Nerd Club for Nerds

September 17, 2019 @ 6:00 am

Turns out Virginia is a weird commonwealth! We take a look at some of the stuff that makes our home state weird, like secret societies at state schools like UVA and one man's giant ham best friend. We also dive into a cultish temple located too close to home for our liking...

(cw/tw: 40:33 to 44:55 child abuse; 47:54 to 49:42 sexual assault)

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Rip Van Us

September 10, 2019 @ 6:00 am

Tall tales: they're like regular tales, but bigger! We dive into a pretty American style of legend this week and talk about Paul Bunyan (or is it Paul Bon Jean?), John Henry the steel-drivin' man, the Great Dismal Swamp, and Virginia's own Chessie. Get the deets on recent llama bites, spiders, and maraschino cherry updates.

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Two Years Boo Years

September 3, 2019 @ 6:00 am

It's Spoop Hour's second podiversary special! We've been podcasting for TWO WHOLE YEARS (almost), so we celebrate with a listener story about a haunted farm, two games (spoopy Would You Rather and what cryptid are you with a fun twist), a featured creature, and a ghost tour irl. We've also got some exciting announcements about new merch and our eventual Patreon. Thanks for sticking with us for two years!


Take What Cryptid Are You here:

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Congratulations, You Cursed Yourself

August 20, 2019 @ 6:00 am

READ THE INSTRUCTIONS: this week we're talking curses! From King Tut's tomb to paintings that burn down houses, get the deets on how to spot curses, how to break them according to the Traveling Witch and Witchipedia, and infamous stories of cursed Egyptian artifacts. And if you were planning on getting your friend a mummy hand for a paperweight...maybe don't!

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August 13, 2019 @ 6:00 am

In the longest ever Spoop Hour minisode, we catch up with the spooky things we've been up to! With Sasha's ghost tour in Harper's Ferry, Courtney's newly stolen books on Weird Virginia and Victorian ghost stories, and a listener story, we have a spoopy hodgepodge primed and ready for you. Pi-yahtzee!

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Doppelgangers are So Fetch

August 6, 2019 @ 6:00 am

In our most Mean Girls episode ever, we talk doppelgangers (and toaster strudel?)! The spooky variant on twins, traverse the history of doppelgangers from Egypt to Norse mythology to the term FETCH. Then dive in to pop culture, literature, and historical accounts of doppelgangers wreaking havoc on lives.

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Yeet! That! Baby!

July 30, 2019 @ 6:00 am

Last week it was parents, this week it's BLACK EYED KIDS doing the scaring! Learn about the relatively recent phenomenon of black eyed children, from the first story documenting them to a few tales of otherwordly BEK encounters. Finally, stick around for a discussion of why Nextdoor is the perfect place to solve the mystery of BEK (and who keeps leaving banana peels near our house.)

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Parental Scare Tactics ft Crawlspace Carlos

July 23, 2019 @ 6:00 am

We collected stories from friends, listeners, and fellow podcasters for an episode on ways our parents scared us into behaving! From threats of removing your batteries to being left at a pumpkin patch/orphanage, hear family lore of all varieties with one goal: to keep you from breaking rules. Hear us talk snallygasters, boogeymen, things that will kill and/or eat you, and then join us for a discussion of why you maybe shouldn't scare your kid. And finally, hear a few stories of kids who scare their parents with the things they see...

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Unsupervised Ham Radio Hour

July 16, 2019 @ 6:00 am

Regress with us back to past lives this week! How can you tell if you've had a past life? Past life regression, of course! We (sorta) tried to figure out who we might have been, and are talking some interesting instances of recovered past life memories. Featuring shared stories from listeners, podfriends, and various internet people who remember everything from being a monk in Spain in the 1300s to colonizing Africa with the British Army.

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Plumber Bummer (Don’t Break the Chain)

July 9, 2019 @ 6:00 am

SEND THIS EPISODE OF SPOOP HOUR TO 7 PEOPLE or they won't get to laugh at tales from chain letters of yore! We talk classic chain letters, like the clown statue, not turning on the light, and Bye Daddy, to the newer tales of Saki, Teddy, and Carmen Winstead. From the days of paying postage to scare your friends to posting chain death in youtube comments, learn all you need to know about that which plagues your inbox.

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