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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 #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. Is it justified?

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Skeptoid #554: How Your Credit Card Got Stolen

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT

It happens to all of us eventually; but do you know how your card is most likely to be stolen?

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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. Or was it something else?

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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

We know that genetically, race does not exist; so why are we still using it in science?

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Skeptoid #545: First in Flight

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT

So you always thought the Wright Brothers were the first to fly a plane? Not so fast.

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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. What's the real story?

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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

Is it true that exposure to small amounts of dangerous radiation can protect you from cancer?

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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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Skeptoid #537: Debunking the Moon Truthers, Part 3

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT

The hard, testable, scientific proof that we actually did land humans on the moon.

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Principles of Curiosity

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT

Introducing the sequel to Here Be Dragons

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Skeptoid #536: Debunking the Moon Truthers, Part 2

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT

The science behind many of the specific claims made by Apollo moon landing hoax conspiracy theorists.

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Skeptoid #535: Debunking the Moon Truthers, Part 1

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT

The history of the Apollo moon landing hoax conspiracy theory, and those who believe in it.

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Skeptoid #534: Earthquake Lights: Do They Exist?

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT

One of those things everyone seems to believe in, but for which there's almost no evidence.

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Skeptoid #533: Don't Try It Before You Knock It

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT

Shouldn't you try something before you knock it? Not if you want to know if it really works.

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Skeptoid #532: Who Killed the Red Baron?

Tue, 16 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT

Six competing claims for who killed the Red Baron. Does any one of them ring true?

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Skeptoid #531: The Banjawarn Bang

Tue, 09 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT

Evidence suggests a doomsday cult may have successfully tested a nuclear bomb in Australia in 1993.

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Skeptoid #530: No, You Shouldn't Question Everything

Tue, 02 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT

Pop wisdom continually reminds us to Question Everything. But is that really practical or useful?

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Skeptoid #529: Wrongy McWrongface

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT

Skeptoid corrects another batch of errors from previous episodes.

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Skeptoid #528: The Secret History of Majestic 12

Tue, 19 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT

These purported UFO documents changed the course of the culture of UFO belief.

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Skeptoid #527: Conjuring Up the Warrens

Tue, 12 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT

The Conjuring 2 tells a story that is fictional in a way you might not have guessed.

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Skeptoid #526: Sky Trumpets

Tue, 05 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT

From all over the world come reports of strange trumpet-like blasts from the sky.

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Skeptoid #525: Autopsy: The Clinton Body Count

Tue, 28 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT

The surprising origins of the claim that the Clintons kill any who get in their way.

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Skeptoid #524: Colony Collapse Disorder: Science and Pseudoscience

Tue, 21 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT

So you think you know what's making honey bees die off?

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Skeptoid #523: How Do Homing Pigeons Navigate?

Tue, 14 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT

The latest and greatest research reveals that we still have no clue how birds accomplish this amazing feat.

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