During the late 1730s, England and Spain were locked in constant conflict over trade routes in the Caribbean. Believing that a war would help the English secure a victory over the Spanish, Parliament looked for any reason they could to make the first move. As it so happened, merchant ship captain Robert Jenkins had an ear for that sort of thing. Also, in the early 1950s, a three year old girl in Sweden begins to insist she is not who her parents think she is. This didn't seem too disturbing until years later when she and her family visited Amsterdam and she was able to navigate the city using memories that should not have existed. How did a severed body part start a war? Just who was Barbro Karlen? Join Chris and Johnny on this episode of That's Odd and find out!
This week, the guys hold a round table to discuss news of the Pentagon releasing information that the United States government had continued to monitor and investigate UFO sightings well into 2012. Spearheaded by Senator Harry Reid, the project is said to be full of "smoking gun" information relating to UFOs and extra-terrestrials, some of which was released to the public in the form of footage from the United States Navy depicting an object being chased by fighter jet pilots. Could the truth really be out there? The guys WANT to believe! Check out this new episode of History Creeps and decide what you believe for yourself!
Among the many headstones found within the gates of Shankill Church of Ireland Cemetery in the town of Lurgan, Northern Ireland, stands a grave marker with an inscription reading "Margorie McCall - Lived Once, Buried Twice." The story behind this strange grave marker dates back to the 1700s and is one that would go on to become legend throughout the town. Also, in December of 1958, two men out for a drive in Hoganas, Sweden have a terrifying encounter with "fluid" entities after stopping to investigate a strange object in the nearby woods. Join Chris and Johnny as they investigate some of the more odder moments throughout history on this episode of That's Odd!
The guys are back with a holiday-themed episode in which they take a look at some of the more bizarre crimes that have taken place on or around Christmas. With stories ranging from a bath salt-crazed anti-Grinch to a Christmas tree that would give Cheech and Chong a wet dream to a disappearing stick-up Santa, Johnny, Chris and Carter bring you a round table discussion marveling at a few of strangest law breakers to make Santa's naughty list.
Throughout history, great floods have destroyed villages, towns and cities. Every kid who has ever gone to church or Sunday school knows about Noah and the Great Flood. Natural disasters are nothing new to mankind. However, what happens when the flood is man made, and furthermore, not even water? Also, in the 1960s and 70s, a rash of UFO sightings and strange phenomena plagued the sleepy town of Warminster, England. Flocks of dead birds, crop circles, weird lights and tremors were just a few of the bizarre events reported by the locals. Just what was it that terrified the residents of Warminster? And, why do Bostonians say their town smells like molasses? Join Johnny and Chris as they explore some of the weirder stories in history on this episode of That's Odd!
This week, the curse has struck again! But not to be held down, Chris brings another special "Curse Edition" of History Creeps. This week, he's joined by his wife Erin as they delve into the Curse of the Crying Boy Paintings. When Bruno Amadio first painted his crying children to sell to tourists in 1950s Venice, little did he know that decades later the pieces would become the focal point of a sinister curse that was rumored to leave the homes of anyone who owned a painting in ashes. Were these paintings of crying children really cursed? Or was this a ploy by a tabloid to sell more papers? Check out this special "Curse Edition" of History Creeps and decide for yourself!
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There is an island off the coast of Italy that is said to be so cursed, no one dares to visit. In another part of the world, there is an island inhabited by people who have not come in contact with the outside world in hundreds of years. Anyone who dares to visit is met with a gruesome death. In the south Atlantic, an island covered in ice held a mysterious life boat that seems to have vanished without a trace. And, off the coast of Mexico, an entire island itself vanished off the face of the Earth. What's up with these mysterious islands? Join Chris, Johnny and Carter as they delve into this week's strange topic on History Creeps!
The curse has struck again!!!! This week, Chris drops a special "curse edition" of History Creeps, welcoming Tate Suplex (pronounced sue-play) of The Dusty Finish podcast. Together, they take a look at the tragic story of pro wrestling's legendary Von Erich family. A product of patriarch Fritz Von Erich, World Class Championship Wrestling helped launch many careers and shape the face of pro wrestling during the 70s and 80s. The stars of his show were his sons, Kevin, David, Mike, Kerry and Chris. By the time the promotion shut down production in 1990, four of the five Von Erich boys would be dead, leading many to speculate: Was the family cursed? Check out this episode of History Creeps and decide for yourself.
Video games and arcades have been a staple in American culture since the 1970s. Pouring quarters into machines to hopefully defeat the game of the month and get your initials on the high score screen was every kid's dream. But sometimes, achieving that dream comes with a cost. And, during the days when pirates sailed the high seas, one man evoked fear unlike any other. Commanding an army of some of the worst scallywags known to man, this pirate went to extreme lengths to hold control of his ship. Even if it meant setting his beard afire. Join Chris and Johnny as they explore the odder side of history in this new episode of That's Odd!
This week, the guys return with another Urban Legends episode. In this fourth installment, Chris presents three stories that find their basis in reality. The babysitter and the killer calling from within the house left much of America in fear of answering the phone. Also, libraries are meant to be a quiet place to study and read, but what happens when it's better to break that silence? And, the United States is full of local urban legends. One such tale of a boogeyman known as Cropsey haunts the residents of Staten Island to this day.
The White House is one of the most famous structures in America. The home of the country's presidents has long been rumored to hold an uneasy spirit or two. However, it is the ghost of one of the country's greatest presidents that has most guests and employees questioning their sanity. And, Halloween night has always been associated with creepy terrors that lurk within every shadow. But sometimes, the real monsters are as normal looking as you or me. You never know just who is waiting to introduce you to the Grim Reaper. Check out this special edition of That's Odd, just in time for one of the scariest nights of the year!
Long before the term 'flying saucer' entered the lexicon, people have reported seeing strange objects in the sky. Many ancient alien believers point to pieces of art through the ages that seemingly depict classic flying saucers. In the late 1800s, a rash of mysterious "airship" sightings were being reported worldwide. These ships differed from the later descriptions of "UFOs" in that they resembled dirigibles that would go on to become the blimps we know today. Also, human-like pilots could be seen steering the ships, sometimes calling out to those who spotted them. Though, they did claim to come from Mars. Join Carter, Johnny and Chris as they try to find out just what these ships were and where they came from on this episode of History Creeps!
During what was known as the "Year Without Summer" in 1816, poet Percy Shelley and his young lover Mary visited famed poet Lord Byron at a villa near Lake Geneva in Switzerland. Because of the unusually cold and wet weather during their stay, the three friends entertained themselves by reading ghost stories. After one evening of spooky tales, Lord Byron suggested they each try to write their own. Little did they know, this would produce one of literature's greatest monsters ever created. And, since the middle ages curses have been placed on manuscripts and books to thwart vandals and thieves. Is it possible that one such curse was attached to a movie script in the 1970s? Would you believe it if you learned that each actor who read for and agreed to take the lead role would end up dead before production could be competed, and in some instances before production could even begin? Listen as Johnny and Chris delve into a couple of stories about some very creepy manuscripts and the odd events surrounding them on this new installment of That's Odd!
There was a time when professional wrestling was thought to be real. The larger than life figures battling it out inside the squared circle captured the hearts and imaginations of many across the country. Most of the time, it was with fondness and adoration. Other times, the infatuation could prove deadly. And, since the beginning of time, man has dared to scale the highest peaks on the planet. Mount Everest has long been the symbol of the utmost achievement in such feats. But, sometimes with great accomplishments comes great sacrifice. Join Johnny and Chris as they delve deeper into the odder side of history on this new episode of That's Odd.
Since the days when man first dared to venture out onto the open seas, the threat of monsters lurking under the surface of the water was very real. For centuries, reports of unknown creatures have been told as more and more men took to the seas. In this first in a series sea monster episodes, the guys explore the stories of monsters reported by Sir Humphrey Gilbert - the half-brother of Sir Walter Raliegh, the Apostle of Greenland Hans Poulsen Hedge, and the Soay Island Sea Monster of 1959. And you thought Jaws made you afraid to go back in the water?
A young woman develops a strange skin disorder in her mid-twenties, baffling doctors and scientists around the world. She seems to be the only person to ever be afflicted by this mutation. The story of Shanyna Isom sounds like something right out of an issue of Uncanny X-Men, but unfortunately for her, it's all too real. And, in the mid 90s, a woman entered an emergency room due to complications from cervical cancer. Hours later, she would be dead. During the hours she was being attended to, a number of nurses and doctors began to experience strange symptoms. Dizziness, nausea, and loss of consciousness affected over 23 workers in the ER that night, hospitalizing 5 of them. Just what happened to Gloria Ramirez after she was wheeled into Riverside General Hospital in 1994? Find out in this new installment of That's Odd!
In the late 1800s, London's East End was one of the poorest, most crime ridden areas in what was at the time one of the world's greatest cities. Homelessness, prostitution, and violence were every day occurrences. However, an even darker shadow would soon befall the area, and the citizens of the East End would live in terror of walking the streets at night for fear they may run into one of history's most notorious serial killers. Join Chris, Johnny and Carter in this History Creeps round table discussion of the Whitechapel Murderer himself, Jack the Ripper.
Peter the Great was one of Russia's greatest leaders, however, few people know of his troubled love life and the lengths at which he went to save face when things didn't go as planned. Octavia Smith was a woman from Pikeville, Kentucky, who would marry the man she loved, only to die by his hands... Sort of. See, the problem was, he thought she was already dead. Want to know more? Check out this episode of That's Odd as Chris and Johnny explore two very different stories of love and loss.
What's up with all these ranches having weird stuff happen on or around them? Remember Skinwalker Ranch? Well, there's another one, with a little bit of an odder story to go with it. On this episode of History Creeps, Chris, Johnny and Carter take a look at the Stardust Ranch and the self-proclaimed alien-slaying owner, John Edmonds. His story has everything - cattle mutilation, ominous strangers bearing messages of doom, alien death by sword, mysterious deaths, and missing evidence. Intrigued? You should be.
On this week's episode of That's Odd, Johnny and Chris take a look at two stories that hail from the Lone Star State. First, a few years before Jack the Ripper terrorized the streets of London and almost a decade before H. H. Holmes shocked the nation during the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, Austin, Texas was the location of a string of horrific murders that would come to be known as the Servant Girl Murders. Also, there are many people throughout history who have cheated death and gone on to live rich, fulfilling lives. The idea that death will follow and eventually claim the lives of those who escaped their fates sounds more like the plot of a horror movie rather than real life, right? Think again. You know what they say... Everything is Odder in Texas!