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An old chestnut is a story or tale that has been told and retold until it becomes stale. And maybe you are thinking “that sounds boring,” but never fear! Lauren King and Anna Karpinski are here to tell old chestnuts in fresh new ways. We may go on tangents about cats, cannibalism, and coffee, but we still make it through two stories each week. Join us every Tuesday where we bring you stories about criminals, artists, scientists, and so much more!

An old chestnut is a story or tale that has been told and retold until it becomes stale. And maybe you are thinking “that sounds boring,” but never fear! Lauren King and Anna Karpinski are here to tell old chestnuts in fresh new ways. We may go on tangents about cats, cannibalism, and coffee, but we still make it through two stories each week. Join us every Tuesday where we bring you stories about criminals, artists, scientists, and so much more!
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An old chestnut is a story or tale that has been told and retold until it becomes stale. And maybe you are thinking “that sounds boring,” but never fear! Lauren King and Anna Karpinski are here to tell old chestnuts in fresh new ways. We may go on tangents about cats, cannibalism, and coffee, but we still make it through two stories each week. Join us every Tuesday where we bring you stories about criminals, artists, scientists, and so much more!

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Episodes

50 - But, What If Goats?

9/17/2019
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Have you ever invented a new word or phrase? Would you ever undergo hypnosis to recover lost memories? What would you do if two demanding kids knocked on your door? Things take a supernatural turn this week with the stories of alien abductees, Betty & Barney Hill, and the disturbing legend of the Black-Eyed Kids.

Duration:00:46:43

1st Anniversary!

9/13/2019
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It’s a very special anniversary episode! Grab some champagne, a slice of cake, and celebrate with us! We take a look back at some of our favorite moments from the podcast, and also discuss some brand new topics. No stories this week, just 10 heckin great facts!

Duration:00:47:15

MBoN 5 - Southern Belle Satan

9/10/2019
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What would it be like to have your consciousness transferred into the internet? Have you ever wanted to just float away? What would it be like to dangle from high voltage power lines? This Mixed Nuts episode presents the curse of Repleh Snatas, and daredevil Larry Walters.

Duration:00:33:03

49 - Skelegon, Will You Marry Me?

9/3/2019
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How would you feel if your skeleton was made of shiny things? Have you ever had a goth girlfriend? What would you do if five grown men suddenly jumped out of your tub? Listen up to hear all things Austria as your hosts discuss the stories of Tatzelworm, Kruzimügeli and The Wind’s Present.

Duration:00:53:57

48 - Erotic FriendFiction

8/27/2019
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Have you ever come down with a case of the happy feet? Could you ever wear a live snake as an accessory? Would you be willing to spend fifty grand just to teach someone a lesson? Espionage abounds in this exciting episode featuring badass Virginia Hall, and the real 007, Duško Popov.

Duration:00:58:53

47 - Clean Air the Bear

8/20/2019
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How buff is your bladder? What would you do if you were surrounded by sharks? What would it feel like if your life and career were studied by college students? Enjoy part two of this survival and success theme with the stories of Poon Lim and Oprah Winfrey.

Duration:00:58:57

46 - Tipping the Crazy Bucket

8/13/2019
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Would you trust a thin nylon line with your life? Could you ever keep your cool if you were surrounded by chocolate milk? What would you do if you had to live in a van with your whole family? Anna and Lauren switch things up in this episode with the survival story of Xisco Gràcia and the success of Jim Carrey.

Duration:00:47:50

45 - The Popcorn Pinnacle

8/6/2019
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Do you have a strong opinion about superheroes? Has a chair ever ruined your life? How far would you go to counteract an age old curse? Cross your fingers, turn around three times and listen to the accursed stories of Busby’s chair and the Macbeth Curse.

Duration:00:52:26

44 - A Mess of Legs

7/30/2019
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Have you ever succumbed to the power of a nap? Would you trust a horse that eats everything to carry secret messages? Could you ever forgive several acts of treason? Help Anna and Lauren honor the incredible heroes Sergeant Reckless and Queen Lili’uokalani.

Duration:01:09:47

43 - Snacklace

7/23/2019
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What kind of questions do you ask on a first date? How would you react if someone bit your ear off? Would you write a cryptogram just to help you remember where you put your treasure? All aboard for a lively discussion about pirates Sadie the Goat and Olivier Levasseur!

Duration:00:53:04

42 - Mobile Weedwacker

7/16/2019
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Have your own internal organs ever started a revolution? Are you a train robbing aficionado? What would it be like to have a king save your life? Come along for a wild ride this week as Anna and Lauren discuss the heists of the Glasgow-London mail train and Crown Jewels of England.

Duration:01:07:20

41 - Brontohorsus

7/2/2019
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Do you use insects in your revenge plots? Has being an introvert ever put your entire country in danger? What would you do if people told you that you resembled a goat? Do-do-do-dooooo! Welcome to the most royal episode yet and learn about the eccentricities of King Ludwig II and Emperor Caligula.

Duration:01:14:19

40 - Anti-Copying Arm

6/25/2019
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Do you invite ghosts to girls night? What would it be like to invent a new alphabet that you couldn’t see? Could you survive all alone at sea? Learn what it takes to be one of the coolest kids around from experts Louis Braille and Terry Jo Duperrault.

Duration:00:49:34

39 - Cat Conduit

6/18/2019
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Have you ever wandered off from a loved one? What if every time you sneezed it started raining? Could you raise a canine delinquent that jumps through closed windows? Things get fuzzy this week as Anna and Lauren talk about several ship’s cats and the best boy, Togo.

Duration:00:49:31

MBoN 4 - Can't Ignore the Onions

6/11/2019
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Have you ever won a sweepstakes? Would you ever consider wrestling a princess? Do you fall down when you have too much to drink? Things get fresh this week with special guest, Joe, the warrior Princess Khutulun, and Andre the Giant.

Duration:00:57:30

38 - Tortilla Armada

6/4/2019
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Have you ever broken a world record? What would it be like to live with monkeys and parrots? Could you survive a police raid at your local dive bar? Celebrate Pride this month through the inspiring lives of Frida Kahlo and Sylvia Rivera.

Duration:01:05:27

37 - Goths in the Salt Mines

5/28/2019
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Is Onion the reason for your entire existence? Did you ever make serious money by playing pretend? Have you ever held a work of art for ransom? Help Anna and Lauren find the jewels stolen by Doris Payne, and the missing panel of the Ghent Altarpiece.

Duration:00:59:40

36 - Pastry Gun

5/21/2019
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Have you ever been filled with a righteous rage? What would it be like to watch your children turn into suns? What lengths would you go to in order to be reunited with your dead lover? Things get steamy this week with stories of the great loves of Houyi and Chang’e, and Thomas and Lucinda.

Duration:00:48:48

35 - Dogggggggggggggggggggg

5/14/2019
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Have you ever been possessed by a feminist spirit? What would it be like to write a song completely out of spite? Could you turn down a fortune for the sake of artistic integrity? Find out what it means to be Calvin this week as Anna and Lauren discuss the stories of Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr. and Calvin and Hobbes.

Duration:01:03:44

34 Self-Marinated Fish

5/7/2019
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Do you create portmanteaus for maximum efficiency? What would it be like to see a lake monster attack your campsite? Could you convincingly pretend to be dead? Learn about the Bear Lake Monsters, the Portneuf Stagecoach Robbery, and all things Idaho in this week’s episode!

Duration:00:55:37