The Spoop Files returns this week with Season 2! Everything is all shiny and new, we've actually given the show a bit of a budget and some extra TLC, and things in general are (hopefully) of somewhat higher quality. This week, join Alex and Myia as they discuss Mothman, the classic American folk harbinger of doom.
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This week on The Spoop Files, Myia and Alex take a look at some of the holiday traditions celebrated this time of the year. 'Tis the season for spoop, after all!
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Myia: @llamallamanewt https://twitter.com/llamallamanewt?s=09
Alex: @ItsKocot https://twitter.com/ItsKocot?s=09
https://www.newgrange.com/samhain.htm - A tourism page about Samhain that is very thorough
https://www.circlesanctuary.org/index.php/celebrating-the-seasons/celebrating-samhain - Wiccans just can’t get holidays right, exhibit A
https://www.britannica.com/topic/Samhain - Encyclopedia Britannica entry on Samhain
https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/samhain - History Channel entry on Samhain
https://www.gaia.com/article/modern-paganism-13-rituals-celebrate-samhain - Wiccans just can’t get holidays right, exhibit B
https://www.knowth.com/hill-of-ward.htm - All about Tlachtga, the Hill of Ward
All Saint’s Day
Dia De Los Muertos
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/destinations/north-america/mexico/top-ten-day-of-dead-mexico/ - Ten Things You Should Know About Dia de los Muertos
https://www.nationalgeographic.org/media/dia-de-los-muertos/ - Basic Dia de los Muertos fact sheet
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/what-s-el-d-de-los-muertos-it-s-not-n815966 - NBC Report on Dia de los Muertos
https://www.mexicansugarskull.com/support/dodhistory.html - History of Dia de los Muertos and specifically the sugar skull
https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/dia-de-los-muertos_n_4184636 - Huffpost article about Dia de los Muertos
Over the course of the past few weeks, Alex and Myia have led viewers on an exploration into the nature of Bigfoot. This week on The Spoop Files, we examine his origins. Because who doesn't love a good origin story?
Discord Link: https://discord.gg/CppjDRZ
https://www.reddit.com/r/bigfoot/comments/8d46gx/bigfoot_timeline_major_events_in_the_world_of/ Bigfoot Timeline - a history of major events related to the bigfoot phenomenon
https://www.gaia.com/article/ufos-bigfoot-evidence-interdimensional-connection - A Gaia article. Did you know they’re more than just Online?
https://mysteriousuniverse.org/2018/07/bigfoot-as-an-interdimensional-interloper/ - One of two Mysterious Universe articles, this one being more in-depth
https://www.cbc.ca/arts/we-found-the-sasquatch-and-he-s-a-melancholy-interdimensional-environmentalist-1.4686193 - An article about a gent who painted an interdimensional sasquatch
https://www.weekinweird.com/2016/12/08/bigfoot-is-a-ghost-interdimensional-sasquatch-tulpas-green-flash/ - An article that argues all bigfoot creatures are interdimensional ghosts
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Everyday_Chemistry - The article about Everyday Chemistry, a tape supposedly recovered from an alternate Earth where the Beatles never broke up (Gods I wish the original website wasn’t broken…)
https://www.unexplained-mysteries.com/column.php?id=252985 - Ken Korzcak, a call-back to episode 1!
Bigfoot As An Ancient Alien
https://exemplore.com/cryptids/Was-Bigfoot-Put-on-Earth-by-Ancient-Aliens - An article examining the Bigfoot-Ancient Alien theory
https://mysteriousuniverse.org/2017/10/americans-believe-in-ghosts-and-ancient-aliens-not-bigfoot/ - Turns out you kids probably don’t believe in Bigfoot…
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-franklin-ruehl-phd/is-bigfoot-possibly-an-alien_b_1578844.html - A Huffington Post article referring to the most likely evidence of Bigfoot/UFO coincidental sightings
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/the-idiocy-fabrications-and-lies-of-ancient-aliens-86294030/ - Just a blog post ripping Ancient Aliens apart. Oh, soo much catharsis…
https://www.masslive.com/news/worcester/index.ssf/2015/10/is_bigfoot_an_extraterrestrial.html - An article detailing the “portal belief” amongst Bigfoot hunters
SOME BIGFOOT VIDEOS FOR YOUR ENJOYMENT!
https://www.reddit.com/r/bigfoot/comments/9py0jo/bigfoot_sighting_on_michigan_live_eagle_cam/ a live eagle came with a… mysterious figure? Myia thinks Human. What do you think? Tweet us and let us know!
https://www.reddit.com/r/bigfoot/comments/9oupg6/bigfoot_shot_by_airforce_captain_1960/ a video about the “Minnesota Iceman”, and the unique circumstances surrounding some Bigfoot sightings; see Infrasound
https://www.reddit.com/r/bigfoot/comments/9jsv49/new_bigfoot_sighting_in_oregon_thinkerthunker/ an analysis of a sighting in Oregon: An analysis of the walking pattern of humans vs Bigfoots in multiple examples (Independence Day video vs Patternson Gimlin Video, vs Bob H and Shaq…. As well as others.)
https://www.postandcourier.com/news/agencies-advise-on-possible-lizard-man-bigfoot-sightings-in-south/article_2388dc18-7d26-11e7-8ad8-33c9facf5e5f.html bigfoot sightings (as well as Lizard (REPTILIANS!)) during the Solar Eclipse.
https://www.reddit.com/r/MapPorn/comments/9o71pb/weirddatasciencenet_density_of_bigfoot_sightings/ Bigfoot Sightings Density Map
I just like the name of this website the best.
https://www.reddit.com/r/bigfoot/comments/9icmg0/navajo_nation_policemen_talk_about_their_bigfoot/ Navajo bigfoot investigations
Bigfoot’s Occult Connections
https://mysteriousuniverse.org/2018/08/bigfoot-mysterious-men-and-the-occult/ The Men In Black Phenomena, Bigfoot sightings. This is by the same author who wrote the Bullshit encyclopedia I talked about in the previous episodes. He’s ALL OVER this part of conspiracy theory, apparently.
This somehow links bigfoot, biblical/ancient giants, the nephilim (angels), supernatural phenomena, the End Times, the Great Pyramid, and the Freemasons. It’s a rather short adventure, but jeeze it gets your brain a-ponderin’.
https://www.reddit.com/r/bigfoot/comments/9nxplk/interestingfrom_the_government/ “from the government”.... Interesting.
https://www.reddit.com/r/conspiracy/comments/8iwpea/american_paranormal_beliefs_ancient_advanced/ a percentage of believers in common conspiracies (photo/chart)
https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-35411684 the study of conspiracy and how long it would take a TRUE conspiracy to unravel at the seams…
This week on The Spoop Files, Alex wants to believe and Myia wants to leave.
https://www.livescience.com/25072-yeti-abominable-snowman.html - Ahh, LiveScience…
http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20150630-is-there-such-a-thing-as-a-yeti - You gotta BBC this!
https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/yeti-dna-tested-1.4417918 - CBC this time, same joke applies
https://www.thoughtco.com/yeti-legend-755946 - Several sightings, all in a row…
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/08/yeti-abominable-snowman-bear-daniel-taylor/ - One Yeti hunter with years to show...
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/11/so-much-abominable-snowman-study-finds-yeti-dna-belongs-bears don’t go breaking my heart… but it’s true! Bears might be the culprit, not a hominid!
https://phys.org/news/2013-10-mythical-yeti-descended-ancient-polar.html an article about Sykes’ original analysis
http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/281/1789/20140161 Syke’s controversial paper
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4298200/ another way to access Syke’s paper
https://theconversation.com/dna-evidence-for-himalayan-yetis-doesnt-bear-scrutiny-19350 debunking Syke’s paper
The Follow up Studies and the Scientific Debunking and Support of Sykes’ research:
https://relay.nationalgeographic.com/proxy/distribution/public/amp/2017/11/yeti-legends-real-animals-dna-bears-himalaya-science the follow up article on Sykes’ work.
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/10/131021-yeti-abominable-snowman-bigfoot-polar-bear-cryptozoology/ is the abominable snowman a bear? An article linked in the previous article regarding Syke’s findings and his theory on Yeti and Bears
https://relay.nationalgeographic.com/proxy/distribution/public/amp/science/2018/08/cave-bears-ancient-dna-paleogenomics-extinction the article about the Cave Bear DNA (the most recent follow up to Sykes’ research into ancient bear DNA).
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41559-018-0654-8 The study cited in the above article.
https://sciencing.com/yeti-investigation-reveals-new-info-on-himalayan-tibetan-bears-13710356.html more on Tibetan and Himalayan Brown bears
http://sasquatchgenomeproject.org/ Dr Melba Ketchum’s apparent Bigfoot DNA project, which has never born fruit, foot, or even a properly peer-reviewed article.
This week on The Spoop Files, Alex and Myia discuss various Bigfoot hunters from around the world, as well as Bigfoot hunting in general.
...Oh, and they were also really bad and didn't record their sources! If you'd like them, ask.
This week on The Spoop Files, join Myia and Alex as they delve into the mysterious world of mountain men and tackle some terrifying tribes of creatures!
This week on The Spoop Files, join Alex and Myia as they soar to new heights in their investigation of Thunderbird. Caw Caw, motherfuckers.
https://mythology.net/mythical-creatures/thunderbird/ - Mythology.net article. Have grain of salt handy.
http://www.native-languages.org/thunderbird.htm - Still the best Native American resource for these things.
https://www.mysteriesofcanada.com/bc/thunderbird-a-canadian-legend/ - A Canadian Perspective
https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/thunderbird - And an even more Canadian perspective. Doesn’t get much more Canadian than The Canadian Encyclopedia!
The legend Myia read during the episode: http://www.north-link.net/cmsakry/1pub/9211lsm.htm
https://www.tor.com/2012/10/17/american-gods-reread-chapters-9-10-a-11/ a review of the American Gods (by Neil Gaiman) chapters with Shadow and the Thuderbird. Spoilers obviously.
http://thunderbirds.wikia.com/wiki/Category:Thunderbirds_In_Popular_Culture the list Myia skim read at the end of the episode
This week on The Spoop Files, Myia and Alex take a look at one of Central America's most influential gods. He's Gukumatz. He's Kukulkan. He is Quetzalcoatl!
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quetzalcoatl the obligatory wikipedia page. Not a bad one actually, as far as wiki pages go.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUgG4CIeMcU The conspiracy involving the Abrahamic God
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rOAco_BrlI and another conspiracy video. This time linked to the Annunaki (our alien creators).
https://www.ancient-origins.net/myths-legends-americas/rise-quetzalcoatl-plumed-serpent-creator-god-008959 conspiracy page about Quetzacoatl
https://www.ancient-origins.net/myths-legends-americas/bearded-gods-americas-were-jesus-resurrected-maybe-why-plumed-serpent-021606 Colonization and Oral Histories: How they connnect. AKA: Myia thinks the Vikings visited Mexico
https://www.ancient-origins.net/human-origins-folklore/aztec-creation-myths-0071 General Aztec creation myths from the same source as above
https://www.ancient-origins.net/myths-legends-americas/kukulcan-maya-0010355 same source as the last three… about the Mayan Equivalent
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kukulkan the Mayan equivalent to Quetzacoatl’s wiki page
Kukulkan and Chichen Itza (Worship of the ubiquitous Flying serpent deity by the Mayans)
https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/pyramid-kukulcan-chichen-itza about Kukulkan and Chichen Itza - a pyramid dedicated to the deity
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Castillo,_Chichen_Itza the wiki article on Chichen itza
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chichen_Itza a second, slightly different article on Chichen itza?????
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/world-heritage/chichen-itza/ the Nat Geo page about Chichen Itza as a World Heritage Site
https://absolute-adventure-mexico.com/kukulkan-temple-of-chichen-itza/ a quick sum-up of the temple to Kukulkan at Chichen Itza
Quetzacoatl / Kukulkan / Q’uq’umatz AKA THE LINKED MESOAMERICAN DEITIES
https://www.wilderutopia.com/traditions/myth/aztec-myth-quetzalcoatl-rescues-humanity-in-the-land-of-the-dead/ Quetzacoatl and the Meoamericans afterlife. It has an amazing story about the underworld and the duality of life and death. It's an amazing read.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Q%27uq%27umatz Q’ua’umatz’s obligatory wiki page
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ehecatl another fucking linked deity. Another one. And I have barely made it into the rabbit hole of Mesoamerican creation myths.
https://www.ancient.eu/Popol_Vuh/ about the mayan book of the dead/creation mythology
http://www.mesoweb.com/publications/Christenson/PopolVuh.pdf You can read the Popol Vuh here in English (The Spanish translation is listed under the “En Español” heading)
Cortes as Quetzalcoatl
http://rptimes.com/rosarie-salerno/2011/12/did-montezuma-think-cortez-was-the-god-quetzalcoatl/ - Article about the whole Cortes-Montezuma thing
http://www.mexicolore.co.uk/aztecs/ask-experts/why-did-moctezuma-think-that-cortes-looked-like-quetzalcoatl - A total breakdown of why Cortes is a filthy filthy liar
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8vdzzInH4M a decent video (en español) “Who was Quetzacoatl?” For my fellow gente bilingüe, o gente políglota, you may enjoy this. For English only speakers, see the English section above.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Jlp8Htax-4 un video sobre la profecía del regreso del Quetzacoatl
http://www.secundariafavaloro.com.ar/pdf/literatura/4to_POPOLVUH.pdf aqui puedeis leer el Popol Vuh si no esteis como yo quien tiene una copia en mi biblioteca personal
This week on The Spoop Files, Alex and Myia talk about the most devastating natural explosion since the meteor that killed the dinosaurs. How's that for a big bang?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tunguska_event - In this case, Wikipedia is actually a pretty great reference
http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20160706-in-siberia-in-1908-a-huge-explosion-came-out-of-nowhere - A BBC Earth article about Tunguska that offers a comprehensive look at all of the information we have about the event, as well as the likely explanation (meteor)
https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidbressan/2018/06/30/110-years-after-the-tunguska-event-we-still-arent-sure-what-caused-it/#a1cecf015b50 - A Forbes article that goes even more in depth about the theories surrounding Tunguska
https://allthatsinteresting.com/tunguska-event - An article that cleanly sums up the Tunguska event without getting in to any of the less mainstream theories
https://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2008/30jun_tunguska - Even NASA has a page on the event!
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chelyabinsk_meteor - A similar asteroid airburst from 2013 (Also in Russia, coincidentally)
https://www.wired.com/2013/02/why-does-a-meteor-explode-in-the-air/ - A Wired article describing why meteor airbursts occur
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/10/131015-asteroid-burst-russia-meteor-tunguska-space-science/ - An article on airburst meteors and the dangers they pose
https://phys.org/news/2004-08-tunguska-event-ufo-debris-alien.html - Researchers claim to have discovered blocks of alien origin in Tunguska samples
http://www.unmuseum.org/siberia.htm - A comprehensive view of different Tunguska theories