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The Sofa King podcast is a weekly show. From conspiracy theories and technology to the mass media and the future, this show is simultaneously informative, critical, and humorous.

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Episode 437: Russell Williams: A Predator Pilot in Panties
On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we look at a quite unusual serial killer, the Canadian, Russell Williams. Why is he unusual? Well for one, he’s a serial killer, but he’s Canadian. Second, he just doesn’t fit the profile, and he didn’t start any of crimes until his late forties. Experts consider this to be anomalous. Third, he would break into places and wear little girl’s panties and take pictures of himself. Finally, he was a decorated airman who was commander of a base and had flown dignitaries from Queen Elizabeth to the Prime Minister of England and Canada on his military missions. But, in the meantime, Russell Williams killed people. He wasn’t prolific, having killed only two known victims, but his other crimes are what made him stand out. Before he started his short killing spree, he began a career of 82 breaking-and-enterings, just so he could get girls (from their twenties to as young as nine) underwear. He’d pose in it while in their rooms, masturbate in their beds, and leave with a pair of knickers or two. In short order, this wasn’t enough for him. He then started to up his game. He broke into a woman’s house, tied her up, and groped her breasts. He did a second similar crime shortly thereafter. But that didn’t last either. He had to up his game to rape and murder. He first raped and murdered a woman under his command in the air force, Marie-France Comeau. Shortly thereafter, he spotted Jessica Loyd running on a treadmill in her own home, and within 48 hours, she was raped and murdered. But he was sloppy. He parked his car at the scenes of his crimes. He left footprints and tire tracks, and within a week of the second killing, the cops arrested him. What made this case extra famous was an amazing video tape of his interrogation and ultimate confession. You can see it here. It takes Detective Sergeant Jim Smyth a little bit of time, be he uses mental ninja skills and gets Russell Williams to confess. Why did he confess? Because he wanted to spare his wife the pains of a lengthy investigation. So, if you like true crime, Canadian justice, or bad jokes about inappropriate topics, give this one a listen! Special thanks to guest host Jason Roskam. He’s co-host of All Things Star Wars, which is part of the Podbelly family of podcasts. Visit Our Sources https://murderpedia.org/male.W/w/williams-russell.htm https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russell_Williams_(criminal) https://www.macleans.ca/news/canada/russell-williamss-wife-knew-he-was-a-predator-victim/ https://www.news.com.au/world/north-america/former-queens-pilot-became-deranged-sadosexual-serial-killer/news-story/b9e3195a517e539c8be266d5e0e692cf https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsLbDzkIy3A https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/colonel-russell-williams-the-making-of-a-mystery-man/article4390081/ https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/williams-s-murder-victims-pleaded-for-their-lives-1.919706 http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/court+hears+details+final+hours+williams+murder+victims/3694595/story.html https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2015/05/16/dna-tests-on-russell-williams-murder-victim-took-10-weeks.html https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2010/10/09/col_russell_williams_a_serial_killer_like_none_police_have_seen.html Scared Sh*tless: 1003 Facts that will Scare the Sh*t out of You. Author: Cary McNeal. Perigree Press, 2012.
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Episode 436: George Lucas: From Greaser to Myth Maker
On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we talk about the creator of a galaxy far, far away, the one and only George Lucas. He’s most famous for the creation of the Star Wars universe, but people forget he was part of the creative force behind Indiana Jones and one of the ultimate pioneers of special and visual effects in cinema. Most love him for his technical advancements, but some bemoan what he did to cinema, moving it from content to spectacle. And then, too, there was Jar Jar Binks… George Lucas was born in the small town of Modesto, California to a couple of blue collar parents who ran a small walnut ranch and sold office supplies. His biggest hobby growing up was cars and racing, and he even had plans to become a professional race car driver. This dream went up in smoke when he suffered a horrible car crash while racing, and it scared the thrill right out of him. Instead, a friend suggested he follow up with his second biggest passion, which was film. He attended a local community college and then transferred to the fledgling film studies department at USC, where he met incredible talent, from Francis Ford Copula to Steven Spielberg and countless others. He graduated from USC, got drafted, got booted due to health reasons, and went back to USC as a graduate student. Here, he and Copula had the ballsy decision to create their own indie film studio called American Zoetrope, designed to give upstart directors a chance to make films without big studio money. His first film was THX1138 which did poorly at the box office, but it was followed by the cult classic American Graffiti, which did incredibly well at the box office and was Oscar nominated. This got him a golden ticket to turn his passion project—a little science fiction serial he’d been working on—into a film. He directed the first Star Wars and released it in 1977. Nobody expected the film to do well, but it became a global phenomenon. He based the film on Joseph Campbell’s notion of the Archetypical Romantic Quest, something nobody had done in Hollywood, but something virtually everyone does today. This was the start of not just George Lucas’ impact on popular culture, but his climb to become the wealthiest entertainer on earth (which he is as of this recording). It was a fluke, really. He turned down a raise from Fox to write and direct Star Wars in order to retain rights to sequels and merchandising. Fox Studios never dreamed there would be sequels to this strange thing, and nobody made money merchandising, so they struck the deal. Within a year, Lucas was a multi-millionaire. From there, he went on to launch the Indiana Jones movies and produce more Star Wars. Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi were both smashes, as were the Indiana Jones movies, and along the way, he created Industrial Light and Magic to help foster technological innovation in film. From the 80s on, if you watched a sci-fi block buster with crazy effects, odds are it was done by ILM. He also created THX sound systems—the gold standard for movie theaters even to this day—and the company Lucasarts, which created video games, novels, comics, and toys. All of this led to George Lucas being not just a household name, but a billionaire and a myth maker. He released the notorious prequels to mixed reviews, and he ultimately sold his company to Disney for just over $4 Billion dollars. Not bad for a greaser from Modesto… Special thanks to guest host Jason Roskam for sharing his knowledge of all things Lucas. He’s co-host of All Things Star Wars, which is part of the Podbelly family of podcasts.   Visit Our Sources: https://www.biography.com/filmmaker/george-lucas https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Lucas https://www.rottentomatoes.com/celebrity/george_lucas https://www.forbes.com/profile/george-lucas/#3dd21c736e63 https://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/george-lucas-buys-beachfront-home-in-carpinteria-california https://www.
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EPISODE 435: Australia: WWII
On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we look at a topic that has been high on the fan-voted list: Australia in World War Two. In spite of Brad not believing they did anything to help the war, there is a lot of evidence on the contrary. The story of Australia in WWII is one that not many Americans will know about, but it is one tied in to our own war in the Pacific. It is a story of being abandoned by Britain, fighting in every single war front, transforming their entire nation, and watching for the looming threat of permanent Japanese invasion. On September 3, 1939, Prime Minister Robert Gordon Menzies declared war on Germany and her allies in a now famous speech to all of Australia. They were the first of the UK’s territories to declare such a war, even though it was highly unpopular, and the nation wasn’t ready for it. Australia only had a handful of old weapons from World War One, and the nation wasn’t recovered from the depression yet. But they stood by Britain and threw all in. Britain, however, did not stand by them, and Winston Churchill ultimately took all their troops and did practically nothing to help them once Japan entered the war a few years later. The United States offered them help, however, in the form of a quarter of a million troops and building bases like the infamous Pine Gap. The US needed platforms to launch their war against Japan, so it’s not like they didn’t stand to gain, but the US and Oz formed a strong pair and fought through Pacific together. Australian war fighters battled some of the worst fights in the Pacific, and they helped everywhere from Germany to Italy to the war for gasoline in the deserts of northern Africa against the likes of Rommel. The nation transformed after Japan attacked them through bombings and submarine attacks in 1942. They started to ration, men were sent off to fight, and women were given jobs previously unavailable to them. One of the hardest fights was something called the Kokoda Track Campaign. This jungle warfare against the Japanese taught the Aussies and the Yanks how to fight this particular enemy and secured Australia from being conquered. There were controversies such as a thing called the Brisbane Line (a supposed plan to abandon the northern half of the country to the Japanese) and a conspiracy-ridden story of the sinking of the ship called the Sydney. If you love WWII, you don’t think Australians are real, or just want to hear us swear about Nazis in bad Australian accents, then this one is for you. Visit our Sources: http://www.awmlondon.gov.au/australians-in-wwii https://theaussieadventuresofworldwartwo.weebly.com/reasons-for-entering-the-war.html https://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-08-15/victory-in-the-pacific-australias-role-in-ending-wwii/6692558 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_history_of_Australia_during_World_War_II https://www.awm.gov.au/articles/second-world-war https://www.warhistoryonline.com/war-articles/life-australia-world-war-two.html http://ergo.slv.vic.gov.au/explore-history/australia-wwii/home-wii/americans-australia https://collections.museumvictoria.com.au/articles/15790 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brisbane_Line http://museum.wa.gov.au/explore/sydney/history-hmas-sydney-ii/conspiracies-surrounding-hmas-sydney-ii War Announcement: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZedhB6Olvk https://www.warhistoryonline.com/instant-articles/mystery-of-the-lost-hmas-sydney.html Scared Sh*tless: 1003 Facts that will Scare the Sh*t out of You. Author: Cary McNeal. Perigree Press, 2012.
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EPISODE 434: Norwegian Black Metal: Satan, Arson, Murder, Suicide
On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we look at the infamous Norwegian Black Metal Scene. Musicians and fans famously went on a church arson spree in the 1990s, but that was hardly the worst that came from these truly dark and twisted bands. There were suicides (both musicians and listeners), murders, arsons, torture, satanic worship (that even called the Church of Satan weak), and white supremacy. And all this was just stage dressing to a new, black type of metal music with evil at its core. Black Metal was said to start in England with a band called Venom in 1982. From there, a wave of other Black Metal bands such as Bathory (named after the infamous Lady Bathory) and Hellhammer spread. But it wasn’t until it hit Norway in the 1990s that the genre really took off. A group known as the Black Circle met in a studio in Oslo, and from there many bands were formed. The Black Circle is said by many to be a satanic cult that music spawned from, but others just think it was a marketing ploy. With all the mayhem and violent crimes that grew from these groups, however, it seems far from marketing. What crimes? Well, where to begin…  The musician called Gorgoroth killed several goats and put their heads on spikes and bathed the audience in blood. A man called Ghaal kidnapped, tortured, and blood-let a guy…twice. Varg Vikernes famously murdered his band mate named Euronymous (who himself tried to blow up a church with a bomb some years earlier). Which leads back to the arsons. They say that Black Metal is responsible for over 50 church arsons in in a four year span in Norway alone. So, are these people truly evil Satanists, or are they so swept up in their fictional band characters that they put everything on the table for art? Listen, laugh, learn…     Visit Our Sources: https://metalinjection.net/lists/top-10-crimes-committed-black-metal-musicians https://www.nme.com/photos/black-metal-murders-a-history-1413703 https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/mar/22/before-you-know-it-its-not-a-big-deal-to-kill-a-man-norwegian-black-metals-murderous-past https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/11/entertainment/black-metal-church-burning-explainer/index.html https://stainedglassattitudes.wordpress.com/2018/01/13/black-metal-church-burnings-a-historical-view/ https://www.lifeinnorway.net/norwegian-black-metal/ https://www.telegraph.co.uk/films/0/lords-chaos-horrifying-true-story-norways-black-metal-murders/ Black Mass Footage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7vw5Wydfi4 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Varg_Vikernes https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Early_Norwegian_black_metal_scene Scared Sh*tless: 1003 Facts that will Scare the Sh*t out of You. Author: Cary McNeal. Perigree Press, 2012.
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Episode 433: Pascagoula Alien Abduction: Madness in Mississippi
On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we dig in to one of the most researched UFO abduction cases in America, the Pascagoula Alien Abduction of 1973. Though you may not have heard of it, it has been vetted, argued, and critiqued by some of the biggest UFOlogists in history. It involves aliens that don’t match any other description and comes from men who stand to gain nothing from telling their tale. As with all such cases, the truth is elusive. It is a tale of two men being abducted, police secretly recording them, and witnesses coming out to corroborate their very unique story. The tale begins in an October night in Mississippi, when Charles Hickson and Calvin Parker were out fishing as the sun went down on the banks of the Pascagoula River. They heard a strange zipping sound in the sky, akin to static electricity, and looked up to see a 30 foot long craft with a dome on top lower down to hover two feet from the ground. A hatch opened, and three beings unlike anything described in UFO literature floated out. They paralyzed Hickson and Parker and floated them on to the ship. A giant metal eyeball examined them, and they had “experiments” performed on them before they were let go. It was, ironically, a catch and release of the two fishermen. The two of them collected themselves and finally called the local air force base. The air force said no thanks and told them to go to the police. The men arrived at the police station at 10:30 PM and told them their story. The cops recall them being frantic and having a story that didn’t waver. The police gave them a polygraph and did everything they could to get the story to break or show cracks and flaws. It didn’t. In fact, the police secretly recorded the two of them alone and were shocked at what they found. (That last sentence was click bait to get you to download the episode…) Hickson (42) told everyone he could about the event, even going on the Tonight Show with Jonny Carson. Parker, only 19, was terrified and told nobody about it, even changing jobs if someone recognized him as the UFO guy. Years later, the police tapes were revealed, several other witnesses finally came forward and told interesting stories of their own from that night, and the phenomenon has been kept alive. So, what did these aliens look like? What did the other witnesses see? What was on the police tapes? What did the UFOlogists discover in their investigation, and what did debunkers and skeptics come up with? What was so compelling about the case that Mississippi put up a permanent marker on the site of the abduction? Listen, laugh, learn.     Visit our Sources:   https://skepticalinquirer.org/2012/05/famous_alien_abduction_in_pascagoula_reinvestigating_a_cold_case/ https://www.theufochronicles.com/2019/07/pascagoula-alien-abduction-multiple-new-witnesses.html https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2019/06/26/i-floated-inside-man-returns-site-ufo-abduction-it-gets-historical-marker/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pascagoula_Abduction https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/5517215/secret-police-audio-files-prove-men-who-claim-they-were-abducted-by-alien-creatures-with-lobster-like-claws-in-craziest-ufo-sighting-ever-recorded-were-telling-the-truth-researcher-claims/ https://mysteriousuniverse.org/2019/07/two-more-pascagoula-ufo-incident-witnesses-finally-tell-their-stories/ https://www.huffpost.com/entry/pascagoula-ufo-marker_n_5d112a4ee4b0aa375f515af1?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAANNqHUXwNhr2kYfOLAqioxTzln2hiR0gtJSVg8E4wN2pWc677atsmGGp1F8J7guUwxDTauiMAjzHnlH4LXX7bxhUvNaQ8cyS9rsGGMx1E3HNBukSFzUiJ4glE6iFdWmjl9ihTwuf3NTLV9tT-BCrbTFg7QHYxY_l3b01AEYw6XNG https://www.npr.org/2019/06/25/735638041/mississippi-officials-commemorate-pascagoula-abduction https://www.de173.com/calvinparker/ Video of the abductee talking: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3O9m0xDa6U  
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Episode 432: Mark Zuckerberg: From Zucknet to Facebook
On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we look at one of the most influential (and richest) people on the planet, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. People tend to hate his world-changing social media platform, but they just can’t quit him and repeatedly go back to check their likes and update their profiles. Zuckerberg is a man surrounded by controversy, from the way the site started (and his alleged theft of intellectual property of the Winklevoss twins) to the ideas of fake news and foreign interference in modern day elections. He’s been called to congress and called to task, but he remains the king of social media. Mark Zuckerberg was born in 1984 (the year of Big Brother, for those looking for irony) in New York state. His family was well off, with a dentist father and a psychiatrist mother. He was a prodigy with computers and programming at a very young age, and he even created a messaging program that connected his father’s dentist office to their household. It was called Zucknet. Years later, he would become better at naming things. His father hired a computer programmer to tutor his son, but in short order, he admitted that Zuckerberg knew more than he did. By the time he graduated from his prep school and went to Harvard, he had a reputation on campus as being the smartest guy in the room when it came to computers and coding. While a sophomore, he riffed off of a thing that only an Ivy League school could have--they were called face books, physical books that had photos of everyone who lived on campus, so people could figure out who to have sex with. He created a digital version called Facemash (not quite there on the naming thing…), but it was shut down by the university within a week. This creation led to him meeting the Winklevoss twins who had an idea for a social media platform to use on campus. He worked with them briefly and then set out to make his own, which he would call Facebook. Originally, it was designed to be used on the Harvard campus, but as it grew, it slowly competed with Myspace and spread to all colleges, not just Harvard. From there, it opened to the entire public; he and his three friends honed the software and improved it until it became a sensation. They worked out of dorms until they moved to Palo Alto in the heart of silicon valley and found investors. He turned down Yahoo! and MTV who both wanted to buy Facebook, all because he had a vision. His vision paid off when his IPO on the stock market became the largest in the history of all tech companies and made him one of the wealthiest men on the planet overnight. But in spite of all the likes, Zuckerberg has met with multiple controversies in recent years. First, he was sued by the Winklevoss twins for millions. Then, he was blamed for a group called Cambridge Analytica which used information from tens of millions of Facebook users to tamper with the 2016 elections. This was an event that led to his (first) meeting with congress at a public hearing about his power and whether or not he uses it properly. And though he comes off like a lizard person or a waxy skinned android, he has given away billions of dollars alongside his wife to various charities and aims to bring the internet to the poorest 1/3 of the globe who currently don’t have access to it. So give thumbs up or a thumbs down, but listen, laugh, learn.   Visit our Sources: https://www.biography.com/business-figure/mark-zuckerberg https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Zuckerberg https://www.facebook.com/zuck https://www.forbes.com/profile/mark-zuckerberg/#5eb9f7e83e06 https://time.com/facebook-world-plan/ https://www.theguardian.com/technology/mark-zuckerberg https://www.businessinsider.com/facebook-mark-zuckerberg-net-worth-priscilla-chan-2017-10 https://www.inc.com/larry-kim/28-incredible-facts-about-mark-zuckerberg.html https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/287422 https://www.cnn.com/videos/media/2019/11/22/sacha-baron-cohen-a...
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Episode 431: The Dust Bowl: Oklahoma’s Epic Fail
On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we look at one of the biggest natural disasters in American history—The Dust Bowl. The Dust Bowl was a period of ten years where the perfect mixture of events combined to destroy all of agriculture in Oklahoma, Texas, Nebraska, and Kansas. It led to millions of people fleeing the area and dust storms that raged for days and killed countless people due to malnutrition and illness. One particular storm, called Black Sunday was so bad that it caused a storm that swept up a million tons of top soil from Oklahoma and dumped them as far away as Canada, Chicago, and New York! Even though the events of the Dust Bowl predate global warming by a century, it serves as a cautionary tale of how bad things can get with a quickness when weather and humans collide for mass stupidity. So what caused the dust bowl? It was a mix of things, and of course if something is wrong US, the government was involved. In order to lure settlers out to more undesirable areas of the country, the US made offers of free land which expanded and ended up being as high as 640 free acres in some states. This lured people with no farming knowledge to head to the area and start a life working the earth. So, thousands of unskilled workers showed up and were suddenly given all the advances of the industrial age to help work the soil. This combined in the worst way to harm the topsoil after just a few years of bad crop decisions. Now, the other part of the equation was that the area was known to have heavy rains for a decade and then light rains for a decade, but none of the farmers knew about the light rains. So, with soil that was overworked and in bad condition, the drought settled in, and once-fertile soil turned into nothing but sand and dust. This spread through several states until every storm turned into a dust storm with a  blacked sky and nothing to stop the ground from being pushed away Dozens of dust storms in just a few years made the area impossible to farm, and the dust itself caused health problems. This was all during the Great Depression to make things even worse, so everyone was starving, couldn’t work their land, and had no other line of work to turn to. Hundreds of thousands of “Oakies” moved to California to find work, but there was very little to be found. The static electricity was so bad in the arid, dusty atmosphere that people would get knocked on their butts from the discharge of simply shaking hands. It was a time of rail riding hoboes, bad health, mass migration, and biblical omens like red skies, hidden suns, and plagues of rabbits and bugs. If you’re into history, or just even just hoboes, give this one a listen.   Visit our Sources https://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/green-science/dust-bowl-cause.htm https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dust_Bowl http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/presentationsandactivities/presentations/timeline/depwwii/dustbowl/ https://www.history.com/topics/great-depression/dust-bowl https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/dust-bowl-surviving-dust-bowl/ https://livinghistoryfarm.org/farminginthe30s/water_02.html https://www.thebalance.com/what-was-the-dust-bowl-causes-and-effects-3305689 https://drought.unl.edu/dustbowl/Home.aspx http://www.softschools.com/facts/us_history/dust_bowl_facts/814/ https://www.history.com/news/10-things-you-may-not-know-about-the-dust-bowl https://www.phactual.com/17-interesting-facts-about-the-dust-bowl/ https://www.conserve-energy-future.com/dust-bowl-facts.php  
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Episode 430: Ilse Koch: The Bitch of Buchenwald
On this episode of the world Famous Sofa King Podcast, we travel back to World War Two and tell the tale of Ilse Koch, the Bitch of Buchenwald. Everyone knows the names like Dr. Mengele and tales of SS Officers who tortured and murdered the Jews in concentration camps. But this obscure, and truly evil woman, largely escapes the lens of history. Born in Dresden, Germany, Ilse lived in the poverty that faced all of Germany in the aftermath of World War One. This very poverty was what led Hitler to power, by exploiting the desire for Germany to be great again. And Ilse Koch was exactly the type of person Hitler was aiming at. She joined the Nazi Party very early on, and by the time Hitler came to power, she and her husband Karl Koch were rewarded with promotions. Karl became the warden of a prison, and he was so sadistic that the Nazis decided to put him in charge of the construction and daily operation of Buchenwald Concentration Camp during the holocaust. Unlike a lot of German women during the Reich, Ilse was not content to simply sit at home and be a house frau. Instead, she took a job at her husband’s first prison to prepare herself for life in Buchenwald, and once there, she really went off the rails. For one thing, she took money from the Jews as they got off the trains and used it—a lot of it—to build a mansion and massive structure in which she could horseback ride on the premises. She was known to ride around the camp and whip prisoners with her riding crop for a laugh. Oh, and she was also know to do it in skimpy clothes, so if any of the men stared at her, she could have them shot. This behavior went as far as her having servants come to her mansion while she was in a nightie and then killing off any man that looked at her, or lining Jews up in the nude and having any killed who got an erection. But she was just getting started. Apparently, she liked tattoos. She liked them a lot. In fact, she would collect them. From dead Jews. And make lamps for the house and a favorite purse out of them. In fact, she figured out an evil scheme in which the doctors of Buchenwald would conduct experiments to see if people with tattoos were more likely to be criminal and have different physiology. The only way to know was to kill and dissect them. Then, she would have other prisoners skin and tan the dead Jews, so she could have her keepsakes. The things that she and her husband did in the camp were so awful that even the Nazi party said enough. They had both of them arrested and tried. What were the results of the trial? Why did Karl get a much more harsh punishment than Ilse? What did the US and the new West German government do to punish her for war crimes? What happened to all the skin she had gathered? Did she really have shrunken Jew heads  in a glass case? How did she finally die? Listen, laugh, learn.   Visit our Sources: https://biographics.org/ilse-koch-biography-the-nazi-bitch-of-buchenwald/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ilse_Koch https://www.thevintagenews.com/2018/06/26/ilse-koch/ https://allthatsinteresting.com/ilse-koch http://www.auschwitz.dk/Women/Koch.htm https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/the-witch-of-buchenwald-is-sentenced-to-prison https://www.ranker.com/list/ilse-koch-concentration-camp-guard/laura-allan http://marcuse.faculty.history.ucsb.edu/classes/33d//projects/naziwomen/ilse.htm https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/ilse-koch https://www.britannica.com/biography/Ilse-Koch  
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Episode 428: Library of Alexandria: A Collection of The Worlds Knowledge Lost
On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we travel back in time and look at one of the most important creations of the ancient world—the Library of Alexandria. This was considered to be the largest library ever built by humanity (until the Library of Congress…), and it was destroyed in a raging fire. Or, that’s what people think, anyway. So, how big was this library? It contained upwards of a million scrolls and books from all of the ancient, Western World. From Egypt to Greece to Rome and all parts nearby, if you wrote it, they had it. It housed a hundred scholars who were paid to live there and simply think and invent. In this way, it was a precursor to modern research universities by a few thousand years. The library was established by Alexander the Great who wanted a major hub of learning to be in his new capitol, so the military could always have an advantage. The head librarians and the Ptolemys who took after his death saw something much more grand in this place. It was set out to be a place to worship the Muses, but its contents and glory spread as the new rulers paid more money to make it even more grand. The head librarian had the power to seize ships that came to port and make copies of any written work they had on board (copies on finer paper would be returned, but the originals stayed in the library). They’d send curators to all nearby city states to get the original works of anything they had written—science, math, mapping, literature, history, medicine—you name it, they wanted it. The destruction of this unparalleled center for learning is a mystery for historians to this day. Some say Julius Caesar destroyed it as he set fire to the docks of Alexandria. Others think this damaged the secondary building, but not the grand Library of Alexandria itself. Another camp thinks it was Christians who lived in the city and were rioting against pagans who kept written works in the towers. And yet another camp thinks it was Muslims who destroyed anything that didn’t mesh with the Koran. It was probably a lot more complicated than any of those single things, but the rise and fall of one of the most impactful houses of thought in the history of humanity is a worthy topic for your ear holes.   Visit our Sources: https://ehistory.osu.edu/articles/burning-library-alexandria https://www.ancient-origins.net/ancient-places-africa-history-important-events/destruction-great-library-alexandria-001644 https://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2010/06/the-perniciously-persistent-myths-of-hypatia-and-the-great-library https://www.crystalinks.com/libraryofalexandria.html https://www.geek.com/news/the-great-conspiracy-of-egypts-mythical-library-the-hall-of-records-1647814/ https://www.britannica.com/topic/Library-of-Alexandria https://www.britannica.com/topic/Library-of-Alexandria https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Library_of_Alexandria https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-library-of-alexandria-is-long-gone-and-all-around-us  
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Episode 427: Carl Tanzler: The Tale of The Corpse Bride
On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we take a poke at some disturbing history and explore the life and love of Carl Tanzler. If you don’t know who Tanzler was, here’s a sneak peek—he lived with the corpse of the girl he obsessed over for seven years. But more on that later… Carl Tanzler was born to a wealthy family in Germany in 1877. As a young adult, he studied many differing subjects and traveled a lot. In fact, he found himself in Australia when World War I broke out, and he (like all other Germans) found himself living in a prisoner of war camp until the end of the war. He tried to escape once, but was finally released to the Netherlands at the end of the war. Eventually, Tanzler made his way to Florida to live with his sister after marrying a woman in Germany and fathering two kids. He took a job as a radiology technician in 1927 at a Marine Hospital in Key West. He lived apart from his wife and kids to do this job, but still supported them financially. Oh, and did I mention that when he was a child, he was visited by the ghost of Countess Anna Constantia von Cosel who told him one day he would find true love in a dark haired beauty? Well he did, and he did. Because a few years after taking his job, he met Elena De Hoyos, a twenty-one year old tuberculosis patient. He fell madly in love with her and did everything he could to find her a cure, all the while giving her gifts and jewelry and professing his love, which she didn’t reciprocate. To heal her, he did radical, fringe experiments that the hospital didn’t know about, took an X-Ray machine back to her house, and gave her all sorts of potions and elixirs meant to find a cure. Spoiler alert: it didn’t work. She died of TB, and Carl Tanzler paid for a lavish mausoleum to be built for her. He’d skip work nights to sit near her grave and sing her dark songs, and eventually she told him through the door to take her body home. So, like you do, he did. He took her home on a red child’s wagon and reinforced her corpse for endurance and love making. He lived with her for 7 years. So what finally got Carl Tanzler caught? How did he preserve her two year old corpse once he got it home? What scheme did he have to infuse her body with cosmic radiation to bring her back to life like the bride of Frankenstein? How did he get her hair? How did he have sex with the body? Why did the city put her body on display for a dollar a pop? What did his wife think of all of this? What did he blow up with dynamite before leaving Key West? Listen, laugh, learn.   Visit our Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_Tanzler https://www.buzzfeed.com/agh/carl-tanzler-elena-hoyos-mummy-corpse-florida-key-west https://www.thevintagenews.com/2018/10/09/carl-tanzler/ https://www.historicmysteries.com/carl-tanzler-in-love-with-the-dead/ https://mind-blowingfacts.com/carl-tanzler-corpse/ https://rare.us/people/carl-tanzler-elena-hoyos-florida/ https://allthatsinteresting.com/carl-tanzler https://www.ranker.com/list/carl-tanzler-key-west-story/cheryl-adams-richkoff
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Episode 426: The Yorkshire Ripper: Blood and Bludgeoning
On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we look at the murderous life of a British serial killer named Peter Sutcliffe, aka the Yorkshire Ripper. It was May of 1981, and he was convicted of murdering 13 women (mostly prostitutes) and trying to kill another seven. But he didn’t have typical serial killer childhood or even the control issues or sexual fantasies that many such killers had. In fact, his motivation seemed to come from the fact that he heard God’s voice tell him to kill hookers through the grave stone of a dead Polish man. You know…that old story. So, how did it all start? Sutcliffe was born to a middle class factory family and had an otherwise normal mom and childhood. He was anti social, but nothing anyone would describe as particularly out of the ordinary. His father was a macho bully who berated Peter for not being more manly, but there was no evidence of physical abuse. Eventually, after years of this treatment, he worked out until he was buff enough to best his brothers and make his family happy. He lived a seemingly normal life, working at various factories and eventually getting a job as a truck driver. He was married, but had no kids. But, he was disturbed. He worked a job as a grave digger, and people said he would do strange things with the corpses, like pose them and make fun of them. He’d tell jokes that even other grave diggers thought were pushing it, and he’d steal things from the dead. Eventually, he started to visit hookers to get revenge on his cheating girlfriend, and that’s where his transformation to the Yorkshire Ripper started. His first taste of blood was when a pimp took his money and roughed him up without letting him have sex. He went back to the neighborhood and beat the hooker with a sock that had a brick in it. He did this a total of three more times, and he had his taste of blood and bludgeoning. From there, he elevated things and started to attack hookers with ball peen hammers and slash them with a knife. The first few survived, but he dot more aggressive and eventually shifted to killing. The Yorkshire Ripper would hit hookers with the hammer several times and then slash or stab them. Like many serial killers he was caught and questioned by the police several times but always managed to talk his way out of it. So, what finally got him busted? How did he try to hide the evidence of his crimes with the cops right there? What was his reaction when accidentally killed a girl who wasn’t a prostitute? What was the deal with his V-Neck sweater that he wore upside down to let his crotch go through the neck hole? How many cops did it take to catch him, and how many interviews did they do? How was he treated in prison, and when did his wife finally leave him? Did he really have a testicle five times bigger than normal? Why did the media give him a name that hearkens back to Jack the Ripper? Listen, laugh, learn.   Visit our Sources: https://murderpedia.org/male.S/s/sutcliffe-peter.htm https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Sutcliffe https://allthatsinteresting.com/peter-sutcliffe-yorkshire-ripper http://www.yorkshireripper.com/the-story/ https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/2431418/peter-sutcliffe-yorkshire-ripper-prison-murder-blinded/ https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7567859/Yorkshire-Ripper-Peter-Sutcliffe-dumps-American-cheerleader-girlfriend-Krystal-Smith.html https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/9453621/yorkshire-ripper-peter-sutcliffe-dead-weeks-victims-faces/ https://www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/peter-sutcliffe-34350.php  
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Episode 425: Unarius Academy of Science: Bad Cult, Awesome Films
On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we talk about one of the craziest little cults you’ve never heard of, The Unarius Academy of Science. It was started in 1954 by Ernest and Ruth Norman, and they got fringe-famous for a series of over 100 odd books that detailed there cosmology and an alternate history of humanity. And then there were the videos. They made the most fantastically awesome awful films for public access television in the 1980s that are as bad as any Troma film and totally worth a watch. (Seriously. Google them or check the links below and go watch some!) Like most cults, they started with a conman who could twist people into believing odd things. Ernest Norman met his soon-to-be wife while he was a conman taking money from grieving war widows during World War II. He’d claim to put them in touch with the spirits of their dead GI husbands and take their cash in the process. He met Ruth, and within weeks they were married, and she was spending her dead husband’s considerable restaurant fortune on Ernest and the birth of the Unarian ideas. So what are their ideas? Like Heaven’s Gate, they believed that UFO space brothers would come by and rescue humanity, but they weren’t all dark and twisted about it, telling people to kill themselves. Actually, unlike most cults, they didn’t really take people’s money or have strange sex or anything especially cult like. (We think it’s because Ernest died early on, and his wife ran the joint instead, obsessing over making films and getting pictures of herself in utterly crazy outfits…) The Unarius group believes in reincarnation and that their two leaders were major people in human history like Confucius, Ben Franklin, Julius Caesar, and even Tesla. They were also connected to archangels from other planets and would one day usher in 33 space ships that would form a city ship in the skies above El Cajon, California. Like you do… So what was in these amazing videos they filmed? What did their current leader do to purge himself of sin? What happened when they let 33 doves free from a tin UFO in the high California summer heat? How much money are they worth, and how much property did Ruth Norman buy for a UFO landing strip before she died? Listen, laugh, learn.   Visit Our Sources: https://vimeo.com/122138270 https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=3&v=n6dpt07UW9o Unarian Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/unarius33/featured https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unarius_Academy_of_Science https://www.unarius.org/ https://dangerousminds.net/comments/the_unarius_academy_of_science_americas_zaniest_ufo_cult https://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Unarius_Academy_of_Science https://io9.gizmodo.com/meet-the-unarians-the-most-awesomely-bad-ufo-cult-ever-5675108 https://archive.nytimes.com/www.nytimes.com/books/first/h/heard-apocalypse.html
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Bonus Episode: Waiting for Brad…
On this Sofa King Podcast experience, we have another bonus-lite episode. Why bonus-lite? Because Brad isn't here. So, Brent and Dave turn to the Unofficial SK Ultra Fan Group to get some questions to chew the fat over. What questions you might ask? Would we ever do radio again? What were the pros and cons of the radio episodes? How open are we to trying things outside of our comfort zones? Are we truly accepting of people of all races, religions, and sexual orientations? Do we have any known biases in that regard? What is our favorite dessert? What keeps us going with the podcast even while facing life's hardships and recent struggles? Oh, and some hot mess question about "Rosikrishkins," radioactive babushkas, and honky tonk bedonkadonks... Listen for some deep thoughts and deep laughs, and if you like what you hear, don't be afraid to support us in Patreon!
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Episode 424: Freddie Mercury: The Ultimate Rock God
On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we explore the life, love, songs, and death of the ultimate rock and roll front man, Freddie Mercury. He wasn't the typical British rock god people assume him to be. In fact, he was born in Zanzibar, not the UK. His birth name was Farrokh Bulsara, and he didn't live in England until he was 12 years old when his parents were fleeing a violent revolution in their home country. Unsurprisingly, he was a gifted musician early on, learning the piano at age 8 and being able to parrot just about any song shortly thereafter. He started singing in bands before he was even a teenager, but he only started to seriously do gigs when he moved to London with his long time fiancé Mary Austin. He sang in small bands with horrible names (Sour Milk Sea, The Hectics, Ibex, and Wreckage) before he met guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor, to become lead singer of their band Smile (bass player John Deacon joined later). The released an album a couple years later, and then started to prolifically drop an album a year through the early 70s. They met with some success with the album Sheer Heart Attack in 1974, and the rest was music history. They started to tour, and Freddie Mercury's charisma sold out house after house. Freddie turned out to be a musical genius with a four octave range, and only sleeping three or four hours a night (something that Prince also did, which I guess is a sign of musical genius!). Eventually, no music venue could hold them, so they became the first band to sell out sporting arenas. Their live shows culminated in their Live Aid performance, which is largely considered to be the greatest rock and roll concert of all time. From “We Will Rock You” to “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and from “Under Pressure” to “Flash Gordon,” the larger-than-life stadium glam rock hits kept coming. Through it all, there were of course parties, cocaine, and lots and lots of sex. This is what ultimately lead to Freddie Mercury’s AIDS-related death in 1991. So, was Freddie Mercury gay or bisexual? What happened between him and his female fiancé of 7 years? How did she get along with his boyfriend? Why did he keep his AIDS diagnosis a secret? To whom did he leave his fortune, and why? What was with his broken microphone stand? And why didn't he fix those teeth?!? Listen, laugh, learn.   Visit our Sources: https://www.biography.com/musician/freddie-mercury https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freddie_Mercury http://www.freddiemercury.com/ https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/j5yn37/freddie-mercury-peter-freestone-interview https://www.udiscovermusic.com/stories/freddie-mercury-facts-you-need-to-know/ http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20191010-who-was-the-real-freddie-mercury http://mentalfloss.com/article/22465/facts-about-freddie-mercury https://planetradio.co.uk/magic/entertainment/music/freddie-mercury/ https://www.boredpanda.com/freddie-mercury-facts-icecreammaam/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=organic https://www.express.co.uk/entertainment/music/1186713/Freddie-Mercury-sex-gay-boyfriend-girlfriend-Mary-Austin-interview-Bohemian-Rhapsody-fans https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Cook_(songwriter)
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Bonus Episode: Stand Up or Sit Down?!
On this bonus episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, the three mad men return to answer some questions. What types of questions? Why, the interview questions once used by 19th Century French novelist Marcel Proust of course! So, we ponder the following: What traits do you admire in a woman? What occupation would you rather do than the one you have? What occupation would you never want to do? Oh, and we talk a lot about stand up comedy. We get to the bottom of why we have never tried it. Dave talks about what it felt like to bomb on stage doing improv comedy, and Brent talks about his strangely powerful fear of public speaking and being on stage. We talk about lots of other stuff as well and get all deep and personal, but to be honest, I'm too tired to remember any of it or write it down. So let's just call it a night, okay? Don't judge me!
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Peter Freuchen: From Poo Daggers to Killing Nazis
On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we cover the life of one of the world's greatest explorers, survivalists, Nazi Hunters, movie producers, and authors of the past hundred years: Peter Freuchen. Never heard of him? Well, get ready for a story full of jail breaks, fecal daggers, and peg legs! Peter Freuchen was born in 1886 to a businessman who drove him hard to excel at school. Young Peter, however, had different plans. He dropped out of a prestigious medical school and took all the money he had to go on a truly epic adventure. He met up with his friend Knud Rasmussen and took a ship that sailed as far north from Denmark as any ship would travel. Then, they took sled teams and pushed 600 miles deeper north. There, they discovered the Inuit people, and their lives changed forever. They were the first white men to learn their language and embrace their culture. They learned how to fish, hunt, and track in the extreme North. While there, Freuchen found an Inuit bride and killed polar bear. They established a base camp called Thule Trading Station, and from there launched several death defying expeditions. On the third such expedition, Freuchen was buried in an ice cave and had to dig out with a dagger made of his own poo and cut all of his toes off with a pair of clamps and a hammer. After crawling back to base camp, he had to have his frost bitten foot replaced with a peg. And he kept right on adventuring. After he lost his wife to the Spanish flu, he traveled and lectured and even made Oscar winning film adaptions of some of his memoirs. He got all political and ran a magazine in Denmark and ultimately found himself there when the Nazis invaded. He became a key figure in the resistance and talked smack any time a Nazi said anything bad about Jews, and Hitler himself ordered his capture. He was captured and sent to a camp in France to be executed, but he escaped. Did I mention the peg leg? Oh, and while he was escaping he met a fashionista from New York who worked for Vogue magazine and helped her escape as well, marrying her and moving to New York. Like you do. So, if you want to hear about the baddest of the bad, a bulletproof adventurer the likes of which even Steve Irwin would have marveled at, this is the episode for you. Visit our Sources: https://www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/peter-freuchen-13661.php https://culturacolectiva.com/history/peter-freuchen-biography-badass-explorer-wife https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Freuchen https://allthatsinteresting.com/peter-freuchen https://www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/peter-freuchen-13661.php https://thechive.com/2018/03/28/peter-freuchen-is-the-actual-most-interesting-man-in-the-world-15-photos/ https://www.newyorker.com/culture/photo-booth/an-irving-penn-portrait-for-the-coldest-days-of-winter https://avauntmagazine.com/peter-freuchen/ https://www.anothermag.com/art-photography/3425/the-remarkable-life-of-peter-freuchen
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Bonus Episode: Brad’s Not Here!
This is a bonus episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast. But, it is a “bonus episode: light.” Why? Because Brad’s not here! He’s smack dab in the middle of being an awesome father, so the intrepid Dave and Brent take to the microphones by themselves. In this episode, they answer the interview questions of Marcel Proust, French Novelist, and man with a mustache that was as fancy as it gets. These questions are apparently quite powerful since the guys only answered three questions, and it turned into a full blown episode. What questions did they answer? Why does one of the guys prefer Superman while the other prefers Spider Man? What does a cleft palate and being abnormally tall have to do with each other? Where does Lebowski fit in? Download and listen to learn this and much, much more! Be sure you check out our newly added merchandise and consider becoming a Patron to support the cause!
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Patreon Episode: Misunderstood
What happens, when the Sofa King Podcast sets a microphone up in front of two innocent little girls to talk about their parents and their friends? Well, for one thing, it turns in to a Patreon shout out. For another thing, a lot of sex talk that isn’t sex talk happens. For another another thing, hilarity ensues. For another another another thing, they aren’t really little girls. For another another another another thing, it isn’t safe for work what with all the dirty talk that isn’t dirty. Confused? You don’t have to be? You could just download and give it a listen. We hope this little skit conveys the genuine thanks and love we have for our Patrons. You keep us in ramen and El Yucateco hot sauce, and we appreciate every single dollar you give us. We do this thing to have fun and tie in to the odd community that has sprouted up around us, but the Patron dollars really help us out in our regular lives. If you’re not a Patron, feel free to join here! If you are a Patron, feel free to keep doing what you’re doing. https://www.patreon.com/sofakingpodcast 
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Episode 422: Fresno Nightcrawlers: Alien Break Dance Battle?
On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we delve into the paranormal and look at a creature that some say is an alien and other say is a cryptid—the Fresno Nightcrawler. Now, Fresno is only about an hour and a half from the Fight Club Studios, so we were instantly interested in a creature that hails from our backyard. In this case, the creature is a strange one, or a strange two since they seem to travel as a couple. Unlike most cryptids, there is video footage of them (see the notes below). They look like a pair of lanky, strange legs with knees that don’t bend quite right. Oh, and it has no real torso or head, just a bit of a lump above the flowing, blowsy legs. The first encounter with them that was filmed was on a security camera in the backyard of a man named Jose (he keeps his last name out of it to avoid all the nonsense). In November of 2007, he heard his dogs barking in an odd, threatened way at 12:45 AM. He went to check the video camera in case it was another break in, and he saw the Fresno Nighcrawlers. They shambled and flowed across his front yard and through is wrought iron gate, on and then another. The next day, he called the police, and they obviously had no jurisdiction on alien pants creatures. They suggested the media, and he called the local Univision station. They filmed a video of his video and sent it to MUFON for investigation. MUFON sent a man named Camacho out to investigate, and after several months, he finally interviewee Jose and took the footage to a MUFON conference. That was when the video went viral. After that, another video appeared, allegedly shot north of Fresno in Yosemite. But even before all this, there was an encounter of something called the Caramel Creature, a strange being with a similar description in Indiana, an alleged ancient Yokuts Indian myth, and even a video from Poland. People try to debunk these videos. Hard. And some succeed more than others. What do the guys think of these videos? Why do they think one might be more legit than the others? How tall are these Fresno Nightcralwers, and how did they fit between an iron fence? Why was Jose so scared that he didn’t even leave his house for three weeks after the encounter? Where are the creepy wooden statues that are said to depict these creatures? Are they aliens, cryptids, beings from the spirit realm? Listen, laugh, learn.   Visit Our Sources: First Video of Nighcrawler: https://youtu.be/fMv85lRAmuk Second Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ziB35K9shuI Polish Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLcDscJoOfQ MUFON Video with Jose: https://youtu.be/a_cjmy_ehiI Break Down of Videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvIPNYTzGuA https://cryptidz.fandom.com/wiki/Fresno_Nightcrawler https://cryptidz.fandom.com/wiki/Carmel_Area_Creature https://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/article219755195.html https://www.theodysseyonline.com/fresno-nightcrawlers https://www.ranker.com/list/fresno-nightcrawler-facts/laura-allan https://www.gaia.com/article/the-fresno-nightcrawler-an-armless-faceless-two-legged-cryptid  
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Patreon Shoutout: Palomas Feat Brentano
Show: Kings of the Sofa Season 7, Episode 9: "Fear and Loathing in Bakersfield" Genre: Situation Comedy Run Time: 22 Minutes Rating: TV-MA (Suggestive Dialogue, Coarse or Crude Language, Sexual Situations, Violence) Summary: On a very special episode of Kings of the Sofa, CJ Lazer smokes marijuana for the first time. Concerned, the guys all attempt to help in different ways. Brent holds an intervention. Brad tries to make CJ sweat it out. Dave tries to scare CJ straight. All of their tries meet with unexpected results and teach them more than they ever bargained for about drug use. Guest starring Whoopi Goldberg.
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Patreon Shoutout The Burglar: A Patron-Funded Documentary
This special episode of the Sofa King Podcast is a first-of-its-kind, True Crime podcast documentary produced by Brad, Brent, and Dave. It is a little know case of a serial criminal who committed his malfeasance from the East coast to Kansas. In this piece, we interview a survivor of these crimes, The Burglar's lover, and even the special agent from the FBI who helped bring him to justice. On top of all of that, we were granted special access to The Burglar himself and were able to include portions of his interview in the documentary. We hope this tale of a little known criminal resonates with you as much as it did with us, and we hope to use it as a launching point to conduct more podcast documentaries as a way to thank some of our dedicated patrons. To support the Sofa King Podcast, please visit is at: https://www.patreon.com/join/sofakingpodcast
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Episode 421: Amityville: Murder, Monsters, and Malarkey
On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we give you a two-fer and talk both true crime and the most (in)famous haunting in America. That's right, it's the case known as the Amityville Horror. What started as a truly mysterious mass murder in the iconic house in Amityville evolved into a world-famous ghost story that spawned books, horror films, documentaries, and scarred the childhoods of countless kids growing up in the 1970s. (I'm looking at you "get ouuuuut" ghost!) So, where does this multifaceted story begin? With the murder of six members of the DeFeo family in November of 1974. It was a middle-class family living under an abusive drunk, the father Robert DeFeo Sr. Their son, Robert Jr., snapped and pulled a gun on his father to stop the beatings, and his parents rewarded him with gifts and a job at the family car lot. One day, he left work early (as he often did) and talked mad smack about his family. The next day at 6:30 AM, he burst back into the bar claiming his parents might have been shot. Witnesses followed him to find all six members of his family shot in their beds face down. This is where the mystery builds. No neighbors heard gunshots. There was no silencer, no sign of struggle, no drugs in their systems, and ultimately no motive for the killing of anyone other than the abusive dad. This case was famous, and as a result, the house wasn't worth much. Enter the Lutz family. They bought the murder scene and moved in, but sold the place only 28 days later. Why? Well, it was crazy haunted. There was a room full of flies, green ectoplasm leaking from the doors, a pig with flowing red eyes, and imaginary friend/ghost that their son could see, a demon boy photo, and a ghost who screamed "Get Out" at a priest. Their story spawned a book and cult film, and the house was never the same again. But all may not be as it seemed, and a lot of doubt has been raised about the story of the haunting? So, who said the Lutz family was making it all up? Did they concoct the story over a bottle of wine in an attempt to make some money? Why did they move in only 28 days? What did the children claim happened to them that wasn't in the movies? Was the house on an anceint indian mad house, and did George Lutz mess with occult powers in his garage? How does Drunk Brad's theory legitimately explain the strange DeFeo murders? Listen, laugh, learn. Visit our Sources: https://www.biography.com/news/the-real-amityville-horror-amityville-the-awakening-movie https://allthatsinteresting.com/amityville-murders-ronald-defeo-jr https://newyork.cbslocal.com/2012/02/27/new-evidence-raises-questions-in-decades-old-amityville-horror-murders/ https://www.topic.com/the-true-twisted-story-of-amityville-horror https://www.bustle.com/p/9-creepy-facts-about-the-amityville-horror-case-you-probably-didnt-know-67039 https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/the-amityville-horror/    
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Bonus Episode: The Philosophers Stoned
On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we step away from our usual show pattern and give you a good old fashioned bonus episode. If you want a regular episode, skip this one and go one episode ahead or back. There, you’ll hear us research and topic and spit facts at you as well as horrible off topic jokes and conversational cul-de-sacs. On this one, however, we give you a bonus episode. No research. No plan, just the fellas shooting it over some whiskey. What do we talk about? All sorts of stuff. Great stuff! Crazy stuff! Stuff that is sure to delight and offend! We actually turned to the unofficial SK Facebook group, and they asked us questions about our philosophy on life. What did they ask us? What is our philosophy on cutting friends and family out of our lives? What is the relationship between passion versus commitment? What is our philosophy on credit scores and credit bureaus? We may have a contact high from being so close to episode 420, but we get deep! So, get those earholes ready for some wisdom. Oh, and if you love this Bonus Episode or our regular episodes, do us two favors. First, go and support us on Patreon!
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Cheech and Chong: Episode 420, Man…
On this 420th episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we discuss the consummate stoners of all time, Cheech and Chong. This comedy duo hit the scene in the early 1970s and were an international phenomenon within a decade. They made several smash comedy albums, half a dozen movies, and defined what it meant to be a stoner (or a chollo) for nearly four decades after. They were so successful in their characters that they fooled a several generations (including the hosts) into thinking they were kind of slow stoners who stumbled into fame. The truth couldn’t be more different, as we learned researching these two comedic geniuses and how they made such an indelible mark on popular culture. Tommy Chong was born in Canada, and was half Chinese and half Irish. He was a very talented musician who once played for a band who had Jimmy Hendrix as their guitar player! He got out of the music business after a band member gave him his first joint and a comedy record, and the world was never the same since. He took over his father’s burlesque club and started doing improv comedy there in between the naked women, and that’s where he met Cheech. Richard “Cheech” Marin was born in east LA and moved to Canada to avoid the draft to Vietnam after dropping out of college. He was delivering carpet for a living and went into Chong’s club, and the two hit it off right away. The two of them found success being an improv duo, and they honed their acts and their craft for several years. Like Richard Pryor, their acts pushed boundaries and were very risqué, but it is what put them over the top. They toured, doing over 300 shows a year on the road, and they eventually put out their first album, called Cheech and Chong in 1971. They released an album a year from there on, and their fame and following grew continuously. Five years later, they had their first movie deal for Up in Smoke, and the rest was history. They had an amazing run of movies playing the same two characters, and their performances were convincing enough to make people believe they were really stoners. Well, maybe Chong was a little, but they were professionals, and their improv skills make their movies and albums come to life in ways that only the Marx Brothers and few others could match. Though dated, their comedy still holds up as legendary. So, how did Cheech and Chong manage to get a feature film made by Paramount studios when instead of a script, they had three and a half pages of notes on a yellow legal pad? Did Cheech even smoke weed at all? Why did US prosecutors come after Tommy Chong in 2003, and what type of jail time did he serve? How did the same prosecutors harass him five years later when a DVD of their raid on his house was just about to go on sale? What made the duo split up, and when did they finally get together to tour and sell bongs? Why the hell does Stacey Keach turn into a lizard? What's up with Brent and the little bee machines? Is he really Trent on this episode? Listen, laugh, learn.   Visit Our Sources: http://www.cheechandchong.com/ https://www.cheechandchongglass.com/ https://www.rollingstone.com/movies/movie-features/cheech-and-chong-on-40-years-of-up-in-smoke-real-life-drove-everything-629983/ https://www.thewrap.com/heres-the-biggest-misconception-about-cheech-and-chong/ https://www.forbes.com/sites/simonthompson/2018/04/09/cheech-and-chong-on-up-in-smoke-and-the-biggest-deals-they-rejected/#2e2da7313a0f https://www.allmusic.com/artist/cheech-chong-mn0000106298/biography https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheech_%26_Chong https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheech_Marin https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tommy_Chong http://www.worldofweed.com/10-far-facts-cheech-chong/
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Bonus Episode: Borrowed Time
On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we step away from our usual show pattern and give you a good old fashioned bonus episode. If you want a regular episode, skip this one and go one episode ahead or back. There, you’ll hear us research and topic and spit facts at you as well as horrible off topic jokes and conversational cul-de-sacs. On this one, however, we give you a bonus episode. No research. No plan, just the fellas shooting it over some whiskey. What do we talk about? All sorts of stuff. Great stuff! Crazy stuff! Stuff that is sure to delight and offend! We actually turned to the unofficial SK Facebook group, and they asked us questions about our philosophy on life. What did they ask us? What is our philosophy on falling down and getting back up again? What is our philosophy on happiness. We get all Depak on you and spit some enlightenment. So, get those earholes ready for some wisdom. Oh, and if you love this Bonus Episode or our regular episodes, do us two favors. First, go and support us on Patreon!
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Episode 419: Vince McMahon: The Ultimate Heel
On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we look at the ultimate heel in all of professional wrestling, the chairman of WWE, Vince McMahon. Vince is the primary owner of the company, and he is a unique corporate mogul. Yes, he’s worth billions of dollars for having an insane vision that nobody else had (kind of like Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, but with man flesh instead of microchips). But he has also paid his dues, putting himself through the same grueling matches as the boys. He’s a controversial figure who change the entire TV mediascape. He was born as the third generation of sports promoter with a father and grandfather who both promoted boxing and wrestling matches in their New England and New York territory. Vince McMahon didn’t know his father at all until he was 12 and moved to New York to study under him and start working the wrestling and promoting gig. By the time he finished college, he had a plan to take his family’s property national and buck the traditional unwritten law that said no wrestling promoter would wander into other people’s territory. Vince was armed with the newly famous Hulk Hogan, and they cut a deal together to take on the entire nation and make professional wrestling more than a backyard gig. Within a few years, he was the master of syndication and with Hogan and Jessie Ventura’s fame and heat in the ring, the started to take over all the other territories. He soon launched WrestleMania, and by WrestleMania III, he was the undisputed king of wrestling. The other territories dried up, and there was only Vince and his WWF. Eventually, he went to war with Ted Turner over cable wrestling dominance, and he won that as well, gobbling up ECW and WCW and changing his name to WWE after a lawsuit. But this rags to riches story comes with drama. He treats his wrestlers notoriously poorly, giving them no health benefits or pension, and using them up until they can’t be used any more. Some of the old timers had it out with him. There were feuds, lawsuits, deaths, and challenges, but Mr. McMahon (the character and the person) always came out on top. So, what happened when Jessie the Body tried to unionize the wrestlers? Why did Hulk Hogan get fired and then brought back on as the golden boy? Was the Rock the biggest of all time, or was it someone else? Why did Vince get death threats building his company, and how did he respond to his wife? How are the wrestlers treated poorly? What was the Montreal Screw Job, and how did it change the face of all professional wrestling? From Andre the Giant to Mick Foley, Vince was in the middle. So, listen, laugh, learn.   Visit Our Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vince_McMahon https://www.podcastone.com/episode/Shane-McMahon-CLASSIC https://www.podcastone.com/episode/Immortal-Hulk-Hogan https://www.podcastone.com/episode/Jesse-Ventura-CLASSIC https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8UQ4O7UiDs https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montreal_Screwjob https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/XFL_(2020) https://variety.com/2019/tv/features/wwe-vince-mcmahon-interview-smackdown-raw-1203213046/ https://www.grunge.com/149456/the-untold-truth-of-vince-mcmahon/    
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The Warminster Thing: From UFOs to Creeping Clouds
On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we explore one of the biggest paranormal cases in the history of the UK, known simply as the Warminster Thing. The Thing is hard to describe. The events surrounding it started on Christmas Morning of 1964, but they spread through 1965 and 1966 as well. What makes this case unique in UFO lore is that it had so many witnesses (practically the whole town witnessed some part of it), and The Thing happened in different forms over the years. The first encounter with the Warminster Thing was a series of strange sounds. Several witnesses on that Christmas morning heard a horrible sound. One woman said it was like someone was dragging large branches over her roof and then was followed by massive hail stones falling on the roof, though the sky was clear and dry. Over 30 soldiers at a nearby base heard The Thing as well and described it as a chimney being ripped from the wall and dropped on top of the buildings. Another woman heard the horrible sound on an early morning walk, and the sound waves pressed her to the ground. Many other witnesses experienced the same strange, loud sound in the night sky just in time to think it was an evil Santa Some time passed with no more of these strange audio moments, but then something even bigger happened. Many people reported hearing a massive explosion in the sky and felt several earth quakes after the denotation. The weird thing was what the blast did. Many witnesses claim it turned into a giant cloud of smoke, like a mushroom cloud but shaped more like a light bulb. The, the cloud lowered to the ground and rolled over the forest. It turned into a ball of smoke with a bright yellow glowing core and sent tentacles of electricity out of it as crept along the tree line. The third big encounter with The Thing was the UFOS. Eventually, people started to see a classic cigar shaped UFO with what looked like coal fires in its port holes. It was perfectly silent and slid around the sky, again, with multiple witnesses. But then there were small things, too. A bunch of rats mutilated through the town and filled with strange puncture holes. A flock of pigeons that suddenly died in unison and fell from the sky. All of these encounters led to a town meeting in Warminster, intended to calm the populace down. All it did, however, was rile them up. People compared notes, freaked out, demanded action. A reporter covering the meeting named Arthur Shuttlewood was given one of the most famous UFO photos of all time at this meeting and took the story to the Daily Mirror. He wrote several stories and a crucial book in which he interviewed the witnesses of all the strange manifestations of The Warminster Thing. So, what was it? An alien visit? A dimensional rift? An energy weapon? An experimental craft in the cold war? What do we think of the UFO  video shot on site in 2017? We have our theories, so listen, laugh, learn.   Visit our Sources: http://www.ufo-warminster.co.uk/information/thing_history.htm http://www.ufo-warminster.co.uk/timeline_top.htm https://www.ufocasebook.com/warminster1964.html https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=5&v=AeKBoFQsXoQ https://mysteriousuniverse.org/2017/08/latest-uk-ufo-stirs-memories-of-the-warminster-thing/ http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/wiltshire/hi/people_and_places/history/newsid_8694000/8694729.stm https://unresolved.me/the-warminster-thing    
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Suicide Forest: Death in the Trees
On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we look at a unique and chilling place called Aokigahara—the Suicide Forest. It started as a way to have an episode about a haunted place, but this forest is so wild it took on a life of its own. The Suicide Forest is Japan, in the shadow of Mt. Fuji, and it is internationally famous as a place to go to end one’s life. As a result, it is considered one of the most haunted places on earth, but the macabre and disturbing facts about those who enter the woods alive trump the tales of those who are lingering around as undead. Though the exact number of deaths isn’t known in this forest, the last census was over 100 in one year; that was the year the Japanese government quite publishing the numbers since it just encouraged more people to go. These woods are not like normal woods. For one thing, the ground is volcanic rock from an eruption of Mt. Fuji in the 9th Century. This results in trees with roots bulging from the ground, looking like limbs in a Tim Burton film or a haunted forest in a cartoon. The ground is black, the sky can’t be seen, and the trees are twisted. On top of that, there are no birds, and the porous lava rock absorbs sound. It is eerily silent. Oh, and for some reason, compasses don’t work, GPS takes a dump, and you can’t get a cell signal. One disturbing fact of the woods is the ribbons. There are strings and ribbons all over the place. These are for people to mark their own resting places, so families can find the bodies. A walk through the Suicide Forest will have you find discarded shoes, empty tents, bottles of poison, nooses hanging from trees, and of course dead bodies. But the problem comes from the ghostly side. Japanese spirits called Yurei are angry and perturbed. They disturb the woods and are even though to possess people and make them angry, despondent, and suicidal. When a worker finds a body in the woods, they bring them back to the morgue, and there a guard has to sit with them all night to make sure the Yurei finds peace. Yeah, that’s pretty gnarly. So, what is the number one method of suicide in these troubling woods? What happened to the YouTuber who found a body while filming his vlog? Did Japanese elderly used to wander to these woods to die? What types of hauntings happen here? What do the signs say in order to get people not to take their own life? How does the Japanese mindset about suicide play into the popularity of this horrible destination? Listen, laugh, learn,   Visit our Sources: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/photography/proof/2017/02/aokigahara-jukai-suicide-forest/ http://www.aokigaharaforest.com/ https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/aokigahara-suicide-forest https://www.theverge.com/2018/1/2/16840176/logan-paul-suicide-video-apology-aokigahara-forest http://www.aokigaharaforest.com/Aokigahara-the-haunted-forest.html https://itsyourjapan.com/haunted-forest-in-japan/ http://mentalfloss.com/article/73288/15-eerie-things-about-japans-suicide-forest https://allthatsinteresting.com/suicide-forest-aokigahara https://mysteriousuniverse.org/2019/04/paranormal-encounters-at-japans-haunted-suicide-forest/    
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Episode 416: The Weather Underground: Bombs, Commies, and Orgies
On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we look at the ultimate left-wing radical group from the 1960s, the Weather Underground. The WGO, or simply the Weathermen detonated 25 bombs in the US in only seven years. They blew up a bomb at the U.S. Senate, the Pentagon, and the New York Police headquarters. They tried to burn down the house of a member of the US Supreme Court, and they really hated one particular statue. Originally, the Weather Underground was a violent branch of a national student group called the Students for a Democratic Society. Their original goal was to help end the war in Vietnam and to bring social and economic equality to the poor and minorities. However, after a heated national meeting, the Weathermen took over the group and made it much more dangerous. They aligned themselves with groups like the Black Panthers, learned how to stage a revolution in Cuba and North Vietnam, and started to make explosives. The Weathermen declared war on the United States, and after bad politics, they went underground, severing their ties with the student groups. Within a few years, key members were on the FBI’s most wanted list, and they were rightfully branded a terrorist group. They had strange ways of recruiting their white middle class members. One was called “Jailbreaks” where they’d go into high schools (sometimes topless) and storm classes to tell the youth that the curriculum was corrupt and to peel students out of the class and into the streets. Another was drugs. Drugs and orgies. So many orgies, until the STDs started to spread, and people got weird about sexual jealousy. But in the background of all of this was a truly radical group. Where did they unleash their Days of Rage, and how many of them were arrested and shot? Why did they always go after police? What happened with the FBI illegally perusing them using COINTELPRO, and how did this affect the arrest and conviction of the Weathermen? What was the “Wargasm,” and how many of their own were killed in a failed bombing attempt? Oh, and what caused them to break Timothy Leary out of jail and smuggle him out of the country, and what might this have had to do with John Lennon? Listen, laugh, learn.   Visit our Sources: https://time.com/4549409/the-weather-underground-bad-moon-rising/ https://timeline.com/weather-underground-smash-monogamy-b109c96597ff https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weather_Underground https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Days_of_Rage https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weather_High_School_Jailbreaks
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Episode 415: Hopkinsville Goblins: Aliens, Cryptids, or Silver Monkies?
On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we hit you with a crazy recipe—take one part cryptid and one part UFO encounter, bake in the Kentucky summer, and you get the Hopkinsville Goblins. The case of the Hopkinsville Goblins is one of the most important in all of UFOlogy because it establishes the details that a great many UFO cases follow for years after. It is, in fact, the genesis of the term “little green men,” even though the Goblins weren’t thought to be green. So, what exactly happened in Hopkinsville that is still studied to this day? Back in August of 1955, two families were staying in a small, homemade house in the woods of Kentucky. There were a total of 11 of them (5 adults, 4 children, and 2 carnies) at the house when things went sideways. One member of the house went outside to draw some water from the pump and saw what he called a flying saucer that showed every color in the rainbow. He told everyone this, and they dismissed it as a shooting star. (A highway patrol officer reported similar lights in the sky a few hours later, unbeknownst to each other). About an hour after, everyone heard noises outside and went to investigate. Since the dog was freaking out, they took their guns and saw the Goblins. They were allegedly about 2 or 3 feet tall with large glowing eyes. They had atrophied legs but buffed upper bodies, and they walked with a strange gait that looked as if they were underwater (and some witnesses said they were floating off the ground). The two men fired at the first Goblin, hit it dead center, and reported a sound like a bullet striking metal. The Goblin fell back and retreated into the woods, and this was the start of a four hour campaign of fear and bullets. The Goblins started to claw at the roof and pop up into windows and scratch at the door. The families fired over 100 rounds at them and eventually packed it up headed into town to get the police. The cops had heard tell of the fire fight, so they weren’t taking any chances. A total of 16 officers from three police and military unit went to investigate. They confirmed in all 16 of their reports that the house was damaged as if something was trying to get in. The police also heard strange things in the trees and saw the weird lights. Eventually, the cops left, and about 45 minutes later, the Goblins were back to terrorize some more. The families left for the night, and it all hit the media. The next day, they gave their one and only interview to a local radio host, and they described the creatures. This is an odd case because it predates UFO hysteria, and the witnesses stood nothing to gain. They hated the attention it brought them and after later investigations were conducted, their story turned out to be one of the most consistent in UFO/Cryptid lore. So, what were these Goblins? Were they a great horned owl as many suggested? Was it a circus monkey painted silver (yes, that’s a theory). Were they all tripping balls on some chemical or drug? What connections do these creatures potentially have to the Mothman? Listen, laugh, learn.   Visit our Sources: https://themothman.fandom.com/wiki/Kelly%E2%80%93Hopkinsville_encounter https://cryptidz.fandom.com/wiki/Hopkinsville_Goblins https://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Kelly%E2%80%93Hopkinsville_encounter https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kelly%E2%80%93Hopkinsville_encounter https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00336/full http://www.kellyky.com/  
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Episode 414: Dnepropetrovsk Maniacs: Three Guys, One Hammer
On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we focus our gaze on some Ukrainian true crime and look at some of the worst human beings to ever live—The Dnepropetrovsk Maniacs. These three 19 year olds were the culprits behind a chain of awful murders in the summer of 2007. They were made internationally famous for creating the ghoulish viral video called “3 Guys 1 Hammer” in which they bludgeon one of their victims to death and stab him with a screw driver, all while taunting him and posing for selfies as he gurgles to death. The three of them are said to have come from privileged backgrounds, with parents who were lawyers and such (one was even said to be friendly with the prime minister). They had typical upbringings, but at one point the three of them noted that they had fears and phobias, which they construed as weaknesses. One of them was a fear of heights, so they dangled from balconies for hours to “cure” him. Another had a fear of blood, so they became heartless sociopathic murderers. You know. Like you do. Their motive was said to stem for a desire to make 40 videos of 40 murders for a website. They would pick their victims at random, often targeting the young and the old. Their typical weapon was a hammer or some construction tool they could use to bludgeon. They’d often kill more than one person per day and film it. They’d also take the possessions from their kills and sell them at local pawn shops. Some murders were done in front of people, and one was right across the street from the main prosecutor’s office! These teens were heartless, soulless monsters who killed for fun. Or, maybe not even fun. Maybe out of boredom, it seems. So, what finally got the Dnepropetrovsk Maniacs arrested? Why did one of them get off with a  light sentence compared to the life sentences of the other two? How many did they ultimately kill? When did they start gouging out eyes, and what did they do to the pregnant woman they killed? If this is your sort of sick episode, then listen, laugh, learn.   Check out our Sources: https://criminalminds.fandom.com/wiki/The_Dnepropetrovsk_Maniacs https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dnepropetrovsk_maniacs https://murderpedia.org/male.S/s/suprunyuck-igor.htm https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/7827c4/til_of_the_dnepropetrovsk_maniacs_they_were_two/  
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Episode 413: Steve Irwin: The Crocodile Hunter
On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we go down under and talk about one of Australia’s national heroes, Steve Irwin. This topic is a fan-favorite based on the polls, so we dive deep into the life of the Crocodile Hunter himself. Steve Irwin was born into the career he excelled at. His parents were a wildlife expert and a wildlife rehabilitator who owned a small place called the Queensland Reptile and Fauna Park. Young Steve grew up around crocs and snakes and all the horrible, horrible things in Australia that will kill you quick-like. He was given a pet snake as a boy, which made him love reptiles even more. Irwin spent his youth feeding, training, and cleaning up after the animals, and he was so good at it that by the age 13, he was able to volunteer at the Queensland's East Coast Crocodile Management. While there, he allegedly captured over 100 crocs himself, and he brought several of them back to his parents’ park. This upbringing made him an animal lover who was always one step ahead of the reptiles. As an adult, he was still working the in park, and he met Terri Raines, who owned an animal rehab joint back in Oregon. They fell in love instantly and married; this marriage is what rocketed Steve Irwin to fame. How, do you ask? Well, instead of a honeymoon, they went out capturing crocks and filming it, and the resulting work was the genesis of what became the massive hit, the Crocodile Hunter. In no time, this single documentary led to a TV series, and within a few years, it was an international smash. Irwin spent a large portion of his wealth buying up land to act as nature preserves, and he used his fame to help educate the world about amazing, deadly, and often endangered animals. He transformed the park owned by his parents to the now massive Australia Zoo. His wild eyes and crazy dialect, along with his crack-head like enthusiasm made him a house hold name. Everyone watched as he wrestled massive deadly crocs, taunted poisonous snakes, and crawled around horrible animals that would have killed anyone else. However, this flirt with death that made him so popular eventually caught up with him. While filing for a new documentary, he and his camera man ran into a large stingray. They filmed it to get footage that Irwin could give to his daughter Bindi for her new show, but he got too close. It stung him several times in the torso, eventually piercing his heart. They took him back to the boat and rushed him to a hospital, but it was too late. Steve Irwin was made famous by and died for what he loved, and he filmed it all the way. So, give this a listen, and then you have my permission to go binge watch YouTube clips of him doing crazy, crazy things.   Check out our Sources: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/part-1-method-to-his-madn/ https://www.biography.com/personality/steve-irwin https://www.newidea.com.au/how-did-steve-irwin-die-the-truth-about-the-stingray-attack https://mentalfloss.com/article/503993/13-facts-about-steve-irwin-and-crocodile-hunter https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Irwin  
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Episode 412: Trail of Tears: American Greed, American Tragedy
On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we look at greed made manifest by the US government—the tragedy of the Trail of Tears. Most people know the Trail of Tears to be a death march in which indigenous peoples in the US were forced to relocate to lands they didn’t want, but it is a deeper tale than that. First, it wasn’t just the Cherokee as many people were taught in school. It was several groups, including the Creek, Seminole, Choctaw, and Chickasaw (among others). It also wasn’t just a single bad march, it was a systemic, government run process of forcing people of their land for about a decade. So where did it start? Greed. In the early 1800s, gold was discovered in Georgia. Simultaneously, southern plantation owners in several states were trying to grab more land, and there were several Indian groups who owned the land they wanted. Why try to buy land at a fair price (for gold or agriculture), when you can get the government to forcibly remove people? Enter the Indian Removal Act of 1830. It was a close vote in the Congress, but the support of President Jackson won the day, and the native peoples were screwed. Money was set aside to buy land and pay for the move, but not enough. Plus which, the government had no idea how to move 100,000 people without a significant portion of them dying. In the Trail of Tears, there was greed and corruption. There was cholera and blizzards. There was a whole lot of death and a whole of people who didn’t care so much. Groups like the Choctaw made deals with the US government to sell their own farm land and set out early (but died on the trail anyway). Groups like the Cherokee held out until the end and were forced to move at military gunpoint. And, badass groups like the Seminole fought a war, killing people guerrilla style from the swamps of the Florida everglades by way of resistance. So, which native groups went willingly, and which ones fought tooth and nail? Who was the chief that caused so much trouble in Florida? Which groups of Indians owned African slaves? What did George Washington try to do decades earlier to stop this from happening? How many people were transported in the Trail of Tears and how many were thought to have died? How much more did boat owners charge the natives than the white man to travel to their destination? How many times will Dave say “supple cotton” in this episode? Listen, laugh, learn. Explore the Sources we Cite and Discuss: https://www.britannica.com/event/Trail-of-Tears https://edu.glogster.com/glog/trail-of-tears/2374kgdmewa?=glogpedia-source https://historycollection.co/10-misunderstood-facts-of-the-trail-of-tears-that-your-history-book-left-out/2/ http://www.dadiepiombo.it/pdf/seminole-sr.pdf https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part4/4h1567.html https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trail_of_Tears https://www.history.com/topics/native-american-history/trail-of-tears https://www.nps.gov/trte/index.htm
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Episode 411: Beaumont Children: Australia’s Wake Up Call
On this true crime episode of the world Famous Sofa Kind Podcast, we go Down There (to the land down under) and discuss one of the largest missing person cases in Australia’s history. The case of the Beaumont Children. Jane, Arnna, and Grant Beaumont famously went missing on August 26, 1966 amongst Australia Day celebrations on Glenelg Beach near Adelaide. There was a national media fury after their disappearance, and Oz was never the same again. It seems Australian Prime Ministers aren’t the only ones to go missing on the beach! On August 25th, Grant Beaumont, their father, dropped the three kids off at the beach on his way out of town, and they spent the morning frolicking and doing whatever Aussies do on a beach without any semblance of parental guidance. You know, eat pasties and not go in past your belly button. They came home, and all was good. The next morning, they took a bus back to the beach for the festivities and were supposed to return on the noon bus. By the by 2:00 PM bus, their mother Nancy was worried sick, and she started to search for her kids. By 3:00, their father came back home from his business trip, and a few hours later, the cops were called in. They scoured the beach and several other nearby. They drained canals, knocked over boats, and interviewed everyone they could find. But no trace of the kids or their possessions ever turned up. It hit the news the next day, and by day 3, the press was reporting it as a sex abduction for the Beaumont Children. Sadly, they were probably right. Police found plenty of witnesses, from beach goers to the postman and the owner of the beach bakery. They compiled a sketch of a thin, blond, athletic man who was seen with the kids. This shocked their mother once she put together the fact that her oldest daughter was taunted for having a “boyfriend” at the beach for days before the disappearance. Whoever this mystery man was, he was the one that everyone searched for. He was never found. Members of the Dutch community paid to fly in a famous psychic who said the kids were dead and then pointed to a building they were buried under. They tore out the floor and found nothing there. Then, where were the bogus letters written a few years after the disappearances saying the kids were fine and living with a nice man who protected them. Turns out, this was a teenage dickweed who was trying to get his kicks. So, who really did take the Beaumont Children? Many theories suggest two pedophiles and murders named Bevan Spencer von Einem and Arthur Brown. Both were in jail as the investigation gained momentum years later, and both were in the region during the disappearance. However, the good money is on a millionaire sicko named Harry Phipps. He raped 12 year old girl and got so horny by the touch of satin that he had to rape his own son…repeatedly. He was also a close match to the police sketch, and he even paid some local kids to dig a grave that forensics found some weirdness surrounding a few decades later. So, if you want to hear about one of the biggest cases Down There, download this episode and give yourself a tickle.   Visit some of our sources: https://www.crimetraveller.org/2019/07/disappearance-beaumont-children-murder-or-misadventure/ https://www.wikizero.com/en/Beaumont_children_disappearance https://murderpedia.org/male.V/v/von-einem-bevan.htm https://murderpedia.org/male.B/b/brown-arthur-stanley.htm https://www.reddit.com/r/RedditCrimeCommunity/comments/c06si9/the_adelaide_oval_abductions_the_beaumont/ https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-02/enduring-mystery-of-adelaides-missing-beaumont-children/9352254 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disappearance_of_the_Beaumont_children
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Bonus Episode: Daves Not Here Man!
Dave had a lot of things going on this week.  He had to go to the grocery store. He had to get his car washed and his hair cut.  Hell he even had to take a shower.  All these things made Dave to busy to record this episode.  In summary we invite friends of the show CJ Lazer and Alan Erkenzermenheart to the show to play a game of the age ol' favorite news or bullshit with some high stakes.  Give it a listen if you feel like joining in on the game and maybe taking on the stakes for yourself go right ahead.
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Bonus Episode: Paranormal Investigation: Who Ya Gonna Call
On this very special bonus episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we bring you an episode we recorded on the floor of the 8th annual Kansas City Paracon. Brent and Dave met up with Sam Kulper on the first night of the conference, and after hours, they were allowed in the Kansas City Masonic Temple to hunt for ghosts. This four story, massing, 110 year old building was dark, empty, and creepy as hell, and we poked around in it with nothing but a few flashlights and cell phones. We had to strip a power cord to fit ancient plugs in the Temple's library/antechamber of the Blue Lodge, and we can't promise audio perfection based on the jury rigged recording equipment. But you know what we can promise? An awesome show! On this episode, we discuss the details of that ghost hunt as well as our thoughts on Kansas City and Paranormal Convention. We met some really cool people, and there are few special drop ins such as Jason Kupzyk from the Ectoplasm Show. As an added feature, we've included the raw recordings of Dave's EVP sessions where he talks to ghosts in the Masonic Temple, hoping for replies. If you have the audio chops, feel free to tweak this and see what you can hear! So, what happened at the ghost hunt? Did we experience anything supernatural during our paranormal investigation? What is on Dave's recordings? What happened to Brad? How does the show go when Brent doesn't have a wall of whiskey to clink from? Listen, laugh, learn.
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Bonus Episode: Today on Sofa King Podcast
Today, on a special bonus episode of the Sofa King Podcast, the gang gets into their usual high jinks! First, they have some trouble with their downstairs neighbor Mr. Bosley after Brad takes up clog dancing to impress his new boss and get the big promotion. Meanwhile, Brent builds a Trojan Reindeer in order to squat at the Christmas Tree lot, so he can stake out and preserve the perfect tree that he never had as a little boy. Things get wacky as he discovers a flying squirrel locked in with him, eating all his peanut butter! And finally, Dave embraces his heritage and tries to go full black after watching Malcolm X on repeat...to mixed results. Guest starring Ving Rhames, Alan Cumming as Mr. Bosley, and Roscoe the squirrel as himself. For a video of this episodes trailer, click HERE. For something truly awesome, click HERE!!!
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Episode 410: CERN: Physics, Conspiracies, and Other Dimensions
On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we look get quantum and talk about one of the world’s greatest scientific organization, CERN. CERN, of course, is famous for their Large Hadron Collider and all the experiments and conspiracy theories that are associated with it (some of which are plausible, some of which are about as far out as they get). CERN has been a major force of science in the world since the 1950s. When Europe was struggling to rebuild from WWII, the US had the wealth and luxury to invest in major scientific exploration, leaving the rest of the world behind. Twelve member nations pitched in money to compete and created the Swiss based CERN labs. They focused on particle and quantum physics, and in 1989, they even invented the software that makes the World Wide Web possible, so they could share their data with the world. In 2010, their Large Hadron Collider went online. There are other particle colliders on the planet, but this was the largest ever built and was theorized to revolutionize science. And it did. They were able to stabilize antimatter for an amazing 15 minutes (the previous record was a sixth of a second), and they ultimately proved the existence of the elusive Higgs Boson. One of their goals, by the way, is to prove that other parallel universes exist! But the fun stuff is the conspiracy theories. The more tame are ones that say the collider causes earthquakes. The theories build in strength and then claim that global warming is caused by the LHC and other colliders. Then, there the theories that the LHC is a Stargate or a portal to Hell. Many people suggest the dimension hopping theories of the Mandela Effect stem from CERN’s experiments. One theory—proposed by notable physicists—is that Nature and time itself is why the LHC has technical problems; waves of causality from the future are causing the device to fail, so certain discoveries aren’t made. This all involves a time traveling bird with a baguette. And, yes, that’s a real thing. Finally, the web (which they invented) was abuzz in 2016 with video of a so-called human sacrifice on the grounds of CERN. What we know to be true is that people who had high level access to CERN property were in robes and at least acted out the stabbing of a woman in white. What we don’t know is why. So, if you like science, Quantum Physics, Europe in general, virgin sacrifice, and time travelling quantum birds, this is the podcast for you! Ritual Sacrifice Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBBvYdBeu8s First Ever Website Posted by Cern in the 1980s: https://www.w3.org/History/19921103-hypertext/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html
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Episode 409: Menendez Brothers: Murder Most Foul!
On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we explore one of the biggest True Crime cases from the 90s and look a the Menendez Brothers murders. In the early days of Court TV, and right when OJ’s trial was a big thing, these two handsomely smarmy wealthy brothers made national news for the monstrous killing of their parents with two 12 gauge Mossberg shotguns. The Menendez family was allegedly a troubled one. Lyle and Erik's father José Enrique Menéndez fled from Cuba in the 1960s and settled in New Jersey and New York. He married his wife Kitty, and they ended up living a life of privilege. We’re talking country clubs, Princeton, and lots of money. But the sons Lyle and Erik developed completely crazy tempers and were beyond spoiled. They all but gave up at school, and their father spent money and did their homework to keep them in good graces and keep the family name looking good. It is also worthy to report that according to the brothers, they were raped and molested by their father, and they were fondled and creeped on by their mother. Family members doubt this later on, but you never know. There were even accounts of the Menendez Brothers molesting one of their cousins and each other. So all was not well in the Menendez house. Eventually, their father landed a very lucrative job in video out in Hollywood, and the family moved out West. There, the sons kept screwing up. They got kicked out of schools, were always in trouble, and even started stealing tens of thousands of dollars worth of swag from their wealthy friends. It got so bad that their mother eventually threatened to take them off of the will and cut off all their allowance. Within a month of this threat, she was dead. The details are pretty grisly, but we cover them for all you sick True Crime folks out there. Shotguns to the head, body parts broken, lungs pierced, thumbs almost cut off, the works. For years, the trial surrounding the deaths dominated the media. The trial was a hung jury, and then there was a second one that finally found the brothers guilty. So, which of their parents were killed first? Why did the brothers shoot their parent’s corpses in the knees? What made one of the brothers confess his crime to his therapist, and what came of that? Was there anything to the argument that the brothers only killed their parents because their rapist parents were going to kill them first to shut them up? How much money did the Menendez Brothers spend in the first year? Who are they married to in prison, and why was their lead detective so fabulous? Listen, laugh, learn. Visit Our Sources: https://www.crimeandinvestigation.co.uk/crime-files/menendez-brothers https://www.crimeandinvestigation.co.uk/crime-files/menendez-brothers/crimes https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyle_and_Erik_Menendez https://murderpedia.org/male.M/m/menendez-brothers.htm https://www.vanityfair.com/magazine/1993/10/dunne199310 https://www.vanityfair.com/magazine/1994/03/dunne199403 https://www.vanityfair.com/magazine/1990/10/dunne199010 Truth and Lies in Beverly Hills by David Kennedy, 2017. https://books.google.com/books?id=7T-9AQAACAAJ&dq=editions:LlCt-v5b-IAC&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjG2rbR6qnkAhUG16wKHRaNCDMQ6AEwAHoECAAQAg https://www.investigationdiscovery.com/crimefeed/crime-history/5-things-to-know-about-erik-and-lyle-menendez-menendez-brothers https://toofab.com/2017/12/28/erik-menendez-wife-tammi-menendez-murders-ae-exclusive-clip/ https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-menendez-brothers-psychiatrist-license-20190709-story.html  
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Episode 408: Operation Valkyrie: Taking Down Hitler From Within
On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we go back in time and look at Operation Valkyrie and the German plot to kill Hitler. Made famous by the Tom Cruise movie, Operation Valkyrie was not actually the plot kill Hitler, but it was all tied to it. Valkyrie was a plan that Hitler himself put in place for the replacement army to take control of the nation in case of a natural disaster, massive bombing, coup or uprising, or his own death. It was a plan to stabilize Germany in the face of something that would shake it up and keep the power from going to greedy SS Officers. However, many people who loved Germany but loathed Hitler saw it as a way to get Germany to surrender to the West and get out of the war…but only after Hitler’s death. They couldn’t pull off a coup because Nazi officers swore a blood allegiance to Hitler, and nobody wanted to break their vows. So he had to die in order to save nation and end the war. The most famous of these attempts at his life was the July 20th Bombing. However, they started years before this, and somehow Hitler always managed to escape! First, the conspirators took some new experimental plastic explosives developed by the British SOE and tried to blow up his plane as part of their Operation Spark. The bomb was loaded on the plane; the detonator went off; the bomb did not. Next, there was a suicide bomb attempt, but Hitler left the scene after being there for only two minutes, so no go on the bomb. There was an attempt to blow him up at a fashion show, a would-be gun attack, and even an attempt to blow up his Eagle’s Nest Home by planting explosives in the water tower. None of it worked, and Hitler and the Gestapo were totally ignorant to all but the water tower explosion. Eventually, the time seemed right. In July of 1944, the newest member of the conspiracy, Lieutenant Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg, did his thing. The Colonel was wounded from the war, missing an eye, and only had one hand left with a couple fingers on it. He was not suspected as the guy who would kill the Fuhrer. However, he smuggled a bomb into a war conference on July 14th and again on the 15th but delayed the detonation because he wanted to kill as many high ranking SS as possible. Eventually, on the 20th, he got into the room and placed his right next to Hitler. In fact, he was cunning enough to get out of the building, fly to Berlin, and start a coup and gunfight in the streets. But the building was wrong, and someone moved the bomb. It went off, but Hitler only suffered superficial wounds. Why didn’t the bomb have the effect they suspected it would? What happened to the coup on the streets of Berlin? How many people were arrested and killed for the July 20th explosion? How did the conspirators change the orders that were to go out in Operation Valkyrie? Why is Tom Cruise so awesome? Listen, laugh, learn.  
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Episode 407: NXIVM: The Blue Light Orgasm Sex Traffic Smallville Cult
On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we explore the roots of the cult slash pyramid scheme slash sex trade known as NXIVM. Pronounced Nexium, this “multi-level marketing company” was created by Keith Reneire. He may be the most persuasive man on the planet (sort of the evil Tony Robins). He started grifting and conning when he was only eight years old, blackmailing girls on the playground based on things he overheard them saying. By thirteen, he was running game on multiple girls at once, telling them they were all "the one." Shortly thereafter, he was studying Ponzi scheme, Scientology, and strange forms of hypnotism to brainwash the masses. Unlike other cults, NXIVM was created to be a cult. Some cult leaders seem to build a base and then go mad with power, but Reneire wanted the cult from childhood. Though never busted for it, when he was 24, he had a sexual affair with a 15 year old but never got in trouble because she killed herself (and we suspect he convinced her to with his strange mind powers). Once he was older, Reneire started a pyramid scheme that was broken up the city of New York and he fumbled around a bit until he met a few partners, out hypnotized a hypnotist, and created the “Executive Success Program,” which eventually got branded as NXIVM. In the role of the CEO and cult leader, he started to assemble multi-millionaires around him as he gave $7000 seminars to thousands of people. He recruited Allison Mack, AKA Chloe from Smallville to be his right hand, and she assembled a cadre of sex slaves for him. Yes, that’s real, and I typed it just now. Reneire was so persuasive that even after he was branded as a cult leader, he managed to fly the Dali Lama to New York and meet with him on stage (where the Dali Lama gave him white scarf). So, why did his sex slaves get branded by lasers? Why did members of his group wear colored belts as if it were a martial art? Who were the Luciferians? Why was one of his seminars called “Dracula and Ghouls?” Which members of his cult were reincarnated Nazis? How did he make women see blue light when they had sex with him? What finally got this madman arrested, and what crimes was he ultimately guilty of? Oh, and why, Chloe, why!?!?! Listen, laugh, learn… Thorough Article on the Women: https://time.com/5568135/nxivm-allison-mack-raniere/  
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Episode 406: Green River Killer: Preying for Prostitutes
On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we close the case on Gary Ridgway, the Green River Killer. Active through the 1980s and 1990s, this monster of a man was said by many to be the most prolific American serial killer of all time. He allegedly killed 71 women, though he himself has admitted he lost count. If true crime is your thing, read on. If not, go take a nice walk and don’t think about what this horrible creature did for twenty years. Gary Ridgway ticked all the boxes of serial killer youth. His dad worked in a morgue and came home to tell the very young Ridway about how his co-workers would have sex with the dead bodies. Then, when he would wet the bed, his mom—barely dressed—would give him cold showers and linger on genital area after shaming him in front of his family. Oh, and she’d come home from work and talk about how taking measurements for men’s suits made them get erections and gave details about how their crotches smelled. Needless to say, by his teen years, he had stabbed a six year old boy because he wanted to know what it felt like to kill someone, and he also had fantasies about having sex with his mom and slitting her throat to leave a horrible scar. Like you do. He was a poor student with a low IQ, and he went off to serve in Vietnam. While there he caught STDs having sex with hookers, and his first wife left him. He married again, and this time, he’d have sex with his wife near where he buried the bodies. He’d choke her and stalk her in the woods. Like you do. Ridgway was an overly religious man, and he’d weep after reading the bible. Then? He’d go out, trick a hooker into coming into his truck, and strangle them. He’d bury their bodies in clusters, and he drive by and visit their graves to feel better about himself. Annnnnnnd…he’d have sex with their maggot covered bodies and pose them nudes, sometimes with strange meats on their bodies. He slowed down his killing supposedly because his third wife kept him more balanced, but the toll was already taken. So, how many times did the cops come close to catching him? How did Gary Ridgway keep getting away when they did come close? What finally brought the cops to his door, and how long after the murders was it? What was the awful tale of the fisherman who found the first bodies in the river? What prop did he use to lure hookers into the woods? What were the details of the plea bargain that kept him from getting the death penalty, and how did Ted Bundy help to profile him? Listen, laugh, learn.  
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Episode 405: LA Riots: Race, Rodney, and Revolution
On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we participate in some civil unrest and look at the 1992 Los Angeles Riots. They were often called the Rodney King Riots since they were sparked by the verdict of the Rodney King beating trial. In the course of five days, 63 people were killed, 2,383 were injured, 3600 fires were lit (destroying 1100 buildings), and over 12,000 arrests were made. To begin understanding the riots, you must understand LA at the time. It is especially important to understand South Central LA and the lives of black citizens. The LAPD at  the time was one of the most racist in the nation, led by the horrible Chief Daryl Gates. Racial profiling was at an all-time high, hundreds of formal police brutality reports were filed by blacks each year, and nothing was ever done about it. Black Los Angelinos were afraid of the cops, which is one reason NWA became some popular with people like Eazy-E living this very life and rapping about it. In the middle of a decade of police violence, one man, Rodney King was pulled over for drunk driving. He resisted arrest and tried to run, and the police finally caught him. And beat him. Badly. They think he was hit by police batons over 60 times and tazed at least three. One bystander, George Holiday, happened to catch this all on film at a time where video cameras weren’t ubiquitous, so things like this seldom got reported. Within a few days, the tape made its hands into the media, and it was a national sensation. King sustained severe injuries (but not as bad as you’d think if you watch the film HERE). The cops involved were tried for various crimes, and several months later, they pretty much all got off scot-free. That was the fuse that lit the powder keg, and LA went up in flames. The LA Riots were small groups at first, but after a controversial speech on TV about the trial, Mayor Bradley of LA made things worse. By the end of the day, there was burning and looting. By day two, people were being snatched from their trucks and being beaten to death. By day three, the police abandoned the 150 blocks that made up Korea Town, and it became a war zone. Eventually, somewhere around 16,000 troops were sent in to quell things at the end of day 4, and by day 5 order was restored. All in all, the LA riots cost an estimated billion dollars in property damage and changed the face of LA. Many people say this burst of violence was needed because it cleaned up the LAPD and made things better for blacks in South Central. Others were killed in the riots and don’t say much of anything anymore. Be it a mass movement for justice or a bunch of folks trying to come up on a new TV, this was an event that helped shape the 90s and was to presage the Black Lives Matter movement and all of the issues we face currently race relations and police actions. Great Article with Great Photos: https://www.npr.org/2017/04/26/524744989/when-la-erupted-in-anger-a-look-back-at-the-rodney-king-riots FBI Version of the Rodney King Beating Video: https://vault.fbi.gov/rodney-king/video/rodney-king-video
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Episode 404: Great Quake of 1906: San Francisco’s Deadliest Days
On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we feel the earth move under our feet and look back at the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906. It is considered by many to the worst natural disaster in American history, killing 3000 people and destroying 80% of what was then the 9th largest city in the US. But what made this quake so unique? For one, it was the first disaster that happened after cameras were pervasive, so there is footage of the destruction. Another thing was the fires. Of the destruction, some people estimate that 90% of the damage was done by fires. The quake itself hit on April 18th just after 5:00 AM. There was a foreshock, and then the big one. Estimates put it between 7.4 and 8.3, but nobody knows for sure since this predates the Richter Scale. Water mains burst, buildings collapsed, and gas mains erupted, causing the horrible fires. The fires raged for 4 days and 4 nights, and nobody could really stop them. There was no more running water, the fire chief died from injuries, and nobody could move fire equipment through the mountains of rubble. Estimates are that 25,000 properties burned that week. This was a city of 400,000 at the time, and an estimated 310,000 were suddenly homeless. The only way they survived was to build a tent city with the help of 4000 army troops. The army fed and sheltered them in a pre-FEMA tent city, and at times shot them for looting or lighting fires in their homes. There were dramatic rescues of 20,000 through a navy ship, and some 40,000 who were injured in the tent city were treated by a group of doctors who would go on to found UC, San Francisco. Interesting stories surface, such as the story of a small neighborhood banker who snuck his $80,000 of gold and silver past the looters by hiding it in orange crates (and later grew to be one of the largest banks in the world because of it!). It took the city 4 years to come back to life, and some of it was now built on top of the rubble of the destroyed old city. Though the city tried to force the Chinese out, they held their ground and developed the robust China Town San Francisco now knows. If you like history, disaster, triumph stories, The Bay Area, or things that jiggle, this one is for you!   National Film Registry and Library of Congress Footage from the Rubble: https://www.loc.gov/item/00694425/  
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Episode 403: John MacAfee: Viruses, Scat Sex, and Murder
On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we talk about one man with a hell of a resume. He was accused of murder. He has been an international fugitive more than once. He had live-in 18 year old prostitutes stay in his mansion and give him scat sex. He ran for president. He hired gang members, doubled his fortune recently on Bitcoin, started a secret rain forest drug lab, once ran a meditation cult in the mountains, and is a tech mogul who created the most successful anti-virus program the world has ever known. His name is John MacAfee, and his story is almost too wild to be believed. He was born in the UK to a British mom and alcoholic and abusive American GI father. McAfee was a bright child, and he did well in school, even after his father's suicide. He started working on computers when there barely was such a thing. In 1967, he started as a programmer for firms such as Xerox and Lockheed. In 1987, he discovered his first computer virus (literally the first ever), and he felt his calling. He created McAfee Associates the same year, and within 5 years, 67% of all computers were covered by his software. But, John McAfee was paranoid and a bit crazy. He was too unstable to become a Bill Gates or a Steve Jobs, and his company was equally bizarre. Wiccans chanted to nature gods in the lunch room. There was a sex contest in the office, and people had to Windex down random surfaces to get the sex off of them. The entire company was only 20 people, and it made a fortune. Eventually, it went public, and MacAfee was bought out since he was considered too radical, which, let's face it, he was. From there, his software became the horror show that we know today, and he moved around, settling in Belize. Once there, he started to become the island's dictator, like you do. He owned the police and the coast guard, and he paid for the experimental research of drugs derived from rainforest plants. He had 18 year old girls he turned into prostitutes live with him, and he hired known killers to patrol his property with guns. The federales tried to bust him but couldn’t make anything stick, and eventually, his island paradise was ended by a neighbor named Greg Faull. After a feud about beaches and dogs, Faull allegedly poisoned McAfee’s dogs. McAfee had to shoot them himself to put them down. A few days later, Faull was found dead from a gunshot wound to his head. So, did John MacAfee kill him, and if not, who do they think killed Faull? What do people named Cash Money and Mac Ten have to do with it? How did McAfee get out of Belize and into Guatemala? How did he convince Guatemala to deport him back to Florida? Did he rape his botanist to try and silence her? What led him to then run for president of the United states; how did he come to marry a South Beach hooker; why does he now live in Cuba, and what crimes is the US pursuing him for? Listen, laugh, learn. Interesting and recent interview: https://cointelegraph.com/news/mcafee-on-btc-exile-the-us-no-way-the-current-system-can-survive Wild and Funny MacAfee Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKgf5PaBzyg    
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Episode 402: Mr. T–I Pity the Fool!
On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we talk about the ultimate icon from the 1980’s, Mr. T. He was born Laurence Tero Tureaud and was the child of a preacher who abandoned him and his 11 siblings in housing projects in Chicago. But Mr. T went from welfare to army to bouncer to super star, all based on his bad attitude and his love for children. He definitely pitied some fools and inspired an entire generation to drink their milk and stay in school. Raised by a single mother, young Laurence was a superior athlete and set records in football and wrestling. He got into college on a football scholarship but was expelled for unknown reasons. He eventually joined the army and became the top cadet out of 6000. He became an MP and eventually mustered out to civilian life where he tried pro football but had to back out due to an injury. From there, he went back to the streets of Chicago as a bouncer. In just a few years, he got in over 200 fights at bars. Here, he saw a Mandingo warrior in a magazine and took their mohawk hair style. He also started to take the gold chains off of people who he had to kick out of bars, challenging them to come back and take them. They never did. And in the ultimate feat of bad attitude, he change his name from Laurence to Mr. T. This was because he wanted the respect his father and ancestors never did; he wanted everyone to call him mister. And they did. He gained fame as a bouncer and parlayed that into a career as a celebrity body guard watching professional boxers, singer, even Steve McQueen and Michael Jackson. Eventually, he landed a gig on some tough man contests on TV, and this got him discovered. He knocked a man out in 54 seconds on live TV, and Sylvester Stallone saw it and wanted him for Rocky III. Mr. T became Clubber Lane, and the line "I pity the fool" was born. From here, Mr. T’s star went super nova. He launched The A-Team which was a massive hit and starred in several other films and TV shows. He even started a children’s cartoon and launched a breakfast cereal. In spite of him being a terrifying man with a famous scowl and world class smack talk, he somehow became a champion of children. He released an album and a very strange video that told them to stay in school, take their vitamins, and say no to strangers. Eventually, he walked out of the lime light due to T-Cell Lymphoma, but once it was in  remission, he started taking smaller film and TV rolls again. He's got a few reality shows under his belt and a strange but amazing on-air friendship with Conan O'Brien. Now, he’s still a star, still has a bad attitude, and still pities the fool. Mr. T meets Gary Coleman: https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x578pg8    
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Episode 401: Las Vegas Shooting: Murder from Mandalay Bay
On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we take on some true crime and conspiracy theories and look at the mass shooting of Las Vegas. On October 1, 2017, a gunman named Stephen Paddock allegedly opened fire on a crowd of 22,000 people. He killed dozens and wounded hundreds in what was the worst mass shooting in American history. He was able to wreak such destruction because he was on the 32nd story of the Mandalay Bay and had a perfect vantage point over an open-air concert 500 yards away. Well, at least that’s the official version. So, officially, Stephen Paddock was a retired real estate guy who had become a high stakes gambler in Vegas. He specialized in video poker and was known in the casinos and got comped rooms. After a year of spending over a million and a half dollars at the casinos, he started staking out concerts he could shoot. From Lollapalooza to a smaller open air festival, he scoped out venues and made plans that he never went through with. By September of 2017, however, this nut job was crazy enough to do it. He sent his girlfriend to the Philippines and wired her $150,000 dollars and spent several days taking a small arsenal into a pair of hotel suites. On the day of the shooting, a security guard was alerted to a door being left open and went to investigate near Paddock’s room. Paddock was drilling a metal bracket on his hotel door, so nobody could kick it in, and he opened fire through the door, hitting the security guard and firing on a repair man. From there, he broke his windows with a hammer and opened fire. The devastation was horrible. People were dying in droves and couldn’t even figure out where to take cover since they couldn’t find a gunman anywhere. It even took the cops several minutes to realize he was firing form the tower. But from here, problems come in. For one, his brother seemed to have said both positive and negative things about him. Second, the casino seemed to have covered up the shooting and called a private police hotline, not 911. This delayed responses. Then, there was the odd misfire of a cop moments after they barged into Paddock’s hotel room. YouTube videos seem to have audio that indicates there may have been more than one series of gunshots. And, the most extreme case of all, a CIA agent and an ex member of the White House both claimed Paddock was working with Islamic groups to help topple the Trump White House. At the end of the day, the FBI says they could find no motive for the shooting. Some witnesses claim the guy was a conspiracy theorist based on conversation. Others claim there was a second shooter. Whatever the truth, this maniac killed a lot of innocent people, and Vegas will never be the same. Interview with the security guard: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7gj1FoRIfE Detailed timeline: https://www.businessinsider.com/timeline-shows-exactly-how-the-las-vegas-massacre-unfolded-2018-9#1013-pm-police-outside-realise-where-the-shots-are-coming-from-7 Politico Conspiracy: https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2018/11/16/conspiracy-theory-las-vegas-shooting-dangerous-222576
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Episode 400: D-Day: “The Beginning of the End”
On this 400th episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we talk about the largest invasion effort in all of human warfare, the "Day of Days," D-Day. On June 6th, 1944, the allied armies made a bold move to finally break Hitler’s Europe and establish a foothold on the continent as part of Operation Overlord. D-Day (also called Operation Neptune) took two years of planning, and what went into the effort is absolutely amazing. The scale of this battle, the lives lost, the missions flown, all of it boggles the modern mind since it is a type of warfare that no longer exists. Before the allies could invade, they had to do a lot of spy work to fool the Nazis into thinking that the invasion was coming somewhere else (the beaches of Pas de Calais) later in the summer (July instead of June). They did this with the help of a Spanish spy name Garbo as well as an inflatable fake American Army, and some James Bond type MI5 spy work getting rid of all the spies in London. The Brits came through again with their work code breaking at Bletchley Park with Alan Turing. Once this happened, the allies trained and also convinced the Germans they were training for totally different things. Eventually, the day arrived. There was a bout of weather so bad that Field Marshal Rommel left for Germany since nobody could attack in such a storm. But attack we did. General Eisenhower said we were a go, the next day a force of 3,000 troop transports, 2,500 small ships, and 500 major naval vessels headed across the British Channel. Roughly 160,00 troops from several nations made to Normandy beach that day, but it was far from easy. Several beaches were attacked, each with its own code name. Utah and Omaha were American, and Juno, Gold, and Sword were Canadian. Omaha was the worst, and 2000 died within hours. The invasion was ultimately a success, but a hard won success. The bombers missed a lot of their targets, making the beaches more robust than anyone thought. The storms sank a lot of US tanks before they could get to shore. The 101st Airborne was scattered all over the place, and even sea sickness hindered a lot of troops. This was the greatest day of the Greatest Generation, one reflected in song and film and TV shows. The men who died on that beach were truly heroes in a world where such things are lacking. Please take the time to watch these short videos as survivors tell their accounts of this monstrous day: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sP_Xdc6Oj90 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ilbf0Q56pf8 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCv5qCyO8uM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1HaaPRG3jk    
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Episode 399: Ivar the Boneless: The Bane of England!
On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we go back to Viking days and look at the life of one of their most important conquerors, Ivar the Boneless. Ivar was made popular by his fictional portrayal in the TV show Vikings, but he was a real guy back in the 9th century. His claim to fame? Conquering all of England with a Great Heathen Army. Oh, and spoiler alert: even though we don’t talk about the TV show directly very much (though Brad throws out a major spoiler about a death in the show), the history we discuss will ruin things about the show. So, be warned. Ivar the Boneless is an interesting figure from history, not just because he conquered all of England, but because finding the facts through the fiction is difficult. Much of what we know about him today came from Sagas, Viking epic poems whose job was entertainment more than accuracy. Sifting through the tall tales for the truth can prove difficult. Even the truth behind his name is a mystery. Some legends say he was deformed and had gristle for bones. Others say it was a curse as predicted by his mother the witch, Aslaug. Some even think he suffered from gigantism or earned the name because he had no sexual appetite. Regardless of why he's called that, what we know for sure is that he was a tactical genius. His small band of Vikings fought in battle after battle, and they won against all odds in foreign territory. His father, Ragnar Lothbrook was killed by a king in England, and many thing that Ivar’s entire war in England was simply a revenge battle. Others think he was too tempered and tactical for such a purely emotional response, but either way, the way he killed the king who supposedly murdered Ragnar was especially brutal. So, how close is the TV show to the supposed reality? What are the differences between the sagas and the facts we know? How did he a kill another British king in such an awful way that the man became a religious martyr? How long did it take Ivar the Boneless to conquer all of England, and why did he want land when all other Vikings before him only wanted loot? What happened when he finally conquered everything all the way to Scotland? How did he finally die, and why do archaeologists think he was disemboweled in spite of the historical accounts? Listen, laugh, learn.  
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Episode 398: Wild Bill Hickok: Prodigy with a Pistol
In this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we travel back in time and look at the life and legend of the ultimate symbol of the Old West: Wild Bill Hickok. Born James Butler Hickok, he took the name William from his brother when he joined the army (well, one of the three times he joined an army…). He was the son of a strong abolitionist against slavery, and historians think his childhood home was a stop on the Underground Railroad. Wild Bill was allegedly a prodigy with a pistol. Even as a child, everyone in town marveled at his marksmanship. When he was 18 years old, he got in fight with a guy who he thought he killed (but didn’t) and headed West to escape punishment. What he found out West was fame and a life that grew to be quite legendary. First, he took jobs. Lots and lots of jobs. So many jobs. He started as a member of a militia called the Jayhawks, where he became friends with Buffalo Bill Cody. From there, he became a homesteader, a rider on the pony express, a constable, a stagecoach driver, an actor, an entertainer, a sheriff, a marshal, a vagrant, and a gambler. Though probably not accurate, he was said to have killed 100 men. Oh, and the idea of a cowboy in the town square having a duel with pistols at noon? Wild Bill was the first to do that with a man named Davis Tutt. Wild Bill shot him through the heart at 75 yards. Hickok became famous when a shootout he was involved in made it into national papers and magazines; although he may not have killed anyone, the nation was told he killed 10 men by himself. He was a spy in the Civil War, a scout for General Custer, and he even put on a Buffalo Show in Niagara Falls before Buffalo Bill was doing such a thing. As his health and his eyesight faded, he quit being a law man and gun slinger and turned to gambling. His fame was fading, and so was his fortune, but he met Calamity Jane and his good friend Charlie Utter and settled down in the lawless town of Deadwood. There, he met his fate at the hands of a coward who shot him the back of the head because Wild Bill beat him at cards(and bought him breakfast). This was the origin of Aces and Eights being called the Dead Man’s Hand, as it still is today. So, how wild was Wild Bill? Why did he move to a new town and new job just about every year of his adult life? How many people did he gun down in his first month as a sheriff? What was the outcome when he got in a fight with a bear? Listen, laugh, learn.
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Bonus Episode: Man-Whore Theories
On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we step away from our usual show pattern and give you a good old fashioned bonus episode. If you want a regular episode, skip this one and go one episode ahead or back. There, you’ll hear us research and topic and spit facts at you as well as horrible off topic jokes and conversational cul-de-sacs. On this one, however, we give you a bonus episode. No research. No plan, just the fellas shooting it over some whiskey. What do we talk about? The multi-podcast mini-meet-up in LA last weekend and the madness that ensued there. Us eating treats mailed to us from South Africa by friend of the show Nicole Smit-Bosch. A lot of theorizing about what it would take to make Brent into a professional man-whore and how much money he could make if he took the plunge. And I mean, we talk about this a LOT. Drinking tea and why Dave hates it.(Except for Japanese Mikawaya Shoten Gyokuro Matsu Premium Konacha Green Tea,  and Lupicia's Paradise Green) Dreams about poo and jobs in which we were asked to clean up someone else’s (to various degrees of success). Oh, and if you love this Bonus Episode or our regular episodes, do us two favors. First, go and support us on Patreon at: https://www.patreon.com/sofakingpodcast Second, go and get some El Yucateco Hot Sauce and show the love!
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Episode 397: Snowtown Murders: Bodies in Barrels
On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we do a little True Crime and talk about Australia’s Snowtown Murders. They are also called the Bodies in Barrels Murders for reasons that will become obvious. These killings all took place in the 1990s, and unlike your typical serial killer, this was a group of serial killers. The number was 3, 4, or 5 depending on who you consider a killer (and if you subtract the one that the rest of them killed…). So, why did this group of people start to murder folks? Well, they said in interviews after their arrest that they hated homosexuals and pedophiles, but in truth, they were mostly just out to get their kicks, torture folks, and cash in on their welfare checks. The leader of this group was named John Bunting. His partners in crime were Robert Wagner, Jamie Vlassakis, and Mark Hadon. Bunting was the one who ticked all the serial killer boxes, and it seemed he found some roommates who were easy to manipulate, so they all did it together. The team killed people they knew, which is sort of a serial killer no-no. People who lived nearby, ex-lovers, current wives, relatives, they were all on the table. Ironically, since they killed homosexuals, they also killed Robert Wagner’s homosexual lover but never targeted Wagner himself. Figure that one out. The typical mode of killing in the Snowtown Murders was bludgeoning to death or strangulation, but only after torture. They shocked testicles, crushed toes with pliers, and even stuck a metal sparkler up a man’s penis hole. Twice. They descended to worse and worse killings until they were eventually even trying to eat parts of the victims’ flesh. Somehow, they killed all these people they knew and kept getting away with it, until they finally killed Mark Hadon’s wife, Elizabeth Hadon. When she died, her brother started asking questions that lead the police to the trail and ended the Snowtown Murders. Where did the trail end up? An abandoned bank that Hadon rented in Snowtown. What did their trail yield? Barrels full of chopped up bodies. Why did one of the killers get away with no murder charges? What sentence did their ring leader get in the Snowtown Murders? Who was the killer in their group that they killed, and why did they kill him? How many people did they murder? Listen, laugh, learn. Youtube Video (Australian Jack Black) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeHL0bQVIfU An article about what one of the killer’s children saw: https://www.mamamia.com.au/robert-wagner-snowtown/  
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Episode 396: Operation Ajax: The CIA’s First Coup!
On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we look at the first recorded incident of the CIA overthrowing a foreign government during peace time. I was called Operation Ajax (aka Operation Boot for the British side of the coup), and it helped to eliminate the rightfully elected government of Iran in the 1950s. It is said to be the single biggest factor in the ongoing instability of the Middle East, and it all points to two things—big oil and the cold war against the USSR. The background here was that a British oil magnate William D’Arcy held the full rights to the massive oil reserves and refinery that he discovered and built in Iran. For decades, he treated the local workers like slaves, kept all the profits he promised to share, and refused to train local workers to drill for their own oil as promised. This group eventually became BP, and when politics got unstable after World War One, they tightened their grip and staged a pre-coup there to put their own man, Reza Shah Pahlavi, in control of the country. A couple decades later, the financially poor Iranians were fed up with British control over their most precious resource. A man named Mohammad Mosaddegh became the prime minster and nationalized all of Iran’s oil, taking it out of British hands. There was a lot of sabre rattling and a huge embargo, but Iran held fast. However, a communist group was slowly gaining power under Mosaddegh’s rule, and the 1950s CIA said no to this, lest the Soviets would gain one of the richest oil areas in the world. So, they did their thing and flipped the government. A man named Kermit Roosevelt Jr. (yes, the president’s grandson) was sent by the CIA to fix this and head up Operation Ajax. He was guerilla style spy from WWII using SOE style tactics. He took Iran by storm. He manipulated the national media, got the Shah to make formal royal decrees on his behalf, propped a new general in position to take the country, and then paid lots of thugs to run rampant in the street, killing, looting, and destroying. How did he pull it all off? What effect did the street mobs have on the national attitude? Why did Mosaddegh finally surrender? What happened when the CIA told Roosevelt the abort Operation Ajax? What did the CIA learn from this coup that they could use later on? Listen, laugh, learn. Great Article: https://www.laphamsquarterly.org/roundtable/operation-ajax Official Documents: https://nsarchive2.gwu.edu/NSAEBB/NSAEBB435/  
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Episode 395: 1996 Olympic Bombing: From Abortions to the Appalachians
On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we talk about one of the most famous cases of domestic terrorism in the USA: the 1996 Olympic Bombing.  The date was July 27, and the concert in the Centennial Olympic Park was going full speed. Then, just before midnight, a call came in to police saying a bomb was going to detonate in the concert in a half hour. Eighteen minutes later, the triple pipe bomb exploded. One person was killed, and over 100 were wounded. However, the damage was not as bad as it could have been in the Olympic Bombing. A security guard named Richard Jewell found the bomb, called several law enforcement agencies, and got people evacuated. They say without his swift action, many more deaths would have happened that night. He was repaid for his heroism by being the primary suspect in the FBI investigation! Meanwhile, the real bomber, Eric Rudolph got away and planed several more bombings. He blew up two abortion clinics and a lesbian bar, killing one more and injuring others. Why did he do all this? Well for one, he was a wackadoo. He was part of a "Christian Identity" movement that reinterprets the Bible in line with their white power teaching. Second, he wrote rambling letters blaming abortion, the US Government, and the homosexual agenda for ruining the world. Solution? Blow up an Olympic after party? Good call. The really interesting part of this was that after he was identified as the architect of all four bombings, he evaded law enforcement for years by living the rough Appalachian Mountains on his own in full survival mode. The FBI kept pressure on him with regular patrols because they figured it would keep it on the run and unable to bomb again. They were right. When Rudolph was busted doing a dumpster dive for food, he confessed to several caches of dynamite (250 pounds!) near where the FBI was headquartered. If you’re into true crime, survivalism, White Power lunatics, and the madness that was the 1990s, this one is for you! Oh, and did I mention that his gay brother cut off his own hand with a radial saw to prove a point to the FBI? FBI Statement on The Bomber: https://www.fbi.gov/history/famous-cases/eric-rudolph  
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Episode 394: Britain’s SOE: Set Europe Ablaze!
On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we travel back in time to World War Two and study a pretty cool artifact of the Great Britain: the Special Operations Executive. Known as the “Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare” and the “Baker Street Irregulars,” the SOE was an "officially unofficial" group of spies and soldiers who had two mandates against the Nazis. Mandate one was to wage guerrilla warfare inside of all occupied territories and help form internal resistance. Mandate two was to spread anti German propaganda and get the locals to hate their Nazi overlords. According to Winston Churchill himself, the SOE needed to go forth and “set Europe Ablaze!” They did all of this quite well. The SOE was formed in July of 1940, when the Minister of Economic Warfare merged three different intelligence branches into one. Once formalized, they started to recruit and train people who other groups didn’t want. They took convicts, homosexuals, people with bad conduct records in the armed forces, Communists, and people who were Anti-British. On top of that, they took women. Lots of women. They didn’t just let the women serve as nurses or something so mundane; they had women doing the most important jobs from combat missions to key intelligence broadcasts behind enemy lines. So what kind of shenanigans did the SEO get up to? How about Operation Anthropoid, where they assassinated the man responsible for the final solution against the Jewish people? Or Operation Harling, where they crippled Nazi supply lines through all of Greece and North Africa with just a handful of agents? They were instrumental on securing victory on D-Day by crippling an entire Panzer division. They destroyed the heavy water facility in the Netherlands, preventing the Nazis from ever developing the Bomb. They even crippled the largest, most dangerous ship in the entire war, the Tripitz. How did they do all this? With crazy gadgets made just for them, improvised weaponry, and no fear of death or capture. They even carried suicide pills. Whether you prefer your Matt Damon to be John Bourne or Saving Private Ryan, this one has it for you… Article on SOE Women: https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2012/05/21/special-agents-the-women-of-soe/ Article about some of their missions: https://allthatsinteresting.com/special-operations-executive-missions
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Bonus Episode: The Thinks We Think
This episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast is a bonus episode. If you want our regular stuff, you know, where we research and talk about important things that you all voted for, skip ahead or go back an episode. In this one, we talk about whatever pops into our heads. To be honest, I'm really tired and can't really remember what we talked about. I remember it was awesome. It was awesome and funny. You know who else is awesome and funny? Norm McDonald. So, here are some of his jokes: --And the reason I don't like it is 'cause in the old days, they'd go, 'Hey, that old man died.' Now, they go, 'Hey, he lost his battle.' That's no way to end your life, you know? What a loser that guy was. Last thing he did was lose. --He has the disease of alcoholism. And he came to me... and he told me, and I'm the kind of guy that likes to look at the bright side of things. So I told him, I said, 'Richie, it's true that you have a disease and everything, but I think you got the best one.' --They say that if you're afraid of homosexuals, it means that deep down inside you're actually a homosexual yourself. That worries me because I'm afraid of dogs. Go support us on Patreon and get cool stuff in the mail from us. Or don't. Just listen and laugh a little bit.
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Episode 393: Pine Gap: Australia’s Area 51
On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we hit the land down under and talk about the joint US/Australia secret base known as Pine Gap. It is considered the Area 51 of Australia. It is involved in everything from Cold War spying to modern big data mining and UFO sightings. Edward Snowden said it was the backbone of American information gathering for most of the planet, and it seems he was right about that one. From Europe to Asia and Russia to Africa and all of the Pacific, this base listens and snoops on everything from satellites to cell phones. Pine Gap started as a way for the US to track Soviet ballistic tests in the 1960s. Construction started on this innocuous base in 1966 and completed in the early 70s. It lies about 11 miles outside of the city of Alice Springs, a large population center. The staff is comprised of half Americans (many are CIA) and half Australians. As technology and the global threats changed, so too did the charge and charter for Pine Gap. Eventually, it went from Soviet missiles to spy satellites, and now it is a major global drone hub for the US as well a monitoring station for project Echelon. Many Australians opposed this base because it has been the spearhead of many drone strikes that have killed civilians. Others worry that it is allowing the Aussie and Yankee government to spy on the population of Australia. There were even famous “Peace Pilgrims” who snuck past perimeter fences to protest with song. Like you do. But the strangest things is, as always, the UFOS. Reports of strange sightings in the 70s and 80s gave Pine Gap a strange mystique. What went down? Well, on two separate occasions, some hunters and then some police officers reported a massive camouflaged hanger  door opening near Pine Gap and strange disks and “bathtub” like craft silently floating out and hovering above Pine Gap before streaking off at unthinkable speeds. Multiple witnesses (including some who may have worked at the facility) reported strange craft that were shining beams of light onto the grounds and then getting beams of light reflected off of their hulls, until they started to spin at rapid speeds and zipped off into the night sky. There is even a tale that involves witnesses in an aircraft being approached by kind of lame Australian Men in Black. So, whether you are interested in more terrestrial spying or ET flying, this episode is for you.
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Episode 392: The Spanish Flu: The Ultimate Pandemic
On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we travel back in time and look at the Spanish Flu of 1918. This 15 month pandemic was the worst in history. It killed more people than the Black Plague and AIDS. It killed more people than every war in the 20th century combined—in just over a year! Estimates say that a third of the world’s population caught this bug, and it killed upwards of 100 Million people worldwide, all in the back drop of World War One. The Spanish Flu earned its name not because it started in Spain (it simply affected the King of Spain who was neutral during WWI). In fact, most experts today think it started in a pig farm in Kansas and jumped from pig to bird to human and spread to the nearby Army base and out from there. The Flu was not the typical influenza we think of today. Indeed, within two hours, it would give someone pneumonia. A few hours later, it would make them turn blue due to lack of oxygen. A few hours after that, they’d drown in their own fluids and die. It affected healthy males ages 20-40 the most, which is the opposite of how a typical flu operates. So, how did the flu get so deadly? Mutation. It’s what happens when it jumps through various species. How did it spread in the perfect storm, globally? First, WWI. Trench warfare, ships full of soldiers locked in with each other, and the stresses of being a soldier exacerbated it. But that wasn’t all. The biggest problem came from President Woodrow Wilson. He created the Committee on Public Information and Sedition Act, which combined to make it a crime with a 20 year sentence to say anything that would undermine the morale and effectiveness of the US during war time. This made newspapers lie and say the flu was safe. Public health directors, newspaper editors, and even doctors were forced to tell people everything was fine, and their city had a typical flu. Of course these lies led to a radical spread of the Spanish Flu through America and then the rest of the world. It got so bad that railroads shut down. Families wouldn’t even visit or help each other because they were so afraid of dying just a few hours after symptoms started. Children through the nation starved to death because their parents were dead, and everyone was scared to come help and risk infection. San Francisco created a shoot on sight policy for anyone not wearing a mask in public. The Spanish Flu was about as bad as a pandemic could get. The final take away from all of our research is that every health official in the world thinks this can and will happen again, and it might even be worse next time. Give this one a listen if you want to sleep uneasily at night! Smithsonian’s Excellent Article: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/journal-plague-year-180965222/
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Episode 391: Georgia Tann: Queen of Black Market Babies
On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we take a look at some true crime by delving not into a serial killer but a serial kidnapper. Her name was Georgia Tann. She ran an adoption racket in the 1920s through 1940s. She kidnapped, stole, abducted, and faked the death of over 5000 children while she ran the Tennessee Children’s Home Society. She took from the poor and gave to the rich, for a hefty price tag. She sold kids for $5000 a pop, to people like the governor of New York and the actress Joan Crawford. She even sold the baby Rick Flair of professional wresting fame to his adoptive parents. So how did Georgia Tan pull all of this off? First, she insulated herself with powerful, evil people who were in it for a buck. She used the political powerhouse E.H. “Boss” Crump who ran Memphis. She also used the juvenile court judge Camille Kelley. Between the two of them, cops were made to look the other way, suing parents were silenced by a corrupt version of the law, and Georgia Tann was never put on any investigator’s radar. Her methods were pretty sick. Sometimes, she’d take the newborn of a single mother to a hospital under the guise of being a social worker who can get free medical attention. The baby would be reported dead days later and be sold to some other family. She had doctors and nurses who would claim the baby died in the night to new mothers and fathers, and off the baby went. She’d even straight up kidnap older kids from the street and tell them their parents died and move them to her orphanage until they could be sold. She molested some of the girls under her care. Hundreds of children died from lack of health care and even malnutrition. Others were sold as slave labor to large farms, and some were little girls sold to suspected pedophiles. Eventually, Georgia Tann died of cancer (that I hope was very painful) before anyone could bring her to justice. Her legacy is one of misery, death, and destroyed families. But how did the classic TV show Unsolved Mysteries help some families? How did she meet her lesbian lover? Even though she passed the bar exam, what kept her from becoming a lawyer? What did her newspaper ads say that she used to sell the babies? What was the one positive social change that this monster accidentally brought about? Listen, laugh, learn.
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Episode 390: Flint Water Crisis: From Poverty to Poison
On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we look at the ongoing water crisis of what is perhaps the most troubled city in America, Flint, Michigan. Flint has a productive history as the headquarters of GM. It was once called Vehicle City and was part of the boom in automobiles that made Detroit and the surrounding area known as The Motor City. Quite simply, Flint was part of Henry Ford's legacy. It was a city of high wages and sound living…until GM moved its plant. The once prosperous city fell on hard times and roughly half of the 200,000 people living there ended up bailing in order to find work. The years that followed were filled with decay, unemployment, and crime, and just when things were at their worst, they got, well, even worse! The Governor of Michigan gave a special group powers that superseded the government of Flint, and they ended up trying to do everything they could to save money and make the city solvent again. One thing they did was switch where they got the city’s water from. Instead of a plant in Detroit, they used an old and inadequate water treatment facility inside of Flint and used water from the notoriously toxic Flint River. Citizens were upset at this decision, but then when the water started flowing, things were worse than they thought. The water through the city was brown and filled with everything from lead to E.coli to Legionnaire’s Disease! The problem is, the water facility didn’t anti  corrosion chemicals. This means the PH level of the water was pulling lead and rust from the pipes of the 100 year old city, and poisoning the water. Lead levels in children doubled, all sorts of novel diseases and ailments showed up. This is all bad enough, but the way it was treated by the Flint managing government was horrible. They lied to the populace and told them the water was fine (all the while paying for bottled water for city employees). The water was so bad that GM even had to lay new pipe to get back to the Detroit water because their machinery was getting ruined by the Flint River water. So, is the water clean all these years later? How much would it have cost the city to add anti corrosive chemicals and avert this problem? Where does Nestle come in to play? What’s up with the Army’s live ammo tests in the abandoned parts of the city? Listen, laugh, learn.
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Episode 389: Deepwater Horizon: Tragedy and Incompetence
On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we talk about the largest maritime oil spill in human history, the tragedy and incompetence of the Deepwater Horizon. The Deepwater Horizon was a deep-sea oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, about forty miles from the coast of Louisiana. On April 20, 2010, an explosion rocked the platform, killing 11 and forcing an evacuation. Two days later, the rig sank. This was a bad enough tragedy, but the real horror started when nobody was able to seal the oil well, and every failsafe failed. It was the perfect storm. The normal procedures to shear off the pipe in case of dangerous pressure failed. The robots they sent down to seal it manually failed. The 250 ton concrete dome failed. Back filling it with heavy mud failed. Wishful thinking and corporate lies failed. All that was left was a well that spewed thousands of barrels of oil into the gulf every day. BP claimed it was a 1000 barrels, but some government estimates are between 60,000 to over 100,000. This spill destroyed wildlife by the thousands, grounded dolphins and whales, shut down beaches in several states, and almost killed already endangered species. What was perhaps worse than the oil itself were the chemicals they spread on the oil to make it sink to the bottom of the sea. Did this help the environment? Not at all. Did it help the companies pay less because they were able to hide the true amount of spilled oil? Absolutely! So, who was to blame? That is where it gets tricky. The rig was divided up to different companies which all did different jobs on this particular well. Transocean, British Petroleum (BP), Anadarko, Halliburton, and M-I SWACO all had their hands in the pot. They also all lied about the amount of oil being spilled and pointed fingers at each other. But in spite of all of that, who was really at fault? BP, really. Their smug CEO got fired, they lost a quarter of their earnings for the year, and they got spanked by different government agencies. But at the end of the day, they still killed people, animals, and ecosystems and lied about it with only a slap on the wrist. If you want corporate conspiracy and malfeasance in a podcast, this is the episode for you! This one even has Russia and nukes! Various Lawsuits: https://www.epa.gov/enforcement/deepwater-horizon-bp-gulf-mexico-oil-spill Good Site: https://ocean.si.edu/conservation/pollution/gulf-oil-spill  
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Bonus Episode: Mouth Holes to Ear Holes
This is a special bonus episode of the World Famous Sofa King Podcast. It is not our normal episode, so don't be sad when you see that it's shorter than usual and doesn't focus on some sick serial killer or government conspiracy. What do we talk about on this episode? I honestly don't feel like discussing it, and even more honestly we recorded it several days ago, so I don't remember. So instead, I'll just post a joke from Norm McDonald. A moth goes into a podiatrist’s office, and the podiatrist’s office says, “What seems to be the problem, moth?” The moth says “What’s the problem? Where do I begin, man? I go to work for Gregory Illinivich, and all day long I work. Honestly doc, I don’t even know what I’m doing anymore. I don’t even know if Gregory Illinivich knows. He only knows that he has power over me, and that seems to bring him happiness. But I don’t know, I wake up in a malaise, and I walk here and there… at night I…I sometimes wake up and I turn to some old lady in my bed that’s on my arm. A lady that I once loved, doc. I don’t know where to turn to. My youngest, Alexendria, she fell in the…in the cold of last year. The cold took her down, as it did many of us. And my other boy, and this is the hardest pill to swallow, doc. My other boy, Gregarro Ivinalititavitch… I no longer love him. As much as it pains me to say, when I look in his eyes, all I see is the same cowardice that I… that I catch when I take a glimpse of my own face in the mirror. If only I wasn’t such a coward, then perhaps…perhaps I could bring myself to reach over to that cocked and loaded gun that lays on the bedside behind me and end this hellish facade once and for all…Doc, sometimes I feel like a spider, even though I’m a moth, just barely hanging on to my web with an everlasting fire underneath me. I’m not feeling good. And so the doctor says, “Moth, man, you’re troubled. But you should be seeing a psychiatrist. Why on earth did you come here?” And the moth says, “‘Cause the light was on.”  
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Episode 388: Golden State Killer: Vengeful Cop with a Small Penis
On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we dive into some True Crime, and we talk about the Golden State Killer. He was responsible for well over 100 burglaries, 50 rapes, and at least 13 murders. This guy went by a whole lotta names: The Original Night Stalker, The Visalia Ransacker, and the East Area Rapist. Until 2018 when they finally caught the guy, law enforcement wasn’t even sure these were all different people. Eventually, though, a DNA genealogy website linked them all together and pointed at one man-- Joseph DeAngelo. He started his sicko career as the Visalia Ransacker, where he stalked people, broke into their houses, took small trinkets of no value, and often made a mess and even ate their food. This escalated as he became the East Area Rapist. Here, he would do the same things, but it would culminate in raping the woman of the house. He often did the crime when the husband or boyfriend was home, and he had them bound in the other room with dishes on their chest. Like you do. But, DeAngelo eventually grew bored with just the rapes and break ins, and he shifted to murder. He started to bludgeon and knife his victims, only using a gun when it was going south, and someone got out of their bindings. Eventually, there were enough cases that they put together some pretty horrible composite drawings and a disturbing profile of the killer. They said he needed to dominate in the bedroom, even with his wife, and that he had an abnormally small penis. From the 70s through the 80s, The Golden State Killer ran through different cities in California, killing and raping. The truth about the man eventually came out once he was busted. The horrible fact is that he was a cop for several years, and he even was in charge of a burglary taskforce at one point! So, what exactly got him busted thirty years after his crime spree? How did a DNA match used in a common DNA website help to bust him? What did the community of true crime civilians do to get this perv busted? Why did he eventually get fired as a cop, and what did he do afterward? What was up with the special knot the Golden State Killer used with his victims? What did he say when he called his rape victims years later, and what’s up with his horrible poem? Listen, laugh, learn…  
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Episode 387: Coca-Cola: From Jolly Santa to Nazi Fanta
On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we do some corporate snooping and explore the history, pitfalls, and popularity of the most iconic brand in the world: Coca-Cola. From cocaine to Nazis, this one has it all. Coke is one of the biggest corporations on the planet, and it all started with one man who suffered one saber wound in the Civil War. That man was Colonel John Pemberton. He was slashed across his vitals and expected to die, so his doctors loaded him up on morphine. Lots and lots of morphine. They knew it was addictive, but nobody gave him a prognosis of survival. But survive he did, and he went home to Atlanta where he became a pharmacist just to feed his crazy morphine habit. After a number of years, he decided to kick the junk, and he developed some elixirs to help. The first was a wine/cocaine mix which did well until local prohibition made the wine illegal. Eventually, he settled on a syrup made from cocaine and kola, and the coke and caffeine and sugar did him good. He sold the drink as Coca-Cola, and is was off to (slow start). Eventually, one of his alleged original investors Asa Candler wanted to buy the brand from him. Pemberton said no, died, his son said no, died, and Candler eventually took over. Candler turned out to be a business genius. He had the iconic Coke logo developed, invented the American billboard, created coupons for the first time ever, and even did a massive make over on Santa Clause that really defines what the fat man looks and acts like, even to this day. Coke spread and eventually ditched the cocaine (we think? The recipe is so secret even congress can’t see it…). So, what has Coke been up since it ditched the cocaine? Well, they helped launch the German Fanta as a drink for Nazis to enjoy, but the story is a bit crazier than you might think. It involves beets. So, what was the deal with New Coke, and why did it fail? What the hell was the Magican, and why did it leave Coke fans smelling like farts? Why did a Russian general insist on drinking clear Coke? How much cocaine was in a serving of Coke, and what corporate ills has the company done? Oh, and what about their immoral marketing toward children? Listen, laugh, and learn… Some of the nasty things Coke has done :https://www.corp-research.org/coca-cola-company
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Episode 386: Project Underworld: German Uboats Versus the Italian Mob
On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we go back in time to World War Two and explore the time when the US Navy got in bed with the Italian Mob through a crazy program officially called Project Underworld. It all started when about 650,000 tons of war goods per month were being sunk off the American coast by German U-boats. These were critical supplies for our European allies, and Europe was on the verge of collapsing because they couldn’t get these imperative materials. Then, a ship called the Normandie was burned on the docks in Long Island, and the Navy smelled a Nazi saboteur. However, the docks were owned by the Mob, and snitches get stitches, so nobody would give any Intel to the Navy. At this point, they decided to contact Joseph “Socks” Lanza, a made man who controlled the fisher union. They told him then needed to find out what happened to the ship and needed to learn how the Nazi U-boats were getting fuel and supplies this far from home. Lanza was on board instantly, and he and the Navy’s Commander Haffenden hatched  an incredible plot. They used the entire fishing fleet from Maine to Miami as eyes and ears, and they were able to sniff out the sympathizers who were supplying the U-boats and spot the U-boats before they could do damage. The results were far more effective than they ever dreamed. But their use of the mob spread. The team developed a group of half mob and half navy breaking and entering teams who snuck into places throughout Manhattan and found German spy rings. There were many twists and turns, and the mob was very much the mob through the whole affair. Surprisingly, the Navy was on board with racketeering, roughing people up, breaking limbs, burning down buildings, and even whacking people to keep the Nazis at bay. Eventually, they needed Project Underworld to spread, so they needed the help of Lucky Luciano, the father of the modern day mob. He was in prison, cut off from the four families, but his partner, the Jewish mobster Meyer “The Little Man” Lansky, came in to help (he hated the Nazis after all). Lansky got the government in touch with Luciano, and the Navy and the New York DA fully reinstated Luciano to be the head of the five families in exchange for his help. What did he do? Well, he wacked key Nazi spies for them. They got all of New York to be an intelligence gathering apparatus within days. He got the Jewish and Irish Mobs on board. He even helped plan the ultimate US invasion of Sicily where the beginning of the end of the war all started. Quite simply, the Mob turned the tides of the war, and people like Socks, Luciano, and Lansky were to be hailed as heroes for a moment instead of lauded as murderers and criminals. So, how effective was Project Underworld at turning the tide of U-boat attacks? What did they do to help the invasion of Sicily through Operation Husky? What did Luciano get out of his deal to help the Navy? What did the Navy higher ups think of the Mob being…well…the mob? Listen, laugh, learn. Very Thorough Discussion: https://warfarehistorynetwork.com/daily/wwii/project-underworld-the-u-s-navys-secret-pact-with-the-mafia/
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Episode 385: Hollywood Shootout: 44 Minutes of Mayhem
In this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we go back in time all the way to February of 1997, and we talk about the infamous Hollywood Bank Robbery Shootout. It was a day that showed the world the damage a couple of well-equipped active shooters could be. It showed how easy and dangerous it was to outclass the cops. It was an event that changed how cops use tactics, what weapons they carry, and how to treat bank robbers. The two robbers, Larry Eugene Phillips Jr. the Romania Decebal Stefan Emilian "Emil" Matasareanu (say that five times fast) met at Gold’s Gym in Venice beach. They shared a love of body building and stealing things while shooting at people, so they hit it off, like, right away. Within no time, they decided to rob an armored truck and got away with it. While planning another heist, they got pulled over for speeding, and their arsenal got them each 100 days in jail plus probation. But this didn’t stop them. They robbed a few more cars and a few banks and earned the nick name of High Incident Bandits by law enforcement. They got about one and a half million dollars in short order, but they wanted more, so they planned on robbing a Bank of America in North Hollywood. This is where the Hollywood Shootout famously took place. They stormed the bank, shot the joint up, and took the money from the vault. It was supposed to be $750,000, but it was closer to $300,000, and this made the robbers lose their cool. They shot the place up some more and stormed out toward their getaway car. Unfortunately, they had been surrounded by cops who saw them enter the building. What unfolded here captured the eyes of the nation for 44 crazy minutes. The two walked around the streets shooting cops and civilians, unharmed by the weak sauce the cops were shooting at them. They injured 20 people in their shootout and only sustained minor injuries for the longest time. Eventually, the SWAT team showed up (wearing shorts…it happens), and the game changed. Finally, some firepower and training was on the ground, and soon the Hollywood Shootout changed up. SWAT shot the robbers’ guns and aimed for soft unarmored targets like their buttocks and calves, and eventually, the two shooters were down. One put a pistol under his chin and ended his own life, and the other slowly bled out on national TV from his 20 gunshot wounds. So, how did the two get their weapons? What impact did their actions have on gun legislation? Why were the SWAT team in shorts? What happened when Brad and Dave argue about gun control at the end of the episode? Listen, laugh, learn.  
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Bonus Episode: Previously On the Sofa King Podcast
On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we do things a little differently. What makes this episode so special? We go back and discuss some of our past episodes and see if our knowledge or opinion of them has changed over the years. However, instead of doing it in any organized manner, we simply used a random number generator to determine which ones we’d revisit. Here’s where we went: The Rockefellers Reptilians North Korea Jack The Ripper So, if you want to hear our takes and updates on these randomly classic episodes, you're in the right place with this bonus episode. And if you wan to be a Patron and support our show, our efforts, our whiskey, and our OCD, you can go here and pledge a buck (or 40!) a month. Anything helps and is an awesome thing to do: SK Patreon
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Episode 384: Pancho Villa: The Gangster Guerrilla of Mexico
On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we head to the Old West and talk about the rebel, guerilla, and shaper of nations, Pancho Villa. He was born the son of a poor Mexican sharecropper in 1878. His name was originally Doroteo Arango. They lived the life of subsistence farmers, and his father died when he was only 15 years old, making him the head of the family. Shortly after that, a landowner tried to rape his sister, and Doroteo Arango shot him dead and fled on his horse. He was reborn as Poncho Villa. Pancho Villa fled to the hills and joined a group of banditos. They did small time stuf: cattle theft, worked in some mines, and even graduated to bank robberies and other crimes. In short order, Pancho was the leader of the gang and was recruiting like crazy. He was even said to be a Robin Hood figure, robbing from the land owners and giving it to the poor farmers. This is when the Mexican Game of Thrones action starts. There was a revolution against the dictator Porfirio Díaz, and the new guy recruited Pancho to run the North of Mexico in their rebellion. He excelled with his guerilla tactics and amazing charisma and founded one of the largest armies in Mexico. So the guy Pancho Villa backed in the revolution became president and was soon assassinated. Then, Villa’s one time ally got him arrested for stealing his horse and eventually made a run to become president himself. Time after time, people took power, and Pancho Villa and his one true ally Emiliano Zapata fought against them. Pancho Villa was so good at his hit and run style warfare that the US Army took note and asked Pancho to teach them a thing or two. This led to an alliance between Villa and President Woodrow Wilson which lasted until it didn’t, and Wilson wanted Villa dead. Pancho Villa sacked American cities just to prove he could, took over rail road lines, sold stolen cattle to make a fortune and pay for his army, and deposed dictator after dictator through his crazy life. He was said to have had 70 wives through Mexico, and eventually died at the hands of 7 assassins who gunned him down in his car three years after he hung up his guns. If you like twists and turns and political intrigue, this is the episode for you. If you don’t, listen to it anyway: we recorded it on Cinco de Mayo and everything!
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Episode 383: Sodder Family Disappearance: From Mafia to Mario!
On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we talk about a listener-voted favorite, the mysterious disappearance of the Sodder Family. On Christmas Eve of 1945, an odd fire raged through the Sodder home, supposedly killing five of the 10 Sodder children. However, the circumstances around the fire are pretty baffling, and the lack of evidence and bodies suggest the kids weren’t actually in the house in the fire. But if that was the case, where did they go, and why did nobody ever find them? Good question! George and Jennie Sodder were both first generation Italian immigrants who came through Ellis Island and settled in Fayetteville, West Virginia. It was a town with a large Italian population, half of whom hated George Sodder for his stance against Italian dictator Benito Mussolini. He got in regular arguments with the locals about this, and it got so heated that an insurance salesman once said that his house would one day go up in smoke, and his children would be destroyed! Well, turns out that guy was right. On Christmas eve, a strange series of events took place that may or may not have put the kids in their beds up in the attic as they were supposed to be. At 12:30 AM, an odd phone call came in. At 1:00, there were noises on the roof (those ain’t reindeer!), and by 1:30 George’s office and the roof were on fire. The couple ushered four of their children out of the house, but the flames were too intense for them to return for the remaining 5. And then came the series of “No’s”. The ladder that was always against the house (and could save the kids) was gone. The water barrels were all frozen solid. The phone line was cut. The neighbors couldn’t reach anyone on the phone to get help. The trucks wouldn’t start. The Cosmic Muffin really dropped his hammer. Or did he? Investigations started to reveal mysteries and odd happenings. The phone line wasn’t dead from the fire but was cut. A burglar was caught on the premises but released for no good reason. There were no children screaming in the fire. It took the fire department 7 hours to get on the scene. And most importantly, there were no bodies or bones found after the fire died. So, were the kids inside, and if so, what happened to their bones? Why did George go against the will of the fire department and bury the Sodder house under five feet of dirt just four days after the fire? What did the guy who threatened the Sodders have to do with the findings of the fire department? Did this all have to do with the mob? How long does it take Brad, Brent, and Dave to descend into talk about the Mario Brothers? Listen, laugh, learn.
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Episode 382: H.P. Lovecraft: The Stars are Aligned
In this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we check to see if the stars are aligned, chant Cthulhu Fhtagn, and explore the life, mind, and worlds of H.P. Lovecraft. Lovecraft was one of the most prolific and influential horror writers of the last century. Even some guy named Stephen King thinks so. However, Lovecraft's horror is not typical, and it is often hard to follow and utterly alien, which is what makes it so amazing. If you’ve seen anything about the Old God Cthulhu, you’ve seen Lovecraft. That, and many other horrors of extra dimensions were dreamed up in his fevered mind. Howard Philip Lovecraft was born to a moneyed family Providence, Rhode Island. However, when he was only three, his father went insane and was committed to a mental hospital for the rest of his life. This brought Lovecraft in orbit of his cold mother and aunts, and this didn’t do him any favors. In fact, he himself developed mental problems that kept him from graduating high school or attending Brown University where he was accepted. Lovecraft was thought to be a writing prodigy, reciting poetry he memorized at two and reading at three. He wrote stories and studied astronomy by the age of six, and by eight or nine, he created his first alter ego, “Abdul Alhazred,” who would later become the fictional author of the nefarious Necronomicon. Eventually, his mother went mad, his grandfather died, and Lovecraft found himself in a strange marriage that his family didn’t approve of and broke, living in a bad apartment in Brooklyn. Eventually, he got involved with a national writers group where he fostered the careers of several other authors (including August Derleth). He wrote thousands of letters and dozens of short stories, but he could never find a popular audience since his themes of madness and dense prose proved inaccessible to a general audience. He died (penniless) of cancer, and his friends pitched in to get his work published, so it would survive. So, from Dagon to Nyaralathotep, the Deep Ones to the Dagon, his visions are the most unique in all of horror. What was his relationship to Harry Houdini? What drove his father mad? Why do we know he was a hardcore racist and white supremacist? How did Lovecraft say you actually pronounce Cthulhu (hint: you’re saying it WAY wrong)? Why does Brad say his rap name is Two Chins? Listen, laugh, learn.   Thorough if not ugly website: http://www.hplovecraft.com/ Good Summary of Major Works With Links: https://www.polygon.com/2018/8/23/17762378/hp-lovecraft-books-cthulhu-necronomicon-stories Lovecraft for KIDS: https://kids.kiddle.co/H._P._Lovecraft
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Easter Interuption: Previously, On the Sofa King Podcast…
On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we do things a little differently. (We'll pretend it's because we care about our listeners and pay attention to what they want, but it's really because it was Easter Sunday, so we couldn't research and get together to record on our normal schedule...) What makes this episode so special? We go back and discuss some of our past episodes and see if our knowledge or opinion of them has changed over the years. However, instead of doing it in any organized manner, we simply used a random number generator to determine which ones we'd revisit. Here's where we went: Nikola Tesla Roswell, New Mexico Project Odessa Michael Jackson MS 13 Also, to be honest, we may have covered one or two more. But it's late. And I'm tired. So give me a break. Oh! But we did also do a favor for some patrons. Some of them wanted to come out to friends, loved ones, and SK Family about various issues and secrets they've been living with. We discuss these people and their unique stories on the episode as a way to thank them for being Patrons. And if you wan to be a Patron and support our show, our efforts, our whiskey, and our OCD, you can go here and pledge a buck (or 40!) a month. Anything helps and is an awesome thing to do: SK Patreon
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NYC Debriefing: Our Thoughts on the Big Apple
On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we hit you with something a little bit different and share details of our coast to coast meet up in New York City. Our beloved El Yucateco Hotsauce sponsored a New York meetup where the three of us flew out to the Big Apple and spent a few days with listeners. As with other meetups, friendships were made (others were tested...), and fun was had by all. So what do we talk about? How about some of this in your ear holes: We give details on the ultimate $50 Manhattan shave. We talk about Dave's awkward stint break dancing in Times Square. We talk comedy clubs. We remind Brent that his butt puckered while Brad drove us down The Old Road to avoid traffic on the I-5. We discuss the World Trade Center memorial as well as the new tower. We share Dave's vegan adventures through Manhattan. And of course, we talk about the drunks, louts, birthday girls, Long Island Crew, whiskey, studs, and vixens that were all flowing at the meet up at the Whiskey Trader. This isn't a normal episode, but we have a lot of laughs, and it must just inspire you to join us at our next meetup--wherever that may be!
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Twitch Bonus Episode: Zero Expectations
On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we step away from our usual show pattern and give you a good old fashioned bonus episode. But, this is even a bigger bonus because it was originally a Twitch stream! If you want a regular episode, skip this one and go one episode ahead or back. There, you’ll hear us research and topic and spit facts at you as well as horrible off topic jokes and conversational cul-de-sacs. On this one, however, we give you a bonus episode. No research. No plan, just the fellas shooting it over some whiskey. What do we talk about? All sorts of stuff. Great stuff! Crazy stuff! Stuff that is sure to delight and offend! Stuff that I can’t really remember because it’s late, I haven’t slept, and I’m tired! Oh, and if you love this Bonus Episode or our regular episodes, do us two favors. First, go and support us on Patreon! Also, visit us on Twitch, where the future of our streaming lies.
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Twitch Bonus Episode: Adulting
On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we do a bonus episode. This isn't our normal research-based dig on cults, killers, and cooks. Instead, we turned to the lovely lunatics at the Unofficial Sofa King Ultra Fans page and asked for questions, advice, and philosophy on Adulting. So, we talked about all kinds of stuff. How to be successful came up a lot, but not just financially. How do we find success and work jobs that we feel have meaning instead of just a paycheck at the end of a hammer blow. If you want to hear us talk about what it means to be an adult, a parent, a "man," a succeful person, tune in. If not, what the hell. Download it anyway to help our metrics and then don't listen to it. I understand, but damn, hook a brother up. Oh, and speaking of gratuitous whoring: go visit us here and become a Patron of the show! Patreon! Also, visit us on Twitch, for the future of our streaming endeavors!  
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Episode 381: Miracle at Fatima: Miracle or Mass Hallucination?
We get all supernatural on this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, and we talk about the largest apparition in Catholic history, the Miracle of Fatima, which some 70,000 people witnessed. The place was Portugal, and the year was 1917. The children of three shepherds in the area were bringing their sheep home, and lo and behold, they ran into the Angel of Peace. He met with them several times and told him that the Virgin was going to show up on the 13th of the month for several months. When the kids told their parents, word got around, and the next thing you know, a media circus was erupting and pilgrims were coming to try and bottle a miracle. The Virgin came several times as promised, all as a precursor so the Miracle of Fatima. She told the children three secrets which were to be revealed only at the proper time, later in life. And finally, on October 13th, she came back again one last time. But this time, the three kids weren’t alone; indeed, they had tens of thousands of people with them. After revealing when World War I would end, the told the kids to look to the sky. The kids told the crowd, and then as the rains suddenly stopped, and the skies parted, the Miracle of Fatima happened. Also called the Miracle of the Sun, the crowd watched in awe as the sun did amazing things. It changed colors, it fired beams of color into the crowd, and it even loomed closer to earth, dominating the horizon and zigging around the sky. Everyone from the most devout to the most skeptic was there to bear witness. Oddly, some skeptics saw the miracle while some with faith did not. Even more odd, a bunch of psychics fro the area predicted this and published their predictions in the newspaper as proof. So what does all of this mean? What was really behind this miracle that is hard to dismiss since so many people saw it? Was it a meteorological phenomenon as some say? Was it an alien vessel? Was it truly a miracle? Was it the largest case of mass suggestion ever recorded? The children are all canonized, and the story is considered legit by the Vatican, but what really happened? Listen in and you decide.
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Episode 380: Lizzie Borden: Lesbian Revenge Murder?
On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we go back in time and visit the Grandmother of all true crime cases: the story of Lizzie Borden. Most people know the dark nursery rhyme, “Lizzie Borden took and axe and gave her mother forty whacks…” However, the truth isn’t anywhere as clear cut as the rhyme. Did Lizzie kill her father and step-mother? If so, why? Was there poison involved, suggesting premeditation? We do our best to find answers. Borden was born to her father Andrew Borden and her mother Sarah, who died when she Lizzie young. Andrew was raised middle class but became wealthy by the time he had Lizzie and her sister, and eventually, he married a woman named Abby. They were a religious family who lived below their means, but it seemed that underneath it all, there was some darkness. Let’s start with the pigeons. Lizzie loved her some pigeons and went all Mike Tyson on them (meaning she built them a habitat like he did with his birds, not that she bit their ears off). However, Andrew Borden killed them all with a hatchet. Also, Lizzie and Abby were allegedly not on the best of terms. Ever. Then, Lizzie Borden’s dad did some strange things giving away property to his wife’s family, and there were even brief allegations that came up later about sexual abuse. Whatever it was, they all didn’t get along. In fact, a few weeks before the murders, Lizzie and her sister went on a so-called vacation after intense fighting had broken out in the household. They returned a week before the murders, but stayed in a rental for four of those days, only returning a few nights before the deaths. In that time, Lizzie allegedly tried to buy poison from a pharmacist, and the entire household fell ill with some sort of stomach ailment. And then Lizzie Borden’s uncle arrived and stayed in the guest room, where he may have been having an affair with Abby Borden. It gets all soap opera here. So, on the day of days, Abby and Andrew Borden were both killed with what the police assumed was an axe. Forensics indicted it came from a male taller than they were, but Lizzie’s odd behavior and responses to the cops made the newspapers pin the blame on her, and the court of public opinion can be a bear. So, why did Lizzie burn a dress the day after the murders? Why couldn’t the cops find any blood or evidence Lizzie did it? Who was the Portugese laborer, and why might he have done it? Was Lizzie Borden having a secret lesbian affair with their maid? Was there motive for Lizzie to kill her folks? What happened with the District Attorney threw the skull of Lizzie’s father on the table in the court room? Listen, laugh, learn. Trial Details: https://famous-trials.com/lizzieborden/1437-home
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Episode 379: The Chinese Triad: Real Life Crazy 88’s!
On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we get criminal and talk about the history, crimes, structure, and initiation ritual of one of the most powerful criminal organizations on the planet—the Chinese Triads. The Triads started as secret societies bent on overthrowing and reinstating particular Chinese emperors hundreds of years ago. They were patriotic at heart and weren’t criminal gangs by any typical standard. However, with the British taking over Hong Kong and ruling opium and prostitution illegal, they morphed into the seeds of the organized crime groups they are today. After the purges of Mao and World War II, the Triads emerged in a form similar to what we see today. At their height, there were as many as 60 triads in the city of Hong Kong alone. Now, they have spread through every country with a large Chinese population, including the US, UK, Australia, South Africa, and even Canada. The Triads are unlike other big organized crime groups like the Yakuza or the Italian Mob in that they don’t require the lower level members to get permission from higher ups to commit crimes. They also don’t kick a percentage of their earnings up, either. Instead, each Triad group is comprised of dozens of smaller criminal gangs but bonded by an oath to support each other, even at risk of death. This way, though there is no money swapping between members necessarily, they have each other’s back through gang wars and any other trouble that comes their way. Their members get very interesting titles like Dragon Head, Incense Master, and White Paper Fan, and they all have code numbers that line up with the numerology in the ancient I Ching. So what crimes do they commit? For one, counterfeiting. They are said to be among the best in the world, ranging from money to purses and shoes and even DVDs and software piracy. In fact, with the support of North Korea, their massive flooding of the banks with fake US $100 bills is what lead to the redesign of the currency a few years ago. They also are the masters of the world’s opium, human trafficking (both as sex slaves and slave labor). In fact, they claim 100,000 Chinese are smuggled into the US each year to pay off debts by working in sweatshops on the West Coast. What are the four major Triads in existence today, and where do they operate? How do these four go to war, and what do they each specialize in? What are the smuggling trips inside of shipping containers like for those who come to America through Triad channels? How many members of the Triads are there in the world? Why do they typically kill with knives and swords instead of guns? Listen, laugh, learn.  
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Episode 378: Project Blue Book: Real Life X-Files
On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we look to the skies (or at least to those who looked to the skies), and we explore the infamous Project Blue Book. From 1952 until 1969,  Project Blue Book was the US Air Force’s official investigation into Unidentified Flying Objects. In fact, that’s where we get the term UFO! It ranged from amazingly scientific and rigorous in its search for the truth all the way to a joke of government disinformation, depending on who was in charge of it. The main man in charge was named Captain Edward Ruppelt. He was decorated airman from WWII, and after the failures of previous USAF flying saucer investigations (Project Sign and Project Grudge), he was chosen to head this thing up. His task was basic on one level: discover if UFOs were a threat to national security. However, it got more tricky when dealing with levels of red tape, command structures, and a stigma for pilots not to talk about the strange things they saw in the skies. Ruppelt fixed this by getting Project Blue Book command over ride, so they had the authority to step out of the chain of command to complete their investigations. He also used a think tank to create the largest ever UFO database full of actionable statistical data. If someone on his team was to pro or too con, he’d fire them. He aimed to have Project Blue Book be as neutral, objective, scientific, and accurate as could be. However, all good things come to an end. Eventually, he took another temporary assignment and came back to find his beloved project gutted. After that a series of other jokers were given command of the project, and they ran it into the ground, blaming everhting on swamp gas and sighting of Jupiter and weather balloons So, what brought about the end of Project Blue Book? What was the Robertson Panel, and how did it impact the government, Air Force, and Blue Book? What was Project Blue Book Special Report Number 14, and what conclusions did it come to about UFOs and aliens? Of the over 12,000 cases they investigated, how many were valid mysteries? How does Walt Disney play into this, and what did he have to do with spreading UFO disinformation for the government? Listen, laugh, learn. FBI Document on Blue Book: https://vault.fbi.gov/Project%20Blue%20Book%20%28UFO%29%20 National Archives Statement on Blue Book and the Freedom of Information Act: https://www.archives.gov/research/military/air-force/ufos.html
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Episode 377: Tony Hawk: Champion or Poser?
On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we bust an Alley-oop all over this mother and look at the life of the skating legend, Tony Hawk. Though many skating purists (and snobs) talk smack about Hawk, in his 17-year professional career, he won more than 70 contests, including multiple gold medals at the X Games. He parlayed twelve consecutive years of being the National Skateboard Association world champion into an massive skate line, a series of amazingly popular video games, and a fortune of $140 Million! But where did this legend start? Well, he started in his back alley, like all good skaters do. At the age of nine, Tony Hawk was given an old, beat up skate board from his brother. Three years later, he landed a sponsorship, and another two years after that, he became a professional skateboarder. He bought his own house with his royalty monies by the age of 17 and made people rethink what it meant to be a professional skater. Tony Hawk was smaller than a lot of skaters, so instead of busting power moves, he had to rely on technical skills with the board. It worked well, and many people rightly thought the young Hawk was a prodigy. However, with a huge slump in skate sales and skate culture in the early 1990s, he saw his wealth decline. Eventually, his wife had to take a job as a manicurist, just to afford gas for him to drive to new gigs (and eat his $5 a day taco bell budget). He ultimately sold his house to keep going and opened up his own skate company called Birdhouse Projects. His tenacity paid off. Right when most skaters were hanging it up to get day jobs, the winds of skating changed when the X-Games launched. This new televised sport made skating become mainstream more than ever, and Tony Hawk started killing it and winning gold. A few years later, the universe was on Tony’s side. He won more gold at the X-Games, launched his video game (Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater), and became the first person to land the otherwise impossible trick known as the 900 (a trick that supposedly only 11 people on earth have landed to this day). From there, he became a household name and now spends his time and money trying to spread skate culture through his foundation. So, what do the guys think of Tony Hawk? Is he the best that ever was or a sell out and a poser? Listen, laugh, learn. Tony Hawk at 50: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Zx7fFFfPis First Ever 900: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YYTNkAdDD8  
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Episode 376: Issei Sagawa: “Sane But Evil”
On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we talk a little true crime and discuss the murderous cannibal from Japan—Issei Sagawa. In short, Sagawa shot a woman, defiled her corpse, ate everything from her arms to her anus, and got of scott free, even becoming a celebrity in Japan for his trouble! Issei Sagawa was born to a wealthy corporate family, but he was premature to the point of it being life threatening. He never fully grew as a result, and ended up being only 4 foot 10 inches and a bit deformed and weak. Indeed, he even equated himself to a short, weak, ugly monkey. We’re not here to disagree. According to his own accounts, from as early as first grade, he saw the human body and wanted to eat it. From bestiality to wanting to eat his classmate’s thighs, he was a disturbed and disturbing child. As he grew up, he turned out to be fairly smart, getting admitted to some of the world’s most prestigious colleges. While at one such college at the age of 23, he fell for a German girl he met on the street and followed her home and snuck in through her window wearing a Frankenstein mask. Like you do. Once there, he planned to just grab some of her flesh and run for it. He didn’t want to kill anyone, just grab some takeout. He did what all prepared killers would do and came at her sleeping form with an umbrella. She whooped his butt and sent him running, where the police caught him and ultimately let him go. The real event happened when he was studying in France, and he met Renée Hartevelt, a 25 year old Norwegian. They started a causal relationship around his pretense of needing her to tutor him in foreign languages. All the while, he was having hookers come to his room every night and trying to kill them but backing out before he could shoot them. So, after some courtship and lots of tea, Issei Sagawa sniffed the seat that Renée sat in, recorded her talking, and then shot her in the neck and killed her. After he recovered from passing out, the true madness began. He started to ingest her to steal her beauty, intelligence, and strength. He ate her thighs, dug around in her fat. He had some fried, ate some raw, and went between raping her corpse and eating her corpse. This one’s bad. So, how did he get caught? What led the police back to him? What was his favorite body part? What happened when he tried to eat her anus raw, and how did cooking it affect his opinion? How come he got away with it and walked out of a mental institution back in Japan 18 months after he confessed the murder? Who ruled him “sane but evil”? How in the hell did he become a celebrity in Japan, and is his art work any good? Listen, laugh, learn. Interview of his life now: https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/article/1372752/poetic-justice Vice Article: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/7bwvvx/whos-hungry-502-v16n1
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Episode 375: Mad Trapper of Rat River: Putting the Man in Manhunt!
On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we take off to the great white north and discuss one of the most notorious manhunts in Canada’s history—the story of the Mad Trapper of Rat River. It is a story of fur trapping gone wrong, miraculous feats of manliness, dog sleds, gun fights, and dynamite. In 1932, this mystery man led the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and a lot of native Americans on a month and a half long chase over 150 miles of the most wild tundra the Yukon has to offer. In 1931, a man calling himself Albert Johnson showed up in the small town of Fort McPherson. He was muscular, quiet, had a Scandinavian accent, and spread around a lot of cash. Also, he didn’t ever get a trapper’s license, which was odd since the only way to survive where he ended up building a cabin was to trap wild game. A few months after his arrival, members of a local tribe noticed their traps were being set off and put in trees, and they blamed the only new person in the region, Albert Johnson. On New Year’s eve, two Mounties made it to his remote cabin, and he refused to speak to them, forcing them to make the incredibly long trip back. They returned a week later with a few more men and a search warrant, and The Mad Trapper fired at them through the door, hitting one officer and forcing a retreat. Well, this lead to the Mounties coming back with 9 men and lots of dynamite, and they just sort of blew up the joint. The cabin became a smoldering wreck, but The Mad Trapper was still alive inside of it and held them at bay for a 15 hour gunfight in a -40 degree blizzard! The men retreated again and came back after the storm had passed only to find The Mad Trapper had vanished into the Yukon. But these are Mounties, damnit it, so they followed. Weeks passed, and they couldn’t catch The Mad Trapper. He was seemingly supernatural, making twice the miles per day that the Mounties did with their dogsleds. Eventually, they called in the only guy as awesome as the Mad Trapper, a Canadian hero named Wop May. Wop spotted tracks in the snow that lead to them cornering the Trapper. But this was after he scaled a 7000 foot mountain with no climbing gear in a blizzard, somehow survived for weeks without shooting any game or lighting any fires, ultimately out Mountied the Mounties. So, how did this guy pull it off? What made Wop such a folk hero in Canada? Who do they think the Mad Trapper of Rat River really was? What did they learn when they exhumed his body in 2007? How many times did they have to shoot him to kill him? How many Mounties did he shoot and kill? Listen, laugh, learn.
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Episode 374: Dungeons and Dragons: Fairy Tales to Tales of Suicide
On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we bust out our dice bags, make a saving throw, channel our inner geeks, and talk about the grandfather of role playing games, Dungeons and Dragons. Dungeons and Dragons is considered the first ever true character-driven RPG, and the notions such as experience points and leveling up a character that are so ubiquitous in all gaming these days came from this very game. In fact, most of it came from one man—Gary Gygax. Gygax, along with is co-creator David Arneson, modified a few older games (I’m looking at you Chainmail and Blackmoor) and created the first version of D&D. They printed it locally, off of borrowed money, and were lucky to sell 1000 copies. However, by 2004, the game had spawned feature films, a Saturday morning kid’s cartoon, countless video games, New York Times Best Seller books, and over a billion dollars in sales. But this growth of the game was not without its controversies. For example, David Arneson had to sue the company he and Gygax created (TSR) to keep control of the intellectual property. He was allowed to maintain a hold on anything called Dungeons and Dragons. And then, TSR split the property and focused on the new version of the same game Advanced Dungeons and Dragons, leaving Arneson a comfortable monthly payment but no real royalties. There was also the time Gygax had somehow gotten Orson Welles to agree to be in a Hollywood  produced D&D movie until he discovered that the CEO of TSR had made the company go broke buying too many company cars and trying to raise the wreck of an old pirate ship from the bottom of the sea (like you do…). But the ups and downs of the corporation itself couldn’t compare to the great Satanic Panic that came around in the 1980s, linking the game to murder, suicide, and mental health issues—not to mention Satan himself! Televangelists attacked Gygax, TSR, and the game, and Tom Hanks even starred in the espically bad Mazes and Monsters based on the true story of a 16 year old’s suicide at the University of Michigan. So, what do Brent and Brad think of the game, and would they be willing to play it? What happened the one time that Dave spoke with Gary Gygax on the phone? What is Dave’s favorite edition of the game? What is the truth about Dungeons and Dragons and suicide rates in teens? What actors and musicians praise the game and why? Listen, laugh, learn.
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Episode 373: Crystal Skulls: Supernatural or Superb Forgeries?
On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we look into the realm of antiquity and the supernatural (or the world of forgeries and lies) and explore the existence of the 13 infamous Crystal Skulls. These skulls were all allegedly unearthed in the mid to late 1800s and were said to be found in areas such as Mexico. Claims were that they came form Aztec, Toltec, and Mayan cultures, and they were sold to some of the most renowned antiquity dealers and museums in the world. Their method of manufacture was far beyond anything that was possible in the ancient world (and supposedly even beyond the world of the 1800s!). While they all differ in composition and design, most of them came from the same antique dealer, a man named Eugene Boban. These skulls are said to have special powers such as healing and visions of the future and even sounds and lights emanating from them. So, what exactly are these skulls, where did the come from, and what do modern archaeologists think of them? To answer this question, it’s best to focus on the most famous of them all, The Skull of Doom. This crystal skull was allegedly discovered by F. A. Mitchell-Hedges while on an expedition to the Mayan ruins of Lubaantum. They were there to find Atlantis. Why not? But his daughter Anna Mitchell-Hedges was there on the dig, and she found this crystal skull. The stories of the Skull of Doom were that it gave her the ability to see JFK’s assassination in advance, and that ancient Mayan priests could kill people by focusing the harmony of the skull with the harmony of the victim. This skull finally made its way to an art restorer and eventually the Hewlett Packard crystal labs for study. Interesting things were discovered about it: it was forged from a single block of crystal; it was made without metal tools; and was carved against the natural axis of the quarts, which is a very difficult thing to do without shattering an object, especially on something as intricate as the crystal skull. So, while many myths of the skull were put to rest by the HP study, many others were only enhanced. This piece and one in the Smithsonian underwent very stringent scientific analysis, and at the end of the day, the experts think these are not thousand of years old, but were carved in a city in Germany in the 1800s. To what end were they carved? Did the experts get it wrong? How did this person in Germany develop techniques that still baffle many people today? What is the explanation for how the crystal skull gives you visions? How many crystal skulls are for sale in the modern world? Listen, laugh, learn.
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Bonus Episode: Zero Expectations Volume II
On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we step away from our usual show pattern and give you a good old fashioned bonus episode. If you want a regular episode, skip this one and go one episode ahead or back. There, you’ll hear us research and topic and spit facts at you as well as horrible off topic jokes and conversational cul-de-sacs. On this one, however, we give you a bonus episode. No research. No plan, just the fellas shooting it over some whiskey. What do we talk about? All sorts of stuff. Great stuff! Crazy stuff! Stuff that is sure to delight and offend! Stuff that I can't really remember because it's late, I haven't slept, and I'm tired! Oh, and if you love this Bonus Episode or our regular episodes, do us two favors. First, go and support us on Patreon!
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Episode 372: Beltway Snipers: Mass Murder In DC
On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we look at the mass killings committed by (and the conspiracy theories about) the two people known as the Beltway Snipers in Washington DC. The year was 2002, and the nation was still reeling from the horrors of 9/11 when two men named John Muhammad (41) and Lee Malvo (17) started a reign of terror in the DC area, killing 17 people out of the back of their 1990 Chevrolet Caprice. Though many people think they were just serving up a bowl full of crazy, others think it was a false flag event, and you know what, even William Shatner gets involved! So, to get to the Beltway Sniper killings, it’s important to start with the killers themselves. John Muhamad (formerly John Williams) was an army veteran with high marksman skills. He’d been married a couple times and once out of the army, ended up getting a divorce. His wife filed a restraining order based on his threats, and he went a little nutso and kidnapped their shared children. He ran to Antiqua, like you do, and he met the young Lee Malvo. Malvo was born in Jamaica and spent some years in the Caribbean with various family members. Eventually, he came to the US illegally, and after getting detained and set free, he and his mom lived in a homeless shelter where Muhammed eventually moved as well. The two Beltway Snipers became fast friends, forming a father-son bond and training for what became their killing spree. Their killings didn’t start in DC, though. They started in Washington state and cut a path of death across the nation, from Arizona to Louisiana before they got to the DC area. Once there, they started to randomly kill people who were targets of opportunity, typically people coming in or out of a store or people at a gas station. The entire area was freaked out and didn’t even want to be on the streets (Dave included—he was there researching!). Eventually, they slipped up by taunting the cops on their tip line and gave them a clue that led to their identities being revealed. From there, it was a matter of time before the cops cornered them. But there is also where the conspiracy theorists take hold. When they were arrested, some people think there was a trigger word in a hypnotic suggestion to bring the two killers in. There are connections between the head investigator and Muhammad, and the ex-wife worked for the government. So, were the Beltway Snipers two sick puppies who got off on murder and wanted revenge for a wife who left, or were they part of a false flag event that led them across the nation killing people? Listen, laugh, learn.   Conspiracy Theory Break Down: http://www.informationliberation.com/?id=27984 One Word--Shatner: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pQ0ZR5Jkuc  
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Episode 371: King Tut: Curses and Conspiracies
On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we travel all the way back to Pyramid Times and explore the life, love, death, tomb, mummification, and conspiracy theory surrounding the one and only King Tut. He was born son of the pharaoh Akhenaten, who was a bit of a rogue leader. King Tut’s dad shut down the churches, moved the capitol, and stripped power from everyone who held any other than himself. He died (maybe?) when Tutankhamun was only 9 years old, so King Tut became a boy king. It was said that his power was controlled by the Vizier of Egypt and the head of the military until he was old enough to do so by himself. While in power, the young pharaoh restored Egypt to how it was before his father went all nutso everywhere, and he even negotiated peace with some of the neighboring nations. However, his life was not an easy one. He had several severe deformities from royal inbreeding, the vertebrae in his neck were fused solid, and he had a cleft foot and was ill with malaria several times. This all caught up with him (or maybe an assassin?), and he died at the ripe age of 19. Traditional history says they had to rush to get him mummified and collect his treasure within the 70 day god window, and this is why he was placed in a small, cramped tomb. Eventually, 3000 years later in 1915, George Herbert paid for Howard Carter to find this missing tomb from a most unremarkable pharaoh. After six years of failure, Carter succeeded and found the most intact tomb in all of archaeological history. Or did he? Why do some think this tomb was a fake that Carter put together? Why do others think it was the tomb or someone else entirely? Was it maybe a storehouse of items that tomb raiders piled there in Pyramid days? How did the tomb go unnoticed for all these centuries? Who would gain from faking the tomb? Was there really a curse around the tomb, and what do the statistics of dead Egyptologists prove out? Listen, laugh, learn. Video that shows the hoarder status of his tomb: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULofBtBAJn4
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Bonus Episode: Behind Taco Bell
On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we step away from our usual show pattern and give you a good old fashioned bonus episode. If you want a regular episode, skip this one and go one episode ahead or back. There, you’ll hear us research and topic and spit facts at you as well as horrible off topic jokes and conversational cul-de-sacs. On this one, however, we give you a bonus episode. No research. No plan, just the fellas shooting it over some whiskey. What do we talk about? Well, blindness might come into play, as well as the loss of other senses. We talk about eyesight and how it sucks when you get older. If you want a conversation about compass directions, google maps, bio hacking, VW busses, and all sorts of other shenanigans, this is the episode for you. If you want something else, go away. We don’t need you here. I don’t like you. My friend doesn’t like you either. Oh, and if you love this Bonus Episode or our regular episodes, do us two favors. First, go and support us on Patreon at: https://www.patreon.com/sofakingpodcast Second, go and get some El Yucateco Hot Sauce and show the love!
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Episode 370: Westboro Baptist Church: What a Bunch of A-Holes
On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we look at quite literally the worst church ever, the Westboro Baptist Church. Made famous for their slogan “God hates fags” (sorry for how many times we end up saying that in this episode!!!), this group is far from a traditional church with large numbers as they would have America believe. Indeed, they are a small, incestuous family community of around 80 members at their largest. They are a small, evil cult founded by the one-time Baptist preacher named Fred Waldron Phelps. Phelps basically stole a church from another church group and started to run it as a hate-fueled base for his family to make money, and he did a pretty good job at it. He raised his children to become lawyers, police, and correctional officers in prisons, and he started to keep the small church afloat by winning lawsuits against, well, everyone. All the while, he started to turn his church into what he called a picketing ministry. You see, on Oct. 12, 1998, a gay student named Matthew Shepard was killed in a brutal hate crime because he was gay. The douche bags at Westborough Baptist Church protested his funeral with the famous sign “God hates fags,” and the rest was history. (They even wanted to build a granite memorial that said he was burning in hell, but they were denied…) From there, they started to protest everything and blame every single ill in the nation on homosexuality and how much God hates gay people. Murder? God hates gay people. Soldiers killed by road side bombs? God hates gay people. 9/11? God hates gay people? They Jews? God hates gay people? Justin Bieber? God hates gay people. Seriously, they are like a Pokemon who can only speak by saying their name, but their name is God hates gay people. From their horrible song parodies against Michael Jackson, to their endless battles in court that they always seem to win, this cult of arse holes keeps on going. They lie and claim they protested over 40,000 events, but they really just post about them on their website. So, what exactly is their belief system? What ended up happening to the founder to get him kicked out of the church? What happened with his funeral? Why are so many younger members of the family defecting? Why do even the KKK hate the jack holes at Westboro Baptist? Listen, laugh, learn. Great Article: https://www.splcenter.org/fighting-hate/extremist-files/group/westboro-baptist-church
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Episode 369: East India Company: Worst Corporation Ever
On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we travel back in time to the 1600s and look at the birth, rise, and crazy corruption and power of the British East India Company. Initially, it was a small corporation which was one of 200 that were granted a charter by Queen Elizabeth I to trade with the other countries in “The Orient.” It started as a small group of investors and led to them scoring a 500 ton shipment of pepper that made them rich and gave them bigger contracts. Almost immediately after that, they started to break the law and push the boundaries of what a corporation could (or should) get away with. The East India Company started to trade for tea in China, but there was a problem. China only accepted silver, and England used gold. So, how did they meet in the middle? Why, by illegally selling opium to buy the tea. This made them even more rich and allowed them start building a private army which eventually grew to an estimated 250,000 men—almost twice that of the British Empire’s army! With this army in place, the East India Company pretty much took control of India. After several bloody battles, this small corporation ended up being the legal body to collect taxes and govern most of India for well over a century. Meanwhile, they were also up to no good in the fledgling country of America. In fact, the infamous Tea Act of 1773 is the final straw that lead to the American Revolution. Through this law, the East India Company became the only company that could legally trade and sell tea in the Americas, and this was a problem because it was a monopoly that could fix prices against colonists, and it was the end of many prominent businessmen. So, people dressed like Indians and dumped all the tea in Boston Harbor. Like you do… How did the East India Company gain so much power unchecked? What types of atrocities did they commit against the Indian people? How many people ran this secretive cabal? What was their connection to the Rothschilds and Rockefellers? How did their actions lead to several wars? What finally brought them down? Listen, laugh, learn. Crazy Detailed History: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/mar/04/east-india-company-original-corporate-raiders
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Bonus Episode: Make Mongolia Great Again
Just to be clear this is a bonus episode.
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Episode 368: Muhammad Ali: The Greatest of All Time!
On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we hit you with some information on the Greatest of all Time—Muhammad Ali! He was born as Cassius Marcellus Clay in 1942 in Louisville, Kentucky. This put him at the heart of racial inequality in America, and as the grandson of freed slaves, he grew up knowing the racism that was so pervasive at that time. Living in a poor neighborhood, one day he got his bicycle stolen, and he swore to the police officer that he was going to get revenge. The cop told him he needed to learn how to fight first, and a legend was born. The cop, Joe Martin, was a boxer and trainer and started Cassius off, eventually handing him off to trainer Chuck Bodak. He trained hard and won several golden gloves and other awards and was good enough to qualify for the 1960 Olympics in Rome. There, he won the gold and came back as a national hero. He started his professional boxing career immediately after, and within a few years, he met Malcolm X and joined the Nation of Islam. Eventually, he changed his name to Muhammad Ali, and he shook up the world. He was someone that everyone wanted to watch because of his gift of gab. His quotes, quips, insults, and one liners were famous and incredible. However, his skill at the sweet science of boxing was what kept him rising through the ranks. He fought some of the most legendary bouts of all time: his victory over Sonny Liston, the Rumble in the Jungle with George Foreman, and the Thrilla From Manilla with Joe Frazier. However, his fortunes turned when he found himself in legal trouble when he refused to join the army after he was drafted in Vietnam. Muhammad Ali was unable to box for three years until the legal issues were settled. His fight against the US government lead to him being dragged into a secret operation code-named "Minaret.” Also, his Fight of the Century with Joe Frazier was the cover needed to blow the lid off the FBI COINTELPRO conspiracy. Eventually, the champ slowed down to Parkinson’s Disease, and he turned his eye to philanthropy and helping others. He passed away in 2016, but he remains…the greatest of all time!
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Episode 367: Project A119: Why Not Nuke the Moon?!
On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we take a look at some Cold War madness and delve into America’s plan to nuke the moon—Project A119. The year was 1957. The Soviet Union had just launched Sputnik and was winning the nascent Space Race. The American military needed a win, so their plan was simply to throw a hydrogen bomb at the moon. Like you do. Why a nuke? Well, it would show technological and military dominance. In fact, the whole point was to make it visible to the naked eye, so the entire world could see it. So, the lead researcher, a man named Leonard Reiffel (who made his career working with Nazis from Operation Paper Clip) was tasked with creating a think tank in Chicago to figure out the ins and outs of the moon nuke from Project A119. He hired some up and comers like a young Carl Sagan and was off and running. They explored the psychological impact on America, the Soviets, and the rest of the world. They looked at technical limitations and what type of bomb to use. They looked at what other scientific knowledge could come from it. And, thankfully, they looked at dangers like the bomb boomeranging back into the earth’s atmosphere. Reiffel’s group wrote a total of eight different reports between their inception and when the group was put to bed in 1959, but only the first of them exists since the other seven were all destroyed in the magical 80s. They even discussed the Soviet’s own plan (which was long since confirmed) to nuke the moon as well, so Project A119 wasn’t the only game in town. Many scientists were worried that a nuke would ruin the possibility of colonizing the moon, and eventually something like Project A119 was actually ordered. In 2009, NASA hit the moon with a high velocity rocket to get a debris cloud to spread. It was all the science with none of the nuke! So, if you want to hear about our plan to annihilate the Soviet Union, why Carl Sagan committed treason in his biography, and whether or not the moon is hollow, check this one out. Cool Cold War Article: https://www.newsweek.com/2014/09/26/plan-nuke-moon-and-other-cold-war-plots-revealed-secret-documents-271088.html Black Vault Document Archive: http://www.theblackvault.com/documentarchive/project-a119-a-study-of-lunar-research-flights/#
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Episode 366: Tuskegee Experiment: Bad Blood in Alabama
On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we look at one of the worst government conspiracy theories and most egregious cases of abusing medical ethics in American history—the Tuskegee Experiment. In a nutshell, the Tuskegee Experiment was the time the American government identified hundreds of African Americans who had syphilis and gave them medical treatment. Oh, but by medical treatment, I mean refused to give them any real medicine, even once there was a cure, and instead just watched them all go blind, dumb, and mad and die from a horrible disease that they spread to their loved ones. And took notes. So what led this horror show of modern medicine? Aside from racism, it was a chance to watch a disease go unchecked. So, they recruited 600 black men based on what the doctors told them was “bad blood.” That’s right, for years, the doctors told these men they had bad blood and they were being treated for it. In reality, they were rotting away from syphilis for as long as 40 years (from 1932-1972). When a cure was finally discovered, the doctors refused to give it to the men. In fact, the doctors refused to even tell the men what their diagnosis or prognosis was aside from bad blood. They even had a nurse who would spy on the men and keep other doctors who weren’t part of the Tuskegee Experiment from treating the men. Eventually, a whistle blower who found out about this in 1966 told people up the chain about this horrible experiment, and it was immediately put to a stop. Just kidding. Nobody up the chain did anything, and the suffering of the subjects was allowed to continue for several more years. Ultimately, a writer for the New York Times got the story and blew the lid off in 1972, and the Tuskegee Experiment was shut down within the month. So, how many people in the experiment died from syphilis? How many spread the disease to their wives and children? How was this allowed to happen? What did Bill Clinton do to try and make things right? What did the victims of the experiment eventually get as a settlement for themselves and their children? What impact did the Tuskegee Experiment have on African American trust in the medical system? What did the government do in Guatemala that was even more evil? Listen, laugh, learn.  
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Episode 365: Waverly Hills Sanitarium – Haunting in Kentucky
On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we get all supernatural and look into the dark history and strange happening of the Waverly Hills Sanitarium in Kentucky. Considered one of the most haunted and terrifying places in America, the Waverly Hills Sanitarium started as a schoolhouse but expanded during a horrible Tuberculosis epidemic in the late 1800s. Louisville, Kentucky had one of the highest death rates in the nation due to TB, and the hospital there was always overflowing. So, a committee formed and bought this school house to transform it to a state-of-the-art medical facility for the TB infected. Of course, the state had very little to do with art, since they mostly left patients outside to breathe fresh air or did horrible things like stick balloons in their lungs and inflate them and remove ribs (and probably kill them). TB was all but a death sentence at the time, and this place didn’t do much to keep anyone alive. In fact, the estimates (though they range wildly) could be as high as 60,000 dead in Waverly Hills Sanitarium over the years before it shut down in the 1960s. Once it did shut down, it became a geriatric sanitarium where old people went to get tortured, and the place saw more death and suffering than maybe anywhere in the south. And this leads to the haunting. After sitting empty for decades and changing hands, it finally found owners who wanted to let people tour and do supernatural investigations? Why? Because it’s spooky as hell! There are endless bumps and apparitions there, glowing orbs, shadow people in the hallways, phantom smells and sounds, lights that come on where there is no power, and all sorts of madness. The prime time ghosts are a girl named Mary who plays with investigators, a boy who bounces a ball on the roof, and an old screaming woman with bloody wrists. Of course, this all leads us to a discussion of hauntings in general and what the cause of them are. So, if you want to hear things go bump in the night, this one is for you. Check it out!
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Episode 364: Richard Pryor – Comedy, Cocaine, and Comebacks!
On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we look at arguably the best stand-up comedian who ever graced a stage, the legendary Richard Pryor. He paved the way for vulgar, race-charged jokes that nobody in the mainstream was doing. Without him, we’d have no Dave Chappell, no Chris Rock, and no Eddie Murphy. Jerry Seinfeld called Richard Pryor “the Picasso of our profession,” and it was well-deserved. His background was something out of a serial killer’s life story. His mother Gertrude was a hooker, and his father was a bouncer, boxer, pimp, and tough. A young Richard Pryor witnessed his father beat his mother almost to death on many occasions. When his mom abandoned him at five years old, he moved in with his grandmother. Oh, and his grandmother ran the brothel that Pryor’s mom worked at! From drug abuse to bathroom abortions, a young Richard Pryor saw it all, and somehow, his defense mechanism was to make jokes about it all, even late in life. Eventually, he got away from home after dropping out of high school, joined the army, and cut a guy. Like you do. He spent two years in the brig, and when he got out, he dedicated his life to entertainment. He started as an MC and piano player and was so funny that he was soon propelled to the life of a stand-up comedian, playing black clubs on the East coast. He started to gain some success and opened for Bobby Darin in Vegas, but he took a break to develop his own style (and hang out with Huey P. Newton and the Black Panthers). When he returned, he was an insightful, envelope-pushing comic who pioneered the use of the N-Word. After that, he was a rocket. He released album after album, won Emmy awards for writing on various TV shows, won Grammies for his albums, and made some of the highest grossing comedies of his era. His hard life style took its toll, however, as he had a heart attack and eventually tried to kill himself (by dousing himself in Bacardi 151 while high on freebased cocaine and lighting himself on fire). It didn’t work, and even his horrible suicide attempt and drug abuse became the butt of his own jokes. Eventually, he fell ill with MS and still managed to find humor in the hard to reach places. So, what did Dean Martin have to do with his comedic transformation? What ties did he have to the mob? How much cocaine did he do? Why did they fire him from the lead role in Blazing Saddles? What did Lorne Michaels have to do in order to get him on SNL? How did he die? Why does Quincy Jones think he had sex with Marlon Brando? Listen, laugh, learn. Eddie Murphy, Cosby, Pryor: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZlQaE4GDUY Mafia Joke: Great impression, best Italian mock I’ve ever seen https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3D6Qc6uByo Great article on him: https://www.city-journal.org/html/richard-pryor-stand-philosopher-13173.html
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Episode 363: Belcher Island – Madness under the Meteors
On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we do some more True Crime, but it’s back in time True Crime as we explore the massacre at Belcher Island. Belcher Island is an incredibly remote island in Canada—so remote that white folks didn’t set foot here until as late as 1914. In the winter of 1941, though, the population of migrant hunter/fisher Inuit families faced the harshest of weather conditions and apparently went a little crazy with religious fervor. You see, the natives on Belcher Island had only recently been visited by Christian missionaries by 1941, and in the bleak, endless freeze of Northern nights, they would huddle in their igloos and read the poorly translated Bible that was given to them. Their own culture and spiritual beliefs didn’t really gel with the apocalyptic nature of the bible, so it really got into their heads. In fact, it led one man named Charley Ouyerack to proclaim he was the second coming of Jesus and that the best hunter on the island, a man named Peter Sala, was actually God Himself. Somehow, the cold and the starvation and a very ill-timed meteor shower that seemed to fit biblical prophecy convinced the other hunter families that Ouyerack was right. This would just be a case of a bad, weird winter, but when one girl stood up to oppose this, she was bludgeoned to death in the snow. And when a man stood up against her murder, he was stabbed in the face with a harpoon and shot twice. After that, most people just drank the Kool Aid, joined the cult, and thought Jesus and God were among them. More families came along, and after a few weeks of convincing them, Sala’s sister woke everyone up and drove them out of their shelters with a whip, telling them Jesus was coming down from heaven. Oh, and that he wanted to greet them all in the nude right there on Belcher Island. She and the other fanatics forced them to take their clothes off in the record breaking cold of the North, and several of them (mostly, sadly, children) froze to death. So, how did the Mounties find out about this and come to investigate? What ghetto stuff did the cops have to do to get to Belcher Island at all? How many people died? What did the judge say about the three people who seemed responsible for this madness, and what sentence did they serve? How did we finally learn about this case when the natives are so private about it all? Listen, laugh, learn. Nice Summary: http://jmortonmusings.blogspot.com/2014/03/when-god-and-satan-battled-in-barren.html
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Episode 362: Katherine Knight – Australia’s Ultimate Psycho?
On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we do some True Crime down under and talk about the disturbing case of Katherine Knight, violent murder and overall wackadoo! We structure this episode in a way where we reveal her big crazy crime at the end of the show, so if you want to have that shock ride with us, quit reading—spoilers ahead! Katherine Knight was born to a violently dysfunctional family in Aberdeen, New South Wales in Australia (if it really exists…). Her life was tragic and horrible. Her father would rape her mother as much as ten times a day, and young Katherine herself suffered from rape at the hands of some of her brothers and step-brothers. Her mom’s response? Just “put up with it and stop complaining.” As a result of this home life, she was violent at school and a loner. Eventually, she dropped out, getting a job at a slaughter house where she would watch pigs get their throats slit while she was on lunch break—for fun. She got promotions quickly, doing the jobs nobody else wanted, and learning skills that would come in handy later in her life. From there, she had a series of marriages and courtships with different blokes. Most relationships were bad. You know, like the man had to flee to a different town for fear of his own life, and she stalked them there taking people hostage at knife point across the Australian countryside kind of bad. Katherine Knight got arrested for some of this, packed off to mental institution and sometimes left in as little as a day. Eventually, after a few arrests and several turns in mental houses, she met John Price. And this was the one. After some time of abuse (she stabbed him once, like you do), he eventually got a restraining order put on her, and the day he was in court, she planned her ultimate psycho night. In short, she had sex with him in new lingerie, then when he slept, stabbed him 37 times. After that, she skinned him, beheaded him, cooked him, took a ton of sleeping pills, and went night night next to his body. After plating up the dinner she fixed from his body, she left it on the dining room table with invitation cards for each of his kids to sit down and eat. So, how bad was Katherine Knight during her earlier relationships? What advice did her own mom give to men who were marrying her? What did she do to her own daughter that got her locked up? How did she serve John Price, and did she eat any of him? What is she like now that she’s in prison? What record breaking sentence did she get from the courts? How did she keep getting away with all of her assaults and kidnappings? Listen, laugh, learn.
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Episode 361: Unplugged – Monkey Cat Mystery
On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we hit you with some true crime and talk about an alleged serial killer…wait. No, we don’t. We intended to, but we kind of f@(#d up and researched a guy we already did a show on. His name is Wayne Bertram Williams, and he is thought by some to be the Atlanta Child Killer. But, we already did him back on episode 167, and we were out of time, so we just sort of wing it instead and have an episode that we consider unplugged. What's it like to be unplugged? Well, we talk about all kinds of stuff instead: Brent’s obsession with XXX El Yucateco. Dave’s obsession with popcorn at night. Brad’s obsession with children and the punching of them. After the dirty thirty, we visit a site that gives us random topics, and talk about the following (thanks to Brad’s dice rolling skills). Gymnastics, the Olympics, monkey cats, barbers, pipe organs, camels, and camel toes. Which of us wanted to get involved in gymnastics as a youth? Which of us loves the Olympics and why? What’s the deal with the surge in barbers lately, and what is it truly like to get a haircut at a black barber shop? Who among us has played a pipe organ, and how do they work? Why are camels such majestic creatures, and which one of us doesn’t to see camel toes? You may think it’s just an hour of dickery, and you may be right. It is us unplugged at our very best.
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Episode 360: Black Eyed Children – Don’t Let Them In!
On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we get all supernatural and talk about the phenomenon of Black Eyed Children. They could be a Web-based urban legend; they could be real deal spooky dookie. Either way, they have the potential to chupacabra you when you’re trying to sleep! So, what exactly are Black Eyed Children and what do they do? Well, since 1996, they have been reported on the net. You can find lots of descriptions of alleged encounters (I’m looking at you Reddit!) if you dig for them. The typical encounter has the following features. Someone is asleep late at night, typically during a storm. There is a loud knock at the door. Upon looking through the peep hole, they discover two children holding hands: one is typically around 16 and the other around 6 or 8 years old. The kids ask to come inside the house in a flat but sing-songy voice, and they often say that their parents are coming. Instead of wanting to help children in a storm in the middle of the night, people are filled with mistrust and terror—and that is all before the victims notice that kid's eyes are lightless black orbs or holes ripped in their faces. When people refuse to let them in, the Black Eyed Children either repeat themselves or get pissed off. There is often trouble with the house’s power, and dogs and cats often freak out or die over the next few days. This was first reported on a ghost hunter forum back in 1998 by a man named Brian Bethel, two years after he encountered Black Eyed Children (they were outside of his car instead of his house, but that’s a common variation). Since then, people have looked into the phenomenon, written books, made horror movies, all that you would expect. So, much like with alien abductions, the truth may be out there, but it’s hard to find. The more this spreads on the net, the greater the change for hoaxes or people who have scared themselves into thinking they had this experience. But there are a lot of stories out there, and some even end with the home owners letting them in. It’s not a good idea. Give us a listen to find out why. You have some men in black that show up along the way as well. So, are the Black Eyed Children a hoax, an urban legend, a real thing? Why is there no photographic evidence? What health problems do the allegedly cause to people they come near? Why do they want to see Mortal Kombat at the theater? What powers do they have? How are they connected to Men in Black? Why can’t they come in without you letting them? Listen, laugh, learn. Interview with Bethel: https://jimharold.com/can-we-come-in-the-lore-of-the-black-eyed-children-ryan-spragues-hidden-auditorium/ Drone Footage of  one in England: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=za4nOvt99YE Vermont Case: http://weekinweird.com/2016/01/28/witness-report-i-let-the-black-eyed-children-into-my-home-and-now-im-slowly-dying/
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Episode 359: Crazy Horse – A Tale of Massacres, Visions, and Betrayal
On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we go to the old west and look at life, death, struggle, and battles of the Lakota Sioux warrior called Crazy Horse. Born around 1840 in what is currently Rapid Springs, South Dakota, he was called something radically less impressive when he was a kid. Due to his abnormally light skin and curly hair, he was called “Light-Haired Boy” by his mother, and the name stuck. He was a quiet, isolated child, and many think this is because of his different physical appearance. But he had a big heart and cared deeply about his people, so much so that when he was only five years old, he even gave away a few months’ worth of his family’s food in one night when his village was suffering a harsh winter. This spirit stayed with him all the way to his death—if you were on his side! Eventually, he fought in some battles and earned his father’s old nickname of Crazy Horse (and his father changed his name to Worm!). As he was nearing adulthood, Crazy Horse decided to go on a vision quest, like you do. However, he eschewed the ritualistic one performed in his society and went out onto the plains to do it by himself. While there, he received a vision that he should always dress plainly, never put more than one feather in his hair, never horde material possessions, and never wear a war bonnet. He did this his entire life, and many thought his lifestyle granted him mystical abilities to never get harmed in battle, because, boy, did he battle! When he was just a teen ager, he fought in one of his first major skirmishes, and he charged at the front of all the others along with an infamous old warrior named Hump. He saved Hump’s life doing things that only Crazy Horse would do, and the two of them were fast friends and war buddies until Hump’s death in battle sometime later. Eventually, the White Man started to settle in Lakota territory and expand. Forts, soldiers, railroads, and land grabs came with them. This lead to a horrible incident surrounding a cow, a dead chief, and a massacre of soldiers called the Grattan Massacre. This in turn led to more and more US troops heading to the area and more and more massacres, treaties, and broken treaties. The most important of these was a treaty that barred white people from the Black Hills, which General Custer broke by looking for gold. This led to a massive escalation until the Battle of Little Big Horn where Crazy Horse and Chief Sitting Bull destroyed him and his forces. So, why did Crazy Horse stay to deal with US Army oppression when even leaders like Sitting Bull high tailed it Canada? How many massacres was he a part of? Did he ever get harmed in battle? What happened with the woman he fell in love with, and why did it lead to her husband shooting Crazy Horse in the jaw? How many times did the US screw him with bad deals? How did he die, why did it deal with a white soldier protecting a Sioux? What’s up with his monument that will be the largest in the world once complete? Listen, laugh, learn. Very Thorough Bio: http://indians.org/indigenous-peoples-literature/crazy-horse-oglala.html
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Episode 358: Todd Kolhepp – Your Average American Monster
On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we look into some True Crime and discuss the murder spree of a man named Todd Kolhepp. Todd Kolhepp doesn’t get the infamy or big buzz of your typical serial killer, but he killed plenty of people and did some really nasty stuff. Maybe he’s too new to make the killer hall of fame (he just got sentenced last year), and maybe it was his unique choice of murder weapon (well, unique for a serial killer anyway), but this guy was sick from teenage years on and ticked all the boxes when he was a kid. So who is Todd Kolhepp? He was a Florida man, born there and raised in the south. He had a strange relationship with his mother and father, who divorced when he was a small child. His time was then split between parents and a stepfather who he didn’t care for, and he grew up violent and angry. He killed animals, like you do, and when he finally got to spend time living with his dad, he learned his father’s favorite pass time—collecting weapons and making improvised explosives! When he was 15 years old, his true colors finally shone through. He kidnapped a 14 year old girl, tied her up at gunpoint, raped her, and then walked her home telling her he’d kill her siblings if she told her parents. She told her parents. Todd Kohlepp did 14 years for that one and had to register as a sex offender. While in prison, he was deemed to be intelligent but impossible to redeem. He got a degree while on the inside and once freed in 2001, he got another degree and a real estate license that he lied to obtain. He was considered one of the most successful realtors in his area and had a large staff working under him in a seemingly normal life. He had a girlfriend for ten years, and everything was fine. Well, that is if by fine, you mean he started to murder people. One time, he was in a motorcycle shop trying to return a motorcycle he didn’t know how to ride. The staff laughed at him, and he went back the next day and shot them all dead. Then there was the time he killed to contractors working on his property and buried their bodies on site. Oh, and there was the time he bought 100 acres of land and shipping container to use as a rape house. And don’t forget when he shot a girl’s boyfriend and then chained her up and raped her twice a day for a few months until he was caught. So, why did he only kill with a pistol unlike most serial killers? Why don’t we think he’s actually a serial killer? How many other people did he kill? Was he also a bank robber? How did his girlfriend find out she was supposed to be his next victim? Where to hacking a Facebook account and writing Amazon user reviews of murder weapons come into play in his trial? Listen, laugh, learn.   Amazon Reviews: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3912382/South-Carolina-serial-killer-Todd-Kohlhepp-left-chilling-Amazon-reviews.html  
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Episode 357: Lost Colony of Roanoke: Potatoes Make The World Go Round
On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we go back in time and look at one of the earliest mysteries in American history, the lost colony of Roanoke. Roanoke was supposed to be the first English colony in the new world, a base to explore and fight the dreaded Spanish Armada from. However, the place seemed to be cursed, and in spite of multiple attempts to settle it, the colony ultimately disappeared, right down to the buildings, people, bodies, and artifacts. All that remained was the mysterious word CROATOAN carved on a single remaining fence post. So what happened? In 1584, Queen Elizabeth I gave Sir Walter Raleigh permission to found her first colony. He gathered a ship and sent some advanced scouts who landed and settled on Roanoke Island off the coast of what is now known as North Carolina. They landed on July 4, 1585 but it didn’t go well. The newbies accused natives of stealing a silver cup from them, and they got pissed and burned the Aquascogoc village to the ground. Not a great start. Even with this violence (and a lack of food brought on by losing a ship and a massive drought), they left over 100 men to build a fort and get things started. Meanwhile, the explorers brought tobacco, maize, and potatoes to England and the queen, and the so a larger group was sent to help settle Roanoke. However, when they got there, the place had been burned to the ground by retaliatory natives, and all the colonists were slaughtered. So, this new force of 115 people decided to remake the colony. With no real supplies. In a drought. Cut off from England by the Spanish Armada. With pissed off locals. What could go wrong? Well, that’s the question. When the mayor left for England to get more supplies and men, it took three years before he could return. This delay was based on war, weather, and greed, but he just couldn’t get back to his daughter and granddaughter. When he did get there, the colony was simply gone. No people. No buildings. Just the singular word carved on the fence post. So, what happened? Did the colonists build a new ship and die trying to return and escape the worst drought in 800 years? Were they slaughtered by the Spanish or the natives? Did the assimilate into Croatoan culture? Was there cannibalism, space aliens, chupacabras? Listen, laugh, learn.
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Episode 356: The Jersey Devil: Look It’s a Bat, It’s A Kangaroo, No It’s The Devil
On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we look at a cryptid that allegedly causes more trouble in New Jersey than, well, people from New Jersey. Our topic? The Jersey Devil. This mythical (?) creature has been reported in the Pine Barrens for centuries. It looks like a wyvern or a kangaroo with claws, hooves, and wings. It gives a blood chilling scream, and by many accounts is immune to gunfire (and, yes, cannonballs). But the Jersey Devil may be two different creatures or two different myths. The first was actually called the Leeds Devil, and it was the popular version of this creature from 1735 until 1909. The legend has it that Mother Leeds (a poor woman in the Barrens with 12 children) got pregnant a 13th time and cursed the child since she had no way to feed it. A healthy son was born, and in no time, he sprouted horns and wings a forked tail, and claws, and killed the midwife before bailing out the chimney. This Leeds Devil supposedly lived in the Barrens ever sense. Or not. Historians look at the fact that the Pine Barrens were dense and scary, full of brigands and thieves, and full of other spooky myths like the ghost of the Black Doctor and the Black Dog. Also, Benjamin Franklin’s Poor Richard’s Almanac was at war with an almanac owned by the Leeds family, and he smeared Titan Leeds and called him a ghost. That coupled with the Leeds crest (which is a funky looking wyvern) mixed with the puritans of the region and created the Leeds Devil in response. However, in 1909, things took a turn. In a matter of a week, hundreds of sightings of the newly christened Jersey Devil happened. It encountered three different cops (and was shot at by all three), harassed a cab driver, and crashed parties. This happened again in 1925 and every few years since. In the olden days, mass hysteria could account for it (since there was no X-Files or internet to spread the rumors). But in the newer days there aren’t any solid photos or forensic evidence, so this one is kind of sketchy. There are even grainy Big Foot photos, but through it all, the people of the area fully have faith in the devil’s child that is the Jersey Devil.
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Episode 355: Jeffrey Alan Lash – The CIA Alien Cult Leader Con Man
On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we look at the case of a most mysterious man named Jeffrey Alan Lash. His case may be unknown to many, but it sensationalized the news media of Los Angeles in 2015. In July of that year, Jeffrey Alan Lash was found dead in his SUV near his home in Palisades Park. He was packed in dry ice and wrapped in blankets. He was left there, so his super-elite covert team could recover his body. When the LAPD got there, they discovered hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash, 1200 firearms, a bullet proof car, and six tons of ammunition. Quite simply, the dead Jeffrey Alan Lash was a spy. Or a conman. Or a cult leader. Or an alien hybrid. You listen, you decide. Lash was born in Westchester and had a normal upbringing by all accounts. He dropped out of UCLA, and in the late 1980s, he started a 20 year romance with a woman named Michelle Lyons. The only problem was, when she bought a condo, he secured a room that she could never enter. And he gave her a false name. And he told her he was a spy. She said he was “the one” and stayed with him, even as he amassed an arsenal. Eventually, he told her a big operation was happening, and he had to move in with a another woman. And so it went. Eventually, Jeffrey Alan Lash moved in with Catherine Nebron (and her husband?), and befriended Nebron’s personal assistant Dawn Marie VadBunker. After only one meeting with Lash, Dawn Marie started eating raw meat and told her mother that Lash was an alien hybrid bent on saving the world. Like you do. So after years of living under the alias Bob Smith, amassing weapons and cash, and being paranoid, Lash finally succumbed to some sort of cancer. As per his instructions, they packed his body on ice, so his mercenary group could dispose of it, and VadBunker and Nebron bugged out to Oregon for a time. But, no group ever took his body, so there it rotted until the LAPD was tipped off. So, how did this Oregon move lead to a missing person’s report? Where did VadBunker end up, and how does it connect to a mystical healer code-named Tara? Why did VadBunker cut off all ties to her mother and daughters? Why did Jeffrey Alan Lash eat a diet of raw grass fed meat? How did nobody manage to get arrested by the LAPD when they found this two week old corpse rotting in a car? Was this guy a tinker, a tailor, a soldier, a spy? A conman, a grifter, a cultist, a reptoid? Listen, laugh, learn. Interview with reporter Zaron Burnett III: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acQlrq76IbE   Hollywood Reporter Story: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/features/a-decomposing-body-10-duped-girlfriends-saga-alien-con-man-hollywoods-backyard-1037967    
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Bonus Episode: New Year’s Alphabeticals
This is a bonus episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast. If you're after our normal content, a well-researched (ahem...) look at topics like serial killers, cults, and conspiracy theories with an occasional look at West Side rapper (it is, after all, the best side), look to a different episode. If you're after a quick talk about new years, ball dropping (the shiny ones, not our own), Seacrest, champagne, New Year's Resolutions, new Alphabeticals, and Impregnable Armor Against an Implacable Foe, this is the place for you. We also reveal the results of some interviews we did with some of our Patreon members and talk about their often unique holiday customs. From pickle pants to decking the Halls, you don't want to miss this.
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Bonus Episode: Ho-Ho-Hooker Canoe
Walter saw his son and daughter safely tucked into their beds. His wife, Edna, was down in the basement wrapping all the gifts. They'd both been working overtime shifts to get them exactly what they wanted. For little Joey, they saved enough money to get him Wommie, the robot Wombat. It did everything real Wombats did, according to the commercial; it had a backward pouch that avoided getting full of soil, and it ate grasses and sedges like Roomba but for the lawn. It pooped out chocolate, somehow. It was very expensive. Carla was a bit older. She wanted a lot of makeup and a new bananaPhone. The makeup was easy, but the bPhone was a tall order. Turns out, Walter's baby sitter's boyfriend worked at the Banana Store as a Plantain Genius, and he scored the last one of the season. Walter decided to pull a fast one and put it in the stocking, since they kids opened those last, just to see the baubles and trinkets. Get Calra's hopes up and down and up again. Good tactic. But what was that noise? Something on the roof. Walter laughed because for half a second, he thought it would be Santa. That magic died very hard, even as an adult. He took the bPhone and placed it in Carla's stocking with care, and damned if he didn't see a bunch of soot around the floor of the fireplace. Then, some fell down. There actually WAS something on the roof. He ran to the kitchen to get his flashlight, and he hurried back to the chimney. He laid low, so he could see up the chimney flue, but it was too dark. Suddenly, he face right next to the soot, he saw it had been disturbed. It looked like, but it couldn't be, a footprint. It was too small. It would have been, what, a size one? He laughed for a second at the notion but then shined the light on it. He saw an impression in the print. "Keds." He was here. Walter's sins were finally catching up with him. Tampering with space time had consequences, and he had heard tales of black hounds that would run through time righting the wrongs committed by those would would meddle with the nature of such things. And oh, how Walter had meddled. But this. This was much worse. There was a crunch, and he looked toward the end table. The plate with Santa's cookies was empty. Another crunch. He was eating the cookies. "Ho, ho, ho," he heard the voice say near the door the basement. Then, "What you talkin bout Walter," and the door slammed shut and was locked from the inside. Edna. He came for Edna. There was a laugh, and a scream, and spotlight shining in the windows as the military helicopters circled the house. Coleman had come, and Walter had been naughty. Oh, and we answer some questions about Christmas and stuff in this Christmas-themed bonus episode of The Sofa King Podcast.
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Episode 354: The Eggnog Riots – The Ultimate Hangover
In this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we look back in time and talk about the little-known but awesome Christmas mutiny at West Point Military Academy known as the Eggnog Riots. On Christmas Eve back in 1826, roughly 90 students at this military school got loaded on spiked eggnog and caused problems. Major problems. They tore up buildings, threatened lives, shot guns at people, and even hit people with logs! What lead to this gross dereliction of military decorum? You might say whiskey (and you’d be right), but there were other ingredients as well. To begin with, West Point was a ramshackle school that let anyone in, and after a bad couple of wars, Congress funded it to become the bastion of officer training it is today. The man who did this was Sylvanus Thayer. Aside from being considered the father of West Point (and sounding very much like someone who would battle Harry Potter), he was also a harsh disciplinarian. He created draconic rules that included a zero tolerance no-alcohol and tobacco policy, and he whipped the cadets into shape by giving them virtually no freedoms. They couldn’t leave campus; they couldn’t cook food. And did I mention that they couldn’t drink? So, the year of his liquor ban, the cadets decided to have a wee party, and they paid a sentinel to look the other way while they crept across the Hudson River and bought some whiskey. Five gallons or so. On Xmas eve, they started drinking their heavily spiked Eggnog, and the Eggnog Riots were born. Much of the mayhem involves a military history instructor who kept creeping in on the parties to break them up. He arrested Jefferson Davis (yes, the guy who went on to become the president of the Confederacy), and we talk about Davis’ drunken youth quite a bit. After a lot of whiskey-fueled dickery, the professor finally started to break up the party in earnest, and the cadets decided to arm themselves with blades and pistols and kill him for ruining their fun (like you do). And the Eggnog Riots were off and running. What happened next in the Eggnog Riot was a night of madness. They hit another officer with a  log and left him unconscious in a stair well; they ran around brandishing swords and pistols. They smashed windows, tore about the dorm, and readied themselves for war against the Army soldiers they thought were coming. So, how did the participants in the Eggnog Riots try to kill the professor and what went wrong in the attempt? What kept Jefferson Davis from getting court-martialed? How many students ended up getting arrested? Why did they tear down the dorm that hosted the party, and how was the new dorm designed so this would never happened again? Listen, laugh, learn. Good Article on It: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/egg-nog-its-all-fun-and-games-until-someone-starts-a-holiday-riot-180949281/#dShz66KYUWk6APy1.99  
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Episode 353: Bill Murray – The One-Man Meme
On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we get stuck in a time loop, caddy some shacks, and ain't afraid of no ghosts as we talk about the popular culture icon, comedian, and actor: Bill Murray. Bill Murray is known for his comedy roles (and more lately some pretty inspiring drama roles in indie flicks like Lost in Translation and anything by Wes Anderson), but he’s gained a meme-worthy following based on the random sightings and “Bill Murray Stories” that pop up on the internet these days. Born in the shadow of Chicago, Illinois, Murray was the fifth of nine children. Three of his brothers and one sister (who is also a nun) went into acting and/or comedy with some level of success, but it took a while to get there. Bill was feisty and rebellious as a youth and even fell on the wrong side of the law while attempting to smuggle nine pounds of marijuana out of Chicago O’Hare airport! This led him to follow his brother Brian-Doyle Murray into the famous Second City Improv group, and things were never the same after that. He excelled at comedy, and within a few short years, he was working with John Belushi for National Lampoon and eventually took the spot Chevy Chase vacated in Saturday Night Live. From there, he launched a movie career, headlining comedy giants such as Caddyshack, Ghost Busters, and Ground Hog Day. After a hiatus and then more comedy, he found a second wave of success with Lost in Translation, and this was the start of his indie film career. But none of this is as important as his stories. He now Murray-bombs regular people all over the world. He steals their fries. He covers their eyes while they piss at a urinal and whispers “no one will ever believe this.” He crashes parties, just to do people’s dirty dishes, and he drives cabbies around in their own city. His tendency to have gonzo run-ins with every day folks has given him a cult like following, and we talk about the best of the stories as well as the movie The Bill Murray Stories. We have some good laughs on this one and argue a lot about his best movies. Great Rolling Stone Article: https://www.rollingstone.com/movies/movie-news/being-bill-murray-175080/ The Bill Murray Stories: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7329810/
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Episode 352: Lewis and Clark (And Sacagawea) – The Ultimate Mapquest
On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we do what Brad calls “8th Grade History for Adults,” and we look at the adventures of Lewis and Clark. William Clark and Meriwether Lewis famously explored a path from St. Louis to Oregon in the early 1800s, a path no white man had ever taken before. It was sanctioned by President Jefferson (who was close personal friends with Lewis), and the entire nation was watching these men brave hostile tribes, thieves, weather, starvation, and wooly mammoths (Jefferson may have gotten that part wrong) on their travel. And of course, none of it would been possible without the 16-year-old Sacagawea, the daughter of a Shoshone chief (who was pregnant and made most of the arduous journey with a newborn on her back!). The whole expedition is tied up around the Louisiana Purchase in which America bought a substantial part of its land. However, the land hadn’t been explored by Euro folks, so someone had to find a path to the West in order to beat Spain to the punch. President Jefferson chose Lewis who knew Clark from a court martial several years back, and the team was founded. Lewis and Clark hunkered down and recruited several dozen men and loaded up three ships with thousands and thousands of pounds of supplies, weapons, and whiskey and coffee (they weren’t savages!). Along the way, they lost a member due to medical problems, fought with the Blackfoot, built a couple of forts to survive long winters, and saw hundreds of species of animals never seen by the white man before. They whipped people for sleeping on the job, lost some ships to storms, bought horses from long lost brothers, and even wrapped native babies in American flags! So, what American general and spy convinced the Spanish to capture or kill Lewis and Clark, and why didn’t it work? What did Sacagawea do that kept this party alive? What was the story with Sacagawea and her French-Canadian rapist, slave-owner husband? What did Clark’s slave named York contribute? Who gave the men venereal diseases during a long winter stay? Why do people think Lewis died by suicide instead of murder? What happened to Sacagawea’s baby? How did they all survive when the Donner Party didn't? Listen, laugh, learn.
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Bonus Episode: Smells Like Teen Spirit
Welcome to a bonus episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast. Just to be clear, in our normal podcast episodes, we do research on key topics that listeners vote on, and we give our takes on the information we dig up. The topics range from serial killers to conspiracy theories to abuses of power and cults. In this episode, however, we turn to Facebook and ask listeners for questions they want us to answer. So this bonus episode is different. We explain all of that at the top of the show, just to head off any questions you may have. So, if you want a bunch of research and factual goodness, skip this episode and turn to others with a clear focus. If you want a lot of dicking around, however, you’re in the right place! On this bonus episode, we answer some of the following questions about our high school careers: Were we loaners or the cool kid? Who inspired us? Would we be friends or enemies with our past selves? Were we straight arrows or did we ditch school? And many more! So, if you want to hear a casual bonus episode where we BS a little and have some laughs, this is the one for you. If you are an information hound or a Sofa King purist, you can go to any other episode and get your fix. Also, we do a live-stream for our $10 and above Patrons on these episodes. We really appreciate all you do to support us, and we try our best to give you unique shout outs. If you like the show or just want a fancy shout out, visit us at https://www.patreon.com/sofakingpodcast
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Episode 351: Gilles de Rais: The Dracula of France!
On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we travel back to castle times and explore the life, myth, and legacy of a French nobleman named Gilles de Rais—the Dracula of France! This man went from celebrated war hero to ally with the infamous Joan of Arc to church owner to theater producer to demon summoner to serial killer and pedophile. Maybe. Unless it was all a plot by the church and the French nobility to discredit the guy. It’s a wild story. So it all begins in the 1400s where Gilles de Rais was born to a wealthy noble family. When he was young, he studied military tactics as well as academics, but when his parents both died in the same year, his life took a turn. He was then raised by his grandfather who tried to pimp him out on wealthy noble girls to get him to marry into even richer families, but it never quite worked out. Eventually Gilles de Rais joined the militia and made a quick name for himself as a soldier. He captured key enemy officers, was known for reckless bravery on the battlefield, and earned lands and monies throughout his young career. Eventually, he joined up with Joan of Arc in some of her most famous battles and some say he was often her right hand man. After Joan’s untimely end, Gilles retired to civilian life and opened his own church to get away from things he didn’t like about the Catholic church. He also bankrolled one of the most expensive theatrical productions of all time while trying to revisit his glory days; the two things made him burn through money, so he ended up turning to other means of making money, like you do, so he tried to summon demons. The demons didn’t ever turn up, but his staff sorcerers advised him that the body parts of children would make them come, and so, he started killing kids. Horribly. And having sex with their exposed bowels, collecting their heads, and burning the bodies. Or maybe not. In 1992, some folks decided this may have been a smear campaign since Gilles de Rais was so beloved of the people that he was a threat to the crown and the church. The demons and serial killing may have been a way to make him lose love with the FFPs and get taken down a notch. So how many did he allegedly kill? What was his preferred method of execution? Who was the demon he tried to summon, and why did Aleister Crowley think he was innocent? Listen, laugh, learn.    
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Episode 350: The Great Depression: Calamity or Conspiracy?
On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we ask if a brother can spare a dime and look back at the horrible decade known as The Great Depression. This was the roughest period of global finance in the modern world, and it saw American crippled with unemployment, bank closures, farm closures, and suicides the likes of which the world has never seen before or sense. Was it a fluke of bad economics or a conspiracy by the 1% in charge of the economy? Listen and be the judge. After a period of (artificial) economic growth in American known as the Roaring Twenties, the bottom dropped out of just about everything, and the economic world took a nose dive. This was caused by several factors and culminated in the infamous Black Thursday where billions of dollars and millions of shares of stock were lost all in a day (and even more were lost the following Tuesday). This famously led to scores of suicides by investors, and it crippled the global economy. In the midst of all this turmoil, there was also ecological problems as the Dust Bowl crippled farming in the middle of America. With no money, layoffs were epidemic. In most of the nation, 25% of Americans had no work, and in some spots, it was as high as 80% or 90%. Banks collapsed since there was no money left for people to withdraw, and some estimates are that roughly half the children in the nation were left without enough food, medical care, or even a place to live thanks to the Great Depression. So, why do some people think this whole thing was a conspiracy theory? Who would stand to gain from such a horrible turn of events? What does this have to with the American federal banking system? What did President Hoover do that was so hated, and what did his replacement FDR do that was so loved? How long did it take for the economy to recover? He brother, can you spare a dime? Where do the Rothschilds, the Kennedys, and the Rockefellers come in? Listen, laugh, learn.
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Bonus Episode: L M N O P P P Purple Panty Pamburger Patties
Welcome to a bonus episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast. Just to be clear, in our normal podcast episodes, we do research on key topics that listeners vote on, and we give our takes on the information we dig up. The topics range from serial killers to conspiracy theories to abuses of power and cults. In this episode, however, we turn to Facebook and ask listeners for questions they want us to answer. So this bonus episode is different. We explain all of that at the top of the show, just to head off any questions you may have. So, if you want a bunch of research and factual goodness, skip this episode and turn to others with a clear focus. If you want a lot of dicking around, however, you’re in the right place! On this bonus episode, we answer some of the following: Should boxing be banned? Should the internet be restricted? Should we go Nuclear? Patawong ping pong played in a pissing pageant? And many more! So, if you want to hear a casual bonus episode where we BS a little and have some laughs, this is the one for you. If you are an information hound or a Sofa King purist, you can go to any other episode and get your fix. Also, we do a live-stream for our $10 and above Patrons on these episodes. We really appreciate all you do to support us, and we try our best to give you unique shout outs. If you like the show or just want a fancy shout out, visit us at https://www.patreon.com/sofakingpodcast
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Episode 349: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson: The People’s Champ!
On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, know our role, shut our mouths, and smell what our topic is cookin. Our topic? Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. The Rock is currently the highest paid actor in Hollywood, with a series of movies that have grossed a total of $8.1 Billion! But, he started from humble, if not auspicious beginnings. Dwayne Johnson was the son of professional wrestler Rocky Johnson and grandson of the legendary Peter "High Chief" Fanene Maivia. He grew up moving from state to state following his father’s career in the ring, back when wrestling didn’t pay much. They had financial hardships, and at points, Johnson’s mother was suicidal, but they made it through Not interested in the family business, but a very gifted athlete, he started a career in football that saw him set records at the state level, move to college ball, and eventually start in the CFL as a professional baller. After some injuries, however, he called it quits and decided to hit up Vince McMahon and start wrestling. This decision change the face of popular culture. Within a few short years, Johnson went from a character called Flex Kavana to an upstart and charismatic guy known as Rocky Maivia. As “The Rock,” he dominated the WWF. He had epic rivals with Stone Cold Steve Austin, teamed up with the legendary Hulk Hogan, and became a tag team partner to Mick Foley during what is now known as "The Attitude Era." He won the WWF/WWE championship a whopping 17 times, showing that he had the heat to stay on top. Eventually, he started getting small acting roles in action films, and that blossomed into an industry of The Rock being on top of that game as well. From his role as the Scorpion King to his box office dominance in the Fast and Furious movies, he built a movie personal like no others. He does comedy with the likes of Kevin Hart, stars as a shell shocked super star in Southland Tales, and even voices Maui in Disney’s Moana. From bestselling author to Guinness World Record Holder, The Rock is one the most important people in all of entertainment. Even if you don’t like professional wrestling, the story of The Rock’s success is pretty epic, so give this one a listen and learn the tale of The Brahma Bull, the People’s Champion, The Great One, and the Most Electrifying Man in Entertainment.   Best Of: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUjla7U4Lv4   Crazy thorough timeline: http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/bios/r/the-rock/   Kevin Hart Baby Photo: https://wjla.com/news/entertainment/someone-photo-shopped-kevin-harts-face-on-the-picture-of-the-rocks-new-baby-daughter   The Rock Concert: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHC2o3E2HcI
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Patreon Shoutout: Brothels (A Breakers Podcast Tribute)
Dave is still gone / We will return to our normal schedule next week Show: Kings of the Sofa Season 6, Episode 1: "Mortal Wombat" Genre: Situation Comedy Run Time: 4:44 Minutes Rating: TV-MA (Suggestive Dialogue, Coarse or Crude Language, Sexual Situations, Violence) Summary: Brad holds a garage sale, and when Sherry sells his most beloved stuffed wombat, the guys are amazed at the lengths he goes to in order to get it back. Brent and Patti learn how to bake cakes, so they can surprise their significant others, but the key ingredient in the frosting causes hallucinations. Dave hates his life. Guest stars, Jackée Harry and George Wendt.
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Patreon Shoutout: Good Morning Orion: Volume One
This is not a normal Episode. The following is a Patreon shout out to hold you over while Dave is out of town. We appreciate your patience and will return to our normal schedule soon. In the meantime we have a huge back catalog to hold you over please dig back and dust off and oldie. Good morning, Orion What you got here is the virgin broadcast of Radio 1. I trust that you use Radio 1 for all your radio needs, and that's not just because we're the only station on Orion. Instead, I like to think it's because you've got the host with the most. Me. Good old Tanglewire Tom Warson. And if Tanglewire knows one thing, its he's worthy of giving a listenin to. Check out this weeks Patreon Shout out.
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Bonus Episode: How Many Eggs Go Where?
On this very special bonus episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we do things a little differently. This is our second installment of our Thanksgiving bonus mojo! So, instead of our usual research-based discussion on topics selected by our listeners, we turn to some fan generated questions about Thanksgiving. Tis the season, after all. If you wonder how we take our food, if we like gravy, how much we drink to drown our sorrows, what we are thankful for, or anything else, this is the episode for you! If you want us to research conspiracy theories, cults, serial killers, and people of interest, guess what? Suck it! Not gonna happen on this one. Go to another episode for all that jazz. This one is all about busting out the cranberries, slathering things in gravy, and letting our belts out a notch.
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Bonus Episode: It’s the Great Tofurkey, Charlie Brown!
On this very special bonus episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we do things a little differently. Instead of our usual research-based discussion on topics selected by our listeners, we turn to some fan generated questions about Thanksgiving. Tis the season, after all. If you wonder how we take our food, if we like gravy, how much we drink to drown our sorrows, what we are thankful for, or anything else, this is the episode for you! If you want us to research conspiracy theories, cults, serial killers, and people of interest, guess what? Suck it! Not gonna happen on this one. Go to another episode for all that jazz. This one is all about busting out the cranberries, slathering things in gravy, and letting our belts out a notch.
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Episode 348: Virginia Tech: Mental Health and Mass Murder
On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we talk one of the deadliest mass shootings in American history, the Virginia Tech massacre. On April 16 of 2017, South Korea born Seung Hui Cho took two pistols on a deadly rampage across this university campus, killing 32 and wounding 17. From students to faculty, he spared no one, until he finally took his own life. So what was his motivation, and why did this event add the notion of mental health into the national debate on gun control? Cho moved to the US with his parents when he was 8 years old. His family claims he was an unnaturally quiet child, isolated and avoiding physical contact even by family. As he got older, he was diagnosed with severe depression as well as selective mutism, and just two years before the shooting, he was ordered by a judge to seek help for his mental health after a suicide threat. Quite simply, he was not well mentally. Once he started as a student at Virginia Tech, he got in some trouble for disturbing compositions in his creative writing classes (he was an English major), and he was also recorded as having stalked a few female students. With all that background, he decided to buy a pistol, and then 30 days later, buy another one. Then, it was time for him to use them. At 7:15 AM, he shot and killed two students in one of the campus dorms at Virginia Tech. Two hours later (after sending a video manifesto to the new), he stormed a lecture hall and shot up several classrooms. The accounts of the survivors show heroism and horror—from a holocaust survivor who died, so his students could get out the window to a newly recruited member of the US Airforce who died a hero trying to keep Cho from entering his classroom. But of course, since this is a mass shooting, things don’t all add up. What makes people think this one is a conspiracy theory, and how does it stack up to other mass shooting conspiracies? Was Virginia Tech complicit due to faulty security policies? What was Cho’s connection to his victims, or were they random? How did he get so many head shots with guns he had virtually no practice with? What did he say in his rambling tirade that he sent to the media? What do Matt Lauer and Jay Leno have to do with any of this? Listen, laugh, learn. Thorough Timeline: https://www.cnn.com/2013/10/31/us/virginia-tech-shootings-fast-facts/index.html
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Episode 347: RMS Queen Mary: Her Haunted History
On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we talk about history and hauntings of one of the greatest ships ever to sail the seas, The Queen Mary. Now docked in Long Beach, California and used as a hotel and tourist destination, the RMS Queen Mary has had an interesting past and has undergo many transformations before she became the haunted Grand Dame of the seas that she is today. Built in 1930, the construction of the ship was fraught with problems. There was a Great Depression going on, so the company went broke as she was being built. After a few years in dry dock, the Cunard Line who was building her asked the British Government for help. They did, and after forcing some corporate mergers, the Queen Mary and her sister ship were both completed. The Queen Mary was the fastest ship on the seas for several years, and was larger than the Titanic. She was a passenger and mail liner from England to the US for years, until the break of World War Two. When the war broke out, she was retrofitted from a luxury liner to a troop transport and would regularly take as many as 15,000 seamen from Australia to England to help in the war. Known as the Gray Ghost, she set a record for the most people ever moved on one cruise that she still holds to this day. The Queen Mary was so fast that Nazi U-Boats couldn’t catch her; indeed, she was so fast, she once cut another ship in half by sailing right through and cutting it in half! Once the war ended, she ran for several more years until being purchased by the city of Long Beach as a tourist attraction, which she still is today. One of the major draws to this ship now is the haunting. Time Magazine ranks The Queen Mary as one of the top ten most haunted places on earth. There are horrifying occurrences that happen in Suite B340 (which got so bad, they quit letting passengers stay there for years). There are hauntings of both pools on the ship. There is an eerie Lady in White who dances to a silent orchestra. There is the little girl with a teddy bear, the crying baby in the nursery, and the man who was cut in half by Door 13. The hauntings used to be a secret kept by the staff since their knowledge would make people not want to stay there. Now, however, it is a draw, and even though they play it up for business, the history of the ship suggests there is something to the tales of terror from within her decks.
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Episode 346: Hillsborough Disaster: Cops and Cover Ups
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we almost break one of our rules about not talking sports, and we cover the Hillsborough Disaster and Cover Up. In 1989, a horrible crush of thousands of people at a soccer (okay, football…) match killed 96 people and injured over 700. The after-effects lead to suicide and mental trauma on top of physical injuries, and the cause is still open for investigation in the UK. The biggest part of this story is that the police (like, a lot of them) lied to the media and even the inquest about the events. So what lead to the death and the cover up? Mostly, it seems to have been one man, David Duckenfield. He was the head cop on the scene and was brand new to the football arena beat. His predecessor would spend hours walking the stadium to make a plan that would combat the hooliganism of 80’s soccer fans. Duckenfield, however, did practically nothing to set things up. This means that when tens of thousands of people showed up to the small gates that he left open, there was a sudden crush of people who flooded the stadium. After several officers advised him to delay the start of the match and to open and close different gates, he ignored most of them and let things proceed as if the crowd would just manage itself. Surprise! It didn’t. In fact, the mass of people were led through bad gates, and the actions Duckenfield took just added to the Hillsborough Disaster. What made it all worse was that as the crush was happening, he refused to call it in as an emergency and kept spouting the narrative of drunken fans and hooligans, though that wasn’t the reason for the distress. This meant that no firefighters or ambulance drivers could get to the wounded to free or treat them in time. And when the death toll mounted, and the bodies were stacked, the cops lied to the media about the cause of it all and even falsified statements in the official court inquiry. The events of the Hillsborough Disaster led to changes in how soccer stadiums work, and in spite of several ongoing investigations, Duckenfield still hasn’t been held accountable yet. Listen in for our take on who was to blame and the horrors of this stadium massacre. Video of the crush as it happens: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6kAtdwNJ5s
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Episode 345: Arnold Schwarzenegger: Get to the Choppa!
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we get pumped and talk about one of the all-time greats of cinema, athletics, action, cigars, and politics: Arnold Schwarzenegger. This icon was born in 1947 (yes, he’s that old now!) in Austria, and his father was a drunken, abusive police chief who was once a paramilitary Nazi who was wounded in the Battle of Stalingrad. Let that sit with you for a minute. Living in a poor, broken home, Arnold turned to the cinema as an escape and fell in love with Hercules movies. This lead to him starting to body build as a teen, and by the time he was 18 and in the army, he was already winning big body building competitions. He took second place at his first Mr. Universe, and in doing so, he met some key people in the weight lifting game and was able to move out of his house and in with a family in London. Training here, he became the youngest winner of Mr. Universe and ultimately was able to move to California, where he trained with the legendary Joe Weider at Gold’s Gym and went on to win competition after competition. This was just a stepping stone in his career path, however, since he also decided to conquer movies. He starred in a truly horrible movie called Hercules in New York. (Surprisingly, it’s about the ancient Greek demigod. In New York. Go figure.) From there, he landed a Golden Globe for a roll opposite Sally Field, and he did a string of small roles leading up to his time as Conan the Barbarian in 1982. Just two years later, he starred in The Terminator, and the rest was history. He went on to make some of the most beloved action films of the 80s and 90s, and Arnold Schwarzenegger became a global household name. So what led to Arnold Schwarzenegger entering politics? What was his relationship to the famous political Kennedy family? Why do some people think he murdered a prominent British politician named Lord Lucan in the 1970s? Did he really beat people up for the mob with a lead pipe covered in plastic wrap? How did he end up running the notoriously Democratic state of California while he is a Republican? What was the story with his affair and illegitimate child? What does this have to do with Bakersfield (home of the Fight Club Studios)? Listen, laugh, learn. Conspiracy Theory of Murder: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/xdvvmn/arnold-schwarzenegger-murder-conspiracy Hercules in New York Scene. So bad it's good: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMUZect_pgY
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Episode 344: Thuggee: Indian Assassination Cult
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we mix two of our listeners’ favorite topics--cults and serial killers--and we talk about the Thuggee Assassin Cults of India. This group terrorized the Indian countryside for almost five centuries, were the root of the English word “thug,” and according to some experts were responsible for the murder of an estimated 2 Million people. Their most notorious member, King Thug, was said to have killed 931, making him the most prolific serial killer in all of human history. So, what did these people believe, and why did they kill? Well, it was to avert the apocalypse. You see, they believed that the goddess Kali was going to come and bring the end to this life cycle on Earth, thereby killing all humans. They thought that by making regular sacrifices to her, they would satiate her and keep her from coming back to Earth. They were true heroes! Based on an ancient legend involving a demon whose blood would create more demons, the Thuggee cult would only kill using means that didn’t shed blood, typically strangling to death using the yellow sash they wore. After the murders, they would perform a ceremony involving sacred sugar and a holy pickaxe to bury the body. They were amazingly secretive, and even the member’s wives didn’t know they were married to Thuggee cult murderers. Often, fathers would recruit their sons (for generation aftr generation) to join and have them witness their first murder at age ten and kill a few years after. When the men got too old to kill, they became assassin training gurus or spies or even cooks, anything they could do to keep Kali at bay. So, who did their religion allow them to kill, and who was off limits? What tactics did the Thuggee use to kill and stalk their victims? What did the British Sir William Henry Sleeman do in order to finally destroy the terrifying reign of the Thuggee Cult? How were they able to travel and get support from Thugs they had never met? How did mass graves lead to their downfall, and why did society turn a blind eye to hundreds of years of mass murders? Most importantly, what does all of this have to do with Indiana Jones? Listen, laugh, learn.
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Bonus Episode: Things That Go Bump
On this very special bonus episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we creep it real and answer questions from listeners about everyone's favorite pagan rite, Halloween. That's right, we are rolling straight outta coffin for a spooktacular, fangtastic, episode. We have some skeli-fun and get this party startled based on answering questions that you posed to us. You can't skele-run from my skele-puns. What is wrong with me? Why can't I stop? I mean, I would make a skeleton joke, but you wouldn't find it very humerus. Help me please. These puns are un-BOO-lievable. I'm laughin' so hard I'm coffin. What questions do we answer, you may be asking: What is the worst scary movie we've ever seen? How often do kids really get candy with needles in them? How do we feel about some states that fine teenagers from trick or treating? Who wins: Jason, Freddy, Myers. Settled by Superfight! What do we think about haunted house attractions at amusement parks? What is the craziest Halloween party we've ever been to? And many, many more! For the record, a lot of people asked questions about the history of Halloween and all sorts of stuff that require research and an episode that isn't a bonus episode. Surprise, peasants! We already did this a loooong time ago, back on episode 39: Halloween: Vandalism or Treat? As always, thanks to our listeners and patrons for the support and questions. If you dig the show, why not be a suporter? You can visit us at our Patreon, and for the price of a cup of coffee a month, you can stop being an FFP. For a few dollars more, you get exlusive tee shirts, live streaming, and all sorts of goodies. Come on! Do it! You know you want to? El Yucateco is our primary sponsor, but your support is really awesome and shows us that we are loved. We need that. Especially Brad. Plus, how else will we afford whiskey and keep ourselves in Boos (you thought the puns were over...).
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Episode 343: USO: Flying Saucers of the Deep
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we realize that the truth is out there, and we explore the wild stories of Unidentified Submerged Objects, or USOs. USOs are the underwater equivalent of a UFO. They are unidentified to be sure, and they typically both fly and move underwater as well. USO tales range from sketchy speculation to pretty crazy accounts involving various militaries, police, and civilians simultaneously. From orbs of light and crafts out flying jet fighters to week long military hunts and giant sea people, the USO is where it’s at. So, what accounts exist? Here’s a quick run-down: 1982 Lake Baikal in USSR: This may be our favorite. It happens in the oldest lake on Earth, and it involves a fight between Soviet naval divers and nine foot tall humanoids who leave their USO and attack with sonar weapons that give the Russians the bends! USS Nimitz Encounter: The New York Times uncovered an account of a USO butting heads with the US Navy off the shore of San Diego in 2004. It involves an air craft carrier, a gun ship, six different fighter planes, and even comes with a video of the thing flying through the night sky with pilots tripping out on what it could be. (Go here for the video and the official Naval record: https://www.popularmechanics.com/military/a14456936/that-time-the-us-navy-had-a-close-encounter-with-a-ufo/) Point Dume Alien Base: A strange structure on the ocean floor a few miles away from Malibu makes people think it is an alien base propped up on pillars, large enough for submarines to glide through. Baltic Sea Anomaly: This is an alleged downed USO on the ocean floor in the Baltic sea. It was discovered by professional treasure hunters, and it looks eerily like the Millennium Falcon. Feel free to Google this one. Shag Harbor, Nova Scotia: This account is from 1967, and it involves a whole area of the country side, the Canadian Navy, Canadian Mounties, the coast guard, civilian crafts, divers, and a full blown search for a downed airplane that leads to a week-long show down with two USOs and the Canadian Navy. We cover these cases, a crazy one in Norway, and even a USO that messed with Christopher Columbus. If you think aliens are among us, just look to the waters and give this one a listen.
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Episode 342: Dennis Rader: The BTK Killer
On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we dive into some more files from our True Crime department and look at the career of the American serial killer, Dennis Rader, also known as BTK. The BTK Killer murdered a total of ten people in the 70s, 80s, and 90s. However, he wasn’t caught and tried until 2005. His Modus Operandi is different than many serial killers, and Brad and Dave both think he’s a punk and a poser. More on that later… Dennis Rader was born to a typical family, and he didn’t seem to tick all the boxes of serial killers, like crazy mothers and over-religious family life. He is said to have tortured and killed animals, but this was of his own admission, which can be untruthful at times. After dropping out of college, joining the Air Force, and settling down back in Kansas, he started multiple jobs and eventually gave into his desire to kill. But, he wasn’t very good at it. He needed several attempts to successfully strangle people, and he didn’t even have a kill kit or anything as sophisticated as that when he started. While most serial killers do so out of some strange suppressed rage or sexual fetish, it seems Dennis Rader killed because he idolized serial killers. He read books about them and taunted the media and police because he basically thought it was cool and wanted the attention. In other words, he was a try-hard and a poser. Eventually, in the 1990s, he was said to have mastered his desire to kill and would dress up as victims and pleasure himself to keep from killing. He had a family and kids and became a Boy Scout Leader and church mentor. But he couldn’t take it, the normal life. He had to be BTK. Eventually, in 2004, he started to send messages, riddles, dolls, crime scene photos, and other things to taunt the local media and cops. He gave himself his own nickname (in spite of what Brent always says about nicknames) using the media, and he wanted other successes as well. Why did he taunt the cops for no reason after all these years? How did this taunting get him arrested? What clues did he leave behind, and why was it his own dumbass fault? What was “Factor X,” and how did link everyone from Son of Sam to Jack the Ripper? What made Rader think he had a demon living inside him? What was the profile of his victims, and why was he allowed to write a book and sell it from inside of prison? What did BTK stand for, and why are Brad and Dave not impressed? Listen, laugh, and learn. Full Confession Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvWOje46Xp8
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Episode 341: Eazy-E: The Grandfather of Gangsta Rap
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we represent the West Side and talk about the life, beefs, death, and notorious reputation of the Grandfather of Gangsta Rap—Easy-E. Though he seems like the clown of NWA based on his raps, he was actually the face of gang life, from its fashion to its criminal background. From murderous beefs with Suge Knight to conspiracies of AIDS as a means of assassination, the story of Eazy-E is pretty epic. Born Eric Wright in Compton, California, he was raised by typical parents but in a rather atypical neighborhood. Compton, of course, was the gang capitol of Southern California, and there were a lot of illegal ways to make money. Young Eric Wright fell into one such way and started to deal drugs, following in his cousin’s footsteps. He made a lot of money, and after his cousin was shot, he got out of the game and decided to use his money to build a music label. He fell in with his partner Jerry Heller, and they created Ruthless Records. In no time, he was working with the up and coming Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Yella and MC Ren, and he ended up creating a hit record, Eazy Duz It, and joined up with the newly formed NWA. He was not a natural rapper, and it took some convincing to get him to the mic, but once there, he was a natural. He became an iconic figure of Gangsta Rap and led the charge on such hits as F*ck the Police. In fact, most insiders realize that it was his true street life that gave NWA its credibility. They rose quickly and like most bands, hit rough spots and had people leave. Unlike most bands, the break up included death threats, assaults, and any number of West Side street justice. After years of success (and sex with lots of fans), Eazy-E eventually got sick, and when he went to get it checked out, found out he had AIDS. Within a few weeks, he was dead at the age of 30. But that’s not the end of the story. Why does his family think the AIDS story was strange? Why do they think there was a cover up of how he caught it? Why do they think it may not have been AIDS in the first place? What part does Suge Knight play in all this, and what did he say in an interview that seems to indicate he may have gotten Eazy-E infected intentionally to kill him? What did his diagnosis do to change the national conversation about this disease? Listen, laugh, learn. Thorough Vibe Eazy-E Story: https://www.vibe.com/featured/vibe-eazy-e-cover-story/ Conspiracy AIDS Article: https://www.highsnobiety.com/2015/08/13/eazy-e-death-conspiracy/
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Episode 340: Rosicrucians: A Secret Society of Alchemists
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we look at a not-so-secret society that has been around for hundreds of years throughout all of the Western World: The Rosicrucians. They are often compared to the Freemasons and have some amazing world leaders, philosophers, and artists (I’m looking at you Gene Rodenberry) in their membership roster. However, unlike the Masons, they aren’t one unified group, but a smattering of over 30 different groups that believe similar things. So what do they believe? It’s actually hard to say since that’s the secret part. What is known is that they believe in mastering all knowledge (scientific, spiritual, mystical, alchemical) in order to improve the self and those around them. Oh, and they believe in telepathy, ESP, psychic healing, auras and all sorts of interesting fringe stuff. The Rosiscrucians aren’t quite a religion, though they adhere to some of the tenants of major world religious systems. All of their secrecy and quest for knowledge goes back to their founder, Christian Rosenkreuz. He was a German doctor who went on a quest to the Far East to master mysticism and other esoteric bodies of knowledge. When he returned, he was a changed man and established a secret order of 8 other physicians who swore to remain bachelors, vowed to cure the sick for free, and sought to learn the ways of alchemy and all things mystical and scientific. He died and was buried in a sanctum under the earth where he predicted he would be discovered 120 years later; according to Rosicrucian beliefs, that’s exactly what happened, and his body was in a perfect state and hadn’t decomposed. That said, many people claim he was never a real person but was actually an allegory of traits and information that the Rosicrucians value. Either way, this possibly-fictional person had a very real impact on Europe for centuries. Everyone from René Descartes to Francis Bacon were followers, and it was a very hip thing to be a Rosicrucian. In America, the main body of them is the AMORC organization out of California. You can turn to them to learn the mystic arts of alchemy—all through online classes. How about that. Home Study and Online Rosicrucian Lessons: https://www.rosicrucian.org/home-study-lessons Obama’s Letter to the Rosicrucians: https://678d7c627720ddde2df2-c5b158543cb4b709e42fdf5583590d2f.ssl.cf5.rackcdn.com/2015_letter_from_president_barack_obama.jpg Rosicrucian Manifesto Texts: http://www.sacred-texts.com/eso/ros/index.htm  
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Episode 339: Jimmy Savile: The UK’s Ultimate Rapist
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we look at a guy who may be the worst Brit to ever live, Jimmy Savile. Jimmy Savile was a media personality and radio host (think Ryan Seacrest or Dick Clark in the States). He had a hit-maker radio and tv show that every musician wanted to be on. He also had a BBC television series that made the dream of ill children come true. He was knighted by the Queen of England and the Pope. That all sounds pretty awesome, right? Well, he was also a serial rapist, pedophile, and necropheliac. A year after he died in 2011, over 500 victims came forward to discuss their trauma. They ranged from 5 to 75 years old at the time of the crime. Most of them were physically or mentally ill at the time of the abuse. There were dozens of rapes. Oh, and most people think none of this ever came to light because of a cover up that may have gone as high up as the Prime Minister or the Royal family, both of whom he was close to. So how did a crappy meta-celebrity become such a monster and mega rapist? It was his “charity work.” He would hold fund raisers and give money—millions of pounds—to hospitals, children’s schools, and mental hospitals. This would ingratiate Jimmy Savile with the board of directors and give him access to the hospital at all hours as a major donor. Then, he would rape, fondle, and abuse patients, relatives of patients, and everyone he could get his hands on. He’d feel up people hours after major surgery and rape people who were too mentally ill to know any better. He’d also sneak into the morgue and give oral sex to dead bodies (something called gamaroosh…see, you learn something new every day) and pose them in sexual acts to take photos with them. And steal their glass eyes. And then, he’d brag about it to the hospital staff. How this sicko got away with such a range of heinous crimes for 50 years is hard to imagine, unless, of course, it was being covered up for him. So, was Jimmy Savile part of an international sex trafficking scheme as many people allege? Was he a lone shooter? Was he just the luckiest rapist in the UK, or did he go out of his way to hide the truth? Why did the BBC bury the story of Jimmy Savile’s sexual assault after he died? How many times were the police tipped off over the years? Who was Clair McAlpine, and how did her suicide almost bring him down in the 1970s? Listen, laugh, learn as we talk about someone who couldn’t have died soon enough. Sex Timeline: https://www.theguardian.com/media/2014/jun/26/jimmy-savile-sexual-abuse-timeline  
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Episode 338: Winston Churchill: Legendary, Racist, British Hero!
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we take a jump across the pond and talk about one of the most important politicians who ever lived, the original British Bulldog, Winston Churchill. Many credit him with playing a major role in the victory over Nazi Germany, and others accuse him of causing the death of millions of Indians and being a drunken racist. Maybe both? You listen, you decide. Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill was born to Lord Randolph Churchill in a very upper class family. He was said to be a scatterbrained child, always tardy and fairly bad at school, but when he was able to take up rifles, he started to excel. Eventually, he went on to a distinguished military career, even being an action hero and breaking out of a war camp and travelling 300 miles across enemy lines to find a safe border to cross. Back in England, he began a political career which came to a head as he was one of the most vocal naysayers about Hitler’s rise to power. Eventually, on the eve of World War II, King George appointed him as the prime minister, and the war was then started in earnest. Churchill is said to have been the main reason the Brits were able to rescue the 300,000 soldiers stranded at Dunkirk. He was also responsible for ruthless actions such as the sinking of the allied French fleet, so it wouldn’t fall into Nazi hands. Did Winston Churchill know about the bombing that devastated Coventry, and if he did, why did he keep it a secret? How big of a partier and drinker was he? How bad was his debt, and why did the government and other political donors have to pay his bills for him? How did he die? What did he think of Gandhi? What was up with his velvet onesies? Listen, laugh, learn. Link about the Coventry Conspiracy: https://winstonchurchill.org/resources/myths/churchill-let-coventry-burn/
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Patreon Shoutout: Voices of Angels & The Bodies of Dads
Show: Kings of the Sofa Season 2, Episode 20: "Roots, Rock, Rob-Bot" Genre: Situation Comedy Run Time: 22 Minutes Rating: TV-MA (Suggestive Dialogue, Coarse or Crude Language, Sexual Situations, Violence) Summary: Brad makes it to Nationals in his freestyle rap competition but faces unforeseen complications due to the injections he takes for a bee sting. Brent builds a Brent-Bot to help around the computer shop, but it meets with hilarious results. Dave enters a wrestling tournament to earn the money to save a puppy blood bank, but he finds himself face to face with an old childhood friend. Guest stars: Rob Van Dam and Vanilla Ice
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Patreon: I’ll Do Better Tomorrow…
Show: Kings of the Sofa Season 4, Episode 5: "Triple Terror" Genre: Situation Comedy Run Time: 22 Minutes Rating: TV-MA (Suggestive Dialogue, Coarse or Crude Language, Sexual Situations, Violence) Summary: Brad becomes obsessed with his new neighbor when he thinks he might be Saddam Hussein. Terry and Dave see a ghost. Brent enters a chilli cook off against the business next door to prove he can handle the heat, but when the peppers get swapped hilarity ensues. Guest starring Guy Fieri and Haley Joel Osment.
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Patreon Shoutout: El Padre De Palomas
Show: Kings of the Sofa Season 7, Episode 9: "Fear and Loathing in Bakersfield" Genre: Situation Comedy Run Time: 22 Minutes Rating: TV-MA (Suggestive Dialogue, Coarse or Crude Language, Sexual Situations, Violence) Summary: On a very special episode of Kings of the Sofa, CJ Lazer smokes marijuana for the first time. Concerned, the guys all attempt to help in different ways. Brent holds an intervention. Brad tries to make CJ sweat it out. Dave tries to scare CJ straight. All of their tries meet with unexpected results and teach them more than they ever bargained for about drug use. Guest starring Whoopi Goldberg.
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Patreon Shoutout: Voices of Angels and The Bodies of Dads II
Show: Kings of the Sofa Season 3, Episode 12: "Elevator Music to My Ears" Genre: Situation Comedy Run Time: 22 Minutes Rating: TV-MA (Suggestive Dialogue, Coarse or Crude Language, Sexual Situations, Violence) Summary: Brent accidentally punches a baby and needs to turn to Brad for coping advice. Brad and Dave see their accountant to settle their wacky finances, and a power outage and a pregnant police officer lead to a wild encounter in an elevator. Very special guest star Don Knotts and Meredith Baxter-Birney.
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Bonus Episode: Mass Debate Part Deux
What we have here is a bonus episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast. Instead of our normal research-based informational podcast full of 20% accurate information, 30% inaccurate information, and 60% offensive jokes (yes, the math adds up if you've listened to us), we flip the script. This time, we have a three person debate, college rules, no holds barred. We turn to our listeners to randomly give us numbers, and we debate key topics from the New York Times top 100 debate topics. They range from sports to video games to child rearing to the almighty Zeus. We also play a hardcore round of Superfight. You don't want to miss it. Or you do want to miss it, in which case that isn't hard to do since you just have to not listen. We don't care. We won't be sad. Those aren't tears in my eyes. They are tears in YOUR eyes!
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Episode 337: Caligula: The Sick, Sick, Sick Roman Emperor
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we travel back in time and look at the life, fetishes, mass killings, reign, and assassination of the most infamous of all Roman emperors: Caligula. Caligula was the great-great grandson of Julius Caesar, and his real name was Gaius Caesar Germanicus. Caligula was a term that meant “little boot” and came from his time as a child he spent with his famous father during military campaigns. His father was a politician, and through a hardcore series of Game of Thrones type maneuvers, he was ultimately killed by the emperor Tiberius who eventually took in Caligula and raised him. But, the raising was mostly torturous treatment, and everyone knew Tiberius killed Caligula’s father, so it wasn’t a good upbringing. In fact, most historians believe this period of his young life is what bred the sadism and perversion that followed him through life. Eventually, Tiberius died, and the inexperienced Caligula was voted by the senate to be emperor. He did great things for the first half a year or so, and then his predilections for cruelty came to the surface. He started a brutal campaign of murders (he called them executions) of everyone who ever stood in his way, and he started taking money from prominent citizens just to keep himself in the lifestyle he enjoyed. He was also crazy. How crazy? How about, he built a three mile bridge of boats and rode across it for two days just to prove someone wrong? How about, he killed people who talked about goats in his presence? He once threw an entire section of the coliseum into the pit to be eaten by wild animals because he thought the fights were boring. He slept with his sisters. A lot. He declared war on the sea, declared himself a god, built a mansion for his favorite horse, and so much more. So what good things did Caligula do for the Roman empire? How was he assassinated and why? What was up with his pleasure barges? How did his wife and child die? Why did he hate goats? What declare himself to be the god of? What made the senate decide to destroy all traces of him and erase him from Roman history? Listen, laugh, learn.
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Episode 336: The Rajneeshees: Sex Cult, Salmonilla, and Poisoned Beavers
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we look at one of the most interesting cults we’ve ever covered: The Rajneeshees. Let me give you a teaser. Their story involves the bombing of a hotel by a radical Islamic group, a bio weapon attack involving poisoned salads, an assassination attempt of a prominent politician, a lot of capitalistic sex, a war against Nike, the attempt to take over a town in Oregon, an army of hoboes who were knowingly high on Haldol, and a plot to poison the water supply with an army of beavers. Yes. That’s all true. It sure seems like a lot when you string it all together. So, who are the Rajneeshees, and what did they believe? They started as the followers of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (also known as Osho), a public speaker from India who specialized in meditation seminars. He got backing by some wealthy folks in India, and he quickly rose in prominence, securing a whopping 100,000 followers in just a few years. They lived in an ashram in India but spread throughout the globe. They started to be a group that was somewhat hedonistic, celebrating things that made you feel good, from material possession to sex. Lots of sex. Eventually, they settled on a plot of land in rural Oregon, and there, they went to war with one of the co-founders of Nike to claim dominance over the area. This battle got intense, and eventually led to the group doing all they could to win local elections and stay in power (this is where the bio attack, army of hoboes, an assassination plot, and poisonous beavers come on the scene). So, what was up with Rajneesh’s 93 Rolls Royce cars? How much sex did this sex cult have? How big was their militia? What did the Rajneeshees secretary do to take power, and where did she end up? What happened to the army of hoboes? Why did the cult try to cultivate live AIDS cultures? Listen, laugh, learn. List of Crazy Crimes from the Cult: https://www.thedailybeast.com/wild-wild-country-the-most-shocking-reveals-from-the-sex-cults-fbi-informant
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Episode 335: Devices of Death: Instruments of Execution
On this grisly episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we talk about devices of death, all the inventions that are used for capital punishment from the ancient world until now. Every society since the most ancient days of China have killed criminals for the worse offenses, and the means vary from “humane” to absolutely brutal. The 7th Century BC Draconian Code of Athens made death the penalty for every crime anyone ever committed! Also, people like the mad emperor Nero would burn bodies at the stake and use the fire for light at this parties. From classic devices of death such as Iron Maidens to force feeding people milk and honey until their own fecal matter makes bugs live in their skin, this episode has you covered. We talk a lot about the modern methods used for killing killers here in the U.S. Hanging, of course, ties back to our cowboy days and is still used in some prisons to this day. However, it’s not as easy as it seems. Too long of a drop, and the rope rips the person’s head off. Too short, and they slowly suffocate for 45 agonizing minutes. That evolved to the electric chair in 1890, but again, not without perils. Sometimes, the wiring was done wrong, or the people had to get zapped time after time. They would light on fire, and a sponge that was too wet or dry would mess up the connection. Then technology got “better.” We moved to firing squads, gas chambers, and finally lethal injection. So what is the problem with lethal injection drugs, and why do so many states have to turn to alternative methods of killing? Why was it important to have a good executioner in the past? Which killing technique has never had a botched attempt in the past 120 years? Which devices of death caused the most problems? Who watches the executions, and who performs them? Listen, laugh, learn. Good Site On Info: https://deathpenaltyinfo.org/descriptions-execution-methods
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Episode 334: Nazca Lines: Alien Runways?
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we look at one of the ancient mysteries of the world and explore the myth, truth, and science behind the enigmatic Nazca Lines. The Nazca Lines are massive glyphs drawn in the soil in Peru, and they date back a few thousand years, according to most scholars and some good old fashioned carbon dating. Many people think these enormous glyphs etched into the Peruvian soil are some sort of communication or landing pad for ancient aliens. Others think they are signs to the gods or even markers for agriculture areas or rare wells in this dry climate. What’s unique about the Nazca Lines, for one thing, is the environment. They are only carved a few inches into the soil, but the presence of lime deposits, constant temperature, arid climate, and strange fog have left these things preserved. Keep in mind, simply walking on them can ruin them, so the fact that they exist several thousand years later is a bit miraculous. Another unique feature is that they are apparently intended to be viewed from the air, but were constructed a people who predated aircraft by a few millennia. They are miles long in some cases and remarkably straight. Why did these people actually build them? What techniques did they use? Was it religious or a feature of agriculture? Why do some scholars think these are “anti-constellations?” What did Greenpeace do to damage one of the glyphs, and why were they jerks about it? What’s up with the alien mummies? Listen, laugh, learn. Nazca: Million theories why:  https://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/esp_lineas_nazca_2.htm
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Episode 333: Richard Ramirez: The Night Stalker
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we delve into the shadowy realm of true crime and look at one of the most rage-filled serial killers of all time, the Night Stalker, Richard Ramirez. Originally called the (much less impressive) Valley Intruder, Richard Ramirez ran on a violent, burglary filled murder spree through all of California. But to understand the crimes of this monster, it’s important to understand his beginnings. If anyone was dealt a hand that promised they would become a brutal serial killer, it was Ramirez. His father was an ex-cop known for rage issues, and his mother breathed in so many harsh chemicals at work that all of her other 5 children had birth defects. Add to that an older cousin and role model who was an unstable soldier fresh from the Vietnam war. Oh, and said cousin had photos of all the Vietnamese locals he raped and murdered and shared them with the young Richard Ramirez. And then there was the time his cousin murdered his wife with a pistol while Ramirez watched and the time his uncle showed him how to be a peeping Tom, take LSD, and worship Satan. So, yeah, serial killer. Ramirez had his first taste of murder with a nine year old girl in the basement of a hotel he lived in, and from there, he began a murder spree of mostly older victims. He tended to break into people’s homes, rob them, shoot the husband in the face, and then rape and kill the woman with whatever he could find to use as a weapon. He didn’t care about leaving evidence, covering his trails, or anything many such killers worried about. He killed out of passion and rage, typically on the spur of the moment. So, how many people did Richard Ramirez kill? Why were they typically retirees? What was up with eyeballs in a jewelry box? How come Ramirez had so many fan girls when he was on trial for his horrible crimes, and why did one marry him while on death row? What came of the suicide pact his wife took with him? Why did he scrawl pentagrams on his body before the trial, and how did this scumbag eventually die? Listen, laugh, learn.
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Episode 332: Sparta: Ancient Bad Asses
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we travel back in time and look at perhaps the most hardcore civilization to ever exist. This. Is. Sparta. Sparta was a city-state in ancient Greece that was made popular in recent years thanks to Frank Miller’s graphic novel and Zack Snyder’s movie adaption of it—300. This tells the story of 300 elite Spartan warriors who hold off a million man Persian army. Is there any truth to this? Kind of, yes. Sparta was a nation that was dedicated to two things: a strong state and warfare. The Spartans were actually the minority in their own society since the other two castes of slaves and craftsmen outnumbered them. However, they were the best of the best at warfare, and a Spartan only had career goal. Warrior. They didn’t farm, build house, make weapons or anything else. They simply fought in wars. To this end, the children were sent to a brutal training ground starting at age 7 called the Agoge. The Agoge was a military training that lasted until they were 20. They fought each other, were starved to encourage them to steal food and fight each other for calories, and they finally graduated when they could sneak out of the barracks without being caught and murder a slave. They were the Navy Seals of the ancient world, born and raised for battle. Weak infants were discarded, women learned to fight, and men were in the army until they were 60. So what was the story of the battle of Thermopylae? How accurate was the movie compared to true history? How did the Spartans get defeated in the Hot Gates? Why did they bathe their infants in wine? What did they do to keep the slave population in check? Listen, laugh, learn. Movie versus Truth: http://www.historyvshollywood.com/reelfaces/300spartans.php
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Bonus Episode 36: Mass Debate
He stood in front of the class, and his hands were so wet from nerves that his scant stack of notecards felt like used toilet paper. The professor sat with all his glasses. The old man had a pair cocked on his forehead, a pair on his eyes, and a pair hanging on a little beaded necklace. The prof would swap them from time to time. Why so many? How bad can eyes be, and in how many ways? It didn't matter. Just an observation. He set the notecards on the podium. It lurched like poorly nailed gallows, rickety and old. He let out a laugh, an exaggerated thing that bespoke his nerves. He felt immediately obvious, immediately the fraud he was. He wasn't prepared. One shitty night of prep using Wikipedia and some other crap he got from that podcast full of dick jokes and whiskey. He'd have to fake it. Plus, there was Missy. She never gave him so much as an errant look when they were in high school together last year. Now, she seemed different. Alone. She'd talk to him when they were on break. She'd laugh sometimes. Now she was staring at him. She must have seen the sweat. Oh, god, was he sweating through his shirt? Jesus. So much for making a good impression. "Any time, if you please," the professor said. No humor. Just impatience. The clock was now on. He set his notecards down. He started to speak with the opening line he thought up on the bus ride to campus. The one one about a zen master and a hot dog and being one with everything. But he couldn't remember how it went. Why didn't he write it down! Jesus, this was a disaster and it hadn't even started yet. And his tongue. It felt like the organ of a dead animal, killed for cheap meat, was limp in his mouth. Dry. He needed water, or his mouth would just stick. Missy was looking out the window. Bored. Why did he take a debate class?!?!? Oh, sorry. This was supposed to be a pithy little introduction to this bonus episode of the Sofa King Podcast. We turned to the Patrons during our live stream, and they gave us random numbers between 1 and 100. The three of us then used them to give us topics from a list of the top 100 college debate topics. Then, we debated. Was it a mass debate? Perhaps. Was there whiskey? What do you think?
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Episode 331: Cicada 3301: The Web’s Darkest Mystery
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we take a look at one of the biggest mysteries of the internet era, the deep, impossible, mysterious puzzle called Cicada 3301. Just who wrote this strange internet puzzle (is it a game?) is unknown. Also unknown is why they did it. It involves expert level decryption and steganography as well as hacking skills, and it took considerable resources to create. Was it the NSA or CIA as a recruitment tool? Is it a band of hackers looking to expand their numbers? Is it a global banking trust or a rogue artificial intelligence? Good questions. So, on January 4th, 2012, a simple message was posted on 4Chan. It said they were looking for highly intelligent individuals and that this was a test. It was signed simply 3301. After weeks of chat rooms and idea sharing, people started to realize this wasn’t just some random 4Chan troll, but a very complicated puzzle. To solve it, you needed hacking skills, good software, patience, the ability to translate ancien Mayan numbers, and knowledge of crazy popular culture from William Gibson to Anton Lavey. One person who engaged in the puzzle was named Joel Erikson. He beat the puzzle, but only after 3301 pulled the solution off the net because too many people were solving it in teams, and they apparently thought this was cheating. Another was named Marcus Wanner. He allegedly beat the puzzle and was invited to join Cicada 3301 where he toiled as a coder working on a piece of software called CAKES that would release sensitive information to the world if the owner didn’t log in every 24 hours or so. So, what did the puzzle involve, and how many layers were hidden in layers? What was The Warning, and how did it deal with a global God Brain? Who do they think is behind 3301, and how did everyone from Google to the US Navy steal their moves? How many puzzles did Cicada 3301 ultimately release? Listen, laugh, learn. Marcus and Tekk Story: https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-news/cicada-solving-the-webs-deepest-mystery-84394/
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EPISODE 330: Pan Am Flight 103: The Lockerbie Bombing
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we look at the deaths, political intrigue, and conspiracy theories surrounding the infamous bombing of Pan Am Flight 103. Called The Lockerbie Bombing due to the destruction caused by the plane crashing over that Scottish city, the plane was brought down by a bomb placed in the nose of the plane. Who would want to bring this plane down and why? That’s what we aimed to find out through our research. On December 21, 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 exploded 31,000 feet over Lockerbie. On board, 259 people died, and on the ground, 11 people died in the horrible fireball caused by the ignition of 200,000 pounds of jet fuel. The bomb was small and easy to conceal. It was a cutting-edge Symtec bomb hidden in a radio and smuggled into a suitcase (the alleged bombers weren’t on board). The bomb was so advanced that security screeners weren’t trained to look for its kind until 11 months after this bombing. So who placed the bomb? The official report is that it was two Libyans who possibly worked for Libyan intelligence. Abdelbeset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi and Al Amin Khalifah Fhimah were implicated, and after everything from embargoes to threats, the United Nations got Colonel Gadhafi to extradite them for trial. During the incredibly lengthy and thorough investigation, the CIA pointed the bomb fragments to a Libyan group, and detectives did a crazy patchwork of information, pulling evidence from a crazy weather wizard, a tailor with a seemingly photographic memory, and a person who hung Christmas lights. Needless to say, the evidence is a bit shaky. One of the Libyans was convicted and the other got off. However, some very reputable journalistic sources from Frontline to Time Magazine came to question the official stories. Some point to Iran and some strange plans that dealt with the 1990 invasion of Kuwait. Others point to the CIA who was revealed to be allowing Syrians to smuggle heroin on Pan Am in exchange for intelligence on terrorist networks. Either way, the story of the bombing, the horrible details, and the final death of the bomber of Pan Am Flight 103 are a very interesting tale. The PBS Frontline article on alternative theories of the bombing: https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/article/lockerbie-the-alternate-theories/
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Bonus Episode 35: Christopher Walken VS. Christopher Reeves
So, my first term in college, I decided to major in history and archaeology. Did I dream about fighting Nazis with a whip and getting artifacts that make people's face melt? Who doesn't. Did I more realistically want a job where I sit in a ditch in the middle of nowhere and dig a hole with paintbrush so as not to upset anything. Yes, yes I did. Isolation. Patience. Being paid to cultivate boredom. Sounds good to me. However, cut to my first history class. The teacher was so boring that the motion sensors would turn out in the middle of class. Keep in mind that there were 50 people sitting in desks, plus the professor in front of the room. Perfect stillness. Boredom that even digging a hole with a paint brush was too much for. I changed my major to English. Why am I telling you this? Because this Bonus Episode of The Sofa King Podcast is one in which we take to answering history questions that our listeners posted on our face book group. They are intense history questions, and we answer them without being so boring we make the lights go out. What questions you ask? Could Hitler beat Saddam in a Punch Up? Would Jesus have chose rock, paper, or scissors every time? What does the D stand for in D-Day? Who was Corporal Wojtek? What ailment did Napoleon have during Waterloo? And many more! So, if you want a solid history lesson without all that...you know...history, then this is the episode for you. I strongly suggest you don't use our answers on your midterm, however, if you hope to graduate. And if you really want to graduate--from lame to awesome--join our Patreon page and donate for more bonus content!  
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EPISODE 329: Skinwalkers: Navajo Abominations
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we pry back the secrets, rituals, and horror stories of the supernatural creatures known as Skinwalkers. Skinwalkers exist through multiple groups of Native Americans, but they are mostly attributed to the Navaho. According to their beliefs, they are medicine men who have turned into harmful witches and can change their form into animals. However, their transformations are not all cool and seamless; instead, they are twisted, unhealthy, corrupt version of the animals. They are deformed and often injured and matted and don’t move as they should. In the Navajo language, Skinwalkers are called yee naaldlooshii, which means roughly “by means of it, it goes on all fours.” Many people think the story of Skinwalkers comes from early medicine men who would disguise themselves in animal pelts to spy on other groups. Indeed, they are portrayed as people who used to do good for the communities. However, somewhere along the line, they became twisted and evil. They are so terrifying that even today, Navajo won’t talk about them at all to outsiders, and they won’t openly discuss them on the Navajo Nation for fear of drawing their attention. Their powers supposedly include the ability to shape shift into animals, polymorph into other humans, hypnotize, run as fast as a car, perfectly mimic the voice of your loved ones, fire blowdarts made of human bone, and kill you with corpse powder made from the bones of twin infants. In other words, true horror shows. So, how do you kill a Skinwalker? What is their weakness? Where are you safe from them if they target you? Do we think there is any truth to this creature, or is it just a blown up boogey man? Did Brent actually encounter a Skinwalker in Mexico, tapping on the glass of his rental? Most importantly, what are the spooky-ass stories that are told about specific encounters with Skinwalkers? Listen, laugh, learn. Hunt for the Skinwalker Film: http://www.hunttheskinwalker.com/about/ Horrible Video by Sir Spooks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-MGiBGbkzro
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Episode 328: The Jewish Holocaust: History’s Ultimate Crime
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we explore one of the darkest chapters in all of human history—the Jewish Holocaust. During this horrible period of history, an estimated 6 million European Jews were killed by the Nazi regime. Many of them were in murder camps such as Auschwitz, but more of them were killed in round ups and purges in local towns. “Holocaust,” is a mix of the Greek words “holos” (whole) and “kaustos” (burned) and in the ancient world was used to describe a sacrificial offering burned to a god. The Nazis obviously burned the bodies, but the term will forever mean something more somber. The Nazis were anti-Semitic, and Hitler used a building hatred of Jews to help amass his power and establish the Reich. He blamed the Jews for their loss of World War One and the poverty that struck the nation afterwards. During a period of many years, he slowly eroded the rights of Jews, taking their property, and spreading hate through his all-powerful propaganda machine. Eventually, it culminated in the Kristallnacht or “night of broken glass” where Germans burned synagogues and busted windows of Jewish owned shops. Soon after that, Hitler established the walled Ghettoes in Poland and through all of Europe. All of this was, of course, the wind up to the “Final Solution” where the Jews were systematically murdered. So, how many camps existed in Europe (you might be surprised at this one!)? Did anyone successfully resist the Jewish killings? What were murder vans, and how did they help to establish the gas chambers? How long did the gas chambers take to kill people? Why did the Nazis start to burn all the old bodies from mass graves? How many people were murdered in each of the murder camps, and which camp was the worst? Listen, (laugh?), learn. Horrible Photos: https://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2011/10/world-war-ii-the-holocaust/100170/
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Episode 327: Doc Holliday: The Violent Gentleman
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we travel back to cowboy days and talk about the violent gentleman, Doc Holliday. Though it’s hard to sift through the tall tales of the Old West, historical evidence proves that Holliday killed dozens of men after drunken fights at the poker table, and that was years after a 6 month death sentence due to his horrible tuberculosis. Born John Henry Holliday, Doc Holliday was born in 1851 in Griffin Georgia. He was born to upper class southern elite, and his education, languages, speech, and demeanor proved it. He became a dentist after his mother and adopted brother died of consumption, and he was diagnosed to have TB himself at age 23. Given only 6 months to live, he headed west to drier climates to try and extend that life. Out west, he tried to do dental work, but his horrible coughing fits kept him from practicing medicine. His alternative? Becoming a professional gambler. Like you do. Doc Holliday started to gamble and deal cards at lawless saloons through the west. In each city, he seemed to run afoul with a loud-mouthed local, shoot him dead in the street, and run away to escape the frontier justice of small town lynch mobs. Living this wild life of whiskey and cards, he came to befriend both the lawman Wyatt Earp and the hooker Big Nose Kate. He helped Earp bring in some of the worst criminals, and he had a sometimes violent on again off again relationship with Kate. She broke him out of prison. And Holliday kept Earp from getting his head blown off. They were all close friends. Eventually, they all found their way to Tombstone where the events of the OK Corral took place. We can’t help but talk about the movie Tombstone and Val Kilmer’s portrayal of this famous southern gun slinger. Was it accurate? How many people did Holliday kill at the OK Corral? How did this outlaw gunslinger befriend Earp, a federal marshal? How did Doc Holliday end up living a decade past his death sentence, all while having shootouts, knife fights, and running from torch wielding mobs? He was a true badass. Listen, laugh, learn.
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Episode 326: Columbine Massacre: On Psychopaths and Bullies
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we talk about some true crime and look at the most influential mass shooting in American history, the tragedy at Columbine. On April 20, 1999 Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold entered Columbine High School and shot and killed 13 people. Rumors spread in the media that it was caused by a great many things, but it turns out that much of the story we’re fed is pretty far from the truth. Harris and Klebold were pretty bad eggs long before the shooting. They were often on the wrong side of the law, breaking into vans and posting death threats on their AOL web page. The threats were investigated, but the paperwork was never filed, so no judge ever issued a search warrant for their home. If they had, the police would have been shocked. They’d have found plans for several types of bombs, 99 explosive devices, and a small arsenal of guns (most of which were obtained illegally). However, this was pre 9-11, and, well pre-Columbine, so nobody took it too seriously. However, on the morning of the attack, the two tried to execute a yearlong plan. The plan wasn’t just to shoot up the school. It was to set a series of explosions that would lure away the first responders, kill hundreds of students, and force the survivors to flee through exits that would then be fired upon, killing almost everyone in the school. Once this was done, car bombs were to detonate, killing cops, fire fighters, and reporters. But, the bombs mostly failed, so it ended up being a shooting frenzy instead. The details of their shooting spree are horribly detailed, and we cover a lot of them in our talk on Columbine. Who did they kill? Who did they let live? What did the FBI profilers think was the cause of the rampage? How did the two shooters die? Where did they get the guns? Is this a false flag event? Were they in the Trenchcoat Mafia? Listen, laugh, learn. Thorough article on the killers: http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/assessment/2004/04/the_depressive_and_the_psychopath.html Article about Two Columbine Survivors: https://www.glamour.com/story/two-columbine-survivors-on-life-after-a-mass-shooting-and-the-columbine-generation  
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Episode 325: Stephen Hawking: A Brief History of Genius
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we put our thinking caps on and talk about the life, thoughts, and struggles of Stephen Hawking. Hawking was largely considered the smartest person in our generation, and his theories on life, the universe, and everything radically changed our cosmology. His accomplishments are impressive enough as they are, but coupled with the fact that he had ALS and was bound to a wheelchair, unable to talk, write, or do much of anything is in conceivable. Hawking was born to a family of well-educated eccentrics (they drove an old cab, kept bees in their basement, and made fireworks in their greenhouse, you know, like you do…). He followed in their footsteps and went to Oxford where he was typically bored with his studies and excelled while doing less than an hour of work per day on his studies. While there, he attempted to study a particular field of mathematics, but the degree wasn’t offered. He went to study the universe instead. From there, he wrote majorly influential papers that focused on the nature of space time and black holes, and he became an instant rock star in academia. He married as his disease was getting worse, and he went on to gain international fame by writing one of the biggest selling books of all time, A Brief History of Time. So, what did Stephen Hawking say about black holes, and how did this change later in life? What did he thing of the gangsta rap album done using his voice synthesizer called MC Hawking (with the album A Brief History of Rhyme)? What is the conspiracy theory surrounding him, and is NASA involved? Why did he divorce his wife, and who did he end up marrying? Listen, laugh, learn. Conspiracy Theory on Stephen Hawking: http://milesmathis.com/hawk3.pdf  
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Bonus Episode: Why didn’t we do a bonus episode?
Welcome to a bonus episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast. Just to be clear, in our normal podcast episodes, we do research on key topics that listeners vote on, and we give our takes on the information we dig up. The topics range from serial killers to conspiracy theories to abuses of power and cults. In this episode, however, we turn to Facebook and ask listeners for questions they want us to answer. So this bonus episode is different. We explain all of that at the top of the show, just to head off any questions you may have. So, if you want a bunch of research and factual goodness, skip this episode and turn to others with a clear focus. If you want a lot of dicking around, however, you’re in the right place!
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Game Night: Superfight Edition
This is not a regular episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast. Instead, did someone say game night! Yes. And it was Brad. Instead of our normal research-based, foul mouthed episode, we play a game and remain foul mouthed. This is an extra episode that we wanted to record and have ready since the Meetup in Anaheim is going to keep us from doing our regular weekly episodes. So, tonight we sat down and played the game Superfight. It is superfun. The premise is, you draw three cards that have a character on them and three cards with attributes. You pick one character and two attributes, and then you face off against someone else and their own hand of cards. You then argue who would win in a fight and let a third party decide who wins. Some of the characters include a Human Centipede, Hitler, Jesus, and 72 Virgins. Some of the attributes include an animated mustache (eat your heart out Giraldo!), acid blood, and being Roofied! You won't want to miss this one. Or you will. Either way, here it is! Do enjoy.
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Episode 324: Oscar Pistorius: Olympian Cyborg Murderer!
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we get all Olympic and discuss the career and crimes of Oscar Pistorius, the amputee athlete (and, of course, murderer) known as the “Blade Runner.” Pistorius was born in Johannesburg, South Africa without a fibula in either of his legs. When he was less than a year old, his parents decided to amputate his legs below the knee. This didn’t stop Oscar Pistorius from being a world-class athlete, however. He started to do everything from wrestling to cricket, and he eventually started to run in the Paralympics, winning gold. In 2012, his dreams of being in the regular Olympics came true, and he ran on his controversial prosthetic leg blades. The successes he had in sports had turned him into a celebrity and allowed him to find wealth through lucrative endorsement deals. However, things went south when he shot and killed his girlfriend Reva Steenkamp through the door to his bathroom. Pistorius claimed he thought it was someone breaking in, but according to the lead detective on the case, this didn’t add up. The evidence on the scene didn’t indicate that; plus, neighbors allegedly overheard the couple arguing hours before the Steenkamp’s death. Also, when you look at the past crimes and personality of Oscar Pistorius, the picture isn’t pretty. So, did the Blade Runner intentionally murder his girlfriend or accidentally shoot her? What examples of violence against women were in his past? Was Reva on the phone with another lover at the moment she was shot? How did the other police discredit Hilton Botha, the lead investigator on the case? Was Pistorius a giant douche bag? Listen, laugh, learn.   Vanity Fair interview with Detective Botha: https://www.vanityfair.com/culture/2013/06/oscar-pistorius-murder
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Episode 323: Servant Girl Annihilator: America’s First Serial Killer
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we delve into the dark world of true crime and bring you the story of the American serial killer known as the Servant Girl Annihilator. “Servant Girl Annihilator” was the name given to perhaps the first serial killer in America. He operated in Austin, Texas back in Cowboy Days, several years before Jack The Ripper terrorized London. The identity of this killer (or these killers) remains unproven, but he got his name by killing five African-American servant girls. He Killed a man and some white women as well, but they seemed outside of his wheelhouse. So, how did this monster kill? His modus operandi was to kill by splitting the head with an axe. He’d also rape the women and pose their bodies with spikes and sharp objects sticking out of the ear. When he snuck in and killed the first five girls, the city of Austin was scared. When he finally “upgraded” and killed white women, the town went in a rage and summoned possess that tried to catch the killer. The police had a hard time with this case. First off, the Annihilator only struck late at night, so witnesses were few and unreliable. In fact, no two witnesses had a story that even remotely lined up. At the end of the year, over 400 men had been arrested in connection with these slayings, but all of them were ultimately released. So, how good was the Servant Girl Annihilator with an ax? Who do historians think is responsible for these deaths? Why do some people think that the killer actually is Jack the Ripper, and if this is true, who do they think the ripper was? Why did some people think the killer practiced Voodoo? Listen, laugh, learn. Nice Article on Killer: http://mentalfloss.com/article/94680/how-servant-girl-annihilator-terrorized-1880s-austin PBS Documentary on Killer: http://www.pbs.org/opb/historydetectives/video/2365286604/
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Episode 322: Coral Castle: Tourist Trap or Modern Pyramid?
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we talk about the mystery of the Coral Castle. This modern-day wonder is found in Florida and was built in the 1940s and 1950s. It is made of massive blocks of stone, averaging 14 tons each, and it was built to the same exacting specifications as the Great Pyramid of Giza. The big mystery about the castle, however, is how one frail, sickly, malnourished man clocking in at Five Foot Tall was able to build this structure by cover of night with no cranes of elaborate tools…by himself. Edward Leedskalnin is the man in question, a Latvian emigre who moved to America after his “Sweet Sixteen” dumped him at the altar. He came to the States, contracted terminal tuberculosis and was allegedly cured by magnets. After that, he was given a parcel of useless land in Florida and began work on his castle, which he called Rock Gate. Why is this castle such a mystery? Well, for one, nobody knows how he quarried the stones. Nobody knows how me moved the stone. Nobody knows how the stone was exact enough in its measurements that even light won’t come through the cracks (like the pyramids, he used no mortar). He claimed that in building the Coral Castle, he used the same techniques that were used on the pyramids and said that it was simple if you knew what it was. But, why did he only work at night, so nobody could see him? How did he afford the construction when he had no real means of employment? What were his strange theories on magnetism? How did it tie to his “Perpetual Motion Holder? What does all of this have to do with an awesome Billy Idol song? Listen, laugh, learn. Magnet Description: https://gizmodo.com/how-one-man-created-a-1-000-ton-coral-castle-in-1923-1443356836  Good photos: http://www.thebohemianblog.com/2014/12/the-coral-castle-masonic-mystery-in-the-sunshine-state.html
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Bonus Episode: Divide and Conquer
Welcome to a bonus episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast. Just to be clear, in our normal podcast episodes, we do research on key topics that listeners vote on, and we give our takes on the information we dig up. The topics range from serial killers to conspiracy theories to abuses of power and cults. In this episode, however, we turn to Facebook and ask listeners for questions they want us to answer. So this bonus episode is different. We explain all of that at the top of the show, just to head off any questions you may have. So, if you want a bunch of research and factual goodness, skip this episode and turn to others with a clear focus. If you want a lot of dicking around, however, you’re in the right place! On this bonus episode, we answer questions that target specific hosts: How did Brent come up with the name SWAT PC? What is Brad's favorite underground rapper? What is Dave's favorite Dungeons and Dragons Module (He goes deep nerd on this one...) What does Brad think a good $150 bottle of tequila is? What are Brent's two most favorite pieces of music gear? Dave: FMK? Faygo Redpop, Faygo Grape, Faygo Mist? And many more! So, if you want to hear a casual bonus episode where we BS a little and have some laughs, this is the one for you. If you are an information hound or a Sofa King purist, you can go to any other episode and get your fix. Also, we do a live-stream for our $10 and above Patrons on these episodes. We really appreciate all you do to support us, and we try our best to give you unique shout outs. If you like the show or just want a fancy shout out, visit us at https://www.patreon.com/sofakingpodcast
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Episode 321: Baba Vanga: The Blind Seer of Bulgaria
On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we explore the prophecies of a woman called the modern day Nostradamus—the Bulgarian paragons called Baba Vanga. According to multiple studies, she had between a 70-85% accuracy record in her predictions. Born as Vangeliya Pandeva Dimitrova in Bulgaria in 1911, Baba Vanga had a hard life. Her father was conscripted into World War I and in trouble with the law for his political views. Her mother died; her stepmother died. She was sucked into a tornado and had her eyes sandblasted out of her skull (like you do). Her family was stricken with illness, poverty, and sadness, and through it all, she claimed to gain a gift of foresight. According to Baba Vanga, she was told things by invisible beings who looked like light and water. She claimed she could see people’s lives unfold in front of her like a roll of film or a movie reel. During World War II, she gained some fame for her abilities to tell the future, and she started to get flooded with various refugees and family members during the war. They wanted to know the status of relatives lost in the conflict, and she told them what more often than not turned out to be truths. Her accuracy in prognostication became so famous that her own king, Winston Churchill, and the American government all visited themselves or sent covert agents to find out how she was doing what she was doing. The CIA even tried to create some psychics to do what she could allegedly do. So, what things did she predict, and were they accurate? What did she say about 9/11? Whose deaths did she accurately predict? What does she say about the future? When do the Muslims create a caliphate in Rome and lay waste to Europe? What secret weapons will America use to reclaim Rome? When will humans be able to speak to god? This, and so much more, is all covered in the blind prophecy or Baba Vanga.   List of Predictions: https://ancientexplorers.com/blogs/news/the-chilling-predictions-of-baba-vanga-with-80-accuracy
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Episode 320: J Edgar Hoover: The Flawed Founder of the FBI
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we break out the Tommy Guns, polish our badges, and talk about the life, power, corruption, and secrets of the ultimate G-Man, J Edgar Hoover. J Edgar Hoover was the first director of the FBI (he even predated the FBI when it was simply the Bureau of Investigation), and he ran the joint for almost 50 years. All the roaring twenties gangster arrests were on his watch, as was prohibition, World War II, the Red Scare, the Cold War, and civil rights. His vision of the FBI defined politics in Washington and criminal prosecution throughout the land, for better or worse. At his height, J Edgar Hoover was so powerful that every president and D.C. power broker feared him and information he’d inevitably gathered on them (and everyone). Hoover started COINTELPRO, which was often illegal and always immoral. He spied on Martin Luther King and tried to convince him to commit suicide (like you do…). He hated commies and persecuted them even before he was the director during a crazy episode in American history called the Palmer Raids. He also persecuted homosexuals as security risks for spying communists, though many experts are convinced he was a closet homosexual himself. So, why did he hate MLK so much? What was wrong with his COINTELPRO program? Who was Clyde Tolson, and why do people think he was his gay lover for decades? Did he really dress in drag? Listen, laugh, learn. Anthony Summers Article on Hoover’s Secret Life: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2012/jan/01/j-edgar-hoover-secret-fbi MLK Letter: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2017/12/13/an-old-letter-sheds-light-on-fbis-malice-toward-martin-luther-king-jr/?utm_term=.3891f7ba8069
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Bonus Episode 32: Hot Dog Water
Welcome to a bonus episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast. Just to be clear, in our normal podcast episodes, we do research on key topics that listeners vote on, and we give our takes on the information we dig up. The topics range from serial killers to conspiracy theories to abuses of power and cults. In this episode, however, we turn to Facebook and ask listeners for questions they want us to answer. So this bonus episode is different. We explain all of that at the top of the show, just to head off any questions you may have. So, if you want a bunch of research and factual goodness, skip this episode and turn to others with a clear focus. If you want a lot of dicking around, however, you’re in the right place! On this bonus episode, we answer some of the following: What was our favorite interaction with a SKult member? What is our favorite state? What is our favorite Steven King novel/film? What is our favorite fad that is no longer popular? What is your favorite Disney Movie (though, did we answer that already?)? And many more! So, if you want to hear a casual bonus episode where we BS a little and have some laughs, this is the one for you. If you are an information hound or a Sofa King purist, you can go to any other episode and get your fix. Also, we do a live-stream for our $10 and above Patrons on these episodes. We really appreciate all you do to support us, and we try our best to give you unique shout outs. If you like the show or just want a fancy shout out, visit us at https://www.patreon.com/sofakingpodcast
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Episode 319: 4Chan: Home of Hackers, Memes, and Web Warriors
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we discuss one of the most important websites in the world, even though you may have never heard of it or visited it—the notorious 4Chan. 4Chan is the birthplace of memes, the meeting ground for Anonymous, the bastion of the Alt-Right and the far left, and the sometimes cruel often hilarious vigilantes of the World Wide Web. So what exactly is 4Chan? Well, the simple answer is that it’s a imageboard started by a 15 year old in 2003, a place where people anonymously post comments and photos (originally of anime, often of sexual, humorous, and shocking images). The complex answer is that it’s where some of the greatest hacktivists in the world rub elbows and spread their ideas, code, technology, and plans to thwart the mainstream establishment. It’s sort of like the one place where the Dark Net rubs up against the Internet. The hacker group Anonymous is said to have spawned from the ranks of 4Chan, and some of the most viral memes of all time are born there. Ever been Rick Rolled? Thanks, 4Chan? Did you laugh and Chocolate Rain? Thanks, 4Chan. Ever run into Pedobear? Thanks, 4Chan. Its founder Christopher Poole (aka “moot”) sold 4Chan, and at times it has been in financial trouble, but it continues to do what it does. What does it do? It hacked online polls and sent the rapper Pitbull to Alaska and made Taylor Swift perform a concert at a deaf school. It hacked Time Magazine’s most influential person poll. Twice. It busts criminals who post illegal or immoral photos. It has even found murderers. But it also is a breeding ground of extreme political hate at times, and it even tries to bring down the Church of Scientology. Love them or hate them (spoiler alert—we love them!), the radical, radically different, funny, edgy, misanthropic, brilliant members of the 4Chan community are a force to be reckoned with. 4Chan Summary: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/2014/09/25/absolutely-everything-you-need-to-know-to-understand-4chan-the-internets-own-bogeyman/?utm_term=.84b6fedcc674 Rolling Stone Alt Right: https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/the-measure-of-hate-on-4chan-627922/
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Episode 318: Albert Einstein: The Ultimate Genius
On this very nerdy episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we talk about discoveries, math, and quantum shift in the world that was Albert Einstein. Virtually every discovery about Quantum Physicist is based in part on papers written by a very young Albert Einstein. By the age of 26, he proved that atoms and molecules existed; he showed that light was in fact particles called photons, and he of course came up with the famous Theory of Relativity. He won a Nobel Prize for his discoveries, and not even for his good ones! Einstein was a Jewish German, born in 1897 in Württemberg. He moved with his family to Italy and then back to Germany again. Eventually, as Hitler came to power, however, he (and great many German Jewish physicists) fled the country. Eventually, he ended up in the United States at Princeton University, where he spent the rest of his life. He was married, divorced, and gave his Nobel Prize money away as a divorce settlement. He was married again to his cousin, and he even has a “missing daughter” that nobody knew about until the 1980s. Albert Einstein’s genius was so great that every other genius of the era bowed down to him. As Quantum Physics took off (thanks to him), he backed away from it and remained the brilliant loner he always was. He was the reason the US actively pursued the development of the Atomic Bomb, after he co-wrote a letter to the president showing what a dire threat it was. Afterwards, he became friends with J. Robert Oppenhiemer for the rest of his life and lobbied for peace and the end of nuclear bombs. He was a socialist, a rebel, an early supporter of the NAACP, and he was so mistrusted by J. Edgar Hoover that he had an 1800 page FBI file gathered over the course of 22 years. So, what was he like as a person? Why were his discoveries such a big deal? Why did NASA write an article trying to prove he wasn’t a space alien? Why did the coroner steal his brain, and where is it now? Listen, laugh, learn. Openheimer Speech on Einstein: https://www.nybooks.com/articles/1966/03/17/on-albert-einstein/ NASA article on Einstein Being a Space Alien: https://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2005/23mar_spacealien Einstein Socialism Article: https://monthlyreview.org/2009/05/01/why-socialism/
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Bonus Episode: What Belt You Got?
Welcome to a bonus episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast. Just to be clear, in our normal podcast episodes, we do research on key topics that listeners vote on, and we give our takes on the information we dig up. The topics range from serial killers to conspiracy theories to abuses of power and cults. In this episode, however, we turn to Facebook and ask listeners for questions they want us to answer. So this bonus episode is different. We explain all of that at the top of the show, just to head off any questions you may have. So, if you want a bunch of research and factual goodness, skip this episode and turn to others with a clear focus. If you want a lot of dicking around, however, you’re in the right place! On this bonus episode, we answer some of the following: What is one question we have of our podcast's listeners? What advice do we have for someone who has to work too much to avoid bankruptcy and has trouble with their spouse as a result? What belts do we hold in martial arts, what styles, and do we compete? What three items are on our bucket lists? What is our mixed drink of choice? And many more! So, if you want to hear a casual bonus episode where we BS a little and have some laughs, this is the one for you. If you are an information hound or a Sofa King purist, you can go to any other episode and get your fix. Also, we do a live-stream for our $10 and above Patrons on these episodes. We really appreciate all you do to support us, and we try our best to give you unique shout outs. If you like the show or just want a fancy shout out, visit us at https://www.patreon.com/sofakingpodcast
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Episode 317: Armin Meiwes: The Rotenburg Cannibal
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we turn our gaze to some true crime and talk about the bizarre and horrible case of Armin Meiwes, aka the “Rotenburg Cannibal.” Meiwes is a murderer. Kind of. Depending on how you interpret the law. You see, in 2001, this German computer repair technician (I’m looking at you, Brent…) put an ad on a cannibal website, like you do. It said what you’d expect: “looking for a well-built 18 to 30-year-old to be slaughtered and then consumed.” Since this is humanity we’re talking about, he had volunteers. Plural. The first one was too fat, so Meiwes didn’t go for it. The second one got scared and backed out at the last minute, and the third one was just right. His name was Bernd Jürgen Armando Brandes, and he was a German engineer. He agreed to be killed and eaten, but Brandes included the one request you’d expect in such circumstances; he wanted to eat his own penis first. So, Brandes and Armin Meiwes got to know each other. They corresponded through letters together, then met in person, had lots of sex apparently, and recorded a video tape. Of everything. The sex, the agreement to kill and eat Brandes, him saying he was willingly surrendering his life, and even the killing and slaughter of the body to bite-sized portions. It was all caught on tape. Meiwes ate this meat for months and even ground the bones into flour. Eventually, as his man-meat was running low, Armin Meiwes put out another advertisement, and this time, it got him in trouble. The German officials raided his house, finding his horrible video tapes, the frozen body parts, and the used kill-room. Meiwes confessed and was quickly arrested. So, what did Armin Meiwes finally get convicted of? What happened at his retrial, and why was it allowed? What happened to the penis he cooked? What body part did he let his dog eat? How do you prepare a fried penis, anyway? Listen, laugh, learn.   Ramstein: Mein Teil music video that mentions Meiwes, you know, in German. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBvwcH4XX6U   Supposed Leaked Screenshots. Not verified, and VERY disturbing. View at your own risk. http://lostmediaarchive.wikia.com/wiki/The_Armin_Meiwes_Tape_(Recorded_in_2001)   EDIT:: Thanks to Gesa Lycos for schooling us on how to spell German cities!
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Episode 316: Jean Paul Getty–Oil Billionaire and Crazy Miser
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we look at Jean Paul Getty, once the richest man in the world, an American oil magnate, a crazy miser with his money, and a guy who let his own grandson be kidnapped and mutilated just to save a few bucks. Many people in Southern California know Getty as the guy who opened the art museums and drilled oil, and he was that. But he was also so cheap with his billions that he makes Mister Burns and Scrooge McDuck look like big spenders. Jean Paul Getty built his fortune after he got a start at his father’s small oil business. Getty was obsessed with proving his father wrong (who claimed he would fail as a business man), and he became overcome with a goal to succeed and be rich. He worked tirelessly to acquire as many oil leases as possible, and his business exploded. After his father’s death, Getty took control of the company and made a lot of shrewd deals that increased his wealth. Eventually, he made deals with the king of Saudi Arabia for a piece of land nobody had ever drilled on before, and it paid off. He was soon the first oil billionaire. But with that wealth came a ton of family trouble. Some of his kids and grandkids became addicted to drugs, some died, and he let a lot of bad things happen to people he could have otherwise saved if he’d been willing to part with some of his massive fortune. The most famous case of this was when Jean Paul Getty refused to pay the ransom that the Italian mob asked for to return his kidnapped grandson. The kid was abducted for almost two months, and Jean Paul Getty negotiated for a cheaper payment. So, how many times did Jean Paul Getty marry? Who won in his will? What body part was cut off before he agreed to pay his grandson’s ransom? What’s with the payphone in his mansion? Why did he do his own laundry and recycle letters by sending the other people? Why did he collect so much art? What drug did he take for his erection problems when he was older? Listen, laugh, learn.
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Episode 315: Jack the Ripper–The Ultimate Serial Killer
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we travel back to Victorian England to look at the grandfather of all infamous serial killers, the one and only Jack the Ripper. From August 7th to September 10th of 1888, a series of horrible murders took place in the seamy Whitechapel district of London. They were all prostitutes, and they were all killed by a slash across the neck and then mutilated after the death. The papers ran with the story, giving the murderer the name Jack the Ripper. Whitechapel was a place filled with hookers and murders, but the heinous nature of these killings (along with plenty of missing body parts) made the story become larger than life, a truly viral phenomenon. This led to a series of letters sent to the police and the newspapers, most of them frauds, but some are considered legit letters written by Jack the Ripper to taunt the police. A dozen women were killed in this time span, and five of them are considered canonical to The Ripper. The final killing was the most brutal and most desecrated body. So, after a hundred years have passed, who do experts think Jack the Ripper actually was? Some follow the “From Hell” hypothesis that it was a Masonic cover up to protect members of the British royal family. Others think it was noted serial American killer HH Holmes or the Texas-based Servant Girl Annihilator. Who did the police at the time think he was? What do modern day forensic examinations say about those police findings? Why did so many of the suspects end up in insane asylums? Was it actually the femail dubbed “The Mad Midwife”? What did modern FBI profilers say about Jack the Ripper, and how does this profile tie into existing theories of who this enigmatic killer was? Listen, laugh, learn.   FBI Jack the Ripper: https://vault.fbi.gov/Jack%20the%20Ripper/Jack%20the%20Ripper%20Part%201%20of%201/view Ripper Suspects: https://whitechapeljack.com/jack-the-ripper-suspects/
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Episode 314: Julius Caesar: Ultimate Historical Badass?
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we travel back in time and look at the life, loves, and conquests of one of the biggest bad-asses in all of human history, Julius Caesar. Caesar was born to an aristocratic family that was on the decline. But he was smart and of the right pedigree, so at least he had a chance to rise to power, and rise to power he did. He started by marrying up. He got with a number of women who were above his station, one of them even as powerful as the granddaughter of Roman Emperor, Sulla. This move pissed the emperor off, so Caesar had to join the army and get the hell away. While off at war, he became an even bigger badass, proving himself a master of tactics and diplomacy. When he finally returned, he started to rapidly climb up the ranks of Roman political society. Part of this meant the ability to raise armies and collect loot, and he did this too. After many years, he finally had the backing of two other major players in Rome, and they formed a group called the Triumvirate, which ruled the nation. His partners were Marcus Licinius Crassus and Pompey. Crassus was the wealthiest man in Rome, and Pompey was another experience general. In this set up, Caesar fights and wins the Gallic Wars, and his telling of the tactics and battle are still considered one of the all-time greats of Western writing. However, eventually, his ally Crassus was killed, and his financial backing was lost to Caesar. From there, he and Pompey got into what was essentially a civil war for control of Rome. This war led to major moments in Roman history, such as Caesar’s crossing of the Rubicon. It also leads to him chasing Pompey all the way to Egypt where Julius Caesar falls in love with Cleopatra. Why was Caesar so popular among the people but hated by the senate? What led to his getting murdered on the floor of the senate? What happened when Caesar was captured by pirates? What ever came of the love child that was spawned from the love of Cleopatra and Julius Caesar? What’s up with the pickles? Listen, laugh, learn.
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Bonus Episode: It’s the Most Magical Time
Welcome to a bonus episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast. Just to be clear, in our normal podcast episodes, we do research on key topics that listeners vote on, and we give our takes on the information we dig up. The topics range from serial killers to conspiracy theories to abuses of power and cults. In this episode, however, we turn to Facebook and ask listeners for questions they want us to answer. So this bonus episode is different. We explain all of that at the top of the show, just to head off any questions you may have. So, if you want a bunch of research and factual goodness, skip this episode and turn to others with a clear focus. If you want a lot of dicking around, however, you’re in the right place! On this bonus episode, we answer some of the following: What is our favorite song that we are embarrassed to admit to? What is our favorite guilty pleasure? What is our favorite time of year? What is our favorite Star Wars character? What is our favorite comfort food? And many more! So, if you want to hear a casual bonus episode where we BS a little and have some laughs, this is the one for you. If you are an information hound or a Sofa King purist, you can go to any other episode and get your fix. Also, we do a live-stream for our $10 and above Patrons on these episodes. We really appreciate all you do to support us, and we try our best to give you unique shout outs. If you like the show or just want a fancy shout out, visit us at https://www.patreon.com/sofakingpodcast
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Episode 313: Boston Dynamics: The Real-Life Terminators?
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we oil up the servos and get ready to fight the upcoming robot overlords by exploring the history, robots, and unique funding source of the strangest corporation most people have never heard of—Boston Dynamics. Boston Dynamics was founded in 1992 as a means to fulfill its founder Marc Raibert’s lifelong dream of making robots that are supernatural in their abilities. That’s not creepy at all. It was an offshoot of the prestigious MIT, and its initial goal was to create functioning robotic legs. It did. And then some. Most people who have heard of Boston Dynamics learned of them when their video of their first big robot, Big Dog, went viral in 2005. This robot was meant to be a pack mule for US troops and was able to carry 340 pounds up a 35% hill, even on ice and mud. It worked, but it was too loud since it relied on a diesel generator, so the project was scrapped by DARPA, the group who funded it. But that wasn’t all DARPA funded through Boston Dynamics. In fact, before Google bought the company in 2013, it had given a total of $150 Million to the firm to push the boundaries of robotic innovation, even if they didn’t have a viable product to show for it. That’s what DARPA does, after all; it funds moonshot type projects like the Internet and GPS and gets them to work for the entire world (after, of course the US government uses the hell out of them first). Boston Dynamics was sold off by Google to a Japanese firm called SoftBank once Google realized they made no products to sell (their money came from government contracts, which Google refused to accept). Oh, and they also wanted to distance themselves from the creepy robots that scarred the pants off of everyone with YouTube. Seriously, give them a look at the links below. We talk about Sand Flea, Little Dog, Spot Mini, Atlas, and any number of robots this firm has created. One day, their creations will kill us all. Seriously. Raibert’s Horrible Geocities Website on mit.edu: http://www.ai.mit.edu/projects/leglab/old-leglab/people/mxr.html Good List of Creepy Videos: https://mashable.com/2018/06/27/learn-tableau-online-course-sale/#VsLnilcgNaqy
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Episode 312: Apartheid: The Ultimate Racism
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we look at the ultimate in institutionalized racism, South Africa’s Apartheid. Apartheid literally means separateness, and it was a policy of social discrimination turned into pretty hardcore laws that stripped the rights away from black South Africans. Although the black population was almost 4 times larger than the white, after these laws were in place, the wealth and land was owned by whites in staggering proportions. Apartheid formally started in 1950 when the Population Registration Act was passed. This law classified all citizens as white, black (Buntu), colored, or Asian. At this time, it also became illegal for whites and blacks to be married, and even mixed children (aka colored) would be forcibly taken away from parents to be raised by someone with the same muted skin color as them. (The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah talks about this in much of his stand-up act since he is one of the “colored” children who went through this.) Other laws were passed that combined to make what was called The Grand Apartheid. Blacks were forced to move to ghettos called Bantustans and stripped of the right to vote in South African national politics. They had to carry passports everywhere. Much of their land was taken by the government and sold to white farmers for cheap. Those who resisted in public were arrested by the thousands or just plain shot by the police. Resistance leadership such as Nelson Mandela were arrested, many of them being beaten to death in prison. So what finally made Apartheid come to an end in the 1990s? What was “Sun City,” and how did it bring together Bono, Bob Dylan, Miles Davis, The Fat Boys, Run D.M.C., Bruce Springsteen, Keith Richards, Hall and Oates, Ringo Starr, and Joey Ramone? How did the Soweto Protests lead to change and support by the United Nations? Since nobody in American every teaches this subject, how much did we get right? Listen, laugh, learn. Sun City Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bY3w9gLjEV4 David Goldblatt Photos: https://www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/review/david-goldblatt-south-african-photographer-who-exposed-apartheid/news-story/d710b2d7194ae54aaa473c0c912b26d3
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Episode 311: Jackie Chan: Martial Arts Mogul
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we all become drunken masters and study the life, times, films, injuries, and legacy of one of the all-time greats of the Kung Fu film: the one and only Jackie Chan. Jackie Chan was born in Hong Kong to what are described as very poor and radical parents. They allegedly tried to sell Jackie to his delivery doctor for $26, and when they got in trouble with the communist regime (his mom may have been an opium dealer and his father a spy—and no, I’m not making this up), they abandoned him with the Chinese Opera Research Institute, a brutal Hong Kong boarding school. Here, Chan learned the ropes and built up all the skills he would need to become the master of the genre he is today. His childhood was like a real-life Kung Fu movie. He was stretched with ropes, beaten for making mistakes, and had to endure grueling 19 hour work days when as young as 8 years old. He graduated at the age of 17 and was immediately working as an acrobat and stunt man in Hong Kong action films. A year later, he landed a big break and was able to work with the legendary Bruce Lee on three films, and this got him noticed. From there, Jackie Chan was tapped to be a likely successor once Lee died, but Jackie had a different style and mood. He was all about slapstick comedy. Borrowing from film greats like Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin, Jackie worked a lot of humor into his intense martial arts sequences. Oh, and stunts. He does his own, almost dying so many times it has become a cliché. So what were his most dangerous stunts? How many bones has he broke? How many movies has he made? Why does dislike like making movies for American studios? What did he do to make the criminal Chinese Triad back down? What is his stance on communism? What’s up with the stuffed pandas? Listen, laugh, learn. Jackie Chan’s Comedy Action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1PCtIaM_GQ Best Fight Scenes List: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhNcqdZCgPE
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Episode 310: Amelia Earhart: Feminist, Trail-Blazer, Spy?
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we talk about the fame, flight records, trail blazing, and life story of the biggest missing persons case in American History: they case of Amelia Earhart. Amelia Earhart was born to an upper middle class family, and though her father was an alcoholic, and her parents had a decades long on-again off-again relationship, she still managed to get admitted to Columbia medical school and have a very liberal childhood. She was raised to be free from the typical constraints of women back in the early 1900s, and this freedom from male oppression was part of what made her rise to fame. Earhart ended up signing up as a nurse volunteer during World War One, and this is where she met wounded pilots and fell in love with the idea of flying. Within a couple of years, she had taken flying lessons, and within one year of learning how to fly, she set the high altitude record for a woman! Amelia Earhart continued to set records, buying her first plane at an incredibly young age. She lived the dream of the Wright Brothers, and eventually, she was part of a rare flight across the Atlantic (though not the pilot), and this made her famous. She wrote a book, became editor of Cosmopolitan Magazine, started a fashion line, and continued to set record after record as a pilot and continued to be a trail blazer for women’s liberation. Eventually, Amelia Earhart decided to assemble a team and fly completely around the globe, taking a more dangerous route that covered more miles (and hopefully set another record….). She set out to fly a westerly course leaving Oakland, but she had back luck in Hawaii, and her plan was very badly damaged. After a delay in repairs and new fundraising, she had to chart a new course heading east this time and flew 22,000 miles of the roughly 30,000, almost completing her course. However, as she left New Guinea for a small island near Hawaii, her plane vanished. She was in contact with a Coast Guard ship, but lost radio communication with them. So, where do people think she ended up? Did she drown in the sea with her co-pilot? Did she live out her years as a castaway? Was she captured by the Japanese as they postured to begin World War II? Was she actually a spy working for President Roosevelt, and why do people think this? What about the picture of Amelia Earhart that surfaced recently? Listen, laugh, learn.  
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Bonus Episode: Pizza, Guns, and Kung Fu Flicks
Welcome to a bonus episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast. Just to be clear, in our normal podcast episodes, we do research on key topics that listeners vote on, and we give our takes on the information we dig up. The topics range from serial killers to conspiracy theories to abuses of power and cults. In this episode, however, we turn to Facebook and ask listeners for questions they want us to answer. So this bonus episode is different. We explain all of that at the top of the show, just to head off any questions you may have. So, if you want a bunch of research and factual goodness, skip this episode and turn to others with a clear focus. If you want a lot of dicking around, however, you’re in the right place! On this bonus episode, we answer some of the following: What is our favorite kung fu film and why? What is our favorite pizza topping? What is our favorite article of clothing? What is our favorite chick flick? What is our favorite sporting event? And many more! So, if you want to hear a casual bonus episode where we BS a little and have some laughs, this is the one for you. If you are an information hound or a Sofa King purist, you can go to any other episode and get your fix. Also, we do a live-stream for our $10 and above Patrons on these episodes. We really appreciate all you do to support us, and we try our best to give you unique shout outs. If you like the show or just want a fancy shout out, visit us at https://www.patreon.com/sofakingpodcast
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Episode 309: Japanese Internment Camps: So Much for the 5th Amendment
On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we travel back in time and look at a dark chapter in American history—Japanese Internment Camps. After the attack on Pearly Harbor back in 1941, paranoia and anti-Japanese sentiment reached an all time high in the US, and with the signing of Executive Order 9066, President Roosevelt forced all people in American of Japanese ancestry (citizens and non) into detainment camps to “prevent a second Pearl Harbor.” This was done in spite of the fact that no proof existed that American-based Japanese had anything to do with the attack and using evidence that was fabricated by a war-mongering general. In total, roughly 120,000 Japanese were locked up by the US government (the entire population!). They were given between 2 and 11 days to pack up only what they could carry. They would lose their homes, their cars, any property they couldn’t take with them. Then, they were sent to Assembly Centers—typically fair grounds where they stayed in animal pens waiting to move to their new permanent homes at the Relocation Centers. The Relocation Centers were miniature towns. These ten facilities housed between 8,000 and 18,000 people each. They were short on food and medicine at first, plagued by a couple of riots, and though the inmates had more freedom than a prison, the status of being a detainee was clear to those in the Japanese Internment Camps. Indeed, if you got too close to the perimeter, you were shot, and you couldn’t legally leave. So, who did they let leave and why? What did the captives do for money and employment while they were forced to live in Japanese Internment Camps? What happened to their possessions back in their homes (and the homes themselves)? What was the loyalty oath, and what happened to those who didn’t sign it? Listen, laugh, learn.
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Episode 308: Eastern Lightning: Murdering Sex Cult or True Religion?
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we talk about the largest cult we’ve ever covered, the massive Eastern Lightning cult of mainland China. Also called The Church of Almighty God, this group is branded a cult and a terrorist organization by the Chinese government, and is supposedly over 4 million members strong. What’s interesting about this particular cult is that it has two founders. Sort of. First, a woman named Yang Xiangbin, aka “Lightning Deng,” was discovered to be the reincarnation of Jesus Christ. Second, a preacher named Zhao Weishan was given a message from God that Lightning Deng was Almighty God on earth. Of course, their official bios read as a woman who had a mental break down after she failed to get into college and an ex-physics teacher, but let’s not get too bogged down in the worldly. So once these two discovered their true divine nature, they started to spread their word through China. This takes a little back story, however. In China at the time, it was illegal to be Christian, so there were underground “house churches” all through the country. Eastern Lightning got in the habit of infiltrating these groups and recruiting all their members to their new cause. And what does their cause believe? Well, for one thing, the Chinese government is “The Great Red Dragon” from Revelations. Oh, and they don’t use the Bible anymore because they wrote their own, and it’s a million words long. So what has this cult done? For one, they practiced Flirty Fishing and have sex with potential recruits to get them into the cult. Second, they kidnap, torture, cut off body parts, and even murder people in fast food restaurants if they are full of the devil. Eastern Lightning has spread to dozens of countries around the world, and their two leaders now spend their time in the US, where they were given political asylum. They split their time between New York City and San Francisco where they can battle the Great Red Dragon and organize their mob to infiltrate churches, torture people, brainwash, and destroy their government…I mean, spread the word of God. Good Vice Article: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/7be5ya/the-chinese-cult-who-kidnap-christians-and-paint-snakes
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Episode 307: Banksy: Street Artist or Hipster Sellout?
On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we hit the streets like vandals and explore the stencils, tags, and art installations of the mysterious Banksy. Though his real identity is unknown, this artist from the UK has reached a level of social prominence very few artists ever do in their lifetimes. Aside from selling typical art pieces for hundreds of thousands of dollars, the actual sides of buildings he spray paints are worth a fortune and sold in a strange market of wall art. Most people think Banksy was born in Bristol sometime in the early 1970s. What is known for sure comes from interviews from a guy who they think was most likely Banksy at the time (he was with Banksy’s art dealer and agent, so that’s a plus). He started to tag at the age of 14 while he ran with the DryBreadZ Crew. This gang was known for its street art, and Banksy was a confirmed member, as was 3D who went on to be a founding member of Massive Attack. After some time on the street, Banksy was hiding under a trash truck and saw a stenciled vehicle number underneath it. From there, his art style was born, and instead of freehand spray paint, his work started to include complex stencils. Banksy’s artwork is mostly political in nature, lampooning government, violence, police states, war, corporations, and greed. One he built a name for himself he did installations at the West Bank, in Bethlehem, and in New Orleans after the Katrina disaster. His antics and art are often hilarious, and we get quite a few laughs at his stunts and work over the years. The coolest part about him is that even after all these years, an Oscar nomination for his work Exit Through the Gift Shop, art awards, and global fame, nobody still knows who he is. Some people think he’s an artist named Robin Gunningham and others think he’s actually 3D from Massive Attack, which would be dope as hell. If you want to buck the system, Banksy is your man, and this is your podcast.   Guardian Interview: https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2003/jul/17/art.artsfeatures Tom Waits: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/tom-waits-lends-instrumental-song-to-banksys-west-bank-hotel-w510659  
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Episode 306: Benjamin Franklin: The First American
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we travel back in time and look at the inventions, diplomacy, and crazy sex life of “The First American,” Benjamin Franklin. Franklin is one of the original founding fathers of the United States, and he is a true American success story. He was born the son of a struggling candle maker and was signed into indentured apprenticeship to his own brother as a teen. Eventually, he ran away and broke his contract due to his brother’s horrible treatment of him, and he ultimately settled on Philadelphia, which would end up being his spiritual home for the rest of his life. While there, Benjamin Franklin got work as a printer and eventually moved to London to learn more about printing; while there, he learned more than the print trade, spending hours in European coffee shops philosophizing and sharing ideas with the greatest intelligentsia England had to offer. Eventually, he returned home and started to use his true genius not only as a printer but as a business man, financier, and politician. In short order, he had what amounted to a monopoly on news and information in the colonies, became elected to top political posts, and became a wealthy land owner. From there, he spent more time in London and eventually Paris, where he not only became more inspired to overthrow the British rule of the colonies but also made a critical ally in France—the king! Through some acts of deceit and politics, he gathered support of France, helped launch the revolution, wrote our most important founding documents, and had a lot of freak sex with people all over the world (one of whom was his wife). He was a pervert, an inventor, a humorist, a scientist, a meteorologist, a genius, and a statesman. He was what happened if you rolled Bill Gates, Bill Clinton, Bill Murray, and Elon Musk into one man a few hundred years ago and then sicked him against the colonizers.
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Bonus Episode: I want the knife…Please!
Welcome to a bonus episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast. Just to be clear, in our normal podcast episodes, we do research on key topics that listeners vote on, and we give our takes on the information we dig up. The topics range from serial killers to conspiracy theories to abuses of power and cults. In this episode, however, we turn to Facebook and ask listeners for questions they want us to answer. So this bonus episode is different. We explain all of that at the top of the show, just to head off any questions you may have. So, if you want a bunch of research and factual goodness, skip this episode and turn to others with a clear focus. If you want a lot of dicking around, however, you’re in the right place! On this bonus episode, we answer some of the following: What is our favorite villain and why? What is our favorite childhood memory? What is our favorite wizard spell? What is our favorite Brazilian Jujitsu submission? What is our favorite Eddie Murphy role? And many more! So, if you want to hear a casual bonus episode where we BS a little and have some laughs, this is the one for you. If you are an information hound or a Sofa King purist, you can go to any other episode and get your fix. Also, we do a live-stream for our $10 and above Patrons on these episodes. We really appreciate all you do to support us, and we try our best to give you unique shout outs. If you like the show or just want a fancy shout out, visit us at https://www.patreon.com/sofakingpodcast
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Episode 305: The Yuba Five: A Truly Creepy Missing Person’s Case
On this episode of the Sofa Kind Podcast, we look at a truly strange and creepy missing persons case from the 1970s, the case of the Yuba Five. Also called the Mathais Group (named after one of the members—Gary Mathais), this was a group of mentally ill and mentally disabled men who vanished under very odd circumstances and were found dead (four of the five of them) several months later in an isolated cabin in the California Mountains. The group of men were tight friends who shared a love of sports. In fact, their basketball team, the Gateway Gators, were on the verge of a huge playoff game that would have taken them to a Special Olympics game that would have been an all-expense paid trip to Los Angeles. A few days before this big game, however, they went to see a college basketball game at Chico State. On their way home from the game, they stopped for snacks at a convenience store, and the Yuba Five were never seen alive again. Sort of. Maybe. One other store clerk some 70 miles away later identified some of the missing men based on police photos as people who came to her store that same night to buy more snacks and use the phone. However, nobody who any of the men knew received a call that night. Even more odd, a man who owned a cabin the mountains (named Joseph Schons) accidentally drove his car off the side of the road due to a snow storm and had a heart attack. While laying his car in excruciating pain, he heard the men and a loud whistle and called for help. The people apparently heard his calls for help but fell silent and didn’t come to his aid. Schons found the missing car the next day, as did a park ranger, and the rest got really strange. The car belonged to one of the men. It, too had apparently fallen off the side of the road due to a massive winter storm that moved into the dangerous mountain roads (roads they had no reason or business being on). The car had an open window in spite of the snow storm and was 70 miles from home in a place the men had no reason to be. Several months later, after the spring thaw, the bodies of these men were found in a trailer owned by the forest service. The bodies of the three of them were found partially eaten and decayed around the vicinity the trailer (almost 20 miles from their car!). One of them was dead in the cabin and wrapped in a shroud. Evidence suggested that he had been living here for up to 13 weeks before he died of starvation. However, inside the trailer was enough food and emergency rations to last five people a year! Why did a man starve to death in the mountains while surrounded with rations? Who wrapped him in a death shroud? Why didn’t he have any shoes? What happened to Mathias, the only one whose body was never found? Who was the woman with a child appearing on the side of the road? What was the eerie whistling heard in the woods? Were the Yuba Five running from someone? Were they running to someone? This one is very strange, so listen, laugh, and learn.
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Bonus Episode: Live Stream Tattoo?
Welcome to a bonus episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast. Just to be clear, in our normal podcast episodes, we do research on key topics that listeners vote on, and we give our takes on the information we dig up. The topics range from serial killers to conspiracy theories to abuses of power and cults. In this episode, however, we turn to Facebook and ask listeners for questions they want us to answer. So this bonus episode is different. We explain all of that at the top of the show, just to head off any questions you may have. So, if you want a bunch of research and factual goodness, skip this episode and turn to others with a clear focus. If you want a lot of dicking around, however, you’re in the right place! On this bonus episode, we answer some of the following: If we got a tattoo, what would it be of? If the group crowd funded a tattoo, would Dave get it while live streaming? What is our research method for the show? What is our favorite hole in the wall restaurant? Who makes the best omelette? What are our shoe sizes? And many more! So, if you want to hear a casual bonus episode where we BS a little and have some laughs, this is the one for you. If you are an information hound or a Sofa King purist, you can go to any other episode and get your fix. Also, we do a live-stream for our $10 and above Patrons on these episodes. We really appreciate all you do to support us, and we try our best to give you unique shout outs. If you like the show or just want a fancy shout out, visit us at https://www.patreon.com/sofakingpodcast
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Episode 304: Prince: Purple Reign
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we look at the majesty of his royal purple badness, the one and only icon of music: Prince. Price was born in Minneapolis on June 7, 1958 to 2 musician parents. His real name was Prince since he was named 4 his father’s jazz band, which was called the Prince Rogers Band. He was said 2 be a sickly child, prone 2 seizures, but eventually, he told his mother that he wouldn’t be sick anymore because an angel told him not to be, and apparently, he was cured. His parents divorced when he was young, and he spent time with an abusive step father (who inspired him 2 write the song “Papa”) who did some nasty things 2 Prince, which ultimately may have led to Prince being the virtuoso he grew up 2 be. Prince was said 2 be a legendary master of music, writing his first song at 7 years old (a funk piece). By the time he was in high school, he was said 2 spend all day locked in the school music room, and even his high school teacher said his job was easy because young Prince essentially ran the class (along with his friends Morris Day, Jimmy Jam, and Terry Lewis). By the time he was a teen, he was playing in the band 94 East in club gigs throughout the Twin Cities. He had to wait before he could perform since he was only 13 but already built a huge name in the club scene as simply "The Kid." Eventually, at 17, he signed a three record deal with Warner Brothers (though he had 2 lie and act like he was actually 19), and the rest was history. He had a series of hits on his early albums, and by the time he released 1999 in his early 20s, he blew up the scene. By the 1980s, he was ready to drop his magnum opus, Purple Rain. This album did nothing short of define a generation of music, and it set him 2 win an Oscar and several Grammies and made him the hottest act in America. He had a series of massive albums and eventually signed the largest record deal in history for $100 Million dollars. This was a record deal he later regretted when he changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol called “Love Symbol #2.” The albums of Prince are considered some of the best ever released, from the chord progression, the drum machine programming, the mixing, the guitar playing, and even the vocal mix. Prince established his sanctum, Paisley Park in Minnesota, and his work record and output there is legendary in the business. Supposedly he has hundreds of albums of unreleased material in his famous vault waiting 4 release. With his tragic death in 2016, nobody knew what 2 do with his estate since he never drafted a will. However, the music in the vault is finally starting 2 come out, and Prince will continue 2 release albums for the rest of our lives from his mixing booth deep beneath Tupac Island. Oh, and May U Live 2 See the Dawn. Original Purple Rain Recording at First Avenue Club: Thanks to Sammy Walsh for this one!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=rLzOgTRtQi0 Just Prince playing a guitar and using the audience as an instrument: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Naj7oxbQYtw New Album Details: https://variety.com/2018/music/news/prince-album-of-previously-unreleased-material-coming-in-september-exclusive-1202783507/ Get Off 91 VMA: https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x46u2k6 Purple Rain Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuXK8ZbTmLk
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Episode 303: Children of God: Funky Jesus Sex Pimp Whores
On this Episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we take a run at one of the bigger cults operating in the world today, the Children of God, aka The Family International. It has had many names, from The Family of Love to Teens for Christ, and at the heart of it is a truly bizarre religious sect that is part Christian and part pimp. That’s right, they whore out women for Jesus, and he apparently likes it. Their founder, David Berg was a preacher who had mixed results getting a congregation together in the 1960s. Eventually, he settled down in Huntington Beach and opened a Christian coffee shop. Calling himself “David Moses,” he eventually learned that in order to attract followers, he had to adapt to the counter culture memes of the era, and he started wearing baggy pants, sandals, a beret, and other hippie attire. Oh, and he also started to get people to have sex. So much sex. Tapping in to the sexual revolution, he built up a religious following whose main goal was to attract new members. How did it attract members? Through a process he called Flirty Fishing. Flirty Fishing was his name for getting women from his church to have sex with men in order to get them to join. In fact, he rented the women out as an escort service, and once the religion really took off, he even had the children in the cult sleep with adult members. This was to indoctrinate the kids into a love of Jesus Sex and to get the adults to be complicit in the crime, so they wouldn’t defect and tell anyone. David Berg communicated to his followers through a series of letters (called the Mo Letters) and comic books. That’s right, comic book full of sex. He was so into sex that he even told people to think of Jesus as the had orgasms and even as they masturbated. It wasn’t gay (which he had a problem with) as long as the men pretended they were women having sex with Jesus while they were masturbating. I wish I was making this up. So what did the Children of God believe as part of their spiritual path? What was the nature of their god and their cosmos? What predictions did David Berg make, and did any of them come true? What happened to the group after he died? Which (pretty big!) celebrities were raised in this cult? Listen, laugh, learn. Sad Story of Ex Cult Member: http://narrative.ly/my-childhood-in-an-apocalyptic-cult/
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Episode 302: De Beers: The Ultimate Global Monopoly
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we talk about the company that has defined how the entire world views and purchases diamonds, The De Beers Company. Founded in South Africa during the diamond boom of the late 1800s, the company was named after two brothers who had a farm that ended up being rich with diamonds. The British forced them to sell the land, but the name stuck, and when Cecil Rhodes started to buy up all the diamond mines in the area (with the financial backing of the Rothschilds), he kept the name. Eventually, Rhodes became the Prime Minister of the Cape Colony, and he built up his diamond empire and set laws in place to increase his power. Upon his death, the Oppenheimer family took control of the company, and they’ve held it ever since. So what’s the big deal with the De Beers? For one thing, they are part of the Rothschild fortune. For another, they run a monopoly that most consider a cartel. For years, any upper-level employee of De Beers that came to America would be arrested as part of the anti-trust act. The unique thing about the company, however, isn’t the fact that they control the majority of the world’s uncut diamonds. Instead, it’s because they fix the prices. In fact, the true genius of the De Beers diamond empire isn’t that they own where diamonds come from; it’s that they control the idea of scarcity. Diamonds are not the rare or expensive things they used to be, but the De Beers company does some shady, manipulative, unethical, and often illegal things to keep diamonds seeming rare. Oh, and “Diamonds are Forever,” their masterful campaign? It single-handedly made men put diamonds on engagement rings and artificially created a diamond history that never really existed.
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Bonus Episode: Finding Willpower
Welcome to a bonus episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast. Just to be clear, in our normal podcast episodes, we do research on key topics that listeners vote on, and we give our takes on the information we dig up. The topics range from serial killers to conspiracy theories to abuses of power and cults. In this episode, however, we turn to Facebook and ask listeners for questions they want us to answer. So this bonus episode is different. We explain all of that at the top of the show, just to head off any questions you may have. So, if you want a bunch of research and factual goodness, skip this episode and turn to others with a clear focus. If you want a lot of dicking around, however, you’re in the right place! On this bonus episode, we answer some of the following: How do we think the world will end? If we had a time machine, how would we use it? Have any of us taken yoga, and why or why not? What is a hidden talent that we each have? What war in history would we be willing to fight in? If our butt had a tooth, would we brush it? And many more! So, if you want to hear a casual bonus episode where we BS a little and have some laughs, this is the one for you. If you are an information hound or a Sofa King purist, you can go to any other episode and get your fix. Also, we do a live-stream for our $10 and above Patrons on these episodes. We really appreciate all you do to support us, and we try our best to give you unique shout outs. If you like the show or just want a fancy shout out, visit us at https://www.patreon.com/sofakingpodcast
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Episode 301: Alton Coleman and Debra Brown: Natural Born Killers
On this Episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we spit some true crime at you and look at a most unique serial killer situation—that of Alton Coleman and Debra Brown. They are unique not only because they are a couple, but because they buck the typical mold of white middle class serial killers; they are both African-American. Alton Coleman grew up in a bad household to a prostitute mother. At a young age, he started vandalism and arson, and those who knew him saw a dark sexual side come out. Later in life, he was arrested several times for rape and sexual assault, but his strange smooth talking Jedi mind trick always got him out of court. Coleman met his accomplice Debra Brown when she was engaged to another man. Brown had suffered brain damage due to head trauma at a young age, and she fell in line with what has been described as a Master-Slave relationship with Coleman. So, Coleman and Brown teamed up to go on a wicked killing spree through several states. (I can’t help but think they were a large part of the inspiration for Natural Born Killers…) One by one, they stole cars, assaulted people, raped, and murdered. They weren’t the typical meticulous killers who were trying to make sure they didn’t get caught. Indeed, they left a lot of witnesses alive but gagged and bound. Their victims were primarily black (they, it seems, were blacks who hated other blacks according to FBI profilers) and young. How many did they kill? Why did they let the reverend who found them out survive? Why didn’t they kill all their victims? Why did Alton earn the nickname “Pissy” as a child? Listen, laugh, learn.
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Bill Cosby: From Jell-O to Jail-O
On this 300th episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we put on our ugly sweaters, eat some Jell-O, say “Hey, hey, hey,” and talk about the aggravated sexual assault of one Dr. Bill Cosby. Cosby was a permanent feature of American popular culture for decades, playing the wholesome father figure to a generation and even famously mocking Eddie Murphy for being so foul in his act (just imagine what he’d think of this show…). However, a few years ago, allegations of rape, drugging, and sexual assault came forward and shed a new light on this once-respectable actor. Cosby was born to a lower class family and grew up poor and working odd jobs to pay the rent. He was apparently a big screw up in school (dropping out of high school and college), but everyone recognized how funny he was. By the time he finally entered college, he had started doing stand-up, and he took off like a rocket. In 1963, his hard work in the clubs paid off, and he had a gig on Johnny Carson, which put him in the national picture. From here, he got record deals and quickly won several Grammies for his comedy albums. Then, he started to break records. At times, he was the highest paid comedian in the nation, and with the television show I Spy, he became the first African American to play a lead role in an American television series. This fame led to even more successful albums, a return to college to get his PhD, and from all of this, the birth of one of his most famous creations, Fat Albert. From there, he went on to do a few failed television shows and successful movies, and this all set him up to be everyone’s favorite ugly-sweatered father, Cliff Huxtable in The Cosby Show. Here, he became the nation’s father and was the spearhead of one of the most successful comedies of all time. From there he made several other TV shows, some movies (like the memorable Ghost Dad and Leonard Part 6…shudder…), and wrote several best-selling books. But apparently, while all this happening, he was also being a horrible predator. In 2014 when comedian Hannibal Burres accused Bill Cosby of being a rapist, the video clip went viral. Within weeks, 35 women had come out to say they had been raped, drugged, or assaulted by Bill Cosby over the past several decades. Eventually, the number rose to over 50 women, and finally, a trial occurred. It was ruled a mistrial, but then the second trial went down, and he was found guilty on three counts of aggravated sexual assault. As of this recording, we don’t know what his sentence is yet, but his story is the ultimate rise and fall, from majesty to molestation. Oh, and you might even hear Dave sing the theme song to Fat Albert and Brad sing the theme song to Cheers!   Eddie Murphy’s Burn on Cosby at the Twain Award: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=c1PGPv_Q9sU   Thorough LA Times Timeline and List of Women: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/la-et-bill-cosby-timeline-htmlstory.html   Barbara Bowman’s Account of Rape: https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2014/11/13/bill-cosby-raped-me-why-did-it-take-30-years-for-people-to-believe-my-story/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.6b4b3319a958  
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BONUS EPISODE: Questions from Strangers
Welcome to a bonus episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast. Just to be clear, in our normal podcast episodes, we do research on key topics that listeners vote on, and we give our takes on the information we dig up. The topics range from serial killers to conspiracy theories to abuses of power and cults. In this episode, however, we turn to Facebook and ask listeners for questions they want us to answer. So this bonus episode is different. We explain all of that at the top of the show, just to head off any questions you may have. So, if you want a bunch of research and factual goodness, skip this episode and turn to others with a clear focus. If you want a lot of dicking around, however, you’re in the right place! On this bonus episode, the Terry “Thief of Dreams” McGee fills in for Dave because he thinks he’s too good to show up for the podcast. Listen now to find out what questions we answer. So, if you want to hear a casual bonus episode where we BS a little and have some laughs, this is the one for you. If you are an information hound or a Sofa King purist, you can go to any other episode and get your fix. Also, we do a live-stream for our $10 and above Patrons on these episodes. We really appreciate all you do to support us, and we try our best to give you unique shout outs. If you like the show or just want a fancy shout out, visit us at https://www.patreon.com/sofakingpodcast
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EPISODE 299: WEREWOLVES: FROM SERIAL KILLERS TO LYCANTHROPY
On this episode of, The Sofa King Podcast we peel back the blinds and howl at the moon as we undress each other and talk about Werewolves.Come witness the tales of modern-day werewolf hunters, some history lessons on the Burning Times, Castle Times, and scratch a shared itch as we try to figure out why South America has Wereopposum legends and myths. We take a look at a few different regions and their werewolf beliefs and traditions and discuss a handful of 30,000 executions that happened in France where much like witches the accused werewolf was tortured and burned at the stake. Did you know that Lapland has Werereindeer? No? Then come learn a thing or two and explore with us the history and myths surrounding one of the earliest tales of man and monster. We also discover that Terry (who we invited onto the podcast to fill in for Dave out of the goodness of our hearts) hasn’t ever truly listened to a single episode of the podcast. Come witness the wild ways of the werewolf and also witness the firing of our first guest host as we dive deep into the lunacy of the Lycanthrope.
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EPISODE 298: BOBBY FISCHER: TROUBLED GRANDMASTER
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we take an in-depth look at the chess playing prodigy of Brooklyn, Bobby Fischer. Born to a single Jewish mother in Chicago, Bobby Fischer got his hands on his first chess board at the age of 6. By age 7 he knew that chess was his calling and he took to it like it was the very oxygen his body needed to survive. Neglecting childhood as well as his own sanity he became obsessed with every aspect of chess, from strategy to the history of it, he took the time to memorize and learn everything he could. When his mother took him to see a therapist, the therapist simply yawned and said, “Well, there are certainly worse things he could be into.” By the age of 15 Bobby Fischer became the youngest Grand Master in the USA and as his skills continued to grow, so did the countries hope of defeating the powerhouse of the chess world for 24 years running, the Soviet Union. In 1972 Bobby Fischer went to Iceland to compete and ultimately won against a formidable opponent in Boris Spassky, but only after Henry Kissinger personally called to encourage Fischer to go. The 20 years that followed would see Bobby Fischer slide out of the spotlight and into some pretty chaotic personal choices, from becoming a member of the Worldwide Church of God to collecting and obsessing over anti-Semitic literature and beliefs. To the point that he rejected his own Jewish heritage and chased away most of the people around him. In 1992 he re-emerged from obscurity to battle Boris once more in a chess match in Sveti Stefan and Belgrade, Yugoslavia, in spite of a United Nations embargo that included sanctions on commercial activities. The US Department of the Treasury warned Fischer before the start of the match that his participation was illegal, that it would violate President George H. W. Bush's Executive Order 12810 imposing United Nations Security Council Resolution 757 sanctions against engaging in economic activities in Yugoslavia. In response, during the first scheduled press conference on September 1, 1992, in front of the international press, Fischer spat on the US order, saying "this is my reply". His violation of the order led US Federal officials to initiate a warrant for his arrest upon completion of the match. After the match (which he won) Fischer took up residency in Hungary and settled in the Philippines. After the attacks on the World Trade Center in 2011 Fischer called in to a radio station in the Philippines and had some not so choice words about his feelings towards the USA and Israel which prompted George H.W. Bush to put out a call to Japan (where Fischer was trying to board a plane back to the Philippines and have him arrested and held. Fearing extradition to the US, Fischer wrote some desperate letters and called in a favor with Iceland and they ultimately made him a citizen. He spent his remaining years in Iceland, ranting and raving like a crazy person until ultimately he succumbed to a Urinary tract blockage and died. Only to be exhumed later for a DNA comparison that only showed that his supposed daughter from a previous marriage was not actually his.
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Bonus Episode: Dave’s Not Here
Welcome to a bonus episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast. Just to be clear, in our normal podcast episodes, we do research on key topics that listeners vote on, and we give our takes on the information we dig up. The topics range from serial killers to conspiracy theories to abuses of power and cults. In this episode, however, we turn to Facebook and ask listeners for questions they want us to answer. So this bonus episode is different. We explain all of that at the top of the show, just to head off any questions you may have. So, if you want a bunch of research and factual goodness, skip this episode and turn to others with a clear focus. If you want a lot of dicking around, however, you’re in the right place! On this bonus episode, the Terry "Thief of Dreams" McGee fills in for Dave because he thinks he's too good to show up for the podcast.  Listen now to find out what questions we answer. So, if you want to hear a casual bonus episode where we BS a little and have some laughs, this is the one for you. If you are an information hound or a Sofa King purist, you can go to any other episode and get your fix. Also, we do a live-stream for our $10 and above Patrons on these episodes. We really appreciate all you do to support us, and we try our best to give you unique shout outs. If you like the show or just want a fancy shout out, visit us at https://www.patreon.com/sofakingpodcast
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Episode 297: Future of Sex: Virtual Reality, and Artificial Intelligence
On this sort of regular episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we dig deep into the psyche of each other and plumb the depravities and carnal sexual desires of the hosts as well as the future of virtual sex. From 28,000-year-old phallic toys made from stone and camel dung to the modern day magicians behind the Real Doll and beyond. We even take a shot at predicting where the road of virtual reality sex shall lead us as a society and the moral and practical implications of losing ourselves completely in such a manner. Will humanity finally put its moral foot down and take a stand against this devilish delight of sin? Or will we embrace it completely and turn into addicts so consumed by our need to get off that we neglect our own health and the world around us as it crumbles down around our haptic suit cubicles and the population of reality dwindles into nothingness? Dust off those AirPods, and plug in those headphones, this episode is definitely NSFW, unless you happen to be the boss.
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Episode 296: Frank Sinatra: The Chairman of the Board
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we put on our tuxes, get a little class, and talk about the cuckoo life, career, and rise to power of the Chairman of the Board, Frank Sinatra. Francis Albert Sinatra was born in Hoboken, New York and grew up in a house with a strict mother who was alleged to give abortions to women illegally as part of her wet-nurse practice. His father once drove shotgun on a booze run for Lucky Luciano, and his uncle and his godfather were members of the Genovese crime family: he lived a mob-influenced childhood in the streets of New York. Through all of this, young Frank developed a love of music. He would watch nightly shows in his neighborhood and was given a ukulele at a young age. He joined the glee club to get practice, took diction lessons to be able to pronounce words perfectly, and after seeing Bing Crosby perform, devoted his time to do one thing—be better than Crosby was. To do this, he started in small clubs and eventually won a contest (think American Idol but, somehow, even more lame) with a group called the Hoboken Four and was sent on a national radio tour as a prize. From here, he got exposure and was signed to sing for a big band. That led to him singing for the famous Tommy Dorsey band where Sinatra found national recognition, making several number one singles with the band. Eventually, he wanted to go solo, and he had a hard time because Dorsey was a slave driver and had a contract for 43% of all future earnings that made a true solo career for Frank Sinatra an impossibility. Be it through a lawsuit or mafia ties (as rumor suggests), Dorsey let Sinatra out of the contract, and the rest was history. Sinatra became the first mega act in the United States. He was big like The Beatles or Elvis was, with hordes of girls swooning at his presence. His popularity grew during World War Two, and then it peaked and fell hard in the early fifties. He couldn’t even fill small casinos or nightclubs in New York. Why did he fall off? How did he get back on top again? What helped him win an Oscar, and how did he get into making movies? When did the Rat Pack form? What connected Frank Sinatra to Las Vegas, and exactly what involvement did he have with the Mafia? Was he really at the infamous mob boss retreat in Havana, Cuba in 1947? Listen, laugh, learn.   “It Was a Very Good Year” in studio. Dope as hell: https://vimeo.com/195230171 Video: Rat Pack, Johnny Carson and Quincy Jones: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fctcvKMEWy4 *) Highlight of Ball Busting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PvY8o1UYw6s
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Bonus Episode: Technical Difficulties
Welcome to a bonus episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast. Just to be clear, in our normal podcast episodes, we do research on key topics that listeners vote on, and we give our takes on the information we dig up. The topics range from serial killers to conspiracy theories to abuses of power and cults. In this episode, however, we turn to Facebook and ask listeners for questions they want us to answer. So this bonus episode is different. We explain all of that at the top of the show, just to head off any questions you may have. So, if you want a bunch of research and factual goodness, skip this episode and turn to others with a clear focus. If you want a lot of dicking around, however, you’re in the right place! On this bonus episode, we answer some of the following: Has the research for the show eroded our faith in the government? What is our pre-podcast routine every week? What is the funniest instance of an unwanted visitor in our homes? Ebola or Tuberculosis? What is our dream vacation within the United States? What are our favorite smells? And many more! So, if you want to hear a casual bonus episode where we BS a little and have some laughs, this is the one for you. If you are an information hound or a Sofa King purist, you can go to any other episode and get your fix. Also, we do a live-stream for our $10 and above Patrons on these episodes. We really appreciate all you do to support us, and we try our best to give you unique shout outs. If you like the show or just want a fancy shout out, visit us at https://www.patreon.com/sofakingpodcast
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Episode 295: Las Vegas: From Mob Dive to Sin City
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we take a road trip, hit the high desert, squander our hard earned money, and talk all things Vegas. Las Vegas is a town unlike any other. It is a city founded in the Old West but evolved by the Mafia. From Bugsy Siegel to a host of others, the city we know as Sin City has been a unique bastion in the desert for decades. It started as a small spot for water (Las Vegas means “the meadows” where the water flowed in the desert from underground wells), and it grew years later when the railroad went through. This gave the town a purpose, and it slowly grew as a stop between major train lines. Eventually, however, construction of the Hoover Dam changed everything. During the depression, this massive project brought thousands of well-payed laborers to the area, most of them single and able to move around for work. And what do single males want after a hard day of damming? Women, cards, and booze, apparently. The earliest casinos and brothels opened as a place to relieve the vices of the laborers, and the city never looked back. Once gambling became persecuted in California, more and more gamblers moved to Vegas as a safe haven for their craft. At this point, the Mafia took notice, and they started to open up or take control of casinos in the area. With turbulent starts, such as Siegel’s failed opening of the Flamingo that got him killed, eventually they became money makers, and the mob moved in. They ran the city from the 1940s until Howard Hughes moved in with his bag full of crazy and started buying up the town. He was able to wrestle properties away from mobsters, and this single-handedly broke their monopoly on Vegas. And that leads us to where we are today. Corporations and individual billionaires tend to own the major casinos on the strip, and while the mob is surely still involved, they aren’t the only game in the town of games. So how much money do modern casinos make? Why did Bugsy Siegel get killed for his involvement in the Flamingo? Where does Liberace come in? How many mob families were involved in Vegas? What Vegas stories do Brad, Brent, and Dave share? Listen, laugh, learn. Mob Ties in Las Vegas: https://lasvegassun.com/news/2008/may/15/mob-ties/
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Episode 294: Hiroshima: True Nuclear War
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we travel back to (Dave’s favorite) World War II and talk about the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima. After the creations at the Manhattan Project, the US government knew that J. Robert Oppenheimer’s creation was a success. The Trinity Test Explosion exceeded all expectations, and the military was ready to use their new dark toy. Shortly after the test, the president issued something called the Potsdam Declaration, which promised utter destruction from the air on all of Japan if there was not an immediate surrender. The Japanese, of course, did not surrender, so the bomb was prepped. After an exhaustive and brutal screening committee met at the Manhattan Project and the Pentagon, four cities were determined to be the perfect targets. They had to still be intact (no major damage from previous US bombing runs); they had to have symbolic importance for the Japanese people; they had to have manufacturing; they had to be modern and have a military presentence. Hiroshima and Nagasaki were two of four picked, and that point, it was just a matter of weather patterns to determine where the bomb would drop. So, weather told the generals it was Hiroshima on Aug 6, 1945, when the bomb was finally set to drop. It got loaded on the B29 Superfortress called The Enola Gay, and it was dropped at 8:15 AM. The bomb called “Little Boy” missed its target by 500 feet but did plenty of damage regardless. The initial blast was thought to have killed 70,000 people, and the radiation of coursed killed easily 100,000 more over the next year. But why did we have to drop this bomb? After all, Germany had just surrendered, and the US was certain to win this war against Japan. The common story is that it would cost an estimated 1 million deaths to win the war in Japan, so the bombs, terrible as they might be, were worth it. However, some historians claim this isn’t the truth. Was Japan actually poised to surrender anyway? If so, what did the US stand to gain by detonating these awful devices and killing hundreds of thousands of civilians? Where did the Soviets come to play? Listen, laugh, learn.   Original New Yorker Article:  https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/1946/08/31/hiroshima Target Selection Article: https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2015/08/hiroshima-nagasaki-atomic-bomb-anniversary/400448/
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Episode 293: The Yeti: Myth or Monster?
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we climb the Mount Everest of podcast topics to look for the tales and truths behind the Yeti. The Yeti, the Abominable Snowman, the Mi-Go, the Yeren; these are all apparently the same creature: a humanoid beast with feet like a man (smaller than a “Bigfoot”) who has been seen in the Himalayan mountains for centuries. Their gods and mythology tie back to this creature, and sightings and folk lore amount local Sherpas are vibrant and updated. So why should anyone care about a mythological beast called a Yeti? Well, for one thing, a lot of pretty high rolling explorers saw them, claimed to saw them, or brought back evidence of them. Sir Edmund Hillary went on multiple expeditions to find this creature and even brought back evidence. Over the past hundred years, public calls have gone out to find proof. From oil millionaire Tom Slick to a British newspaper and even Oxford University, they all sent people or paid for evidence surrounding this. The Chinese government even has an official department that is dedicated to looking for the Wild Man of China. So, with all of this research and folklore, what has been found? Well, a lot of tracks that either come from bears or can’t be identified. DNA that often matches mountain creatures but sometimes comes back as a mystery. Sometimes, it even came back as prehistoric bears from the Pleistocene era. What is the difference between a Bigfoot and a Yeti? Why is a Yeti considered to be more dangerous? Why did the actor Jimmy Stewart help smuggle a Yeti hand out of Tibet and into London? Listen, laugh, learn.   Jimmy Steward, Relic Hunter: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/saga-of-the-yeti-hand
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Episode 292: McDonalds: Ray Kroc and That Mind-Controlling Clown
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we put the family in the car and hit the ultimate drive thru discussion to rap about discuss McDonalds. Staring out as a small drive through in the 1940s, this mega-corporation has become one of the largest on the planet. An estimated one in eight Americans have worked at a McDonalds, and they are so large that they account for 4% of all egg use in the US. So how did this small, brother-run operation become the biggest restaurant franchise ever? It all started with a salesman named Ray Kroc. Kroc was an ex-ambulance driver from WWI who sold milk shake machines in Southern California. He ran into a small, clean drive thru run by Richard and Maurice McDonald and saw something different. The McDonald brothers had turned a burger joint into an efficient, clean, family friendly place where people could get a quick burger on their way home from work. Kroc immediately saw the potential and opened the second ever McDonalds and started to pursue ways to spread the restaurant as a chain. Within a handful of years, there were drive thru McDonalds spots popping up in multiple states, and it had become very successful. Kroc ran the franchising with a fascist eye, making sure every restaurant was uniform in recipe, clothing, even color scheme. When the original founding brothers were found to be breaking Kroc’s rules, he even bought them out and shut them down. So what’s there to talk about with McDonalds? How about marketing to children and ways they manipulate customers with their interior decoration? How about the largest lawsuit ever to happen in the UK, known as the McLibel suit? How about ridiculous McItems at foreign restaurants? How about the problem with them lying about beef in their French fries? Listen, laugh, learn.   Every Second at McDonalds: http://www.everysecond.io/mcdonalds How to Get Free Fries: https://www.delish.com/food-news/a19866607/how-to-get-yourself-free-fries-at-mcdonalds-this-month/
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Bonus Episode: Three Micks
Welcome to a bonus episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast. Just to be clear, in our normal podcast episodes, we do research on key topics that listeners vote on, and we give our takes on the information we dig up. The topics range from serial killers to conspiracy theories to abuses of power and cults. In this episode, however, we turn to Facebook and ask listeners for questions they want us to answer. So this bonus episode is different. We explain all of that at the top of the show, just to head off any questions you may have. So, if you want a bunch of research and factual goodness, skip this episode and turn to others with a clear focus. If you want a lot of dicking around, however, you’re in the right place! On this bonus episode, we answer some of the following: What do we wish we would have known before we had kids? What can we do to make your jeans grow? Who was the most influential teacher we had and why? What were we "jamming out to" in high school? What is our idea of a perfect Wednesday afternoon at 2:36 PM? And many more! So, if you want to hear a casual bonus episode where we BS a little and have some laughs, this is the one for you. If you are an information hound or a Sofa King purist, you can go to any other episode and get your fix. Also, we do a live-stream for our $10 and above Patrons on these episodes. We really appreciate all you do to support us, and we try our best to give you unique shout outs. If you like the show or just want a fancy shout out, visit us at https://www.patreon.com/sofakingpodcast
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Episode 291: Mick Foley: Mankind and Mutilation
On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we jump off the top rope and hit you all with the life and times of the one and only Mick Foley. Call him Cactus Jack, Dude Love, or Mankind, Mick Foley is one of the all-time greats of professional wrestling. Not a fan of pro-wrestling? Give this one a listen anyway because the story of Mick Foley is pretty incredible, and I promise you by the time you’re done with this episode, you’ll be visiting YouTube to watch some of the amazing clips from this man’s dangerous career. Plus, you’ll learn a lot about Brad’s time as a hardcore wrestler. It’s pretty crazy. We all know that professional wrestling is “fake” (I prefer the word “scripted”), but the career of Mick Foley is so impressive because he constantly blurred the line between fact and fiction, safe and dangerous. His career as an extreme/hardcore wrestler saw him take bumps that most people wouldn’t dare attempt. In an era where steel chairs weren’t used in the ring, he let people use them on him. From barbed wire to six inch spikes and from sacks full of thumbtacks to barb-covered baseball bats, Foley took every type of hit imaginable. And real or not, you can only fake being thrown off a 20 foot steel cage so much. Oh, and he got thrown off a 20 foot steel cage. A lot. He was set on fire with C4 explosives, thrown on beds of nails, had his teeth knocked out of his mouth, suffered concussions, bit a hole in his lip, and had his ear ripped off in the ring. In every single case, he kept coming for more. On top of all that, Mick Foley is an amazingly charismatic and funny man, and he’s quite intelligent and articulate. In fact, he’s had multiple books on the New York Times best seller’s list, and none of the were ghostwritten. So what matches made Mick Foley become the hardcore legend that he is today? How much did people backstage know about his infamous Hell in a Cell match, and did he lie to Vince McMahon (owner of WWE)? Who exactly is Mr. Socko? Listen, laugh, learn.   Hell in a Cell: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x50cdbp Japanese Death Match: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DrY1i2bUTmo 
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Episode 290: Three Mile Island: America’s Nuclear Warning
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we talk about the worst nuclear disaster on American soil, the incident at Three Mile Island. In March of 1979, there was a perfect storm of mechanical failure and human error that led to a partial meltdown at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania. The aftermath was much less deadly than Chernobyl, but it had a major effect on the future of nuclear power and the development of nuclear plants in America. When a faulty cooling circuit caused the a spike in temperature, the reactor shut itself down as a safety measure. During this, a relief valve failed to close, but no light was installed to tell the crew this. Therefore, the fuel half way melted down before they could put coolant water back on it. The effects were that an unknown amount of radioactive material was released in to atmosphere. This created a dangerous hydrogen bubble that could have exploded and peppered the landscape with radioactive fallout, but luckily that didn’t happen. So what was the end result of this would-be nuclear disaster? That remains unclear. The official reports by Pennsylvania and the federal government are that a small amount of radiation leaked, nobody died, and there wasn't enough free radiation to harm anyone. However, a whole lot of reports have come out since then saying the radiation was severe, it killed off scores of wildlife, and caused birth defects and still births. Which one is it? How did this one event change nuclear policy fir the US? Why did President Carter visit the failing Three Mile Island (like a boss!)? Was there a cover up? Listen, laugh, learn.
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Episode 289: John D. Rockefeller: Richest Man in History
On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we look at the life of the wealthiest man in the history of the United States, creator of the modern monopoly, and ultimate oil tycoon, John D. Rockefeller. Rockefeller vowed as a young man to make $100,000 and to live to be 100 years old before he died. Considering he was worth an estimated $1.4 Billion (the equivalent of roughly $350 Billion in today’s dollars!) and lived to be 97, I’d say he did a decent job. John D. Rockefeller was the son of a snake oil salesman and con man who claimed he would rip off his children every chance he got in order to make them more smart. Well, this paid off, since John grew up to me an amazing business man, even as a child (when he would give small business loans to neighbors who lived near his family). At only twenty years old, started a small company that within a year was making $450,000 in back-in-they-day dollars. Once the US government started to subsidize oil as a commodity, Rockefeller saw that was his chance and took action. He started an oil company in Cleveland during the Civil War and within record time was able to define the oil industry from the ground up. He started Standard Oil, and at the height of his power, he controlled 80% of the world’s oil generation and 90% of the American market. Eventually, the US Congress stepped in and labeled him as a monopoly. Before they could, however Rockefeller broke his company up into 34 smaller ones (little companies like Chevron, Exxon, Mobile, BP…). They say he was the richest man to ever live. They say he was the most generous philanthropist to ever live. He created the idea of a monopoly, the idea of controlling every aspect of your chain of production, and he even created the modern-day American university and medicine. Love him or hate him, he was one of the most influential people in all of human history (and probably a lizard person who helps run the Illuminati, of course…).
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Episode 288: Wright Brothers: Home Grown Genius
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we take to the skies and talk about the life, inventions, business, and first flight of the Wright Brothers. One historian says of Wilber and Orville Wright “"Before the Wright Brothers, no one working in aviation did anything fundamentally correct. Since the Wright Brothers, no one has done anything fundamentally different." This is true enough. Though their life was one of legal battles and incredible invention, they single-handedly (double-handedly?) changed the world. The Wright Brothers were both raised in Ohio by a father who was a bishop and a mother who was said to be very inventive and mechanically inclined. One day, their father brought home a toy helicopter, and it got the boys obsessed with flight. Wilbur was a serious student and had a bad accident with a hockey stick in the face that forced him out of school (like you do…). Orville was a mechanical genius who built his own printing press as a teenager and got in on the bicycle frenzy, successfully designing his own self-lubricating chain. The Wright Brothers were perfect business partners, one being brainy and financially responsible and the other being a self-taught engineer. They studied all known literature on flight, and on December 17, 1903, they flew the first ever self-propelled flight in Kitty Hawk. With no newspapers to cover it, however, haters hated. Nobody believed they did what they claimed, and Orville started showing their plane through demo flights in the US while Wilbur did the same in Europe. Eventually, the Wright Brothers found markets (or invented them) and sold planes to various governments. So, how far apart did the brothers die? Was Orville romantically involved with his sister? What role did they play in WWI and WWII? Why did they sue everyone on the planet? What aeronautic technology did they invent? Why did they have a beef with the Smithsonian? Why does Dave think Orville had a romance with his own sister, Katherine? Listen, laugh, learn.
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Bonus Episode: Seven Deadly Sins
Welcome to a bonus episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast. Just to be clear, in our normal podcast episodes, we do research on key topics that listeners vote on, and we give our takes on the information we dig up. The topics range from serial killers to conspiracy theories to abuses of power and cults. In this episode, however, we turn to Facebook and ask listeners for questions they want us to answer. So this bonus episode is different. We explain all of that at the top of the show, just to head off any questions you may have. So, if you want a bunch of research and factual goodness, skip this episode and turn to others with a clear focus. If you want a lot of dicking around, however, you’re in the right place! On this bonus episode, we answer some of the following: Which of the 7 Deadly sins are we most guilty of? What is our favorite horror movie? If we could have one famous person on as a fourth co-host, who would it be and why? How does Brad make his cream of wheat lumpy? What is our favorite documentary? And many more! So, if you want to hear a casual bonus episode where we BS a little and have some laughs, this is the one for you. If you are an information hound or a Sofa King purist, you can go to any other episode and get your fix. Also, we do a live-stream for our $10 and above Patrons on these episodes. We really appreciate all you do to support us, and we try our best to give you unique shout outs. If you like the show or just want a fancy shout out, visit us at https://www.patreon.com/sofakingpodcast
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Episode 287: Mike Tyson: Iron Mike, Baddest Man on the Planet!
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we hit you with a right hook of research and talk about the rise, fall, and rise again of Iron Mike Tyson. Mike Tyson was born in Brooklyn, New York to a poor family and spent his youth in pretty bad neighborhoods. He was a shy kid with a speech impediment, so others of course bullied him. The first fight he ever got in was allegedly with another boy who tore the head off of one of his pet pigeons! By the time he was 13, he had been arrested over 30 times and lived a life of robbery and gang banging. He got sent to a boy’s home to rehabilitate, and there one of the staff introduced him to boxing. Seeing Tyson’s amazing, innate abilities, he was turned over to Cus D’Amato, a famous trainer. D’Amato was known to take troubled teen boxers in to his training compound to live and find discipline, and he did so with Tyson. The goal was to get Iron Mike into the 1984 Olympics, though he fell short due to a defeat. From that point, Mike Tyson went pro and started his record run of victories in the ring. He was known for his ability to earn quick knockouts. In fact, he won 26 of his first 28 fights to knock outs! From there, he became the youngest champion in the history of boxing and the first ever to unify all three boxing titles. His wealth and fame were legendary, as were his debauchery and anger issues. He married the actress Robyn Givens, though he found himself on the wrong side of the law for alleged abuse. He was also arrested for the rape of Desiree Washington and served several years for the crime. Upon his release, his boxing career was back on track, and he fought Evander Holyfield and then fought him again in his famous, ear biting rematch. So, why did Mike Tyson bite off part of Holyfield’s ear? Why did he end up suing Don King for $100 dollars? How much money did Tyson squander over the years? What’s up with his pigeons? What is the story about his proposed weed ranch he’s building in California? Listen, laugh, learn. Video of Mike Tyson Pissed at a Reporter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOhdx1TLutw
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Episode 286: Bay of Pigs: The CIA’s Failed Coup!
On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we do a deep dig on the facts and failures of the attempted CIA-backed revolution that was meant to topple Fidel Castro in Cuba, The Bay of Pigs invasion. The Bay of Pigs was a not-so-secret plan for the CIA to train and arm exiled Cubans living in Miami, so they would go back to Cuba and take the island back from Fidel Castro’s communist regime. This plan had the backing of the State Department, the NSA, and even two US presidents (including John F. Kennedy), but it was so badly botched that it is pretty amazing. First off, why did the CIA do this? Well, they did it once in Guatemala and thought they could do it again in Cuba. Why did the US care? Because corporate interests had been driven from Cuba by Castro, and you don’t mess with the US lobbyist’s pocket books. So much went wrong in this plan that it’s almost hard to concisely cover it all. First, they only had 1500 men against a standing militia of 200,000 Cubans. Second, the Bay of Pigs invasion was not so secret. Castro (and most of Miami) knew it was happening before it did. It was in the papers, and Soviet radio announced the CIA invasion four days before it happened! Third, the idea that the small force would build support once they landed in Cuba simply wasn’t true. Fourth? I don’t know—coral reefs that they thought were seaweed, sinking ships, stalled boats, a botched air raid that didn’t destroy any of Cuba’s air force, you name it. This was a critical part of the Kennedy administration and led to the Cuban Missile Crisis and the seemingly permanently strained relations between Cuba and the US ever since the cold war. Plus as a bonus, it’s not the typical sausage fest in the Fight Club Studios; we have a very special guest with us in the studio on this one as well—Patti Larson from Just the Worst Podcast!
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Bonus Episode: Dave’s Not Here, Man!
Welcome to a bonus episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast. Just to be clear, in our normal podcast episodes, we do research on key topics that listeners vote on, and we give our takes on the information we dig up. The topics range from serial killers to conspiracy theories to abuses of power and cults. In this episode, however, we turn to Facebook and ask listeners for questions they want us to answer. So this bonus episode is different. We explain all of that at the top of the show, just to head off any questions you may have. So, if you want a bunch of research and factual goodness, skip this episode and turn to others with a clear focus. If you want a lot of dicking around, however, you’re in the right place! So, if you want to hear a casual bonus episode where we BS a little and have some laughs, this is the one for you. If you are an information hound or a Sofa King purist, you can go to any other episode and get your fix. Also, we do a live-stream for our $10 and above Patrons on these episodes. We really appreciate all you do to support us, and we try our best to give you unique shout outs. If you like the show or just want a fancy shout out, visit us at https://www.patreon.com/sofakingpodcast
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Episode 285: Evel Knievel: The Godfather of Extreme Sports
On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we do a wheelie all over the ultimate pop-culture icon of the 1970’s, stunt man extraordinaire, Evel Knievel. Evel Knievel was a stunt man and extreme sports grandfather figure. He jumped canyons, pits of snakes, mountain lions, and crashed. A lot. If you are old enough to remember his stunts, you know how big a deal he was back in the day. If not, you want to give this one a listen and go hit YouTube to watch some crazy action. Knievel was born Robert Knievel in 1938 in Butte, Montana. He was raised by his grandparents and fell in love with sports and stunts at an early age. He was a gifted athlete, playing hockey professionally, and had a hard time keeping a normal job. He sold insurance, ran a motorcycle shop, poached game on federal lands, and worked in a copper mine, but none of it paid the bills well or became something he could stick with. Finally, in 1966, he self-promoted his first stunt show and motorcycle jump. He saw how much money he could make doing this, and his life changed forever. He started to do local tours through California, each one boasting a bigger jump than the last one. He drove through fire and panes of glass and jumped more and more cars. Eventually, he conned his way into a jump over the fountains at Cesar’s Palace, and this put him on the map. He crashed on the landing, but he aired on ABC, and his career skyrocketed. He did bigger and bigger jumps in front of larger and larger crowds. Eventually, he set his sights on jumping the Grand Canyon, but he was denied permission by the US government. Instead, he jumped Snake River Canyon in an experimental, steam powered rocket cycle. It didn’t go well. Who’d have guessed? So what propelled this man to keep doing stunts after breaking more than 40 bones and wrecking several times a year? What legal trouble did he get in as a poacher of big game? What happened that made him assault one of his promoters with a baseball bat? Why did Matthew McConaughey give the sermon at his funeral, and what did he die of? Listen, laugh, learn. Plus as a bonus, it’s not the typical sausage fest in the Fight Club Studios; we have a very special guest with us in the studio on this one as well—Patti Larson from Just the Worst Podcast!
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Episode 284: Prescott Bush: Pulling the Strings of Presidents
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we do the whole biography thing on the grandfather of an American dynasty, Mr. Prescott Bush. Prescott Bush is the father of President George H.W. Bush and the grandfather of President George W Bush. He was a businessman, politician, power broker, Skull and Bones Man, and possible Nazi collaborator. If there happens to be an Illuminati run by a race of power-hoarding lizard people, Prescott Bush is a member. Born in 1895, Prescott lived through the highest heights of American wealth and the lowest lows of the American depression. He followed in the footsteps of his own father and entered Yale and became a member of the notorious Skull and Bones. Indeed, rumor has it that he and people in his class broke into a graveyard and stole the skull of Geronimo, which sits in the bowels of the Bones house to this day. After that, he spent time in World War two and got into intelligence work. From there, he came back to the states and started his life as a business mogul and politician. Working in Intelligence, big business, and the government pretty much set the path that all Bushes would follow in future generations. Once World War Two was starting, Prescott Bush was one of the founding members of an international bank that was owned by and helped launder money for one Fritz Thyssen. Thyssen was a Nazi. I mean a super Nazi. I mean, the main financier for the rise of Nazi power, the architect of the Nazi war machine through his steel and coal plants, the main backer of Adolf Hitler, and even the guy responsible for creating the poison gas used in concentration camps. All evidence suggests that Prescott Bush knew all of this and kept dealing with him through the war. Oh, and then there was the time Grandpa Bush tried to overthrow the American presidency with a rebel army backed by the wealthiest families in the country. Well, he never got prosecuted for either of these attempts to control the world, but the jokes on us. He pretty much ruled the world anyway when his descendants starting running the United States intelligence apparatus and became president a couple of times.
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Bonus Episode: The Wizards of Fight Club Studios
Welcome to a bonus episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast. Just to be clear, in our normal podcast episodes, we do research on key topics that listeners vote on, and we give our takes on the information we dig up. The topics range from serial killers to conspiracy theories to abuses of power and cults. In this episode, however, we turn to Facebook and ask listeners for questions they want us to answer. So this bonus episode is different. We explain all of that at the top of the show, just to head off any questions you may have. So, if you want a bunch of research and factual goodness, skip this episode and turn to others with a clear focus. If you want a lot of dicking around, however, you’re in the right place! On this bonus episode, we answer some of the following: When did we feel like we finally "clicked" together as a podcast and as co-hosts? Who is the better wizard, Dumbledore or Gandalf? If you were promised a spot on a reality TV show, which one would it be? What is our best college advice? What are our biggest pet peeves? If we could share a sensual evening with one TV character, who would it be and why? And many more! So, if you want to hear a casual bonus episode where we BS a little and have some laughs, this is the one for you. If you are an information hound or a Sofa King purist, you can go to any other episode and get your fix. Also, we do a live-stream for our $10 and above Patrons on these episodes. We really appreciate all you do to support us, and we try our best to give you unique shout outs. If you like the show or just want a fancy shout out, visit us at https://www.patreon.com/sofakingpodcast
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Episode 283: Detroit: Motor City to Murder Capitol
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we look at the rise and fall of Dave’s hometown, the Motor City, Detroit. Detroit is an example of the perfect storm of what happens when an industry rises and falls in one area, and it isn’t a bad example of what happens when racial policies divide a city in half. At its height, Detroit was the 13th largest city in the united states with almost 2 million inhabitants; now, it is down to about a third of that number. It is considered one of the most violent cities in America, has one of the highest murder rates, and currently police often issue notices to “enter at your own risk” for the city! What made it all get so bad? For one, the failing of the auto industry. Detroit started as a small time industrial city, but when Henry Ford started his auto plant, the city grew exponentially fast. Within decades, this was one of the hottest spots on the entire planet for people to get works. Car factories hired people for amazingly high wages, and they looked for people with no experience since the factory line made the work amazingly simple. Eventually, as blacks started to flee the South in the wake of Jim Crow laws, the population of Detroit became increasingly African-American. However, bit by bit, the city’s base started to erode. Gas got more expensive, companies started to outsource to other countries, foreign car companies created increasingly attractive cars. This led to a decline in Detroit. As more and more factories shrank or closed, the city became increasingly empty. At this point, a staggering 1/3 of the city is thought to be vacant and abandoned. The empty neighborhoods (estimated to be 100,000 properties abandoned) leave havens for drug dealers, gangs, and even arson. From Devil’s Night to the Detroit riots, this episode has it all.
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Episode 282: Tiananmen Square Massacre: China’s Dirty Secret
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we look at the June 4th Incident, also known as the Tiananmen Square Massacre. The year was 1989, and as the Soviet Union was falling, and democracy was spreading through communist nations across the globe, a revolution started in China. It mostly occurred in Beijing; it was led by college students, and it was centered in Tiananmen Square. The students began to gather to mourn the death of the General Secretary of the Communist party. He was a symbol of political reform and was thought to avoid the corruption of the main party government. Students called for protests and reform in his name, and word spread. Eventually, protests emerged in various cities, and in Beijing 100,000 students gathered. This was obviously alarming to the dictatorial communist regime of China. The ruling party feared this was going to lead to a national civil war of people demanding freedoms as they had in the Soviet Union. A small government faction supported the student ideals, but most opposed it. Between April and June, tensions mounted, and more and more people gathered and protested, totaling 1.2 million citizens. There were small skirmishes, beatings, and shootings. There were also acts of compassion as students fed the very soldiers sent in to control them. Eventually, some bold moves were made as the whole population got involved. At one point, the citizens of Beijing even formed in mobs and forced the army to retreat and held them in certain neighborhoods. So, what was it that finally sparked the army and government to attack the mob of students? How many were killed? How did the students react? How did the Soviet Union play a part? Who was the infamous Tank Man, and what ever became of him? Listen, laugh, learn. Nice Timeline: https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/tankman/cron/
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Bonus Episode: By the Power of Grayskull!
Welcome to a bonus episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast. Just to be clear, in our normal podcast episodes, we do research on key topics that listeners vote on, and we give our takes on the information we dig up. The topics range from serial killers to conspiracy theories to abuses of power and cults. In this episode, however, we turn to Facebook and ask listeners for questions they want us to answer. So this bonus episode is different. We explain all of that at the top of the show, just to head off any questions you may have. So, if you want a bunch of research and factual goodness, skip this episode and turn to others with a clear focus. If you want a lot of dicking around, however, you’re in the right place! On this bonus episode, we answer some of the following:   What scifi universe would we want to live in? What do we consider the quintessential episode of The Sofa King Podcast? What's the perfect sandwich? What are our nicknames? Are we thinking of doing any cross overs with other podcasts? And many more! So, if you want to hear a casual bonus episode where we BS a little and have some laughs, this is the one for you. If you are an information hound or a Sofa King purist, you can go to any other episode and get your fix. Also, we do a live-stream for our $10 and above Patrons on these episodes. We really appreciate all you do to support us, and we try our best to give you unique shout outs. If you like the show or just want a fancy shout out, visit us at https://www.patreon.com/sofakingpodcast
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Episode 281: Jim Henson: Master of Muppets
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we look at the life, works, films, television shows, and Muppets of the one and only Jim Henson. Jim Henson was one of the most influential figures in popular culture for several decades. By creating everything from Sesame Street to the Muppet show and from Dark Crystal to Labyrinth, Henson did it all. He was even responsible for the cult classic Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas and the creation of Yoda. So how did it all start? Henson was a creative child who happened to do some puppet work after his grandmother taught him how to do various art forms. He went to college to study home economics and while there, he was given a shot to do five minute shorts on a local television show. Here, he made use of his puppets, and it spread rapidly. Eventually, he branched off to start doing commercials and corporate films, and through all of this his famous Muppets were born. Kermit was his first, followed by a proto-Cookie Monster named Wheel Stealer for IBM spots. Eventually, Rolf the dog was created to sell dog food, and everything from coffee companies to Faygo used Jim Henson’s new puppets in their ads. Once the Muppets hit the national stage through ads, he was given a shot at Sesame Street, and from there The Muppet Show. Nobody backed either of these projects, but once they were finally produced, they were huge hits. All this time, Jim Henson created new forms of puppeteering and made friends with innovators such as George Lucas and Lorne Michaels. From truly bizarre experimental short films to truly bizarre experimental long films (I’m looking at you, Dark Crystal), Henson’s imagination could not be rivaled. He changed the face of public television, movie making, Star Wars, kid’s entertainment, and America through his positive belief that TV can be used for good. Sorry we don’t have serial killers in this one for all you sickos who like our show, but Jim Henson is legit, so give this one a listen! Time Piece: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDwCwMIRJlI Paperwork Explosion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_IZw2CoYztk
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Episode 280: Johnny Cash: The Original Man in Black
On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we talk about the original Man In Black, music legend Johnny Cash. This pillar of multiple music genres wrote over 1000 songs in his career and won every music award and accolade that is possible. And through it all, he maintained his street cred and outlaw image, the tough talking poet of the downtrodden, the homeless, the poor, the prisoner. At times, he advocated on behalf of Native Americans, though it only stood to hurt his career, and he lived a musical life of legend that didn’t care what the trends, labels, or zeitgeist had to say. Johnny Cash was born J.R. Cash in Arkansas back in 1932. He was the son of sharecroppers and was raised in a highly religious household. In spite of being dirt poor and dealing with the traumatic death of his brother, he grew to be a talented singer. He joined the army in 1950 and was allegedly an expert code breaker and radio operator, responsible for major intelligence gathered against the Soviets. More importantly, while serving, he bought his first guitar and took steps toward being the legendary man in black. When he got back to the states, he started doing small gigs, and after he saw the success of Elvis who had recorded at Sun Studios, he stormed to the same studio and insisted they sing him. They did. And the rest was music history. He started his rise to the top, and in the midst of it, he found love, lost love, and found it again. He was a troubled man for years of his life, addicted to drugs and living a wild life, but ultimately, the love of June Carter Cash turned him around. Unlike many music icons, he never had that slow period or the dark era that blemished his creativity. He kept producing and moving forward, recording legendary concerts at Folsom Prison, hosting his own variety television show, starring in movies and TV, and even being the mentor to musicians such as a young Bob Dylan. Johnny Cash may not be the top of the list for Brad and Dave, but he fully earned their respect, so give this one a download to find out why! Making Fun of Elvis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfHBDVF1uCA    
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Bonus Episode: I Have the Power
Welcome to a bonus episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast. Just to be clear, in our normal podcast episodes, we do research on key topics that listeners vote on, and we give our takes on the information we dig up. The topics range from serial killers to conspiracy theories to abuses of power and cults. In this episode, however, we turn to Facebook and ask listeners for questions they want us to answer. So this bonus episode is different. We explain all of that at the top of the show, just to head off any questions you may have. So, if you want a bunch of research and factual goodness, skip this episode and turn to others with a clear focus. If you want a lot of dicking around, however, you're in the right place! On this bonus episode, we answer some of the following: What is something each of us have accomplished that we are proud of? If we could piss a beverage, what would it be? What was the first thing we remember truly being passionate about? Have we ever had someone take the fall for something we did? If you could live your life on a TV show, what would it be? What is the closest we have ever come to death? And many more! So, if you want to hear a casual bonus episode where we BS a little and have some laughs, this is the one for you. If you are an information hound or a Sofa King purist, you can go to any other episode and get your fix. Also, we do a live-stream for our $10 and above Patrons on these episodes. We really appreciate all you do to support us, and we try our best to give you unique shout outs. If you like the show or just want a fancy shout out, visit us at https://www.patreon.com/sofakingpodcast
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Episode 279: Objectophilia: Fetish, Fantasy, or Freaky?
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we explore the phenomenon of Objectophilia, which is the romantic and sexual attraction of a person to an inanimate object or landmark. This pattern of behaviors isn’t quite a sexual fetish; it isn’t considered masturbation; it isn’t even a sexual orientation, according to the experts. So what is it, and how do people start to have feelings for non-humans? That’s what one psychologist named Amy Marsh has set out to study. Marsh has interviewed several people Objectophilia (also called Objectum Sexuality or OS), and she has published preliminary findings. First, there is no connection to sexual misconduct or abuse as a child in those she interviewed. Second, there is a higher number than normal of people with Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism, but by no means is this a requirement. Marsh has developed the Marsh Spectrum which shows the depth of ranges in object attraction. So, what are some famous cases of this behavior? Well, two of the most famous are a woman who married the Eifel Tower (and changed her last name to Eifel, like you do…) and a woman who was in love with the Berlin Wall. These two founded the group called Objectum Sexuality, coined the term, and are the public face of this behavior pattern. But there are plenty of others. One guy loves his late model Ford. One gal is in love with a roller coaster. There are people who love chandeliers, fences, specific buildings, the Statue of Liberty (aka Libby), and one guy claims to have had sex with over 1000 cars! Though Objectophilia seems very odd to most of us, think about that one friend you have who really loves his old car and spends every weekend in the garage with it. Maybe Objectophilia is more common than we think? This one is a wild ride.   Official Group Website: http://www.objectum-sexuality.org/ Marsh Spectrum: http://waihili.tripod.com/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderfiles/marshspectrum.pdf Original Marsh Article: http://www.ejhs.org/volume13/ObjSexuals.htm
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Episode 278: Harvard Experiments: Henry Murray, Mad Scientist!
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we look at one of the most important American psychologists of all time and his unethical Harvard Experiments which may have led to the creation of the Unabomber. Doctor Henry Murray was, flat out, a genius. He earned multiple doctorates and PhD's from Harvard, Columbia, and Cambridge and was eventually hired on at Harvard to run the Harvard Psychological Clinic at a very young age. He developed a very famous test that involved showing images to patients to test their reactions to them. All of this seems legit and above board, but Murray may have had more sinister issues. For one, he was the head psychologist of the Office of Strategic Services in WWII (the precursor to the CIA). While here, he developed psychological tests for the US and British special forces to use in order to evaluate a candidate’s psych profile before they became spies. In short, he tried to break spies. While in the OSS, he was also tasked to create the definitive profile of Adolph Hitler, and he also pioneered the use of mind-altering drugs such as LSD. Many people claim that he was a willing participant in the CIA’s MK Ultra program years later, and indeed, his work at Harvard seems to point in that direction. In the 1960s, he conducted an experiment whose goal was to psychically deconstruction students, causing them to experience severe stress. These experiments included revealing their deepest thoughts from personal diaries and insulting them where it hurt the most and then forcing them to watch the tapes of the session over and over again for three years. Many of the students who participated in these unethical Harvard Experiments led by Henry Murray were permanently scarred. They claimed to have been violated in ways nobody could ever understand. One student, a 16 year old mathematical genius code named “Lawful” had the worst response to the test of any students. His stress levels were the highest on the EKG, and he had the most long-lasting effects. It just so happened this man turned out to be Ted Kaczynski. So, did Henry Murray’s Harvard Experiments create the terrorist and serial killer known as the Unabomber? Was Murray part of the CIA after World War II? How did they allow these unethical experiments to go on? Listen, laugh, learn. Complete TAT Images: http://www.cssforum.com.pk/css-interview-psychological-tests/psychological-tests/59211-thematic-apperception-test-whole-set-images.html
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Bonus Episode: One Flew Over the Pigeon’s Nest
This is a bonus episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast. In our normal podcast episodes, we do research on key topics that listeners vote on, and we give our takes on the information we dig up. In other words, you squawk, and we talk. The topics range from serial killers to conspiracy theories to abuses of power and cults. In this episode, however, we turn to Facebook and ask listeners for questions they want us to answer. What types of questions? Good question! What started us on fringe and conspiracies? What is the best thing we've ever eaten? When will we move to the cult compound? What do we think of the state of politics in America, and can the system be fixed? What are our favorite cars?   What version of Dungeons and Dragons is Dave's favorite? And much, much more! So, if you want to hear a casual bonus episode where we BS a little and have some laughs, this is the one for you. If you are an information hound or a Sofa King purist, you can go to any other episode and get your fix. Also, we do a live-stream for our $10 and above Patrons on these episodes. We really appreciate all you do to support us, and we try our best to give you unique shout outs. If you like the show or just want a fancy shout out, visit us at https://www.patreon.com/sofakingpodcast
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Episode 277: Munich Massacre: Terrorism and the Olympics
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we look at one of the most famous terrorist acts of the 1970s, the massacre at the Munich Olympics. The Munich Massacre started on the 11th day of the Olympics when several members of the terrorist group known as Black September infiltrated the Olympic Village, killing 2 members of the Israeli Olympic team and kidnapping 9 others. Black September was a powerful terror group at the time, responsible for several political assassinations (including a prime minster) and airline hijackings. Within hours of the kidnapping, the Black September group insisted that the government release 200 political prisoners from Palestine (and a handful from their neo-Nazi allies the Red Army Faction). When their demands weren't met, the Munich Massacre was in full swing. The operation was a disaster due to international laws that banned Germany from having any truly trained soldiers or special forces for police forces. The world was still afraid of Nazis, apparently, so Germany couldn’t do very much. Their cops weren’t trained for anything as heavy as terrorists and hostages. The police tried to mount a rescue, but the entire world news was watching, including the terrorists, so the operation got called off. Eventually, the terrorists insisted on helicopters to take them to Cairo, and the Germans finally decided to try and mount a rescue. They tried to lay a trap, but it was discovered and abandoned, and then finally at the airfield, there was a chance to take out the terrorists. But it didn’t go as planned. Why couldn’t the sharp shooters take out the members of the Black September before the Munich Massacre started? What ties did Black September have to the Palestinian Liberation Organization? What happened to the armored police vehicles that were supposed to give support at the air strip? What pushed the terrorists to kill the hostages; what weapons did they use; and how many survived? Listen, laugh, learn.
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Episode 276: The Mothman: The Terrible Truth
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we try to find the truth behind the ultimate urban legend, The Mothman. The Mothman is supposedly a cryptid creature that has been seen primarily in the south and on the east coast of the United States. According to observers, it is the size of a human, it has a wingspan over ten feet wide, dark skin, and glowing red eyes. It fills observers with a profound sense of dread and gives some permanent psychological damage from only one viewing. It came on the scene for the first time in November of 1966 in and around Point Pleasant, West Virginia. On November 15th of that year, five men digging a grave for a ceremony set for the next day first saw this creature and reported it. The following day, before anyone had heard about the first encounter, two couples saw the Mothman again out by an old WWII munitions plant outside of town. Any number of people saw it over the next few days, from first responders to construction workers, and eventually, the sheriff had to hold a press conference about it where even more people came forward with sighting stories. At that point, a flood of journalists, Forteans, and cryptozoological investigators descended on the scene. The most prominent of them was John Keel, author of the now famous book The Mothman Prophecies. Keel did a thorough investigation of the area and gathered the first accumulated account of the creature’s features. But things got even weirder from there. Most notably, Men in Black descended on the town, doing strange things and telling people to stop their investigations. Also, the Silver Bridge collapsed shortly after the Mothman sightings, and many people said the being was there to warn people of the danger. But that wasn’t the end for the creature. He was seen in 2017 by dozens of people in Chicago. There are rumors that he appeared before the Chernobyl accident, another bridge collapse, and even 9/11. So who or what is the Mothman? What do skeptics dismiss him as? How close was the popular movie to John Keel’s actual book account? What was up with the Men in Black? Are people just tripping balls? Listen, laugh, learn. Mothman warnings of other disasters: https://www.ranker.com/list/true-mothman-stories/lyra-radford Vice article on recent Chicago sightings: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/paqv9z/mothman-sightings-in-chicago
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Bonus Episode: On Zombies, Time, and Parenting
This is a bonus episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast. In our normal podcast episodes, we do research on key topics that listeners vote on, and we give our takes on the information we dig up. In other words, you squawk, and we talk. The topics range from serial killers to conspiracy theories to abuses of power and cults. In this episode, however, we turn to Facebook and ask listeners for questions they want us to answer. What types of questions? Good question! What are our three most cherished possessions? What failings of our parents do we want to correct while raising our own children? Would we rather live a week in the past or the future? Who would be the first to die in a zombie apocalypse? What is our dream vacation? What would we do if we could stop time? And much, much more! So, if you want to hear a casual bonus episode where we BS a little and have some laughs, this is the one for you. If you are an information hound or a Sofa King purist, you can go to any other episode and get your fix. Also, we do a live-stream for our $10 and above Patrons on these episodes. We really appreciate all you do to support us, and we try our best to give you unique shout outs. If you like the show or just want a fancy shout out, visit us at https://www.patreon.com/sofakingpodcast
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Episode 275: Elvis Presley: The Rise and Fall of a King
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we gyrate our metaphorical hips and talk about the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley. Born the second of twin boys (his brother died in birth 35 minutes before Elvis was born), he was from a simple family. He was lavishly devoted to his mother, and he grew up as an average student and fairly typical kid. Early on, however, he had a love of music and would spend all of his time listening to radio and records and was given his first guitar at eleven years old. Young Elvis Presley was often too shy to perform, but eventually, he started to win talent contests, and his confidence grew. In 1954, he recorded some songs for the famous blues label Sun Studio, and he was an instant success with number one songs. By 1955, he had penned a deal with RCA Records and had been signed to start releasing musical comedy films. With hit after hit musically, and with a lot of very successful (if not horrible) movies, Elvis was an instant icon on the American landscape. His career trajectory took a slight detour as he was drafted into the army in 1957. He served at an army base in Germany during this time, and here he met three of life long loves: Priscilla Presley (who was 14 at the time), karate, and amphetamines! Elvis returned from the war with another string of hits and movies, and eventually he staged a massive comeback tour in 1968. From this point on, however, his life took a darker turn. He gained weight, became addicted to prescription drugs, and his marriage with Priscilla fell apart. He divorced and lost custody of his daughter, Lisa Marie, and his films and music got increasingly predictable and lower quality. Toward the end of his life, his band mates said he was a train wreck who could barely sing without slurring his words. Eventually, on August 16, 1977, Elvis Presley was found dead in his bathroom. The coroner ruled it was a cardiac arrest, but the indications are that it was drug-related. Elvis had one of the most important careers in American music, but many people argue that he stole the music of the African American and exploited it. Was this true? Was he a racist as many people (including Chuck D of Public Enemy) allege? What is the story with Graceland? Is Elvis, in fact, alive? Did he fake his death to avoid a hit by the mafia, and why do people think this? Listen, laugh, learn.   Is Elvis Alive: http://www.nme.com/blogs/nme-blogs/weirdest-elvis-presley-sightings-conspiracy-2125270-2125270
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Episode 274: The Vatican: Secret, Archives, and Scandal
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we look into secrets, daily living, history, and scandal of the Vatican. The Vatican is a truly unique place. It is the last actual monarchy in the world, a country run entirely by one man—the Pope. This city-state is its own government with its own banks, currency, passports, citizens, and laws. Though it exists inside of Rome in the heart of Italy, it is its own country. With under 1000 citizens and smaller than New York’s Central Park, the influence of this area cannot be understated since the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics all turn to this small nation for guidance and spiritual matters. The Vatican houses something called the Archivum Secretum Apostolicum Vaticanum, or, the Secret Archives. Dan Brown’s conspiracy theory novels take a poke at this, but many scholars argue about what is actually in the archives, from proof of extraterrestrials, the biological family-lineage of Jesus Christ, and strange tales about the Knights Templar. It is now open to the public, but we’ll talk about why it is still so hard to get anything useful from it and what we think is actually in the vaults. However, there are other secrets and mysteries found in the Vatican that are as strange as the Archives. The Pope’s personal protection, The Swiss Guard, is a very strange group of individuals with military training and dedication to the pontiff. They have massive training and modern weapons, yet they are fond of halberds and plate mail! Also, there are tales of murder and mafia that run about in the Vatican, all connected to the banking and businesses that the city-state runs from the heart of Italy. The scandal runs from the mob to the Masons, so it has tinfoil hat written all over it. So, say your prayers, thank the Pope, and give this one a listen!  
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Episode 273: Malcolm X: Race, Religion, and Assassination
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we explore the life of one of the most notorious black advocates in American history, Malcolm X. Born Malcolm Little in Omaha, Nebraska in 1925, he was the son of a preacher / civil rights activist. He spent a childhood in the shadow of racism and harassment from the KKK and a white supremacy group ironically called the Black Legion. His family moved several times to avoid violence, but it caught up with the family several times—their house was burned to the ground while first responders simply watched and refused to help, and eventually his father’s body was found on the train tracks (though police refused to investigate it as a murder). These events eventually drove his mother insane, and Malcolm and his siblings were split up. By his late teenage years, Malcolm was on the wrong side of the law. He spent time pimping, stealing, and dealing drugs everywhere from Flint, Michigan to Boston and New York. Eventually, he did ten years in jail, and it was here that his life changed. He met members of the fledgling Nation of Islam group, a black power version of Islam, and he converted to this religion. Upon his release from prison, he was invited by the NOI’s leader Alijah Muhammed to head up several mosques. It was here that Malcolm changed his name to Malcolm X to rid himself of the name given to his family by slave owners past. Under the charismatic guidance of Malcolm X, the Nation of Islam flourished. He was a vocal enemy of both the white mainstream as well as Martin Luther King Jr. and the peaceful protests that were so popular in the 1960s. He advocated violence. Eventually, he fell out with the Nation of Islam, and he was assassinated on February 21st, 1965. So who killed him? Many people think it was members of the Nation of Islam. In fact, members were arrested and did time for the crime. Indeed, his family (the Shabazz family, after Malcolm changed his name again) thinks that the current leader of the NOI, Louis Farrakhan was directly responsible for the murder. However, some evidence points to police involvement. Even other information suggest the FBI was involved as part of their COINTELPRO program. Regardless of where you fall on the Black Lives Matter debate, the battles that Malcolm X fought resonated deeply in today’s divided America. Give this one a listen.
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Episode 272: Stigmata: Nobody Makes Me Bleed My Own Blood
On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we look at the phenomenon of Stigmata—the spontaneous appearance of the five holy wounds of Jesus Christ on regular people. Much debate occurs about the validity of the bleeding miracle wounds. The Catholic church recognizes stigmata as a real thing, and they have specialists who look into cases to tell if they are frauds or legitimate. Skeptics, of course, think there is no such thing and look for many explanations other than the power of the Christian god. The first known case of stigmata was St. Francis of Assisi in the 13th century. He claims to have seen a crucified angel and was then a stigmatic, suffering from the wounds and even bleeding out of his eyes. Another famous case was much more recent, and it was the case of Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, who experienced stigmata in the early 1900s. His case was explored by physicians and the church, and it was ruled as miraculous; the pope even made him a saint in 2002. However, many people thought he was a fraud and that he did these things for popularity. So, what do the skeptics say about stigmata? Many cases are obvious, intentional frauds from people looking for attention or fame. Other cases, however, have no clear motive or origin, and skeptics think they have an answer for those as well. So what might be the cause of stigmata for people if it isn’t divine or intentional fraud? How many cases have there been according to the Catholic Church? Does it affect certain religions, classes, or sexes more often? What are the twelve signs of genuine stigmata according to the church? Listen, laugh, learn.
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Bonus Episode: Who Stole My Wombat?!?
This is a bonus episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast. In our normal podcast episodes, we do research on key topics that listeners vote on, and we give our takes on the information we dig up. In other words, you squawk, and we talk. The topics range from serial killers to conspiracy theories to abuses of power and cults. In this episode, however, we turn to Facebook and ask listeners for questions they want us to answer. What types of questions? Good question! We answer several age-old gems, such as: What did our parents do for a living? Who are our three favorite musicians? What is our dream retirement? And much, much more! So, if you want to hear a casual bonus episode where we BS a little and have some laughs, this is the one for you. If you are an information hound or a Sofa King purist, you can go to any other episode and get your fix. Also, we do a live-stream for our $10 and above Patrons on these episodes. We really appreciate all you do to support us, and we try our best to give you unique shout outs. If you like the show or just want a fancy shout out, visit us at https://www.patreon.com/sofakingpodcast
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Episode 271: OJ Simpson: Football, Felonies, and Foul Play
On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we take the slow drive down the freeway of OJ Simpson. Some say he was a sports legend, others a murderer. Why not both? Simpson was born Orenthal James Simpson in 1947 to a middle class family in San Francisco. His father left his mother (and became a famous drag queen in San Francisco), and his mom had to raise Simpson and his siblings in a poor, black area of the city. Eventually, Simpson fell in with a bad crowd and joined a local gang at the age of 13, serving some time in juvenile detention as a result. However, by the time his high school years were in full swing, OJ Simpson discovered that he was a natural athlete. He set records for his school and ended up going to a Community College because his grades were low. This didn’t stop him from eventually winning the Heisman Trophy, signing with the NFL, and becoming the highest paid athlete in America at the time. He also set a lot of football records. He was gifted at sports, gifted at acting, and apparently gifted at killing people. Well, according to the civil suit, anyway… In 1994, his ex-wife and her boyfriend were found murdered outside of her condo, and Simpson was considered a person of interest. Instead of turning himself in, however, he drove down the 405 freeway in LA at 20 miles per hour with thirty cop cars and nine helicopters in one of the highest viewed live news events ever. He eventually turned himself in, and he went into what was considered the original “Trial of the Century.” Never had such unprecedented access been given to a courtroom before, and never had cable been able to run so much footage. It became the only thing anyone watched for a over a year, and eventually Simpson’s “Dream Team” of lawyers got him acquitted. So, if he wasn’t guilty, why does he owe the parents of the deceased over $30 Million dollars after the civil trial? What legal trouble has OJ gotten into since the murder trial? Why did he end up serving time in Nevada, and did he actually hold someone up at gun point? Did he really write a book confessing he did the murder? Could his son have been responsible for the murders, and OJ Simpson was trying to cover for his boy? Was it a serial killer? Listen, laugh, learn.
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EPISODE 270: PHOENIX LIGHTS: MASS UFO SIGHTING OR WAS IT?
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we throw on our protective tinfoil headgear and step into a Faraday cage to talk about the famous Phoenix Lights. First witnessed on Thursday, March 13, 1997, the Phoenix Lights have been a topic of discussion among friends, colleagues, and strangers alike. Seen above the night skies of Arizona, the two events were witnessed and recorded by a number of people and while some settled for the delayed government explanation of just being flares dropped from an A-10 Warthog aircraft, others have maintained the argument that flares don’t move across and over great distances without falling from the sky and leaving a trail of smoke above them. But if they weren’t flares, what were they? And why did they show up again in later years? Join us as we take a closer look to figure out if they were secret experimental government aircraft, natural swamp gasses above the desert, Power Rangers come to save us, or perhaps actual extraterrestrial UFOs from another race and place still unknown to humankind.
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EPISODE 269: EDGAR A. POE: FATHER OF MODERN WRITING
On this 269th episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we pull back the shadows of the famous American mastermind of mystery and macabre, Edgar Allan Poe. Known historically as the Godfather of funk, wait no, I’m still drunk. Poor boy Poe was the middle child of three souls born to actor parents in 1809. By his first birthday, his father had packed up and split for greener pastures leaving his mother to care for three small children alone. Not wanting to spend the rest of her life chained down by responsibilities, she contracted tuberculosis and cashed in her life chips just before Poe turned three. The siblings would all be split up and sent to different foster homes and the young Eddie would end up with the Allan family where he acquired the now famous second surname to become the one horror Autobot to rule them all, Edgar Allan Poe. Spoiler alert: He wasn’t really an Autobot. Poe would excel at schooling and live the lavish childhood life that was afforded him by the tobacco merchant Allan family but would soon find himself at ends with his foster father once he was sent off to college.  Racking up a quick gambling debt that Allan refused to pay Poe would turn to the military and enlist under a false name. How did a now abandoned little orphan boy become the master of mystery and the macabre? You’ll have to listen to find out. Come join us as we dissect the dark genius that would become Edgar Allan Poe, and wonder never-mo.
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Episode 268: The Circus: Sideshows & Freaks
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we talk about the Circus. From the ancient arena in the man dress wearing Roman (Not Ramen) times known as Circus Maximus to the modern era big tops that you used to get free tickets to from school, but that your parents would never take you to go see. From the cavalry officer who has been christened the creator of the Common Era circus, Philip Astley, to the Scotsman John Bill Rickets who brought it to the United States, we follow the trail of equestrian performances and unearth the creation of the Big Top tents in our search for the perfect sideshow act. Along the way we find that the Circus helped shape the way in which the military utilized freight trains, that the multiple ring circus was created out of necessity for spectators to witness the magic, and how without the freaks and oddities, circuses might not have lasted through the depression of the 1930’s. We all know why we’re really here to listen though, and that is for the side show performers. So kick off your shoes and toe socks, grab a bottle of your favorite whiskey, and join us as we take a quick look at some of the more famous as well as the lesser-known freaks of nature and creation!
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Episode 267: GG Allin: Jesus Christ Punk Rock Legend
On this new episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we dive deep into the shallow end of the genius pool and take a look at the man behind the madness of the infamous 'poop punk stage movement', G.G. Allin. Born Jesus Christ Allin in 1953, the young Allin would spend his early days in a log cabin in New Hampshire with his older brother Merle. Quietly the family would listen to their father explain how they didn’t need things like electricity or running water. Dear old Dad even mentioned that the savior Jesus Christ had visited him and explained to him that his second son would be a “great man in the vein of the Messiah.” When pops wasn’t serenading the family with sermons and prophecies they even had the chance to listen to the repeated dull thuds of their father digging the family graves in the basement. Not one to let his father steal the funk, G.G. Allin found solace and comfort in music. In his mid-teens, he and his brother Merle created a band called Little Sisters Date where they covered KISS, Aerosmith, and other popular bands of the time. He actually graduated high school in 1975 in Vermont. After high school, G.G. would play in a number of different bands in the underground hardcore scene yet was not part of the east coast hardcore scene. His performances in Manchester, New Hampshire with the Cedar Street Sluts earned him the nickname of "the madman of Manchester" in the mid 1980’s. Having discovered the escape and comfort of heroin and every other drug handed to him by fans or friends, G.G. found his true calling in Peoria, IL in 1985 when he defecated on stage for the first time. Maybe it was the madness of watching hardcore punks run screaming towards the doors or the anger and outrage of the venue owners, but whatever it was, G.G. Allin was hooked. Join us as we take a plugged nose look at the self-proclaimed, “last true rock and roller.” Watch Hated GG Allin and the Murder Junkies Documentary https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=piEQGeyiE-k
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Patreon Shout Out Super Especial Show IV: Two Aliens Walk Into A Bar
In this Patreon shout out myself and the infamous Cj Lazer invoke the spirit ok two hispanic grey aliens Zoltan and Fleaburb. We trade tales of anal probing and cow tipping while trying to avoid being discovered by Voltaire the Alien DJ Sweed. Patreon victims, Reese's pieces, and Commander Coleman. Grab a Zima and some skittles and give it a listen.
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Patreon Shout Out Super Especial Show III: Legend of the Fondue Fountain
To those who haven't heard this one ... I always have a list of Patreon names and no idea what I'm doing with it. I generally open YouTube and play random background music and just start talking into the mic to see what character I take on. This day I grabbed a guitar and what ever this is happened haha... I hope you enjoy my nonsense... -Brënt (The Pigeon Father)
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Patreon Shout Out Super Especial Show II: SK Fight Night 2
Hey Pigeons, This weeks Episodes have been postponed due to an unexpected Death in Dave's family. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time. We will return to our normal schedule just as soon as possible. In the mean time dig back in our catalog for some oldies but goodies… you know you skipped “Oprah” and “Pizza” because WTF??? But we might just surprise you... To hold you over Brent and Brad test out there acting chops in this weeks Patreon shout out comedy skits titled “Fight Night" 1 & 2. Our listeners have created a go fund me to help Dave's family in their time of need. You can help by clicking the link below. https://www.gofundme.com/raise-funds-for-dave-motons-family
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Patreon Shout Out Super Especial Show I: SK Fight Night
Hey Pigeons, This weeks Episodes have been postponed due to an unexpected Death in Dave's family. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time. We will return to our normal schedule just as soon as possible. In the mean time dig back in our catalog for some oldies but goodies… you know you skipped “Oprah” and “Pizza” because WTF??? But we might just surprise you... To hold you over Brent and Brad test out there acting chops in this weeks Patreon shout out comedy skits titled “Fight Night" 1 & 2. Our listeners have created a go fund me to help Dave's family in their time of need. You can help by clicking the link below. https://www.gofundme.com/raise-funds-for-dave-motons-family          
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Episode 266: Base 221: UFOs, Hitler, and Antarctic Nazi Base
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we go to the most remote part of planet Earth and talk about the lonely continent of Antarctica. Oh, and Nazis. We talk about Antarctica and a secret Nazi base that survived the fall of the Third Reich and existed until it was Nuked in the late 1950s when Hitler finally actually died. Yes, for real. So, the theorists maintain that the Nazis first visited the Antarctic in 1938 on a ship called the Schwabenland. Within a year—the theory goes—they had established a base called New Berchtesgaden or Base 221. At this base, the Nazi scientists discovered underground thermal vents and tunnels and, of course, an ancient alien base filled with UFOs and technology that they back engineered (called Wunderwaffen or “wonder weapons”). Next, Britain discovered the base in 1943, and the combined assaults of their military and the US military in 1946 failed to topple the base. This base was filled with alien wonders, Hitler himself escaped there instead of dying in a bunker, and they had UFOs. Lots of UFOs. So, at the end of the day, what truths may tie to these bizarre alternate history facts? Actually, a surprising amount. There were British and US operations in Antarctica that supposedly connect here. The nuclear bombs that supposedly ended the Third Reich in 1958 were actually detonated by the US. Various German military personnel claimed that there was a secret submarine fleet hidden in the world, and U-boats arrived in Argentina months after the war ended, supposedly fresh from missions at the new Antarctic base. This episode was going to cover other conspiracy theories about Antarctica (such as Hollow Earth), but we get so carried away with Nazi UFO madness that we have to put them on hold until a future episode. Scholarly Article about Nazis in Antarctica: http://www.histarmar.com.ar/Antartida/Base-Hitler/LaBaseAntarticadeHitler.pdf
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Episode 265: Andy Kaufman: The Ultimate Comedy Prankster
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we look at the life, hijinks, stunts, comedy, and influence of the immortal (or maybe still alive at least?) Andy Kaufman. Kaufman is considered a legend of comedy, though many people consider him a performance artist as much as a comic due to the crazy and wild stunts he pulled throughout his career. Most comedians play for the room, but Andy Kaufman seemed to play for the god of comedy or for future generations to marvel at. What did he do? Well, he started by developing acts that were not necessarily good, but jarringly bad. From his famous Foreign Man to the Mighty Mouse routine he did on Saturday Night Live, he was happy bombing on stage in order to achieve some odd sense of meta-comedy that transcended the mere audience in front of him. He once read the novel The Great Gatsby on stage until everyone in the comedy club left pissed off. He played pranks on his audience, his manager, and the owner of clubs. Eventually, he got a leading role in the ground-breaking sitcom Taxi, and his fame allowed him to play even bigger pranks. He then pranked the studios by getting money for comedy specials and doing the most bizarre things imaginable on the air. But his biggest goof, by far, was the creation of the rude comic and lounge singer Tony Clifton. Dressed in heavy makeup, Andy Kaufman as Clifton would upset the audience by being amazingly, uncomfortably rude, and when pressed, he insisted Clifton was a real person and not him at all. In fact, his comedy partner Bod Zmuda and his brother played Clifton at times allowing Andy Kaufman and Clifton to show up in the same place. His behavior on the air led to him being shunned by every network head, permanently banned from Saturday Night Live, and hated by his own audiences. And he was just getting started. He had an infamous career as the Intergender Champion of professional wrestling, pissing off women until they’d fight him, and he would pin them aggressively. He had a feud with Jerry the King Lawler and even fought with him on David Letterman. This comic genius pushed every boundary, down the fact that many of his closest friends doubted his own death when he (allegedly?) died of lung cancer. It was just the type of stunt he would pull as the ultimate punchline. After this episode, you’ll probably find yourself watching YouTube clips of Andy Kaufman work his unique magic. Is Donald Trump a creation of the still-living Andy Kaufman? http://www.newsweek.com/donald-trump-andy-kaufman-disguise-election-502292
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Episode 264: MS13: The World’s Most Dangerous Gang
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we look at the history, evolution, crimes, and culture of what some experts consider the most dangerous gang in the world, MS13. Mara Salvatrucha, known simply as MS13 is a transnational street gang that started in Los Angeles in the 1970s. It was the result of thousands of refugees fleeing the civil war in El Salvador. They moved into Latino neighborhoods in LA, and eventually, street gangs started to form out of this population. At first, they were called Stoners, and they listened to the punk rock and heavy metal of the 1970s, something that lead to a healthy respect of both rebellion and the devil as the gang evolved. Now that it is called MS13, they still have an affinity for the devil, using devil horns as their main hand symbol, and often ritualistically killing victims and leaving organs and body parts in pentagrams or removing the heart. As with all gangs, they of course have involvement in weapons trade and drug smuggling, but their main money maker tends to be human trafficking and ’prostitution. Rings of under-aged, trafficked girls are found from Maine to California, and they all point back to MS13. Their initiation is brutal, and it typically is said to involve a murder and a beating. Once they mastered the streets of LA, El Salvador opened back up, and America started to deport the gang members in droves. This lead to a massive surge of international members of the gangs starting their own cliques in Honduras, El Salvador, and all around the world. Their motto is now: Kill, Rape, Control. Now, they are numbered in the hundreds of thousands, and their devil horn ways are spread. They have so much influence in some parts of the world that they even own their own prison, which no guards dare enter (they have to be policed from the outside by the actual army!). So, do members actually believe in the devil? What is it like being a female member of this gang? Why did Trump target them? What do the tattoos mean? What change has happened recently in their tattoo culture? Who is their most bitter rival and why? Listen, laugh, learn. Some awesome Face Ink: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/2387648/tattooed-members-el-salvador-ms-13-gang-prison-adam-hinton/
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Bonus Episode: How Much Wood Could a Woodchuck…
This is a bonus episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast. In our normal podcast episodes, we do research on key topics that listeners vote on, and we give our takes on the information we dig up. In other words, you squawk, and we talk. The topics range from serial killers to conspiracy theories to abuses of power and cults. In this episode, however, we turn to Facebook and ask listeners for questions they want us to answer. What types of questions? Good question! We answer several age-old gems, such as: What would we struggle to give up for a month? Why does Brad look like Morgan Freeman? If we weren't doing the podcast what would we be doing? What is the most rewarding thing about being a parent? And much, much more! So, if you want to hear a casual bonus episode where we BS a little and have some laughs, this is the one for you. If you are an information hound or a Sofa King purist, you can go to any other episode and get your fix. Also, we did our first ever live-stream for our $10 Patrons on this episode. We really appreciate all you do to support us, and we try our best to give you unique shout outs. If you like the show or just want a fancy shout out, visit us at https://www.patreon.com/sofakingpodcast
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Episode 263: Crop Circles: Global Hoax or Supernatural Phenom?
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we look at the global phenomenon of Crop Circles. Also called “The Devil’s Circles,” these often massive shapes appear in crops all over the world, most commonly in Southern England. They range from simple circles in the crops to multiple circles inside of circles and even massive mathematical equations rendered in the fields of unwitting farmers. They are enormous arrangements, sometimes hundreds of feet wide, and the way the stalks of the crops are bent but not destroyed is a bit of a mystery to most researchers. While Crop Circles were first photographed in the 1970s, some claim references of them go all the way back to the 1600s and even earlier. Back then, they were attributed to the devil or fairies, but now they are of course blamed on UFOs, space aliens, and shadow governments. At the peak of their occurrence in the late 1990s (back in X-Files Times), thousands of them appeared through all of Europe every year. Of course, while many point to the supernatural as the cause of the Crip Circles, many humans claim to have made them. Doug Bower and Dave Chorley famously claimed to have created some of the most important Crop Circles in England and are infamous hoaxers and the best human Circle creators known. Many people have recreated Circles using things as sophisticated as microwave transmissions or as basic as a rope and a length of wood. But claims that they appear in some circumstances in mere minutes and footage of unidentified flying objects over the new Crop Circles make some of the hoax assertions harder to believe. The famous footage of the 1990 UFOs over the Milk Hill Crop Circle is one solid example. However, true cereologists claim that while these hoaxes exist, true Crop Circles—ones that emit radiation and often glow—are not of human design. So, what else could cause them? What countries are they found in? Why would someone go through the trouble? Listen, laugh, learn. Milk Hill Footage: http://temporarytemples.co.uk/what-are-crop-circles/the-milk-hill-ufo-footage
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Episode 262: Mark Chopper Read: The Ultimate Aussie Criminal
On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we talk about the most famous prisoner in all of Australia, Mark “Chopper” Read. Chopper Read had claimed to have killed 19 people at his height, and he had done everything from kidnap a judge to cutting the toes off of heroin dealers. He ran a street gang and a prison gang, was involved with the mob, and lived with a strange sense of honor that saw him only killing and harming drug dealers, mobsters, and scumbags. Ultimately, he became a bestselling author, rapper, painter, and stand-up comedian before he died in 2013. Chopper Read’s past was nothing but abuse. He had a mentally disturbed father (a PTSD World War Two vet) and a crazy religious mother. Allegedly, he was sexually abused when he was five, lit fires, got in fights, and was declared mentally ill three times when he was still young. At the age of 17, he took his first contract killing and shot a union boss in the face outside of a bar. By his twenties, Chopper was in the worst prison in Australia. Inside, he ran a gang called the “Overcoat Gang,” and he started a prison war to end the flow of drugs in the prison and clean the place up. Eventually, this went too far, and his own gang members tried to kill him to collect a contract on his life. Also, while he was inside, Chopper Read figured out that if he cut his ears off, they would consider him crazy and let him out of the notorious H Division of the prison. He did. So, the earless gang leader kept up his life of crime. Every time he got released, he was put right back in prison. All the while, he kept taking money from dealers, killing people, and being otherwise crazy. Eventually, he was done in by a bad liver. First, it was liver damage due to Hepatitis C he contracted in prison, and then it was liver cancer. Once he was finally down to only three weeks left to live, he gave a final interview for 60 Minutes in which he confessed four murders nobody ever busted him for. So, which of his crimes seemed legit and which were his famous exaggerations? How did he become a bestselling author? Why did he start filming commercials in Australia? How did he start his life as a stand-up comedian? Was his rap album any good? Listen, laugh, learn.   Chopper Read’s Ghost: Stay till the end for a creepy sexual comment. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/video/news/video-1102078/Prison-tour-guide-sights-ghost-Mark-Chopper-Read.html
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Episode 261: SHC: Spontaneous Human Combustion
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we talk about the allegedly supernatural phenomenon of Spontaneous Human Combustion. Called SHC, Spontaneous Human Combustion has occurred for hundreds of years, with the earliest examples coming from the 1400s with a drunken Italian knight, and then many more cases coming up in the 1600s through modern day. In these cases, certain patterns emerge. The victims are found burnt alive with a very high heat. Their limbs and extremities are the only things left of them after the fire. The furniture and buildings don’t light on fire for some odd reason. There is a sweet smell it the air and greasy stains on the ceiling. There is no natural cause of flame that is identified. So, what is the story with this? Can people really ignite internally and burn fast and hard, leaving the world around them intact? If so, modern science tries to explain it. They propose something called the Wick Theory, Methane and Enzymes, Static, and something called Pyrotrons. However, people as far back as Charles Fort suggest that science works too hard to explain this phenomenon. People have tried to recreate SHC by using the bodies of dead pigs under various circumstances. From hay and oil stuffed in stomachs to smoldering blankets, people have tried to make SHC occur with various levels of success on the results. More recent theories even point a finger at diabetes and bodies gone into ketosis. And, you can’t talk about Spontaneous Human Combustion without looking at famous cases like Mary Reeser, who ignited in Florida in 1951. A thorough, forensic investigation involving police, fire marshals, and even the FBI ruled out most logical causes. We look at her case, and we explore every possible cause from the supernatural to blood-alcohol levels. If you’re worried about lighting on fire while you listen to a podcast, don’t miss this one.   Thorough History of SHC: http://anomalyinfo.com/?q=Topics/spontaneous-human-combustion-brief-history   Skeptic Response to SHC: http://skepdic.com/shc.html
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Leftovers, Part Three: Who Are You Mr. Smith?
This is a very unusual episode of the Sofa King Podcast. First off, it is being posted on Christmas week, and we didn't want to leave everyone without their beloved baby punching, pigeon loving, orange nether regioned hosts. However, there was a newborn baby thrown into the mix along with laryngitis, both belonging to Dave and Erica (well, the laryngitis isn't Erica's, but you understand). So, while a full episode wasn't in the works this week, we wanted to leave you with something. It is a mash up of some clips we recorded over the years. Some Cards Against Humanity we played with various hosts and some interviews with some of our most die hard, early listeners. We know this doesn't make up for the full-blown, amazing, informative, offensive, riotous, distasteful, educational, half-assed famous podcast of our normal episodes, but hey, what do you want from us? Dave can't talk, and he hasn't slept in a week. Next week, we're back with the usual goodness and bonus episode, but for now, please do enjoy your Leftovers.
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Leftovers, Part Two: All Humanity Is Lost
This is a very unusual episode of the Sofa King Podcast. First off, it is being posted on Christmas week, and we didn't want to leave everyone without their beloved baby punching, pigeon loving, orange nether regioned hosts. However, there was a newborn baby thrown into the mix along with laryngitis, both belonging to Dave and Erica (well, the laryngitis isn't Erica's, but you understand). So, while a full episode wasn't in the works this week, we wanted to leave you with something. It is a mash up of some clips we recorded over the years. Some Cards Against Humanity we played with various hosts and some interviews with some of our most die hard, early listeners. We know this doesn't make up for the full-blown, amazing, informative, offensive, riotous, distasteful, educational, half-assed famous podcast of our normal episodes, but hey, what do you want from us? Dave can't talk, and he hasn't slept in a week. Next week, we're back with the usual goodness and bonus episode, but for now, please do enjoy your Leftovers.
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Leftovers, Part One
This is a very unusual episode of the Sofa King Podcast. First off, it is being posted on Christmas week, and we didn't want to leave everyone without their beloved baby punching, pigeon loving, orange nether regioned hosts. However, there was a newborn baby thrown into the mix along with laryngitis, both belonging to Dave and Erica (well, the laryngitis isn't Erica's, but you understand). So, while a full episode wasn't in the works this week, we wanted to leave you with something. It is a mash up of some clips we recorded over the years. Some Cards Against Humanity we played with various hosts and some interviews with some of our most die hard, early listeners. We know this doesn't make up for the full-blown, amazing, informative, offensive, riotous, distasteful, educational, half-assed famous podcast of our normal episodes, but hey, what do you want from us? Dave can't talk, and he hasn't slept in a week. Next week, we're back with the usual goodness and bonus episode, but for now, please do enjoy your Leftovers.
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Episode 260: Feral Children: Raised by Lions Tigers and Bears, Oh My!
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we explore the phenomenon of feral children. Feral children have been found in all societies throughout human history, the most famous being Remus and Romulus of Greek Lore. In the modern day, however, feral children are still discovered. They are typically kids who were abandoned by parents, mistreated, isolated, or ran away and had to fend for themselves. From lock-in cases who never left their bedrooms through their entire childhood to kids who were raised by monkeys, feral children come in a lot of varieties. One thing that is especially fascinating about feral children is the rare chance to study the nature versus nurture debate about learning and human behavior. Some of these kids are eventually found by humans and are permanently unable to learn language or even walk upright. They take on the communication habits and body language of the animals they were thought to be raised by (from monkeys and dogs to leopards and birds). Some of the big cases are Marina Chapman, who was sold and escaped to be raised by capuchin monkeys; she was eventually rescued and lived a normal life and eventually wrote a book about her experiences. Then were Kamala and Amala, the two girls allegedly raised by wolves in India, and Oxana Malaya, the girl raised by dogs in the country outside of her abusive parent’s home. There are also cases of children who spent their lives living like one of their parents pets, or even chained to a toilet for their entire lives. So, which of these famous cases is thought to be fraudulent? What is true about the feral children? What behavior traits do they all share, and what do psychologists and experts think they say about what it means to be human? Listen, laugh, learn. Skeptical Response to Feral Children: https://skeptoid.com/episodes/4567
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Bonus Episode: Chicago, Christmas, and Questions
This is a bonus episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast. In our normal podcast episodes, we do research on key topics that listeners vote on, and we give our takes on the information we dig up. In other words, you squawk, and we talk. The topics range from serial killers to conspiracy theories to abuses of power and cults. In this episode, however, we do different stuff. First, we open some Christmas presents from some listeners (thank you, thank you, thank you!), and then we share our experiences at El Yucateco and House of Blues Chicago Meet up! It was dope, and we go into glorious detail. We thank a lot of the folks who visited us there, and we talk about our overall impression of the city of Chicago. Then, as usual, we turn to Facebook and ask listeners for questions they want us to answer. What types of questions? Good question! We answer several age-old gems, such as: Why do the Flintstones have cars that run with their feet? (Then don't!) What was the best lie we ever told? What was the best Christmas present we ever received? What was the best Christmas present we ever gave? And much, much more! So, if you want to hear a casual bonus episode where we BS a little and have some laughs, this is the one for you. If you are an information hound or a Sofa King purist, you can go to any other episode and get your fix. Also, we did our first ever live-stream for our $10 Patrons on this episode. We really appreciate all you do to support us, and we try our best to give you unique shout outs. If you like the show or just want a fancy shout out, visit us at https://www.patreon.com/sofakingpodcast
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Episode 259: Hatfield and McCoy: The Ultimate Family Feud
On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we look back to the old west and examine the infamous feud between the Hatfield and McCoy families. This feud was so famous that in America, the term Hatfield and McCoy is synonymous with the idea of two families fighting. Their fight lasted for almost two decades, and it cost the lives of almost two dozen family members and friends, extending between multiple states and eventually making it all the way to the Supreme Court and coming close to igniting a second Civil War! The trouble started during the Civil War when a member of the McCoy family joined the Union instead of the Confederates. Ultimately, a Hatfield killed this man after a give and take of other murders. Eventually, things got worse. There was a courtship between a Hatfield and McCoy that lead to the abandonment and death of an 8 month old baby, and the alleged theft of a prize razorback hog. Then, finally, on a wild election day in 1882, the blood started to spill. Ellison Hatfield was killed in a brawl at the polling place, stabbed 26 times and shot in the back. To get revenge, Devil Anse Hatfield kidnapped three McCoys and shot them while they were tied to pawpaw bushes. Violence only escalated from here. Eventually, the violence culminated in The New Year’s Massacre in which the McCoy home was set on fire, and the house was riddled with bullets and the family’s mother was beaten until her skull was cracked. This led to a series of raids over state lines from family to family, and it even resulted in legal problems between West Virginia and Kentucky, militias being summoned to defend state borders, and Supreme Court involvement. So how did the feud end? Did either side win? Why did it go on for so long, and how come no local law enforcement ever got involved? Listen, laugh, learn. Family Feud Episode with the Hatfield and McCoy Families: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqYchj3hii8  
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Episode 258: Atlantis: Plato, Space Aliens, and Firestones
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we look at one of the greatest myths and mysteries of all time: The Lost Civilization of Atlantis. Atlantis was first described in some of Plato’s writing in ancient Greece, circa 360 BCE. In these writing, he tells the story of a great island civilization with perfect weather and amazing crops. It was a civilization that started highly moral and wealthy, using a strange red metal as their currency. However, as they grew, so did their army, and they eventually became greedy and wanted to conquer nearby lands. They set their sights on Athens, but eventually Athens triumphed through a long war. Atlantis was defeated in battle, taught a lesson about hubris, and shortly thereafter was destroyed and leveled to the depths of the ocean by Poseidon himself. Many ancient Greeks, and most people after that, considered the story of Atlantis to be a parable about greed. However, in 1882, former U.S. Congressman Ignatius L. Donnelly wrote a book called Atlantis: The Antediluvian World. In it, he suggested Atlantis was a real place in the physical world, and a lot of people started to reinterpret Plato’s work as being a literal discussion of a missing kingdom. A few years later, Russian mystic Helena Blavatsky wrote about Atlantis in her new religious movement of Theosophy (a primary source used by Hitler to define his Aryan people—they were related to Atlanteans!). After that, American prophet Edgar Cayce filled the Atlantis myth with power crystals and space aliens. So, whether you believe in ancient myth, Nazi dogma, new age mysticism, or even the recent science of Geomythology, Atlantis is probably of interest to you. Many archaeologists and television networks are convinced that they have found Atlantis using new scanning techniques, radar, LIDAR, and even Google Maps. Where is Atlantis thought to be located? Is it possible for a continent to have disappeared? Was Plato writing science fiction? What was in Plato’s missing second book that was supposed to go into more detail about Atlantis? What types of aliens were thought to be communicating with Atlantis? Listen, laugh, learn. True Atlantis Events of the Past: http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20160118-the-atlantis-style-myths-of-sunken-lands-that-are-really-true
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Episode 257: Miyamoto Musashi : Japan’s Samurai Sword Saint
On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we travel back in time and discuss the life of the ultimate Japanese samurai sword master, Miyamoto Musashi. Though many people don’t know about this genuine badass, he is the author of the classic book on war and strategy, The Book of Five Rings. He is also the most renowned sword master in all of Japanese history, an artist, author, and painter. He was a bit of a rogue, and he was considered a wild man because he never bathed (he’d have to be without his swords too long) or did his hair. Musashi was born into a noble family and was part of the samurai class upon his birth. He trained with his father on the ways of weaponry, though his father either died or left him at the age of ten, when Musashi moved to a Zen monastery and studied with monks. By age 13, he was so fierce and skilled, he fought in his first duel and beat a full grown, experienced warrior to death with stick. And that was just the beginning of his decades of duels. Miyamoto Musashi traveled on a “Warrior’s Pilgrimage” around Japan, fighting in life-and-death duels, joining different armies in times of war, and trying to find enlightenment in the Way of the Sword the whole time. Some of his most famous exploits include his attempt to get revenge for the wrongs that were done by a family to his father years ago. He went and challenged the father to a duel and beat him unconscious. Then, he was challenged by the first son, and then the second son. He killed them both, plus their guards, using brilliant tactics and sword play. He continued to go undefeated in life or death duels, most accounts putting him around a total of 60 by the time of his death. Eventually, he became so skilled with a sword that he decided to only fight with wooden swords for the rest of his life in order to up his sword skill game. He kept on winning. Eventually, after a couple more duels and a fight with a guy who cheated with a deceptively long sword, he settled down and started to teach. In his last days, he moved to a cave for seclusion and wrote the masterpiece The Book of Five Rings, a book still studied by martial artists, military leaders, politicians, and corporate CEOs to this day. If you want to hear tales of an immortal warrior who is now the sword saint of Japan, this one’s for you!   Full Text of the Book of the Five Rings: Great introduction! https://archive.org/stream/MiyamotoMusashi-BookOfFiveRingsgoRinNoSho/Book_of_Five_Rings_djvu.txt
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Episode 256: Ancient Rome: Sex, War, and Water
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we take a look back in time and explore the world of the Ancient Roman Empire. Though this was not the largest empire in history of the Earth, it is undoubtedly the most important one to Western civilization. The inventions that were dreamed up in ancient Rome are the basis for most of the technology that runs our society today: running water, sophisticated architecture, highways, literature, advanced laws, and advanced medicine. Some of the construction techniques used in Rome were lost for over 1000 years before science caught back up with them. Why were they so advanced in ancient Rome? Well, part of it is because of how high their standard of living was. With efficient laws, strong soldiers, running water, and flowing food, the base needs were all met, and people could philosophize, invent, and create. They could also have lots of sex. They were a sexually active culture, not afraid to embrace homosexuality and even infidelity (as long as it was initiated by the men). Their family units of ancient Rome were run by Paterfamilias, which was a strict adherence to fatherly rule. The father had power to decide of babies lived or died and could even sell members of household into slavery. We begin this episode with a quick look at random (and pretty bizarre) facts about ancient Rome (from urine to being sewn in a sack with a snake, monkey, dog, and cock). Then, instead of a look at dates, we cover the daily life of Romans, their sex, their inventions, their family, their entertainment. So, what did the crazy ancient emperors do with sex and perversion? How badass was the Roman legion? What was really happening with gladiators in the colosseum? What did Romans do with their own urine? What was an “Analist?” Listen, laugh, learn.
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Bonus Episode: Why did the chicken cross the road?
This is a bonus episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast. In our normal podcast episodes, we do research on key topics that listeners vote on, and we give our takes on the information we dig up. In other words, you squawk, and we talk. The topics range from serial killers to conspiracy theories to abuses of power and cults. In this episode, however, we turn to Facebook and ask listeners for questions they want us to answer. What types of questions? Good question! We answer several age-old gems, such as: Have we ever danced with the devil by the pale moonlight? What are our predictions about the Chicago Meet Up? What would we have thought about answering questions from strangers all around the world five years ago? What are our secrets to success? And much, much more! So, if you want to hear a casual bonus episode where we BS a little and have some laughs, this is the one for you. If you are an information hound or a Sofa King purist, you can go to any other episode and get your fix. Also, we did our first ever live-stream for our $10 Patrons on this episode. We really appreciate all you do to support us, and we try our best to give you unique shout outs. If you like the show or just want a fancy shout out, visit us at https://www.patreon.com/sofakingpodcast
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Episode 255: Biggie Smalls: Legend to Rivalry
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we look at another musical figure who was key in the West Coast/East Coast feud, the Notorious B.I.G. Biggie Smalls was born as Christopher Wallace in 1972 in Brooklyn, New York. He was the child of two immigrant parents from Jamaica. When his mom was abandoned by his father, she worked overtime shifts at two jobs to provide for Biggie and send him to great private schools. One of them was a who’s who of East Side rappers, including DMX, Jay-Z and Busta Rhymes. He dropped out early and turned to street life, selling drugs and getting arrested several times. Eventually, he experimented with rapping and made a demo album just to listen to himself over some beats. However, this demo was discovered by a young Sean Puffy Combs who was just about to start his own label. Puffy signed him, and the two were fast friends. Another of his early friends was actually West Coast rapper Tupac Shakur. However, this friendship turned to enmity, and it launched the entire rap war of the 1990s. Biggie Smalls ended up reaching the highest heights of musical stardom. He won multiple Emmy awards, sold millions of albums, and was the only rap artists to ever record a track with Michael Jackson. He had a tumultuous love life including Lil’ Kim and Faith Evans, which only added to the beef he had with Shakur (who publicly claimed to have slept with Biggie’s wife). All this lead to the shooting death of Tupac (See Episode Here), and eventually Biggie’s own death. But that’s not all of the story. Who was behind his killing? The LAPD wrote it off as a gang killing, but detectives claimed it was someone from the Nation of Islam with ties to Death Row’s Suge Knight. In fact, the investigation uncovered a secret organization inside the police department who worked for Knight and did drug deals on the side. Listen, laugh, learn.   Teens React to Biggie Videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZkZKK721OE Rolling Stone article on Biggie's Death Conspiracy: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/the-unsolved-mystery-of-the-notorious-b-i-g-20110107
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Episode 254: Osama bin Laden: Nuff Said!
On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we look at the life, lies, and legacy of terrorist number one, Osama bin Laden. He was born on March 10, 1957, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. His father was a billionaire who earned his fortune through doing construction for the royal family, and his mother was wife number ten! Osama was the seventh of the fifty children born to his father; however, he was the only child of his mother. Osama bin Laden was raised in a strict, religious household where children were treated like grown men and forced to mature quickly or suffer. At the age of 14, Osama started attending the Al Thagher school, and it was here that he was introduced to the hardcore, jihadist type of Islam that he preached through the rest of his life. By the time he was 18, he had married a cousin and started university, but in 1979 when the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan, he left school to join the freedom fighters there. He used his fortune and his contacts to start recruiting people from all around the world to join his cause. He also got backing, weapons, and training from the CIA as part of their Operation Cyclone, which was in place to destabilize the Soviet regime. Eventually, the war in Afghanistan ended, and he returned to Saudi Arabia. However, his anti-American rhetoric was so strong that he got bounced from country. In 1993, Osama bin Laden formed his terrorist group known as al Qaeda (Arabic for "the Base"). He manned it with militant Muslims he had connected with during his time as an Afghan rebel. From there, the story of the familiar Osama comes up. There are a dozen terrorist attacks all around the world that tie back to him, and ultimately—according to the official U.S. account—his acts culminate in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. From there, he allegedly ran his terrorist network while on the run, recording videos to keep morale and recruitment high. On May 2, 2011, though, he allegedly died in a raid conducted by Seal Team Six in Operation Neptune Spear. The official account tells of a U.S. solo effort to track and kill Osama bin Laden. A helicopter crashed, there was resistance, the Seals thought it was a one-way suicide mission. But one important journalist named Seymour M. Hersh vocally disputes this story. He makes claims that the government lied about the circumstances around bin Laden’s death. Give this one a listen if you want to get to the bottom of someone who was either the worst terrorist or worst government bag man in history. Official Version of his Death: https://www.vanityfair.com/news/politics/2012/11/inside-osama-bin-laden-assassination-plot Alternate Version of his Death: https://www.lrb.co.uk/v37/n10/seymour-m-hersh/the-killing-of-osama-bin-laden  
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Bonus Episode: Forty Minutes of Funk!
This is a bonus episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast. In our normal podcast episodes, we do research on key topics that listeners vote on, and we give our takes on the information we dig up. In other words, you squawk, and we talk. The topics range from serial killers to conspiracy theories to abuses of power and cults. In this episode, however, we turn to Facebook and ask listeners for questions they want us to answer. What types of questions? Good question! We answer several age-old gems, such as: What do we think of the net neutrality issues, and how will it affect podcasts? Mac or PC? Who is our favorite wrestler? What is our most influential film or book? What super powers do wish we had while on the toilet? And much, much more! So, if you want to hear a casual bonus episode where we BS a little and have some laughs, this is the one for you. If you are an information hound or a Sofa King purist, you can go to any other episode and get your fix. Also, we did our first ever live-stream for our $10 Patrons on this episode. We really appreciate all you do to support us, and we try our best to give you unique shout outs. If you like the show or just want a fancy shout out, visit us at https://www.patreon.com/sofakingpodcast
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Episode 253: Oslo Massacre: Norwegian far-right terrorism
On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we cover the worst terrorist mass shooting in the history of Norway—The Oslo Massacre. On July 22, 2011, at 3:30 p.m., a 2,090-pound fertilizer bomb planted in a motor vehicle detonated in Norway's capital, Oslo. The target was the government building that held the offices of the ruling Labor Party as well as the finance and oil ministries of the country. The bomb was reminiscent of the Oklahoma City bombing, and it blew out windows of the government offices, wounded over 200 people, and killed eight. Meanwhile, a man named Anders Behring Breivik was heading toward a small vacation island of Utoya, roughly 25 miles outside of Oslo. This island was the summer camp for the youth group members of the Labour Party. Breivik crossed to the island via ferry, all the while wearing a police uniform to explain his pistol (a Glock named Mjølnir) and assault rifle. He wasn’t a cop, however, just a right-wing neo-Nazi nutbag who wanted to kill a bunch of teen-aged victims to stop Muslims from coming into his beloved Norway. By the time his two-pronged attack of the Oslo Massacre was done, almost 80 people were killed and hundreds wounded. Unlike most American shooters, this one gave up once the police were there, and he stood trial. His cold demeanor was pretty horrible at the trial, and he described with a bland calmness how the victims reacted, what parts of his mind resisted, and how he needed water since killing dries out your throat. He confessed that he was the author of a document called "2083: A European Declaration of Independence." This document claimed that the Oslo Massacre was the first of several acts of terrorism that would win Europe back from the leftist agenda and get some fascism back in the house. So how did this young man train for the shooting? How was he legally able to buy enough fertilizer to build this bomb? Why did he file a lawsuit alleging that his human rights were violated? How do video games tie in? Why do some people think this was a false flag event? Listen, laugh, learn.   2083 Document: https://fas.org/programs/tap/_docs/2083_-_A_European_Declaration_of_Independence.pdf
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Episode 252: Alcatraz: Escapes, Ghosts, and Murder Most Foul
On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we cover a fan-voted favorite topic, the Federal Penitentiary at Alcatraz. This small island off the coast of San Francisco has been everything from an ancient Native American burial ground to a US Army Citadel, and then from a US Army brig to the country’s first Supermax prison. This prison, due the incredibly hostile waters surrounding it and the sweeping currents (and yes, great white sharks) was thought to be a prison nobody could escape from. This may or may not be true. As many as 36 prisoners tried to escape “The Rock” in its time as a prison. Several were shot, others confirmed drown, and many lost to the hostile seas. One escape attempt called the “Alcatraz Blastout” involved a two day shootout between prisoners and guards and was only quelled when the US Marines finally showed up. The most famous of the Alcatraz escape attempts, however, was in 1962 when Frank Morris, John Anglin, and Clarence Anglin made a daring and ingenious escape attempt from the prison. Their caper was the stuff that we imagine whenever a film depicts a prison escape. What did the use as tools to get out? Who was the mastermind behind the escape? Who got left behind and why? Did they survive the escape attempt? And what about the hauntings? What did the first warden hear when get gave tours, and why is Alcatraz considered one of the most haunted places in all of America? Listen, laugh, learn.
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Bonus Episode: Mouth Holes to Ear Holes VIIII
This is a bonus episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast. In our normal podcast episodes, we do research on key topics that listeners vote on, and we give our takes on the information we dig up. In other words, you squawk, and we talk. The topics range from serial killers to conspiracy theories to abuses of power and cults. In this episode, however, we turn to Facebook and ask listeners for questions they want us to answer. What types of questions? Good question! We answer several age-old gems, such as: What traits do we admire about each other (the feelers come on for this one). Something about Dave's orange crotch. Why doesn't Brad wear Sofa King gear? What name would have gone with if we didn't use Sofa King? And much, much more! So, if you want to hear a casual episode where we BS a little and have some laughs, this is the one for you. If you are an information hound or a Sofa King purist, you can go to any other episode and get your fix. Also, we did our first ever live-stream for our $10 Patrons on this episode. We really appreciate all you do to support us, and we try our best to give you unique shout outs. If you like the show or just want a fancy shout out, visit us at https://www.patreon.com/sofakingpodcast
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Episode 251: Somerton Man: Murder and Espionage Down Under
On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we go to the land down under and explore the mysterious death of the Somerton Man. Also known as the Tamam Shud case, this unexplained death/murder refers to the final line of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. So what’s the story? On December 1st, 1948, an unidentified man was found on the Somerton Beach in Australia. There were no visible signs of death. Upon closer examination, strange details came to light. He had no identification or hat (odd for the 1940s), and he was very smartly dressed. However, his suit and clothing had all tags removed from them, and they were sewn in a stitch that nobody in Australia had seen before. His shoes were perfectly polished in a way that would have been impossible for someone strolling on a beach. Eyewitnesses claimed to have seen him there the night before, most likely very drunk, but in the morning, he was in the same spot and dead. An international investigation took place to identify this man. His dental records, fingerprints, and photo were widely circulated in all English speaking countries, but nobody ever came forward to identify him or found a match in their databases. But this isn’t the strange part. The strange part involves evidence of a posion so potent that the chemist wouldn’t even say the name in court in case someone else wanted to try and use this lethal potion. And that isn’t even the strangest strange part! A hidden pocket sewn in his pants contained a rolled up piece of paper that said Tamam Shud. A hunt went on for the book it came from, and it was found some weeks later in a man’s car. In the book was a phone number and a string of letters that statistically match the frequency of a coded message in English. The phone number belonged to a Jessica Thomson. Who was she? Why did her daughter think she was a spy? What connection did she have to the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam? Why did she send another copy of the book to someone from special forces? What strange belongings were found in this man’s suitcase in a train station? Why did mysterious dead people in Australia have copies of this book that no publisher ever seemed to create? Listen, laugh, learn. Good Article: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/the-body-on-somerton-beach-50795611/
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Episode 250: TWA Flight 800: Mishap or Missile?
On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we talk about one of the most controversial airline crashes (and conspiracy theories) to date: the crash of TWA Flight 800. This ill-fated plane went down in Long Island, New York. It was July 17, 1996, at about 8:30 p.m., just a few minutes after takeoff from John F. Kennedy International Airport on a flight to Rome via Paris. About 10 minutes after takeoff, the pilot called in a strange reading on one of his fuel gates, and a few minutes later, the plane vanished from radar. At the same time, the captain of another flight reported an explosion at the same altitude and heading of TWA Flight 800. The plane had exploded, broken apart, fallen into the ocean, and all 230 passengers and crew died. In and of itself, this shouldn’t be a big deal. Except it is. Enough eye witnesses said they saw something rise from the ground and strike the plane to make the FBI and even CIA get involved in the investigation instead of just the RTSB who had the official government mandate. The White House mentioned a missile or bomb in their debriefings, and it was perused as a terrorist attack. This was, after all, the same year as the Oklahoma City bombing and the basement bombing of the World Trade Center. So, the investigation took a look at foreign powers from Ghaddafi to Hussein. But the massive public interest and multiple federal agencies turned the investigation of TWA Flight 800 into a disaster. The groups butted heads, shut down each other’s witnesses, and even allegedly stole evidence from each other. The official cause of the crash after several years was that there was a problem with the center wing fuel tank. But that doesn’t explain the eyewitnesses who claimed to see something in the sky hit the plane. Several books and documentaries have come out shooting down (no pun intended) the official story. Was this a military missile test gone awry? Why did the feds screw each other up so much? What happened that was strange just before the plane took off? Was there a military vessel near Flight 800 when it crashed? How many bodies did they ultimately recover? Was it actually a meteor strike? Which host believes in the conspiracy and which don’t? This one gets heated!
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Bonus Episode: Wanted for Questioning VIII
This is a bonus episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast. In our normal podcast episodes, we do research on key topics that listeners vote on, and we give our takes on the information we dig up. In other words, you squawk, and we talk. The topics range from serial killers to conspiracy theories to abuses of power and cults. In this episode, however, we turn to Facebook and ask listeners for questions they want us to answer. What types of questions? Good question! We answer several age-old gems, such as: Who would win in a fight, John Wick or Neo? What was the first thing that got us into conspiracy theories? What TV show and Podcasts do we watch/listen to? What is something that each of us collects? Would we rather win the lotto or have our dream job? And much, much more! So, if you want to hear a casual episode where we BS a little and have some laughs, this is the one for you. If you are an information hound or a Sofa King purist, you can go to any other episode and get your fix. Also, we did our first ever live-stream for our $10 Patrons on this episode. We really appreciate all you do to support us, and we try our best to give you unique shout outs. If you like the show or just want a fancy shout out, visit us at https://www.patreon.com/sofakingpodcast
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Episode 249: Mandela Effect: Alternate Reality or Altered Memories?
On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we explore one of the strangest and wide-reaching conspiracy theories out there: The Mandela Effect. The Mandela Effect is a phenomenon in which people remember things differently than they actually were in reality. This sounds like a pretty tame psychological event, but when it seems to happen to millions of people all around the globe, then social media gets talking, then conspiracies are born. The Mandela Effect started in 2010 when a paranormal blogger named Fiona Broome posted about a problem with her memory. She remembered South Africa freedom fighter and president, Nelson Mandela dying in prison years ago. In fact, at the time he wasn’t dead yet and wouldn’t die for several more years. However, many people agreed with her and even shared details about his funeral that remembered seeing on television. But the Mandela Effect spreads to more than just dead-alive South Africans. Many brand name spellings and logos have allegedly changed for people (though internet image searches confirm nothing has changed except people’s memory). From the Ford Logo to Kit Kat bars, we talk about a lot of these. Then, there are movies. Millions of people have false memories of lines from Star Wars, Snow White, and even Crocodile Dundee. The biggest of them all, though, is the Berenstain Bears. This childhood classic is remembered by people all over the world as being spelled and pronounced differently. So what is the cause of these distorted mass memories? Psychology can quickly point out many factors in memory that could explain it. Naysayers claim there are too many to be so easily dismissed. Other argue that it is a matter of shifting from alternate quantum realities where things were different, or even of glitches in the simulation that runs the universe. Where do we fall on the subject? It doesn’t matter—it could all be different by tomorrow if we shift quantum universes again!   Sub-Reddit on the Mandela Effect: https://www.reddit.com/r/MandelaEffect/ The Simpsons and the Mandela Effect: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMXnCCFS2-Q
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Episode 248: James (Mike) DeBardeleben: The Mall Passer
On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we hit you with some true crime and look at a lesser-known (alleged) serial killer, Mike DeBardeleben. Though many people may not have heard of him, and his official death count remains only speculation, the lead investigators from the Secret Service and FBI both consider him to be the most dangerous fugitive to have ever been free in America and possibly even its most prolific killer. So who is Make DeBardeleben? He was born in 1940 to a family that became a military family once Pearl Harbor hit, and the US joined the war. He was bounced from state to state and even country to country before finally landing in their civilian home town of Albany, New York when Mike DeBardeleben was thirteen years old. By sixteen, he was on the wrong side of the law for physically assaulting his own mother, and by seventeen he began a career as a criminal, doing everything from concealed gun possession to grand theft auto and attempted murder. He was kicked out of high school, joined the military, was arrested for going AWOL, and when finally out, tried high school again, only to get the boot. He married several times, none of them lasting very long, and he eventually started a life as a prolific counterfeiter in the US. He would make false money and travel to shopping smalls spending his cash on small times, and using the change as his profit. He was amazingly good at this, and eventually the Secret Service considered him their main priority in the nation. They created a composite sketch of him and spread it to all the malls he had visited before, and eventually it paid off. Several workers called the police to say the guy in the sketch was there, and he was arrested. But they found disturbing evidence in his car but still needed his printing press to be a real legal victory. Eventually, they tracked it down in a storage shed, and the manager there said she was waiting for the police to come. Inside the shed was all the counterfeiting materials, but also something far more sinister. Hundreds of photos of rape (and murder?) that DeBardeleben himself was in. It went from a bad money case to a serial killer case. So what was DeBardeleben’s motive and typical MO for killings? Why did he take so many pictures of himself? Why do investigators think he killed far more than Ted Bundy? Why did federal agents call him the Mall Passer? How did he get away with so many rapes and murders for decades without be caught? Is it possible he didn’t kill anyone at all? Listen, laugh, learn.   Crazy Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/LetsNotMeet/comments/1r26qo/i_was_almost_never_born/ What Serial Killers Want: https://www.salon.com/1999/08/25/serial_killer Some of his crimes: http://allthingscrimeblog.com/2014/07/03/the-grisly-details-of-serial-mall-killer-mike-debardelebens-actions-will-never-be-known/
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Bonus Episode: You Squawk, We Talk!
This is a bonus episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast. In our normal podcast episodes, we do research on key topics that listeners vote on, and we give our takes on the information we dig up. In other words, you squawk, and we talk. The topics range from serial killers to conspiracy theories to abuses of power and cults. In this episode, however, we turn to Facebook and ask listeners for questions they want us to answer. What types of questions? Good question! We answer several age-old gems, such as: Marvel or DC? What do your families think of the podcast? (Again...) Do we have any phobias? What is our favorite Disney character? What is the strangest thing that has happened while we are recording? And much, much more! So, if you want to hear a casual episode where we BS a little and have some laughs, this is the one for you. If you are an information hound or a Sofa King purist, you can go to any other episode and get your fix. At the end of this episode, we also do a one-take improv song about our new or upgraded Patrons from Patreon. We really appreciate all you do to support us, and we try our best to give you unique shout outs. If you like the show or just want a fancy shout out, visit us at https://www.patreon.com/sofakingpodcast
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Episode 247: Mormons: Polygamy and Prayers
This episode of the Sofa King Podcast explores a topic that was voted in by the listeners: Mormons. A prominent religion in the western United States, the Church of Latter Day Saints (LDS) has spread to become an international force. This offshoot of Christianity was founded in the 1800s by Joseph Smith. Smith claimed to have seen god at the age of 14 and by 16 had been shown secret golden tablets that contained a missing chapter of the Bible. In it, people from the holy land settled in America somewhere around 600 BC, and a prophet named Mormon wrote their tale. It is a strange tale of different races (the dark ones were cursed by Cain, which is why they weren’t white), and it tells of a god who was once a mortal but became divine. Their religion believes the same can be done with humans as well. More interesting than the myth and lore of the religion, however, is the history of the LDS itself. Joseph Smith, for example, was chased out of Missouri after a war between the state and his new religious followers. He was killed my an angry mob in Illinois after he destroyed a printing press, and the church was thrown into disarray. His successor was Brigham Young, and Young moved the followers out to the Utah Territories, where they could expand and do what they pleased without federal interference. This meant things like polygamy, which the LDS sanctions until 1890 (and some say they only got rid of it to appease the US and become a state). So, how many Mormons are there, and what countries are they in? How powerful was their militia back in the old west? Was there really a lizard who led Joseph Smith into the wilderness? What happened to the gold tablets, and what about the other supposed ancient texts that Smith translated? Do they really wear magic underwear? What does their official website about gay Mormons say? Listen, laugh, learn. Stats on Mormons: http://www.pewforum.org/2012/01/12/mormons-in-america-executive-summary/
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Episode 246: Gandhi: The Peace Warrior
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we look at the life of one of the most influential people of the modern world, Mahatma Gandhi. Gandhi was born to a small-time politician father and a very religious mother in India. His father had married twice but had his young wives die in child birth, and then a third marriage produced no children, so he married a fourth time, and Mahatma was the end result. Gandhi was a smart but quiet child; in fact, he was socially awkward and unable to make friends. This is an odd thing for someone who came to publicly represent the largest nation on Earth, but even as a young lawyer fresh out of school, he couldn’t practice courtroom law because he was too shy to cross-examine witnesses. Eventually, he got hired as a lawyer in South Africa, and there he was shown racism against Indians in forms he’d never been aware of before. Over the years, he came to represent the downtrodden minorities in South Africa, leading peaceful demonstrations, and even working as a medic during a couple of wars. The laws against Indians in Africa got worse and worse, and Gandhi started to fight harder and harder. Eventually, he returned to India where he turned his (newly found) fame as a political dissident against the British who controlled his home country. Witnessing slaughters against his people at the hands of the British and endless examples of racism now at home, Gandhi eventually guided Indians to quit their jobs, stop paying taxes, and grind the economic machine of India as a colony to a halt. So how did this amazing man get the world’s largest super power to let go of its largest colony without ever firing a shot? How did involve the Russian, Leo Tolstoy? What was the Salt Act, and how did it lead to Gandhi becoming Time’s man of the year? Who assassinated him and why? What kind of kink sex acts was Gandhi in to, and how did he think it gave him more power? Listen, laugh, learn. Gandhi Sex Madness: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/features/thrill-of-the-chaste-the-truth-about-gandhis-sex-life-1937411.html
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Bonus Episode: Question and Some Answers VI
This is a bonus episode of the Sofa King Podcast. Instead of our normal research-driven, informational comedy, we have a session of questions and answers. Who asked the questions? You did! Many listeners posted questions on the Unofficial Sofa King Ultra Fans page. We try to answer them in an honest and humorous fashion. We try to give you what you want. We try to make you all happy. We try and we try and we try, and do we ever hear a thank you?! No! Wait. Sorry. Yes, I think we do. What questions do we give some answers to this time? Good question! How about: What do we think of the new JFK documents? What are we (and our kids/dogs) dressing for on Halloween? What are our favorite pass times? What do we do if we don't get charged for something at a store? What are our top three favorite bands? And so much more! This one is different than our normal episodes, so if it is your first, you may want to come back to it later and go grab a different one for your original SK experience (start with the Bonnie and Clyde Episode. It’s pretty awesome…) This one is really relaxed, really informal, and we hope you like it. If so, let us know, and we’ll make it a regular practice. If not, let us know, and we’ll drink whiskey and cry ourselves to sleep. If you want other bonus SK content, by the way, consider becoming a Patron. Patrons get bonus shirts, swag, and other random things thrown their way, and every week, we capture a short video of us in the studio just before we record for the week, and only Patrons get to see them. Good times are had by all. Visit us at https://www.patreon.com/sofakingpodcast
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Episode 245: Stalingrad: The Bloodiest Battle in History
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we go back in time and look at the bloodiest battle in all of human history, the Battle of Stalingrad. Stalingrad was a Soviet industrial capitol, a key city for the fuel, food, and technology used by the Russian Army in World War Two. When Adolph Hitler broke the peace treaty with Joseph Stalin and invaded Russia in what was called Operation Barbarossa, he eventually turned his sights not on the capital city of Moscow, but on Stalingrad. Why? Well, one reason was the simple propaganda fact that it was named after the Soviet leader. Second, if he could cut this city off from the rest Russia, supplies, men, food, and gas would be very hard to come by, and the rest of Russia would fall. So, the Battle of Stalingrad began. It started as a brutal series of air raids from the Luftwaffe. Thousands of civilians and soldiers were killed due to Order 227. This was Stalin’s command that Russians take “Not one Step Back.” Hitler ordered a similar statement, refusing to let any Germans surrender, so the main forces of two of the most relentless armies of all time clashed in one city with no chance to ever surrender. This lead to some interesting things. The sniper warfare of the Battle of Stalingrad became somewhat legendary with Vasily Zaytsev killing hundreds of German himself. But there were other crazy developments in the city. What was Pavlov’s House, and why did it frighten the Germans so much? Who were the women of the 1077th anti-aircraft brigade, and why did they become famous in Russia? What happened to the German marshal in charge of the battle? How much did starvation and disease impact the battle? Where did the Soviets get their protein? Listen, laugh, learn.   Great Video about number of WWII Deaths: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwKPFT-RioU Boring video with timeline on the bottom: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCQBSf1rb7o  
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Episode 244: William Randolph Hearst: The Father of Fake News
On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we look at the life, wealth, influence, and politics of the most powerful information-peddler in the history of America, William Randolph Hearst. Hearst was born to wealth with a millionaire senator for a father. He spent time traveling through Europe as a child with his mother, and when he finally settled in at home and grew up, he attended Harvard College. That didn’t last long, however, as he was thrown out of the school for excessive parties and pranks against the faculty. While he was there, however, he studied journalism under Joseph Pulitzer. Shortly after, he took control of the San Francisco Examiner, a newspaper his father bought in order to help him win political elections. William Randolph Hearst dove into his job as editor and came up with inventive stories and ways for the paper to spread. It succeeded, and he turned his sights to New York and went to newspaper war with Pulitzer. This may not seem like much, but Hearst and Pulitzer needed exciting stories to best each other, so they fabricated a crisis in Cuba that eventually led to the Spanish American War. Hearst won the war for New York News and spread to own newspapers all across the country. At his height, one in four Americans read a paper owned by Hearst. During this time of expansion, he also saw his own wealth grow as he inherited his mother’s money after her death. He then started to build his famous Hearst Castle in San Simeon, and he moved his mistress Marion Davies in with him to throw massive Hollywood parties. Through all of this, he tried to become president of the United States, influenced political policy all around the world, controlled the news media, and dominated political opinion for the entire United States. William Randolph Hearst was the father of what is now called “Yellow Journalism,” publishing sensationalism more than truth in order to sell copies of his papers. What did his wife think of his public mistress? How did Hearst treat his heirs in his will? How did Hearst get the US to go to war with Spain? Why can’t we find much information on Hearst, and is it a conspiracy? Listen, laugh, learn. Article on Hughes: https://www.pri.org/stories/2016-12-08/long-and-tawdry-history-yellow-journalism-america  
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Bonus Episode: Question and Some Answers V
This is a bonus episode of the Sofa King Podcast. Instead of our normal research-driven, informational comedy, we have a session of questions and answers. Who asked the questions? You did! Many listeners posted questions on the Unofficial Sofa King Ultra Fans page. We try to answer them in an honest and humorous fashion. We try to give you what you want. We try to make you all happy. We try and we try and we try, and do we ever hear a thank you?! No! Wait. Sorry. Yes, I think we do. What questions do we give some answers to this time? Good question! How about: what are our favorite and most notable episodes to date, who would survive the longest in a forest, Italian or Mexican, do we want to become famous, and many more! This one is different than our normal episodes, so if it is your first, you may want to come back to it later and go grab a different one for your original SK experience (start with the Bonnie and Clyde Episode. It’s pretty awesome…) This one is really relaxed, really informal, and we hope you like it. If so, let us know, and we’ll make it a regular practice. If not, let us know, and we’ll drink whiskey and cry ourselves to sleep. If you want other bonus SK content, by the way, consider becoming a Patron. Patrons get bonus shirts, swag, and other random things thrown their way, and every week, we capture a short video of us in the studio just before we record for the week, and only Patrons get to see them. Good times are had by all. Visit us at https://www.patreon.com/sofakingpodcast
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Episode 243: US Radium Corporation: Conspiracies and Cancer
On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we talk about the controversies of the US Radium Corporation, home to the infamous Radium Girls and culprit in the illegal spraying of radioactive substances through the US, most notably St. Louis. The United States Radium Corporation was the leading manufacturer of glowing clock and airplane dials through World War I and World War II. Though not much was known about their key resource—radium—at the time, they still did some pretty dangerous stuff with it. The most famous is their “Radium Girls,” women (many teenagers) who were hired at their plant in New Jersey to paint the dials and watch faces with radioactive paint, the source of all that wonderful glow! The women were instructed to “point” the brushes and form them with their mouths and lips, thereby ingesting radium all day long as they worked. The illnesses spread through them in the 1920s, leading to a massive lawsuit and some pretty gnarly side effects. Again, the world didn’t know much about this new wonder element of radium, but US Radium Corporation knew enough to have scientists handle it with care and safety, but not the painters. The other thing that has come up more recently with them ties into an illegal US Army operation called Operation LAC. It stood for Large Area Coverage and involved the Army spraying hazardous chemicals and bacteria throughout the United States to track how it moved and how it affected people’s health. It happened all over the place, but St. Louis was a specific target; the Army sprayed eradiated Zinc Cadmium Sulfide on poor neighborhoods of the town, so they could track the dispersion patterns and effects it had on the people’s lungs. This was brought to light recently by a sociology professor from St. Louis named Lisa Martino Taylor. She uncovered the secret spraying through hundreds of freedom of information act documents and published her findings. So, how many Radium Girls died, and what were their symptoms? What were the results of their lawsuit in the 1920s? How does Operation LAC tie back to the US Radium Corporation? What happened to the US Radium Corporation, and where are they now? Listen, laugh, learn. Wired Article on Radium Girls: https://www.wired.com/2011/03/the-radium-girls/ St. Louis Chemical Spraying: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/secret-cold-war-tests-in-st-louis-cause-worry/  
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Episode 242: Rendelsham Forest: UK’s Roswell Incident
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we cover the biggest UFO case in the history of the UK, The Rendelsham Forest Incident. Known as the Roswell of the UK, this event took place in late December of 1980 over the course of several days. Most UFO events can be ruled out as delusion, mass hallucination, or foggy memories, but this one has some teeth. It is recorded in the official logs of both the British and U.S. air forces as well as local police, and it even had radar confirmation from multiple towers. So what happened? Rendelsham Forest was a nature conservatory situated between two Royal Air Force Bases in the county of Suffolk. These bases were both jointly occupied by the RAF and the USAF. On the night of December 26th, John Burroughs and Jim Penniston (U.S. airmen) went into the forest to investigate strange lights that had been reported by several people in the area. They were joined by a few others, and the nigh was pretty wild. Their radios quit working, so two stayed behind to inform the base what they were seeing, but allegedly, Burroughs and Penniston saw the lights descend and were in fact a triangular craft. This craft apparently hit Burroughs with a beam of light that knocked him unconscious and then landed allowing Penniston to touch it. Then it got weird. Penniston claimed to have seen hieroglyphs on the craft, and when he touched it, a light glowed at the top. Oh, and a 6 page binary code was burned into his brain that he couldn’t stop thinking about until he wrote it all down. The two men finally got back to the base and allegedly were missing 45 minutes of time. The next night, lights came back, and this time, they were tracked by multiple military radar towers. A lieutenant colonel Halt sent a bigger team to investigate, this time with an audio recorder and a Geiger counter. The tape, and the memo Halt sent out are some of the strangest and best evidence of the Rendelsham Forest event. How long is the tape, and what does it include? What do skeptics say about this particular case? How did the British Ministry of Defense’s UFO Project head, Nick Pope, get involved? How did the local police get involved? What did the UFO do over the air force base? Why did the airmen think they saw a giant glowing eye that dripped molten metal? Listen, laugh, learn.   The Halt Tape: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7KChGKhJ4Ro The Halt Memo: http://www.therendleshamforestincident.com/The_Full_Report.php  
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Bonus Episode: Questions and Some Answers IV
This is a bonus episode of the Sofa King Podcast. Instead of our normal research-driven, informational comedy, we have a session of questions and answers. Who asked the questions? You did! Many listeners posted questions on the Unofficial Sofa King Ultra Fans page. We try to answer them in an honest and humorous fashion. We try to give you what you want. We try to make you all happy. We try and we try and we try, and do we ever hear a thank you?! No! Wait. Sorry. Yes, I think we do. What questions do we give some answers to this time? Good question! How about: who made the biggest impact on our lives, have we ever had injuries that sent us to the hospital, what is the best and worst gift we’ve ever gotten, and does Brad actually get pissed about he infamous hashtag he’s earned for himself? This one is different than our normal episodes, so if it is your first, you may want to come back to it later and go grab a different one for your original SK experience (start with the Nicola Tesla Episode. It’s pretty awesome…) This one is really relaxed, really informal, and we hope you like it. If so, let us know, and we’ll make it a regular practice. If not, let us know, and we’ll drink whiskey and cry ourselves to sleep. If you want other bonus SK content, by the way, consider becoming a Patron. Patrons get bonus shirts, swag, and other random things thrown their way, and every week, we capture a short video of us in the studio just before we record for the week, and only Patrons get to see them. Good times are had by all. Visit us at https://www.patreon.com/sofakingpodcast
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Episode 241: Robert Pickton: Pigs and Prostitutes
We hit you with some true crime on this episode of The Sofa King Podcast as we look at the life, killings, pigs, and parties of Robert Pickton. He was Canada’s most prolific serial killer, confessing to a total of 49 murders of prostitutes. Robert Pickton was a third-generation pig farmer in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia. He and his siblings, however, let the farm go into disarray, using very little of it. They sold much of the property (splitting almost $6 Million between the three of them), and used it to raise a small number of pigs they’d sell to friends and neighbors. Eventually, they got the idea to turn parts of the farm into a non-profit organization that held parties for people. Dubbed the “Piggy Palace Good Times Society,” it was place where they held raves and prostitute parties for one of the worst slums in Canada. They got in legal trouble for using slaughter houses as dance halls, and eventually they had to shut the operation down. However, during this whole time, it was believed Robert Pickton was killing the prostitutes who visited his farm. Eventually, more than 60 women went missing from the same neighborhood and under similar circumstances. Pickton got in some legal trouble for attacking a sex worker with a knife, but the charges were dropped. He even got investigated for having human remains in a freezer, but those were dismissed as well. What finally brought him down? An anonymous tip that he had illegal firearms on the farm. The police finally came to search and discovered a horror show. They found bones, jaws, and skulls in the mud and the slaughter house. They found skulls packed with feet and hands, photos of bodies, and tons of DNA from missing women. So, how did Robert Pickton’s trial go down? What did he accidentally confess to an undercover officer while being filmed in jail? Why do some people think his mother and brother were killers as well? What evidence did the jury not even get to see because of the odd nature of the court proceedings? Why did the judge only try him for 6 murders when they evidence enough to push for 26? What was his dildo gun? Listen, laugh, learn.   Video of confession in middle of this article: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/02/23/worst-serial-killer-in-history-who-fed-prostitutes-to-pigs-sparks-rage-by-publishing-book/?utm_term=.e85e8180d7e9
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Episode 240: Billy The Kid: Wrong Side of the Law
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we go back to Cowboy Times and discuss the life of the notorious outlaw, Billy the Kid. He was known as Billy McCarty, Billy Antrim, The Antrim Kid, and Billy the Kid. He is an American icon, someone celebrated as a Robin Hood figure in movies and fiction, but the truth is hardly so romantic. He was a killer and a thief, and honestly, history sort of does on Epic Fail on details about his life. He was born in New York City. Hell’s Kitchen. Maybe. Well, probably. That or Indianapolis. His real last name was McCarty. Probably. That was his mom’s name, though historians don’t know if that was her married or maiden name. He killed twenty-one people in his twenty-one years on earth. Sort of. It may have been closer to 8 or to 30. Sources don’t agree on much, as you can see. But, what they do agree on is that he had an ill temper, a fast hand, and a steady aim. He moved to the West with his mom when he was a boy, and he ended up being orphaned at 14 (or 12 or 15?) and lived as a worker at a hotel. Eventually, he got fired for stealing food, and he then stole clothes, food, and guns, and his career as an outlaw began. His main crime and trade was as a rustler. He’d steal horses and cattle and sell them illegally to people who would buy the merchandize no questions asked. The reason he gets a reputation as being a hero of the little people involves something called the Lincoln County War. It was a brutal political and financial battle between two ranching groups, and Billy the Kid sided with the little guy. It ended up leading to murder of one of his friends, him killing the sheriff, and one of many of his daring escapes from jail. How many times did he escape from jail? What killings were definitely done by him? Which states did he run in? What other lawmen and outlaws were part of his story? Who finally killed him, and why do some conspiracy theorists claim he never really died? Who were the Regulators, and what parts did the old movie Young Guns get right (if any)? Did you see the size of that chicken? Listen, laugh, learn. A couple of interesting links about Billy the Kid: http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/billythekid.htm http://www.historynet.com/billy-the-kid
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Bonus Episode: Questions and Some Answers III
This is a bonus episode of the Sofa King Podcast. Instead of our normal research-driven, informational comedy, we have a session of questions and answers. Who asked the questions? You did! Many listeners posted questions on the Unofficial Sofa King Ultra Fans page. We try to answer them in an honest and humorous fashion. We try to give you what you want. We try to make you all happy. We try and we try and we try, and do we ever hear a thank you?! No! Wait. Sorry. Yes, I think we do. Anyway, on this episode, we ask Brent if he would want to know if he's living in a simulation, if we can hear Brad rap, and why Dave became a vegan (and if his dogs are vegan). We talk about secret Santa, where we want to live, and which celebrity we would be for one day, among many other awesome things. And the most awesome thing of all? We knock out a pretty impressive little folk song about our new patrons for the week. It's pretty damned funny if you ask me. This bonus episode one is different than our normal episodes, so if it is your first, you may want to come back to it later and go grab a different one for your original SK experience (start with the Nicola Tesla Episode. It’s pretty awesome…) This one is really relaxed, really informal, and we hope you like it. If so, let us know, and we’ll make it a regular practice. If not, let us know, and we’ll drink whiskey and cry ourselves to sleep. If you want other bonus SK content, by the way, consider becoming a Patron. Patrons get bonus shirts, swag, and other random things thrown their way, and every week, we capture a short video of us in the studio just before we record for the week, and only Patrons get to see them. Good times are had by all. Visit us at https://www.patreon.com/sofakingpodcast
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Episode 239: Cannibalism: The Ultimate Taboo
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we explore the ultimate societal taboo: cannibalism. Cannibalism falls into three distinct categories: Endocannibalism, Exocannibalism, and Auto-Cannibalism. They are eating relatives to honor them, eating people to scare others, and eating your own flesh. But that of course leaves out the number one reason for modern cannibalism—starvation. We cover a lot in this discussion, not focusing on a specific area, time frame, or peoples. We cover cannibalism in a buffet of different succulent varieties. We talk about some old chestnuts like the Stalin starvation of the 1930s and the Donner Party, but we also look at a lot of examples from World War Two. From the battle of Leningrad to Japanese prisoner of war camps, people were eaten as a means to survive the horrors of the war (leading of course to more horrors of the war…). We talk about the negative physical side effects of eating human flesh—neurological diseases. From spongiform encephalopathy to a disease called kuru, cannibalism causes some fatal flaws based on strange protein folding or prion development. We talk about the Maori in New Zealand, Christopher Columbus’s horrible cannibalism lie, the strange Leopard Society. From George H.W. Bush to serial killers, and from crashed airplanes to how long it would take for every human being on earth to eat every other human being on earth, this one covers it all. Blog post about the whole world becoming cannibals: https://what-if.xkcd.com/105/
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Episode 238: Joan of Arc: Dude Look Like a Lady
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we travel back to Castle Times and discuss a fan-voted historical icon: Joan of Arc. Nicknamed “The Maid of Orléans” (and eventually considered the patron saint of all of France), she was born Joan d'Arc in a small village in France. This was during the 100 Year’s War, in which England and France battled to control the throne of France. At the time of Joan’s childhood, a treaty was signed that pronounced that the king of England would rule France after France’s “mad king” Charles VI died. However, both kings died within months of each other, and the treaty was thrown out since most people in France supported Charle’s son (originally named Charles VII) as king. This is where Joan of Arc comes in. From a young age, she claims that she would hear the voice of saints telling her that Charles needed to be king and that it was her job to make sure he would be. Eventually, while only 17 years old, she dressed as a man and traveled to visit the king and tell him so. She got an audience with the king and convinced him that she was sent from god after she told him secret prayers the king had said. In no time, this crazy French spitfire was leading charges against French towns occupied by England, and she even sent letters threatening the king of England to get pull out of the country and let France alone. The whole time Joan of Arc was working for the French king, she gained more notoriety and followers. In fact, the bulk of the army allegedly only served because they were following a “saint.” Joan would lead battle charges, though with no weapons, and be in the thick of it with all the soldiers. Her boost in morale was crucial to the French victories, but after a year or so, she was knocked from a horse and captured by the British. They put Joan of Arc on trial, though it didn’t go well for the prosecutors. Why was it so hard to get charges to stick to Joan? What did she allegedly do to keep from being raped by her jailers? How was she tricked to wear men’s clothes again, and how did this get her trouble? What miracles did she perform to get her sainted by the Catholic church? Listen, laugh, learn.
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Bonus Episode: Questions and Some Answers II
This is a bonus episode of the Sofa King Podcast. Instead of our normal research-driven, informational comedy, we have a session of questions and answers. Who asked the questions? You did! Many listeners posted questions on the Unofficial Sofa King Ultra Fans page. We try to answer them in an honest and humorous fashion. We try to give you what you want. We try to make you all happy. We try and we try and we try, and do we ever hear a thank you?! No! Wait. Sorry. Yes, I think we do. Anyway, on this episode we talk about whether or not we argue during the podcast, what we would tell our twelve year old selves, what topics we avoid or consider bad, whether or not Dave gets made at Brent and Brad when they derail the timeline, and many more. This bonus episode one is different than our normal episodes, so if it is your first, you may want to come back to it later and go grab a different one for your original SK experience (start with the Nicola Tesla Episode. It’s pretty awesome…) This one is really relaxed, really informal, and we hope you like it. If so, let us know, and we’ll make it a regular practice. If not, let us know, and we’ll drink whiskey and cry ourselves to sleep. If you want other bonus SK content, by the way, consider becoming a Patron. Patrons get bonus shirts, swag, and other random things thrown their way, and every week, we capture a short video of us in the studio just before we record for the week, and only Patrons get to see them. Good times are had by all. Visit us at https://www.patreon.com/sofakingpodcast
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Episode 237: Stanford Prison Experiment: The Ultimate Power Trip
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we talk about the most famous psychological study of all time—The Stanford Prison Experiment. It was funded in 1971 by the U.S. Office of Naval Research, and it was designed to test the psychology of prisoners and prison guards. The basic premise they were testing was this: Prison guards tend to get abusive with prisoners. Prisoners tend to be rebellious and cause problems. Is this because of a certain temperament that is in people who are likely to become prison guards and prisoners, or is it purely situational once they both get inside of a prison? The experiment that tested this was to get 24 physically and mentally fit males and put them in a mock prison environment. Randomly, twelve were selected to be guards and twelve to be prisoners. There was no personality test or other information that led to the placement. Then, the prisoners were locked up in mock cages in a fake jail set up in Stanford University. The prisoners were dressed as such, the guards were dressed as such, and the experiment was off and running. What happened during the Stanford Prison Experiment astounded people. The guards got immediately power-hungry and abusive, and the prisoners got immediately rebellious, broken, and even mentally ill. There was a prison riot, visiting days, a parole board. There was violence, harsh treatment, psychological rewards and punishments, a “Hole” that people were locked in, and even prisoners who went crazy and had to be let go. And this was all within six days! What did the Stanford Prison Experiment ultimately prove? Were its methods even sound or ethically responsible? What made them terminate the experiment on day 6 instead of the original 14 days? Listen, laugh, learn. Great site about the experiment: http://www.prisonexp.org/conclusion
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Episode 236: Cattle Mutilation: Bovine Conspiracies!
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we break out the tinfoil hats and que the X-Files music as we explore the history of Cattle Mutilation. Cattle Mutilation is a unique event that had a strange surge in the early 1970s in the United States. Cattle ranchers started to report cows that had died under unusual circumstances to local law enforcement agencies. Over 200 such cases were identified in Colorado alone in under two years. It started to cost the ranchers so much money, that US Senators started to petition the FBI to get involved in the case. So, what is odd about the deaths surrounding Cattle Mutilations? For one things, the animals are typically drained entirely of their blood. There is none on the ground, and there are no footprints where predators could be proven to drink the blood after the fact. Second, they have surgical-like incisions in their skin and even bones, things that could not be made by a predator’s teeth. Third, the removal of certain organs—genitals, eyes, ears, utters, and even heart and lung. This removal, again, is often precise and surgical, not the rough tearing of a predator. There are other strange things, like pink blood that won’t coagulate, strange mineral deprivations in the blood and tissue, organs with the consistency of peanut butter. The FBI gave an official ruling in 1979 that they were natural deaths, but the ranchers involved don’t believe it. It still happens to this day, and usually includes some sort of scientific anomaly. Why do the senate letters to the FBI include black helicopters seen on the nights of the Cattle Mutilations? What evidence is there that it could be caused by a satanic cult? Why do people claim it is extraterrestrial in origin? Why do so many of them happen in one geographic area, and what is that area? Listen, laugh, learn. Interesting Website on Cattle Mutilation: http://www.nidsci.org/animal-mutilations-what-we-know/
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Bonus Episode: Questions and Some Answers
This is a bonus episode of the Sofa King Podcast. Instead of our normal research-driven, informational comedy, we have a session of questions and answers. Who asked the questions? You did! Many listeners posted questions on the Unofficial Sofa King Ultra Fans page. We try to answer them in an honest and humorous fashion. We try to give you what you want. We try to make you all happy. We try and we try and we try, and do we ever hear a thank you?! No! Wait. Sorry. Yes, I think we do. Anyway, on this episode we talk about how we all met, what was the inspiration for the podcast, how the podcast has changed our lives in the past two years, a classic question of female anatomy, and many, many more. This one is different than our normal episodes, so if it is your first, you may want to come back to it later and go grab a different one for your original SK experience (start with the Nicola Tesla Episode. It's pretty awesome...) This one is really relaxed, really informal, and we hope you like it. If so, let us know, and we'll make it a regular practice. If not, let us know, and we'll drink whiskey and cry ourselves to sleep. If you want other bonus SK content, by the way, consider becoming a Patron. Patrons get bonus shirts, swag, and other random things thrown their way, and every week, we capture a short video of us in the studio just before we record for the week, and only Patrons get to see them. Good times are had by all. Visit us at https://www.patreon.com/sofakingpodcast
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Episode 235: Charles Bronson: Britain’s Most Violent Prisoner
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we visit a fan-requested topic, the most violent prisoner in Britain: Charles Bronson. Born as Michael Gordon Peterson, Bronson got in trouble with the law young and often. In fact, he’s spent over 34 years in prison (30 of those in solitary confinement), spending only 131 days as a free man since his initial incarceration. So what are his crimes? Anarchy and Violence. He was first sent to prison on a smash and grab when he was only 22, and from there, his sentence just got longer and longer. He’d assault other prisoners—more time added. He’d assault guards—more time added. He’d take off all his clothes and stage a one man prison riot—more time added. He was so violent and hard to deal with, each prison kept shipping him off to other prisons to make him someone else’s problem, but then eventually, he’d get transferred back around again. He spent some time in mental institutions for being insanely violent, but eventually, they sent him back to the prisons for being insanely violent. So, what are some of Charles Bronson’s biggest hits? Well, he kidnapped a librarian in his cell and threatened to break his neck. The man was allowed to leave because of a situation involving farting. He took wardens hostage, as you do, and he famously would break onto prison roofs and destroy shingles, pipes, and air conditioners for days on end. Oh, and there was also that time he took Iraqi hijackers hostage and forced them to tickle his feet and call him “General.” And that’s barely getting started on this guy. Now, he’s changed his name from Charles Bronson to Charles Salvador (in honor of Salvador Dali) and spends his time doing art and cartoons and publishing books. This one is full of wild stories of a truly crazed criminal. Good times. Some examples of his artwork: https://www.thesun.co.uk/living/1362359/the-dark-and-terrifying-art-of-britains-most-violent-prisoner-charles-bronson/
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Episode 234: Ned Kelly: The Australian Iron Man
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we go back in time and Down Under to talk about the life of the Aussie outlaw, Ned Kelly. Kelly is a figure in Australia who summons the same type of rebellion and badassery as the figures of the American old west. He was born in 1855 at Beveridge, Victoria, and started life innocently enough. However, when his father died, the family was left without any money, and they slowly turned to criminal ways. In fact, at age 14, Ned Kelly was arrested for assaulting a Chinese rail worker. Shortly thereafter, he ran with famed bushranger Harry Power and went deeper down the criminal’s path. All the while, an allegedly corrupt police force kept trying to arrest and harass the Kelly family, leading to endless encounters with them. Based on this, Ned Kelly started to steal horses, and he and his brother went in and out of jails on a pretty regular basis. Eventually, a deputy named Fitzpatrick came to arrest Ned Kelly’s brother, Dan. The deputy was shot and claimed it was Ned who did the shooting (though many accounts say Fitzpatrick was untrustworthy and corrupt). Multiple family members got involved in this crime, and everyone from his mother to in-laws were locked up for abetting a criminal. This is where the Kellys got a lot more serious about their crimes. They started to rob banks and take hostages. (So many hostages…). They started to take over hotels and hold the patrons at gunpoint while they planned and executed their robberies. They even used this trick on a police station, taking the cops hostage and using their uniforms to rob a major bank. All of these crimes make Kelly no better than your average Billy the Kid or any other outlaw. That is, until the armor showed up. The Kellys spent upwards of five months creating suits of bullet proof armor. They tried different materials, different densities, and eventually created an armor by re-forging the blades of ploughs. This armor is what made Ned Kelly the most famous. During the final shootout where the cops came for him and his family, Ned wore his Iron Man armor and was the only outlaw to survive the encounter. So, what finally brought the Aussie Iron Man down? How did the last members of his gang die? How did the hotel with the hostages catch fire? What finally became of Ned Kelly? Listen, laugh, learn.
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Episode 233: Salem Witch Trials: Paranoia, Sexism, and Hallucinations
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we explore one of the bloodiest chapters in the history of New England, the Salem Witch Trials. The Salem Witch Trials are a complex phenomenon that coupled puritanical fanaticism with fear of not only the devil, but life in the new world. The laws that led to the persecution of witches in New England date back to 1484, when Pope Innocent VIII wrote a papal bull called Summis Desiderantes Affectibus (Latin for “Desiring with supreme ardor”). This proclamation said that witches were real and were servants of the devil, and from there, witch-hunting mania was born. A few years later, The Malleus Maleficarum (aka “The Hammer of Witches”) was written by the Catholic clergyman Heinrich Kramer (and possibly a partner, the Dominican Friar Jacob Sprenger). Sprenger and Kramer were both given power by the pope to hunt and kill anyone they deemed a witch. While this sounds like the stuff of really cool video games, it more like rampant sexism and murdering women who didn’t adhere to norms of society. This backdrop of persecution for witches (especially female ones) is what the people living in Salem Village grew up in, back in 1692. At this time, 9-year-old Elizabeth Parris and 11-year-old Abigail Williams (the daughter and niece of Salem Village’s minister, Samuel Parris) started having “fits,” which included violent screaming outbursts and physical contortions of the body. Paranoia spread very rapidly, and eventually, three people were arrested as witches—a slave, an old person, and a homeless beggar. The slave, Tituba, confessed to being a witch and signing “the black man’s book,” and the witch paranoia spread. So, how many people were eventually arrested for witches? How many were killed? What methods did they use to kill them? What made the witch mania stop? Why did it get so bad in Salem Village? What brought the Salem Witch Trials to a close, and how did it involve two key literary figures and a political scandal? Listen, laugh, learn.
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Episode 232: Leonardo da Vinci: The Ultimate Renaissance Man
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we delve into the life of the genius, artist, scientist, anatomist, engineer, and the original futurist—Leonardo da Vinci. Da Vinci was born in 1452 and is considered one of (or the?) most important artists in all of human history. He was the ultimate renaissance man. The techniques of chiaroscuro and sfumato are attributed to him, and some versions of history claim that when he was learning how to paint, his master was so humbled by da Vinci’s abilities that he never took up a brush again. Leonardo da Vinci was hired to do a few pieces of art in Florence and flaked out on both of them, but eventually a member of the powerful de’ Medici family hired him to make a silver lyre. From there, word of his abilities spread, and he was hired by the future Duke of Milan. His job wasn’t as an artist, however. It was as a designer of war engines and siege machines. Da Vinci’s abilities as a mechanical engineer and visionary outstripped even his abilities as an artist, and this is where some of his 6000 pages of drawings and designs started to come from. At this point, he started to get more and more commissions as an artist, and he eventually landed in Rome, where he conducted (often secret) dissections and vivisections of human cadavers and created the most detailed works of human anatomy ever drawn or painted before. He became the ultimate celebrity of his era, hanging out with kings and popes and the wealthy who controlled the banks. He was involved in wars and had sexual scandals with male lovers, and he dreamed up some of the greatest things ever dreamed by humanity. From sixteen foot tall horse statues to animatronic golden lions that sprung flowers from their chest, from ornithopters to helicopter, and from giant crossbows to the Last Supper, this episode has it all.   Cool article on an possible newly discovered da Vinci piece: http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2012/02/lost-da-vinci/o-neill-text
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Episode 231: Reincarnation: Can We Come Back?
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we take a look at the arguments and key cases for and against reincarnation. Reincarnation, of course, is the thought that somehow a personality can survive bodily death and be transferred to another person later on. Some say this is a soul, some say it is only consciousness, and others even give it some quantum informational slant, but in the end there is a lot of evidence suggesting that in some cases, a personality does show up in a different individual after someone’s death. The bulk of the research done on this topic was started by Dr. Ian Stevenson from the University of Virginia. He was an academic prodigy who eventually was bestowed a one million dollar fund to research reincarnation by Chester Carlson, the wealthy inventor of the Xerox copying process. Carlson died of a sudden heart attack and wanted Stevenson’s research to be funded and carry on. So what are do the solid reincarnation cases have in common? Well, for one, they typically involve children ranging from age 2 through 9. Second, the children have memories that can be confirmed about other people’s lives (and deaths). They can recall details of their homes, details of their deaths, names and relationships of loved ones, even extramarital affairs. In the best cases, hidden things (like gold in a wall) can be summoned as proof, or new skills or languages manifest themselves. We cover several of the cases that experts hold up as exemplary, and we take a look at everything from the simulation theory to the human soul to information processing on the quantum level called the ORCH OR hypotheses. So how does reincarnation work? Where do most of the cases come from? What do scientists say about Dr. Stevenson’s work? Listen, laugh, learn.   Article on Reincarnation: https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/bering-in-mind/ian-stevensone28099s-case-for-the-afterlife-are-we-e28098skepticse28099-really-just-cynics/   NPR Article: http://www.npr.org/2014/01/05/259886077/searching-for-science-behind-reincarnation
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Episode 230: Parasomnia: The Horrors of the Night!
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we get ready to have a bad night’s sleep and talk about all sorts of strange sleep related phenomenon called Parasomnia. From Sleep Paralysis to the Night Hag, from Night Terrors to Astral Projection, and from Shadow Men to Lucid Dreaming, this one has it all. This show is a mix of multiple topics that several listeners have asked us to discuss. One that is probably the most common is Sleep Paralysis. This often terrifying event is when someone wakes up or is partially awake but is unable to move their body. Some call it a lockdown because the mechanism that locks muscles down during dreaming is still active though the mind is conscious (a state called Atonia). This one gets creepy and involves Night Hags, demons, and horrible beings pressing on the victim’s chest. Two other events that many people report while dreaming are Astral Projection (Out of Body Experiences or OBE) and Lucid Dreaming. Astral Projection is the sensation that a “soul” has left the body and is floating free in the world and can observe things. This type of Parasomnia often happens while someone is asleep, meditating, or clinically dead before being revived. Lucid Dreaming is the experience of people being able to recognize and control their dreams. The two are often associated with each other, and we’ll talk about techniques some claim will help you practice them. Lastly, we cover night terrors (when people wake up completely terrified for no known reason) and Shadow Men, beings that some people supposedly see. The creepy thing about Shadow People is the common elements that witnesses share through all of the globe. Dave also tells a creepy story about his own encounter with a Shadow Person when he was in high school and creeps Brent out! So, get your Nyquil ready and lock the doors because on this episode we talk about all the things that go bump in the night. Link on Shadow People and the Hat Man: http://www.nataliakuna.com/shadow-people--dark-beings.html
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Episode 229: Napoleon Bonaparte: The Ultimate Warrior?
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we look at the life of the world’s most famous short man, Napoleon Bonaparte. Napoleon was one of the greatest military minds in human history, and it’s a bit surprising that his wars aren’t considered a world war since they involved almost everyone. He nearly conquered the world thanks to his unique genius. Napoleon was born to a wealthy family on the island of Corsica and was sent to military school at the age of nine. He excelled. At age 16, he was already a lieutenant in the army, and he proved to be an amazing soldier and tactician. Napoleon Bonaparte played a key role in the French Revolution. While the Reign of Terror was beheading the aristocracy, Napoleon’s army kept the royals from taking control of the new French government called the Directory. As a reward for this, he was given promotion after promotion, until by the age of 26, he was in charge of the entire French army. He had a famous romance with his first wife Joséphine de Beauharnais, but it may have been rockier than history makes out, and it ended in annulment when she couldn’t produce a male heir. From this point, Napoleon waged war with the entire European continent, from Spain and England to the Netherlands and Russia. He suffered many defeats and staged many amazing come backs. He was exiled after he was defeated in Egypt, came back and conquered France again, and kept on fighting. But aside from the war, he changed all of France. He introduced a new banking system, fought for religious freedoms, kept out the old monarchy, and erased laws that favored the aristocracy. He even created the Napoleonic Code which contained a fair, modern legal system which is still in place today. So, what happened with his historic defeat in Russia? What was Waterloo, and why did defeat there serve as the end of Napoleon Bonaparte’s reign? Did he die by poison from his enemies as some historians suggested in 1961? Listen, laugh, learn.   Thorough video on the Waterlooo battle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDZGL1xsqzs
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Episode 228: Jimmy Iovine: Music’s Hidden Mastermind
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we talk about the most important person in the music industry in the past thirty years, the little known (but very influential) Jimmy Iovine. Jimmy was a failed musician who tried his hand at college as a way to avoid the draft to Vietnam. He was an Italian New Yorker from a working class family, and a friend of his sister’s got him a job at a music studio. He got fired. She got him another one. He got fired again. She got him his third job at a studio called the Record Plant, and the rest was history. One day, after he’d worked there for a while, his boss called him to get him to come answer phones on Easter Sunday. It was a ruse and a test. When Jimmy Iovine got there, he found out John Lennon was there, and they needed him as a sound engineer. From there, he started working with some of the biggest in the business. He worked on Bruce Springsteen’s Born to Run. He worked with Tom Petty, Stevie Nicks, Patti Smith, U2, and a host of major artists. By now, he was one of the top producers in the business, and he eventually opened his own record label, Interscope. Iovine spent a year avoiding all other work except trying to get Trent Reznor out of his contract, so he could sign Nine Inch Nails. He succeeded. Then, he teamed with Death Row and signed Dr. Dre, Snoop Dog, and Tupac. He was so involved with the East Coast/West Coast war that he had to wear a bullet proof vest around LA. He kept working, developing No Doubt, The Black-eyed Peas, Primus, Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar, Marylyn Manson, Eminem, 50 Cent, and endless others. But what really cemented his legacy was the backdoor work he did with Steve Jobs. He predicted the demise of commercial albums and was influential in the birth of iPod and iTunes, and he was the co-founder of Beats along with Dr. Dre. He, in fact, was instrumental in working the deal to sell Beats for $3.2 Billion dollars (half of which is his!). This episode is a must for any music fan. From the Beatles to Gangster Rap, Jimmy Iovine was at the center of it, developing artists, developing sounds, and developing technology that have completely redefined the modern music industry. If you want more info, check out HBO’s The Defiant Ones which was the inspriation for this episode. http://www.hbo.com/the-defiant-ones
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Episode 227: Marquis de Sade: The Ultimate Pervert
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we look at the life, philosophy, crimes, and sexual perversion of the infamous Marquis de Sade. As a warning, don’t read this or watch the episode unless you are ready for some crazy sex acts. The term sadism (gaining pleasure from other people’s pain) came from this man, and his life and ideas were very interesting and controversial. Donatien Alphonse François, best known as the Marquis de Sade, was born in Paris, France on June 2, 1740. His father was a diplomat in the court of Louis XV (and a reported pedophile), and his mother was a lady-in-waiting. He had everything he ever wanted and was said to be a spoiled child. He would hurt his servants and throw tantrums, and while he was six, he beat the Prince of France bloody and was sent away to live with his uncle who was an abbot at a church. However, the uncle was also a pervert who kept a male and female in residence of the church, just for his sexual pleasures. From here, de Sade finally moved back to France where his family was struggling a bit financially. He married a wealthy woman to get his money back, and he started a reign of shocking sex acts. Prostitution, sodomy, and whipping were just the start. He once whipped a hooker until she bled and masturbated in the wounds. He forced prostitutes to eat medicines, so he might be able to catch their feces as part of a sexual act. He also masturbated a woman with a crucifix after putting communion wafers in her vagina. This last one crossed the line and started his life of prison terms. He spent decades in and out of prison, and while locked up, he spent his sexual energies writing books of craven sexual acts and perversion that nobody has ever bested to this day. 120 Days of Sodom and was his most famous, so we spend a lot of time on the show discussing this one. Eventually, he survived the French Revolution and ended up in an insane asylum where he had an affair with a 13 year old girl while he was 70. So, with all this perversion, why is the Marquis de Sade considered one of the great French philosophers? How did he influence literature, surrealism, and even Sigmund Freud? When were his works finally published for reading? What does his surviving family think of the legacy he left their family name? Listen, laugh, learn. Very Funny entry for a kid's webpage about the Marquis de Sade: https://wiki.kidzsearch.com/wiki/Marquis_de_Sade   Great Article on Finding the Right Sex Terms while Translating His Works: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/we-translated-the-marquis-de-sades-most-obscene-work-heres-how-a7393066.html  
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Episode 226: The Family: An Australian Kidnap Cult
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we look into the strange Australian kidnapping cult called “The Family.” Their sinister motto: unseen, unheard, unknown. This cult differs from many modern cults because its leader was a woman instead of a man. Yoga teacher Anne Hamilton-Byrne met up with Dr. Raynor Johnson in Melbourne and started experimenting with LSD in 1963. They started to meet up at a place called Santiniketan Park and would talk about religion and philosophy with other academics and professionals. This turned into a strange group of LSD popping spiritualists, and soon after, The Family was born. Eventually the group banded together and bought some property, and in1968 they constructed a meeting hall, Santiniketan Lodge. From this lodge, the cult spread. They continued to recruit from medical professionals and other intellectuals, and eventually, Anne Hamilton-Byrne realized that her Master (a formless being from the dimension of light) told her a couple things. One thing was that she was the reincarnation of Jesus Christ in a female body. The other one was that they needed to start kidnapping children to train, abuse, and give LSD to in order to prepare them for the apocalypse and the coming of the UFOs. (Sigh…) This group got pretty wild and controlled the Newhaven Psychiatric Hospital. This was a place for upper class individuals with mental problems to discreetly go for treatment. Here, they were given LSD and shock treatment and convinced that Anne was Jesus Christ. This place was also good for kidnapping cult members who wanted to escape and give them shock treatment. So, how many children did The Family kidnap? How did they get away with having so many without the Australian government get wind of it? Why did they abuse the children and give them all crazy blonde creepy zombie haircuts? How did they eventually get caught? What was operation Forrest, and how did it get them extradited from New York to Australia? Listen, laugh, learn.
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Episode 225: Michael Jackson: ‘Nuff Said
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we talk about the life, hits, moves, quirks and lawsuits surrounding the King Of Pop, Michael Jackson. Jackson was born in Gary Indiana in 1958, and due to the often abusive hand of his father Joseph, he and his family were formed into musicians at a very young age. After a couple of rotations in the children, Michael was added to the family musical act, which became known as the Jackson 5. They did small shows at first, but Michael’s incredible vocals and depth got them noticed pretty quickly. They signed with Barry Gordy at Motown, and after spending some time living with Gordy and Diana Ross in LA, the Jacksons became a huge hit. They sold millions of records, and through this process, Michael matured as an artist and eventually started to release solo work. His first big solo album was Off the Wall, and a few years later he released the best-selling album in history, Thriller. With Thriller, he amassed numerous top ten hits, earned a record number of Grammys, and became a worldwide sensation. He was bigger than The Beatles. His showmanship, amazing dance skills, and strong vocals made him into a hit factory. He and Quincy Jones released Bad in 1987, and Michael Jackson was at the top of his game. In this same era, however, he suffered a burn on his scalp and face during an ill-fated Pepsi commercial, and he needed to undergo plastic surgery. That surgery apparently opened the flood gates to multiple surgeries, massive alterations to his nose and chin, and even alleged skin whitening. His success also led to some pretty crazy behaviors. He built Neverland ranch, a giant zoo and amusement park where he lived outside the public eye. Here, he got into legal trouble with multiple allegations of sexual misconduct with underage boys. None of them ever stuck in court, but they ruined his reputation. His decline was gradual and sad. His behavior became more strange, as did his appearance, and he even had multiple children with surrogates who he supposedly never had sex with. Broke and facing legal problems, he announced a worldwide tour in 2009. It sold out in a record four hours, and it was truly going to be a massive comeback. However, he died a month before the tour started. How did he die exactly? What did his doctor have to do with it? Why did his doctor do jail time as a result? Why do his daughter and a prominent German business man think Michael Jackson was murdered? Why does Brad think he was killed by Paul McCartney? Listen, laugh, learn.
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Episode 224: Blackbeard: The Ultimate Dread Pirate
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we discuss the wild career of the most famous pirate in history, Edward Teach, aka Blackbeard. Teach was thought to have been born in Britain but moved to Jamaica as a child. From there, he became a privateer (a pirate who worked for England) through Queen Anne’s War. After that, he used his naval skills to become one of the wildest pirates ever to set foot in the Caribbean. Teach was recruited after the war by a pirate named Captain Benjamin Hornigold, and in a very short time, he was promoted to run his own ship in this pirate fleet. Blackbeard earned his stripes and his nickname under Hornigold, and when the senior pirate retired from the life, Blackbeard was left in charge of the ships. He ran his new fleet based on fear of his growing reputation—he even lit his hair on fire before battle to look more fearsome. From there, Blackbeard went on to capture and recruit several ships, adding to his flotilla’s strength. One man, Stede Bonnet (The Gentleman Pirate) was convinced to join instead of run his plantations. Together, they accomplished one of the great feats of pirate history and took a full frigate and flagship from France. They renamed it Queen Anne’s Revenge, armed with 250 men including ex-slaves, and loaded 40 cannons on it. From that ship, Blackbeard ran a two year terror campaign, capturing over 30 ships and being a general scourge of civilized society. Unlike the typical stereotype of a pirate only being in remote waters, Blackbeard spent much of his time sacking the east coast the United States. He once famously held an entire town captive for a prolonged period of time until he could get the mayor to give his fleet medicine he needed (to cure an STD?). The story of Blackbeard is a story of allies turned enemy, cunning piracy, amazing naval tactics, and stunning victories. He died in battle, and the details of his death prove he was the badass that his reputation said he was. Listen, laugh, learn.
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Episode 223: Harry Houdini: The Best There Ever Was
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we talk about the escapes, magic, ghost busting, and mysterious death of master magician Harry Houdini. Born as Ehrich Weisz in 1874 in Hungary, he moved to the United States with his family while very young. His father ended up moving to New York City, and young Ehrich followed him. It was there that Houdini was introduced to live performance and became a young trapeze artist called "Ehrich, the Prince of the Air.” A few years later, he decided to go into magic, doing card tricks at penny theaters, on the street, and anywhere they would have him. He changed his name to Harry Houdini (after a magician idol of his from childhood), and he struggled to find success as a magician. His real strength lie in his showmanship and his ability as an escape artist, and he eventually got noticed and picked up by a theater. In short time, Houdini became the highest paid vaudeville entertainer in America and started to tour through Europe and the rest of the world. His escape tricks were legendary, and some are still a mystery to this day. From his famous milk jug escape to impossible handcuffs, from being buried alive to hung from wires in a straightjacket, Houdini got away from everything. His most famous trick was the Chinese Water Torture trick, which allegedly only a handful of living magicians currently understand. After Houdini became famous, he was promoted to be the president of the Society of American Magicians. His goal here (at his own expense) was to unite all small magic houses in the country under one umbrella organization. He succeeded, and the SAM is still thriving today. During his tenure as the president, he also went on a campaign to prove that charlatans and so-called mediums and psychics were all a fraud. He spent a lot of time disproving any magical or spiritual abilities, even though some say he did his own séances with his wife. So, what promise did Harry Houdini make to his wife about the afterlife? Why did he sue so many people? How much of his act was a fake instead of really being dangerous? Did he die from a punch to the gut? Was his death murder via poison from a group of assassins working for discredited spiritualists? Listen, laugh, learn. Video on Houdini's Death: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJ9lNRAjTQM
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Episode 222: AIDS: From Conspiracies to Cures
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast we talk about the various and deep conspiracy theories that surround the HIV/AIDS Pandemic. So, what’s the difference between HIV and AIDS? Traditional medicine claims that HIV is an immunodeficiency virus that attacks your body’s ability to fight off infection. AIDS is the breakdown of the immune system that causes death by means of other infections. However, with cocktails of drugs that are available in the Western world, people can live with HIV almost indefinitely without it every turning in to full-blown AIDS. Or is that all a lie? The accepted medical origins of HIV are that it is a relative of SIV, a virus that affected primate populations, but it jumped species in around 1930. By the 1960s, cases of it were springing up regularly in Africa, and by the 1980s, it had spread to be common in the USA. Many major celebrities died from AIDS, from Eazy-E to Freddy Mercury, and there was a terrible fear and stigma of the disease early on that still lingers today. One conspiracy theory, questions all of that, though. In fact, some of the key researchers in early AIDS research seem to be changing their concept of the virus. Some of them don’t even think HIV has any connection to AIDS. They follow something called the Duesberg Hypothesis, which argues that AIDS is a global misdiagnosis of other conditions. Also, since the virus targets African-American, Latino, and the LGBTQ communities the most, various population-control conspiracies pop up. Blacks claim it was a designer disease meant to curb their numbers. There is another theory that it came from Hepatitis B vaccines and targeted homosexuals in particular. Many people think it was a bio weapon from the US Government and the CIA. Was the idea that the U.S. created HIV as a bioweapon originally a Soviet cold-war misinformation campaign? Why do so many African Americans believe it is a weapon that targets them? What new cures, vaccines, and genetic manipulations might make HIV a thing of the past? What makes some people think HIV and AIDS aren’t even linked? Listen, laugh, learn.
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Episode 221: Exorcism: Demons or Delusion?
In this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we discuss the phenomenon of demonic possession and exorcism. Demonic or spiritual possession is something that most people associate with Catholicism, but it spreads to any number of religious faiths, Hindu to Islamic and Judaism. In most faiths, the belief is that the evil that possesses the victim is expelled by a person of faith who calls upon the will of god or angels. Surprisingly, the cases of exorcism are growing rapidly around the world, and in the U.S. While in the 1980s, there was one expert exorcist in America, there are now fifty! So, what are the signs of possession, and how do exorcisms work to alleviate them? The major signs of possession are unnatural strength, speaking of languages a person has no history of learning, and knowing things that a person can’t possibly know (often personal things about the priest or exorcist). Of course, more wild things are attributed to possession such as levitation and telekinetic or poltergeist activity, things flying from the shelves, and even burning of the skin when coming in contact with holy items. The Vatican takes possession and exorcism quite seriously. In the Ritulae Romanum, section XIII deals specifically with the rites of the exorcist and how to identify those who are truly possessed (instead of mentally ill). However, the section is top secret, only known to those who go to Rome to learn the proper techniques. A debate obviously rages about the difference between possession and mental illness. Some experts claim that while thousands of cases in a row will be mental illness, there will be one or two in those thousands that are true possession. What exactly does the rites of exorcism involve, and has Hollywood been accurate in depictions of it? What does the psychologist who is called in by priests to determine the mental health of self-proposed possessed people think? Who was Anneliese Michel, and how could her death have involved exorcism? What parts of the world see more possession and exorcism than others? Is there any truth to the classic 1973 film The Exorcist? How did the devil get Michael Taylor to kill his wife and poodle? Listen, laugh, learn.   Philippines Exorcism: http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/philippines_exorcism   Ritulae Romanum: http://www.sanctamissa.org/en/resources/books-1962/rituale-romanum/
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Episode 220: Walt Disney: Mickey, Nazis, and Frozen Bodies
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we talk about the life and works of one of America’s greatest creators, Walt Disney. Born in 1901, Disney was raised in Marceline, Missouri, which people to this day claim was the basis for Disneyland’s Main Street. Disney developed a love for trains as a child, and he also was identified as a talented artist while he was very young, selling work at the age of seven. While he was only sixteen, he tried to join the Army, but they discovered his age and wouldn’t let him. Instead, he volunteered for the Red Cross, where he became an ambulance driver in France during World War One. Once he returned to the states, he became a cartoonist and shortly after that was experimenting in animation, a relatively new art form and way to film. He started making shorts that showed in a local theater, but they failed, and his studio went bankrupt. Eventually, he, his brother, and a partner created the Disney Brother’s Studios, and they created a character named Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. They met with enough success to hire several animators and grow, but the distributor stole the rights to Oswald as well as most of his employees, and he was back to broke. At this point, he was working on another character named Mickey Mouse. After releasing two silent shorts, his third included sound and was called Steamboat Willie. It was a huge hit, and it gave Walt Disney the money to start his real work. He soon made feature films such as Snow White in 1937, and the movies were all surprise hits, despite the depression in America. Once World War Two started, Disney was recruited for the war effort and made anti-fascist propaganda films for the government. This is interesting because a lot of people accuse him of being a Nazi sympathizer himself. By the 1960’s, Walt Disney was a household name. He launched Disneyworld in California (to a very rocky start) and expanded his reach. Eventually, he started the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow (EPCOT) in Florida, but he died of lung cancer before it could be completed. With all of this, comes of course rumors and controversy. Was Walt Disney in fact a secret Nazi? What stance did he take during the anti-communist McCarthy era that hit Hollywood so hard? Was he a monster to his employees? Why did Walt Disney himself claim there were two versions of himself? Was he an anti-Semite? Most importantly, is his body actually frozen, and why do people think this might be the case? You might be surprised by some of the answers. Listen, laugh, learn.   A link for his film, Education For Death: The Making of the Nazi https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vLrTNKk89Q A link for the anti-Nazi Donald Duck cartoon called Der Fuehrer’s Face https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzH1iaKVsBM
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Episode 219: Albert Fish: The Werewolf of Wysteria
On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we talk about the crimes of a man who is perhaps the sickest serial killer we’ve ever covered: Albert Fish. We want to warn you that this episode is not for the faint of heart—this is truly horrible stuff! Read on at your own peril. Fish was one of the most brutal people in history, and he is considered the prototypical serial killer, from his sexual fetishes to his delusions and even his very creative cannibalism (which he even left recipes for…). Albert Fish was born in 1870 in Washington, DC. His father was forty-three years older than his mother, and he had a heart attack when Albert was very young. His newly single mother had to send her children to an orphanage until she could find work, which took several years. During these formative years, experts think that Fish was exposed to beatings, cruelty, and even sexual abuse, creating the madman that he later became. When Albert moved back in with his mom, he was ten years old, and by the age of twelve he had his first boyfriend, and he started to enjoy consuming urine and feces as part of his sexual discovery. By the age of 19, he had moved to New York, where he became a male prostitute and started to really go off the rails. In spite of an arranged marriage and several children, he preferred to have sex with men and children and never seemed to care for his wife. According to his own confessions, he was raping young boys this entire time. In 1917, his wife left him for a handyman who rented a room in their house, and Albert was suddenly a single father. He also went totally insane, thinking God was talking to him. During this time, he started to beat himself with a paddle full of nails, stick needles in his abdomen and groin, and eat human flesh. (Like you do…) Soon, he started to abduct and rape children, often mentally ill and African Americans, so there wouldn’t be social outcry if they went missing. He raped and killed an unknown number of people, and he often mutilated and tortured them first. He finally got busted when he sent a bizarre letter to the mother of one his victims. How did the police track Albert Fish using only the letter? What horrible things did he tell the victim’s mother, and how did it involved China, a steamer ship, and cannibalism? How many other murders did eyewitnesses link him to after the Budd killing? Why does he call genitalia “Monkeys and pee-wees,” and what human recipes did he write his attorney about? Listen, laugh, learn. Link of images about Albert Fish: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/1928-murder-grace-budd-albert-fish-gallery-1.1277430
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Episode 218: Wolf Family Murders: Horror Show in North Dakota
On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we do some true crime and look into the horrible Wolf Family Murders. Jacob and Beata Wolf both moved to North Dakota in the early 1900s and started a family in 1905. They were a prosperous farming family blessed with six daughters. In a time of economic difficulties, they even made enough money to hire a neighbor as a farm hand. Their daughters ranged from 9 months old to 13 years, but on April 22, 1920, the entire family and their farm hand were all brutally murdered. On April 24th, the neighbors noticed that the family had failed to bring in their laundry or their horses for two days, even though a storm came through. They tried to call the Wolfs, but their phone line was dead, so they drove over to investigate. When they parked, there was nobody around, and they heard the crying of their infant from inside the house. Eventually, they went into the house and found a bloody scene in the kitchen and a true horror show in the cellar. The farm hand, Beata Wolf, and several of the daughters were all dead. And here’s where it gets brutal. They were killed either by shotgun blasts, hatchet injuries, or even the blunt end of the hatchet on the three year old. From there, the neighbors found the father dead in the lawn and the two final daughters dead in a manure pile covered in hay. Most articles and sources out there lay the blame on a man named Henry Layer. He was a neighbor who apparently had an argument about an injured cow six months before the deaths. Meanwhile, Governor Lynn Frazier was in a political battle with Attorney General William Langer. Langer hired investigators to check into the murder, trying to find a suspect before the governor could act, so he’d have a political advantage in the governor’s race. So, investigators descended on the scene, though none of them had jurisdiction, and they had Henry Layer arrested for the crime. However, Layer’s confession is made under incredible duress, and he asked several times for a juried trial but was refused. How did the investigators get Layer to confess to the Wolf Family Murders? What threats did they make to him, and did they in fact beat him while in jail? Why don’t Layer’s confession details line up with the forensic evidence? Why do many people think it took more than one killer to pull this off? What is Brad’s theory on who was behind the murders (and why does it make so much damned sense…)? Listen, laugh, learn. Episode of Dark Matters with Cayleigh Elise that talks about the Wolf Family Murders: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6gPFj1wobg
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Episode 217: Jack Parsons: Sex Magician Rocket Scientist!
On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we tell the truly unbelievable life-story of the founder of Jet Propulsion Laboratories, the rocket scientist and occultist named Jack Parsons. We’ve bumped into Parsons in several episodes in the past because he has some crazy ties with everything from Aleister Crowley to Scientology to Operation Paper Clip and Wernher von Braun. If we made this story up, it wouldn’t be as wild as the truth. Parsons was born to a wealthy family, but his mother divorced his father after she found out he was sleeping with hookers. As a result, Parsons was raised by his mom and wealthy grandmother, and at a young age was fascinated with early science fiction stories and fantasy such as the Arthurian Legends. This lead to his burning desire to build rockets to get humanity into space and a love of the Occult that was so profound he even tried to summon the devil when he was in high school. Parsons and his good friend Edward Foreman started building home-made rockets in 1928, when such a thing as rockets barely existed. They got so good at the mechanics and chemistry of it, that they were soon having long phone conversations with von Braun and other rocket pioneers around the world (though they were both still in high school!). Eventually, Parsons got a job at a gunpowder factory and learned even more about the chemistry and craft. Over the years, this self-taught genius became the father of American rockets. He started to land major contracts with the US Military and eventually started the Jet Propulsion Laboratory during World War Two. But this is the tame stuff. Because this is also when Jack Parsons started to practice sex magic. This led him to sleeping with his wife’s 17 year old sister as a matter of religious principle. It also lead to him staring an occult residence called The Parsonage where people could come and learn about sex magic (and rockets) in his mansion. And this leads to even crazier stuff. For example, L Ron Hubbard moved in and took notes while Parsons masturbated on magical tablets. So, how did a scam that L Ron Hubbard pulled on Jack Parsons lead to the seed money for Scientology? What did Parsons do to “magically” keep Hubbard from escaping Miami on a yacht bought with Parsons’ money? What was the Babylon Working Ritual, and how did it help Parsons summon an elemental bride who would someday usher in a virgin birth of Thelemite magic? How did Parsons die, and was it a suicide, an assassination attempt by Howard Hughes, or a failed attempt to summon a homunculus? All three are equally likely. Like I said, we can’t make this stuff up. Tune in for a wild ride. Cool Article on Parsons: https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/vvbxgm/the-last-of-the-magicians
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