the Folklore of Struwwelpeter

Yes, children’s books can be pretty silly. Who would give a pig a pancake, or a moose a muffin? Only a Monster would do such a thing. But what about a tailor who cuts off your thumbs if you put them in your mouth? Or what about a story of a boy who starves to death because he doesn’t want his soup anymore? This is the content of children’s books in the 1800’s and it only gets crazier.

Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of Struwwelpeter.

the Folklore of Ghost Trains

Choo Choo! It’s coming down the tracks and it’s going to scare you to death. This week’s topic is Ghost Trains, and boy are there many different types of these things. Whether it’s Nazis, Canada, or Abraham Lincoln, there’s a Ghost Train for everyone.

Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of Ghost Trains.

the Folklore of Trick or Treating

Whether you’re prompting someone to smell your feet, or declaring that you should receive something good to eat, it is never a good idea to pull down someone’s underwear. Whether you care or not! That’s right, this is an episode about trick-or-treating and we’re covering all the bases to tell you where it comes from, the spooky history of the activity, and why we do it on October 31st.

Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of Trick or Treating.

the Folklore of Mummies and King Tut’s Tomb

Groaning deep within the great pyramids of egypt rest the silent watchers of the Pharaohs. Wrapped in their bandages, prepared to assist in the journey to the afterlife, mummies have stood the test of time. But, are all mummies created equally? And what is it about mummies that makes them such accursed objects to have in your possession? Did King Tut’s tomb really curse all who entered it?

Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of Mummies and King Tut’s Tomb.

Haunted Indiana

It’s back by popular demand, we’re talking about haunted places in the United States. This time around, we talk about some famous haunted places in the state of Indiana. We’re talking the likes of Central State Hospital, the Lady in Grey of Williard Library, the Blue Lady, and Fox Hollow Farm.

Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of some haunted places in Indiana.

the Folklore of Forrest Fenn’s Treasure

It is often the prize of brave explorers, the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, the secret of el dorado. We’re talking about treasure! This real-life treasure hunt has been going on now for over seven years and has cost a few brave souls their life. Does the treasure exist? Where is it? What will it take for you to be able to claim the treasure as your own?

Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of Forrest Fenn’s Treasure.

the Folklore of Portland’s Shanghai Tunnels

Weaving underneath the streets of Portland, hidden below the ground with many trap doors, is a network of tunnels that may or may not have lead thousands of men into forced servitude. The Shanghai Tunnels are believed to have a long and storied history underneath the streets of Portland, Oregon, but what is true and what is myth? Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of Portland’s Shanghai Tunnels.

the folklore of the Hairy Hand

Everyone knows someone who has those giant hairy knuckles, the kind of nightmares. But what if there was a real disembodied hand that grabbed you in your sleep, and it had those same hairy knuckles that only the devil could possibly have. This is the legend of La Mano Peluda, or the Hairy Hand.

Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of la Mano Peluda, the Hairy Hand.

The Folklore of the Man in the Moon

Nomatter where you live, you are likely to be able to see the moon above your head at night. Have you ever seen a face on the moon? If so, you are one of the nearly 100% of people who have seen the face of the man in the moon. Who is he? What about the rabbit in the moon?

Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of the man in the moon.

the Folklore of Br’er Rabbit

One of America’s first favorite folk characters, Br’er Rabbit and the rest of the Br’er gang have been around longer than television and radio. The stories of Br’er rabbit have insinuated their way into iconic American history. If you’e been on Splash Mountain, you’ve experienced the Br’er rabbit.

Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of Br’er Rabbit.

A Bunyip Story

In this week’s episode of the Folk Brother Podcast, join Sam as he reads from the Brown Fairy Book a story entitled, the Bunyip. Also, make sure you know what a bunyip is before you listen by checking out their episode on bunyips.

the Folklore of La Llorona

She wanders the shores of rivers across north America looking for children to bring into the waters for their final swim. She is known for her white dress and her wailing, but did you know of her Mexican origins? La Llorona has been around for hundreds of years, and she may be just down the road from you haunting your local streams, rivers, gorges, and cliffs.

Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of La Llorona.

the Folklore of the Sandman

Whether you believe in him as the gentle old man who comes to send small children to sleep with pleasant dreams, or you believe he is a monster lurking under your bed just waiting to fill your sleep with nightmares, the sandman has been around for a long time.  Armed with his magic sand, and in some cases his sweet milk, the sandman has been a staple of western culture for many hundreds of years.

Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of the Sandman.

the Folklore of the Devil’s Pass

Nothing stinks like getting lost. But what would you say to getting lost with eight of your friends in the Ural mountains of Russia? You cannot escape the mountain of death, and neither could this friends as they went through the Devil’s Pass.

Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of the Devil’s Pass

the Folklore of the Oak Island Money Pit

Who is to say that the value of buried treasure isn’t greater than the sum of the pieces of the treasure?  For over two centuries people have been searching for buried treasure on Oak Island, yet the money pit has never revealed what lies at it’s deepest point.  Could it be treasure, or perhaps secret documents?

 

Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of the Oak Island Money Pit.

the Folklore of the Rougarou

There are many strange things that live in the woods, but the weirdest creatures live in the bayou. The Rougarou lurks in the murky shadows of the Louisiana bayou just north of New Orleans, and at the shed of blood a new Rougarou is made.

Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of the Rougarou.

the Folklore of the Hawaiian Night Marchers

Across the pacific ocean is a small cluster of islands home to luaus, hula, countless coconuts, and the most terrifying procession of decomposing bodies that the world has ever seen.  According to some, the ancient warriors of Hawaii march about the islands of Hawaii with their chief in order to try and help them make it to the next world.

 

Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of the Hawaiian Night Marchers.

the Folklore of Geronimo

American’s have been shouting “Geronimo” when they jump from high places for the last 75 years, but do you know why? He was a leader of the Apache and the last Native American to put up a great resistance to the white settlers. After his family was massacred he went on a revenge streak to seek vengeance against the Mexican government.

Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of Geronimo.

the Folklore of Pecos Bill

The Paul Bunyan of the American south-west, Pecos Bill is responsible for most of the geographical features that we see today. From being raised by coyotes to riding a mountain lion, to riding tornados, Pecos Bill gives cowboys a good name.

Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of Pecos Bill.

the Folklore of the Tengu

High up on the mountains of Japan live the Tengu. Some say that they look like a man and a bird had a baby, others say they are red faced monks with noses like Pinocchio. They have the ability to transform, become invisible, and most importantly they are the originators of the samurai tradition.

Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of the Tengu.

the Folklore of Golems

Are they man, or are they muppet?  The golem is both  part man and part puppet.  Originating from Jewish folklore, the golem has been known to be the protector of those who are being oppressed.  Some people believe they are good, others believe that they are nothing but monsters.

Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of golems.

the Folklore of Davy Jones’s Locker

At the bottom of the ocean lies a place that no mortal man has ever visited and returned from. It is Davy Jones’s Locker, and it is a terrible place to find yourself. Pirates have talked about this place for many moons, but what exactly is it? Has it always been a terrible place to end up, and is there a positive alternative?

Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of Davy Jones’s Locker.

the Folklore of Werewolves

The moon is high in the sky and there’s an eerie fog blowing in from the woods. Your co-worker, Jim, seemed to be pretty off at work as he scratched at the collar of his shirt. He wanted to go out for steak at lunch and asked for it to be cooked as rare as possible. He might be a werewolf.

Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of werewolves.

the folklore of the Wampus

Hiding in the United States’ Appalachian mountains is the mythical monster known for scaring all who see it. Fear overcomes its victims and drives them to madness. Black as the night and with bright yellow eyes, the campus stalks the mountainside protecting the land. Originating with the Cherokee Native Americans the campus cat is as elusive as it is famous.

Join jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of the Wampus.

the Folklore of Mermaids

Whether they are having a splish-splashy time or causing sailors to plummet to their death in the depth of the ocean, mermaids have been a part of folklore for a looooooooong time.  While Ariel may be our favorite mermaid, she is by no means the origin of what the world knows of mermaids.  Just about everywhere in the world has a story of mermaids, but how many people have actually seen one?

Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of mermaids.

the Folklore of St. Patrick’s Day

If you have ever put on a green shirt on the 17th of March in order to prevent people from pinching you then you’ve celebrated St. Patrick’s Day. With a day named after a guy, you’d think more people know why we celebrate. What does the holiday have to do with Ireland, leprechauns, and shamrocks?

Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of St. Patrick’s Day.

the Folklore of Weeping Statues

You may find it difficult when other people cry around you. Their tears can seem to just flow continuously, but what if it’s a statue crying instead of a human? It’s happened before and it will happen again.

Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of Weeping Statues.

the Folklore of Ragnarok

It’s the end of the world as we know it, do you feel fine? Have you ever wondered what happens when the world comes to an end? According to the Norse tradition of Ragnarok, the end of the world will involve the gods fighting giants and a gigantic snake. While this is a key feature of Ragnarok there are many details still to discuss.

Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of Ragnarok.

the Folklore of the Nazca Lines

What would you do if you found out that your favorite trail was actually a leg of a giant bird carved out of the ground two thousand years ago? The Nazca lines are the answer to that situation. Made by the Nazca people of Peru, these geometric shapes cover many square miles with images only visible from the sky.

Join Jack and Sam as they explore the Folklore of the Nazca Lines.

The Folklore of Garden Gnomes

You’ve seen them standing in your neighbor’s garden. You’ve noticed they never blink, they never move, they don’t even puff on the pipe sticking out of their mouths. But I bet you’ve never looked into the story behind why these little critters are standing in our gardens.

Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of the Garden Gnome.

The Folklore of Paul Bunyan

A man as large as a mountain with his trusty companion Babe the blue ox, Paul Bunyan is known throughout the United States as the world’s most prominent Lumberjack. He can knock down an entire forest in his sleep and straighten out the twists and turns of a river. Paul Bunyan is the epitome of tall tales, but is he based on a real man?

Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of Paul Bunyan.

the Folklore of the Bermuda Triangle

Located in the Atlantic Ocean, the Bermuda Triangle has been the home to many strange occurrences to ships and planes. Is it the site of countless shipwrecks, the home to the watery graves of many airplanes, or is it just another stretch of ocean like all the others?

Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of the Bermuda Triangle.

the Folklore of Paul Is Dead

She came in through the bathroom window, and replaced Paul McCartney with a look-alike. The band is definitely the greatest band ever to walk the face of the Earth, but according to some Paul McCartney has been someone different since 1966. Did Paul die in a horrific car accident or is it all just a bunch of hooey.

Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of Paul is Dead.

the Folklore of Number Stations

There’s nothing quite like finding a good radio station to tune in to while you drive across the country or settle into your comfy chair at home, but what if the radio began robotically reading out numbers, one after another, and then you heard a cartoon character yell at you?  There are many number stations in the world, radio frequencies that broadcast strings of numbers, letters, and names, with no apparent rhyme or reason.  International espionage is a foot as people try to get to the bottom of why number stations exist.

Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of Number Stations.

REBROADCAST: the Folklore of Friday the 13th

REBROADCAST:
With Friday the Thirteenth quickly approaching, we want to let you guys know what it is that is so dangerous about the date. It’s not a holiday, it’s not a religious celebration, but over 17 million Americans recognize the date and it may be tied to Jesus. In this bonus episode we uncover the folklore and history of Friday the Thirteenth.

Join Jack and Sam as they explore all of the exciting history and folklore of Friday the Thirteenth.

the Folklore of Amelia Earhart

Disappearing without a trace, Amelia Earhart bought her place in the hearts of millions as the first woman to complete a solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean. But in 1937 she and her navigator Fred Noonen disappeared over the Pacific Ocean. Many have theorized what happened to her, and that’s what we’ll take a look at today.

Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of Amelia Earhart.

the Folklore of Bigfoot

Here ye, here ye. A new year hearkens and requires a big launch, so get your tiny feet ready for a podcast on the creature with the big feet. Stalking in the woods of the Pacific Northwest, Bigfoot has eluded hunters for hundreds of years. Whether he is gentle, or vicious, the Bigfoot holds a special place in everyone’s hearts.

Join Jack and Sam as they explore some of the folklore of Bigfoot.

The Folklore of the Tanuki

Imagine a raccoon creature that can transform into other things by putting a leaf on its head. If you imagined that, you just imagined a tanuki. A folk creature of Japan, the tanuki is now immortalized in statue that can be found outside many Japanese restaurants or bars.

Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of the Tanuki.

the Folklore of the Yuletide Season

Whether you are one of those creeps who hangs mistletoe in your home, or one of the people who enjoys burning a special log in your fireplace on a cold early winter night, the history of Yule and the Yuletide sums up why you do the things you do in the wintertime. If you enjoy sharing warm drinks with neighbors and celebrate the days getting longer than you are in the Yuletide spirit.

Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of Yuletide.

the Folklore of Krampus and Christmas

You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout or else Krampus will hit you with birch sticks. He is the yin to St. Nicholas’s Yang, and he is the reason that children have feared being naughty for hundreds of years, yet you probably didn’t grow up hearing about him. Being part man and part goat, and fully demonic, Krampus is by far the scariest part of the Christmas Season.

Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of Krampus this Christmas season.

the Folklore of Saturnalia and Christmas

HoHoHo! I’d place a Vegas bet that you’ll eat some cookies this week, possibly listening to holiday music on the radio, and enjoying a delicious of egg nog. Did you know that these traditions actually find their root outside of Christmas and were absorbed by Christianity many centuries after the traditions were established?

Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of Saturnalia.

The Folklore of Thunderbirds

It’s a bird!  It’s a plane!  No, it’s definitely a bird.  The Thunderbird has been a part of American culture since before anyone called North America America.  The legend of the Thunderbird actually spans the entire span of the United States with stories being told from the pacific northwest to the tribes of the Great Lakes, all the way to the Atlantic Ocean.  With the ability to create lightning with the beat of its wings, the Thunderbird represents the balance of nature.

Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of the Thunderbird.

Folkloric Facts about Thanksgiving

Every year in the United States families sit down on the fourth Thursday of the month to celebrate football, eating way too much food, and getting into political debates; but have you ever wondered about the origins of the holiday?

Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of Thanksgiving.

The Folklore of the Orion Constellation and the Orion Correlation Theory

The stars in the sky looked down where we lay…We’re kickin’ off a new sporadic series on the constellations in the sky and the stories that people are telling about them. There’s no better place to start than the constellation of Orion. You’ll recognize the belt of Orion in a jiffy, but did you know that the stars in Orion’s Belt might be aligned with the great pyramids of Egypt?

Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of the Constellation of Orion and the Orion Correlation Theory.

the Folklore of Breaking the Curse of the Billy Goat

Go Cubs Go has been playing in our heads for the last week non-stop as we celebrate the victory of the Chicago Cubs. They’ve gone from the lovable losers to the lovable winners. Snapping the longest World Series draught of all time, the Chicago Cubs victory not only ended the folk-idea that the cubs stink, but it also brought about a new piece of folklore.

Join Jack and Sam as they explore this update to the Baseball Curse of the Cubs.

the Folklore of Guy Fawkes Night

Wouldn’t you just love to blow up someone that you don’t get along with? Wouldn’t you hate it if you failed and your failure was celebrated for over 500 years? Well, if you are the Ghost of Guy Fawkes you know that your least favorite day of the year is November 5th. If you don’t know what we’re talking about then just buckle yourself in.

Join Jack and Sam as the explore the folklore behind Bonfire Night, also known as Guy Fawkes Night.

the Folklore of a few Haunted Places In Illinois

There is nothing scarier than the place where people have been known to have lost their lives.  Whether it’s Indian Burial Grounds, or the sight of a devastating tragedy, or even just the place where a heinous crime has taken place, it’s bound to be haunted.  From the Old Chicago Water Tower to the crash site of American Airlines Flight 191, there are some real haunted places in Illinois and Chicago.

 

Join Jack and Sam as they explore haunted places in Illinois and the Chicagoland area.

The Folklore behind Haunted Places in Michigan

There are some places where people believe the remnants of a person’s soul linger in order to warn, frighten, and direct the souls of those who have yet passed from this world. Whether it be a light floating in the distance, a spectral image ascending to the top of a tall tower, or an entire island of spirits, Michigan is home to some spooky places.

Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore behind some of the most haunted places in Michigan.

the Folklore of Korean Fan Death

There is a murderer in your closet, or you might believe that if you are from Korea. The idea that a typical fan can kill you within a closed room has been a popular belief in Korea for at least 40 years and may even be a superstition older than that. Can a fan in a closed room take your breath away until you are dead? Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of Korean Fan Death.

the Folklore of the Yeti

Hiding in the hills of the Himilayas, the Yeti is a monster that has been living alongside mankind for thousands of years. From Alexander the Great, to the greatest man to ever climb Mount Everest, the Yeti has been there to say hello.

Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of the Yeti.

the Folklore of D.B. Cooper

He began by stealing an airplane, and then he stole America’s heart with his daring and dangerous exit from the very airplane he stole. Criminal experts have tried to solve his case for over forty years, but nothing has come up yet. D.B. Cooper may very well be your next door neighbor.

Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of D.B. Cooper.

the folklore of the Madden Curse

It all started back in 1998 with Madden ’99 when the popular EA Sport franchise began featuring NFL players on the box art of their hit franchise, Madden Football, which had been shortened to just Madden.  To this day, 19 editions of Madden have been released and each year someone is put into the crosshairs of the Madden Curse.

Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore behind the Madden Curse.

The Folklore of the Duende

They live in the woods, and also they live in your walls. If you speak Spanish and were raised in a Latin American country, or even the Philippines, you may have been reared with the Duende being a part of your common folklore. They are both good and evil, but with their lack of thumbs and backwards feet they may still be the most useful member of your family if you capture one.

Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of the Duende.

the Folklore of the Reptilian People and their GDA

You have heard that you have a reptilian brain, the part of you that will keep you alive when all other brain function ceases, but do you believe that your reptilian brain makes you part reptilian? The Reptilian people are a widely believed organization, with over 12 million Americans believing that our government believes in the Global Domination Agenda of the Reptilian people.

Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of the Reptilian people.

the Folklore of Children’s Games

You played them in your yard, on the playground at school, and even when you were on vacation.  These games seem to have been around forever, but everything has its beginnings and its backstory.  Children’s games seem to las much longer than the children who have them.

 

Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore behind popular Children’s Games.

The Folklore of the Chupacabra

The Chupacabra has been haunting farmers for the last six decades, but did you know that it had gone unseen until the 1990’s? This monster is hispanic in origin, but has spread around the world to suck the blood of all things in its path.

Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of the Chupacabra.

the History and Folklore of Davy Crockett

The King of the Wild Frontier, Davy Crockett. Known for being a frontiersman and for making a stand at the Alamo (which we all should remember), the man carries on his shoulders not only his history but all of the tall tales that bolstered his political campaigns. From killing 100 bears to being part horse, part alligator, there are many interesting stories surrounding the man.

Join Jack and Sam as they unpack the history and folklore of David “Davy” Crockett.

the Folklore of Merlin the Wizard

He is the O.G. wizard.  Before there was Oz, Merlin was the first and only wizard that people really could conceptualize.  Some say that he is living backwards through time, others say that he is multiple people, and some say he is born from a virgin and a devil. Whatever he may be, he is quite famous.

Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of Merlin the Wizard.

The Folklore behind the Slenderman

He stalks you in the woods. His arms are long. He has no face. He is one of the newest urban legends, and he is responsible for many sleepless nights amongst the children of the world. The slenderman is by far one of the quickest growing myths of the modern era, but is he real?

Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore behind the Slenderman.

the Folklore of the Pukwudgie

Another legend from one of America’s and the Folk Brother’s favorite tribes people, the Pukwudgie now stands as a house animal at the Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The Pukwudgie is powerful, but what is its story and why should you even know the word Pukwudgie?

Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of the Pukwudgie.

the Folklore of the Lost Clipper

With its mysterious disappearance, Pan Am Flight 7 vanished over the pacific ocean only minutes after making radio connection with a U.S. weather vessel. While airplanes have disappeared in recent news, this flight still has many loose threads: The Frog Man, the Purser, and the Propeller.

Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore behind the Lost Clipper.

The Folklore of Mole People

They live amongst us, underground, beneath our feet as we go about our every day lives.  The concept of Mole People goes deeper (see what I did there?) than the recent past.  Are Mole People real and are they still alive in the world today?

Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of Mole People.

the Folklore of the Nome, Alaska Alien Abductions

There are strange things done in the midnight sun…and aliens may or may not be a part of what goes on in Nome Alaska. Dozens of people have gone missing over the last fifty years in Nome Alaska without a trace. Movies have claimed that the disappearances are related to alien abduction but the truth remains fuzzy at best.

Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore behind the Nome Alaska “Alien Abductions”.

Joining the Freemasons

Do you have what it takes to be a freemason? Can you keep the charges of freemasonry, meeting the obligations necessary to ascend within your lodge? What if someone drops the black cube on your application?

Join Jack and Sam as they explain the entry process and levels of Blue Freemasonry, and all the folklore that goes with it.

The Folklore of the Freemasons

Shadowed in mystery, secrecy, and goofy robes, the freemasons have established an most peculiar role in society.  While the lodges are highly visible, what happens within has been kept hidden from the public for centuries.  Movies like National Treasure and the DaVinci Code have hinted at some of the major conspiracy theories surrounding the Freemasons but what does history have to say?

Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of the Freemasons.

the Curse of the Great Bambino and the Curse of the Goat

Baseball is the great American Pastime, but with something as large as Major League Baseball there are bound to be curses that follow teams. From wearing the wrong hat to crossing the wrong people, players and teams find themselves cursed all of the time. The Boston Red Sox and the Chicago are champions of some legendary sports curses, some of which have ended, and some of which have not.

Join Jack and Sam as they explain the folklore behind a few famous baseball curses.

The Folklore of the Bunyip

It lives in swamps, rivers, billabongs, and water holes.  It eats women, children, and anything that is unfortunate enough to wanter into it’s territory.  The Bunyip has been a folk staple of the Aboriginal Australians for centuries, but does this creature truly exist?

Join Jack and Sam as they explore the possible origins surrounding and the folklore of the Bunyip.

The Folklore of Kintaro: the Golden Boy

Born in the Mountains and raised by his mother alone, Kintaro grew up to be a boy with strength unrivaled by any other. Wrestling every critter in his grasp and beginning his own sumo dojo in the woods, Kintaro grew up to be a legend still known of in Japan today.

Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore behind the legend of Kintaro: the Golden Boy.

the Folklore of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round

Arthur and his boys are known for making something of themselves in Camelot with the round table.  Raised by a lake lady, and having pulled the sword from the stone, King Arthur goes to protect the Britons, but how much of the legend is true?

Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore surrounding King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.

The Folklore of Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster

Some say that there are strange things lurking in the dark depths of Loch Ness. The stories date back to the seventh century and tell of man eating monsters banished by saints. While Loch Ness is not lone in the legends of sea serpents living among us, it is by far the most famous.

Join Jack and Sam as they explore all of the folklore surrounding Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster.

Friday the Thirteenth

With Friday the Thirteenth quickly approaching, we want to let you guys know what it is that is so dangerous about the date.  It’s not a holiday, it’s not a religious celebration, but over 17 million Americans recognize the date and it may be tied to Jesus.  In this bonus episode we uncover the folklore and history of Friday the Thirteenth.

Join Jack and Sam as they explore all of the exciting history and folklore of Friday the Thirteenth.

The Folklore of the Pied Piper

A town in the heart of Germany experienced the tragic loss of an entire generation at the hands of a magical man with a magical pipe. The Brothers Grimm covered this story in their book of fairytales, but is there any truth to the story of what happened that fateful summer day?

Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore surrounding the story of the Pied Piper.

The Folklore of Bloody Mary

Legend holds that if you chant the name Bloody Mary while gazing into a mirror inside a dark room then the spirit of Bloody Mary will appear in the mirror before you.  Some say that she is descended from royalty, others say that she met a terrible fate. This phenomenon has been performed by preteens for decades, but has anyone actually seen the face of Bloody Mary in the mirror?

Join Jack and Sam as they explore all of the Folklore behind the phenomenon known as Bloody Mary.

The Folklore of Harriet Tubman

In celebration of Harriet Tubman being voted into the American Currency Hall of Fame, we decided to put together this list of twenty Harriet Tubman facts.  We explore her life from slavery to freedom and beyond.  Jack and I agree that Harriet Tubman definitely deserves to be honored in this way, and then some.

Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore behind the Folk Hero Harriet Tubman.

The Legend of John Henry’s Hammer

The setting, the 1860’s in the mountains of West Virginia.  A crew works on a tunnel through Big Bend Mountain when their jobs are threatened by a brand new steam powered drill.  When all hope seems lost, a man by the name of John Henry offers his body up for a competition, man versus machine.

 

Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of John Henry’s Hammer.

The Folklore of the Wendigo

There are few things worse that starving in the middle of winter.  One of those very few things would be staring in winter while being hunted down by a cannibalistic monster known as the Wendigo.  A creature formed from the cannibalization of a human being, this scary monster will make you think twice about spending a night in the north woods.

Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of the Wendigo.

The Flying Dutchman

There’s nothing more frightening than seeing something that isn’t actually real, but instead is spectral.  In this episode Jack and Sam research and explain the folklore behind the Flying Dutchman.  From mysterious ships to ghost captains, this episode has it all.

 

Johnny Appleseed

With the birth of America comes the birth of one of America’s first folk heroes.  No, not George Washington or Benjamin Franklin.  This hero made America what it is today, one seed at a time.  From humble beginnings to an Empire that would make him the Apple king-pin of the midwest, the story of Johnny Appleseed is one of the American Dream.

Join Jack and Sam as they reveal the true legend of Johnny Appleseed.

The Dancing Plague of 1518

Imagine yourself as a peasant in the early 1500’s, mucking the fields in order to provide for your family.  Floods, famine, and disease ravage your town year after year.  When trouble strikes Strasbourg, France the townsfolk find a creative way to handle the problem: Dancing.  But when things get out of hand, the town turns not to priests and doctors but instead to unusual methods.

Did this really happen?  Listen in as Jack and Sam explore all that is the Dancing Plague of 1518.