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Since 2006, the weekly Skeptoid podcast has been taking on all the most popular myths and revealing the true science, true history, and true lessons we can learn from each. Free subscribers get the most recent 50 episodes, premium subscribers (

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Skeptoid #584: Eclipse Myths and Science

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 00:00:00 GMT

A look at the science-based myths and misconceptions about eclipses, plus some things you might not know.

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Skeptoid #583: Fate of the Feedback

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Skeptoid responds to some listener feedback, updating a few episodes and clarifying some others.

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Skeptoid #582: Lonnie Zamora and the Socorro UFO

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 00:00:00 GMT

This famous 1964 UFO sighting by a New Mexico police officer has several interesting explanations.

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Skeptoid #581: Are You Following a Crank?

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Let's have a look at the traits that define a crank, to make sure your new hero isn't one.

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Skeptoid #580: Amelia Earhart Redux: Competing Networks, Competing Craziness

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Through their constant promotion of false history, TV networks may have done Amelia Earhart's legacy irreparable harm.

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Skeptoid #579: Measuring the Age of the Grand Canyon

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMT

The Grand Canyon is millions of years old, not thousands; despite the efforts of Young Earthers.

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Skeptoid #578: Student Questions: Bitters, Gas, and Diet Woo

Tue, 04 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Skeptoid answers another round of questions sent in by students all around the world.

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Skeptoid #577: What Are the Chances You're Psychic?

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 00:00:00 GMT

We analyze some of your stories of precognitive experiences.

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Skeptoid #576: Lights in the Sky

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 00:00:00 GMT

How likely is the most common type of UFO report to be an alien spacecraft?

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Skeptoid #575: How to Surprise a Skeptical Podcaster: Part 2

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Here are the podcast episodes with conclusions that surprised me the most (part 2).

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Skeptoid #574: How to Surprise a Skeptical Podcaster: Part 1

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Here are the podcast episodes with conclusions that surprised me the most (part 1).

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Skeptoid #573: There Is No Finland: Birth of a Conspiracy Theory

Tue, 30 May 2017 00:00:00 GMT

A study of how a conspiracy theory as absurd as "There is no Finland" can even exist.

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Skeptoid: Principles of Curiosity Premiere, June 14

Sat, 27 May 2017 00:00:00 GMT

The movie is finally out! Come and join us in person for the Los Angeles premiere.

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Skeptoid #572: True or False Pregnancy

Tue, 23 May 2017 00:00:00 GMT

False pregnancies are not only real, they're probably more complex than you imagined.

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Skeptoid #571: Thawing the Minnesota Iceman

Tue, 16 May 2017 00:00:00 GMT

This sideshow attraction convinced a few real scientists that it was an actual ape-man.

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Skeptoid #570: More Space Missions You Should Know

Tue, 09 May 2017 00:00:00 GMT

We take a look at some more of the most exciting space missions, past, present, and future.

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Skeptoid #569: Principles of Curiosity

Tue, 02 May 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Three simple steps anyone can follow to learn to tell what's true and what's not.

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Skeptoid #568: 2 Listener 2 Feedback

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT

I respond to some listener feedback that enhances some recent episodes of the show.

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Skeptoid #567: Feral Children

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Those stories about children raised by animals probably aren't what you've been led to believe.

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Skeptoid #566: The Mercury Rivers of Emperor Qin Shi Huang

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT

A miniature of all China's waterways in liquid mercury is said to be at the heart of the First Emperor's tomb.

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Skeptoid #565: The Shag Harbour UFO

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Comparing the actual evidence to the Canadian claim of best evidence for alien visitation.

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The New Skeptoid Movie

Sat, 01 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT

All you wanted to know about Skeptoid's new film, Principles of Curiosity

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Skeptoid #564: Into Thin Error

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Skeptoid issues another round of corrections to past episodes.

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Skeptoid #563: Grounding the Ghost of Flight 401

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT

The unexpected facts behind this famous ghost story from the 1970s.

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Skeptoid #562: Rhino Horn: Cure or Curse?

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Rhinos are still being killed for their horns, but probably not for the reasons you thought.

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Skeptoid #561: Beethoven's Hair

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Popular stories claim Beethoven died of lead poisoning, but the science so far doesn't hold up.

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Skeptoid #560: Remembering the Mandela Effect

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Some claim that certain common false memories are evidence for alternate realities.

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Skeptoid #559: Hitler's Antarctic Fortress Unmasked

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Deconstructing a wild tale about a Nazi military base deep inside Antarctica.

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Skeptoid #558: Listener Feedback: Electric Boogaloo

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Skeptoid answers another round of listener feedback, keeping the show on the straight and narrow.

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Skeptoid #557: Who Were the Berserkers?

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT

These mighty Norse warriors fought with a frenzy that seems all but inexplicable.

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Skeptoid #556: Exploring Kincaid's Cave

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Some say a marvelous cave of Egyptian wonders is hidden in the Grand Canyon.

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Skeptoid #555: Thorium Reactors: Fact and Fiction

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT

These next-generation reactors have attracted a nearly cultish following. Here are the real facts.

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Skeptoid #554: How Your Credit Card Got Stolen

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Here are the most likely ways that your credit card got stolen, and how you can prevent it in the future.

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Skeptoid #553: How Your Password Got Stolen

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT

The facts, fiction, and real risk to you of all these high-profile data breaches online.

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Skeptoid #552: The D. B. Cooper Mystery

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT

The world's only unsolved hijacking case is filled with misinformation.

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Skeptoid #551: Space Missions You Should Know

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT

A roundup of the most exciting and important space missions you really need to know about.

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Skeptoid #550: The Mad Gasser of Mattoon

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT

In 1944, a strange night prowler is believed to have made poison gas attacks in Illinois. Here's what we know.

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Skeptoid #549: The Simple Proof of Man-Made Global Warming

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT

The two most basic Smoking Guns proving that carbon from fossil fuels is warming the Earth.

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Skeptoid #548: Bruce Lee Myths

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT

More mythology than fact surrounds this enigmatic figure from martial arts films.

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Skeptoid #547: The Ghost Fighter Plane of Pearl Harbor

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT

Published accounts tell of a mysterious fighter plane that came into Pearl Harbor a year after the Japanese attack.

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Skeptoid #546: There's No Such Thing as Race... Or Is There?

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT

Genetically, race does not exist; but there are still inconvenient places for it in science.

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Skeptoid #545: First in Flight

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT

You always thought the Wright Brothers were the first to fly a plane? Well, it depends what country you're from.

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Skeptoid #544: Feedback and Followups

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT

Some nifty extra information for a few recent episodes supplied by listeners in the know.

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Skeptoid #543: White Hat Journal Hoaxes

Tue, 01 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT

Sometimes the best way to scrutinize an open access journal is to hoax them.

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Skeptoid #542: Photographic Memory

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT

Pop culture tells us that some people have photographic memories, but the truth is quite different.

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Skeptoid #541: Defusing India's Ancient Atomic Blasts

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT

The facts behind an urban legend claiming a nuclear war in India some 12,000 years ago.

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Update: Principles of Curiosity

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT

Here is what's going on with Skeptoid's newest movie project.

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Skeptoid #540: Feng Shui Today

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT

Feng shui is much more than just a debunked way to magically arrange furniture.

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Skeptoid #539: Radiation Hormesis: Is It Good for You?

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT

Some say that exposure to small amounts of dangerous radiation can protect you from cancer. No, it probably doesn't.

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Skeptoid #538: The Belgian UFO Wave

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT

For two years, some say the Belgian skies were filled with triangular alien UFOs.

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