Media Manipulation

Podcast 32: RESURRECT DEAD: THE MYSTERY OF THE TOYNBEE TILES

For more than 25 years, someone has been placing mysterious tiles on the busiest streets in New York, Philadelphia, and other east coast cities – as far south as Brazil.

They all bear some variation of this message:

“Toynbee Idea/In Kubrick’s 2001/Resurrect Dead/On Planet Jupiter”

Who’s been doing this? How? Why?

And what does all of this have to do with playwright David Mamet?


Podcast 31: STRANGER THINGS Freaks Out DoE, Trump the Id Monster, Clowns Vs. Robots

Documents Reveal Stranger Things Really Freaked Out the Department of Energy

Guy sends in a Freedom of Information Act request for any documents circulated within the Department of Energy related to the Netflix show Stranger Things. Figures it might be fun to read what the fictitious bad guys’ real-life counterparts have to say about their portrayal in the hit show.

He certainly doesn’t expect hundreds of documents relating to human experimentation and actual research into parallel universes.


Podcast 28: Trump is Andy Kaufman, Giant Octopus Attacks NYC, Exorcists Needed!, Pumpkin Pie Truth

IS DONALD TRUMP REALLY JUST ANDY KAUFMAN IN DISGUISE? AN INVESTIGATION

Is Donald Trump just a variation of Kaufman’s Tony Clifton persona? There’s a big part of both John and me that wants to believe it’s true. He has to be having us on, right? This is all a joke, right? A clever ruse designed to hold a mirror to our society so we can see just how far we’ve fallen, how coarse our national dialogue has become, how sorely in need of reform is our education system. Right?


Podcast 22: Star Trek Based on Secret Space Fleet, SpaceX UFO Attack, Supertramp Predicted 9/11, Neil Armstrong’s Missing “A”

GENE RODDENBERRY BASED STAR TREK ON SECRET US NAVY SPACE FLEET

Gene Roddenberry hung out with the producer of The Outer Limits, who was the son of Vice Admiral Leslie Stevens, who hung out with reptilian extraterrestrials, who gave us secret space technology and sponsored humankind for admission into the galactic federation.

Truth?

Well, we’re pretty sure Roddenberry hung out with the producer of The Outer Limits. At least once.


Podcast 20: Clown Terror, SETI Alien Signal, St. Louis UFO, Snopes Reliability

Who doesn’t love clowns? We all love clowns… right? Actually, I was never afraid of clowns when I was a kid. Santa Claus? Yes. (I mean, he was a big, red guy who broke into my house and passed judgment on me while I was sleeping. That was creepy.) Clowns, I was always cool with.

THIS, however, is not cool. From South Carolina to Ohio, kids are reporting terrifying encounters with clowns attempting to lure them with cash, candy, and threats of violence. There comes a point where it’s not funny.


Podcast 18: Stranger Things, Human Sacrifice at Cern, How to Spot a BS News Story

In the first of our weekly “grab-bag” podcasts we discuss a cornucopia of contemporary curiosities, including:

Human sacrifice at Cern.

No, really. Someone captured footage of an apparent ritual sacrifice in the courtyard outside the Large Hadron Collider. We are not making this up. Hoax? Joke? Desperate attempt to forestall the apocalypse? You decide.