Out of respect for people without all the time in the world to listen, we are making an attempt to shorten the time of this episode. If you happen to have all of the time in the world, then please let us know if you prefer either the longer format or our lean fighting weight version.
If you have never heard of Aokigahara, don't feel bad. If you have never heard of Japan's so-called Suicide Forest, we won't judge you about that either. The forest near Mount Fuji is a beautiful place, but is also known for the unfortunate decisions that some individuals make there. Official numbers are no longer available, but in 2003 there were 105 bodies discovered there. Why does this happen, and do magnetic anomalies in the area have anything to do with this site's reputation? Steve helps us find out!
The 1970's brought us a presidential resignation, pet rocks, and Star Wars. Also lots of bent spoons. Self-proclaimed psychic Uri Geller appeared everywhere, ruining utensils and fixing watches. So what? He claimed to do it with the power of his mind! Close inspection of the acts, as well as later admissions cast doubt on his true abilities. But why did a magazine cover cause a stir and make 300 people claim that they experienced strange effects from it? Mike takes a look at this event.
Finally, Josiah bucks the new format and makes us wait for the next episode to hear more about the seemingly immortal Count St. Germain. The Count was fluent in many languages, well-versed in art and literature, and apparently avoided direct exposure to the sun as he appeared to never age and lived (by some accounts) decades or centuries longer than would be expected by a normal human. Josiah explores the mysteries of this amazing man, and makes us wonder if delaying the completion of this story is a plot in keeping with the Count's master plan...
A solid shout-out to Malwarebytes who decided that it was time for me to close by browser while attempting to complete this update. Thanks! Full disclosure: Malwarebytes is not a sponsor of the show. For those who are keeping score at home, this post is over two weeks late. If you are new to the podcast after July 2020, then everything is fine and welcome to the party! Speaking of party, this week Mike really tries to be a killjoy with philosophical ramblings about "truth" and so forth. If you are a paranormal investigator, the musings might be worthwhile as we try to determine why we are really doing this, and what kind of goals we work for.
Josiah reports on The Cage in England, a location where witches were detained and executed in a time when politics were more civil but people still had to draw the line somewhere! This location has changed ownership recently, and a former owner is featured here as she experiences a morphing of her face during a seance! The place has a history of tragedy as well as paranormal events.
Steve discusses Ghost Lab, a show that received a far shorter run than it deserved. You can still catch it on demand through the Discovery Go app, or through a couple of streaming services that may or may not charge you per episode. If you really want to see it, you will figure out a way to find it! Brad and Barry Klinge brought a new style of investigation to the small screen, introducing novel ideas and immediate analysis of evidence through the use of their portable laboratory, a sort of lab for ghosts if you will. We had the true pleasure of hosting an event featuring the brothers as well as having a chance to meet them several years ago. The brothers are genuine, and if you have not checked out the show, do yourself a favor and give it a binge!