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But It Did Get Worse!: LEGO Origin Disasters

May 4, 2022

This week, we are disaster girls, Brianne is trying to be mysterious, Ole shows up our seven year olds, some afternoon delight ends in flames, a man wins his own contest, Brianne hatches a new conspiracy theory, both of us l…

Compilations Ocean Disasters Pop Culture

You're Sorry and I'm Welcome: Titanic Extravaganza Part 3

June 30, 2021

This week, Melanie records her last episode before maternity leave, TAG (The Audio Guy) chimes in, we ponder what a Florida Man baby would be like, the cryptid bracket comes to a close, Melanie identifies her strengths, the …

Compilations Ocean Disasters Pop Culture

Disaster Zoomies: Titanic Extravaganza Part 2

June 23, 2021

This week, Melanie's labor is a disaster, Brianne makes one of the most controversial cryptid hot takes yet, a Carpathia passenger is an unapologetic gossip, the pro-Cal lobby is just three Billy Zanes in a trench coat, dogs…

Compilations Ocean Disasters Pop Culture

This is Gonna Be Awkward, Let's Break the Ice: Titanic Extravaganza Part 1

June 9, 2021

This week, Melanie is gonna have a baby and the southerners are unimpressed, The Audio Guy requests a specific head in a box, Chicago Mothman battles The Jersey Devil, we embark upon the maiden voyage of a Titanic extravagan…

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The Best Strip Mall Castle You've Ever Seen in Your Life: The Count Dante Story, Part 2

April 7, 2021

This week, the true cure for hiccups is unveiled, somebody spots a flying baby, the king of animals is crowned, listeners have a chance to win a cryptid, Count Dante bankrolls his own prize money and reports his own death, t…

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Count Dante Walked So Joe Exotic Could Run: The Count Dante Story, Part 1

March 31, 2021

SHOW NOTES Content warnings: Vague old-timey racism, particularly violent martial arts, one joke about drugs, poor treatment of exotic animals, bombings/explosions, violence against bulls, testicle injury Links: A history of…

Compilations Pop Culture

Never Back Down From a Street Fight: A Sh*tty Goodbye to 2020

Dec. 29, 2020

SHOW NOTES Content warnings: Poop, birds, plane emergency landing, mention of pornography, brief mentions of vomit Links: 12 Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Flavors Inspired By Musicians, Bands, and Festivals 2004 Dave Matthews Band…

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Weird Flex but Okay: Balloonfest '86

Dec. 8, 2020

SHOW NOTES Content warnings: Drowning, water search, missing people Links: 25 years ago, thousands watched a balloon launch on Public Square Balloonfest '86 Balloonfest 1986, the spectacle that became a debacle: Cleveland Re…

Holidays Pop Culture

Purely Frictional: The "Poltergeist" Movie Curse

Oct. 27, 2020

SHOW NOTES Content warnings: Sleep paralysis, paranormal stuff, poltergeist activity, clowns, accidental non-fatal strangulation, misuse of human remains, exorcism, cancer, brief mention of rape, very detailed/graphic discus…

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Bad Things Were Gonna Happen To You: The Exorcist Film Curse

Oct. 13, 2020

This week, Aunt Vada's dad is not having it, we envision a possessed child as Roland Schitt and a ghost as Lin-Manuel Miranda, and a sadistic director curses a film production. Content warnings: demonic/occult topics, refere…

Music Disasters Pop Culture

Read the Room: The #freebritney Movement, Part 2

Sept. 29, 2020

This week, our Britney episodes conclude even as Britney's plight does not, weird interviews about, and emojis tip off fans that something is amiss. Content warnings: conservatorship abuse, mental illness, emotional abuse. L…

Music Disasters Pop Culture

Britney Cake: The #freebritney Movement, Part 1

Sept. 22, 2020

This week, Melanie goes totally spooky with it and meets her put-together neighbors in a Britney t-shirt, Midwesterners are polite aloof little goblins, we reinvent the disaster wheel, Britney eats crawfish, Brianne courts a…

Compilations Pop Culture

He Was Wearing His Finest Pajama Pants: Pokemon Go Incidents

June 29, 2020

This week, newlywed Melanie lives in a city with lawless drive-thru daiquiri shacks, we unpack the etymology of a gross old-timey phrase, Melanie plays Pokemon Go while she delivers a baby and railroads another kid into choo…

Music Disasters Pop Culture

A Big Creaky Danger Machine: Indiana State Fair Collapse

May 26, 2020

This week, we start a podcast, Melanie fingers her soil, some mom groups implode, shortcuts are taken, a prayer circle saves some celebrities but no one else, 43 lawsuits get filed, LGBTQ survivor benefits get an historic wi…