A podcast that explores the unexplained and explains the unexplored, Blurry Photos seeks the facts behind the fiction of the world’s most fascinating, unbelievable, and chilling mysteries and legends. Focusing on lesser-known topics of Forteana, conspiracy, history, and folklore, Blurry Photos is driven by the desire for a better understanding of fringe subjects through research, storytelling, and rational thinking. Prepare your butts, because it’s time to learn something weird.
Here's the Latest Episode from Blurry Photos:
Three new contestants (dis)grace the stage for Week 2 of the 2019 Miss Cryptid Contest! This week on Miss Cryptid we continent hop to search for the Specter Moose of Maine, Australia's Yara Ma Yha Who, and England's Bat Beast of Kent. It's quite a menagerie of monsters in store for you! From quite possible creatures to who knows what the heck come at you this week. Froggy humanoid vampire-ish things? They're here! Headless Bat Duck Alien things? We got 'em! Giant ghostly moose? You betcha! Plus, find out who emerged on top of the standings for Week 1. Visit the Blurry Photos Home Page for the form to vote for your favorite. You can also have your vote be an entry into this year's Miss Cryptid Prize Pack Sweepstakes! Vote once each week for a total of 4 entries into the Sweepstakes for a prize that includes Blurry Photos swag, a Cryptid Crate courtesy of Derek Hayes, and a Golden Goatman trophy replica!Music
Myst on the Moor, Danse Macabre, Big Eyes, Chee Zee Jungle, Interloper - Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0Sources
Copeland and Overson. Maine's Specter Moose. Williston Graphic. Williston, ND. Dec. 6, 1900. Print. https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn88076270/1900-12-06/ed-1/seq-2/
Weiser-Alexander, Kathy. Specter Moose of Maine. Legends of America. 2018. Web. https://www.legendsofamerica.com/specter-moose-maine/
Boese, Alex. The Specter Moose. Museum of Hoaxes. Aug. 1, 2006. Web. http://hoaxes.org/weblog/comments/the_specter_moose
Heuvelmans, B. On the Track of Unknown Animals. Rupert Hart-Davis, London. 1958.
Yara Ma Yha Who. A Book of Creatures. Jun. 17, 2015. Web. https://abookofcreatures.com/2015/06/17/yara-ma-yha-who/
Girven Waveney. The Saltwood Mystery. Flying Saucer Review. London. Mar/Apr 1964. Print. http://www.noufors.com/Documents/Books,%20Manuals%20and%20Published%20Papers/Specialty%20UFO%20Publications/Flying%20Saucer%20Review/FSR,1964,Mar-Apr,V%2010,N%202.pdf
Redfern, Nick. Did Mothman Visit the U.K. in 1963? Mysterious Universe. Jul. 11, 2013. Web. https://mysteriousuniverse.org/2013/07/did-mothman-visit-the-uk-in-1963/
The Nain Rouge, Uwabami, Ningen
The carpets have been shampooed, the curtains ironed, and the stun batons charged which can only mean one thing - it's time for the 2019 Miss Cryptid Contest! The 7th annual Miss Cryptid Contest kicks off with the Nain Rouge from Detroit, Japan's Uwabami, and the Ningen from the waters off Antarctica. Will a Detroit dwarf, a Japanese snake, or an Antarctic sea humanoid move on to this year's finals? It's up to you to decide! Check the Blurry Photos Home Page for the form to vote for your favorite. You can also have your vote be an entry into this year's Miss Cryptid Prize Pack Sweepstakes! Vote once each week for a total of 4 entries into the Sweepstakes for a prize that includes Blurry Photos swag, a Cryptid Crate courtesy of Derek Hayes, and a Golden Goatman trophy replica! Polish your rubber boots and make sure you're up to date on your shots, this year's contest is underway! Thanks to Squamous Studios for their generous sponsorship of this episode. Find more about their new card game, Arkham Relic Hunt, on Kickstarter!Music
Myst on the Moor, Danse Macabre, Spider Eyes, Robobozo, Miri's Magic Dance, Midnight in the Green House, Ghostpocalypse 8 Epilogue - Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0Sources
Hamlin, Marie Caroline Watson. Legends of Le Détroit. Thorndike Nourse. Detroit. 1883. http://www.weirdlectures.com/files/nain.pdf
Tenney, John EL. Nain Rouge - Detroit’s Devil?. Weird Lectures. Mar 27, 2011. Web. http://weirdlectures.com/detroits-devil-nain-rouge/
Andrew. Swallowed.Wild in Japan Blog. May 22, 2015. Web. https://wildinjapan.wordpress.com/2015/05/22/swallowed/
Meyer, Matthew. Uwabami. Yokai.com. 2019. Web. http://yokai.com/uwabami/
Morphy, Rob. The Ningen: Myth, Monster, or Make Believe?. Mysterious Universe. Aug. 17, 2011. Web. https://mysteriousuniverse.org/2011/08/the-ningen-myth-monster-or-make-believe/
Nadel, Darcie. Ningen: Monster of the Antarctic. Exemplore. Dec. 14, 2018. Web. https://exemplore.com/cryptids/Ningen-Monster-of-the-Antarctic
You'd think this movie had everything...
With a title like "The Man Who Killed Hitler and then the Bigfoot," how could you not want to find out more about it? Flora is joined by Toby from Secret Transmission, Zenger from Zeng This!and Derek from Monsters Among Us for a discussion and review of the movie "The Man Who Killed Hitler and then the Bigfoot". Forty years after heroically killing Hitler in WWII, Calvin Barr (Sam Elliott) is close to letting his age catch up to him when the government requests his assistance once again. The Bigfoot is wreaking havoc in Canada with a new disease, and only Barr can stop it. David and the boys recap the highlights of this gutsy movie, including parts they liked and parts that didn't work so much for them. Lots of laughs and opinions are shared in this episode of Blurry Photos! (Note: this roundtable is scheduled to be released by each podcast involved)Music
Myst on the Moor - Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0Sources
Go Big Boo!
Flora made a trip back down to the Bluegrass state to visit and interview fellow podcasters Jerry and Tracy Paulley of the Hillbilly Horror Stories Podcast! Specializing in spooky stories told with that good 'ole southern charm, Hillbilly Horror Stories both tells the tales and gives honest reactions to some fascinating otherworldly topics. Jerry and Tracy were kind enough to have David over to their home to watch some KY basketball and discuss some fun paranormal stories. In this episode, Jerry and Tracy talk about how they got their start with the show, creepy places they've been, and even share some amazing stories of phenomena they've experienced. Make sure to check out their show on all the major podcatchers out there. Thanks again to Jerry and Tracy for use of their studio and to Ninja for the snores!Music
Myst on the Moor - Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0Sources
Listen to Hillbilly Horror Stories at www.hillbillyhorrorstories.com!
We finally see who's behind the mask of Zoroastrianism!
It has been teased and talked about since the beginnings of the show, but finally Flora is tackling Zoroastrianism with the help of Jason from the Dragons in Genesis Podcast! An incredibly influential ancient religion, Zoroastrianism shows up often in show topics and is one of the oldest still practiced today. However, very little about it is known to western cultures simply because it's not often talked about or explained. The prevalence in topics such as ancient aliens, mythology, demonology, and others led David to want to learn more. So he invited a like-minded friend to explore the topic! Jason from Dragons in Genesis joins to discuss a thorough overview of this fascinating religion, from its beginnings to its tenants, and many of the spirits and figures in between. This episode is a massive examination of an incredible near-east religion, tag-teamed by 2 guys who may not be experts, but surely have passion for history. So light a fire, pet the dog, and settle in for a huge historical episode of Blurry Photos! (Note: please forgive me for Jason's audio changing a bit at the end; we lasted longer than our recording software did!)Music
Myst on the Moor, Danse Macabre - Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0Sources
Listen to Dragons in Genesis here: https://www.dragonsingenesis.com/
Ebrahimi, Reza. Manifestation of Evil in Persian Mythology from the Perspective of the Zoroastrian Religion. Analytical. Islamic Azad University. Web. https://www.academia.edu/7669335/Manifestation_of_Evil_in_Persian_Mythology_from_the_Perspective_of_the_Zoroastrian_Religion
New World Encyclopedia. Zoroaster. New World Encyclopedia. 2103. Web. http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Zoroaster
Zoroastrian Timeline. Zorostudies. Web. https://zorostudies.weebly.com/history.html
More like Vampireland!
Season 8 kicks off with the fine tradition of Irish folklore, as Flora takes you through some Irish vampires and other Celtic monsters! They might not be the first thing that comes to mind for the emerald isle, but Irish vampires and other Celtic monsters have a worthy pedigree in the folklore there. As the new season kicks off, David toasts to your health and celebration for a fun edition of "Slurry Photos." While Fae Folk usually take center stage, the evil Abhartach, Dearg Due, and Leannan Sidhe play supporting roles. They aren't the only dark things to beware, however, and David rolls through several fascinating entities such as Bocanagh, Fear Gorta, the Sluagh, and the Coiste Bodhar. Pour a tall, cold Guinness and sit back for a story-filled ride through Ireland's dark night on this episode of Blurry Photos!Music
Myst on the Moor, Danse Macabre - Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
Music provided by No Copyright Music: https://www.youtube.com/c/royaltyfreezone Gjallar by Alexander Nakarada https://soundcloud.com/serpentsoundstudios/dark-celtic-gjallar-royalty-free-download Traveler by Alexander Nakarada https://soundcloud.com/serpentsoundstudios/traveler-celtic-soundtrack Nomadic Sunset by Alexander Nakarada https://soundcloud.com/serpentsoundstudios/nomadic-sunset-celtic-fantasy-soundtrack Now We Feast by Alexander Nakarada https://soundcloud.com/serpentsoundstudios/celticmedieval-now-we-feast-free-download Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0
Music by Natentine (https://natentine.com) Maz Nimra - Sorrowful Darkness, Spooky Bells, Dark Mist Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0
Music: Solo Cello Passion - Doug Maxwell Media Right Productions https://youtu.be/yMRDC_nFFaQ Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0
Music: Visitors in the Night by cinematicwaves cinematicwaves.com Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0Sources
Bellot, Gabrielle. Finding Refuge in a Queer Vampire Novella. Lithub. Nov 1, 2017. https://lithub.com/finding-refuge-in-a-queer-vampire-novella/
O’Regan, Ann Massey. Vampires Discovered in 8th Century Ireland. Spooky Isles. Oct 2013. Web. https://www.spookyisles.com/2013/10/vampires-discovered-in-8th-century-ireland/
Yeats, W. B. Irish Fairy and Folk Tales. A.L. Burt Company. New York. 1888. Print.
Bonwick, James. Irish Druids and Old Irish Religions. Griffith, Farran & Co. 1894. Print.
Hinkson, Katharine Tynan. The Dead Coach. Edmund Clarence Stedman. 1895. Print.
Westropp, Thomas Johnson. Folklore: Transactions of the Folk-Lore Society. 1913. Print.
Westropp, Thomas Johnson. A Folkore Survey of County Clare. Clasp Press. 2000. Web. http://www.clarelibrary.ie/eolas/coclare/folklore/folklore_survey/chapter3.htm
McNamara-Wilson, Kim. Irish Faerie Folk of Yore and Yesterday: The Sluagh. Got Ireland. Oct 24, 2012. Web. http://gotireland.com/2012/10/24/irish-faerie-folk-of-yore-and-yesterday-the-sluagh/?fbclid=IwAR0QoMlLhEVcIanysIwGicq1Y0rQ_01nqojOtHgq4qPQ7R1UmsyMLgCTtfs
Fionn, An Sionnach. Na Bocanaigh, Nw Bananaigh. An Sionnach Fionn. 2014. Web. https://ansionnachfionn.com/seanchas-mythology/na-bocanaigh-na-bananaigh/
Saunders, Matthew. Monster Monday: Fear Gorta. Write Wrote Written. Mar 7, 2016. Web. https://writewrotewritten.wordpress.com/2016/03/07/monster-monday-fear-gorta/
O’Sullivan, Brian. The Truth About the Leanna Sidhe. Irish Imbas Books. 2019. Web. http://irishimbasbooks.com/the-truth-about-leannan-sidhe-or-leannan-si/
O’Regan, Ann. The Dearg Due… Irish Central. Oct 2, 2018. Web. https://www.irishcentral.com/culture/entertainment/dearg-dur
Curran, Bob. Was Dracula an Irishman? History Ireland. 2000. Web. https://www.historyireland.com/18th-19th-century-history/was-dracula-an-irishman/
Things get a little planet weird...
The season break is upon us, but the weird stuff doesn't stop as David checks out the new documentary "Hellier". Flora is joined by Toby from Secret Transmission, Zenger from Zeng This! and Derek from Monsters Among Us for a discussion and review of "Hellier," a Planet Weird documentary. Following a series of strange emails, Greg Newkirk decided to investigate the claims of a man who said he had witnessed high strangeness in a small Kentucky town. The documentary is his and his wife Dana's journey to this town to find out more and the odd occurrences they experienced. Flora and the boys give their thoughts on this series, including what they thought worked and didn't work so well for the investigation. It's a light-hearted roundtable on a compelling new series. Plenty of opinion and plenty of fun is had in this bonus episode of Blurry Photos! (Note: this roundtable is scheduled to be released by each podcast involved)
Do the stories ring true, or go belly-up?
Grab your WWII uniform and theoretical physics book, Blurry Photos is ringing Die Glocke, the Nazi Bell in this episode! An alleged secret device, Die Glocke, the Nazi Bell is thought by many to have been a German WWII project which would have been "decisive for the war." Flora grabs a mallet and strikes at the research to look at all the factors in this fascinating topic. Variously described as a weapon, a time travel mechanism, anti-gravity tech, and a nuclear instrument, it has captivated researchers for years. Listen as Flora takes you through the people, places, and supposed capabilities of this historical enigma. What was the Bell? How do we know about it? And can the story be believed? Listen for an epic journey through the history and mystery of this infamous object!Music
Myst on the Moor, Aftermath, Black Vortex, Danse Macabre, Long Note Three, Malicious, Tenenbrous Brothers Carnival - Intermission, Fantastic Dim Bar - Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
Classical music selections found in the Public Domain from Musopen.org and IMSLP.org
A Commonwealth of weirdity from the Boo-grass state!
It’s time to take a trip to the Bluegrass State for some bizarre Kentucky stories with author Keven McQueen! Researcher and senior lecturer at Eastern KY University, Keven McQueen has written 17 books to date on paranormal subjects and fascinatingly-bizarre topics from KY, the South, and other regions. Flora first learned of him through the research for the Axeman of New Orleans, as Keven wrote The Axman Came from Hell. He joins to discuss his work in Kentucky Book of the Dead, including his time at the haunted White Hall historic home, macabre deaths, and other ghostly goings-on. Hold your favorite thoroughbred tight and take an extra swig of bourbon-spiked Ale-8, this one’s a creepy Commonwealth-themed episode of Blurry Photos!Music
Myst on the Moor, Come Play With Me, Fantastic Dim Bar - Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0Sources
- Keven's website
- Buy Kentucky Book of the Dead on Amazon!
- Buy Horror in the Heartland on Amazon!
- Don't forget to pick up a copy of The Axman Came from Hell on Amazon as well!
- Visit historic White Hall in Richmond, KY
Brett and Harley from the Travel Oddities Podcast join Flora to talk about Hillside Cemetery in this episode! The hosts of the award-winning Travel Oddities Podcast dish about their experiences at Hillside Cemetery and other adventures in Oklahoma. The supposed grave of a witch in Skiatook, OK, is said to have some bad mojo around it. Harley and Brett went there and share their story. They also talk about another interesting encounter in Sasakwa, OK, a story no description can do justice to, you just have to hear it. Learn about these boys and their tales in a fun, discussion-ful episode of Blurry Photos!
Turin apart at the seams...
The deep dive on the Shroud of Turin continues in part 2! Skeptics of the Shroud of Turin's authenticity bring up a number of points on why it's not actually the burial sheet of Jesus. Flora takes a look at the arguments presented against the shroud's authenticity as well as questions that popped up along the way. Could this thing actually be 2,000 years old? Is it the holy relic many people think it is? Science on the dating, image formation, and theories on who made it are addressed. David also explains his thoughts and opinions on the shroud's authenticity, based on his research into this topic. Listen to the other side of the debate and ponder this mystery to your heart's content in this episode of Blurry Photos!Music
Rites, Danse Macabre, Long Note 4, Hiding Your Reality - Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0Sources
Nickell, Joe. Inquest on the Shroud of Turin: Latest Scientific Findings. Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books. 1998.
Meacham, William. "The Authentication of the Turin Shroud, An Issue in Archeological Epistemology". Current Anthropology. 1983
Wilson, Ian. The Shroud of Turin: The Burial Cloth of Jesus Christ? Rev. ed. Garden City, New York: Image Books. 1979.
McCrone, Walter C. Judgment Day for the Turin Shroud. Chicago: Microscope. 1996.
D’Arcis, Pierre. Memorandum to the Avignon Pope, Clement VII, translated from Latin by Rev. Herbert Thurston, 1389. Reprinted in Wilson 1979, 266–272.
Radiocarbon Dating of the Shroud of Turin, Nature, Vol. 337, No. 6208, pp. 611-615, 16th February, 1989. Web. https://www.nature.com/articles/337611a0?foxtrotcallback=true
- Chivers, Tom. The Turin Shroud is Fake. Get Over It. Signs of the Times. Dec. 20, 2011. Web. https://www.sott.net/article/239118-The-Turin-Shroud-is-fake-Get-over-it
- Lusher, Adam. 628 Year Old Fake News: Scientists Prove Turin Shroud Not Genuine (Again). London: The Independent. Jul. 16, 2018, Web. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/turin-shroud-latest-fake-forgery-scientific-blood-pattern-spatter-study-carbon-dating-debunked-a8450101.html
- Nickell, Joe. Crucifixion Evidence Debunks Turin "Shroud". Center for Inquiry. Jun. 18, 2018. Web. https://centerforinquiry.org/blog/crucifixion-evidence-debunks-turin-shroud/
- Ramsey, Christopher. The Shroud of Turin. Oxford, U.K: Oxford Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit. Mar. 2008. Web. http://c14.arch.ox.ac.uk/shroud.html
- Viviano, Frank. Why Shroud of Turin's Secrets Continue to Elude Science. National Geographic. Apr. 17, 2015. Web. https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/04/150417-shroud-turin-relics-jesus-catholic-church-religion-science/
- Nickell, Joe. Fake Turin Shroud Deceives National Geographic Author. Center for Scientific Inquiry. Apr. 23, 2015. Web. https://www.csicop.org/specialarticles/show/fake_turin_shroud_deceives_national_geographic_author
- Ateo, John L.; C., Rachel. The Shroud of Turin: Burial Cloth of Jesus or Cheap Fake. Silly Beliefs. 2009. Web. http://www.sillybeliefs.com/shroud.html
- Ford, David. The Shroud of Turin's 'Blood' Images. University of Maryland Baltimore County. Dec. 10, 2000. Web. https://www.shroud.com/pdfs/ford1.pdf
- Nickell, Joe. Claims of Invalid "Shroud" Radiocarbon Date Cut from Whole Cloth. Center for Inquiry. Mar. 2, 2005. Web. https://www.csicop.org/specialarticles/show/claims_of_invalid_ldquoshroudrdquo_radiocarbon_date_cut_from_whole_cloth
- Freeman, Charles. The Shroud of Turin and the Image of Edessa: A misguided Journey. The Skeptical Shroud of Turin Website. May 24, 2012. Web. http://www.llanoestacado.org/freeinquiry/skeptic/shroud/articles/freeman_shroud_edessa_misguided_journey/
- The Popes and the Holy Shroud. Vatican Insider. Apr. 19, 2015. Web. https://www.lastampa.it/2015/04/19/vaticaninsider/the-popes-and-the-holy-shroud-7zDmX3UXVSnSYsPpJKsEkI/pagina.html
- Boese, Alex. The Medieval Relic Trade. The Museum of Hoaxes. 2015. Web. http://hoaxes.org/archive/permalink/the_medieval_relic_trade
- Calvin, John. A Treatise on Relics. Edinburgh: Johnstone, Hunter & Co. 1870. http://www.gutenberg.org/files/32136/32136-h/32136-h.html
- McCrone, Walter. McCrone: The Shroud of Turin. Chicago: McCrone Research Institute. 2018. Web. https://www.mccroneinstitute.org/v/64/the-shroud-of-turin
- Dave. Is the Shroud of Turin Really Jesus? Skeptical Science. Dec. 28, 2015. Web. https://www.skeptical-science.com/religion/is-the-shroud-of-turin-really-jesus/
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A real man of the cloth.
Flora takes a deep dive into the divisive world of the Shroud of Turin on this episode of Blurry Photos. A venerated holy object of Christianity, the Shroud of Turin is the supposed burial cloth of Jesus, and the debate on its authenticity has raged for years. David hit the books hard and came up with a lot of information to pass along. So as not to melt brains with info overload, it's all been split in twain for you. Part 1 deals with the description, history, experimentation, and pro-authenticity claims about the shroud. The upcoming part 2 will cover the anti-authenticity claims, as well as questions and thoughts Flora had along the way. Get your sticky tape, microscopes, and bibles out - this one's shrouded in mystery!Music
Decisions - Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
Don't look at the yard, don't look in the mirror, don't look at the Halloween decorations, don't look at the video tape, don't look...
The end of Blurry Photober is ushered in with a chill in Blurry Photos' ghost stories 7! You'll not want for goosebumps with this handful of ghost stories about gruesome decorations, eyeless children, and stalking horrors. It'll make you think twice about looking at anything anymore! Flora reads several stories and a poem to fill out the seventh edition of the creepy tales episodes. Make sure to turn the lights out, lock the doors, and shut the curtains; the paranoia has a way of seeping in with this one!Music
Myst on the Moor, Controlled Chaos - no percussion, Danse Macabre, Long Note 4, Right Behind You, The Hive, Unlight - Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
Far-fetched or not, this might give you paws.
More encounters and more food for thought in part two of Dogman Tales! Creepy canids in Wisconsin plus first-hand accounts along with explanations and thoughtful commentary in this second Dogman Tales episode. Flora discusses the Beast of Bray Road and other accounts reported by Linda Godfrey. A couple calls from Dogman witnesses are played, courtesy of Derek Hayes from Monsters Among Us. A thought-provoking theory by the Crypto-kid, Colin Schneider, is examined. And a rundown of explanations of Dogman phenomena is discussed. If not some real animal, just what could they be? David has ideas and some critical thinking of the other theories as the intro to Dogman phenomena is wrapped up in this episode of Blurry Photos!Music
Myst on the Moor, Crypto, Firesong, Morgana Rides, Noise Attack, Satiate, The Dread, The Snow Queen, Night of Chaos, Danse Macabre - Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0Sources
Godfrey, Linda S. Real Wolfmen: True Encounters in Modern America. New York: Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin, 2012. Print.
- Guiley, Rosemary Ellen. Werewolves and Dogmen. Connecticut: Visionary Living, 2017. Print.
- "Alleged Dogman Photo From Argentina." National Cryptid Society, April 15, 2018. Web. https://nationalcryptidsociety.org/2018/04/15/is-it-real-or-the-werewolf-from-harry-potter-alleged-dogman-photo-from-argentina/
Does that man look a little Husky to you? Fur real.
After an interrupted Photober, Flora is back at it with the first part of a double feature on Dogman Tales! With stories of upright canids that act eerily intelligent, dogman tales have poured into the world of cryptozoology since the early 90's. While more and more reports are shared than ever before, stories of these strange, dog-headed bipeds date back much further than you might expect. David breaks down dogmen with a basic description and short history of this type of creature. Dogs feature heavily in the folkore of many cultures and the connection between them and crossroads lore is also discussed. Some encounters are covered, including one of the most famous dogman-related events that helped spark the sharing of current phenomena. Stay tuned for the next part, which will cover even more encounters and explanations!Music
Myst on the Moor, Aftermath, Awkward Meeting, Hidden Truth, Long Note 2, Night of Chaos, Temple of the Manes - Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0Sources
Godfrey, Linda S. Real Wolfmen: True Encounters in Modern America. New York: Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin, 2012. Print.
- Guiley, Rosemary Ellen. Werewolves and Dogmen. Connecticut: Visionary Living, 2017. Print.
- Slave, James. The Crossroads - A Liminal Setting for Occult and Supernatural Activities. Owlcation, Aug. 1, 2016. Web. https://owlcation.com/humanities/The-Crossroads-a-liminal-setting-for-occult-and-supernatural-activities
- Benandanti. Occult World. Web. http://occult-world.com/witch-glossary/benandanti/
A beacon of nope...
Blurry Photober is underway with an exploration of haunted lighthouses! Blood stains, eerie music, and freaky phantoms are but a few of the heinous things found in haunted lighthouses around the world. A handful of them dot the coasts of this episode, and Flora takes you up and down the spiral stairs of each. You'll visit such spooky spots as South Manitou Island, MI, Point of Ayr, Wales, Seguin Island, ME, Yaquina Bay, OR, and Point Lookout, MD. Chilling tales abound, and one even has quite a few EVPs. Take a nice, leisurely sail on the high seas of high strangeness and let these formidable fright-houses guide you home in this episode of Blurry Photos!Music
Myst on the Moor, Aftermath, Awkward Meeting, Ballroom Ballet, Danse Macabre, Echoes of Time v2, Fantastic Dim Bar, Ghostpocalypse 3 Road of Trials, Night of the Owl, Ominous, Quinn's Song - A New Man, Return of Lazarus, Snowdrop, This House, Zombie Hoodoo - Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0Sources
Campbell, Christina. Mysterious, madness and intrigue of the Manitou Passage. Glen Arbor Sun. Web. Jul. 31, 2003. http://glenarborsun.com/mysterious-madness-and-intrigue-of-the-manitou-passage/
U.S. Lighthouse Society. Lighthouse Facts. USLHS. Web. http://uslhs.org/education/glossaries-facts-trivia/lighthouse-facts
Yaquina Story: http://www.splintercat.org/YaquinaBayLighthouse/YaquinaBayHaunted.html
Elizabeth, Norma and Roberts, Bruce. Lighthouse Ghosts. Crane Hill. Birmingham, AL. 1999.
Jones, Ray. Haunted Lighthouses. Globe Pequot Press. Guilford, CT. 2010.
Crackin' into a depth-defying legend!
Man the oars and put yer backs into it, the Kraken surfaces! A legendary sea-beast the size of an island, the Kraken is said to swallow men whole and snap ships in half effortlessly, but what's true and what's a fish story? Join Flora as he braves the open seas of historical folklore for a deep dive on this fascinating fiend. The oceans are big, but are they big enough to hide a colossal cephalopod? David seeks answers to the questions on its origins, descriptions, and possible real-life species. So much culture has been inspired by this mega-monster, could there be a kernel of truth to the tales? Grab your trident and prepare to release this episode into your ears!Music
Myst on the Moor, Big Eyes, Dark Fog, Dark Standoff, Danse Macabre, Evil Incoming, Infinite Peace, Some Amount of Evil, Spider Eyes, Temple of the Manes - Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
Cornfield Chase, Lonely Mountain, Mothership - Rafael Krux Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0Sources
Anderson, Nate. Release the kraken! 2,000 years of tall tales (and a smattering of truth). ArsTechnica.com. Web. Jan. 9, 2013. https://arstechnica.com/science/2013/01/release-the-kraken-2000-years-of-tall-tales-and-a-smattering-of-truth/
Denys de Montfort, Pierre. Histoire naturelle, générale et particulière des mollusques. Paris: L'Imprimerie de F. Dufart. pp. 256–412 – via Biodiversity Heritage Library. 1801–1805.
Haslam, Garth. Kraken: Myths, Legends, and History. Anomalyinfo.com. Web. 2017. http://anomalyinfo.com/Topics/kraken-myths-legends-and-history
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Wallenberg, J. Min son på galejan, eller en ostindisk resa innehållande allehanda bläckhornskram, samlade på skeppet Finland, som afseglade ifrån Götheborg i Dec. 1769, och återkom dersammastädes i Junii 1771. (5th ed.). Elméns och Granbergs Tryckeri, Stockholm. (in Swedish). 1835.
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Shadow people, Sasquatch, weird lights and more with the host of Into the Fray Radio!
Flora welcomes the host of Into the Fray Radio, Shannon LeGro, for a fun interview about strange encounters! Fellow podcaster and Fortean enthusiast Shannon LeGro sits down with David to discuss a number of strange encounters she's experienced. Shadow people, Sasquatch, and other weirdness are in the mix, along with questions on Shannon's journey in podcasting. She hosts Into the Fray Radio, a weekly show with interviews from witnesses of paranormal phenomena and experts in the field of paranormal research. Make sure to pop over to her feed and give iTF some love as well!Music
Myst on the Moor - Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0Links
Into the Fray Radio - hosted by Shannon LeGro
Wood you like to hear a story?
While the warm weather remains, campfire ghost stories are the perfect supplement to any outdoor excursion! Tales of creepy Japanese folklore, an undead stalker, stifling evil, and more abound in this 6th installment of campfire ghost stories. Join Flora as he relays a variety of spooky yarns not unlike the ones from the old Tales From the Crypt. Bring a mini speaker and play this episode on your next night in the middle of nowhere! Just be sure to bring extra batteries for the flashlight you'll be constantly scanning the treeline with. Oh, and if you happen to find a glass eye rolling around, don't stick it in your mouth.Music
Danse Macabre, Myst on the Moor, Asian Drums, Awkward Meeting, Backbay Lounge, Blue Sizzle, Classic Horror 2, Horrorific, Midnight in the Green House, Ossuary 6 - Air, Quinn's Song-A New Man, Spider Eyes, The Dread - Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
Lunatic fringe... I know you're out there!
Can't get enough of that hollow stuff on earth? Why not blast off into new territory with Hollow Moon Theory? Flora welcomes Brent, John, and Joe from the Hysteria 51 podcast to discuss the hollow moon and all its empty goodness. After controlled crashes of spacecraft onto the moon's surface, NASA observed some odd seismic activity. Earth's companion satellite seemed to 'ring like a bell,' throwing a wrench in science's models at the time. This led to numerous theories, including the moon being a spaceship, an observation station, and even a hologram. Hysteria 51 discuss the theories and speculations on a fun, spirited, and far out episode of Blurry Photos!Music
A beerly-believable history of haunting.
What's a huge, historical house without its share of ghostly goings-on? The Lemp Mansion is fast becoming more infamous for its unseen tenants of today than for its storied history of yesteryear. Join David as he concludes his deep dive into the nooks and crannies of the Lemp Mansion saga. Part 2 focuses on the paranormal happenings and urban legends associated with the old home. What have people experienced throughout the years? How did it go from boarding house to restaurant and Inn - and haunted house? Flora took a recorder with him to spend the night and see if any past residents welcomed him or rejected him. Stories, EVPs, and an interview round out this epic chronicle in this episode of Blurry Photos! Thanks to Matt Bell and the mansion staff for the hospitality. Find out more about visiting HERE.Music
Myst on the Moor, Ossuary 6 - Air, Aftermath, Awkward Meeting, Classic Horror 2, Danse Macabre, Long Note 3, Ominous, Quinn's Song-A New Man - Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0Links
Pittman, Rebecca F. The History and Haunting of Lemp Mansion. Wonderland Productions. Loveland, CO. 2015.
- Marcus, Lisa. Lemp Mansion: Tales of a Cursed Family and Their Haunted House. Neatorama. Oct. 30, 2014. Web. https://www.neatorama.com/2014/10/30/Lemp-Mansion-Tales-of-a-Cursed-Family-and-Their-Haunted-House/
Lemp Mansion website: http://www.lempmansion.com/
Lord, Victoria. The Story of American Breweries. Ultimate History Project. Web. http://ultimatehistoryproject.com/breweries.html
A haunting history, beerly believable...
Crack open a cold one and settle in for a detailed history of the Lemp Mansion! Home to one of the most successful and tragic families in St. Louis brewing history, Lemp Mansion stands as solemn reminder of both accomplishment and sorrow. In part 1 of this 2 part mega-sode, David delves deeply into the history of the Lemp family, including their humble beginnings and triumphs all the way through their anguished downfall. Few families can match the tragic Lemps. While money came easily, death might as well have been the dispenser of it. In the upcoming second part, Flora will relay the chilling accounts born of the untimely ends and secrets kept within the walls of the stately home. Grab your stein and nicest lavender outfit, this trip through St Louis' Gilded Age will leave you kegging for more!Music
Myst on the Moor - Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 Mars - Gustav Holst, perf. by USAF Heritage of America Band; Prohibition Blues - Nora Bayes; St Louis Rag - Tom Turpin; St Louis Blues - WC Handy Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0Links
Pittman, Rebecca F. The History and Haunting of Lemp Mansion. Wonderland Productions. Loveland, CO. 2015.
- Marcus, Lisa. Lemp Mansion: Tales of a Cursed Family and Their Haunted House. Neatorama. Oct. 30, 2014. Web. https://www.neatorama.com/2014/10/30/Lemp-Mansion-Tales-of-a-Cursed-Family-and-Their-Haunted-House/
Lemp Mansion website: http://www.lempmansion.com/
Lord, Victoria. The Story of American Breweries. Ultimate History Project. Web. http://ultimatehistoryproject.com/breweries.html
This date in miss-tory...
Toss the old history books in the trash and Forget what you know about the Dark Ages, the years have vanished as phantom time! A historical conspiracy centering on the early Middle Ages, phantom time is the theory that 300 years of history never actually existed. The proponents of this theory list several compelling reasons why the centuries never happened. Not even the famous European icon Charlemagne is safe in this one. A pope and two emperors are said to be the culprits behind it, and a few German researchers and scholars have seemingly caught them red-handed. How can history as we know it be wrong? What would be involved in making 300 years disappear? And is such a thing even possible? Find out in this history-laced episode! Also stick around for the winner of the 2018 Miss Cryptid Contest and the drawing for the sweepstakes!Music
Danse Macabre, Myst on the Moor, Crypto, Finding the Balance, Hidden Wonders, Rites, Satiate, Temple of the Manes - Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0Links
Illig, Heribert. "Anomolous Eras - Best Evidence: Best Theory." Toronto, 2005. Lecture. http://www.bearfabrique.org/Catastrophism/illig_paper.htm
- Niemitz, Hans-Ulrich. "Did the Early Middle Ages Really Exist?" Berlin, Germany, 1995. Paper. http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~mgk25/volatile/Niemitz-1997.pdf
- Stephens, Ian. "Is the Phantom Time Hypothesis Legitimate?" UFO Insight. April 16, 2016. Web. https://www.ufoinsight.com/phantom-time-hypothesis-legitimate/
- Colavito, Jason. "Did Half of the Middle Ages Really Happen?" Jason Colavito. Feb. 4, 2013. Web. http://www.jasoncolavito.com/blog/did-half-of-the-middle-ages-really-happen
Creepiness in triplicate.
Flora welcomes back Derek Hayes from the Monsters Among Us podcast to discuss the high strangeness of Mirrored Men. A truly bizarre and recent phenomenon, Mirrored Men are strange men in odd locations who witnesses say move in synchronization and possibly cause missing time. Derek has fielded several calls of encounters with them, but is no closer to an explanation than anyone else. He and David talk about their origins, descriptions, and he even shares a couple of the calls he received. What are these odd entities? Can anything explain their appearances? David and Derek share ideas and get pretty out there in this one! Also, the winner of Week 3 of the 2018 Miss Cryptid Contest is announced, completing the list of finalists. Now it's up to you to head over to the Blurry Photos Homepage to cast your vote on who should win the 2018 Miss Cryptid Contest!Music
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Altamaha-ha, Soucouyant, Dropbear (art by Jordan K. Morris @jordan_K_morris on Instagram)
And just like that, the final week of the 2018 Miss Cryptid Contest is upon us! Georgia's river monster, the Altamaha-ha, the Caribbean's fire hag the Soucouyant, and Australia's treetop assassin the Dropbear are the last 3 contestants to grace the 2018 Miss Cryptid Contest stage. These lethal lasses saved some pretty powerful performances for the end. Land, air and water are all covered, meaning there's nowhere to hide from these terrors this week. Who will you choose to come out on top and move on to the finals for a chance at the coveted Golden Goatman Trophy? Make sure to head over to blurryphotos.org and cast your vote today! You can also enter for a chance to win a prize pack of your own. Flora also announces the winner of Week 2 in this episode. Special thanks to Alyssa, Sammy, and Graham from 'Straya for their help with this one!Music
Danse Macabre, At the Shore, Beach Party, Mists on the Moor, Chee Zee Jungle, Come Play With Me, Echoes of Time v2, Guts and Bourbon, March of the Spoons - Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0Sources
Cox, Dale. “Altamaha-ha - Sea Monster of the Georgia Coast.” ExploreSouthernHistory.com. Web. http://www.exploresouthernhistory.com/altamahaha.html
Miles, Jim. “Weird Georgia.” Sterling Publishing. Apr. 24, 2006. Pg. 77.
Gibbens, Sarah. “Mysterious Sea Creature Washes Ashore, Stumps Scientists.” National Geographic. Mar. 21, 2018. Web.
Anatol, Giselle. “Vampires from the Caribbean: the Soucouyant.” Gothic Imagination. Dec. 4, 2009. Web. http://www.gothic.stir.ac.uk/guestblog/vampires-from-the-caribbean-the-soucouyant/
Anon. “The Mayor Soucouyant.” Triniview.com. Web. http://www.triniview.com/TnT/Soucouyant.htm
Switek, Brian. “Giant Flesh-Eating Koala of Legend was Real.” National Geographic. Mar. 9, 2016. Web. http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2016/03/09/australias-real-drop-bear/
Middleton, Amy. “Drop Bears Target Tourists, Study Says.” Australian Geographic. Apr. 1, 2013. Web (joke). http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/news/2013/04/drop-bears-target-tourists,-study-says/
Australian Museum Entry on Drop Bears: https://australianmuseum.net.au/drop-bear
Ozark Howler, Afanc, Kuranda Jellyfish (art by Jordan K Morris @jordan_K_morris on Instagram)
The cryptid conflict continues in week 2 of the 2018 Miss Cryptid Contest! The Miss Cryptid Contest's Week 2 lethal lovlies include the United States' Ozark Howler, the Afanc from Wales, and the South Pacific's Juranda Jellyfish. Legend and lore collide in this installment of the contest. Join Flora as he explores the folklore, fact, and fiction behind each of these deadly dames. Who will capture your heart (and try to eat it) this week? We also find out which of Week 1's contestants will be moving on to the finals! Head on over to the Blurry Photos home page to find the voting form. And quick tip - if the form doesn't appear on the page, try refreshing your browser (or try a different browser) to get it to appear.Music
Danse Macabre, Black Vortex, Enter the Maze, Lord of the Land, Night of Chaos, Village Consort - Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0Sources
Nadel, Darcie. "The Ozark Howler: Actual Cryptid or Elaborate Hoax?" Exemplore. Aug. 12, 2016. Web. https://exemplore.com/cryptids/The-Ozark-Howler-Mythical-Beast-or-Elaborate-Hoax
- Cox, Dale. "The Ozark Howler." Explore Southern History. 2017. Web. http://www.exploresouthernhistory.com/ozarkhowler.html
- Coleman, Loren. "Outing the Howler." Cryptozoology News. Mar. 19, 2008. Web. http://www.cryptozoonews.com/howler-redux/
- Davis, Gryffydd. "The Afanc - Mythical Welsh Lake Monster." Transceltic. Mar. 13, 2013. Web. https://www.transceltic.com/welsh/afanc-mythical-welsh-lake-monster
- Guest, Lady Charlotte. "The Mabinogion." Translation at Sacred Texts. 1877. Web. 107-109 http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/celt/mab/mab10.htm
- Johnson, Ben. "TheLegend of the River Conwy Afanc." Historic U.K. Web. https://www.historic-uk.com/HistoryUK/HistoryofWales/The-Legend-of-the-River-Conwy-Afanc/
Eberhart, George M. “Mysterious Creatures: A Guide to Cryptozoology” ABC-Clio, Santa Barbara, CA. 2002.
Farrington, Karen. “Marvels & Mysteries of the Unexplained.” Arcturus Publishing Ltd. London. 2006.
Loveland Frog, Jenny Greenteeth, Mngwa (art by Jordan K Morris @jordan_k_morris on instagram)
Pop the champagne and watch for blood stains, it's time for the 2018 Miss Cryptid Contest! The 6th annual Miss Cryptid Contest kicks off ferociously with OH's own Loveland Frog, Lancashire's infamous Jenny Greenteeth, and the Mngwa from Tanzania. It's a veritable blood bath for who will emerge victorious from week 1 and move on to the finals! Make sure to pack the waterproof boots and pith helmet for this trip round the world. And make sure to cast your vote on the home page and enter to win a prize pack and replica Golden Goatman trophy! Special thanks to Jordan K Morris for the amazing art for this year's contest! Follow on Instagram @jordan_K_morrisMusic
Danse Macabre, Graveyard Shift, Infados, Zombie Chase - Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0Sources
"Classic Cryptid: The Legend of Ohio's Loveland Frogmen." Week in Weird.Planet Weird, 24 Jul. 2012. Web. 23 Jun. 2015. http://weekinweird.com/2012/07/24/classic-cryptid-legend-loveland-frogmen/
Leggate, James. “Know the Legend of the Loveland Frogman? This man claims he Spotted It.” WCPO Cincinnati. August 4, 2016. Web. https://www.wcpo.com/news/local-news/hamilton-county/loveland-community/did-pokemon-go-players-encounter-the-legendary-loveland-frogman
- Plant Lore. Web. http://www.plant-lore.com/plantofthemonth/duckweed-and-jenny-greenteeth/
- "Englands Dreaming Water Witches." The Ransom Note. Web. https://www.theransomnote.com/musings/englands-dreaming/englands-dreaming-water-witches-raging-rivers/
- "The Truth About Jenny Greenteeth." Hypnogoria. Web. http://hypnogoria.blogspot.com/2015/01/the-truth-about-jenny-greenteeth.html
- Shuker, Karl. "In Search of the Strange One." Web. http://karlshuker.blogspot.com/2010/04/nunda-in-search-of-strange-one.html
- "Mngwa." Meta-Religion. Web. http://www.meta-religion.com/Paranormale/Cryptozoology/Felines/mngwa.htm
Mysterious deaths that led to few leads beyond some lead.
Questions, enigmas, and mystery are in high order when investigating the lead masks of Vintem Hill. When two men were found dead with weird masks on a Brazilian hill in 1966, everything from murder to UFOs was put forth to explain the lead masks of Vintem Hill. Flora takes you through the case from the discovery of the bodies to the reports connected to them over the years. What could have happened to Miguel Viana and Manuel da Cruz in the suburb of Niteroi, Brazil? Why did they have little lead masks with them? The mystery only deepened when reports came out of UFO activity around the time and place the men were supposedly at before their deaths. Get out your sleuthing stuff and brush up on your Portuguese, this is one hot cold case!Music
Ghostpocalypse 6 - Crossing the Threshold, Ghostpocalypse 8: Epilog, I Can Feel It Coming, Leblon, Modern Jazz Samba, Night on the Docks, Satiate, Suvaco do Cristo, Myst on the Moor - Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0Sources
Bowen, C. "The Mystery of the Morro do Vintem: How Did the Men with the Lead Masks Die?" Flying Saucer Review. Mar-Apr 1967, Volume 13, Number 2: 11-14. http://www.noufors.com/Documents/Books,%20Manuals%20and%20Published%20Papers/Specialty%20UFO%20Publications/Flying%20Saucer%20Review/FSR,1967,Mar-Apr,V%2013,N%202.pdf
- Bowen, C. "No Easy Solution to the Morro Mystery" Flying Saucer Review. Jun-Jul 1968, Volume 14, Number 4: 11-14. http://www.ignaciodarnaude.com/ufologia/Bowen,Deaths%201966%20at%20Morro%20Vintem,FSR68V14N4.pdf
- APRO. "Strange Deaths in Brazil." The APRO Bulletin. 1 Sep. 1966, Volume 1966, Number 5: 1, 3.
- Staff. "Brazil: Lead Mask Mystery" Flying Saucer Review. Nov-Dec 1966, Volume 12, Number 6: 11-14.
- Ortega, Xavier. "The Mysterious Lead Masks Case." 18 Sept. 2011. Ghost Theory website. http://www.ghosttheory.com/2011/09/18/the-mysterious-lead-masks-case
- Creighton, Gordon. "Follow-up On the Morro Do Vintem Mystery." Flying Saucer Review. Jul-Aug 1971, Volume 17, Number 4: 6-9. http://www.ignaciodarnaude.com/ufologia/FSR%201971%20V%2017%20N%204.pdf
- Conradt, Stacy. "The Bizarre Lead Masks Deaths of 1966." 22 Oct. 2015. Mental Floss website. http://mentalfloss.com/article/70161/bizarre-lead-mask-deaths-1966
- True Noir. "The Lead Masks Case: Mysterious Deaths on Vintem Hill." 16 March 2017. True Noir website. https://truenoirstories.wordpress.com/2017/03/16/the-lead-masks-case-mysterious-deaths-on-vintem-hill/
- Ultima Hora. Various Articles. Ultima Hora newspaper. 24-30 Aug, 2 Sep 1966. http://www.arquivoestado.sp.gov.br/site/acervo/uh_digital/index/2636
- Machado, Jose. "Experiencia cientifica e que matou tecnicos em eletronica." Jornal do Brasil. 25 Aug 1966. pg 16. https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=0qX8s2k1IRwC&dat=19660825&printsec=frontpage&hl=en
What's mine is yours. Ore not.
Dust off the burro and grab some saddlebags, we're going gold hunting for the Lost Dutchman Mine! An old west legend of dangerous prospecting and fabulous wealth, the Lost Dutchman Mine has inspired gold hunters for decades and caused more casualties and heartaches than you can shake a pickaxe at. Join David as he takes you through the history of the legendary mine, including Native American lore, Spanish influence, and who the namesake of the mine, the Dutchman, was. Sift through the many tales of murder and deceit and see what shakes out. Could there be a gold mine in the Superstition Mountains that holds ore beyond belief? Flora asks some questions and sorts through the sinister stories to discuss the legend of the infamous mine and the hunt for it. Wear sunscreen and pack plenty of water, this one is coming at you hot!Music
Long Note Two, Western Streets, Night of Chaos, Danse Macabre, Myst on the Moor - Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0Sources
Bicknell, P. "A Mythical Mine–Story of a Lost Claim in the Superstition Mountains–Dutch Jacob’s Secret–Phoenix People Hunting for the Treasure with Prospects of Success." Saturday Review. 17 Nov. 1894: 1. Print.
Bicknell, P. "One of Arizona's Lost El Dorados - A Mine in the Superstition Mountains - The Half-told Tale of an Old Miser." San Francisco Chronicle. 13 Jan. 1895, Newspaper: 12.
Blair, R. Tales of the Superstitions: The Origins of the Lost Dutchman Legend. Tempe: Arizona Historical Foundation, 1975.
Gentry, Curt. The Killer Mountains, A Search for the Legendary Lost Dutchman Mine. New York: New American Library, 1968.
Mell, Eleanor. Hunting Old Snowbeard’s Gold: Searches for and Seekers of the Lost Dutchman Gold Mine. North Charleston, SC: CreateSpace, 2012.
Kincaid, Matt. Superstition Mountains: The Mountains of Legend, Gold, Mystery, and Death. Maplewood Publishing, 2018.
Arnold, Oren. Ghost Gold. San Antonio: The Naylor Company, 1954.
Taylor, T., 2008. The Lost Dutchman Mine. [Online]
Available at: https://www.prairieghosts.com/dutchman.html
Legends of America, 2016. The Lost Dutchman Mine. [Online]
Available at: http://www.legendsofamerica.com/az-lostdutchman
Willis, B., 2005. Has the Lost Dutchman Mine Been Found?. [Online]
- Kollenborn, Tom. http://superstitionmountaintomkollenborn.blogspot.com/2013/12/dont-blame-thunder-god.html ; http://superstitionmountaintomkollenborn.blogspot.com/2015/05/the-peralta-stone-maps.html
- The Museum: http://superstitionmountainmuseum.org/
- Pima Story: http://www.ilhawaii.net/~stony/lore72.html
- On the Military Trail: https://apachejunctionindependent.com/history/military-trail-of-jacob-waltz/
Showing a marked curiosity.
Blurry Photos is in search of the truth behind stigmata in this episode of the podcast! A supposed phenomena where a person physically exhibits the wounds of Jesus Christ on the cross, stigmata is considered holy by some and hoaxes by others. Cases of it have been reported for centuries. Flora takes a passive observer's approach and looks at both sides of the debate. The Roman Catholic church has recognized it as a miracle, though not every case. Skeptics have found fraud in many cases. David looks at a few of the many cases and also how science has viewed it over the years, leaving you with some thoughts to consider as to its validity. Have some faith in this informative episode of Blurry Photos!Music
Chromatic2Fuge, Hyperfun, Myst on the Moor - Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0Sources
Wilson, Ian. The Bleeding Mind. London: Weidenfeld & Nic-olson, 1988.
Phillips, John. Exploring Galatians: An Expository Commentary. Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications. 2004.
Harrison, Ted. Stigmata: A Medieval Phenomenon in a Modern Age. New York: St. Martin Press. 1994.
Nickell, Joe. Real-Life X-Files. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky. 2001.
- Catholic Perspective: https://www.catholiceducation.org/en/culture/catholic-contributions/what-is-the-stigmata.html
Fioretti, pg. 118-119 http://contemplativemeditation.weebly.com/uploads/4/3/5/7/4357357/flowers.pdf
- Skeptic's Dictionary Entry: http://skepdic.com/stigmata.html
- Straight Dope letter to editor: https://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/1163/whats-the-deal-with-stigmata/
- Summary article: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/the-mystery-of-the-five-wounds-361799/?no-ist
Erin go Boo!
Welcome to Season 7, kicked off with a fun trip to some haunted Irish castles! Lively legends, gruesome ghosts and harrowing history fill the ruined halls of haunted Irish castles, and Flora plays tour guide through 5 spooky spots. Not all Keeps sport frightening tales, but their history is fun and full of ghastly deeds and characters. Hear the tale of Red Mary from Leamaneh Castle in Co. Clare. Pick your favorite of five ghosts in Malahide Castle, Co. Dublin. Double your pleasure with a pair of history-rich Ross Castles. And bop around Co. Offaly for the eeriness of Charleville and Leap Castles. Get your Guinness ready, your pot of gold is filled with stories in Season 7's first episode of Blurry Photos!Music
Echoes of Time v2, Hidden Past, Ossuary 6 - Air, Skye Cuillen, The Dread, Danse Macabre, Myst on the Moor - Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0Sources
- Leamaneh Castle: https://www.aransweatersdirect.com/blogs/blog/leamaneh-castle Tour Malahide: http://www.daytoursunplugged.ie/visiting-dublin-check-out-our-blog-before-you-book- our-award-winning-day-tours/malahide-castle-myths-and-legends.581.html
- Leap Castle: http://leapcastle.net/ ; https://dailyscribbling.com/the-secret-life-of-irish-castles/leap-castle-kinslayers-priest- killers-rapture-and-flames/
- Rowan, A.B. Lake Lore. Hodges and Smith, 1853. https://books.google.com/books? id=cl9ZAAAAcAAJ&pg=PA187&lpg=PA187&dq=lake+lore+AB+Rowan&source=bl&ots=6Zs5e_oAyf& sig=rZiXst5dsGR-4OucU6U7iESXjPw&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi94uCQk- vZAhUl5YMKHcWzCxsQ6AEIRDAI#v=onepage&q=ross&f=false
- Ross Castle: http://www.ross-castle.com/en/
- Charleville Castle: http://www.ghost-story.co.uk/index.php/haunted-buildings/most-haunted/191- charleville-castle-tullamore-ireland
- Adams, C.L. Castles of Ireland. London, E. Stock, 1904. https://archive.org/stream/ castlesofireland00adamiala/castlesofireland00adamiala_djvu.txt
Do you smell that?
Shut the windows and change your mask filters, the Mad Gasser of Mattoon is prowling the podcast! A WWII-era midwestern mystery, the Mad Gasser of Mattoon held a small town in a gaseous grip of fear for 2 weeks with no explanation and few suspects. Panic took hold as locals tried to figure out what was happening in their small Illinois community. To this day, no one knows exactly who perpetrated a series of alleged gas attacks, nor has anyone found out why. Join David as he relates not only the timeline of the 'phantom anesthetist,' but also similar attacks in different parts of the country throughout the years. Were they connected somehow or just coincidence? He also looks at what police and scientists have found, and whether or not anything has actually been explained over the years. Don't let the fumes get to you in this episode of Blurry Photos!Music
Ghostpocalypse - 8 Epilog, Ghostpocalypse - 6 Crossing the Threshold, Some Amount of Evil, Malicious, Villainous Treachery - Distressed, Danse Macabre, Myst on the Moor - Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0Sources
Gas Attacks in America: http://mysteriousuniverse.org/2011/06/mad-gassers-of-america/
- An Overview: http://io9.gizmodo.com/did-mattoon-have-a-mad-scientist-or-a-mad-population-1510479349
Vitelli, R. "The Mad Gasser of Mattoon." JREF Swift Blog. James Randi Educational Foundation, 23 Apr. 2011. Web. 12 Dec. 2016. http://archive.randi.org/site/index.php/swift-blog/1279-the-mad-gasser-of-mattoon.html
Maruna, S. The Mad Gasser of Mattoon: Dispelling the Hysteria. Jacksonville: Swamp Gas Books, 2003.
Johnson, D. "The Phantom Anesthetist of Mattoon: A field study of mass hysteria." Journal of Abnormal and Social Psychology. 1 Jan. 1945, Volume 40, Number 1: 175-186. http://ergotism.info/en/hysteria/mass_hysteria_mad_gasser_jasp_1945_40.pdf
Nuke kids on the block
Evidence faces some slim pickens as Flora fights in the war room of ancient nuclear war claims! A claim that prehistoric cultures wiped out life on the planet through ancient nuclear war has been floating around the internet and TV shows, but is it real or pseudo-history? David examines the evidence presented for the claim, including the written sources, physical indications, and cultural timelines. Did Mohenjo-Daro and other Indus Valley cities get wiped out by weapons? Was the fighting just contained to earth? What does the Mahabharata and Bible have to say about it? Join Flora for some really out-there claims and some hopefully level-headed discussion as he drops some truth bombs on this episode of Blurry Photos!Music
Vadadora Chill Mix, Danse Macabre, Myst on the Moor - Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0Sources
Down the Rabbit Hole: http://ancientnuclearwar.com/
Through the Lookingglass: http://www.ajithkumar.cc/history/nuclear-warfare-in-ancient-india-the-proofs-beyond-doubt/
Bhagavad Gita: http://www.bhagavatgita.ru/files/Bhagavad-gita_As_It_Is.pdf
Ganguli, Kisari Mohan (Trans.). The Mahabharata of KrishnaDwaipayana Vyasa translated into English Prose. Ed. Protap Chandra Roy. Vol. 7. Calcutta: Bharata Press, 1888. Print.
Murali A.V., M.E. Zolenski, J.R. Underwood, and R. F. Giegengack. “Formation of Libyan Desert Glass.” Lunar and Planetary Science 19 (1988): 817-818.
Quereshi, A. A. and H. A. Khan. “Recognition of Meteoric Impact by Fission Track Dating (FTD) Technique.” Geological Bulletin of the University of Peshawar 21 (1988): 49-56.
Colavito, Jason. “Ancient Atom Bombs.” Jason Colavtio, 2011. www.jasoncolavito.com.
Childress, David Hatcher. “Technology of the Gods.”
Bergier, Jacques and Pauwels, Louis. “Morning of the Magicians.” Destiny Books, 1960. https://archive.org/stream/LouisPauwelsJacquesBergierMorningOfTheMagicians/%20Louis%20Pauwels%2C%20Jacques%20Bergier%20-%20Morning%20of%20the%20Magicians_djvu.txt
Soddy, Frederick. “The Interpretation of Radium and the Structure of the Atom.” G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1909. https://archive.org/stream/interpretationof00sodd/interpretationof00sodd_djvu.txt
A conspiracy that leaves theorists a little Red in the face.
Check your struts and chutes, Flora is blasting off straight into the heart of the lost cosmonaut conspiracy theory! A conspiracy involving soviet coverup of terrible atrocities, the lost cosmonaut theory deals with purported evidence of death after death in the race for space supremacy. Cries into the abyss, a faltering hearbeat, and airbrushed photos are just a few aspects of this theory. David delves deeply into the lore, examining audio files, photographs, and claims made by theorists. Just how bad was the loss of life? Was Yuri Gagarin really the first person in space? What can you even believe anymore? Sit back and let Flora take you on an audio odyssey to the 60s and beyond in this episode of Blurry Photos!Music
Blue Sizzle, Crypto, Danse Macabre, Spacial Winds, Myst on the Moor - Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0Sources
Doctored Photos: https://www.wired.com/2011/04/soviet-space-propaganda/
Argument for Gargarin: http://www.cosmoworld.ru/spaceencyclopedia/publications/index.shtml?zhelez_20.html Zheleznyakov, Alexander. "Gagarin was Still THE First. Part Two." Spaceflight. 1 Nov. 2002, Volume 44, Number 11: 471-475.
Reader’s Digest: http://www.aerospaceweb.org/question/conspiracy/q0235a.shtml
Oberg, James. Uncovering Soviet Disasters. New York: Random House, Inc., 1988. 156-176.
Another Summary: http://www.aerospaceweb.org/question/conspiracy/q0235.shtml
Do a show on a time travel AND Internet legend? Flori-duh!
The time is nigh to learn about what your future may have in store as Flora tackles the tale of John Titor! An Internet legend 20 years in the making, the story of the time traveler John Titor is chock full of future claims, physics, and maybe something else. Who was the mysterious traveler that claimed to be from 2036, and why did he post on Internet forums in 2001? With a harrowing tale of a dark and dangerous future, his captivating claims and interesting mission through time have entranced and entertained people for years. Having no apparent motive other than to speak with the residents of his past, he remains one of the most enigmatic puzzles to come out of the early days of the Internet. While the claims were dubious, he did provide a hoard of knowledge about physics, history, and culture. Join David as he delves deeply into the story, claims, and investigations of a still-growing Internet icon. Just make sure to bring an extra canister of O2 for the ride!Music
Division, Enter the Maze, Danse Macabre, Hiding Your Reality, I Can Feel It Coming, Myst on the Moor, Intuit256 - Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0Sources
Nov ’00 Chat Log: http://www.johntitor.com/Pages/ChatLog01.htm
- Summary: http://www.grunge.com/98398/untold-truth-time-traveler-john-titor/
Titor website: http://www.johntitor.com/
Patent App: https://www.google.com/patents/US20060073976
Unix Timeout: https://computer.howstuffworks.com/question75.htm
- Anonymous. Conviction of a Time Traveler. Alaska Holdings, LLC, 2010. Print.
- Sauve, Mike. Who Authored the John Titor Legend?. Mike Sauve, 2016. Print.
Stecco's last hurrah
Dave returns for a final BullStone before riding off into the sunset. Space talk, UFOs, and a weird humanoid photo are the topics du jour for Stecco's last official Blurry Photos (and BullStone) appearance. With the winds of disclosure blowing stronger than ever, the recent news of government UFO research is discussed. The public reception, talk of new alloys, and what it all might mean for us are looked at. Meanwhile on earth, an Argentinian photographer captures a strange humanoid shape during a shoot. Could it be some kind of entity or just a trick of the lens? The Davids discuss these and detail out some thoughts as Stecco bids farewell on this episode of BullStone! NY Times UFO Story Metal Alloys in Vegas NASA's $1 billion Missions Necochea Beach Humanoid With music by Diablo Swing Orchestra
An old school mystery with a new wave theory.
The fire is out, the clocks have stopped, and dread surrounds the empty interior of the Eilean Mor Lighthouse and a mystery that has persisted for over a hundred years. A desolate, weather-beaten island west of Scotland is the setting for the Eilean Mor Lighthouse mystery, where 3 men met their fate in 1900. Problem is, no one knows how. As if vanishing into the fog, three lightkeepers were never seen again, with no indication of what happened to them. Join David as he relays the eerie story of the events at the lighthouse and uncovers the facts and fictions of the disappearance. Were sinister forces at work? Could there be a scientific explanation? And why did it take so long to discover them missing? The horn is sounded in the murky depths of the fog of mystery in this macabre episode of Blurry Photos!Music
Dark Standoff, Long Note Two, Danse Macabre, Lost Time, Past the Edge, The Dread - Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0Sources
- Eilean Mor Summary: http://www.ancient-origins.net/unexplained-phenomena/curious-disappearance-eilean-mor-lighthouse-keepers-scottish-mystery-004820?nopaging=1
- Poem: http://www.potw.org/archive/potw230.html
- RationalWiki: https://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Flannan_Isle
- McCloskey, K. (2014), The Lighthouse: The Mystery of the Eilean Mòr Lighthouse Keepers, The History Press
- Original wreck report for the SS Archtor, http://www.plimsoll.org/resources/SCCLibraries/WreckReports/17924.asp?view=text
- The report submitted by Robert Muirhead, Superintendent, on the 8th January 1901: https://www.nlb.org.uk/HistoricalInformation/FlannanIsles/Report-by-Superintendent/
Trollin' with the homies.
David and Dave brave the Scandinavian nighttime to skinny dip in the mythology of trolls! A creature of Norse folklore, the troll has morphed throughout the ages from supernatural figures to ugly giants but endures as a staple of fantasy literature. They have been around in stories since the earliest sagas and remain respected not unlike Fae folk in Ireland. But don't let the modern interpretations of the giant, gross, dim-witted bully fool you - they weren't always like that. The boys delve into the history of them and what has influenced our modern notions. Tales are a big part of the folklore, and Flora and Stecco have a few to tell! Stick around for an important announcement in this one. (An Overview, Folklore Look, Fairy Tale Look) Heros Theme, Gypsy Shoegazer no voices, Fantastic Dim Bar, Hall of the Mountain King, Monster Promenade, Moonlight Hall - Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
Colin all cryptid lovers - you're gonna love this interview!
Flora welcomes the Crypto-kid, Colin Schneider, in a fun and fascinating interview! One of the youngest cryptid researchers out there today, Colin Schneider already has impressive credentials and joins to discuss cryptid attacks on livestock. He shares his copious amount of research and findings on strange reports of unknown beasts and the theories about them. What started as a focus on vampiric creature attacks quickly ballooned into all manner of interesting monster mayhem, enough for him to start a book on the subject. The stories are captivating, kooky, and cool, and fit the crazy cryptid category charmingly. You can find more of Colin's work at his blog and radio show.
If we said we liked these origin theories we'd be lion.
The second half of the 200th episode is nigh and dives deep into the theories of how the Sphinx came to be. Flora and Stecco juggle some rather outlandish origin theories for how the Sphinx was built and who built it, including ties to Atlantis, aliens, and pre-history. They also examine the claim that the stars match with the placement of the monuments on the ground. Ideas from researchers and authors such as Graham Hancock, John Anthony West, Robert Schoch, Colin Reader, Paul Jordan and many more are studied and discussed. Could it be older than anyone dares to think? The geology of the area is also scrutinized, and the theories of water erosion and weathering are considered. Dating the monument is much harder than the limestone it's made of, it seems. Join the boys of Blurry Photos as they tackle the big questions and the big theories in this monumental conclusion to a monumental milestone! (All About That Hall, In Cayce You Missed It, What Subways?, Great Articles Here, Reader's Roundup)
Riddled with history.
The double hildo is upon us, and the Davids celebrate with a massive 2-part episode on the Sphinx! Buried in equal parts sand and questions, the Sphinx is a huge ancient monument in Egypt with a history as obscure as a corn dog in a sandstorm. In part 1, the boys describe its current state and how it has fared over the millennia. A history - as best we can piece together - is discussed, including those who have dug it out of the dunes again and again. The myth of how it's nose was lost is examined, and the various artifacts, structures, and features found around it are looked at. The big questions are saved for part 2, as are the more fantastical claims. Aliens, Atlantis, Prophecy, Astrology, and much more are, much like Horus, on the horizon. But a solid grounding in real history and archaeology are first on the menu. Get out your camels and sunscreen, the 200th is stela good time, and we ain't lion! Cheers to helping us reach 200! (A Primer, A Description, A Greek Counterpart)
Blurry Photober comes to a close with another edition of ghost stories! A vampire hermit, a phone that won't stop ringing, a burning church, and a waltzing corpse are just some of the ghost stories crawling out of this open grave. David and Dave recount tales of terror that are truly terrible along with the terror that has been their health lately. Can anything prepare you for such awful tales of awfulness? Probably not, so don't even try. And stick around for a special spooky story by a certain special standup comedian. Happy Photober! Now the march towards Krampusnacht and Saturnailya begins! Aftermath, Gypsy Shoegazer no voices, Long Note 2, Mysterioso March, Return of Lazarus, This House, Waltz of the Carnies - Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Say your prayers, hold your breath, and grab some aloe, Blurry Photos are diving into hell holes in this one! Said to be entrances to any number of unhappy afterlifes, hell holes are pits and caves in the earth where one is said to be able to reach hell itself. Flora and Stecco take a look at several mythologies of traveling to hell. They also run down a list of famous sites said to be hellish access points throughout the world. The Door to Hell, Stull, KS, and Castle Houska are just a few of the spots where hell can supposedly be reached. The boys also discuss the disturbing legend of the Siberian Well to Hell. Leave the coat at home, you're in for a hot time tonight! (A List of Holes, Forum Hell, Pics of the Door to Hell)
Feelin Good - Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Wych explanation makes sense?
Blurry Photober continues with a modern maybe murder mystery that begs the question - who put Bella in the Wych Elm? A mysterious skeleton in a hollow tree kicked off an investigation in 1943, but the mystery deepened with the appearance of graffiti reading "who put Bella in the Wych Elm." Join David and Dave as they recount the discovery and investigation of what happened to this poor soul. The theories of what could have possibly occurred are numerous and include everything from occult dealings to Nazi connections. Were spies involved? What is the connection to a Hand of Glory? Listen to the facts as presented and see what you conclude in this fascinating and truly unsolved puzzler! (A Summary, The Independent Article, The Bayesian Analysis) Get Mark's book HERE Intractable - Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Episode 197: Who Put Bella in the Wych Elm
Life in plastic... it's phantasmic!
Guest host Mark Soloff of Blastropodcast joins Flora to kick off Blurry Photober with a live show all about haunted dolls! Human figures that are said to be possessed or cursed, haunted dolls have a built-in creepiness that transcends the many stories about them. Flora and Soloff discuss what might make dolls haunted, the history of paranormal doll belief, and some of the most famous cases over the years. How do they get so spookied-up? What makes them so naturally creepy? Didn't you put that doll in a chair and not on the bed? Join a live audience for a fun foray into fear for Photober! (Why So Creepy, Dolls Though History, All Robert All Day) Episode 196: Haunted Dolls, Live
September science stories!
September was full of science-y stuff, and this BullStone has some fun news stories from it! David and Dave fly solo to discuss the National Quiet Zone, UFOs in the UK, and bloodstream-powered generators in this BullStone. Some questions raised including whether or not electromagnetic hypersensitivity is a real condition, how much Monsanto affects scientific papers, and the what was up with the sighting of UFOs by a Yorkshire couple. Even Pliny the Elder gets his grubby little skull into the fray. The topics are only the jumping-off point, as interesting discussion follows in this thought-provoking and fascinating edition of Blurry Photos' monthly weird news show! Quiet Zone and EHS Electric Blood Monsanto Meddling UK UFOs Pliny's Skull? With music by Diablo Swing Orchestra BullStone 31: Gettin' Strange, September 2017
A very pleasant point!
Join Flora on a wacky roadtrip to Point Pleasant, WV, and the 2017 Mothman Festival! A yearly event in the small West Virginian town, the Mothman Festival celebrates the location's most infamous legend whilst paying homage to the victims of a real disaster. While the audio is not up to usual Blurry Photos standards, we hope you'll forgive the technical difficulties and enjoy David getting weird alone in a car. Listen to stories that happened along the way, character sketches for fun, and interviews from friends of the podcast! Justin Zenger from Zeng This! podcast and Derek Hayes from Monsters Among Us make an appearance, as does Thor as he drives through the hills of Ketucky. And we couldn't get truly weird without a phone call on the road to Stecco. Hop in the car (it definitely sounds like you're already in one) and join Flora on a fun adventure! (Festival Website) Cowboy Sting, Corruption, Moonlight Hall, Interloper, March of the Spoons, Niles Blues - Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ BP Bonus: Mothman Festival 2017
Lace up your sandals and sharpen your gladius, David and Dave are taking you on a crazy whirlwind history lesson all about mad Roman emperors! Drinking, fornicating, spending, killing, and Jupiter-knows what else, are hallmarks of the mad Roman emperors, but were they as bad as history says? The boys take an closer look at such notable infamous Romans as Nero, Caligula, and Tiberius, along with a few more standouts. The history books have not been kind to these leaders. But who wrote the books? Get ready for an avalanche of ancient info in this history-packed episode! (Tiberius, Caligula, Nero) Black Vortex - Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Episode 195: Mad Roman Emperors
Summer draws to a close, and the best way to commemorate it is live campfire ghost stories! David and Dave set up shop outdoors for a Patreon-streamed live recording of this year’s campfire ghost stories, and the results were naturally … Read More
Grab your spare coins and red thread, Blurry Photos are jumping across the Pacific to look at Jiangshi, Chinese Hopping Vampires! A monster of Chinese folklore, Jiangshi, Chinese Hopping Vampires are curious, sometimes creepy sometimes whimsical undead creatures with interesting … Read More
David and Dave volunteer to take a trip to Tennessee and look into the legend of the Bell Witch! Called America’s greatest ghost story, the Bell Witch is an old southern folklore legend of paranormal activity that is said to … Read More
Ken Hite and the boys kick up a righteous haboob talking about lost desert cities in this episode! Buried in sand, swallowed by sinkholes, or destroyed by divine powers, the middle and near-east is supposedly full of lost desert cities, … Read More
Flora and Stecco welcome the host of the Monsters Among Us podcast, Derek Hayes, to talk crazy July news! Monsters Among Us showcases cryptid encounters from witnesses, and host Derek Hayes joins with some strange scuttlebutt from July. Cool archaeology, … Read More
Time to reach out with your feelings and realize the kids ARE alright, as Dave and David discuss Indigo Children! A new age concept wherein kids born in the last 20 years are more spiritually evolved, indigo children might seem … Read More
Gather the barbarian hordes and lace up the boxing gloves, Dave and David welcome the Cromcast to BullStone! Josh, Luke, and Jon from the Cromcast join to talk some sciency news from June. Learn all about their podcast which focuses … Read More
The boys go back to the Yorkshire countryside as they investigate the bizarre death of Zigmund Adamski. The strange discovery of a body, odd details in a disappearance, and a UFO encounter all coalesce in the mystery of Zigmund Adamski’s … Read More
Flora and Stecco try to remember a time they’ve heard such a suppositious theory as the Mandela Effect in this one! The thought that subtle changes many people are experiencing with their shared memories may be indicative of a shifting … Read More
It’s a murky topic, but David and Dave put on the low beams and wade through the thick haze to talk about killer fog! An unusual confluence of man-made and meteorological phenomenon, killer fog has a breathtaking history both in … Read More
May’s weird news was hot and heavy with science, so what better way to discuss it than with The Mad Scientist Podcast! Dr Chris Cogswell from The Mad Scientist Podcast joins the Davids in a strange news roundtable with a … Read More
The 2017 Miss Cryptid Contest enters the final week of semi-final competition, and boy does it deliver! The final Miss Cryptid contestants include the Moon-Eyed People of Appalachia, New England’s own Hoover the Talking Seal, and the seductive Scandinavian Huldra. … Read More
The action heats up in the second installment of the 2017 Miss Cryptid Contest! Week two of Miss Cryptid 2017 brings you the Beast of Land Between the Lakes, the Popobawa, and the Yowie. Another week, another round-the-world trip! Listen … Read More
Flora and Stecco break out the swinging pocket watches and devious fungi to talk about mind control! The manipulation of another person’s thoughts/emotions/actions is a sinister trick, and the boys discuss the more fringe versions of mind control in this … Read More
Break out the balloons and streamers and grab your most blood-proof clothing, it’s time for 2017 Miss Cryptid Contest! The first week of this year’s fang-packed Miss Cryptid contest takes us around the world from the Monkey Man of New Delhi to … Read More
The boys beam to the mothership for alien abduction stories in this eerie episode! In a fun tale-telling show, Flora and Stecco find several alien abduction stories that are sure creepy and most likely more fiction than fact. But the … Read More
The boys are joined by DB Spitzer from the People’s Guide to the Cthulhu Mythos podcast to talk weird April stuffs! Astronaut superstitions, lost Mayan caves, and kitty litter craziness are just some things discussed with People’s Guide to the … Read More
Flora and Stecco bust open the jar of religious history as they discuss Gnosticism! An early sect of Christianity, Gnosticism was constantly controversial with its focus on secret knowledge and salvation from within. It grew and evolved for centuries before … Read More
Forteana has a few big names in the field, but only one may be bigger than Ivan T Sanderson! A well-read, well-traveled man of many interests, Ivan T Sanderson was a prolific naturalist whose interest in Forteana paved the way … Read More
Get ready for a heap of fun from down under as Blurry Photos welcomes the first BullPhone guest! David and Dave discuss fun cryptid news with Emma from Queensland in this inaugural BullPhone. Thylacines, yowies, giant pigs, and crazy cryptid … Read More
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Dust off your brushes and chisels and grab your machete and spear, David and Dave are hunting living dinosaurs in this episode! From the Arctic Circle to deepest Africa, tales of living dinosaurs have sprung up over the years – … Read More
Season 6 begins with a bloody bang, as Blurry Photos take a look at Scottish cannibals! Scotland’s history is even bloodier than advertised with such harrowing Scottish cannibals as Sawney Bean and Christie Cleek looming over it. But how much of … Read More
In the last installment of the Blurry Photos break bonus episodes, here is the stand up set from Divad’s visit to Omaha! A newly-crowned king of catch phrase comedy, Divad brings his weirdly-charming sense of humor to his buddies in … Read More
Everyone’s favorite little mischievous mongoose is back, this time ready to dole out justice! Gef pays a visit to the local courthouse and gets excited to do his civic duty. And maybe find some interesting ladies on the panel … Read More
Have a wee break from the season holiday with some pipin’ hot Scottish ghost stories! Tales of sadness, specters, and devilish duels adorn this tartan-covered bonus of Scottish ghost stories. Flora and Stecco dust off the dialects and accentuate the … Read More
January has seen some pretty nutty stuff, and Greg Bach visits to discuss some of it on this episode of BullStone! Notable news for this BullStone includes Sentient Black Goo, a cold core of a planet by Jupiter, and a strange … Read More
David and Dave juggle reality and perception as they devote a whole episode to creepy clowns! A relatively recent trend, creepy clowns have been ingrained in pop culture as disturbing breaks in what should be a joyful reality. The boys of … Read More
Make sure all hands, feet, wings, and tentacles are inside the mag lev train, Blurry Photos is taking you on a trip at breakneck speed to the infamous Dulce Base! A supposed underground complex of epic sinister proportions, Dulce Base … Read More
Roll up the car windows and lock the doors, Blurry Photos is driving you down the lonely road full of skinwalkers! A Navajo legend both creepy and gruesome, skinwalkers are supposed practitioners of evil magic that can transform into animals through … Read More
It’s the most weird-a-ful time of the year, and the Davids are gettin’ strange with a new BullStone! Science flies high, as do ghostly happenings in this December edition of BullStone. Have we gotten a step closer to controllable fusion? … Read More
Untie the pouch of mysticism and new agery with Blurry Photos with an episode all about Runes! An ancient system of divination originating in Germania and Scandinavia, the casting of Runes is the practice of gaining insight through symbols of … Read More
Blurry Photos are proud to present a full interview with Chase Kloetzke! An author, researcher, and all-around badass, Chase Kloetzke joins to discuss her role at MUFON and her latest book Admissible, a field guide for conducting investigations into the unknown … Read More
With the Fall winding down, Dave and David embark on a trip to find the weirdest news of November in this edition of BullStone! Bird chemtrails, an ancient site, and a WWI sea monster are just a few of the … Read More
Feast your ears on scientific crankery as the boys talk pathological science with Ken Hite! Pathological Science deals with experiments and results that didn’t quite pan out as true, yet the myths remain and the misinformation carries on. Writer and … Read More
Take a road trip with Flora, Stecco, and Dark Mark Soloff as they experience the 2016 Milwaukee Paracon! With an atypical on-the-road style of episode, the boys discuss the 2016 Milwaukee Paracon before, during, and after it happened. Each host … Read More
The time has come for the Roman showman himself, Pliny the Elder! A moderately-known figure from Roman history, Pliny the Elder led a fascinating life and often comes up in Forteana because of his writings. The boys of Blurry Photos … Read More
Check your SCUBA gear and get the pun chum bucketed, Blurry Photos are going diving to the Yonaguni Monument! An underwater mystery discovered in the last 30 years, the Yonaguni Monument is a possible ancient Japanese structure which sank beneath … Read More
Get ready for some serious bum-puckering, Blurry Photos is back for ghost stories 5! Chock full of terrifying tales and stupid stories, the boys find some frights in more ways than one with ghost stories 5. A creepy ocean tale. A … Read More
The boys travel to 1945 England to investigate the strange murder of Charles Walton. An unsolved mystery since 1945, the murder of Charles Walton has been attributed to witchcraft, druidry, greed, grims, and anything in between. What happened to a … Read More
The sigils are etched and the circle is protecting as Dave and David summon an episode about demonology! The study of demons etc., demonology stretches as far back as recorded history, but how credible is it in practice and lore? … Read More
Blurry Photober is upon us once again, and the boys start hot with an episode about Haunted Forests! Few environments are more mysterious and menacing than forests, and the terror is cranked up even more when they’re haunted forests. David … Read More
Flora and Stecco have a real treat for you, as they welcome the host of The Eastern Border Podcast, Kristaps Andrejsons to BullStone! A podcast about the politics and the history of eastern Europe, The Eastern Border is a Dark Myths … Read More
Get your lab coats on and grab your chalk, Blurry Photos is putting the theory of black holes on the podcast chalkboard! One of the cosmos’ most mysterious and disturbing phenomenons, black holes are powerful points of extreme gravity in … Read More
Dave and David grab the flowers and votives for a virtual trip to Mexico to look at Narco Saints. A relatively recent evolution of Catholicism in Mexico, Narco Saints are figures of the church and folklore venerated by the destitute … Read More
Friend of the podcast Grant joins the Davids to talk about his new project History Honeys and weird August news in this edition of BullStone! Grant a.k.a. General Ironicus, has a new podcast called History Honeys which tells all about … Read More
Fire up the ‘ole starlight scope and grab a torch or two, the Davids are dragging you into the night to experience the Rendlesham Forest Incident. One of the more famous possible close encounters of our time, the Rendlesham Forest Incident … Read More
Get the abacus ready and stretch those counting fingers, David and Dave are talking numerology in this episode! A new age system of divination that supposedly has roots as far back as ancient Babylon, numerology is said to hold esoteric secrets … Read More
Blurry Photos are bringing the heat with some sizzling July BullStone strangeness! Flora and Stecco have found some news from the medical world, space, cycling, NASA, and a peppering of other oddities for this BullStone. How much brain does one … Read More
Flora and Stecco break out the barbecue and hitch up the camper for another round of campfire ghost stories! Taking a break from the rather gritty subjects lately, the boys of Blurry Photos regale with some truly bad campfire ghost … Read More
Blurry Photos keeps a New Orleans trend going welcoming Ryan and Josh from the Rumor Flies podcast to BullStone! Rumor Flies seeks to dispel common “mythconceptions” of popular legends, myths, and rumors, and Ryan and Josh join the boys to talk … Read More
Leave the lights on and make sure some jazz is playing, the Axeman of New Orleans is striking Blurry Photos! A horrific true crime account of an early 20th century serial killer, the Axeman of New Orleans terrorized the folks … Read More
Flora and Stecco had a chance to chat with Tea Krulos, author of Monster Hunters in this episode! A freelance writer and author from Milwaukee, WI, and also founder of the MKE Paracon, Tea Krulos joins the boys to discuss … Read More
Grab your gloves and good luck charms as Blurry Photos dive into the Codex Gigas! Commonly called “The Devil’s Bible,” the Codex Gigas is a legendary medieval manuscript that’s huge, old, and… cursed? Flora and Stecco take a look at … Read More
The boys of Fair Point Podcast join to talk weird May news on this episode of BullStone! Nathan and Craig from Fair Point Podcast discuss everything from physics to mass hysteria with Flora and Stecco. With such topics as ancient … Read More
The last of the beautifully gruesome contestants march across the audio stage with week 3 of the 2016 Miss Cryptid Contest! The final week of the 2016 Miss Cryptid Contest brings us the Agogwe of East Africa, Snallygaster of rural Maryland, … Read More
Time to build a mystery with Blurry Photos as Flora and Stecco take a tour of the Winchester Mystery House! An immense complex of twisting halls and odd architecture, the Winchester Mystery House was the strange conceptualization of the reclusive … Read More
Three more elaborately festooned contestants parade before you in Week 2 of the 2016 Miss Cryptid Contest! New England and India send their Miss Cryptid picks in the form of the Astomi, Pigman of Northfield, and the Pukwudgie. Devilish imps, mouthless … Read More
Fire up the media player and put the oven mitts on, Blurry Photos dive into spontaneous human combustion in this one! Urban legend or scientific possibility? That’s the sizzling question everyone wants to know about spontaneous human combustion. Is it … Read More
Once again we gather to stare, mouths agape, at the freakiest of the freaks in the 2016 Miss Cryptid Contest! Week 1 of this year’s Miss Cryptid Contest features the Athol of Java, the Cornish Owlman, and the Arkansas Gowrow. … Read More
Grab your bedazzlers and elixirs of life, David and Dave are taking a good long look at the Count of Saint Germain! Largely unknown in modern times, the Count of Saint Germain was a mysterious Renaissance man, alchemist, and possible immortal … Read More
As spring reared its dainty head, April brought us some weird and wacky news which the boys parlay into a sweet new BullStone! David and Dave are gettin’ strange on this episode of BullStone, with a smattering of historical, conspiratorial, … Read More
Blurry Photos finally got a live show off the ground, and took to the skies with an episode all about aerial mysteries! Covering a broad spectrum of strange sky stuff, aerial mysteries includes UFOs, aviation hauntings, natural phenomenon, and a … Read More
Blurry Photos are seeing double with an episode all about Doppelganger! Whether ill-omen, sneaky trickster, or neurological side effect, Doppelganger have amazed and terrified people throughout history. What would you do if you saw an exact copy of yourself? And … Read More
Crawl out of your caves and holes, it’s time to gab about goblins! Creatures of dubious origins, goblins have a longer history than most fantastic critters, and have evolved as time went on. Current culture paints them as terrible, vicious … Read More
March is in the books, and plenty of fun news with it! David and Dave are gettin’ strange with everything from disclosure discussion to ghost gabbing. After complaining about the amount of political gobbledygook in the media, the boys launch … Read More
Greg Bach and Tyler Menz of A Visitor’s Guide to Springfield podcast join Blurry Photos to talk some weird news for February! A new podcast all about The Simpsons and it’s introduction to Greg Bach’s pop culture, A Visitor’s Guide … Read More
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Dave and David have some big news which sparks an episode all about wedding superstitions! With so many cultures in the world, tying the knot has a limitless variety of wedding superstitions and traditions. The boys discuss nuptial customs through … Read More
You stand accused of wanting to learn more about the Salem witch trials! A sad chapter of American history, the Salem witch trials were a time of paranoia, hysteria, requital, and religious fervor gone awry. Flora and Stecco discuss the … Read More
Tackling a topical subject, Blurry Photos take a brief look at the infamous flat earth theory. More famous than the hollow earth and more popular than HAARP, flat earth theory is the thought that the earth is a flat disc … Read More
Hello, 2016, and hello from friend of the podcast Jay Gish on BullStone! A fellow improviser, one time podcaster, and part time animator, Jay Gish joins the boys on BullStone to get strange with the weird news of January. It … Read More
The votes are in and the horror master himself emerged as victor, as Blurry Photos read Lovecraft stories to you! Featuring 4 of his shorter tales, the Lovecraft stories in this episode include Dagon, Cool Air, Nyarlathotep, and The Statement … Read More
Look to the stars, Blurrievers – the constellation of Blurry Photos will tell you all you need to know about astrology! An ancient divination system of complex proportions, astrology has captivated and confused mankind for thousands of years. Many people … Read More
Blurry Photos bid 2015 goodbye with special guest General Ironicus! A podcast host and let’s player, General Ironicus joins the boys to talk about all the weird news December had to offer, including ghosts, space, and time travel! Feel like … Read More
David and Dave round out the regular episodes for 2015 with a look at Mel’s Hole. A story straight from the annals of Coast to Coast AM, Mel’s Hole is a tale of strangeness, conspiracy, and otherworldly occurrences that supposedly … Read More
Join Blurry Photos on the road as they experience the 2015 Bloomington Krampusnacht! A night of carousing and scare-ousing, the Bloomington Krampusnacht had lots to offer the boys of Blurry Photos as they road tripped to Indiana for some on-the-go reporting. … Read More
Reaching way back in time to the bottom of the mail bag, the boys pull out some long-lost listener mail in another supplemental! New writers, old writers, young writers, old writers, they’re all in this supplement. You’ll get puns, beat … Read More
November was a science-filled month, both real and pseudo, with more than enough news to BullStone about! Dave and David BullStone about geoglyphs, UFOs, virtual reality, water filtration and more in this one. Care to game in VR and feel it? … Read More
Grab some fresh water and ration the foodstuffs, you’re taking a trip to find the lost colony of Roanoke! Steeped in mystery and dipped in legend, the lost colony of Roanoke is the infamous and unfortunate initial attempt to establish an … Read More
Blurry Photos welcome Mark Soloff back to BullStone for some weird news and silly conversation! Flora and Stecco are gettin’ strange with Blastropodcast’s Mark Soloff, discussing weird news from the month of October. Living dolls, dyson spheres, DARPA and disclosure … Read More
Break out those planchettes and gather ’round the table, the boys of Blurry Photos are joined by the boys of Expanded Perspectives Podcast to delve into the world of Ouija Boards! An infamous, easy-to-use oracle, Ouija Boards are supposed 2-way … Read More
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The Blurry Photober machine cruises along with an infamous cryptid from the 50’s, the Flatwoods Monster! A classic story of a close encounter of the third kind, the Flatwoods Monster was an entity seen by a group of West Virginians … Read More
Blurry Photober 2015 begins with a look into the disturbing world of possession and exorcism. A controversial, creepy subject, possession and exorcism has been around since recorded history, but are demons really taking hold people? It’s something many are familiar with, … Read More
Flora and Stecco welcome Mike and Wendy from the See You On The Other Side Podcast for this episode of BullStone! True rock stars from the band Sunspot, Mike and Wendy started See You On The Other Side to discuss … Read More
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Dave and David come back to reality in this mega-episode. A concept as ubiquitous as it is perplexing, reality is everything we experience, but we don’t even know what it is. Enter Blurry Photos. With a flight through cultural realities, perception, … Read More
Grab your galoshes and pop the umbrella, Blurry Photos are opening the sky up in an episode all about rainmaking! A practice that spans millennia, cultures, and techniques, rainmaking has been an important part of cultural history throughout the ages. … Read More
Dave and David serve up a silly helping of spooky stories in campfire ghost stories 3! With tales of creepy clowns, petulant pirates, and baleful books, campfire ghost stories 3 is chock-full of wacky weirdness to share on those cold … Read More
Ken Hite returns to talk about the clandestine secret committee, Majestic 12! A classic UFO government conspiracy, the Majestic 12 was a supposed secret committee of top government officials formed by Truman to investigate alien spacecraft. Good friend of Blurry Photos … Read More
David and Dave welcome the boys from the Alcohollywood podcast to get strange for August! Clint and Jared from Alcohollywood, a film review/drinking game podcast, join the boys to discuss some of the stranger news from the month of August. … Read More
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Betty and Tab flirt with danger in this Strangers With Candy edition of Candy Chat! Blurry Photos is nice enough to host Betty and Tabitha’s show on sugar and treatise on treats. Digging into a sack of candy from listener Amy, the … Read More
Flora and Stecco are pressed into service to talk about the Shanghai Tunnels of Portland! A rather legendary underground network of tunnels and rooms, the Shanghai Tunnels of Portland are a creepy, controversial location where some of humanity’s worst vice … Read More
Blurry Photos welcome their first Crypto-author J Nathan Couch to talk about his book Goatman: Flesh or Folklore? A paranormal researcher and writer, J Nathan Couch has done the goat’s share of work collecting stories, articles, and legends of Goatman … Read More
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What did July have in store for Gettin’ Strange? David and Dave found a number of crazy news articles from July, though it might be moreso them gettin’ strange than news in this episode. Invisibility, new particles in physics, space … Read More
Time for a hat tip to one of the weird and wild’s #1 guys, Charles Fort! Widely considered the grandfather of research into weird, strange, occult, and out-there subjects, Charles Fort helped usher in the era of interest into such … Read More
The spirits of ’76 are alive and well in Blurry Photos’ Revolutionary War Ghosts! In another homage to the Ken Burns style, David and Dave bring you an episode packed with info, quotes, “experts,” and tales of Revolutionary War Ghosts. … Read More
July kicks off with a grisly bang as the boys of Blurry Photos introduce you to the Bloody Benders. Considered by many to be America’s first serial killers, the Bloody Benders were an immigrant family living in 1870s Kansas who … Read More
The boys of Blurry Photos are gettin’ strange for June! With interesting news from around the world, including crazy tech breakthroughs and spooky stuff, June was definitely gettin’ strange. Hear about the Dawn spacecraft and what it’s seeing on the … Read More
The 2015 Miss Cryptid Contest draws to a close with the final week of competition! Week 3 brings us the African Adze, the Sheepsquatch from West Virginia, and the Witte Wieven from the Netherlands to wrap up this year’s Miss … Read More
Dave and David act sharp and take a swing at some legendary weapons in this epic episode! Warfare has always played a big role in the shaping of civilizations throughout history, giving rise to legendary weapons both awesome and terrifying. The boys look at … Read More
Miss Cryptid is in full swing, and week 2 continues the eerie excellence! Parading the Wisconsin Hodag, the French Beast of Gevaudan, and Zana from western Asia, the Miss Cryptid Contest covers the gamut for what’s real and what’s not. … Read More
Empty your rice bowl and let the sensations flood in as Blurry Photos take look at remote viewing. A branch of psionics dealing with sensing distant things with one’s mind, remote viewing has had an interesting and well-tested history (in … Read More
Time for a Blurry Photos road trip as the boys set sail for the 2015 Milwaukee Paracon! Flora and Stecco embark on their first experience at a paranormal conference, and the 2015 Milwaukee Paracon was a great success. Reporting from … Read More
Flora and Stecco push onward into the wacky world of alien taxonomy in part 2! First addressing the “where are they” thought, the boys explain the Fermi Paradox and Drake Equation and then delve into actual alien taxonomy. How come, … Read More
Flora and Stecco begin to tackle the immense subject of alien taxonomy in part one of this 2 part mega episode! With alien taxonomy (or delving into the different alien races) as the ultimate goal, the boys lay the groundwork … Read More
BullStone is back, and the Davids are gettin’ strange as they discuss odd news stories! In an experimental format, the boys picked out some off-beat articles from the world’s headlines and are gettin’ strange for an episode. DNA editing, military maneuvers, … Read More
Looking for a strange, little-known, and possibly delusive disease? Let Blurry Photos scratch that itch with an episode all about Morgellons Disease! A weird, uncomfortable skin condition, Morgellons Disease sufferers claim sores and crawling sensations appear on and under their … Read More
Blurry Photos are heading south to check out one of America’s strangest destinations, The Georgia Guidestones. A mysterious monument with a mysterious message and mysterious makings, The Georgia Guidestones is a huge granite creation that inspires awe, fear, and anger … Read More
The boys welcome robotics expert Johnny Maltby to talk about the (impending?) Robopocalypse! The theory that robots may one day rise up to destroy humanity, the Robopocalypse is a modern end-of-days scenario, but how likely is it to happen? … Read More
Dave and David dive into the current hot theological debate about the mysterious figure of Mithra in this episode. An ancient god whose origins can be traced to Persia, Mithra has been called the precursor to Jesus, and in some … Read More
Betty and Tab roll the rock back from the taste tomb in this Easter edition of Candy Chat! Blurry Photos is nice enough to host Betty and Tabitha’s show on sugar and treatise on treats. With PigglyDog picked clean of Easter goodies, … Read More
Afraid Blurry Photos is getting a bit old and stale? Fear not, here’s an anti-aging episode all about The Fountain of Youth! A mythical water source said to reverse age, cure disease, and confer a host of wonderful remedies to … Read More
The much-anticipated, probably over-rated annual drinking episode is finally here, and the boys embark on a quest to know Carl Jung in this one. A Swiss-born psychiatrist, Carl Jung was a monumental pioneer in the early days of psychological … Read More
Season 4 of Blurry Photos is here! Flora and Stecco don their robes and beards to talk about Druids in the kickoff episode. An ancient order of learned folks, Druids have a storied and harsh history, and the current fantastical … Read More
Kisses and hugs from the gals at Candy Chat! It’s time for the Valentine’s Day edition of your favorite sugary analysis and mouth sounds. Blurry Photos is nice enough to host Betty and Tabitha’s show on sugar and treatise on … Read More
Season 3 of Blurry Photos closes on a creepy note with an episode all about The Hinterkaifeck Murders. A gruesome, unexplained, and ultimately unhappy incident, The Hinterkaifeck Murders is perhaps Germany’s strangest and most baffling unsolved crimes. Flora and Stecco delve … Read More
Dave and David embark upon a journey of the mind to find out more about the mysterious phenomenon of Psychokinesis in this episode of Blurry Photos! Comprised of such abilities as telekinesis and levitation, Psychokinesis is a form of psionics … Read More
The boys take a look at an event from one of America’s darkest times as they discuss The Business Plot. A rather little-known conspiracy from America’s recent past, The Business Plot was an apparent coup to overthrow the Roosevelt administration … Read More
David and Dave return to form with a search for the legendary Fouke Monster! An Arkansas cryptid that has been called the “Southern Sasquatch,” the Fouke Monster came on the radar with a 70’s movie but may have been around … Read More
Blurry Photos have reached a milestone, and the celebration is on with an episode dedicated to the Holy Grail! The Davids do a little something different in this episode, crafting a complete 40s-style radio play to educate and entertain you, … Read More
Candy Chat is back for an after-holidays episode! Blurry Photos is nice enough to host Betty and Tabitha’s show on sugar and treatise on treats. Owing to an unfortunate oversight on the way home from Pigglydog, the ladies are surprised … Read More
Photo-ho, Merry Mailmas! The boys catch up on some mail and read some listener submitted tales of terror including a Stecco original in this supplemental. Blurry Photos wish you happy holidays and hope this tides you over as you wait … Read More
Blurry Photos welcome Mel Evans and Mark Colomb from An Hour With Your Ex for the 4th installment of BullStone! A Chicago-based podcast that focuses on deconstructing film/TV, books, and other works from pop culture, An Hour With Your Ex … Read More
It’s Krampusnacht again, and time for Season’s Beatings with your host, Krampus! On this very special episode of Krampus’ own talk show, he welcomes guest David Flora of the Blurry Photos podcast. Krampus talks about their upcoming 100th episode, and … Read More
BullStone’s third installment is a raucous one, as Blurry Photos welcome Greg Bach aboard! Long time friend of the podcast, Milwaukee comedian Greg Bach pays a visit to the Darkroom to talk about the strange case of the Belmez Faces. … Read More
Dave and David head to Oceania to catch up on cargo cults in this episode. Known as a “cultural phenomenon,” and maybe even full-on religious movements, cargo cults have a fascinating history that offers much in the way of anthropological … Read More
Drac is back, and so is Blurry Photos’ friend Ken Hite to discuss his newest project, The Dracula Dossier! Ken has created a new edition of Bram Stoker’s classic tale of horror that tells the real story, along with an improvised spy … Read More
David and Dave take on the cosmos and talk about the mysterious subject of dark matter. A modern mystery of galactic proportions, dark matter makes up more of the universe than the matter we’re accustomed to, yet we don’t even … Read More
Blurry Photos are going underground for this episode about Derinkuyu! Part of a stunning underground complex in the Cappadocia region of Turkey, Derinkuyu is a whole city carved in caves, but who built it and why? The boys descend into … Read More
The king of candy holidays is here again, and so is another Candy Chat! Blurry Photos is nice enough to host Betty and Tabitha’s show on sugar and treatise on treats. In this episode, the ladies chew through a cornucopia of … Read More
Flora and Stecco bring Blurry Photober to a close with their third podcast iteration of ghastly ghost stories! Pour a comforting drink, pull up a comforting blanket, and put on a comforting diaper, because these ghost stories are sure to … Read More
Blurry Photos have teamed up with Fair Point Podcast for the second episode of BullStone! Wanting a vehicle to deliver discussion, general silliness, and chit chat with friends, the boys decided to start an extension to the regular show. For BullStone … Read More
With a full-on homage to the great documentarian Ken Burns, Blurry Photos are proud to present Civil War Ghosts, an audio journey through the tales and terrors spawned by the American Civil War. Blending terrorizing tales with fascinating facts, David … Read More
Blurry Photober dawns anew with an episode all about the men in black! Join David and Dave as they begin another month of creepy coolness by discussing one of the most infamous icons in Forteana. Mysterious, unsettling, and to-date unexplained, … Read More
Grab your para-fan and saddle the reindeer, Blurry Photos will be taking you to Siberia’s Valley of Death in this one! A remote area of Russian marsh/taiga, this mysterious section of nowhere known as Siberia’s Valley of Death is home … Read More
Blurry Photos catch up on a growing mailbag in this supplemental. The boys address listener dreams, puns, mundane super powers, and more. Plus penalties leveled them cause a stir! Don’t forget to like Blurry Photos on Facebook and write a … Read More
Blurry Photos attempt to lift the green haze surrounding The Philadelphia Experiment in this episode! A harrowing tale of a naval experiment gone awry, The Philadelphia Experiment has all but transcended an old salt’s story and teleported to urban legend. … Read More
Get your campfires and hymnals ready for this Summer edition of Candy Chat! Blurry Photos is nice enough to host Betty and Tabitha’s show on sugar and treatise on treats. In this episode, the ladies gather round the campfire and roast up … Read More
Flora and Stecco wake the prophet in this Edgar Cayce-palooza. Considered by many to be the father of the New Age movement, Edgar Cayce is perhaps the most famous American clairvoyant to date. From humble beginnings in Kentucky to heading … Read More
Blurry Photos is proud to present a new addition to the podcast flotilla: BullStone! Wanting a vehicle to deliver discussion, general silliness, and chit chat with friends, the boys decided to start an extension to the regular show. For the … Read More
Rev up your robots and arrange your acronyms as Blurry Photos delve into DARPA! With amazing advances in everything from robotics to weaponry, DARPA has been the mastermind agency behind technology for the past 50+ years. Whatever device you’re using … Read More
The boys of Blurry Photos are St. Louis-bound and headed for the mounds of Cahokia! The site of a sprawling pre-Columbian civilization, Cahokia is infamous for its mystery and relative obscurity. Not really fitting the narrative of what many historians … Read More
As summer heats up, so does the terror, courtesy of Blurry Photos’ campfire ghost stories! Gather your logs ’round the fire and get those marshmallows ready as the boys regale you with a few spooky tales to tell by firelight. … Read More
Blurry Photos’ name is mud in this episode all about the Golem. A construct of Jewish folklore, the Golem has remained as resilient in cultural relevance as its hardened skin. The boys piece together what it is, where it came … Read More
Flora and Stecco break the seal of the tomb and unleash the curse of the pharaohs in this episode! Stemming from a series of odd happenings, the curse of the pharaohs has threatened would-be robbers, archaeologists, and anyone connected for … Read More
David and Dave unleash a furious onslaught of listener mail in this supplement! New listeners, new observations, new penalty box charges leveled – this supplement’s got whatchou want. Stecco has a hard time with some past info, but the boys … Read More
The boys of Blurry Photos celebrate American Independence Day with a look at American tall tales! With a rich and complex environment to draw inspiration from, American tall tales helped shape the country’s identity and frame of mind. The Davids … Read More
Time to put all those tacky precious stones that are sitting in your drawer to good use, as the boys of Blurry Photos tackle crystal healing. A new age practice that has deep roots, crystal healing in its current iteration … Read More
We catch up on some long-overdue mail in this supplemental! You’ve sent in dreams that rival best-selling novels in plot, observations that rival our best research efforts, and puns that rival the stinkiest ham in the deli. Enjoy this extra … Read More
Brace yourselves as Blurry Photos pull up alongside you and unleash a full broadside of Blackbeard! Perhaps the most famous pirate of all time, Blackbeard had a penchant for theatrics and naval strategy that propelled him into the stuff of … Read More
The Miss Cryptid 2014 “regular season competition” comes to a close with the third and final week of mortifying monsters! Blurry Photos examine the Manticore of Persian mythology, the South African Inkanyamba, and the New Orleans Grunch. Plus, the winner … Read More
We’re back with week 2 of the Miss Cryptid Contest! Round two is laden with beasts, tears, and danger, as the boys discuss the Ahuizotl, The Squonk, and the Vampire Beast of Bladenboro. The winner of week one is also revealed in … Read More
It’s that time again – time to ogle another amazing display of cryptastic creatularity! The 2014 Miss Cryptid Contest is back in a new, sleek, streamlined version. This year you’ll get to peruse 9 lovely contestants over 3 wonderful weeks, … Read More
The dreams mega-cast concludes in this second part of the episode. David and Dave cover everything from creatures to psychology in this one. Many questions are unanswered when it comes to these nightly flights of fancy, but it hasn’t stopped … Read More
All your dreams are coming true in this 2-part episode! Flora and Stecco take a ride into one of science’s greatest mysteries in another podcast mega-installment. A phenomenon that has been part of human experience since humans human’d, dreams are … Read More
Grab your Elk and seal stew, you’re taking a trip to Northern Canada for the Lake Anjikuni Mystery! David and Dave traverse the frozen tundra of the Nunavut Territory to examine a mystery that has been floating around the Canadian … Read More
Grab your cameras, turn the flash on, and come hunt rods and orbs with Blurry Photos! The Davids turn a dubious eye on 2 separate but similar paranormal subjects. Only visible to cameras and camcorders, rods and orbs are a … Read More
Get your oxygen tank filled and your helmet on, because you’re going to space to track down the mysterious Black Knight Satellite! Flora and Stecco brave the growing cloud of debris and orbiting equipment to see what the fuss is … Read More
South Carolina’s best morning radio show, Tito & Glen in the Morning is Blurry Photos’ favorite way to start the day! With fun contests, colorful characters, and the best classic rock on the airwaves, Tito & Glen in the Morning … Read More
It’s time again to leave those preconceived notions behind, as Blurry Photos take a look at Satanism. Perhaps the most misunderstood religion of our time, Satanism actually has nothing to do with overwhelming evilness and the fight for your soul. … Read More
Blurry Photos give you the bird in this fine, feathered episode all about Thunderbirds! While huge birds and avian tales are prevalent in many cultures throughout the world, the Thunderbird is unique to the cultures of Native America. Flora and … Read More
The boys and Ken return to talk more Cthulhu Mythos in part 2 of our Lovecraft lovefest! HP Lovecraft created one of the most unique, influential, and unrenowned myths of the 20th century with his Cthulhu Mythos, and Blurry Photos … Read More
The boys of Blurry Photos welcome Kenneth Hite back to discuss the Cthulhu Mythos! A writer and game designer, Ken is well-versed in the lore of Lovecraft, and guides David and Dave through the terrifically terrifying world the author created. … Read More
The boys of Blurry Photos take a look at the infamous Voynich Manuscript in this episode! A mystery that has remained perplexing for more than 500 years, the Voynich Manuscript defies intelligence with its cryptic language and boggling illustrations. With … Read More
Blurry Photos start 2014 out right by discussing the one, the only, Slender Man! An internet phenomenon-turned-urban legend, the Slender Man has transcended its humble origins to become a modern day bogeyman. While his beginnings may be well-documented, the figure … Read More
The Blurry Photos ark hits rocky ground in part B of Flood Myths! After globe-trotting through different cultural flood stories in part A, the Davids set to work dissecting what a flood of this caliber would actually mean in terms … Read More
Here it is – the mega 2-part episode on Flood Myths! David and Dave dive headfirst into one of the most widely-known and disparate myths in human history. Told in different versions by cultures in every corner of the globe, … Read More
Blurry Photos will plant a seed of curiosity with this episode all about Cryptobotany! David and Dave branch out in new territory as they talk terrorizing trees, discuss dangerous dendrology, and ponder perilous plants. The study of hidden plant life, … Read More
It’s Krampusnacht again, and time for Season’s Beatings with your host, Krampus! On this very special episode of Krampus’ own talk show, he welcomes guest Dave Stecco of the Blurry Photos podcast. We learn a little about Dave, and Krampus … Read More
Join Stecco and Flora as they infiltrate the infamous Bohemian Grove in this episode! A semi-secret retreat for the world’s wealthiest men, the Bohemian Grove is the subject of one of the conspiracy world’s biggest theories. Supposedly, it’s the annual … Read More
The 5th of November is remembered, remembered, as Blurry Photos takes a look at Guy Fawkes and the gunpowder treason! An infamous figure in Great Britain, Guy Fawkes earned his nefarious reputation through a failed plot to assassinate the king … Read More
Blurry Photober draws to a close with the podcast’s annual Ghost Stories episode. David and Dave send their favorite month off in style with 5 terrifying tales to tickle your funny bone. From darkened alleys to creepy statues, Blurry Photos … Read More
Heading into the home stretch of Blurry Photober, the boys take an in-depth look at Washington Irving’s classic tale, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. The head honcho of Halloween stories, the legend remains timeless and enjoyable to this day. The … Read More
Get your passports and extra undies ready, because the boys of Blurry Photos are taking you to some international haunts (and pancakes)! Exploring a variety of spooky spots across the globe, David and Dave bring some well-known and not so … Read More
Flora and Stecco seek the guidance of the goddess as they learn all about Wicca in this episode of the podcast. A relatively recent religion, Wicca has steadily gained in popularity for almost a hundred years and counting. Stereotyping, misinformation, … Read More
Blurry Photober kicks off in creepy style, as David and Dave open the door to Black Eyed Kids. A disturbing, eerie phenomenon that has been gaining exposure in recent years, Black Eyed Kids, BEKs, or Black Eyed Children are unknown … Read More
Avast, ye swabs – prepare to be boarded by an onslaught of nautical mysteries! The Davids cast off on the high seas and bring you stories of ghost ships, abandoned vessels, and maritime madness. The sea is a vast, unknown … Read More
Pretty ruddy unlikely. Unexplained mechanical trouble got you down? Got less fuel than you thought you had? Ignore some sage advice from an old Chinese man? You’ve probably got yourself a gremlin. Flora and Stecco cross their fingers and hope … Read More
Blurry Photos don’t have a regular show this week, but they do have stories and listener mail! In this supplemental episode, the boys talk about the Parsec Awards, traveling woes, and some great stuff from listeners. Touching on DragonCon, DIA, … Read More
What better way to celebrate the 50th episode of Blurry Photos than consulting one of the most well-known oracles around, the Tarot. Flora and Stecco tackle the history, mythology, and meaning of the infamous cards, and even do readings for … Read More
Break out the sunscreen and time machine – the boys of Burry Photos are taking us back to ancient Egypt to examine the fascinating pharaoh Akhenaten. Perhaps not as famous as his son, Tutankhamun, Akhenaten was nevertheless one of the … Read More
Leave your preconceived Voodoo notions at the door as Flora and Stecco delve into one of the most misunderstood religions in the world. Suffering from hundreds of years of persecution and disinformation, Voodoo has evolved into a truly unique religion. … Read More
Atencion! One interesting show is in the works, as the boys of Blurry Photos talk about Numbers Stations. To say they are puzzling is an understatement, although information about them has come to light in recent years. Three people have … Read More
The podcast is on chicken legs this week, as Flora and Stecco discuss the legendary Baba Yaga. A Russian witch (or rather THE Russian witch), Baba Yaga has terrified Slavic children and adults for ages, but don’t let her horrid … Read More
The ladies are back and ready for another installment of Candy Chat! Blurry Photos is nice enough to host Betty and Tabitha’s show on sugar and treatise on treats, and this time the gals are chatting about the ever-popular: Chocolate. … Read More
Summer is heating up, and that means time to go camping! Pack your sleeping bag and marshmallows, and don’t forget your Campfire Ghost Stories. The silly tickets of Blurry Photos aim to make your night in the woods even darker … Read More
Ever get the feeling you’re being watched, only you’re the only person in the room, it’s night, and you’re sort of asleep? Well, rest easy knowing that you probably are being watched – by Shadow People. The Davids delve into … Read More
Happy July 2nd, the true Independence Day! Why? Find out that Revolutionary War Myth and more in this star-spangled episode of Blurry Photos. Flora and Stecco examine the truth behind such stories as Paul Revere’s midnight ride, the Boston Massacre, … Read More
Bloops, booms, and baritone horns are the strange sounds berating our ears these days, and the boys of Blurry Photos brainstorm a possible basis for each. Sometimes spooky, sometimes startling, many times unexplainable, strange sounds are happening all over the … Read More
Few mysteries of the modern age can compare to that of the Dyatlov Pass Event. Fortunately for the Davids, that’s exactly how they like it. In this episode of Blurry Photos, they examine the spooky, surreal story of a group … Read More
In this jam-packed episode, the boys of Blurry Photos conduct their first interview, announce the winner of the 2013 Miss Cryptid Contest, and announce the winner of the Miss Cryptid Sweepstakes! In an exciting turn of events, David and Dave … Read More
After a long but lovely month of cryptid competition, David and Dave are ready to taste something new, and that something is artificial sweeteners. The subject of heated debates for years, they have a shadowy past or a bright future, … Read More
The final week of the 2013 Miss Cryptid Contest draws to a close with the last 4 selections paraded before you, awaiting your harsh but fair judgement. This episode, the boys of Blurry Photos take a look at the Australian … Read More
With Blurry Photos’ 2013 Miss Cryptid Contest in full swing, the competition heats up with 4 more lovely contestants. In the third week of exciting exhibition, David and Dave visit the Tikbalang of the Philippines, the Tatzelwurm of the Alps, … Read More
The 2013 Miss Cryptid Contest continues with a whole new set of fantastical cryptids! This week, the boys continue globe-trotting, visiting Russia, Africa, England, and the southern U.S. to find the queen of lesser-known cryptids. Listen to stories of the … Read More
Welcome to Candy Chat! Blurry Photos is nice enough to host Betty and Tabitha’s show on sugar and treatise on treats, Candy Chat. Join the ladies as they review different confections and try new sweets. This episode is all fruity, … Read More
May is here, and that means it’s time for the first annual Miss Cryptid Contest! All month long, the boys of Blurry Photos will be bringing you lesser-known creatures of cryptozoology, pitting them against each other in a strange and … Read More
The boys of Blurry Photos keep their passports handy and travel this time to “the land of the rising sun” to check out Yokai. Steeped in folklore and the veneration of nature spirits, Yokai are the Japanese culture’s physical embodiment … Read More
Spring has sprung, and with the equinox squarely in the rearview mirror, Easter is upon us. Millions of people will celebrate this most holy of Christian holidays, but why do they celebrate they way they do? Flora and Stecco will … Read More
Season 2 of Blurry Photos kicks off with a rollicking Irish jig through the legends and lore of the Emerald Isle! The Davids grab their Guinness and talk about everything from St. Patrick to Banshees. Chock full of amazing tales … Read More
Victorian England had more to worry about than just cholera, consumption, or being run over by carriages. With his attacks on women and ability to escape any situation, Spring-Heeled Jack terrorized the countryside as much as any disease or outrageous … Read More
Think our ancestors were just using stone and wood at the height of their technology? Think again. Flora and Stecco shed the blinding light of speculation on some of history’s most intriguing archeological discoveries in this episode of Blurry Photos. … Read More
As if the Illuminati weren’t bad enough, you might also have to worry about being controlled and manipulated by huge, advanced, reptilian humanoids. Fun, right? The boys of Blurry Photos think so, and want to share the info they’ve dug … Read More
The boys of Blurry Photos ring in the new year with another controversial yet fascinating historical figure, Rasputin. Born a peasant in Russia’s unforgiving Siberia, Rasputin led a life that has made him a hero to some and a villain … Read More
The Davids continue to examine the end of days in this episode and attempt to reveal what is hidden in the Book of Revelation and Christian eschatology. Then it’s on to the Yucatan for the current odds-on apocalypse favorite, Mayan … Read More
Forget Bruce Willis… forget Morgan Freeman… when it comes to the Apocalypse, you’re in good hands with Blurry Photos! Join the boys as they scrutinize modern end of civilization scenarios, examine religious eschatology, and gear up for the upcoming end … Read More
Tap into this episode of Blurry Photos, where the Davids take a close look at the controversial use of Fluoride in the world today. Touted as a natural compound that keeps bones healthy and teeth looking great, Fluoride’s true effects … Read More
The Davids take us to Turkey on a modern day ancient mystery in this episode of Blurry Photos. Dated to be as old as 12,000 years, Gobekli Tepe is a recent major archeological discovery that sets the history books spinning, … Read More
Strange things are afoot at the Circle K. And by Circle K, we mean Denver International Airport. Listen as the boys dissect the conspiracy theories surrounding DIA, including creepy art, weird symbols, and crazy coincidences. Is it just an airport, … Read More
Flora and Stecco have survived the terror of another Halloween, but that doesn’t mean they can’t continue to bring you spooky creatures and haunting stories! In this episode of Blurry Photos, the Davids tackle the classic American cryptid, The Jersey … Read More
Hallowmas is here! What better way to celebrate than a collection of short ghost stories told by your favorite gentlemen of jack-assery. From bayou country to the frozen north, these tales cover all kinds of folklore favorites meant to scare … Read More
It wouldn’t be ___tober without an episode about witches. David and David conjure up some interesting history and origins of the witch in this episode of Blurry Photos. How long have witches been around? Have they always been the disfigured … Read More
Ever wonder why a black cat is unlucky (or lucky), a four leaf clover has magical properties, or why you shouldn’t walk under a ladder? Stecco and Flora delve into the origins of Superstitions in this episode to answer your … Read More
Blurry Photos welcomes ____tober with a look into the history of Halloween. With roots dating back to the ancient Celtic celebration of Samhain, Halloween has survived centuries of attacks from religion, other holidays, and misinformation, and has grown and evolved … Read More
The surface has only been scratched in this 2-part Hollow Earth episode of Blurry Photos. The boys continue down the rabbit hole in part 2, discussing structure, cities, inhabitants, and arguments fer and agin the earth being hollow. If this … Read More
With a brief harken back to the achievement of the Mars Curiosity landing, David and David dive headlong into the mysteries of the Hollow Earth Theory. Stemming from ancient folklore and a few first hand accounts, Hollow Earth Theory is … Read More
The Davids kick off the inaugural episode of Blurry Photos by talking about the life and times of The Beast himself, Aleister Crowley. Perhaps best known for his occultism and black magick practices, Crowley had many interests and was influential … Read More