Skeptoid is the podcast about the true history and true science behind our urban legends and strange beliefs, and learning about how and why smart people come to believe weird things. And so by studying them, we end up learning a lot of random facts about all these popular stories. Today we're going to see just how many of these random facts about our world you've absorbed... with another pop quiz.
Published 10/19/21
Probiotics is the term for a culture of live bacteria, or other microorganisms, in a food product or supplement, sold with the promise that it will do your body some good. Sounds reasonable, so many of us just accept this without any critique or question. But what is the true state of the evidence that probiotics do your body any real good at all?
Published 10/12/21
Once again, it is a hundredth episode of Skeptoid, this one being #800. And long time fans know what that means: it's a musical episode! But today's is a little bit different, in that it may be the first piece of music you've ever heard that was not produced on Earth. Today, with special cooperation from our friends at NASA, we're bringing you a Skeptoid song from a spaceship -- one that is, even as we speak, rapidly accelerating away from this planet.
Published 10/05/21
The Skeptoid Whistle-Stop Tour 2021 is here! October 10th through the 23rd, I'll be visiting listener groups all across the United States, all events are free and open to the public! Visit skeptoid.com/events for details.
Published 10/01/21
The most famous organ piece in history is one that you've heard a million times, even if you don't know its name, and even if you don't know its composer -- which, spoiler alert, I'll tell you right now: it's the Toccata and Fugue in D minor, by Johann Sebastian Bach. At least, that's the traditional view. But some say that it wasn't written by him at all. Turns out to be a real detective story -- but where will it lead us?
Published 09/28/21
Here’s a clip from the episode on Mike Tyson, whose arrival as a prodigious 18-year-old professional boxer in the 1980s represented a major paradigm shift in the sport. But just as quickly as he rose, Mike Tyson began to fall.
Published 09/24/21
For centuries, large black predatory cats have been said to prowl the countryside of Britain, even though no such species is known to exist there. Are the big cats of Britain just a tall tale, or might there be some truth to it?
Published 09/21/21
Exactly how big of a threat to global warming is this supposedly lesser of the greenhouse gases?
Published 09/14/21
Skeptoid invites you to help us celebrate our 15th birthday at skeptoid.com/birthday
Published 09/08/21
Two decades after the events of 9/11, the attendant conspiracy theories are still as popular as ever.
Published 09/07/21
A big Halloween party at an apartment complex in Redmond, Washington. Themed rooms and costumed partygoers. But by the end of the party, one of the hosts is dead. The police look to the partiers as the prime suspects: was it the guy in the devil mask, the bank robber, the construction worker? As investigators comb through forensic evidence, witness testimony, DNA, and even consult with a psychic, they zero in on one suspect in particular. But for what reason? Host and reporter Matthew Shaer...
Published 09/01/21
The true history of the famous shroud tells an important story about how and why we believe.
Published 08/31/21
This conspiracy theory claims that the US National Park Service covers up hundreds of people who have gone missing.
Published 08/24/21
I give a shot at trying to explain some of your strangest personal experiences.
Published 08/17/21
In which I take a shot at trying to explain some of the weirdest stories sent in by listeners.
Published 08/10/21
If you need to find ground water, ask a hydrologist, not an occult magician.
Published 08/03/21
Pop culture tells us that the existence of billionaires is harmful to the economy. Is that so?
Published 07/27/21
Is clearcutting of forests for logging a public nuisance or a public benefit?
Published 07/20/21
Please bring Skeptoid to a larger audience by taking just a moment to nominate us for the Podcast Awards.
Published 07/16/21
An unlikely group of paranormalists has persuaded the American public that the government takes UFOs seriously.
Published 07/13/21
An unlikely group of paranormalists has persuaded the American public that the government takes UFOs seriously.
Published 07/06/21
Horses went extinct in North America at the end of the last ice age, but oddly some are now saying they didn't.
Published 06/29/21
To celebrate crawling out of our pandemic cocoons, I am doing a tour of the continental US with free events in as many cities as I can reach. To sign up and get more info come to skeptoid.com/tour.
Published 06/24/21
A comparison of two popular ways to help cope with the new water reality of global warming.
Published 06/22/21
The facts and fiction of what's possible and what's already been tried in switching human heads.
Published 06/15/21