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Episode 167: Big Sappho

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Release Date: 07/07/2022

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Amanda and Sarah revisit an episode from back when they were still figuring out this whole podcasting thing and didn't have a decent mixer. It still slaps. Originally posted as Episode 23 on Oct. 11, 2018.  Because there are no rules and everything is chaos, this episode is a grab bag! Amanda talks about the real-life strength ministry Power Team and scarecrow lore. Sarah gets behind osculum infame (or the Kiss of Shame), a supposed ritual where people greeted the Devil by kissing his butt. Other subjects covered include justifiably blaming stuff on your period, a funny spousal dream, and...

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Amanda and Sarah get real loopy in this extra-long episode about warding and winged cryptids. Sarah explains the origins of the cornicello, the evil eye, and the Roman obsessions with dicks. Amanda gets inspired by her recent trip to the Pacific Northwest with a tale about the Batsquatch of Mount St. Helens. Other subjects covered include little Caboodles, dog clothes for humans, and messy adventures aboard Viking River cruises.  Recommendations: Sarah recommends (not really) the horror films A House on the Bayou and An American Werewolf in London. Amanda recommends the 1987 thriller...

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Amanda and Sarah touch on two wronged women of history with a U.K. case and a famous princess. Sarah takes on Bessie Dunlop, a 16th-century Scottish farmer's wife whose strange encounters with fae folk got her into big trouble. Amanda covers Juana of Castile, a supposedly troubled noblewoman beset by awful, power-hungry men. Other subjects covered include the perils of poison ivy, the many armpits of the body, and the tragic consequences of royal inbreeding.  Recommendations: Amanda recommends the 1983 folk horror film Eyes of Fire.  Sources: “Witch, Fairy and Folktale Narratives...

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Episode 170: A Jaunty Haunting with Chauncey Johnston show art Episode 170: A Jaunty Haunting with Chauncey Johnston

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Amanda and Sarah welcome guest Chauncey Johnston, a Pittsburgh hairstylist extraordinaire with a few stories about her haunted encounters working at the Buhl Mansion Guesthouse & Spa in Sharon, Pa. Other subjects covered include dislodging your diva cup, masturbating at work, and living near an ice cream cone factory.  For updates on future episodes and other fun stuff, follow us on , , and , or check out our . 

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Amanda and Sarah focus more on sex for their 169th episode. Sarah wades into the rusalka, a type of Slavic water spirit with a taste for singing, hair styling, and luring men to their deaths. Amanda goes Dutch with the incredible story of the Oversteegen sisters, who used the power of seduction to take down Nazis. Other topics covered include scat humor, hentai, and traumatizing Amanda with frogman art. Recommendations: Amanda recommends seeing the new horror film Nope.  Sources: JStor (Russian Peasant Beliefs Concerning the Unclean Dead and Drought, Within the Context of the...

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Amanda and Sarah sweat it out during an episode about creepy wall stuff and yet another Black Widow. Sarah tears down immurement, AKA the practice of trapping people or animals in walls for superstitious, religious, or punitive purposes. Amanda heads to Chicago for the tale of Tillie Klimek, a woman believed to have poisoned, many times fatally, around 20 people. Other subjects include ball sack enthusiasts, deadly spider inventions, and too many animal skeletons.  Recommendations: Amanda recommends the 1982 mystery thriller Still of the Night and the 1998 film Hush.  Sources: ATI...

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Episode 167: Big Sappho show art Episode 167: Big Sappho

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Amanda and Sarah surprise each other with a shocking song origin and morbid fashion trend. Amanda reports on the connections between an assault on TV newsman Dan Rather, a random murder, and a hit by the band R.E.M. Sarah once again revisits the French Revolution for a look at how the major event inspired a wave of hairstyles and clothing. Other subjects covered include a radical feminist monster truck, plus bird facts, and Soviet chic. Sources:  The Transcript (Coiffure à la victime: The Urban Legend of the Guillotine Haircuts) Timeline (The protest haircut that defied the guillotine...

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Amanda and Sarah go all-natural with deadly water features and weird animals. Sarah looks at the fascinating and sometimes dangerous appeal of waterfalls and the "lovers' leap" phenomenon. Amanda goes wild with stories about creepy critters like snakes, rats, and eels, as well as emus. Other subjects covered include a sleepwalking incident, a Bigfoot festival rundown, and another panty discussion.  Recommendations:  Amanda recommends the 1974 horror film Deathdream. Sources:  ) This episode is sponsored by the Mattress Factory museum and its Urban Garden Party:...

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Amanda and Sarah settle on cases with dubious details in this episode. Amanda heads to New England for a look at the Freetown-Fall River State Forest, an area in Massachusetts with a bizarre reputation. Sarah delves into some weird corners of the internet to get to the bottom of a New Orleans vampire "legend." Other subjects covered include an unsexy butt discussion, a breakfast-based sitcom, and a possible emu attack. Recommendations: Sarak kind of recommends the Netflix series Archive 81. Amanda recommends the 1981 Wes Craven film Deadly Blessing.  This episode is sponsored by the...

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Amanda and Sarah head to completely different parts of the world for stories about a mysterious sleep illness and a Black Widow. Sarah explains the inspiration behind a horror franchise with a look at Laotian beliefs and the connection to the Sudden Unexpected Nocturnal Death Syndrome among Hmong refugees. Amanda takes on the case of the Merry Widow of Windy Nook. Other subjects covered include deep-fried Doritos, British sitcoms, and greased pigs.  This episode is sponsored by the Mattress Factory museum and its Urban Garden Party: ZODIAC taking place on Friday, August 12. Experience one...

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Amanda and Sarah surprise each other with a shocking song origin and morbid fashion trend. Amanda reports on the connections between an assault on TV newsman Dan Rather, a random murder, and a hit by the band R.E.M. Sarah once again revisits the French Revolution for a look at how the major event inspired a wave of hairstyles and clothing. Other subjects covered include a radical feminist monster truck, plus bird facts, and Soviet chic.

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  • The Transcript (Coiffure à la victime: The Urban Legend of the Guillotine Haircuts)
  • Timeline (The protest haircut that defied the guillotine during the French Revolution)
  • Wikipedia/Incroyables and merveilleuses
  • Minniemuse (GALLIANO'S MUSLIN DISEASE)
  • Rolling Stone (Flashback: Dan Rather’s ‘Kenneth, What Is the Frequency?’ Assault Inspires R.E.M., Game Theory)
  • New York Times (Belatedly, the Riddle of an Attack on Rather Is Solved)
  • Playbill (Dan Rather Attack Controversy Plays Out on Stage in Kenneth — What is the Frequency?)
  • LA Times (Guilty Plea Ends NBC Shooting Case)
  • "What's the Frequency, Kenneth?" - R.E.M.

This episode is sponsored by the Mattress Factory museum and its Urban Garden Party: ZODIAC taking place on Friday, August 12. Experience one of the most anticipated events in Pittsburgh, returning after a two-year hiatus to delight you with astrology and occult-themed activities, as well as cocktails, food, live music, dancing, and more. For more info, visit mattress.org/events.

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