Hello Squeamers!

We are so excited to announce we have our first contest for you to win something really awesome. If you’ve been listening to the podcast for a while, you know we’ve always had the same music, courtesy of Dead but Dreaming, playing in the background for our commercial breaks, intro and outro. The band has kindly offered us copies of their Mockingbird 5 song EP to use for prizes for our listeners! So, if you’ve loved what you’ve heard, this is a great time to enter to get a FREE copy (while supplies last)! And, the first 5 people who fulfill all the steps to entering are automatic winners. Once the first five prizes have been issued, your odds of winning are 1/10 with winning entries being chosen by a random number generator. Not bad right?!?! You get a chance to win and help our podcast reach new people all at the same time!

 

To Enter:

  1. Give Horrific History Podcast an honest rating with text on iTunes. (Sure, we’d love to receive only 5 star reviews but we’re not going to disqualify your entry if your review has fewer than 5 stars!)
  2. Take a screenshot of your review and email it to us.
  3. Watch your email! If you are a winner we will respond back to ask for your name and mailing address so we can send you your free copy of Dead but Dreaming‘s 5 song EP, Mockingbird! (Your email will not be kept, stored, added to a mailing list, sold or used for any other purpose than fulfilling the terms of this contest.)

 

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24 Apr / 2018

H2-OhWait…

What happened? This isn’t the regularly scheduled Horrific History Podcast episode! Both your co-hosts are currently dedicating their energy to recovering from a seasonal bug that took over our offices and are getting ready for public outreach this weekend. Find out where can you go, this Saturday or Sunday, to meet all three of Horrific History’s co-hosts (Eric, Curtis & Jordan) as they offer Knights of Veritas programming at an event in Washington state! Hear about all the fun activities and services they’ll be offering throughout the weekend.

 

Next week, assuming Eric and Jordan have recovered, we’ll release Part 2 of H2-OhNo! Until then, no squeam allowed.

 

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Α reconstructed appearance of Myrtis, an 11-year-old girl who died during the plague of Athens and whose skeleton was found in the Kerameikos mass grave, National Archaeological Museum of Athens

Just how pure is your raw water source? Do you trust it? Would you drink it? Join your Horrific History co-hosts, Eric Slyter and Jordan Watney, as they take several trips in the Horrific History time and space machine to look at cases in history when trusted water supplies turned deadly and how some earlier societies handled water quality concerns. Learn how waterborne diseases can help determine the outcome of a war, encourage societies to develop regulations on industry and even kill already starving settlers in a new (to them) land. We’ll also take a brief look at how people have viewed and measured water quality through history (hint: up until recent history water quality was assessed only by human senses), and natural contaminants which can be harmful (or deadly) when you’re drinking water to achieve that healthy glow.

 

How did scientists prove that typhoid helped determine the outcome of the Peloponnesian War between the Spartans and the Athenians around 430 BCE, and what conditions allowed it to help wipe out an estimated 1/3 of the population in Athens? Is it true that people in the middle ages only drank beer instead of water because the quality was so bad? What made the water so toxic […]

14 Feb / 2018

Dark Side of Love

Welcome back Squeamers!

Does the light side of love have you down? Take a walk on the dark side, both literally and metaphorically, when chocolate and cynicism mix. For your vicious valentine, twisted twosome or solitary celebrant we submit this timely article for your enjoyment. Eat your heart out.

Our first episode of Horrific History Podcast’s Season 2 will release soon, but in the meantime we invite you to enjoy our Valentine’s Day debut from last year: One Night with Venus Part 1 and Part 2! Just remember, no squeam allowed!

Slideshow Photo Credit: Danielle Konya’s bakery, A box of Valentine’s day chocolates from Danielle Konya’s bakery.

VLADIVOSTOK, RUSSIA – JANUARY 31, 2018: A red supermoon rises over hills in the city of Vladivostok in Russia’s Far East. Yuri Smityuk/TASS (Photo by Yuri SmityukTASS via Getty Images)

Welcome back Squeamers!

This morning marked the occasion of the super blue blood moon, an occurrence last seen about 152 years ago! Did you miss it? We’ve not seen any catastrophic events in our social media news feeds, so we’re betting it’s safe to say there are no celestial prophesies we need to worry about foretelling doom on the world. Although, humanity is funny when it comes to historical accounts and remembering the difference between causation vs. correlation. There’s a rich history of humans retroactively attributing credit to unrelated celestial events when horrible or unexpected things happen. Nonetheless, there are still those which assign apocalyptic meaning to the entirely predictable clockwork of the universe; for an example, read this article.

 

If you missed the lunar event, you can find some fantastic images online; here are some of the sources we found:

ABC News

CNN

NASA

NYTimes.com

NPR

Space.com

Time

 

Hello Squeamers!

Are you expecting the end times to arrive at the end of the month? As you may remember from our Harbingers of Doom episode, even stranger superstitions have developed around celestial events and we’re expecting a rare one on January 31st, 2018! The super blue blood moon, which last appeared in March 1886, seems to be an exception to this trend however. We weren’t able to find any record of associated panic or concern. Apparently a red blue moon isn’t noteworthy enough… or maybe it the masses don’t care if the name implies that it will only impact “blue-bloods?”

 

To learn more about this rare event (it won’t come around again for 150 years!), you can read this article from ScienceAlert.com.

 

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4 Jan / 2018

It’s Aliiiiive!

Hello Squeamers!

 

Around the conclusion of “Season 1” of our Horrific History Podcast your hardworking co-hosts were forced to take some time off from recording. Thankfully, in the world of squeam and horror, things that first appear dead sometimes come back better than ever (or maybe equally good but different?), like Eric’s beloved Star Wars franchise. He’s taken the time to record a brief teaser to announce our upcoming “Season 2” of your favorite Horrific History Podcast with a familiar blast to the past and some new changes for the future… just remember, no squeam allowed!

 

(And if you disagree with Eric’s take on Star Wars, take it up with him on Twitter @nosqueamallowed!)

 

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Ad for Spring Heeled Jack, a penny dreadful (1886)

After a month of horror-themed fun for another of our non-profit’s programs, Haunting Ellensburg, Horrific History Podcast’s co-hosts Eric Slyter and Curtis Bender were in the mood for a change in pace and  a spooky story to share with our favorite listeners (all of you)! Thank you for your patience during our frazzled month of October; we hope you will enjoy this Halloween special episode on Spring-Heeled Jack while you get in the mood for all your holiday festivities.

 

This historical character from Victorian England was known for assaults, attacks and pranks. Was he an imp, devil, demon or gremlin? Some thought so, but perhaps they were just primed to believe it. Jumping by leaps and bounds, he might remind you of John Carter of Mars, though some thought he was an alien. This story is full of conspiracy theories, from the “mad Marquis” to extraterrestrials and the occult. But don’t give in to mass hysteria or panic, we’ll give you enough details about this boogeyman to pique your interest, just like the “penny dreadfuls” he inspired.

 

So lock the door, sit down in a dark corner, and grab that bowl of Halloween treats while you join us for this episode; it just might put a spring in your step… just remember, no squeam allowed.

 

Join us again on Tuesday when we get back to our usual schedule and release Part Two of Child’s Play!

 

 

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Some of our favorite resources from this week’s episode:

 

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Commercial break music by Dead but Dreaming.

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Our co-hosts needed a few more days to finish editing your newest Horrific History Podcast episode, so we’re giving you a small teaser from our recent Patreon-exclusive episode! Listen to Eric Slyter and Curtis Bender tell you about the exciting non-profit program, Haunting Ellensburg, to which they’ve been dedicating so much of their free time!

This ten minute excerpt is just part of the entire 60-minute episode wherein Eric and Curtis talk about how they met and started working together, other programs that they work together on and more!

Check back at the end of this week to hear […]

Listen to our co-hosts describe how they bit off more than they could chew (but thankfully they avoided wolfsbane from our Toxic Plants episode)! As volunteers for the Horrific History Podcast, we suppose we can give them a little leeway. They are, after all, doing a lot of work at the moment for our non-profit’s other programs like Haunting Ellensburg and Knights of Veritas, in addition to maintaining their day jobs! You’ll be able to learn more about them and all that they do in the upcoming behind the scenes Patreon-exclusive episode scheduled to be released at the end of this month.

Come back next week for our sleep paralysis episode and then we’ll go back to our usual publishing schedule and release the regularly scheduled episode the following week! Meanwhile, listen to Eric Slyter and Curtis Bender give you a special preview of what you can look forward to in our next episode… just remember, no squeam allowed!

If you’d like to hear the upcoming Patreon-exclusive episode and receive other great perks, become a patron of our podcast on Patreon!
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