In our latest Strange Matters short, Eric discusses the mysterious exorcism of Anneliese Michel. This young lady was raised in a family of devout Catholics, however she eventually began experiencing strange symptoms including auditory hallucinations and a strange aversion to religious symbols. As her violent symptoms continue to spiral out of control she eventually finds a priest who is willing to attempt an exorcism. After numerous exorcisms the unimaginable happens. What really happened to Anneliese Michel? Was she truly possessed or was this simply an extreme case of psychiatric instability with a taste of religious fanaticism? Check out this episode and form your own opinions!
This Strange Matters Short is all about the Wendigo, the legendary Native American man-eating creature. This episode continues our series on cryptozoology, the study of beings that are considered myths and legends. The Wendigo is a tale that was told for generations by the Algonquian people who inhabited the northern regions of the U.S and Canada. This bizarre creature was supposedly a terror that haunted the local tribes. Hiding in the frozen woods of the North and attacking their villages, the Wendigo would kill and devour men, women, and children. Even stranger than the story of the Wendigo is the disturbing mental disorder that plagued the Algonquian people. This so called “Wendigo Psychosis” would spontaneously drive members of the native tribes to kill and eat anyone around them.
Is there any legitimacy to this mysterious and terrifying monster? Why were the Algonquian people so obsessed with the possibility of falling into the practice of cannibalism? Could the Wendigo monster really just be a tall tale describing the acts of those who became mentally ill and driven to eat their fellow tribesman? Listen to this episode and hear all the theories about this strange creature!
If you like this episode check our our earlier discussion on the The Chupacabra!
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In this episode of Strange Matters we delve deep into the past and discuss two mysteries that have gone unsolved for ages. First Eric presents the bizarre phenomenon of the Ever-Burning Lamps. These strange lights have appeared in multiple places and times in history, and are claimed to be able to burn for centuries. Though there is no physical evidence of a working lamp, there are many written records of such devices. Are they some form of magic or supernatural ability, or are they a precursor of advanced scientific instruments?
Next Sean discusses the disastrous and apocalyptic event that is known as the Late Bronze Age Collapse. Suddenly and violently, the high empires and nations of the Bronze Age completely collapsed without warning, every major city in the Mediterranean area left in ruins. This is considered by many historians to be the worst societal and technological collapse in human history. Just what caused so many advanced civilizations to fall into oblivion at nearly the same time? Listen to our episode and decide which theory you think is most likely!
In honor of the New Year’s holiday we are taking a break from our serious research and did things a little different. To start off the year we put together a fun fight-to-the-death style tournament made up of 16 of our favorite monsters and villains from movies, myths, books, and more! Sean and Eric debate which monster should win each fight, with Ethan judging on who gets to move on until we crown the winner of the tournament… the monster of all monsters! Did your favorite monster make the list? Do you agree with how the fights turned out? Which fight between what two monsters would you most want to see? Let us know what you think!
In this episode of Strange Matters we discuss our favorite apocalyptic events that could bring about the end of the world as we know it! Ranging from interstellar disasters to super volcanic eruptions and even a man-made nuclear event, we go over just what would happen to Earth if one of these catastrophes were to strike, the possibilities that it could happen, and how life on this planet would be effected.
Which apocalyptic event is the most disturbing? Which is the most likely for you to survive? Let us know what you think of these disasters, along with any others that interest and scare you!
Disclaimer!! We had some audio problems during the beginning of this episode, Eric’s mic wasn’t working correctly for about the first half before it kicks back in so some of his early audio is a bit distorted, hopefully you can still listen to the episode without much problem!
In this episode of Strange Matters we discuss the infamous Roswell Incident, where a mysterious crashed aircraft of unknown origins was discovered near an Air Force base in New Mexico.
In the summer of 1947 a farmer came across a pile of debris scattered on the ground that appeared to be some kind of craft. Local Air Force officials came to inspect and recover the materials and claimed it was simply a crashed Weather Balloon.
Though many believed the explanation, there are some who came to believe that this was the first evidence of a crashed Alien space craft. As UFO hysteria swept the country, many others in the Roswell area claimed to see other signs of alien activity, including claims of spotting dead aliens at other crash sites.
We here at Strange Matters go over the big stories and claims made my both sides, the Government and UFO enthusiast alike. Is there any chance that this was in fact an alien craft? Or was it simply just a experimental Air Force balloon? Listen to the episode and let us know what you believe of this bizarre tale!