Historical Mysteries

Ep 121: Yokai Horrors of Japan

 
 
 

“KA-TA-SHI-HA-YA, E-KA-SE-NI-KU-RI-NI, TA-ME-RU-SA-KE, TE-E-He, A-SHI-E-He, WA-RE-SHI-KO-NI-KE-RI”

– A magic spell from the Shugaisho Japanese encyclopedia that when chanted, will protect you from Hyakki Yagyo or the dreaded “Night Parade of 100 demons.”

 
 
 

Location:

The Gifu Prefecture of Japan, where some believe the legend of Kuchisake-onna may have began.

 

Background:

The folkloric traditions of Japan are as rich and vibrant as the country itself, and this is especially true with their pantheon of supernatural characters collectively known as Yokai. The word Yokai in Japanese comprises two concepts: "Yo," meaning: bewitching; attractive; calamity; and "kai," meaning "a mystery, wonder or specter; apparitions; something mysterious or suspicious." There are so many types of Yokai, each with their own unique personalities, functions, and behaviors that it's assured both of those concepts are well-represented. Some Yokai are merely mischievous pranksters and can bring good fortune to those that encounter them. Others will surely bring a most gruesome death. Join us tonight as we speak with illustrator and author Matthew Meyer, creator of Yokai.com, as we explore the endlessly fascinating world of some of Japan's most popular and terrifying mythical creatures. But don't let your guard down too much, because as it's often said, there is some truth to the origin of most myths and deadly spirits know no borders.

 
 
Gazu hyakki yagyo
By Toriyama Sekien
 
 

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CREDITS:

Episode 121: Yokai Horrors of Japan.  Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Audio Editing by Sarah Vorhees Wendel; Ryan McCullough and John Bolen Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a.k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." for short. Copyright 2018 Astonishing Legends Productions, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Ep 112: Mystery of the Flannan Isles Lighthouse Part 2

 
 
 

"The seas around Scotland and the Scottish coastline itself have never been a place for the faint-hearted mariner." – Author Keith McCloskey

 
 
 

Location:

The lighthouse on Eilean Mòr, near the highest point in the Flannan Isles in the Outer Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland.  More pictures of the lighthouse can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/flannan  

 

Background:

Many people enjoy a good mystery.  However, mysteries often leave us slightly disturbed and unsettled, because we're also always searching for answers and when we look for answers, we're sometimes comforted the most by the simplest explanations.  With the case of the Flannan Isle Lighthouse Keepers, most are willing to accept that a massive "Rogue Wave" swept the three men into oblivion.  But what if meteorological science matched against clues left from the scene could show that this theory may not be the most plausible?  What if several simple, yet extreme events combined to plunge this mystery into the depths of the unexplained?  Join us tonight as we interview Keith McCloskey, author of the book, The Lighthouse: The Mystery of the Eilean Mòr Lighthouse Keepers.  We'll discuss his in-depth research into the case and the possibility that the simplest explanations, while the easiest to accept, are often not where the real truth lies submerged.

 
 

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By Stephen Liddell

Events:

 Meet & Greet Scott & Forrest and Aaron & Justin from the  Generation Why Podcast  at the  Elks Lodge  at 8:00 p.m. on July 19, 2018, in Atchison, Kansas, in conjunction with the  Chasing Earhart Project's Discussion Panel  at the  Amelia Earhart Festival ! Like the  Discussion Panel , the event is free, but please go to  Chasing Earhart's Facebook page to RSVP  and let 'em know you're coming – it's gonna be a blast!

Meet & Greet Scott & Forrest and Aaron & Justin from the Generation Why Podcast at the Elks Lodge at 8:00 p.m. on July 19, 2018, in Atchison, Kansas, in conjunction with the Chasing Earhart Project's Discussion Panel at the Amelia Earhart Festival! Like the Discussion Panel, the event is free, but please go to Chasing Earhart's Facebook page to RSVP and let 'em know you're coming – it's gonna be a blast!

 And then Scott and Forrest will be on the  Chasing Earhart Discussion Panel  along with many other much more distinguished guests at  Benedictine College's O'Malley Auditorium  for the  Amelia Earhart Festival , July 21, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. in Atchison, Kansas. The festival runs from Friday, July 20, to Saturday, July 21, and full details of events and schedules can be found here:  http://visitatchison.com/event/amelia-earhart-festival/ . Get your tickets to the  Discussion Panel  here:  https://chasingearhart.app.rsvpify.com  and check out the Chasing Earhart Project's Facebook page for more info:  https://www.facebook.com/events/204863036728346/  Come be a part of history!

And then Scott and Forrest will be on the Chasing Earhart Discussion Panel along with many other much more distinguished guests at Benedictine College's O'Malley Auditorium for the Amelia Earhart Festival, July 21, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. in Atchison, Kansas. The festival runs from Friday, July 20, to Saturday, July 21, and full details of events and schedules can be found here: http://visitatchison.com/event/amelia-earhart-festival/. Get your tickets to the Discussion Panel here: https://chasingearhart.app.rsvpify.com and check out the Chasing Earhart Project's Facebook page for more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/204863036728346/ Come be a part of history!


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  • The Legend of Wandering John – Marty White has a new show out called The Legend of Wandering John, about a young, orphaned man who is compelled into a quest to learn the mystery surrounding his missing father, but which will also possibly lead him to cross paths with an ancient immortal, blessed, or cursed, to wander this earth until the end of time. The journey will take "John" into the dark depths of the supernatural, all while being hunted by a sinister force of unimaginable evil. The Legend of Wandering John is a fictional, serialized story, told in order and released every two weeks. You can CLICK HERE to find it on Libsyn, or CLICK HERE to find it on iTunes. And remember, with every fictional story, there can be a lot of mind-bending truth to them...


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CREDITS:

Episode 112: Mystery of the Flannan Isles Lighthouse Part 2.  Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Audio Editing by Sarah Vorhees Wendel; Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a.k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." for short. Copyright 2018 Astonishing Legends Productions, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Ep 111: Mystery of the Flannan Isles Lighthouse

 
 
 

We seemed to stand for an endless while,
Though still no word was said,
Three men alive on Flannan Isle,
Who thought, on three men dead.

– From the Poem, Flannan Isle by Wilfred Wilson Gibson

 
 
 

Location:

The lighthouse on Eilean Mòr, near the highest point in the Flannan Isles in the Outer Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland.  More pictures of the lighthouse can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/flannan  

 

Background:

In 1899, construction on the Flannan Isles lighthouse was completed, perched atop Eilean Mòr, one of the highest points in the Outer Hebrides off the western coast of Scotland.  It would soon experience its first tragedy and an enduring mystery.  For several days, it's light could not be seen and on December 15, 1900, the ship Archtor documented this concern in its log while heading to port in Leith.  However, 11 days would pass before the lighthouse tending ship Hesperus would be able to dock at Eilean Mòr due to foul weather, for which the area is well-known.  What they discovered, or rather, didn't discover, would lead to one of the biggest mysteries of this enchanted region.  Serious storm damage was evident on the island, but nothing seemed amiss inside the lighthouse itself except for the fact that the three lighthouse keepers had vanished and would never be seen again.  

 
 

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Events:

 Meet & Greet Scott & Forrest and Aaron & Justin from the  Generation Why Podcast  at the  Elks Lodge  at 8:00 p.m. on July 19, 2018, in Atchison, Kansas, in conjunction with the  Chasing Earhart Project's Discussion Panel  at the  Amelia Earhart Festival !  Like the  Discussion Panel , the event is free, but please go to  Chasing Earhart's Facebook page to RSVP  and let 'em know you're coming – it's gonna be a blast!  

Meet & Greet Scott & Forrest and Aaron & Justin from the Generation Why Podcast at the Elks Lodge at 8:00 p.m. on July 19, 2018, in Atchison, Kansas, in conjunction with the Chasing Earhart Project's Discussion Panel at the Amelia Earhart Festival!  Like the Discussion Panel, the event is free, but please go to Chasing Earhart's Facebook page to RSVP and let 'em know you're coming – it's gonna be a blast!  

 And then Scott and Forrest will be on the  Chasing Earhart Discussion Panel  along with many other much more distinguished guests at  Benedictine College's O'Malley Auditorium  for the  Amelia Earhart Festival , July 21, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. in Atchison, Kansas.  The festival runs from Friday, July 20, to Saturday, July 21, and full details of events and schedules can be found here:  http://visitatchison.com/event/amelia-earhart-festival/ .  Get your tickets to the  Discussion Panel  here:  https://chasingearhart.app.rsvpify.com  and check out the Chasing Earhart Project's Facebook page for more info:  https://www.facebook.com/events/204863036728346/   Come be a part of history!

And then Scott and Forrest will be on the Chasing Earhart Discussion Panel along with many other much more distinguished guests at Benedictine College's O'Malley Auditorium for the Amelia Earhart Festival, July 21, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. in Atchison, Kansas.  The festival runs from Friday, July 20, to Saturday, July 21, and full details of events and schedules can be found here: http://visitatchison.com/event/amelia-earhart-festival/.  Get your tickets to the Discussion Panel here: https://chasingearhart.app.rsvpify.com and check out the Chasing Earhart Project's Facebook page for more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/204863036728346/  Come be a part of history!


Suggested Listening:

The Legend of Wandering John – Marty White has a new show out called The Legend of Wandering John, about a young, orphaned man who is compelled into a quest to learn the mystery surrounding his missing father, but which will also possibly lead him to cross paths with an ancient immortal, blessed, or cursed, to wander this earth until the end of time.  The journey will take "John" into the dark depths of the supernatural, all while being hunted by a sinister force of unimaginable evil.  The Legend of Wandering John is a fictional, serialized story, told in order and released every two weeks.  You can CLICK HERE to find it on Libsyn, or CLICK HERE to find it on iTunes.  And remember, with every fictional story, there can be a lot of mind-bending truth to them...


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CREDITS:

Episode 111: Mystery of the Flannan Isles Lighthouse Part 1.  Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Audio Editing by Sarah Vorhees Wendel; Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a.k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." for short. Copyright 2018 Astonishing Legends Productions, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Ep 110: Göbekli Tepe Part 3

Above image: "(KJV) illustration from the 1728 Figures de la Bible; illustrated by Gerard Hoet (1648–1733) and others, and published by P. de Hondt in The Hague; image courtesy Bizzell Bible Collection, University of Oklahoma Libraries"  Public Domain.

 
 
 

“Many people say I believe aliens built the pyramids. I don't. In fact, I'm not a supporter of the "Ancient Alien" hypothesis at all.  I think a lost human civilization is a much better explanation of the mysteries and paradoxes of ancient cultures.” – Graham Hancock, Author

 
 
 

Location:

Göbekli Tepe, ancient archaeological dig site, dated more than 11,000 years ago to about 9600 B.C. in the Southeastern Anatolia Region of Turkey, about 7 miles (12 km) northeast of the city of Şanlıurfa.  

 

Background:

Something or someone of great importance and influence had convinced and motivated these neolithic hunter-gatherers to put their way of life on hold and come together as a group to undertake such a tremendous project as Göbekli Tepe.  This is likely the first time hundreds of prehistoric peoples had formed an organized collective in order to build a religious sanctuary. The work would've taken years to accomplish and the temple would be built upon for many centuries more.  The result of this work is believed to have spurred civilization as we know it today.  But what beliefs or legends could have generated such a monumental task?  In Part Three of our series, we examine the hypotheses put forth in Andrew Collins' book, Göbekli Tepe, Genesis of the Gods: The Temple of the Watchers and the Discovery of Eden.  With his comprehensive and detailed research, Collins goes beyond the boundaries of interpretation where Processual archaeologists would not stray. Could the memory of a global, natural catastrophe which nearly wiped out humanity be the impetus for creating a shrine to assuage the gods into sparing them more devastation?  Could the builders have been directed by foreign and mysterious visitors who seemed to have knowledge of the heavens and history far beyond their own?  If they did indeed fear destruction from the cosmos, then a connection from them to us could be made, because we're subject to those very same dangers. 

 

Reference Links: 

 

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Events:

 Meet & Greet Scott & Forrest and Aaron & Justin from the  Generation Why Podcast  at the  Elks Lodge  at 8:00 p.m. on July 19, 2018, in Atchison, Kansas, in conjunction with the  Chasing Earhart Project's Discussion Panel  at the  Amelia Earhart Festival !  Like the  Discussion Panel , the event is free, but please go to  Chasing Earhart's Facebook page to RSVP  and let 'em know you're coming – it's gonna be a blast!     

Meet & Greet Scott & Forrest and Aaron & Justin from the Generation Why Podcast at the Elks Lodge at 8:00 p.m. on July 19, 2018, in Atchison, Kansas, in conjunction with the Chasing Earhart Project's Discussion Panel at the Amelia Earhart Festival!  Like the Discussion Panel, the event is free, but please go to Chasing Earhart's Facebook page to RSVP and let 'em know you're coming – it's gonna be a blast!  

 

 And then Scott and Forrest will be on the  Chasing Earhart Discussion Panel  along with many other much more distinguished guests at  Benedictine College's O'Malley Auditorium  for the  Amelia Earhart Festival , July 21, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. in Atchison, Kansas.  The festival runs from Friday, July 20, to Saturday, July 21, and full details of events and schedules can be found here:  http://visitatchison.com/event/amelia-earhart-festival/ .  Get your tickets to the  Discussion Panel  here:  https://chasingearhart.app.rsvpify.com  and check out the Chasing Earhart Project's Facebook page for more info:  https://www.facebook.com/events/204863036728346/   Come be a part of history!

And then Scott and Forrest will be on the Chasing Earhart Discussion Panel along with many other much more distinguished guests at Benedictine College's O'Malley Auditorium for the Amelia Earhart Festival, July 21, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. in Atchison, Kansas.  The festival runs from Friday, July 20, to Saturday, July 21, and full details of events and schedules can be found here: http://visitatchison.com/event/amelia-earhart-festival/.  Get your tickets to the Discussion Panel here: https://chasingearhart.app.rsvpify.com and check out the Chasing Earhart Project's Facebook page for more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/204863036728346/  Come be a part of history!


Suggested Listening:

Marie Mayhew, founding A.R.C. member and co-host of The Mad Scientist Podcast with Dr. Chris Cogswell has her own podcast now, called The Whatever Remains Podcast!  With sharp writing and in-depth research, Marie explores the worlds of international mystery, political intrigue, and vicious conspiracies, all with her fearless, inimitable style!  Search for her show on iTunes or wherever you get great podcasts or CLICK HERE to listen to episode #1 right now!

 

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CREDITS:

Episode 110: Göbekli Tepe Part 3.  Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Audio Editing by Sarah Vorhees Wendel; Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a.k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." for short. Copyright 2018 Astonishing Legends Productions, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Ep 109: Göbekli Tepe Part 2

Photo credit: Liangtai Lin, used with permission CC BY 2.0.  Taken on June 18, 2012

 
 
 

“We used to think agriculture gave rise to cities and later to writing, art, and religion.  Now the world’s oldest temple suggests the urge to worship sparked civilization.” – Journalist Charles C. Mann, National Geographic Magazine, June 2011

 
 
 

Location:

Göbekli Tepe, ancient archaeological dig site, dated more than 11,000 years ago to about 9600 B.C. in the Southeastern Anatolia Region of Turkey, about 7 miles (12 km) northeast of the city of Şanlıurfa.  

 

Background:

What we've learned so far about Göbekli Tepe, is what it appears to be, which is that it is possibly the world's oldest sacred temple.  We think we know who built it: a collective of hunter-gatherers, who had not yet learned the skills of farming.  We also think we know approximately when.  But the answers to the questions of how and why and what did it all mean to these Neolithic peoples may not be so easily obtained.  In fact, since the 1960s at least in American archaeology, a debate still rages as to how far and by what methods archaeologists should proceed to interpret what they have dug up.  How closely should archaeology be tied to anthropology, how much informed speculation about their beliefs should be allowed and by whom?  Processual and Post-processual archaeology are two schools of thought within the field that currently define this debate.   Tonight we take a closer look at the art, the architecture, and the symbolism from Göbelki Tepe, and what it's lead archaeologist, Klaus Schmidt, thought about what it may have represented to our prehistoric ancestors.  We also get closer to an even grander question, did these ancient peoples know of events in earth's past that would blow our modern minds? 

 
 

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Events:

 Meet & Greet Scott & Forrest and Aaron & Justin from the  Generation Why Podcast  at the  Elks Lodge  at 8:00 p.m. on July 19, 2018, in Atchison, Kansas, in conjunction with the  Chasing Earhart Project's Discussion Panel  at the  Amelia Earhart Festival !  Like the  Discussion Panel , the event is free, but please go to  Chasing Earhart's Facebook page to RSVP  and let 'em know you're coming – it's gonna be a blast!     

Meet & Greet Scott & Forrest and Aaron & Justin from the Generation Why Podcast at the Elks Lodge at 8:00 p.m. on July 19, 2018, in Atchison, Kansas, in conjunction with the Chasing Earhart Project's Discussion Panel at the Amelia Earhart Festival!  Like the Discussion Panel, the event is free, but please go to Chasing Earhart's Facebook page to RSVP and let 'em know you're coming – it's gonna be a blast!  

 

 And then Scott and Forrest will be on the  Chasing Earhart Discussion Panel  along with many other much more distinguished guests at  Benedictine College's O'Malley Auditorium  for the  Amelia Earhart Festival , July 21, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. in Atchison, Kansas.  The festival runs from Friday, July 20, to Saturday, July 21, and full details of events and schedules can be found here:  http://visitatchison.com/event/amelia-earhart-festival/ .  Get your tickets to the  Discussion Panel  here:  https://chasingearhart.app.rsvpify.com  and check out the Chasing Earhart Project's Facebook page for more info:  https://www.facebook.com/events/204863036728346/   Come be a part of history!

And then Scott and Forrest will be on the Chasing Earhart Discussion Panel along with many other much more distinguished guests at Benedictine College's O'Malley Auditorium for the Amelia Earhart Festival, July 21, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. in Atchison, Kansas.  The festival runs from Friday, July 20, to Saturday, July 21, and full details of events and schedules can be found here: http://visitatchison.com/event/amelia-earhart-festival/.  Get your tickets to the Discussion Panel here: https://chasingearhart.app.rsvpify.com and check out the Chasing Earhart Project's Facebook page for more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/204863036728346/  Come be a part of history!


Suggested Listening:

Marie Mayhew, founding A.R.C. member and co-host of The Mad Scientist Podcast with Dr. Chris Cogswell has her own podcast now, called The Whatever Remains Podcast!  With sharp writing and in-depth research, Marie explores the worlds of international mystery, political intrigue, and vicious conspiracies, all with her fearless, inimitable style!  Search for her show on iTunes or wherever you get great podcasts or CLICK HERE to listen to episode #1 right now!

 

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CREDITS:

Episode 109: Göbekli Tepe Part 2.  Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Audio Editing by Sarah Vorhees Wendel; Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a.k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." for short. Copyright 2018 Astonishing Legends Productions, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Ep 108: Göbekli Tepe Part 1

Photo credit: Wikipedia Contributor Rolf Cosar, used by permission CC by SA-3.0

 
 
 

“Discovering that hunter-gatherers had constructed Göbekli Tepe was like finding that someone had built a 747 in a basement with an X-Acto knife.”  – Charles C. Mann, National Geographic Magazine, June, 2011

 
 
 

Location:

Göbekli Tepe, ancient archaeological dig site, dated more than 11,000 years ago to about 9600 B.C. in the Southeastern Anatolia Region of Turkey, about 7 miles (12 km) northeast of the city of Şanlıurfa.  

 

Background:

In 1963, archaeologists from the University of Chicago and Istanbul University examined a site known by locals as Göbekli Tepe, or "Potbelly Hill."  They dismissed the site at the time as merely a medieval cemetery due to the numerous slabs of stone thought to be grave markers.  However, in 1993, German archaeologist Klaus Schmidt, who was doing work at another Neolithic site in nearby Nevalı Çori, heard about the report and decided to investigate it for himself.  What Schmidt and his team would eventually discover would turn out to be one of the most astounding, mysterious and important archaeological discoveries in history.  Laying just below the surface was the earliest known sanctuary structure ever built by humans.  Somehow, a group of prehistoric hunter-gathers had managed to quarry massive slabs of stone from nearby outcroppings, some weighing as much as 7 to 10 tons with lengths of up to 18 feet.  They then moved them hundreds of feet into numerous circular configurations.  This was done without the use of wheels or animals and before the invention of metalworking, pottery or writing.  The earliest works found at the site date to over 11,000 years old, or around 9600 B.C., predating Stonehenge by at least 7000 years.  While we may not know yet what belief system would motivate these ancient, primitive peoples to undertake such a monumental task, the result of their unbelievable efforts may have led to a ground-breaking theory.  Instead of the previous view that the invention of the domestication of plants and animals led humans to develop civilization and with it, religious belief systems, the human desire to worship as a community may have led to farming and thus sparked civilization.  As researchers are still seeking answers as to what these people believed, there are those that think the answers may be far more mystical than what many are willing to imagine.

 
 

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Events:

 Meet & Greet Scott & Forrest and Aaron & Justin from the  Generation Why Podcast  at the  Elks Lodge  at 8:00 p.m. on July 19, 2018, in Atchison, Kansas, in conjunction with the  Chasing Earhart Project's Discussion Panel  at the  Amelia Earhart Festival !  Like the  Discussion Panel , the event is free, but please go to  Chasing Earhart's Facebook page to RSVP  and let 'em know you're coming – it's gonna be a blast!     

Meet & Greet Scott & Forrest and Aaron & Justin from the Generation Why Podcast at the Elks Lodge at 8:00 p.m. on July 19, 2018, in Atchison, Kansas, in conjunction with the Chasing Earhart Project's Discussion Panel at the Amelia Earhart Festival!  Like the Discussion Panel, the event is free, but please go to Chasing Earhart's Facebook page to RSVP and let 'em know you're coming – it's gonna be a blast!  

 

 And then Scott and Forrest will be on the  Chasing Earhart Discussion Panel  along with many other much more distinguished guests at  Benedictine College's O'Malley Auditorium  for the  Amelia Earhart Festival , July 21, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. in Atchison, Kansas.  The festival runs from Friday, July 20, to Saturday, July 21, and full details of events and schedules can be found here:  http://visitatchison.com/event/amelia-earhart-festival/ .  Get your tickets to the  Discussion Panel  here:  https://chasingearhart.app.rsvpify.com  and check out the Chasing Earhart Project's Facebook page for more info:  https://www.facebook.com/events/204863036728346/   Come be a part of history!

And then Scott and Forrest will be on the Chasing Earhart Discussion Panel along with many other much more distinguished guests at Benedictine College's O'Malley Auditorium for the Amelia Earhart Festival, July 21, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. in Atchison, Kansas.  The festival runs from Friday, July 20, to Saturday, July 21, and full details of events and schedules can be found here: http://visitatchison.com/event/amelia-earhart-festival/.  Get your tickets to the Discussion Panel here: https://chasingearhart.app.rsvpify.com and check out the Chasing Earhart Project's Facebook page for more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/204863036728346/  Come be a part of history!


Suggested Listening:

Marie Mayhew, founding A.R.C. member and co-host of The Mad Scientist Podcast with Dr. Chris Cogswell has her own podcast now, called The Whatever Remains Podcast!  With sharp writing and in-depth research, Marie explores the worlds of international mystery, political intrigue, and vicious conspiracies, all with her fearless, inimitable style!  Search for her show on iTunes or wherever you get great podcasts or CLICK HERE to listen to episode #1 right now!

 

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CREDITS:

Episode 108: Göbekli Tepe Part 1.  Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Audio Editing by Sarah Vorhees Wendel; Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a.k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." for short. Copyright 2018 Astonishing Legends Productions, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Ep 106: Earhart's Plane Found?

 
 
 

“It’s my opinion that if the plane was in the area already searched, it would have been found by now.” – William "Bill" Pennington Snavely, Jr. from his book Tracking Amelia Earhart, Her Flightpath to the End.

 
 
 

Location: Buka, Papua New Guinea

(From Wikipedia) Buka is located on the southern coast of Buka Island, in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, in eastern Papua New Guinea (country).  It is the capital of the North Bougainville District, and the interim provincial capital of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville.  The city and Buka Island are separated from the northern tip of Bougainville Island by the Buka Passage. Both islands are in the northern Solomon Islands archipelago, and the only major ones not within the nation of Solomon Islands.

 

Background:

Of all the hypotheses of what happened to Amelia Earhart and her Electra 10-E, William "Bill" Snavely, Jr.'s may be the only one that starts with a found plane and traces her route backward towards her last known contact point.  Operating on a hunch that due to low fuel, Earhart may have decided to turn back to a viable landing strip, which would have taken her directly over the path of Buka Island, east of Papua New Guinea.  While in Buka searching for clues, Snavely received a tip that an airplane had crashed in 1937 and still lays submerged off the coast in 100' of water.  According to Snavely, only roughly 30% of Earhart's route has been searched and has yielded nothing, so why not search the remaining 70%?  Taking that approach has found a plane that so far, matches the description of Earhart's Electra.  If an expedition could be mounted to identify this plane more thoroughly, could it be that one of the greatest mysteries of the 20th Century will be solved once and for all?

 

Bill Snavely's book:

Tracking Amelia Earhart: Her Flight Path to the End, by William Pennington Snavely, Jr. 

http://specialbooks.com/aetrack.htm

 
 

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CREDITS:

Episode 106: Earhart's Plane Found?  Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Audio Editing by Sarah Vorhees Wendel; Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a.k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." for short. Copyright 2018 Astonishing Legends Productions, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Ep 99: The Tall Ones Part 3

Image of a horned skull, often mistakenly thought to be that of a possible giant Nephilim, dated c. 1200 A.D. and originally unearthed during an archeological excavation in the 1880s at Spanish Hill, near Sayre and South Waverly, PA, led by the Rev. Dr. George Patterson Donehoo, Alanson Buck Skinner, and Warren King Moorehead.  However, this skull turns out to actually be a manufactured cult object, currently in the collection of the mysterious museum, Surnateum.  According to its curator, Christian Chelman, "It's not a giant skull but a human size ritual skull made for a Pan cult revival during the XVIIIth century at Painswick (Gloucestershire).  Yours, the Curator."  Visit www.surnateum.org to see a wealth of delightfully strange and wondrous objects!

 
 
 
 

"It is happening again."
– Carel Struycken

 
 
 

LOCATION: Castelnau-le-Lez, France where Georges Vacher de Lapouge discovered 3 massive bone fragments in 1890.  He estimated from the bone size that the human may have been about 11 feet and 5 or 6 inches tall (3.5 meters), and perhaps weighing as much as 1000 pounds (454 kg).  The find is now known as The Giant of Castelnau.

 

Background:

So, what have we learned about giants?  Our current understanding of human biology finds limits as to how tall a person can grow and can still be relatively healthy while enjoying an advanced age.  This knowledge then places limits as to what the majority are willing to believe about the tallest humans throughout all history, that no one could have existed beyond 8 to 10 feet tall at the most.  In the still-nascent field of archeology in the 19th century, excavations do seem to provide accounts of unusually large individuals in Europe and significant numbers of taller than average Native American tribal members here in the U.S., so perhaps whole communities could have been seen as giants by contemporary standards. However, there are those researchers and writers who believe, possibly spurred by those findings and the subsequent, apparent mishandling of artifacts by some museums and academic institutions, that there exists a conspiracy to keep evidence of beings beyond that range from the public, and that the even more massive giants of yore were real, and some may even live to this day.  If this is true, then one must think about our definition of a real giant, and would that giant be a real human?

 

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Related Books:

Anthropology: The Human Challenge
By William A. Haviland, Harald E. L. Prins, Dana Walrath, Bunny McBride
 

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Credits:

Episode 99: The Tall Ones Part 3.  Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Audio Editing by Sarah Vorhees Wendel; Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a.k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." for short. Copyright 2018 Astonishing Legends Productions, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Ep 98: The Tall Ones Part 2

Illustration of Paul Bunyan and his blue ox "Babe" by Astonishing Legends' resident artist Chad Lewis.  Go to www.chadlewisart.com to see more of Chad's fantastic artwork, or commission him to create an original piece!  Image copyright Chad Lewis Art 2016.

 
 
 

"It was taught by the wise men of the Sioux tribe that the earth was originally peopled by giants, who were fully three times the size of modern men.  They were so swift and powerful that they could run alongside a buffalo, take the animal under one arm, and tear off a leg, and eat it as they ran."
– "Buffalo Bill" Cody, from Last of the Great Scouts, written by Helen Cody Wetmore and first published in 1899

 
 
 

LOCATION: Spanish Hill, near the communities of South Waverly and Sayre, Pennsylvania, where a supposedly 7' tall skeleton with horns and two rows of teeth was unearthed in the late 1880s from a pre-Columbian burial mound.

 

Background:

What constitutes a "giant" in your mind?  Certainly, people who are 6 to 7 feet tall are commonplace nowadays, unlike the Middle Ages, or even a hundred years ago.  But what about someone who's seven feet tall or more? We may call them "giants" in jest, but it's not the same as when we think of the giants in our legends.  A measurement of more than seven feet is rare, but there are plenty of healthy people living today in that range that prove it's not so legendary by our contemporary imagination.  Rarer still is a human that's eight feet tall, but there has been one in recent history: Robert Pershing Wadlow stood 8' 11.1" tall (2.72 m) and weighed 490 pounds (220 kg) and showed no signs of stopping his growth at his untimely death in 1940 at age 22.  So it's possible that a height for a human can approach nine feet, but could any height beyond that be sustainable? Because taller than that and it seems we venture beyond not only what is biologically viable for the human body, but also what is believable.  It still leaves us with the question, "What makes a giant?"  And if a skeleton is unearthed that appears to have horns?  Well, that is another matter altogether.  

 

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Credits:

Episode 98: The Tall Ones Part 2.  Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Audio Editing by Sarah Vorhees Wendel; Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a.k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." for short. Copyright 2018 Astonishing Legends Productions, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Ep 96: The Tall Ones Part 1

David and Goliath, oil on canvas painting by Guillaume Courtois, Date (1650 - 1660)

 
 
 

The eyes of that species of extinct giants, whose bones fill the mounds of America, have gazed on Niagara, as ours do now.”
– Abraham Lincoln

 
 
 

LOCATION: Spanish Hill, near the communities of South Waverly and Sayre, Pennsylvania, where a supposedly 7' tall skeleton with horns and two rows of teeth was unearthed in the late 1880s from a pre-Columbian burial mound.

 

Background:

It's easy to imagine a version of ourselves that's gargantuan, magical, a hero that often plays the villain, a giant among the ordinary.  Legends of giants doing as they please have been with us since the beginning and continue to fascinate us in cinema and sport.  The idea of a giant is easy to entertain because either through genetics or rare disorders, extra-large humans have naturally lived throughout our existence.  The idea that's not easy for the modern person to imagine, aside from a singular Goliath-like demigod here n' there, is the possibility of a race of giants having once existed, tribes of superhumans whose feats and physicality filled us with fear and wonder in antiquity.  Yet with these tall tales being so pervasive worldwide, could it be that communities of giants were real or was it merely that the occasional taller than average human became the inspiration for myth?  Join us tonight as we explore the mystery of legendary giants.

 
 

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Credits:

Episode 96: The Tall Ones Part 1.  Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Audio Editing by Sarah Vorhees Wendel; Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a.k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." for short. Copyright 2018 Astonishing Legends Productions, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Ep 90: Chasing Amelia Earhart with Chris Williamson

 
 
 
“Obviously I faced the possibility of not returning when first I considered going.  Once faced and settled there really wasn’t any good reason to refer to it.”
– Amelia Earhart
 
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LOCATION: Garapan Prison, Saipan
 

BACKGROUND:

Join us tonight as we sit down with Chris Williamson, the project creator of Chasing Earhart.  Chris, along with his wife Vanessa and their dedicated team of researchers and producers, has created a podcast and are working on a documentary all about legendary aviatrix Amelia Earhart: her life, her persona, her fateful last flight and the controversy that surrounds her legacy.  The result is that Chasing Earhart has rapidly become one of the definitive repositories of information and interviews of the authorities who continue to devote their lives to solving her disappearance.  In our interview with Chris, we discuss the major researchers, their theories, and current investigations which aim to solve one of the greatest mysteries of the 20th Century.  

 
 

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Amelia Earhart's Radio
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Credits:

Episode 90: Chasing Amelia Earhart with Chris Williamson.  Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Audio Editing by Sarah Vorhees; Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a.k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." for short. Copyright 2017 Astonishing Legends Productions, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Ep 85: The Bell Witch Part 1

Illustration of William Porter attempting to burn "Kate" the Bell Witch, from the book by M. V. Ingram, An Authenticated History of the Famous Bell Witch [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

"I am a spirit from everywhere, Heaven, Hell, the earth; am in the air, in houses, in any place at any time; have been created millions of years; that is all I will tell you.”
– The Bell Witch
 
LOCATION: The town of Adams, in Robertson County, Tennessee.  At the time the Bell and Johnston families lived there in the early 19th century, it was known as the Red River Community.
 Map showing the plots of the various families homesteading in the Red River Community in the early 19th century, now known as the town of Adams, TN.  Map overlay provided by David Britton, Tennessee State Park Ranger, and manager of the Port Royal State Historic Park, 7 miles from Adams, TN.  Port Royal was the closest town to the Bell family farm at that time.

Map showing the plots of the various families homesteading in the Red River Community in the early 19th century, now known as the town of Adams, TN.  Map overlay provided by David Britton, Tennessee State Park Ranger, and manager of the Port Royal State Historic Park, 7 miles from Adams, TN.  Port Royal was the closest town to the Bell family farm at that time.

 

BACKGROUND:

Every family has their stories passed down from generation to generation, but most aren't as fantastical or have made as much of an impact on regional history as the legend of the Bell Witch.  From about 1817 to 1821 in the Red River Community, now known as Adams, Tennessee, some sort of supernatural entity known as the "Bell Witch" was claimed to have terrorized the family of John Bell.  The activity was not just confined to the Bells, but many in the area at the time reported instances of poltergeist annoyances like slapping and pinching that then progressed to pranks and premonition, then to beatings and even murder.  If the story of the Bell Witch is just a family's "tall tale" then it's one of the most fascinating and enduring family legends in American history.  If the Bell folklore is even remotely true, then the consideration of trying to keep your own family safe from an omniscient, deceitful, vengeful and violent entity that wants you dead, surely makes for one of the most frightening tales ever told.

 
 

Related Books:

The Bell Witch of Tennessee
By Charles Bailey Bell, Harriet Parks Miller
The Bell witch of Middle Tennessee
By Harriet Parks Miller
 

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Credits:

Episode 85: The Bell Witch Part 1.  Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Audio Editing by Sarah Vorhees; Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a.k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." for short. Copyright 2017 Astonishing Legends Productions, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Ep 84: Houska Castle – Gateway to Hell (Part 2)

Image of Houska Castle's chapel, over which the fissure or "Gate to Hell" was built.  Photo Credit by Scary Side of Earth on flickr, used with CC by 2.0 attribution.

"How well I have learned that there is no fence to sit on between heaven and hell.  There is a deep, wide gulf, a chasm, and in that chasm is no place for any man."
– Johnny Cash
 
LOCATION: Castle or "Hrad" Houska, in the Czech Republic
 
Map showing location of Hauska Castle relative to other medieval Bohemian castles that were under Nazi control during WWII.  Map created by A.R.C. member Cody Rice.
 

BACKGROUND:

There are two connected, yet distinct traditions of weirdness concerning Houska Castle: its mysterious, violent and spotty history of purpose and ownership, and the reported sightings of horrific creatures and terrifying specters since its founding.  Regarding the castle's originally intended design; whether it was really built to keep something from escaping rather than defense from outside forces, the lack of any definitive or comprehensive historical records will only lead to debate and speculation.  However, those that have been inside the walls of this fortress and others in the region will tell you that Houska's architecture clearly doesn't seem to fit with the standard intentions.  Regarding the encounters with frightening phantoms, if you believe places can be haunted, Houska Castle seems to be just that. 

 

 

 

 

Reference Links:

 

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77 Prague legends
By Alena Jezkova
 

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Credits:

Episode 84: Houska Castle – Gateway to Hell (Part 2).  Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Audio Editing by Sarah Vorhees; Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a.k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." for short. Copyright 2017 Astonishing Legends Productions, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Ep 83: Houska Castle – Gateway to Hell (Part 1)

Title image of Houska Castle By Mirek256 - Own work, "Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0" CC BY-SA 3.0

"The gates of hell are open night and day; Smooth the descent and easy is the way.”
– John Dryden’s translation of Virgil’s Aeneid , Book  6, Line 126

 
LOCATION: Castle or "Hrad" Houska, in the Czech Republic
 
Map showing location of Hauska Castle relative to other medieval Bohemian castles that were under Nazi control during WWII.  Map created by A.R.C. member Cody Rice.
 

BACKGROUND:

The descriptor "Hell Hole" can currently describe anything from your first apartment to the workplace you dread, but where do we get that term?  Ages ago, could there have been a hole that people believed led straight to the depths of hell itself?  There are several sites in our world that could lay claim to that title, where the "veil" to the underworld seems a little "thin," but a historically solid contender would no doubt be Houska Castle, about 40 miles north of Prague in the Czech Republic.  Tales of demonic beasts issuing forth from the chasm and visiting violence upon villagers and ghastly specters scaring those who roam the castle grounds have been known since the Middle Ages to the present, but what of the edifice itself? No matter what you believe about the folklore, what can't be denied is that the castle was not built for the usual reasons – instead of a fortification to keep people out, it was built to keep things in.

 

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Credits:

Episode 83: Houska Castle – Gateway to Hell (Part 1).  Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Audio Editing by Sarah Vorhees; Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a.k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." for short. Copyright 2017 Astonishing Legends Productions, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Ep 75: The Jersey Devil - Prince of the Pine Barrens (Part 2)

“When the horses heard the Devil scream, they’d carry on so you’d think they were gonna tear the barn down. You could hear the Devil scream a long way off when the horses would quiet down. People may say there’s nothing to it but I know darned well there is.”

– Amanda Sutts’ 1900 eyewitness account from Loren Coleman and Bruce G. Hallenbeck’s book, Monsters of New Jersey: Mysterious Creatures in the Garden State

 
Location: Bucks County, Pennsylvania.  The Jersey Devil's territory isn't just confined to the coastal region of New Jersey's Pine Barrens.  Long before the "Leeds Devil" story became part of the local lore in the mid-18th century, the Native Americans of the Leni Lenape tribe had noted a strange creature in the area and named the nearby creek "Popuessing" meaning, "Place of the dragon."  Also according to Loren Coleman and Bruce Hallenbeck in their book, Monsters of New Jersey: Mysterious Creatures in the Garden State, in 1677, Swedish explorers found strange footprints in the rocks near the same creek and renamed it "Drake Kill" – "drake" also meaning dragon.
 

Background: 

Southern New Jersey is steeped in the legend of The Jersey Devil, with the eponymous rascal inspiring everything from the names of businesses to stickers and T-shirts for tourists.  But as one "South Jersey" native has informed us, The Pine Barrens themselves may be nothing like what outsiders envision, with most of it being "lush, green and beautiful" and a joy to explore.  Also, maybe almost no one from the area believes the myth themselves.  However, it seems in the case of the legend of Jersey Devil – there are two distinct yet connected phenomenal elements at play: the ye olde myth, and the otherworldly thing that more than a few people swear they've encountered.  So what do you say to them?  Are you sure all they saw or heard was an owl, a stray African bat, a mutant goat havin' a laugh, or that good ol' well-worn chestnut the Sandhill Crane?  Because now these accounts become much like any other testimony of the paranormal; those who have not experienced it probably won't believe it, but those that have can never forget it.

 
 

Reference Links:

 

 

Related Books:

The Jersey Devil
By James F McCloy, Ray Miller Jr.
The Jersey Devil
By Hunter Shea
Phantom of the Pines: More Tales of the Jersey Devil
By James F. McCloy, Ray, Jr. Miller
The Flight of Dragons
By Peter Dickinson
 

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Credits:

Episode 75: The Jersey Devil – Prince of the Pine Barrens (Part 2).  Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Audio Editing by Sarah Vorhees; Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a.k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." for short. Copyright 2017 Astonishing Legends Productions, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Ep 74: The Jersey Devil - Prince of the Pine Barrens (Part 1)

“It was neither beast, nor man, nor spirit, but a hellish brew of all three.” 
– Vance Larner, writing in his diary about his encounter with the Jersey Devil in 1790.
 
 
Leeds Point, Galloway, New Jersey, United States.  As the most popular version of the legend of the Jersey Devil goes, Deborah Leeds (nee Smith) emigrated from England to marry Daniel Leeds in the mid-Eighteenth century.  When her 13th child was born, she cursed the difficult labor and the already impoverishing cicumstances of a brood of 12, and invoked the Devil.  The infant became a ghastly cryptid and has haunted the New Jersey Pine Barrens ever since.  Some legends have it as a "Mrs. Shrouds" as the beast's mother.
 

Background: 

They say if you meet someone from New Jersey, Pennsylvania or New York, you don't ask them if they've heard of the "Jersey Devil," you ask them if they've had some kind of encounter with it.  The legend of the curious cryptid is so prolific, they've no doubt heard of it, and if they've spent any time near the Pine Barrens of "The Garden State," more often than not you'll find they've experienced some evidence of the beast, or know someone who has.  Folklorists say that there are more than 30 variations of the legend,  but the main origin story of New Jersey's own "Official Demon" goes all the way back to 1735, and a Mrs. Leeds of Galloway, NJ, who upon a difficult delivery of her 13th child, exclaimed it might as well be a devil – which, if the tale is to be believed, you should never do.  Since then, the story has been so popular that the idea of The Jersey Devil has made its way into movies, television, and video games, and is even the inspiration for the name of New Jersey's National Hockey League team.  But why has this tale endured for at least 282 years?  Is it because somehow the legend is just so fantastic that people can't forget it?  Or is it because, as so many residents throughout the years have claimed, from New Jersey's eastern shores, through the mysterious Pine Barrens all the way to western Pennsylvania, something really is out there?

 

Reference Links:

 

Related Books:

The Jersey Devil
By James F McCloy, Ray Miller Jr.
The Jersey Devil
By Hunter Shea
The Flight of Dragons
By Peter Dickinson
Phantom of the Pines: More Tales of the Jersey Devil
By James F. McCloy, Ray, Jr. Miller
 

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The Dark Myths Collective  

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Credits:

Episode 74: The Jersey Devil: Prince of the Pine Barrens (Part 1).  Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Audio Editing by Sarah Vorhees; Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a.k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." for short. Copyright 2017 Astonishing Legends Productions, LLC. All Rights Reserved.