It's been over 18 months since the last episode of this podcast was released, so thank you so much for your patience while other things were allowed to take precedence.
In this episode, Tom is joined once more by Steven from A History of Misunderstanding Podcast. Steven is here to discuss the curse of Superman, a theory that various actors who have played the titular superhero and various co-stars have died after being involved with the character. We come to the conclusion that far more people survived and some have continued to be successful than have died, and even the most tragic deaths seem to be from outside influence like ill-health or drugs. Let us know your thoughts on this and any similar film franchises that are synonymous with curses.
In the quick S.H.I.T.s section, Tom debunks the playground myth that if you swallow chewing gum it stays in your stomach for seven years. It just simply isn't true. Steven brings the story of a stolen Oscar statue by an unknown man, collecting it on behalf of actress, Alice Brady at the 1937 ceremony, and the fact that it has never surfaced since. Perhaps it's still out there in an L.A. loft?
Tom closes out the show with a possible debunking of the phenomenon of the blood of St Januarius. Three times a year priests in Naples hold a ceremony where the blood has been known to liquify, signifying that the patron saint of the city is looking after the people. Scientists have not be allowed to study the blood to confirm it really is blood, rather than a medieval hoax. However, they have recreated a thixotropic substance from ingredients that would have been available around the first recorded instance of this miracle occurring. The substance is said to look and act just like the blood of St Januarius. Proof or coincidence? You decide.
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