Vibes are no joke. When the vibes are good, peace, love, and music abound. When the vibes are off, however, things can go downhill faster than a passed-out concert-goer rolling towards a tiny stage. If that metaphor seems strange, you clearly don’t know about the Altamont Music Festival of 1969. Modeled after the utopian Woodstock Music Festival earlier in the […]
Oof, this one is tough. On March 25, 1911, in New York City, the Triangle Shirtwaist factory burned, becoming one of the deadliest industrial disasters in American history. This week, the guys sift through the ashes to find out just what happened and who’s to blame. Spoiler: it’s not looking so good for capitalism.
You know what they say about a guy with big feet… He’s probably a liar. This week, the guys go on a trek through the great Pacific Northwest to discover the truth behind the legend of America’s own Abominable Snowman, the Sasquatch. Bigfoot. Or Bigfeet. Or Bigfeets. It’s a whole thing, apparently.
I’m not moving it, you’re moving it! On this very special episode, we are excited to welcome our first invited guest of 2019, The Devil! Ok, well, maybe we aren’t inviting the Devil onto the show. But we are exploring the original spiritual gateway drug–the Ouija Board! From its humble, craven, capitalist beginnings, the Ouija Board has been many things: […]
No tragedy is complete without some good old Act-of-God type destruction, and this week, the guys are serving up a tragedy of Biblical proportions, complete with a plague and “wrathful God”-level retaliation. Try not to squirm too much as you learn about the record-breaking Locust Swarm of 1874, which basically ate the flyover states, carrying off, as one farmer put […]
It’s our 50th episode, and we’re pulling out all the stops! This episode has everything: demonology, witchcraft, voodoo, murder, rape, blasphemy, suicide, assassination, insanity, sex perversion, homosexuality, prostitution, satanic rituals, gambling, barbarism, cannibalism, sadism, desecration, demon summoning, necromancy, and divination, all accessible with the roll of one 20-sided die! That’s right, this week the guys are summoning the Satan Panic […]
Arizona of the 1880s was hardscrabble enough without the Devil terrorizing the countryside on horseback. But that’s just what the citizens of post-Civil War Arizona Territory thought was happening when they were visited by the fabled Red Ghost of Arizona. This week, the guys learn the true identity of the Ghost (spoiler: it was Old Man Withers the whole time!), […]
It’s wonderful when the bully loses! This week the guys are k-k-kicking open the door on two memorable times from the 1950s when KKK Grand Dragon James “Catfish” Cole was publicly humiliated by the intended targets of his racist harassment. Feel free to engage in plenty of schadenfreude this week, as we revel in the power of organized resistance!
A petty man wants to build a wall. So, what else is new? This week, the guys explore the history of Spite Fences, with a particular focus on the most famous one. Erected by Charles Crocker on San Francisco’s Nob Hill in the late 1800s, this 40-foot-tall monstrosity was built for the express purpose of ruining his neighbor’s (Nicholas Yung) […]
Mary had two little hands, little hands, little hands, Mary had two little hands, with skin all rife with poo. And everywhere that Mary went, Mary went, Mary went, Everywhere that Mary went, she’d surely sicken you! That’s right! This week, the guys are on the trail of Typhoid Mary, the infamous carrier of typhoid fever before medical science […]