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Big IDEAS, Big OPINIONS, Big MOUTHS… The world famous Sofa King Podcast! The Sofa King Podcast is a weekly podcast dedicated to popular culture, recent events, and whatever topics the hosts find interesting. From conspiracy theories and technology to the mass media and the future, this podcast explores two interesting topics per week in a way that is simultaneously informative, critical, and humorous. The podcast hosts have big ideas, big opinions, big mouths, and give their take on weekly topics in a way that is both cynical and educational. Adult content, themes, and language. Listen below.

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  • Episode 468: William Wallace: For Freedom!
    March 31st, 2020
    On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we look at the life of a soldier, patriot, murderer, and traitor, Scotland’s own William Wallace. During the war for Scottish independence, Wallace grew to meteoric importance and was a cunning strategist and sometimes cruel warlord. He would fight for freedom wherever there’s trouble (or was that GI Joe?), and ultimately become the highest rank of knight possible in Scotland, while simultaneously becoming the worst villain England had ever known. Not much is known about William Wallace’s childhood. Historians claim he was born around 1270, and he was born to lesser nobility. Many think (based on accounts of him in battle and his personal crest) that was an archer in a mercenary army as a young man. Either way, he settled down and married Marion Braidfute. Now during all of this, Scotland was in strife. Its king died falling from a horse (like you do), and the country was on the verge of civil war trying to determine who would take the throne. Eventually, King Edward of England decided he would, and he invaded Scotland, where many historians say he ruled with draconian methods. Wallace’s father died fighting off this invasion, and his wife was killed by a British sheriff. So Wallace said, enough! He went and burned down the sheriff’s town of Lanark with a band of 30 men. The rebellion was born, and a price was put on Wallace’s head. But, he’s William Wallace. So, instead of hiding out, he went town to town and gathered more men to fight with. Eventually, he gathered an army and scored an astounding victory at the Battle of Sterling Bridge. He was woefully outnumbered by seasoned British troops, but he out-played them and slaughtered them. This made the new king of Scotland, John Balliol, declare him a knight of the realm. William Wallace freed towns and captured castles. He motivated all of Scotland to want freedom, and he also made a belt for his sword out of the skin of an Englishman. After suffering a defeat at the Battle of Fallkirk, he left military life and tried his hand at diplomacy. He recruited the aid of France (though they later backed out of the deal) and was said to even visit the Pope to try and get help. Eventually, he returned to Scotland and returned to fighting. He tried to get another Scottish rebel named Robert the Bruce to join the fight again, and when he was going to meet up, he was double crossed and captured. So, who set the trap and why would another good Scot capture William Wallace? How was he killed? Was it as bad as it looked in the movie Braveheart, or was it worse? What were his last word’s alleged to be? Listen, laugh, learn.   Visit Our Sources: https://www.biography.com/military-figure/william-wallace https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Wallace https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wallace_(poem) https://www.nationalwallacemonument.com/sir-william-wallace/ https://www.historic-uk.com/HistoryUK/HistoryofScotland/William-Wallace-Robert-The-Bruce/ https://historycollection.co/excruciating-death-braveheart-execution-revealed-account-william-wallaces-final-days/ https://learnodo-newtonic.com/william-wallace-interesting-facts https://www.factinate.com/people/42-brave-facts-william-wallace/  
  • Episode 467: Dalai Lama: The Thorn in China’s Side
    March 27th, 2020
    On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we discuss one of the greatest spiritual leaders of our time, the Dalai Lama. His real name is Tenzin Gyatso, and he is the 14th Dalai Lama, supposedly the true ruler of Tibet and a beacon for Buddhism around the world. His life story is one that involves mysticism, war, conquering armies, power-hungry warlords, the CIA, and a world leader. Born in a small village, Tenzin Gyatso was an unassuming child of horse farmers. But when the 13th Dalai Lama died, the extensive mystical search for his replacement pointed to Tenzin. There are many Lamas, and several of them are supposedly reincarnations of previous iterations. In fact, two of Tenzin’s siblings are just such lesser Lamas. The search for the Dalai Lama takes years and involves the highest monks of the order. Signs such as the floating head of the previous Dalai Lama and visions near a holy lake pointed them to Tenzin. He passed the tests they gave him, and before he could become the new Dalai Lama, there was a two year struggle with a local warlord and a play to sneak him into Tibet without the Chinese government knowing. By 1939, he was finally in Lhasa, the capitol of Tibet, where he was able to rule his people. By 1950, however, the People’s Republic of China had taken over Tibet. All religious freedoms were stifled, people were killed or disappeared, and it became illegal to hang a Tibetan flag or a picture of the Dalai Lama up. In 1959, a CIA-backed coup was meant to kick the Chinese out of Tibet, but it failed. The CIA had to smuggle the Dalai Lama over the Himalayas disguised as a soldier, where they placed him and 80,000 Tibetan refugees up in India in a government in exile. To this day, the 14th Dalai Lama still lives there. The Chinese still control Tibet, but to their government, he is a dangerous man. He controls the heart and culture of a land that is critical to their country. What will happen when finally dies? Why does he think China will try to create a fake Dalai Lama that they control? How can he stop such a thing? Why did they give him a Nobel peace prize? What threats does he face when he travels abroad to talk? How might quantum physics explain reincarnation? Listen, laugh, learn. Visit Our Sources: https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/reviews/story/a-simple-universal-doctor-of-the-soul-59365 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dalai_Lama https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/14th_Dalai_Lama https://www.dalailama.com/ https://www.tripsavvy.com/facts-about-the-14th-dalai-lama-1458309 https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2008/03/28/10-things-you-didnt-know-about-the-dalai-lama https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-48772175 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V45yL-rqsVo https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/peace/1989/lama/biographical/ https://freetibet.org/about/dalai-lama https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CIA_Tibetan_program  
  • Episode 466: Eddie Murphy: The Era of Eddie
    March 24th, 2020
    On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we discuss one of the all-time greats of comedy, Eddie Murphy. This New York native had a meteoric rise to fame in the early 1980s, and it led to a legendary run on Saturday Night Live and a stream of films such as the standup classics Delirious and Raw. With classics like 48 Hours, Golden Child, Coming to America, and Beverly Hills Cop under his belt, he became one of the biggest stars in Hollywood, and for good reason. He started as a smart but unique child in Brooklyn. While his brother, Charlie Murphy, would be outside playing all day, Eddie would spend the time watching TV and perfecting his voices and impressions. Murphy’s parents split when he was three, and his father was murdered by his girlfriend when he was 8. In spite of it all, he was a well-adjusted, funny, confident child. In high school, he led a talent show and got huge laughs doing an impression of Al Greene, and from that moment, he knew he wanted to be a comedian. He started working comedy clubs at the tender age of 15, and honed his craft through graduation and even a brief stint in college. He lied and said he was a disciple of Richard Pryor in order to get some traction in the clubs, and it seemed to work. At only 19 years old, he got hired by Lorne Michaels on Saturday Night Live, and his second season, he exploded. His bits like Mr. Robinson’s Neighborhood, Tyrone Greene, and James Brown made ratings soar. He soon signed to his first movie, 48 Hours, and then Trading Places. They proved very successful, and he signed for a $25 million dollar movie deal, and the era of Eddie was upon us. He released hit after hit, comedy classics someone is lucky to pull off once, let alone several in a row. His fame rose, and he won a Grammy for his comedy album, and even his music reached number two on the Billboard charts. Of course, there were ups and downs, like the time he got pulled over with a transvestite hooker in his car and having won three Razzie awards for the period in time when he was just phoning in bad movies. But with hits like Shrek and the newer work like Dreamgirls and They Call me Dolomite, his star has started to shine again. Let’s hope he does more standup, and does it soon!   Visit Our Sources: https://www.biography.com/actor/eddie-murphy https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eddie_Murphy https://thegrapevine.theroot.com/eddie-murphy-gets-the-last-laugh-wins-2020-razzie-rede-1842414110 https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2017/10/eddie-murphy-dreamgirls-blu-ray-oscars https://www.kennedy-center.org/artists/m/mo-mz/eddie-murphy/ https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/eddie-murphy-stopped-police-transsexual-prostitute-car-040035645.html https://theglowup.theroot.com/you-want-fries-with-that-nike-fuels-the-coming-2-ameri-1841993958      
  • Episode 465: Ant Hill Kids: Worst Cult Ever!
    March 20th, 2020
    On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we look at a most disturbing Canadian cult, the Ant Hill Kids. Founded by Roch Thériault (aka Moses, aka Poppy), this group started as an offshoot of the Seventh Day Adventists, but soon turned to a sadistic torture house. From frozen babies and the cutting off of toes to homemade pain surgeries and lots of castration, this cult was about as bad as it gets. Thériault was born to a religiously hyper household. They were members of a group called the White Berets, a pseudo-military religion that was highly political and sold journals to make money. Thériault was bright and charismatic from a young age but finished school at 7th grade. His father was abusive, so he left home soon after and married and started a normal life. His life got flipped, turned upside down, when a surgery went bad, and the results were constant pain. He turned to alcohol to self-medicate. His wife left him for sleeping with other women and being drunk, and at his homeless lowest, Thériault found the Seventh Day Adventists. He started selling literature for them and was amazingly successful, so his pastor moved him up to start recruiting members for their church. After a short amount of time, he started to recruit for his own group instead of the church, and his cult was born. On a hike one day, he had a holy vision of a spot that God would spare when the end of the world game a few years later, in 1979. He moved his group there and had them build a new town. He said they worked like ants on a hill, hence the cult’s name. Once everything was in place, the level of pain, punishment, and depravity is hard to capture in a couple hundred words of show notes. Ant Hill Kids had toes and fingers cut off. Limbs were removed. Children were nailed to trees where other kids threw rocks at them. Babies were left to freeze to death as a mercy to avoid Thériault’s sadism. People had to break their own legs, had their teeth plucked out, were castrated, had their genitals burned, and more than one was killed by Thériault’s home surgeries. What happened to Thériault? What brought down the Ant Hill Kids? How many people died? How did Thériault avoid capture when confronted by police more than once? What did the cult do once he was arrested the first time? How about the second? Listen, laugh, learn. Visit Our Sources https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roch_Th%C3%A9riault https://www.cvltnation.com/ant-hill-kids-break-legs-sledgehammer-go-hell/ https://www.investigationdiscovery.com/crimefeed/murder/roch-theriault-the-horrifying-savagery-home-surgery-of-canadas-most-violent-cult-leader https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/us-news/chilling-insight-doomsday-cult-members-13995059 https://www.darkhistories.com/roch-theriault-the-ant-hill-kids/  
  • Episode 464: Lonnie Zamora: The Ultimate UFO Encounter
    March 17th, 2020
    On this episode of the world Famous Sofa King Podcast, we examine the Lonnie Zamora UFO Encounter. Zamora was a police officer from Socorro, New Mexico, and he had an experience on April 24, 1964. What he saw lead to an investigation by local police, civilians, the media, the FBI, and the US Air Force, including Project Blue Book. J. Allen Hynek, one of the leads of Blue Book describes it as the “Rosetta Stone” of UFO cases, and it is still considered one of the most investigated and valid UFO encounters to date. In April of 1964, Zamora was perusing some rowdy teens in a car when he suddenly heard a huge roar and saw a massive pillar of flame and dust a mile or so from his position. He turned to investigate what he thought was a local dynamite shed blowing up. He drove to the top of a steep hill where he could see what has happening, and to his surprise, he saw a strange oval craft on the ground in an arroyo, out of sight to anyone but those at high elevation. The craft was a while aluminum with an insignia on it, and nearby were two humanoids. He called them large children or small adults. They seemed surprised that Zamora saw them, and they headed back to their vehicle, which he thought was some strange car that had run into the gulch. There was a second roar and a second pillar of flame, and Zamora ran for cover on the other side of the hill. The craft was in the sky soon, no more roar, no more flame, just silently moving. And moving quickly! Estimate are that it was going at over 700 MPH with no clear sign of propulsion or noise. Zamora called it in, and another cop named Chavez came. He said Zamora looked freaked out but publicly claimed he never saw the craft. They went into the gully and found four imprints from landing legs and burned bushes from the flame. Within two hours, the FBI was one scene was were other cops, and shortly thereafter the USAF showed along with their Project Blue Book as well as investigators from NICAP. The speed with which big league investigators flooded the area was alarmingly fast. This case has it all. UFO? Check. Little “aliens?” Check. New Mexico? Check. Reliable witness? Check. However, some claim it was not real, anything from ball lightning to a college hoax, to a Scooby Doo like scam to boost tourism in the local town. But what did Project Blue Book’s report ultimately say? What did the pre-media witnesses confirm? Why is this considered such a rock solid case? Listen, laugh, learn.   Visit Our Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lonnie_Zamora_incident https://www.socorronm.org/attractions/socorro-landing-a-ufo-story/ https://science.howstuffworks.com/space/aliens-ufos/socorro-ufo.htm http://www.nmsr.org/socorro.htm https://skepticalinquirer.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2010/03/p25.pdf https://peoplepill.com/people/lonnie-zamora-incident/ https://www.ufocasebook.com/Zamora.html https://supernaturalmagazine.com/articles/the-lonnie-zamora-incident https://www.history.com/news/ufo-sighting-1950s-questionnaire-project-blue-book
  • Episode 463: Irish Potato Famine: Great Hunger or Genocide?
    March 13th, 2020
    On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we travel back in time to the 1840s and look at the Irish Potato Famine. Known as the Great Hunger, this was a period of years where a horrible blight caused the failure of the single most important crop in the nation—potatoes. But the problem was deeper than that. Part of it was a horribly corrupt system of land ownership which was overseen by the British. Another was massive exports of food forced out of Ireland by the land owners while the common people starved. It all combined to reduce the population of the Emerald Isle by around 25% due to famine, disease, and people getting the hell out of there. So, why did the potato cause so much damage to the nation? Well for one, the (mostly British) land owners forced farmers to grow a single type of potato because it made them the most money. When disease spread killing that crop, there was nothing else in place. It was the main food source of typical Irish farmer/tenants, so the starvation was real. It speaks to the dangers of a monocrop and what a disease can do to a food supply. However, this was just the tip of the spear. The trouble came from horrible laws that were enforced by Britain. They upheld tariffs that made the import of food difficult; this wasn’t done in a previous famine, and the open ports saved the nation. This time, nobody could bring in food. But the landlords also exported the crops that were actually growing. They owned the land and the food produced on it, and most of them lived in England, so the food was shipped away to make a profit. The combination of these factors led to somewhere around 1.5 million people dying of starvation or disease and hundreds of thousands fleeing the country for England, Canada, and America. Many people classify what the British did (and failed to do) as a genocide of the Irish people. Some call it an accidental genocide, but others say it was intentional and fueled by racism and religious hatred against Irish Catholics. Be it planned or accident, the laws and the blight were the perfect storm for the darkest days of Ireland.   Visit Our Sources: https://www.history.com/topics/immigration/irish-potato-famine https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Famine_(Ireland) https://www.britannica.com/event/Great-Famine-Irish-history http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/victorians/famine_01.shtml https://www.historyplace.com/worldhistory/famine/introduction.htm https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/books/was-the-famine-genocide-by-the-british-28954929.html https://www.crf-usa.org/bill-of-rights-in-action/bria-26-2-the-potato-famine-and-irish-immigration-to-america.html https://learnodo-newtonic.com/irish-potato-famine-facts https://www.irishcentral.com/news/new-facts-about-great-famine-emigration-out-of-ireland-revealed-139540423-237788421
  • Episode 462: Nostradamus: The Divining Doctor
    March 10th, 2020
    We predict you are going to enjoy this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast when we talk all things Nostradamus. Born as Michel de Nostradame in France in 1503, this man was said to have predicted the future with eerie accuracy. Haters gonna hate and skeptics gonna skept, but some of his creepy quatrains do seem like they came true. Nostradamus grew up in a fairly wealthy family and had the benefits of a great education and a keen intellect. He was accepted to college at age 14, and after a few years, he was traveling Europe and battling the Bubonic Plague. He made quite a name for himself as a physician with a much higher cure rating than most other doctors. His radical remedy? Vitamin C, clean air, draining the puss, and keeping people and place clean. Of course it worked. But these novel approaches got him noticed, and he soon had a royal sponsor, a wife, and two kids. Then, he soon had a dead wife and two dead kids, because, you know, the plague… After he made a comment about a religious statue, the church sent the Inquisition his way, so Nostradamus wisely decided to travel the world and skip town for a bit. While traveling, he had a “psychic awakening” and apparently studied astrology and the occult. When he finally came back home, he was more interested in writing about the future than we was curing people. Again, he gained celebrity, but this time for his predictions. He famously foretold the death of King Henry II of France and even told the queen Catherine de Medici exactly how he would die. Turns out, he was right to an astounding degree. He wrote several volumes of predictions, which he called Centuries because there were 100 predictions in each volume. Every prediction was written as a poetic quatrain, and some were in more than one language. Nostradamus told his son that he wrote them to be intentionally vague, so that he couldn’t be persecuted for witchcraft. Modern day skeptics think he wrote them intentionally vague, so people would always be able to say he was right, and his own fame would continue to grow while he was alive. Was he a mystic? A madman? A charlatan? All of the above? From JFK to 911 and from Hitler to the Antichrist, many of his predictions seemed to come true. We've talked about other so-called prophets, from Edgar Cayce to Baba Vanga, but Nostradamus was the grandfather of them all. Be your own judge and listen, laugh, learn.   Visit Our Sources: https://www.biography.com/scholar/nostradamus https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nostradamus https://www.gaia.com/article/8-need-know-nostradamus-prophecies https://www.sacred-texts.com/nos/index.htm https://curiosmos.com/nostradamus-2020-predictions-what-did-the-french-seer-foresee-for-the-year-2020/ https://science.howstuffworks.com/science-vs-myth/extrasensory-perceptions/nostradamus.htm https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Man_Who_Saw_Tomorrow  
  • Episode 461: DuPont: Chems, Cancer, and Killing
    March 6th, 2020
    On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we take a look at one of the largest corporations in the world: DuPont. The chemicals it has invented in the past two centuries have changed the world, but it is a family and company that are rich with crime and scandal. In recent years, the films Foxcatcher and Dark Waters famously showed the underbelly of the DuPonts. From murder to pollution to government cover-ups, DuPont is where it’s at! It all started with a wealthy family moved to America in 1800 to avoid the French Revolution. One of them (with the easiest name to pronounce, like, ever) Éleuthère Irénée du Pont realized no gunpowder companies in American could compare to Europe, so he started a gunpowder mill near Wilmington, Delaware called the Eleutherian Mills. This became the DuPont company, and within a short time, it was the main manufacturer of gunpowder and explosives for America and then the world. The company spread to developing chemicals in the 1900s. Pierre S. du Pont even invested in the struggling auto start up called GM. He became president of the company, which led to one of many antitrust break ups of the DuPont empire. In WWII, they were vital to the war effort, and in peace time, they ushered in the golden age of chemistry. Nylon, Lycra, Mylar, Teflon, Kevlar, and many other inventions were thanks to their factories. However, as they developed these chemicals, the ignored safety regulations, refused to give findings to the government, and covered up lethality to the communities and the workers in their plants. Most famous was the cover up of the world-wide toxin known as C8, a key ingredient in Teflon. Oh, and don’t forget about the time one of the DuPont kids started a strange wrestling cult and murdered a guy. This family and this company is a long black list of scandals and corruption…just the kind of thing we love in SK! Visit Our Sources: https://www.biography.com/crime-figure/john-du-pont https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Du_Pont_family https://theintercept.com/2015/08/11/dupont-chemistry-deception/ https://theintercept.com/2018/07/07/dupont-carneys-point-chambers-works-chemours/ https://www.forbes.com/profile/du-pont/#444f1e9a253b https://www.investopedia.com/articles/company-insights/091016/top-5-companies-owned-dupont-dd.asp https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DuPont_(1802%E2%80%932017) https://www.biography.com/crime-figure/john-du-pont https://uspirg.org/blogs/blog/usp/five-things-you-should-know-about-dupont-chemical-company https://www.delawareonline.com/story/life/2014/05/11/facts-alfred-dupont/8921791/
  • Episode 460: The Finders: Your Basic CIA Children Sex Cult
    March 3rd, 2020
    On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we examine a strange cult that had everything from sexual abuse and Fight Club style challenges to Men in Black who live in vans and CIA involvement. They were The Finders. This group was led by a man named Marion Pettie, who started the group when he bought two pieces of property and allowed anyone to live there as long as they could teach him “something about power, money, or sex.” The start of the group, and even their beliefs, are hard to research. This is in part due to the fact that they dissolved after Pettie died in 2004. It may also be in part due to the fact that the FBI was forced to redact all of its information by the CIA and only recently declassified the documents. The only reason we know about them is from a disturbing incident on February 4, 1987. Two well-dressed men in black suits were arrested with six young children in Tallahassee, Fla. They kids were malnourished, filthy, in a state of sub-lingual shock, covered in bug bites, and non-responsive. The men and the kids had all been living in a van (down by the river?). This led to the police communicating with the DC Police who had been looking for The Finders for some time and didn’t know they were as far away as Florida. From here, major new outlets picked up the story, and it got even more strange. Marion Pettie, the “Game Leader” of the cult had branches all over the world and even used computer modems to communicate with each other (something that most people in the world didn’t have). Police found bags full of photos of naked children, kids killing goats, children’s genitals, and very high tech computer systems. They also found instructions on how to buy kids in Hong Kong and how to brainwash children. Everyone from the national reporters, local police, United States Department of Treasury, U.S. Customs Service, and the FBI were trying to find out more and take them down. But then, out of nowhere, everyone was forced to halt their investigations by the CIA. One report claimed the CIA was using The Finders as a misinformation troupe and were therefore protected, even the child sex. Was that part true? Hard to say until more documents get revealed to us, but this is a wild one.   Visit Our Sources: https://vault.fbi.gov/the-finders https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/7x53vg/the-finders-cult-from-the-80s-was-patient-zero-for-epstein-and-pizzagate-conspiracies https://www.swordandscale.com/the-finders/ https://www.reddit.com/r/UnresolvedMysteries/comments/27lqws/the_finders_deep_child_abuse_groupcult/ https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/politics/1987/02/07/officials-describe-cult-rituals-in-child-abuse-case/11f05df1-48e0-41f7-b46d-249c0bd2bc39/ https://steemit.com/pizzagate/@rebelskum/finding-the-finders-and-how-the-cia-helped-industrialize-child-trafficking https://apnews.com/2eab7f35f730aca807f97a8a08896b32 https://www.nytimes.com/1987/02/08/us/inquiry-spreads-on-6-children-and-cult.html  
  • Episode 459: The MV Wilhelm Gustloff: Hitler’s Titanic
    February 28th, 2020
    On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we travel back in time to look at the worst maritime disaster of all time, the sinking of the MV Wilhelm Gustloff. It was a ship with an interesting history that was being used by the Nazis to evacuate Germans from the oncoming Red Army in Operation Barbosa. However, it was packed ridiculously tight and ignored all safety and even military protocols, the result of which was over 9000 souls lost due to torpedoes from a Russian submarine. The Wilhelm Gustloff was originally built as a luxury cruise ship by the Nazi Party to help give members of their labor union morale boost. It sailed over 50 voyages before the war got bad, and once the Spanish Civil War started, she was used to transport German troops. It served as a hospital ship at times, a troop transport, and even a floating voter platform off the coast of England for German citizens. But, when the Red Army was sweeping West, they were known for atrocities toward any Germans they found. Thus, over a million people had evacuated into Prussia and nearby regions, desperate to escape the army. In the Gulf of Danzig on January 30, 1945, the Wilhelm Gustloff was packed to the gills. The ship was designed for 2000 passengers, but after the drained the water from the pools and threw out most of the furniture, there were over 10,000 people on board. That wasn’t bad enough. The trip was cursed by endless factors that should have made anyone turn the ship around. What happened to two of the torpedo boats that should have been escorting Wilhelm Gustloff? What mechanical failure did the only remaining escort boat have? What was up with the mysterious radio transmission that made the Gustloff reveal its position to the enemy? What came of the drunken Russian captain Aleksandr Marinesko who sank the Wilhelm Gustloff, and why did he get a dishonorable discharge? Listen, laugh, learn. Visit our Sources: https://www.dw.com/en/75-years-on-little-known-about-the-wilhelm-gustloff-sinking/a-18226012 https://time.com/4198914/wilhelm-gustloff-salt-to-the-sea/ https://www.historyhit.com/the-sinking-of-the-gustloff/ https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/deadliest-disaster-sea-happened-75-years-ago-yet-its-barely-known-why-180974077/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MV_Wilhelm_Gustloff https://www.marineinsight.com/maritime-history/sinking-of-mv-wilhelm-gustloff-the-deadliest-maritime-disaster/ https://warfarehistorynetwork.com/2018/12/11/sinking-the-wilhelm-gustloff/ https://militaryhistorynow.com/2014/04/16/the-gustloff-incident-historys-deadliest-and-forgotten-ship-sinking/ https://unbelievable-facts.com/2016/02/wilhelm-gustloff.html https://www.deseret.com/2016/1/27/20581211/this-week-in-history-the-wilhelm-gustloff-is-sunk-by-a-soviet-submarine#the-passengers-on-board-the-german-liner-wilhelm-gustloff-acting-as-a-polling-station-for-germans-in-london-and-southern-england-enjoy-themselves-during-the-trip-to-sea-by-singing-and-dancing-as-the-ship-leaves-tilbury-essex-april-10-1938
  • Episode 458: The Axeman of New Orleans: Nuff Said!
    February 25th, 2020
    On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we look into the True Crime vault, back to a series of murders in New Orleans at the turn of the century. The killer? The infamous Axeman of New Orleans. This figure is still unidentified to this day. He killed six people with an axe and razor and injured six others. He may have continued killing outside of New Orleans with his axy ways, but we’ll never know for sure. What we will know is this story is as New Orleans as it gets, involving immigrants, jazz music, and an alleged devil walking the streets and taunting police offers. The backdrop is New Orleans of 1918. The city is famous for its fusion of African-American and Creole influences in the deep south. However, another culture that dominated the Crescent City was Italian immigrants. Over 20,000 had moved there, mostly from Sicily. They started as share croppers making hardly any money, but many of them saved and started selling produce at corner stores or markets. By 1918, almost half the grocers in the city were Italian, and many people didn’t like this. The traditional racist Southern White thought they were no better than blacks and called them dirty “dagoes.” And these dagoes fought back. They brought with them not only a tireless work ethic, but also the Sicilian Mob and the ideas of Black Hand Crime. So, in 1918, a series of violent crimes hit Italian grocery owners. The attacks were brutal, even killing a two year old. Various arrests were made, but none ever stuck, and the crimes kept happening. So who was this Axeman? Was he a member of the Mafia, following up on extortion rackets? Was it a demon from hell, as an infamous letter sent to the police and media suggested? Was it jealous competitors who wanted to shut down other grocers? Was it a serial killer with a particular fetish and MO? How did these murders get all of New Orleans to listen to jazz music on the same night? What happened in Los Angeles that may have let a widow of one of the Axeman’s victims may ultimately shoot and kill the actual murderer? Listen, laugh, learn.   Visit Our Sources: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/axeman-new-orleans-preyed-italian-immigrants-180968037/ https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/axeman-new-orleans-preyed-italian-immigrants-180968037/ https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/axeman-new-orleans-preyed-italian-immigrants-180968037/ https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/axeman-new-orleans-preyed-italian-immigrants-180968037/ http://www.the13thfloor.tv/2016/05/24/does-this-1919-photograph-reveal-an-infamous-new-orleans-serial-killer/ http://www.openculture.com/2018/10/story-axeman-new-orleans-serial-killer-loved-jazz.html https://www.crimeandinvestigation.co.uk/article/the-axeman-of-new-orleans https://medium.com/@hlemonroe/unsolved-the-axeman-murderer-of-new-orleans-2580c0fa59b https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Axeman_of_New_Orleans
  • Episode 457: Illegal AIDS Trials: Drugs Forced on Foster Children
    February 21st, 2020
    On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we take a look at a modern day conspiracy theory that turns out to be true—the AIDS drug trials conducted on foster children. These were a series of as many as 48 different trials spread through seven different states in the US. They were very dangerous Phase I and Phase II drug trials that were performed on children with AIDS or HIV. The really nasty part is that many of the kids didn’t have any legal advocate, and when they wanted to stop the drug trials, they weren’t allowed. Some were even force fed with feeding tubes surgically inserted into their stomachs. This story came out in 2005 thanks to reporting done by Jamie Doran of the BBC (see show notes below for the Guinea Pigs documentary link) and John Solomon from the Associate Press. While the trials were done on children in multiple locations, the worst of it was in New York City. Thanks to then Mayor Giuliani, a group called the Administration for Children's Services (ACS) was created. This monster of an organization was gifted with the power to take children away from parents for simply refusing medical treatment. And they did. In the 1990s, they started to take away infected children from biological and legal parents simply for not giving them dangerous, sometimes untested drugs. Not giving them the drugs made them “abusive” parents, so the kids were taken from them and placed in foster homes such as the Catholic church owned Incarnation Children’s Center. From the Catholic group home to prestigious research hospitals to academic institutions and the giant pharma companies, everyone was complicit. They denied children their legal rights, took them from their parents, and filled their bodies with Black Label, dangerous drugs. How many kids were involved? What percent were foster kids? What legal protections do parents have against getting their kids taken away? What happened to the kind-hearted nurse who tried to help? Listen, laugh, learn. Visit Our Sources: Guinea Pigs BBC Documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2ScDCIDYJI http://www.nbcnews.com/id/7736157/ns/health-aids/t/government-tested-aids-drugs-foster-kids/#.Xkhg6yhKg2w http://www.natap.org/2005/newsUpdates/062005_02.htm https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4669470 https://ahrp.org/2004-a-national-scandal-aids-drug-experiments-on-children-in-foster-care/ https://ahrp.org/aids-drug-vaccine-experiments-on-foster-children/
  • Episode 456: Tulsa Race Massacre: Oklahoma’s Dark Day
    February 18th, 2020
    On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we look at a dark (and often unknown) chapter from American history, the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921. This was brought to the public’s attention in the excellent HBO Watchmen series, and many people (hosts included) thought it was just a fiction from this world of super heroes. However, it was very real and very tragic. The whole thing unfolded in perhaps the most unique and prosperous neighborhood for African Americans in the all of the US, a portion of Tulsa known as Greenwood. This area was called the Black Wall Street. It was a place where wealth black investors from Chicago and New York moved. It had movie theaters, jewelry stores, high end restaurants, everything that many black communities didn’t have. The problem was, Tulsa also had white supremacy groups such as the KKK and the Knights of Liberty. They ran lynch mobs and saw vigilante “justice” even on white criminals who they would storm out of police detention and kill. On Memorial Day weekend, a black shoe shiner named Dick Rowland had an encounter with elevator operator named Sarah Page in the elevator of the Drexler Building. She screamed. He ran out. The next day he was arrested for no particular reason. By that afternoon, a mob of 1000 people stormed the sheriff’s department, even though they concluded no crime was committed. Some black residents banded together with weapons (many were vets from WWI), and thing escalated quickly. Shots were fired, and ten whites and two black were dead in minutes. The white mob armed itself and stormed Greenwood. They burned down 35 city blocks in one night. They destroyed the businesses, torched 1200 houses, left 8000 black residents homeless, and murdered as many as 300 innocent victims. The immediate response afterward was a systematic cover up. No journalist could write about it. Tulsa police and military records went missing, and all the culpability of city leaders who stoked the flames were disappeared. There have since been memorials and calls for reparation, but even Dr. Manhattan can’t save the day this time.   Visit Our Sources: https://www.theatlantic.com/sponsored/hbo-2019/the-massacre-of-black-wall-street/3217/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tulsa_race_massacre https://www.history.com/topics/roaring-twenties/tulsa-race-massacre https://www.tulsahistory.org/exhibit/1921-tulsa-race-massacre/ https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/21/arts/television/watchmen-tulsa-race-riot.html https://www.okhistory.org/publications/enc/entry.php?entry=TU013 https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2018/10/11/we-lived-like-we-were-wall-street/ https://www.npr.org/2019/12/17/789015343/new-research-identifies-possible-mass-graves-from1921-tulsa-race-massacre https://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/possible-mass-grave-1921-tulsa-race-massacre-found-researchers-n1102781 https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/long-lost-manuscript-contains-searing-eyewitness-account-tulsa-race-massacre-1921-180959251/ https://www.theringer.com/2018/6/28/17511818/black-wall-street-oklahoma-greenwood-destruction-tulsa
  • Episode 455: Taylor Swift: Feuds, Fortune, and Fame
    February 14th, 2020
    On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we discuss the queen of pop and the princess of country western, Taylor Swift! Brad celebrates her entire collection, Dave just discovered and digs her, and Brent…knows who she is. Regardless of where you fall on the T-Swift spectrum, she’s an incredibly gifted song writer with ten Grammys and endless awards. She was the wealthiest celebrity under 30. She’s had a crazy life of stardom and feuds, and her story is a testament to what hard work and talent can get you (to the tune of $400 million). She was born to an upper middle class family of stock brokers in Pennsylvania back in 1989. She spent her childhood living on a Christmas tree farm of all things, and at age nine, she discovered a love for music. By age 14, her parents moved to Tennessee, so she could be close to the country music scene in Nashville. This was not a mistake. In short order, she was discovered singing a small gig and signed. From there, she released her single “Tim McGraw” and has been experiencing an exponential growth of success ever since. As she matured, she started to reinvent herself from country to pop, and her fame and accomplishments only grew with the change. There was of course the infamous beef with Kanye West, which we talk about in some detail. She even had a beef with Katy Perry once. But love her or hate her, she stands up for what she believes in. She speaks out for women’s rights and LGBTQ issues, even at the detriment of record sales. She dipped her toe in politics to try and register more voters, and she gives back through philanthropic causes. She’s the focus of the documentary Miss Americana and one of the biggest stars on the planet. So give this one a listen, give this one a laugh, and go ahead and learn while you’re at it!   Visit Our Sources https://www.biography.com/musician/taylor-swift https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taylor_Swift https://www.singers.com/bio/6625 https://www.forbes.com/profile/taylor-swift/#1441f0f618e2 https://summary.org/taylor-swift-net-worth/ https://www.nme.com/blogs/nme-blogs/taylor-swift-facts-trivia-2264582 https://heavy.com/money/2019/08/taylor-swift-net-worth/
  • Episode 454: Falcon Lake: Canada’s Roswell
    February 11th, 2020
    On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we look North of the Border at “The Roswell of Canada” known as the Incident at Falcon Lake. This took place back in 1967. Most people claim it is the most documented encounter in Canada’s UFO history. It is the story of a Polish prospector who stumbled on two craft, gets burned, and has strange health problems the rest of his life. So where does this story begin? A remote lake in Manitoba. Stefan Michalak was a mechanic from Poland who did prospecting as a hobby. He found himself at Falcon Lake since the area is rich with minerals. He staked a claim there the previous year and was out looking for the goods. While there, he heard a bunch of geese (a gaggle?) honk and freak out and fly off. He went to investigate and was surprised at what he saw. There were two craft on the ground, glowing. He described them as cigarette shaped (but drew them as saucers, oddly enough). Michalak approached the craft, assuming they were American test craft, and he called to see if the pilots needed help. What he got for his trouble was a UFO door that shut in his face and a hot blast of air through a metal grate that burned his shirt off and left a grid of scars on his abdomen. Next, Michalak took a bus home to his family and was sick and stunk of ozone and chemicals. He lost weight, and doctors thought he was suffering from radiation sickness, but specialists at the Mayo Clinic said they didn’t know what was wrong with him. Months later, the US government and the RCMP found the site and did investigations. Ultimately, they found burned marks in the ground, high levels of radiation, and later on, melted metal fragments in the rocks. Michalak’s family suffered social disgrace from the incident, but his story stayed remarkably stable. The critics posed questions later about an encounter with the police as he left the site, but this is an interesting case because it came before UFO fever had gripped the world. Visit Our Sources https://alienufoblog.com/falcon-lake-incident-of-1967-ufo-sighting/ https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/falcon-lake-incident-book-anniversary-1.4121639 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UFO_sightings_in_Canada#1967,_Falcon_Lake,_Manitoba_incident https://unsolvedmysteries.fandom.com/wiki/Falcon_Lake_UFO https://www.clermontsun.com/2018/10/26/falcon-lakes-mysterious%E2%80%88ufo-event/ https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/610260/ufo-sighting-documents-donated-to-university-of-manitoba https://www.livescience.com/canadian-ufo-collection-falcon-lake-incident.html https://www.thedailybeast.com/hunting-flying-saucers-in-the-great-white-north https://www.appalachianghostwalks.com/USUFOCenter/ufologist/booth/falconlake1.html  
  • Episode 453: General George Patton: The Legend of WWII
    February 7th, 2020
    On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we look at the life of an exceptional man of war, General George S. Patton. Patton was born to a privileged family. He knew politicians and seemingly indestructible Civil War generals as a child. His family was a military family, and he was destined to be the same. After academic struggles, he entered West Point. Here, he flunked out in math but excelled in tactics and military drills. Once he graduated, he wiggled his way to the Mexican border where he worked for General Pershing and fought the Mexican outlaw, Pancho Villa. He made a name for himself here and earned promotions before his time in WWI. In the war, he saw a new type of combat, ones using battle tanks. He quickly became the nation’s (if not the world’s) expert at tank warfare and mechanized combat. After legendary exploits in WWI France, he found himself in World War II, where he was indispensable. He helped capture North Africa, Sicily, and most of Germany on his push for blood and guts. Then, there was the time he slapped two soldiers and almost got fired. Oh, and the time he killed a soldier with a shovel, but nobody seemed to care. Did I mention he was an Olympic athlete, redesigned the sabre used by the US Army, and believed in reincarnation? Love him or hate him, George Patton was a quintessential war soldier.   Visit Our Sources: https://www.biography.com/military-figure/george-patton https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_S._Patton https://www.history.com/topics/world-war-ii/george-smith-patton https://www.loc.gov/collections/george-s-patton-diaries/about-this-collection/ https://www.americanheritage.com/ikes-son-remembers-george-s-patton-jr https://vault.fbi.gov/george-s.-patton https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-price-of-being-a-patton-wrestling-with-the-legacy-of-americas-most-famous-general https://www.military.com/army/lt-gen-george-s-patton-jr.html https://www.history.com/news/10-things-you-may-not-know-about-george-patton
  • Episode 452: Aileen Wuornos: The Tragic Life of a Monster
    February 4th, 2020
    On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we look at the life and death (sentence) of the monster Aileen Wuornos. She was a notorious female serial killer, the one that the movie Monster was based on. She only killed five, but she had a hell of a path getting there. Her father was a child molester who killed himself in prison. His mother was a teenager who abandoned Aileen and her brother. This put her under the care of her grandparents; her grandmother the alcoholic, and her grandfather the rapist. Her horrible childhood led to her having sex as a child for loose change and cigarettes just to be popular. She even had sex with her brother. After she was impregnated at 14, she became homeless and lived in the woods. The only way to survive was to sell her body, and she started a career of that. She moved to Florida, married a rich guy, abused him, and got annulled in nine weeks. She met the love of her life, a woman named Tyria Moore, and she started a decades long career of random petty crimes as a hooker. Eventually, she was assaulted by one of her customers and killed him in what she called self-defense. This led to a killing spree over the course of a year. How did she get busted? Did her girlfriend give her up? How many times was she arrested? How did her brother die? How many men did she kill, and were they all customers? Listen, laugh, learn.   Visit Our Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aileen_Wuornos https://www.biography.com/crime-figure/aileen-wuornos http://www.clarkprosecutor.org/html/death/US/wuornos805.htm https://capitalpunishmentincontext.org/cases/wuornos https://listverse.com/2020/01/04/10-tragic-facts-about-the-life-of-aileen-wuornos/ https://allthatsinteresting.com/aileen-wuornos https://murderpedia.org/female.W/w/wuornos-aileen.htm  
  • Episode 451: Great Pacific Garbage Patch: Disaster at Sea
    January 31st, 2020
    On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we look at one of the worst industrial catastrophes of the modern age, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. This so-called island of trash is not an island at all. It is actually quite worse. The gyres in the ocean move every single bit of plastic, garbage, and fishing nets (sooooo many fishing nets) in a constant rotation. While there are areas where the larger trash congeals into solid islands, the majority of it is micro plastic that has broken up due currents and the sun. Think of it as cat litter sized plastic filling our oceans. How much? Try seven million tons that go nine feed deep and spread to an area twice the size of Texas. That’s trillions of bits of plastic, or hundreds of pieces of plastic for every person on the planet. What are the efforts to clean it up? How much will it cost? What damage does this do to the sea life? Who discovered it? What can you do to help? Who is the worst contributor globally? Listen, laugh, learn.   Visit Our Sources: https://www.nationalgeographic.org/encyclopedia/great-pacific-garbage-patch/ https://www.listland.com/10-horrifying-facts-about-the-great-pacific-garbage-patch/ https://eradicateplastic.com/10-interesting-facts-about-the-great-pacific-garbage-patch/ https://factslegend.org/40-interesting-great-pacific-garbage-patch-facts/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HBtl4sHTqU https://response.restoration.noaa.gov/about/media/how-big-great-pacific-garbage-patch-science-vs-myth.html https://theoceancleanup.com/great-pacific-garbage-patch/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Pacific_garbage_patch https://psmag.com/environment/trash-islands-taking-over-oceans https://www.foxnews.com/science/plan-to-clear-great-pacific-garbage-patch-texas-sized-island-of-trash-in-ocean-draws-concerns  
  • Episode 450: Bikram Choudhury: Yoga Guru or Cult-Leader Rapist?
    January 28th, 2020
    On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we look at the life and crimes of Bikram Choudhury, yoga guru and rapist. This guy ticked all the boxes of a cult leader: crazy charisma, the ability to bilk money from followers, promises of better spiritual and physical life, and lots of sex! He allegedly taught yoga to Elvis, Richard Nixon, Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, Quincy Jones, Barbara Streisand, Madonna, Lady Gaga and David Beckham. He never called it a cult, but he had over 650 franchises of his yoga studio around the world and millions of dollars and assets provided by thousands of adoring followers. The problem was, a lot of his sex was not consensual. He was a predator who would sexually assault and rape people at his nine week long yoga seminars held at plush hotels. Eventually, he was busted by the likes of Larissa Anderson and Sarah Baughn, and he lost his empire to his ex-lawyer Minakshi Jafa-Bodden. So where is he now? Did he ever do any jail time? What countries will let him live there without extradition? Was his divorce a sham to hide money? Listen, laugh, learn.   Visit Our Sources: https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/movies/story/2019-11-22/bikram-choudhury-netflix-documentary-yoga-sexual-assault https://www.mamamia.com.au/bikram-choudhury/ https://www.oxygen.com/true-crime-buzz/did-rajashree-choudhury-divorce-yoga-guru-husband-bikram https://www.oprahmag.com/entertainment/tv-movies/a29857796/where-is-bikram-choudhury-now-yoga-founder-netflix-documentary/ https://www.cinemablend.com/news/2485542/what-bikram-choudhury-thinks-about-netflix-scathing-new-yoga-documentary https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/nov/20/bikram-choudhury-yoga-founder-abuse-netflix-documentary https://www.huffpost.com/entry/bikram-choudhury-sexual-assault_n_5d4dc527e4b0fd2733f0286f?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAANNqHUXwNhr2kYfOLAqioxTzln2hiR0gtJSVg8E4wN2pWc677atsmGGp1F8J7guUwxDTauiMAjzHnlH4LXX7bxhUvNaQ8cyS9rsGGMx1E3HNBukSFzUiJ4glE6iFdWmjl9ihTwuf3NTLV9tT-BCrbTFg7QHYxY_l3b01AEYw6XNG https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bikram_Choudhury https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2019/dec/03/he-made-a-fortune-from-his-trademarked-bikram-yoga-but-now-his-empire-is-in-tatters https://www.popsugar.com/entertainment/bikram-yogi-guru-predator-true-story-46896525 Netflix Original Documentary: Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator  
  • Episode 449: The Black Death: Disease and Disaster
    January 24th, 2020
    On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we travel back in time and look at one of the worst disasters in the history of human civilization, The Black Death. The Black Death is commonly thought to be a horrible epidemic of the Bubonic Plague, though some doctors think it was a different virus entirely. Either way, it killed. A lot. Historical records are weak from the time, but modern experts estimate that somewhere between 70 and 200 million (roughly a third of Europe’s population) was killed in only three horrible years. So where did it come from? The safe money is on China. It spread from Mongol invaders and traders using the silk road. Before it hit Europe, kings had heard of its spread through China, Egypt, and other remote areas. But in 1347, twelve ships docked in Messina, Italy, and the dock workers founds scores of dead, all covered in boils and black flesh. They tried to turn the ships away, but it had already gotten ashore. The Black Death was here. It spread like ink through water—Germany, France, England, Spain. Scores dead everywhere it went. Village after village was completely killed or abandoned. Larger cities faired differently, but death was everywhere. Nobody knew how it spread. The doctors blamed evil being floating from the infected people’s eyes. They blamed bad blood. They blamed sinners. They even blamed the Jews and murdered them by scores. The Italian poet Boccaccio describes the death toll in detail, discussing the piles of bodies in every city, the paranoia, the families abandoning each other. Most modern experts agree that the major vector for this spreading dealt with fleas on rats and mice. They’d drink blood from an infected rodent and then bite a human, spreading the infection. This made it especially deadly on ships and in large, port towns. But doctors knew nothing of sanitation or how disease spread, so things like beating yourself with a leather whip or killing all the cats and dogs seemed a good way to cure it. The Black Death completely changed Europe. The way land lords used to have peasants work their farms was no longer sustainable because there weren’t’ enough peasants left to grow food. Famine came next. So, royals had to let poor people own their own land for the first time, and in some countries women were first given the ability to own land thanks to the Black Death. The plague is still with us. It pops up in India and China (and even California), and in spite of all of our best confidence in modern medicine, nobody can even agree on which disease the Black Death was. Also, if it came back, would it be resistant to antibiotics? If so, get ready for round two, and think about becoming a prepper! Visit Our Sources: https://www.history.com/topics/middle-ages/black-death https://www.britannica.com/event/Black-Death http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/plague.htm https://www.livescience.com/what-was-the-black-death.html https://www.ancient.eu/Black_Death/ http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/middle_ages/black_01.shtml https://www.historyextra.com/period/medieval/black-death-plague-epidemic-facts-what-caused-rats-fleas-how-many-died/ https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg17223184-000-did-bubonic-plague-really-cause-the-black-death/ https://www.genome.gov/27546229/dissecting-the-cause-of-the-black-death https://www.dkfindout.com/us/history/black-death/ https://www.factretriever.com/black-death-facts https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bubonic_plague https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Death https://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/plague-faq https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/327045.php#1    
  • Episode 448: Ken and Barbie Killers: A Murderous Marriage
    January 21st, 2020
    On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we investigate a Canadian true crime and bring you the horrible tale of the Ken and Barbie Killers. Paul Bernardo and his wife Karla Homolka are household names in Canada, where the committed their crimes, but they may not be well known where you are. In short, Bernardo was a prolific rapist, and Homolka was fine with it once she became his bride. In fact, she helped scout victims, including her own sister, and eventually helped him graduate to murder. Bernardo was born to an upper middle class family, but he had a father who abused his family and raped his daughter. His mother who retreated from family life and moved to the basement. Eventually, Bernardo learned he was an illegitimate son, and he started to hate his mother and call her a whore. Maybe this is where the schism started in his brain. Bernardo began to learn how to be a good salesperson, manipulate people, and pick up women. He studied American Psycho as his bible. He went to college and eventually began a raping spree that dubbed him the Scarborough Rapist, with potentially as many as 30 victims according to some. In the middle of all this raping, he met Homolka, and she was down with his sickness. They were both blonde and lived what seemed a perfect life on the outside (hence the Ken and Barbie moniker). But they were both equally perverted and monstrous. Eventually, raping random girls wasn’t enough, so Homolka met a teenaged friend who she worked with and brought her home as a wedding gift to Bernardo. They drugged her, raped her, filmed it all. Two times. The second time, she almost died, but they revived her, and she had no memories since she was so deeply drugged. On Christmas, Homolka decided that Bernardo would get her younger sister Tammy (15 years old) as a Christmas Present. Bernardo used to sneak into her room and masturbate while she slept, so she was the perfect gift. This time, however, their drug cocktail was too strong, and Tammy died. The dressed her and put her back in bed and called the cops. It was December 23rd, just in time for family Christmas. From there, the rapes kept going, and they kept taping it all. They added another victim to their list of abducted, raped, and murdered, a 14 year old girl named Leslie Mahaffy, followed by the 15 year old Kristen French. But hey, nothing’s perfect. Eventually, Bernardo beat Homolka with a flash light, and things went sideways. Homolka told her family that the two of them were the killers, and just as police were getting close anyway, the arrests were made. Homolka famously made a plea deal that spared her 12 years of a sentence, though many argue it was a bogus deal because she didn’t really add anything and was so utterly unrepentant in the police videos So, what happened to them in jail? What type of love affair did Homolka have with two people in prison? What is her family life like now that she’s been released? Listen, laugh, learn.   Visit Our Sources: https://allthatsinteresting.com/paul-bernardo-karla-homolka-ken-and-barbie-killers https://www.thecrimemag.com/revisiting-shocking-murder-scenes-ken-barbie-killers/ https://murdersmysteriesandmissing.wordpress.com/2017/09/10/murders-the-ken-and-barbie-killers/ https://listverse.com/2017/06/22/10-little-known-facts-about-the-ken-and-barbie-killers/ https://www.oxygen.com/true-crime-buzz/karla-homolka-luka-magnotta-dont-f--k-with-cats-paul-bernardo https://www.femalefirst.co.uk/features/true-crime-tuesday-ken-barbie-killers-canada-1201213.html https://www.ranker.com/list/paul-bernardo-karla-homolka-ken-and-barbie/cat-mcauliffe https://www.investigationdiscovery.com/crimefeed/murder/the-ken-barbie-killers-where-is-karla-homolka-today https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karla_Homolka https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Bernardo https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=312&v=6RCn1i5CwT8&feature=emb_logo https://www.youtube.com/watch?
  • Episode 447: Pinkerton Detective Agency: Thugs, Cops, or Something in the Middle?
    January 17th, 2020
    On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we look at one of the most corporations in American history, the Pinkerton Detective Agency. Known simply as the Pinkertons, they have were a key figure in the taming of the old west. They feuded with Jesse James, killed strikers during labor disputes, and protected the railroad as it expanded. They evolved over the years to become one of the world’s largest modern day security companies, but their legacy as corporate goon squads and private armies is still around today (and for good reason!). The group was said to be founded by Allan Pinkerton (though it was really him and his brother together). Allan was an emigre from Scotland who landed in Chicago as a barrel builder. While there, the stumbled on a counterfeit ring and helped the local sheriff bust them. From there, his life as a crime fighter and detective started. He and his brother started two different detective and security companies but eventually merged them to be the infamous Pinkertons of the old west. So what was so special about the Pinkertons? Well, for one thing, they hired straight up street thugs and armed them. Eventually, they had more members of their group than the US Army had soldiers. Secondly, they were not afraid to get their hands dirty. Their union busting efforts saw their members do everything from firebombing to shooting innocent picketers. What else did they do? They allegedly stopped Abraham Lincoln from getting assassinated on the way to his inauguration. They hired the first ever female detective in the United States. They killed people for JD Rockefeller in the Ludlow Massacre. They blew up Jesse James’ mom and little brother with a bomb. They started the first ever criminal database in the nation, and they were the equivalent of the FBI, CIA, and Secret Service in the 1800s when such things didn’t even exist yet. We cover everything from their time as Union spies during the civil war to their feud with the video game Red Dead Redemption. The Pinkertons are still around, though, so let’s hope we don’t piss them off enough to start spying on us!   Visit Our Sources: https://www.history.com/news/10-things-you-may-not-know-about-the-pinkertons https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/james-agency/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinkerton_(detective_agency) https://www.pinkerton.com/ https://www.wsj.com/articles/pinkerton-detectives-still-exist-and-theyre-tired-of-being-the-bad-guys-11548097818 https://www.loc.gov/item/today-in-history/august-25/ https://www.loc.gov/item/mm75036301/ http://www.encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org/pages/969.html https://newrepublic.com/article/147619/pinkertons-still-never-sleep https://www.legendsofamerica.com/pinkertons/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ludlow_Massacre www.denverpost.com/2014/04/11/100-years-ago-ludlow-miners-and-their-families-were-massacred/
  • Episode 446: Modern Day UFOs: Military Mysteries
    January 14th, 2020
    On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we explore some of the most reliable UFO cases in modern history. There are hundreds of sightings out there, so we wanted to focus on ones that had the most eye witnesses or had a lot of military backing. We settled on three cases that were pretty big and hard to dispute and were all confirmed by the US Military. They said this stuff happened, but they denied any alien involvement or explanation. First, we cover the strange case of Ludlow Air Force Base in 1975. This one involves multiple radar contacts, dozens of witnesses, unmarked helicopters, Canadian Mounties, and nuclear bombs! For two days a cigar shaped craft (or 2 different crafts) hovered over this airbase, and it was made known all the way back to the Pentagon. It’s from back in the day, but it is largely considered one of the most confirmed UFO sightings of all time. The next two were revealed to the world by the New York Times in 2017, when they uncovered a government project called AATIP (Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program). It was the modern day equivalent of Project Blue Book and ran from 2007 to 2012, and it captured footage of some pretty wild aerial encounters. They call them unidentified aerial phenomena because of the negative connotation of UFO, but they tracked several. One was a video called the Tic-Tac or “Go Fast” encounter. In it, a pilot tracks a strange cigar shaped craft using advanced radar systems. It was part of the a weird encounter with the USS Nimitz group that lasted for several days. They were tracking some sort of craft, and it culminated with a video (see links below). Another AATIP encounter was with US Airforce F18 jet, and it was called the Gimbal Video. It shows a strange top-like object that spins on its axis and was seen to double the max speed of any known aircraft. Most disturbingly, a pilot on the official cockpit video says there is a whole fleet of them down there! So, download this one, look to the skies, and enjoy these tales of UFOS.     Visit Our Sources: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/16/us/politics/pentagon-program-ufo-harry-reid.html https://www.history.com/news/ufo-sightings-credible-modern Tic Tac: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=105&v=wxVRg7LLaQA&feature=emb_logo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxVRg7LLaQA https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advanced_Aerospace_Threat_Identification_Program https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4qIHWLSOn8 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Nimitz_UFO_incident https://www.popularmechanics.com/military/a29073804/navy-ufo-videos-real/ https://www.livescience.com/65585-ufo-sightings-us-pilots.html https://www.chicagotribune.com/redeye/ct-redeye-xpm-2013-03-20-37880251-story.html https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2006_O%27Hare_International_Airport_UFO_sighting https://www.narcap.org/about-narcap https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loring_Air_Force_Base#UFO_sighting https://www.ufoinsight.com/the-loring-air-force-base-ufo-encounter-a-case-study/ Loring AFB Documents: http://www.all-hazards.com/loring/legends/assort1_ufo.pdf  
  • Episode 445: Dog the Bounty Hunter: Fame and Felons
    January 10th, 2020
    On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we look at the incredibly wild and sometimes rough backstory and life of Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman. Chapman is of course famous for his reality shows, where he shows the perfect admixture of compassion and violence while he is hunting bail jumping criminals. He was so good at his job that he landed the heir to the Max Factor fortune in just 60 days, while the FBI had been looking for him for over three years! Dog’s back story shows a really rough life that should never have turned to him making his way to the right side of the law. Chapman grew up in Denver to an abusive father. He became an emancipated minor early in life due to bruises discovered on his body from home violence. At the age of 15, he moved to Phoenix, Arizona and with the help of a fake ID he made himself. He joined the Devils Disciples, a criminal motorcycle club. While here, he did all the things that a “One Percenter” biker gang member would do, and he earned his nickname Dog. He fell into a life of drug use, drug deals, burglary, and certainly things he’ll never talk about. After several years of this life, he got arrested for first degree murder. His friend shot a man while making a drug deal, and being the oddly soft hearted guy he was, Chapman went home and called 911 to make sure the victim was okay. This phone call (and frankly, his own screw up) led the cops to him. He was arrested and sentenced to five years, even though he wasn’t even in the building. In jail, he became a counselor for other prisoners, and he also landed the coveted job of cutting hair for the warden and guards. After chasing down a fellow inmate who was about to get shot by the COs, he was given the nickname Bounty Hunter. “Dog the Bounty Hunter” was born. He got out for good behavior (and a chat with the warden), and he couldn’t find any work as an ex-felon. A judge let him do a bounty to drop some past child support, and the rest was history. From there, he went straight to the post office to find the top ten fugitives list and caught one of them within days. He started collecting bounties and befriended cops and the FBI, which led to him meeting Tony Robbins and working for him during his self-improvement seminars. From here, he met various celebrities and eventually landed his own famous TV show. So, how did he catch Andrew Luster, the Max Factor heir in Mexico? Why did this get Dog arrested and make him a fugitive from the Mexican law? What happened years later when Mexico had him extradited for his crimes? How popular was his show, and how did he meet is famous wife and soul mate Beth? How and when did Beth die? How did Dog go from having a price on his head in prison to being a prison super star? Is he a racist, as the leaked phone call with his son suggests? Is he really Native American, or is that something he cashes in on and exploits? How did he meet Ozzy Osbourne, and how did that help his show? Listen, laugh, learn. Visit Our Sources: https://www.biography.com/performer/duane-chapman https://www.travelfuntu.com/entertainment/dog-bounty-hunter/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duane_Chapman https://screenrant.com/dog-bounty-hunter-dark-secrets-trivia-facts/ https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/dog-the-bounty-hunter-dead/ https://people.com/tv/dog-bounty-hunter-first-thanksgiving-after-beth-chapman-death/ https://popculture.com/reality-tv/2019/07/02/30-facts-about-beth-chapman-and-dog-the-bounty-hunter/ https://www.countryliving.com/life/entertainment/a29874886/dog-the-bounty-hunter-duane-chapman-dead-rumors/ https://www.celebritynetworth.com/richest-celebrities/actors/dog-the-bounty-hunter-net-worth/ https://armchairexpertpod.com/pods/dog-the-bounty-hunter  
  • Episode 444: Puckwudgie: Evil Pyromaniac Leprechauns 
    January 7th, 2020
    On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we examine a little known (but pretty freaky!) cryptid known as the Puckwudgie. Think of it as a leprechaun, but instead of hoarding gold, it likes to murder people, set things on fire, and shoot poisonous darts at fools. This supposed creature is native to North America, and it has a deep folklore in various Native American groups such as the Wampanoags, Ojibwe, and Algonquian tribes. However, the sightings and encounters continue to this day in New England. So what is a Puckwudgie? It is a short creature (maybe three feet tall) with large eyes, an oversized nose, and a bloated or rounded belly. It is said to be able to vanish in plain sight, light fires at will, and transform into some type of porcupine/humanoid half breed. If you encounter one, it is likely to follow you around and mess with you. Depending on your reaction, and the demeanor of the individual Puckwudgie, this could come in the form of tying your hair in knots. It could also lead to burning your house down, tormenting you for years at night, or even luring you off a cliff and making it look like suicide. The Native American groups thought that these little critters were once friendly with humans, but in an encounter with a mythic giant who scattered them all over the countryside, they turned on everyone and become less mischievous and more malicious. Modern tales of them often involve people walking in wooded areas in the Bridgewater Triangle, a zone of strange paranormal occurrences. They have a lot of activity in Freetown, Massachusetts, home to Lizzie Borden. They even made their way into Harry Potter’s lore as mischievous little creatures as well. On this one, we cover the ancient mythology as well as the modern day encounters and come to a decision on what we think of this freaky little deaky.   Visit Our Sources: https://thoughtcatalog.com/january-nelson/2018/08/pukwudgie/ https://the-line-up.com/pukwudgie https://www.reddit.com/r/Humanoidencounters/comments/4tefuk/pukwudgie/ http://newenglandfolklore.blogspot.com/2019/01/two-encounters-with-pukwudgies-in.html http://www.native-languages.org/pukwudgie.htm https://www.astonishinglegends.com/astonishing-legends/2018/10/22/pukwudgies https://www.animalplanet.com/tv-shows/freak-encounters/full-episodes/pukwudgie http://www.ancientpages.com/2018/04/09/pukwudgie-the-trickster-grey-faced-humanoid-creature-in-native-american-beliefs/ http://www.paranormal-encounters.com/wp/what-exactly-is-a-puckwudgie/ http://www.historynaked.com/pukwudgie/ https://cambridge.wickedlocal.com/zz/news/20191017/4-local-cryptids-you-may-run-into-around-new-england https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pukwudgie https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bridgewater_Triangle http://demonhunterscompendium.blogspot.com/2014/05/the-pukwudgie.html    
  • Episode 443: Black Panthers: Who Watches the Watchmen?
    January 3rd, 2020
    On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we go back to the 1960s and talk about the rise and fall of the Black Panther Party. It was originally founded by Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale in 1966. They were college students fed up with the new racism in the north that the Civil Rights movement wasn’t covering. Among their biggest issues was police violence against blacks in Oakland. Their solution? Carry lots of guns and follow the cops around! As the Black Panthers founded, Newton studied all the open carry gun laws in California at the time and started to sell communist books to white students in Berkeley to afford guns. They started to give all Panthers weapons and had them start to run patrols, following police cars to make sure nothing violent happened. Many members of the Black Panthers were college-educated, however, so their focus was on more than just guns and cops. They started education programs, revolutionary free medical clinics, and free breakfast programs in the poorest ghetto neighborhoods. Their schools became the best it California, and they did some real positive work to strengthen weak black communities. However, there was also violence. Lots of it. There were multiple incidents where Panthers killed police officers, and many more where police officers killed Panthers. Eventually, they gained national notoriety for bringing weapons to the California capitol to protest a new bill that would stop them from carrying guns. From here, the cause exploded and franchises popped up all over the nation. Also, J. Edgar Hoover and his FBI took notice and targeted them with their notorious COINTELPRO system, trying to frame their leaders and get all black national groups and street gangs to go to war with each other. Though it feels like a conspiracy theory, this abuse of government authority had serious results, and it even lead to the FBI staging the murder of prominent members of the Black Panther Party in Chicago. Things started to go downhill for the Panthers when their leader Huey P. Newton went a little overboard. He had killed people before (and gotten acquitted), but now he killed a hooker and beat his tailor. He fled to Cuba for six years and came back to Panther party which was run by women. He didn’t approve and had at least one woman beaten to silence her. He also allegedly got a team of assassins to murder witnesses at the trial for the hooker. None of it went well for him or the Panther party. This group is an interesting study. It is was violent against whites, then changed to be an international force against American oppression. It bolstered schools and chased cops with guns. It even sprouted the Crips street gang in LA when Newton closed down different branches of the Panthers. Love them or hate them, they did a lot to change what it meant to be black in America. Visit Our Sources: http://theblackpanthers.com/home/ https://web.stanford.edu/~ccarson/articles/am_left.htm https://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/the-most-important-legacy-of-the-black-panthers https://www.huffpost.com/entry/27-important-facts-everyone-should-know-about-the-black-panthers_n_56c4d853e4b08ffac1276462 https://www.marxists.org/history/usa/workers/black-panthers/ https://www.history.com/topics/civil-rights-movement/black-panthers https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Panther_Party https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-43587976 https://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/16/us/black-panthers-50-years.html https://www.thedailybeast.com/whitewashing-the-black-panthers https://www.archives.gov/research/african-americans/black-power/black-panthers https://www.splcenter.org/fighting-hate/extremist-files/group/new-black-panther-party
  • Episode 442: Furries: Cosplay, Community, or Confusion?
    December 31st, 2019
    On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we talk about Furries. This group is a unique type of fandom (not unlike Trekkies or avid sports fans, according to researchers) who dresses like anthropomorphic animals and create strong communities both online and in the real world. Even though the media would have you believe being a Furry is a sexual fetish, that is far from the truth. The majority of Furries are into it for the social aspects and inclusion in a welcoming group; indeed, few actually have furry sex. So when did this all start? The formal group known as Furries began in the early 1980s, thanks to a comic book called Albedo Anthropomorphics. It was a sci-fi piece about a portion of outer space in which humanoid mammals were the dominant species. This lead to a role playing game and early web chat rooms, and then Furries were born. They held their first conference, Confurence, in 1989 in California, and the movement has only grown ever since. So who are the Furries? According to research by Furscience.com, it is mostly white males in their mid-twenties. But the group is very diverse and welcoming. If fact, the group has stronger leanings toward LGTBQ than most groups, and it makes the group very inclusive. A lot goes in to being a Furry. First, there is the Fursona. This is the personal that they take on either online or in person at conferences and meet ups. Then, there is the Fursuit. This is the costume that is worn by the Furry, though many can’t afford one (they can often run between $5000 and $10,000). And though it isn’t the main point for most Furries, there is actual Furry sex going on. They call it Yiffing, and it often involves a Mursuit, which is a suit you can have sex in. So, what is the psychology of being a Furry? What do the experts think the difference is between a sports fan and a Furry?  Why is being a Furry more popular for millennials? Do Furries mostly date other Furries? What can we learn from Furries to make our own lives better, and do you want to watch Majira Strawberry eat a cherry? If so, listen, laugh, learn.   Visit Our Sources: https://furscience.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Fur-Science-Final-pdf-for-Website_2017_10_18.pdf https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/animals-and-us/201707/what-s-the-deal-furries https://www.vox.com/2014/12/10/7362321/9-questions-about-furries-you-were-too-embarrassed-to-ask https://nypost.com/2016/05/06/inside-the-life-of-a-furry/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Furry_fandom https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/bjmq9d/how-the-furry-community-became-a-safe-space-for-youth https://www.cnn.com/2018/11/14/us/furries-culture/index.html https://furscience.com/whats-a-furry/ https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2016/feb/04/furry-fandom-subculture-animal-costumes https://www.huffpost.com/entry/what-are-furries_n_6342184 https://en.wikifur.com/wiki/Furry https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-features/furry-fandom-tiktok-gen-z-midwest-furfest-924789/ https://www.huckmag.com/art-and-culture/furries-joe-strike-inside-world-of-furry-fandom/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albedo_Anthropomorphics Majira Strawberry Eats a Cherry: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6CPPBjZ2Ek Furries Lecture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JI4gDaPdnDY&feature=emb_logo Scared Sh*tless: 1003 Facts that will Scare the Sh*t out of You. Author: Cary McNeal. Perigree Press, 2012.
  • Episode 441: Great Wall of China: Man, That’s One Big Wall…
    December 25th, 2019
    On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we look at one of the 7 Wonders of the World: The Great Wall of China. This incomprehensible war machine took centuries to build and maxed out at over 13,000 miles in total length. It is said that over a million Chinese conscripts died in the construction of the wall, and while it is now a place that fills Chinese people with national pride, it used to fill them with fear of forced labor and death. But it did its job of protecting the north of China from most invaders and served to help unify the country. The back story of how the wall was built really gets kind of Game of Thronesy. China was several warring sub kingdoms which had started to build massive walls as protection against other kingdoms. In 221 BCE, a man named Qin Shi Huang came along and unified the seven kingdoms into one Chinese Empire. It was the birth of the nation of China that still survives today. He was said my many historians to be a tyrant who ruled with spies and fear. He saw the North as a threat because of the Mongols and other forces, and he decided to unify all of the previous walls into one long, great wall. He gathered peasants and soldiers and forced them build his wall and protect his legacy and dynasty (all the while wearing a really dope hat!). But, as with all people, the emperor finally died, and the country fell into civil war. Eventually (after an epic battle that involves a lover, a sword dance, and a night of singing that broke the enemy morale), the nation was reunified in the Han Dynasty. Here, the wall was built even stronger (and some say through even more cruelty to the builders). As the Han Dynasty ended, the wall was built or abandoned by different emperors until the Ming Dynasty. Under the Ming Dynasty, the wall was reinforced and considered crucial. The images of the wall that survive today—the towering walls, the battlements, the brick construction—all came from the Ming rulers. The wall stood in this glorified state for a quite a while, until the invaders from the north merged with China, and the wall became pointless. Now, it is one of the greatest tourist destination in the world, and it is one that is danger. Corporate greed, soil erosion, theft, and lame tourists damage the wall every year. Over 30% has been lost to time and human interference, but the wall continues to be a symbol of China and overall stubborn emperors who aren’t afraid to break a few eggs (or a million slaves) to build an 13,000 mile omelet. Visit our Sources: https://www.ancient-origins.net/artifacts-other-artifacts/great-wall-china-0011155 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Wall_of_China https://www.chinahighlights.com/greatwall/fact/how-the-great-wall-was-built.htm https://www.chinahighlights.com/greatwall/ https://www.history.com/topics/ancient-china/great-wall-of-china https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/magazine/2016/03-04/the-great-wall-of-china/ https://www.ancient.eu/Great_Wall_of_China/ https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/the-great-wall-of-china-is-under-siege-825452/ https://mymodernmet.com/great-wall-china-facts/ https://www.factretriever.com/great-wall-of-china-facts https://adventure.howstuffworks.com/great-wall-of-china.htm https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=5&v=23oHqNEqRyo&feature=emb_logo Scared Sh*tless: 1003 Facts that will Scare the Sh*t out of You. Author: Cary McNeal. Perigree Press, 2012.
  • Episode 440: Vampires: Blood, Blade, Buffy, and Bathory!
    December 24th, 2019
    On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we walk into the shadows and look at one of the most popular mythical creatures to ever exist: Vampires. The Vampire has existed in some form or another as far back as ancient Babylon and Greece, and there are versions of them that range from the classic Eastern European model to strange ones in the Japan and the Philippines. Their traits vary over time, and so do their cultural appeal. But at certain times in history, the fear of Vampires was real enough that people did very strange things to corpses to keep them from stalking the living. So what are the common traits of the Vampire? Well, the biggie is of course that the person is dead but now alive again, or undead. Another key is that they drink human blood, but from there, the traits vary. Some eras and locations say the Vamps cast no shadow or reflection; they can mesmerize people; they can change shape; they are superhumanly strong. Weaknesses vary as well: crosses repel them sometimes, some can’t enter a house; then there is garlic, scattering seeds on the ground, or even repelling them with silver. There seems to be no real single event or country that can be thought to be the start of the Vampire myth, but a big one for modern interpretations is Bram Stokers Dracula, based loosely around Vlad Tepes. Stoker wrote another story about a female vampire based on Lady Bathory as well, and these tended to create the smooth, sexy, sadistic monster that can control creatures of the night. From there, fiction took over, and Vampires were defined by Bella Lugosi, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Blade, Twilight, and the Interview with a Vampire, just to name a few. There are of course, “real world” Vampires who feel a physical compulsion to drink human blood. They do so secretly, so nobody judges them, but they number in the thousands. As late as the 1890s, there were Vampire panics in America, and somehow, this blood-sucking monster exists across all mythologies and all times, and shows no signs of going away any time soon.   Visit Our Sources: https://www.britannica.com/topic/vampire https://www.livescience.com/24374-vampires-real-history.html https://www.nationalgeographic.com/news/2016/10/vampires-europe-new-england-halloween-history/ https://www.history.com/topics/folklore/vampire-history https://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/aug/15/real-life-vampires-interview https://science.howstuffworks.com/science-vs-myth/strange-creatures/vampire.htm https://www.ancient-origins.net/myths-legends/english-vampire-0010927 https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/primate-diaries/a-natural-history-of-vampires/ https://aminoapps.com/c/anime/page/blog/vampires-and-japanese-mythology/Lkt8_ueXm8YjnwPqlBPkva0kmKJ7gw https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vampire https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vampire_folklore_by_region Scared Sh*tless: 1003 Facts that will Scare the Sh*t out of You. Author: Cary McNeal. Perigree Press, 2012.
  • Episode 439: Gold Rush: California Dreaming
    December 20th, 2019
    On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we look at one of the most important pieces of California’s history, the Gold Rush of 1849. While many people know about the football team called the 49ers, many don’t know that this name came from a term given to the hundreds of thousands of people who moved to California in search of gold. When the gold was first discovered, people were able to just pick it out of river beds with no mining equipment, and people were making several year’s pay in just a matter of months. When word got out, everything changed. When the Gold Rush started, California was not even a state. In fact, the US was at war with Mexico, and California was a lawless place with a very small (non-native) population. In 1848, a carpenter named James Wilson Marshall was building a mill for John Sutter, a man who was trying to build an agriculture colony where modern day Sacramento is. Marshall found gold in Sutter’s stream, and when word got out, everyone flocked to find more. Most people were at first skeptical about the abundance of gold laying around in California river beds, but an entrepreneur changed it all. He bought up all the mining equipment from several cities and set up shop in Fort Sutter. Then, he stormed San Francisco with a vial full of gold. Everyone followed him, and word spread. Eventually, people as far as Hawaii, Europe, and the East Coast all headed to California. It was a state with no laws, few cities, and nothing much to offer. The travel there was incredibly dangerous, and people sold their houses and everything they owned just to become a 49er and have a crack at the gold. This led to boom towns filled with murder, gambling, prostitutes, and gunfights. It was the epitome of the lawless old west. As more almost 300,000 people moved to the state, the gold inevitably dried up to where the only people making a fortune were those selling gear to miners. Once the surface gold was gone, the mining was turned to large scale operations that would strip mine mountains to get the gold laying beneath the surface. This process, and the racism of the white miners led to the destruction of natural habitats, indigenous people, and any hope of agriculture near the streams now filled with tons of soot. It was a crazy time. Women took on roles traditionally held by men, a true melting pot of people from all over the world descended on one state, and the idea of the California Dram was ultimately born.   Visit Our Sources: https://www.history.com/topics/westward-expansion/gold-rush-of-1849 https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/goldrush-california/ Letter from 49er: http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/californiagoldrush.htm https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gold_rush https://www.legendsofamerica.com/ca-goldrush/ https://www.historynet.com/california-gold-rush Scared Sh*tless: 1003 Facts that will Scare the Sh*t out of You. Author: Cary McNeal. Perigree Press, 2012.
  • Episode 438: Foo Fighters of WWII: Nazi Tech or Natural Phenomenon
    December 17th, 2019
    On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we travel back in time to look at one of the earliest events of UFO history, the Foo Fighters of World War Two. Before a grunge band took the name, it was a term used by the US Army to describe unexplained phenomenon that pilots saw over various battle fronts in the war. From the Pacific to Africa, Germany to the Mediterranean, these strange lights in the sky were seen. What’s even more strange is that they were reported by not only US troops but by the Brits, Germans, Italians, and Japanese as well as others. So what did the pilots see when they reported Foo Fighters? They were typically lights that looked like multi colored fire floating in the sky near aircraft that were flying night missions (though sometimes the lights formed shapes like a T or were cigar shaped). The Foo Fighters changed course to keep apace of the airplanes. They sped up, slowed down, and at times seemed to play with the pilots. The airmen who saw these came to the conclusion that they were under intelligent control. None of the pilots thought they were alien in origin, but some sort of Axis weapon, aircraft, or surveillance device, so they took the presence of Foo Fighters seriously. Though they were spotted all through the war, the thing that made them the most famous was a string of sightings from the 415th Night Fighter Squadron in 1944. This squad gave them their name, based on an old comic strip. In fact, an embedded Associate Press reporter for the 415th is the one who made the sightings known to a larger audience when he published an article about the Foo Fighters. So what were these strange UFOs? Many theories run from them being pilot fatigue to St. Elmo’s Fire to a German device (such as the Wernher von Braun’s V2 Rocket or something called a Feuerball), but none of these quite fit the unique characteristics of the Foo Fighters and their behavior in the air. If you love yourself some World War Two, Nazi Tech, and UFOs, this is the one for you!   Visit Our Sources: https://www.history.com/news/wwii-ufos-allied-airmen-orange-lights-foo-fighters https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foo_fighter https://www.airspacemag.com/history-of-flight/what-were-mysterious-foo-fighters-sighted-ww2-night-flyers-180959847/ https://science.howstuffworks.com/space/aliens-ufos/foo-fighter.htm https://www.warhistoryonline.com/instant-articles/foo-fighters-learn-to-fly-ufos.html https://www.history101.com/foo-fighters/ https://www.gaia.com/article/nazi-ufo-technology-foo-fighters-exposed https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/howaboutthat/3447508/UFO-sightings-140-years-of-UFO-pictures.html?image=4 https://www.crystalinks.com/foofighters.html http://www.project1947.com/articles/arwwr.htm http://www.uk-ufo.org/condign/histfoo1.htm Scared Sh*tless: 1003 Facts that will Scare the Sh*t out of You. Author: Cary McNeal. Perigree Press, 2012.
  • Episode 437: Russell Williams: A Predator Pilot in Panties
    December 13th, 2019
    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.
  • Episode 436: George Lucas: From Greaser to Myth Maker
    December 10th, 2019
    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.
  • EPISODE 435: Australia: WWII
    December 6th, 2019
    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.
  • EPISODE 434: Norwegian Black Metal: Satan, Arson, Murder, Suicide
    December 3rd, 2019
    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.
  • Episode 433: Pascagoula Alien Abduction: Madness in Mississippi
    November 28th, 2019
    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  
  • Episode 432: Mark Zuckerberg: From Zucknet to Facebook
    November 26th, 2019
    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...
  • Episode 431: The Dust Bowl: Oklahoma’s Epic Fail
    November 22nd, 2019
    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  
  • Episode 430: Ilse Koch: The Bitch of Buchenwald
    November 19th, 2019
    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  
  • Episode 428: Library of Alexandria: A Collection of The Worlds Knowledge Lost
    November 14th, 2019
    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  
  • Episode 427: Carl Tanzler: The Tale of The Corpse Bride
    November 12th, 2019
    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
  • Episode 426: The Yorkshire Ripper: Blood and Bludgeoning
    November 8th, 2019
    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  
  • Episode 425: Unarius Academy of Science: Bad Cult, Awesome Films
    November 5th, 2019
    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
  • Bonus Episode: Waiting for Brad…
    November 1st, 2019
    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!
  • Episode 424: Freddie Mercury: The Ultimate Rock God
    October 29th, 2019
    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)
  • Bonus Episode: Stand Up or Sit Down?!
    October 25th, 2019
    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!
  • Peter Freuchen: From Poo Daggers to Killing Nazis
    October 22nd, 2019
    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
  • Bonus Episode: Brad’s Not Here!
    October 18th, 2019
    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!
  • Patreon Episode: Misunderstood
    October 17th, 2019
    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 
  • Episode 422: Fresno Nightcrawlers: Alien Break Dance Battle?
    October 15th, 2019
    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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