It’s been almost another year without an episode of the Shipped High In Transit podcast, but Tom and Steven are back to look into some more myths.
Tom begins this episode by looking into the ‘ISIS hunter’, Abu Azrael, who came to prominence after the 2015 terror attacks in Paris. Reportedly, he has single-handedly killed around 1500 members of the terrorist organisation using not only automated weaponry, but also swords and axes. But is the tale bigger than the man?
In the Quick S.H.I.T.s section Steven presents us with words that describe things that few people realise there are even words for, including tartle, groak, snudge and more. Tom also talks about words and phrases, ones that originate from nautical use but are now used so much in everyday conversation to the point that they have lost their original meaning.
Steven finishes the show by debunking the popular internet story of the disappearance of the Kansas town of Ashley in August 1952 after mysterious phenomena were reported by the town’s populace. Was it supernatural, a series of earthquakes, or something else?
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In this brand new episode of Shipped High In Transit, Ant debunks the myth that you could kill a person by dropping a penny from the top of a tall building – in this case, the Empire State Building.
The Quick S.H.I.T.s section carries on from the Penny Myth in that Ant also debunks the myth that, if you were to throw yourself off a tall building – let’s say the Empire State Building – you wouldn’t die of a heart attack or your lungs exploding before you hit the ground.
A listener’s question about spice being used as preservative is answered by Tom. Spices are used, predominantly, to enhance the flavour and aroma of food however, they have antimicrobial properties which slows the growth rate of bacteria that would spoil the meat.
Tom’s story this week is about Spontaneous Human Combustion, a condition where a person burns away to ash with no obvious initial spark or fire. There are many theories from The Wick Effect to psychic-suicide.
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This episode of the Shipped High In Transit Podcast features the first guest host, Steven, from A History of Misunderstanding Podcast. And, boy does he bring the goods with a fascinating story about Crystal Skulls, giving us the history of their discovery, the mystical powers it’s claimed they possess and the impossibilities of their manufacture by primitive tribes in Central America.
Tom’s feature this time round is the mystery surrounding the death of Joseph Merrick, a.k.a. The Elephant Man. It was widely believed – not to mention depicted, by John Hurt in the David Lynch film of the same name – that Merrick choked to death trying to sleep like a normal person. However, new evidence has been unearthed that points to an even more tragic story.
The ‘Quick S.H.I.T.s’ section of the show debunks the theory that clinking glasses together as a toast was a way for people at medieval feasts to prove they weren’t trying to poison each other and why the symbol for the dollar is ‘$’.
An added layer of production has been provided by Steven for this episode to give atmosphere to the stories. Find his film podcast at www.hompodcast.com