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Paranormal, unexplainable, and uncanny stories aren't just in the fiction section. They happen every day, to people just like you. One Strange Thing brings you family-friendly stories from America's newspaper archives. And they all have something in common: an element that can't be explained by logic alone. Join us on our trek through small town U.S.A.'s oddities - and prepare to wonder what oddities are hiding in your hometown, too.
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Back in 1966, dozens of UFO sightings swept the Ann Arbor, Michigan area—and then crept through the Midwest, into New England, and beyond. And the scores of people who reported sightings—including an entire college dormitory—weren’t ready to accept the official explanation for what they experienced. Hosted and Written by Laurah Norton Research by L…
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Coming to you deep from Florida’s swamps and, well, wherever else it wants to be, is the Sunshine State’s favorite cryptid, the skunk ape: an extra smelly bigfoot who grew popular in the 1970s but, perhaps, has been around a lot longer than that. Hosted and Written by Laurah Norton Research by Laurah Norton and Bryan Worters Produced and Engineered…
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A relative newcomer to the cryptid fold, the chupacabra made its worldwide debut in 1995, when mysterious livestock attacks were reported across Puerto Rico—and a strange creature was accused of draining blood and sowing mayhem wherever it appeared. Hosted and Written by Laurah Norton Research by Laurah Norton and Bryan Worters Produced and Enginee…
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Laurah’s traveling all month — so while we cook up some strange new offerings for you, please enjoy this episode from our archives. Whether presented as urban legend, murderous maniac, or ghostly avenger, the Bunnyman of Virginia has haunted a certain overpass near Fairfax--Colchester Bridge--and its residents for more than fifty years. This week, …
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Laurah’s traveling all month — so while we cook up some strange new offerings for you, please enjoy this episode from our archives. West Virginia isn’t the only region to boast its very own Mothman; since the mid-20 century, Chicago and the Lake Michigan area has had reports of flying humanoids, and those sightings have only picked up since 2011. W…
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Centralia, Pennsylvania was a busy mining town until a fire of unclear origins started — and swept its way beneath the town. To this day, the mine shafts that built Centralia are destroying it. But could a curse be to blame for everything? Hosted by Laurah Norton Research by Bryan Worters and Maura Currie Produced and Written by Maura Currie Engine…
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Back in 2007, the world was thrilled to discover there was a new cryptid—or alien—or something—on the scene: The Fresno Nightcrawler. And even better, it was absolutely adorable (as long as you have a fondness for walking pants). But what evidence exists for this mysterious new creature? Check out NetSuite.com/STRANGE to get your own free KPI Check…
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This week, we’re bringing you a full-length bonus crossover episode with our friends Corrine and Sabrina, hosts of Two Girls One Ghost -- AKA, the most haunted podcast in America. We visited their show to tell one of your favorite unexplained stories, so be sure to go check it out! You can find Two Girls One Ghost wherever you listen to podcasts—li…
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In the 1960s, one hopeful British psychiatrist hoped he could prevent disaster—not with science, but with the supernatural. For a number of years. Dr. John Barker’s “Premonition Bureaus” collected psychic visions with a single goal: stopping tragedy before it could strike. Hosted by Laurah Norton Researched by Anna Luria Edited by Laurah Norton and…
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Some say that a werewolf once lived in Georgia -- a young woman, Emily Isabella Burt, who was born roughly 20 years before the Civil War. Sound like an unusual set up for a lycanthropic tale? We thought so, too. Hosted, Written, and Researched by Laurah Norton Produced by Maura Currie Engineered by Brandon Schexnayder Special Thanks to Denise Roffe…
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The Thing, The Missouri Monster, Momo—whatever you might call the shambling sasquatch that tore through the small town of Louisiana, MO, this lesser-known Bigfoot was, for a few weeks in 1972, the frenzied focus of locals and paranormal researchers alike. Head to factormeals.com/ost50 and use code ost50 to get 50% off! Check out NetSuite.com/STRANG…
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Please enjoy a preview of the great premium content we offer with the first half of our episode on The Mystery Mansion. You can hear the entire episode and nearly 50 other premium episodes on Patreon or via Apple Premium. The Winchester Mystery House, or Mystery Mansion, is infamous in paranormal circles; after all, Sarah Winchester is purported to…
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The world has already considered the perils of facing 30-50 feral hogs—but has perhaps forgotten the terror and excitement that struck South Georgia in the early 2000s, when folks had to deal with one very large one: Hogzilla. Hosted and Written by Laurah Norton Researched by Bryan Worters and Laurah Norton Produced by Maura Currie Engineered by Br…
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Classical music composers throughout time have envied Beethoven’s output — and the fact that his ninth symphony, with “Ode To Joy,” was such a juggernaut. But there’s an old superstition about composing ninth and tenth symphonies in Beethoven’s wake… and there’ve been enough deaths involved that the prospect of a curse is worth considering. Hosted …
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On Labor Day of 1969, dozens of residents of Berkshire County, MA, experienced the extraordinary—wide spread UFO sightings—and a few even went further: to the off world. Hosted and Written by Laurah Norton Researched by Anna Luria and Laurah Norton Produced by Maura Currie Engineered by Brandon Schexnayder Head to factormeals.com/ost50 and use code…
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Vermont is home to many, many historic bridges — and if that doesn’t strike your fancy, the ghost haunting the Stowe Hollow bridge might. But who that ghost is, and why she’s so mad, are lost to history… and may never have been all that clear to begin with. Hosted by Laurah Norton Written, Produced and Engineered by Maura Currie Researched by Anna …
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For two hundred years, a very famous poem has heralded the holiday season, and for some, the arrival of Santa Claus—but perhaps less known is the mystery it brings along with it. Whether you know it as “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” or “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” there’s more to this one than mice and stockings and ho ho ho. Head to factormeal…
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Our friend Lanie hosts a show that we think you'll love, Strangers. We'll let her take it from here — but if you like what you hear, find It's Haunted... What Now? wherever you listen. Or, connect with the show on Twitter @podcast_haunted, Instagram: @Itshauntedwhatnow, or at hauntedpod.com. The Loch Ness Monster, affectionately known as Nessie, is…
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Laurah’s out sick; please enjoy a re-release of one of our favorite episodes. A Washington man named Jason Padgett loved partying, muscle cars, and getting buff at the local gym, and would have been content to live his life singing karaoke and chasing girls--until a fateful attack changed his worldview. . . quite literally. When he woke up the next…
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In 1903, the residents of tiny Van Meter, Iowa, were faced with a terrible and fascinating sight: a strange and glowing creature—a visitor, perhaps—that seemingly manifested from the abandoned mines. Order Laurah’s book, LAY THEM TO REST: https://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/laurah-norton/lay-them-to-rest/9780306828805/ Hosted and written by La…
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We love bringing you tales from the archives every other week, but if you can't get enough One Strange Thing, you should know: we drop two extra episodes a month for our premium supporters. We're giving you a little taste of our most recent bonus episode here — but if you want to hear the rest, and we hope you do, come hang out with our premium sup…
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A cemetery in Iowa City is famous — not really for anyone laid to rest there, but for a statue. The Black Angel is mysterious and otherworldly — and her metamorphosis, both physical and in legend, leaves us with a lot of questions. Order Laurah’s book, LAY THEM TO REST: https://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/laurah-norton/lay-them-to-rest/9780306…
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The Pine Barrens of Southern New Jersey gave birth to one of America’s most famous cryptids—a beast known as the Leeds Devil. Of course, you might be more familiar with the moniker “The Jersey Devil”—whether or not you know much of the history of how the creature has come to haunt the northeastern imagination. Order Laurah’s book, LAY THEM TO REST:…
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Tristan Redman is a journalist who doesn’t believe in ghosts. But weird things happened in his teenage bedroom – weirder than normal. When, years later, he discovers subsequent occupants of his family home say they have been visited by the ghost of a faceless woman, he’s curious. It just so happens that the house Tristan grew up in is right next do…
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The Bell family was prominent and well-liked by their neighbors in Robertson County, Tennessee. So when an apparent spirit manifested in the Bell home, people believed them. And when that so-called witch pivoted from conjuring snacks to causing young lovers to break up, and a patriarch to pass away suddenly… people had questions. Order Laurah’s boo…
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Since 1981, the story of The Mineral Point Vampire has been an established point of spooky pride in Wisconsin monster lore; in this episode, we sink our fangs in to explore the odder points of the alleged creature sightings. Pre-order Laurah’s book, LAY THEM TO REST: https://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/laurah-norton/lay-them-to-rest/9780306828…
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Step into the world of the unknown and unravel the dark history, and infamous legends of the American South. Join our friend Brandon as he journeys into the heart of this rich and fascinating region, uncovering its ghostly stories, haunted places, and eeriest tales through captivating storytelling, in-depth historical research, and an immersive aud…
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NOTE: Though one of us is a NV resident, we are now hearing that there are two pronunciations of Tonopah, and the one we originally used is not preferred. It has been corrected! Delete the episode and re-download if you hear the wrong Tonopah and feel the urge to email us. A few hours outside Las Vegas, there’s a truly unique — and kind of alarming…
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Lake Champlain is the alleged home to North America’s most famous aquatic cryptid—one whose story stretches over centuries. By popular request, we dive into the history of the beloved “Champ,” and the 300-odd recording sightings reported since the 19th century. Pre-order Laurah’s book, LAY THEM TO REST: https://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/laur…
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A release of our 2022 episode featuring the Lizardman: A rural South Carolina town is struck by cryptid fever in the form of a seven-foot-tall lizard with a taste for cars. . . specifically, for chewing on them. Once a local teenager is chased down by the Lizardman, locals all over Bishopville and the greater Lee County area spot lizard tracks and …
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In rural North Carolina, there’s a circle of earth known as the Devil's Tramping Ground where nothing grows. It’s been there a long time — and why it exists is down to either the unexplainable… or the satanic. Pre-order Laurah’s book, LAY THEM TO REST: https://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/laurah-norton/lay-them-to-rest/9780306828805/ Head to mo…
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For many years, residents of Montana have known: there are rumors of a monster lurking in Flathead Lake. Is it a giant eel? An errant sturgeon? A myth? Or something altogether unique? Pre-order Laurah’s book, LAY THEM TO REST: https://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/laurah-norton/lay-them-to-rest/9780306828805/ If you’ve been sizing NetSuite up to…
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In a dark period of American history, an unexpected hero lifted spirits and predicted the results of horse races. Lady Wonder, a chestnut-brown horse, could do it all: spell, read minds, and see into the future. And people went all in — even when she picked up some unusual extracurriculars. Pre-order Laurah’s book, LAY THEM TO REST: https://www.hac…
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A special sample of one of our favorite recent premium episodes, which concerns a cursed painting blamed for a spate of house fires. Could a Crying Boy have sought some kind of revenge on innocent homeowners? Find out all the ways you can access our 34 current premium episodes, and list two two more new premium releases every month here (you can su…
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Mercy Brown, Rhode Island vampire—allegedly so—is considered to be the last of the state’s unfortunate focal points in its 19th century vampire panics; but like so many other supernatural superstitions we dig into, there’s much more beneath the surface. The Exeter Vampire panic is more complex, and perhaps distorted, than we’ve been led to believe.…
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We’re on vacation this week! But we’re bringing you a remastered version of one of our very favorite episodes--The Blob. Texas is invaded by a very unwelcome, and extremely gelatinous, visitor. Could this blob be a particularly virulent fungi--or, as residents suspect, something a little more extraterrestrial? If you can’t wait for the next release…
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In the woods of Maine, rumors of an uncatchable, immortal beast, the Specter Moose, have circulated for well over a century. Is this creature a hoax, a cryptid, a natural phenomenon, a spirit of the forest, or something altogether singular? Pre-order Laurah’s book, LAY THEM TO REST: https://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/laurah-norton/lay-them-to…
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This week, we’re bringing you a full-length bonus crossover episode with our friends Corrine and Sabrina, hosts of Two Girls One Ghost -- AKA, the most haunted podcast in America. Corrine and Sabrina spun a hilarious and bizarre tale for us--one of a very unusual resident of a family home. It’s got ghosts who might be forest spirits or reincarnated…
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Public parks are the people’s playground — but they’re also, quite possibly, home to some unusual residents. Mill Race parkgoers in Columbus, Indiana were probably not expecting to come face-to-face with a Bigfoot. But then again, who ever is? Pre-order Laurah’s book, LAY THEM TO REST: https://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/laurah-norton/lay-them…
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We can all agree that moving is no fun. But these Nevada families interacting with the infamous Kelsay House had to deal with some very opinionated spirits in the process, so just remember: it could always be worse. Pre-order Laurah’s book, LAY THEM TO REST: https://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/laurah-norton/lay-them-to-rest/9780306828805/ This…
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Leap Castle in Ireland is considered by many paranormal investigators to be the most haunted castle in the world, and it’s easy to see why. In this clip, Nate tells you all about Leap Castle’s bloody history, and about the terrifying discovery that was made in its walls. Join The Conspirators on Patreon for early release and ad-free episodes, as we…
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Whether presented as urban legend, murderous maniac, or ghostly avenger, the Bunnyman of Virginia has haunted a certain overpass near Fairfax--Colchester Bridge--and its residents for more than fifty years. This week, we delve into the origins of the twisty rabbit’s tale. Pre-order Laurah’s book, LAY THEM TO REST: https://www.hachettebookgroup.com/…
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We love Stories With Sapphire — and we think you will, too. Links from Sapphire: If you have a story you'd like to share, email it to storieswithsapphire@gmail.com Send Sapphire a voice message: https://anchor.fm/storieswithsapphire/message Sign up for bone and tarot readings at storieswithsapphire.com Support Sapphire: https://anchor.fm/storieswit…
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Perhaps it’s not the best-known cryptid, but the Michigan Dogman has crept across the Midwest’s imagination—and embedded itself in the region’s nightmares—largely thanks to a single event in 1987. Was it an attack? A sighting? A mysterious footprint? No, strangers, it was something even more powerful: a voice drifting out, over the radio waves. Spe…
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A mannequin with human hair became a doll, and lifelong companion and/or scapegoat, for an eccentric Floridian artist. The rest is (haunted? possessed?) history, and it’s exactly as unsettling as you might guess. And then some. Go to HelloFresh.com/onestrangething50 and use code onestrangething50 for 50% off, plus your first box ships free Pre-orde…
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In celebration of our new premium format—two premium episodes a month for both Apple Podcast premium subscribers and Patreon subscribers starting April 2023—we are sharing this premium episode with all listeners. The legend of Kentucky’s Pope Lick Monster is inexorably tied to the train bridge it supposedly guards—but what is the real danger: the g…
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The Gulf Breeze UFO Sightings are among the most infamous in US extraterrestrial canon; Floridian Ed Walters claimed that for six months ranging from late 1987 through the spring of 1988, he experienced a number of close encounters with aliens and their space crafts: ones that he allegedly captured on film. MUFON investigators, skeptics, scientists…
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South Florida’s Coral Castle is a marvel of human creativity, talent and engineering — so much so that how exactly it came into being is a mystery. But it’s also a monument to love, and loss, and some of the… weirder… corners of the human spirit. Pre order Laurah’s book LAY THEM TO REST: https://www.hachettebooks.com/titles/laurah-norton/lay-them-t…
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Introducing our podcast, The Fall Line, which focuses on cold cases that have not received enough attention—a clip from our recent three-part series on the case of Chairo Garibay. On December 11th, 2005, 20-year-old Chairo disappeared; she’d planned on attending church with her family in Olivehurst, California, but she never showed. She was reporte…
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In the 1940s, two Midwest families faced the same bizarre circumstance: unexplained fires that seemed to spring up from nowhere, burning all over their homes—with no clear source. Was it, as many in the small town of Odon, Indiana suspected, the work of a “fire poltergeist,” or some other supernatural force? Or could it be one of the many theories …
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