck. Hail Nimrod! Donate to our charity of the month! Cameron Owens National Fallen Firefighter’s Foundation Stair Climb...


134 - Napoleon MF'n Bonaparte!

Napoleon! A man who knew before he died he would be remembered as being one of the most important European leaders in history - and boy was he right. He's regarded by many military historians as being one the best military strategists of all time. Dude was SUPER hard to beat on the battlefield but he was defeated several times - mostly because pretty much every other nation in Europe joined forces and ganged up on France to defeat him. He'd be born on a little island not bothering anyone and...


133 - Mikhail "The Werewolf" Popkov: Russia's Most Prolific Serial Killer

Former Russian police officer Mikhail Popkov was found guilty on December 10th, 2018 of killing fifty-six people in Siberia. All but one victim were women between the ages of seventeen to thirty-eight. He was given a second life sentence. He already had a life sentence he'd been given in 2015 when he was convicted of murdering twenty-two Russian women. He used his badge for years to lure women into his car, drive them out into the woods, and brutally rape and kill them. And the whole time he...


132 - Order of the Solar Temple Doomsday Cult

On October 4th, 1994 the dead bodies of two Solar Temple cult members and their baby are found in Morin Heights, Quebec. All three have been stabbed to death. The baby has had a wooden dagger run through its heart in an obvious ritual killing. Forty-eight other cult members would take their lives that evening. And then another sixteen in 1995. And then five more in 1997. Why? Why did so many cult members take their own lives? What did these people believe in? Madness. They believed in so...


131 - Disappearances, Hidden Cities, Murders and More: National Park Mysteries

The origin of the Chupacabra legend! UFO sightings in Yosemite. A giant, lost Egyptian city in the Grand Canyon. Another underground city supposedly inhabited by mystical Lemurians in Mount Shasta. Mysterious murders. Unexplained disappearances. Haunted camp lodges. Cursed land. The birth of a cult that exists unto this day. Myths, monsters, aliens, ghosts, and more in today’s cornucopia of strange, national park mysteries edition, of Timesuck! Upcoming Happy Murder Tour Standup...


130 - Casey Anthony - Free and Guilty?

Liar, liar, pants on fire. Wow! I have never read about someone who told lies - big lies - more often and consistently than Casey Anthony. On July 5, 2011, a Florida jury found Casey Anthony “not guilty” of counts one through three regarding first-degree murder, aggravated manslaughter of a child, and aggravated child abuse. However, many people, including myself, think she definitely killed her young daughter. Why do I think that she for sure, 100% did it? Find out on today's "how the Hell...


129 - Ted "The Unabomber" Kaczynski

Ted Kaczynski, aka "The Unabomber", is an American domestic terrorist who conducted a seventeen-plus-year series of attacks, using mail bombs to target academics, business executives, and others. This mathematical genius wanted to destroy man's dependence on technology. Luckily, he failed miserably. The Unabomber bombing campaign killed three people and injured 23, starting in the late 1970s and lasting until 1996. Learn why Ted did what he did in today's crazy mountain man, weirdo beardo...


128 - Serial Killer Pedro "Monster of the Andes" Lopez

South American serial killer Pedro "Monster of the Andes" Lopez was convicted of killing 110 girls in Ecuador in 1983. He claimed to have killed roughly 350 between Ecuador, Peru, and his native Columbia. He spent only fourteen years in prison for those 110 Ecuadorian murders and then another three years in a Columbian psychiatric ward for additional murder conviction in that country, and then he was set free in 1998. He may still be alive and free today. Find how this dirtbag was able to...


127 - Pedophile Island

Should we banish pedophiles to an actual island? That's essentially what Washington state has been doing since 1990 with the Special Commitment Center for sexually violent offenders deemed to be at a high risk to re-offend. McNeil Island is about two miles off the coast of Tacoma and has about 240 dangerous sexual predators living on it. If we're not gonna put these people on an island, what should we do with them? We thoroughly address the dicey topic of sex offenders - who they are, how...


126 - The Black Panthers

The Black Panthers! A very controversial civil rights group originating in Oakland, California in 1966. Formed by young revolutionaries Huey Newton and Bobby Seale in response to police brutality that become commonplace in Oakland. Based on the teachings of black nationalist Malcom X, the Black Panthers became a national organization that aggressively sought social justice for black Americans. They also became a huge target of the FBI and ended up getting in numerous violent clashes with law...


125 - The Black Death

The Black Death killed between 25 and 75 million people in Europe alone in just over five years! This terrifying outbreak of the plague killed roughly 1/3 of the entire world’s population, dropping it from an estimated 450 million down to around 350 million. It's been labeled by various historians as The Greatest Catastrophe Ever. And we explore it's spread, how it killed you, who it killed, how it was treated (so crazy), and much more on a wild medieval ride today on Timesuck! We're...


124 - Mothman

The Mothman is a strange creature reportedly witnessed mainly in the Point Pleasant area of West Virginia between November 12, 1966, and December 1967. It’s described as a winged, man-sized creature with large reflective red eyes and large moth-like wings. Sometimes it appeared to have no head, with its eyes set into its chest. Was it real? Is it just folklore? Did anything strange roam the West Virginia woods in late 1966 and early 1967 outside of just the imagination of the people who...


123 - Serial Killer Ed Kemper: The Co-ed Killer

Born on December 18, 1948, in Burbank, California, Edmund Kemper, at age 15, killed both his grandparents to "see what it felt like." He turned himself in and was sentenced to a state mental healthy facility where this killer with a genius level IQ manipulated psychiatrists into thinking he was cured. The 6'9" 280lb murderer almost immediately began a gruesome murder and necrophilia spree. One of the darkest subjects we've covered, today, on Timesuck. January 24th-26th New Brunswick, New...


122 - Cleopatra: Queen. Seductress. Product Of SO MUCH INCEST!

Whopper of a tale for you today. Battles, incest, murder, betrayal, and more! Born in 69 BCE, Cleopatra VII was part of the Macedonian dynasty that took over rule of Egypt in the late 4th century B.C. A dynasty full of a PREPOSTEROUS amount of incest and murder. SO much. During her reign, she forged political alliances and became romantically involved with Roman military leaders Julius Caesar and Mark Antony - bearing sons for month men. She could've ended up ruling Rome. Instead Rome pushed...


121 - The DB Cooper Hijack Mystery

November 24th, 1971. The day before Thanksgiving. Dan Cooper, also known as DB Cooper, shows up at the Portland, Oregon airport looking like your average business traveler. Over the next few hours, he pulled off the most mysterious airplane hijacking in US aviation history. He took $200,000 in ransom money from the FBI, jumped out of a plane and disappeared into the thick forests of the Pacific Northwest. He was never found, caught, or even positively identified. We explore this mystery and...


120 - Year End Wrap Up! And More Tales of Inspiration

Happy New Year's Eve! We take a look back at 2018 and a look forward to 2019 today on Timesuck. We also find more inspiration in the tales of Nick Vujicic and Bethany Hamilton. Nick was born with Tetra-amelia syndrome - a rare disorder characterized by the absence of arms and legs. But he hasn't let that stop him from learning to skateboard, surf, swim, "walk", and even jump. He's incredible! And he's also a self-made millionaire and married father of four. Bethany Hamilton is a pro surfer...


119 - Triumph Over Unbelievable Tragedy: Two Exceptional Tales!

Malvika Iyer had both her hands blown off by a grenade when she was thirteen years-old. The blast also turned her legs into a mangled mass of blood and bone. Alex Lewis lost both legs, both arms, and part of his face to a savage and rare infection. And both of them swear their lives are now better than they were before. What would you do if something that tragic happened to you? Would you give up? Would you want to die? How big would the problems and concerns you had before suddenly seem? I...


118 - The Alphabet Murders

Three young girls were kidnapped, raped, and strangled to death near Rochester, NY in the early 70s. Carmen Colon, Michelle Maenza, and Wanda Walkowicz. Their crimes became referred to as the Alphabet Murders or the Double Initial Killings due to the first letter in their first name matching the first letter in their last name. No one has ever been caught but there are a variety of disturbing suspects including two different serial killers and another serial rapist. Then, in 2011, Joseph...


117 - Harriet MF'n Tubman

Harriet Tubman! One of the most important conductors on the Underground Railroad. A brave, inspirational human being who escaped slavery in Maryland and ran to freedom in Pennsylvania in 1849 and then spent years helping hundreds of others do the same. She also helped the Union Army during the Civil War - working as a spy and nurse among other roles. After the Civil War ended, Tubman dedicated her life to helping impoverished former slaves, the elderly, and fought for women's rights. She...


116 - The Pinkerton Detective Agency - "We Never Sleep"

Founded by Scottish immigrant Allan Pinkerton, Chicago’s first police detective, in 1850, the Pinkerton Agency quickly became one of the most important crime detection and law enforcement groups in the United States. The pioneered the concepts of undercover work, criminal surveillance, and building an actual criminal database. The Pinkertons performed many of the same duties now regularly assigned to the Secret Service, the FBI, and the CIA. The agency also played an active role in chasing...