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...