There are Christmas trees and reindeer and candy canes, but Santa Claus is probably one of the most familiar images intertwined with Christmas. Most of us as kids were raised with the warning that you better be good, for goodness sake, or you would end up on Santa’s naughty list and thus receive coal in your stocking. But as we trace back the various traditions associated with the holiday season, we come upon a character that has been around longer than good old St. Nick and the warnings that came with him, were far more dire. On this episode, we will explore the origins, history and terror that are a part of the legend of Krampus. Moment in Oddity features the Dragon’s Triangle and This Day in History features the abandonment of the Mary Celeste.
Many people, particularly those that live in New England, have heard the story about the Jersey Devil. The tale about a mother giving birth to a devil baby is not totally unique in history. Even in our modern era, we have had movies like Rosemary’s Baby. Is this just another urban legend or is there some real history behind this tale of the Jersey Devil? Was this really more of a religious dispute that spawned a story to destroy a family name? We’ll explore the superstitions that existed in the area around the idea that devil babies could be born and cover the various sightings that have continued far past what would be a reasonable life span. Come with us as we look at the legend of the Jersey Devil. The Moment in Oddity features Black Blizzards and This Day in History features the patenting of the cash register.
Most people assume the lore of vampires that originated in Europe, stayed in that area, but there was a time when America was embroiled in the middle of a vampire craze in New England. It was the 1800s and the dreaded consumption was wreaking havoc. Many families lost several of their members. One of those families was the Brown family. It was the death of one of their daughters that started the Legend of Mercy Brown. Were there really vampires in America and was Mercy one of them? Join us as we investigate the history of this craze and a young woman named Mercy Brown. The Moment in Oddity features the Legend of Catherine’s Hill and This Day in History features the Charge of the Light Brigade.
Deep in the Bayou, originates the legend of a mysterious creature. There are more than gators, Cottonmouths, snapping turtles and the giant rat-like Nutria in the swamps. Haunting howls in the middle of the night indicate that something large, wild and scary roams about the mangroves. Tales about this creature have been passed down through the generations. Were these stories created just to scare the children and keep them from wandering into the swamp or to get them to behave? Are these tales just simply made up to explain the disappearance of domestic animals? Join us as we delve into the legend of the Rougarou. Moment in Oddity features burial pods and This Day in History features Frederick Douglass’ escape from slavery.
We love covering urban legends and we have another one for this episode. Urban legends can be as recent as the Charlie, Charlie Game that went viral on the internet a couple of weeks ago or they can reach back into the past. The legend surrounding the Devil’s Footprints dates back to 1855. The Devil’s Footprints is an unexplained mystery that is one of the strangest stories we have ever heard. The only theory that has really survived the test of time is that the Devil paid a visit to Devon, England and made his way bouncing around roofs and yards and such. After hearing the details, perhaps you will come up with your own theory. Was it the Devil? Did aliens pay a visit? Could these be the tracks of a ghost? The Moment in Oddity features the disappearing island of Lomea and This Day in History features the Stars and Stripes becoming America’s official flag.
Urban legends are the folklore of America. Many of these legends begin with truth, but they change and grow through the years as people share the stories. One such story is the legend of Black Aggie that has its origins in the Druid Ridge Cemetery. Could a simple cemetery statuary be cursed? Is someone reaching out from the afterlife? And why in the world do crazy humans challenge each other to test the spirits, the unexplained or whatever? Who is Black Aggie and what is its legend? Diane and Denise take the listener through the history and into the legend…don’t say Black Aggie three times at midnight! Moment in Oddity features the Philadelphia Experiment and This Day in History features the lighting of Pall Mall by gas light for first time.
This sixth episode features a story about a king and restaurant owner in the Moment in Oddity and John Dillinger’s gang’s first bank heist on the Day in History. The main topic of the show is urban legends with a focus on the legend of Bloody Mary. Ever played Stiff as a Board, Light as a Feather or played around with a Ouija Board? Did you participate in the other sleepover rituals? Remember the tales of the Hook, Slenderman or the Babysitter? We discuss that and much more. Who was Bloody Mary? Does she appear in bathroom mirrors? Listen in and then you decide!