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Show Notes Episode 348: When Inflation Comes Along, You Must Whip It This week Host Dave Bledsoe fights the rising costs of his bar tabs by handing the bartender a button asking him to Whip It instead of money. Only to get his ass whipped behind the bar by the bouncers. (Again.) On the show this week, we take you back to a time when the worst possible idea to fight inflation was also the only idea they had! (It is a recurring theme in American History) Along the way a sad old man complains about being a sad old man. (It is kind of Dave’s leitmotif) Then we dive right into a complex economic and social issue that we have no business discussing because our understanding of economics topped out in about third grade. (If Dave has ten dollars and spends it all on booze, how much money does Dave have left?) From there explain that when the chips were down and the nation needed a hero, they took a look around and all they could find was Jerry. (Not the President we needed and also not the President we deserved) Finally we explain how the Ford Administration decided the best way to fix our problem was to up the pieces of flair on our work uniforms. (The MINIMUM is fifteen)  Our Sponsor this week is Fast Eddie’s Financial Advisors, we give you money for things and you damn sure will pay us back. We open the show with SNL’s take on Inflation and close with the Fantastic Plastics explaining fiscal policy for the masses. Show Theme: https://www.jamendo.com/track/421668/prelude-to-common-sense The Show on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheHell_Podcast The Show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whatthehellpodcast/ www.whatthehellpodcast.com Give us your money on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/Whatthehellpodcast The Show Line: 347 687 9601 Closing Music: https://youtu.be/wnDom1oXQdk We are a proud member of the Seltzer Kings Podcast Network! http://seltzerkings.com/ Citations Needed:  What to know about the main causes of inflation https://www.businessinsider.com/causes-of-inflation Gerald Ford responded to an inflation crisis with a voluntary public campaign. It was a disaster. https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2021/11/16/gerald-ford-whip-inflation-now/ Uncited Additional Reading:   https://www.history.com/topics/us-presidents/ford-pledges-to-whip-inflation-now-video https://www.investopedia.com/articles/economics/09/1970s-great-inflation.asp https://www.federalreservehistory.org/essays/great-inflation https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stagflation https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1973%E2%80%931975_recession https://www.npr.org/2021/05/29/1001023637/think-inflation-is-bad-now-lets-take-a-step-back-to-the-1970s https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerald_Ford Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Show Notes Episode 347: Hold My Hand Across America This week Host Dave Bledsoe reaches out a hand to his fellow man only to have it smacked down by the bartender who refused to serve him another drink until he paid his bartab. (Again.) On the show this week we link up all the ways people in the 1980’s tried to help people in need because the government didn’t want to anymore. (Same as it ever was.) Along the way we learn what motivated a young Dave only to discover it is the same thing that motivates an old Dave. (Boobs.) Then we dive right into the history of the various celebrity driven charity events from fighting against nuclear power (because coal could NEVER hurt us!) to famine relief in Africa. (Those songs bought an AWFUL lot of guns!) Then we finally get to the point of the show where we talk about that time America thought hunger could be solved if we all just joined a huge daisy chain of people from sea to shining sea. (Spoiler Alert: It couldn’t and we didn’t.)  Our Sponsor this week is a Big Dumb Idea, when you’ve got a pressing social problem only government could reasonably solve, try a Big Dumb Idea instead. We open the show with reporting from the Hands Across America line and close with Geargasm who has a plan for YOU! Show Theme: https://www.jamendo.com/track/421668/prelude-to-common-sense The Show on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheHell_Podcast The Show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whatthehellpodcast/ www.whatthehellpodcast.com Give us your money on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/Whatthehellpodcast The Show Line: 347 687 9601 Closing Music: https://youtu.be/IF7Ct2nAJpQ We are a proud member of the Seltzer Kings Podcast Network! http://seltzerkings.com/ Citations Needed: The 80s: The Decade of the Charity Single & the Benefit Concert https://ifmyrecordscouldtalk.com/2021/07/23/the-80s-the-decade-of-the-charity-single-the-benefit-concert/ The story of Hear 'n Aid, the heavy metal Band Aid https://www.loudersound.com/features/the-story-of-hear-n-aid-the-heavy-metal-band-aid Listen Up https://www.farmaid.org/blog/willie-nelson-listen-up/ Remembering Hands Across America https://www.history.com/news/remembering-hands-across-america Great Shakes: 'Hands Across America' 20 Years Later https://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/WolfFiles/story?id=2044810&page=1 REAGAN DECIDES TO JOIN HANDS ACROSS AMERICA https://www.nytimes.com/1986/05/24/us/reagan-decides-to-join-hands-across-america.html 8 Gripping Facts About Hands Across America https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/577914/hands-across-america-facts Uncited Additional Reading:  https://www.vulture.com/2019/03/hands-across-america-in-jordan-peele-s-us.html https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hands_Across_America https://www.denofgeek.com/movies/us-jordan-peele-hands-across-america/ https://www.history.com/news/remembering-hands-across-america https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Musicians_United_for_Safe_Energy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Show Notes Episode 346: I Pity the Fool That Don’t Eat My Cereal This week Host Dave Bledsoe issues a retraction to his Sister after insinuating she used to regularly kick his ass, and regrets any confusion. She is and was all sweetness and light and be humbly beg her pardon and pleads for her not to hurt him. (Again) On the show this week we are looking at all the brands of breakfast cereal that were just basically cash grabs in the 1980’s (There were more than you remember) Along the way we learn some shocking news about why so many cereals were taken off the shelves so soon after they debuted. (Meaning Dave just made up some shit after reading a single unsourced claim. Again.) From there we plumb the depths of the cereal aisle circa 1989 for all the weird and terrible cereals that people thought kids like to eat. (We liked Apple Jacks and Sugar Smacks, no one wanted Nerd’s Cereal) Finally we wrapped up with the most bizarre and inexplicable cereal of the lot and wondered if something wasn’t going on between Mr T and Nancy Reagan. (She looked awfully happy on his lap) Our Sponsor this week is Davey-O’s the cereal for podcasters! We open the show with Liam Neeson picking up some groceries and close with Chad and Nora Haynes traveling down that road again. Show Theme: https://www.jamendo.com/track/421668/prelude-to-common-sense The Show on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheHell_Podcast The Show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whatthehellpodcast/ www.whatthehellpodcast.com Give us your money on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/Whatthehellpodcast The Show Line: 347 687 9601 Closing Music: https://youtu.be/Jd6utRwN6SQ We are a proud member of the Seltzer Kings Podcast Network! http://seltzerkings.com/ Citations Needed: BREAKFAST WITH BARBIE CEREAL https://www.saturdaymorningsforever.com/2019/03/breakfast-with-barbie-cereal.html Uncited Additional Reading https://www.metv.com/lists/alas-we-will-never-eat-these-18-cereals-from-the-1980s-again https://www.80sthen80snow.com/80s-cereal https://blog.cheapism.com/cereal-brands-we-miss/#slide=8 http://www.liketotally80s.com/2011/09/80s-cereals/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Show Notes Episode 345: Magically Delicious This week Host Dave Bledsoe angrily insists that Lucky Charms cereal prizes be tiny bottles of Jameson and is thrown out of the Kroger. (Again) On the show this week we open up the kitchen cabinet and pull down a box of Nostalgio's, the breakfast cereal for old people! (Don’t worry, they taste so bad you won’t WANT to eat them!) Along the way we learn that Dave’s little sister used to beat him up on the regular. (We’re sure he deserved it!) and then we dive right into the history of a balanced breakfast, from Roman times right through today! (It is surprisingly full of people with some VERY Interesting ideas about race and masturbation.) Then we talk about modern breakfast cereals and how kids in the 1970’s made informed decisions on their breakfast nutrition. (It involved an awful lot of talking animals.) Then we explain that cereal box prizes were ALWAYS a scam. (#Capitalism) Our Sponsor this week is Vodka Bombs, the breakfast cereal for big girls and boys! We open with George Carlin squabbling with his breakfast and close with Putnam Pig dropping some deft rhymes about a balanced breakfast! Show Theme: https://www.jamendo.com/track/421668/prelude-to-common-sense The Show on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheHell_Podcast The Show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whatthehellpodcast/ www.whatthehellpodcast.com Give us your money on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/Whatthehellpodcast The Show Line: 347 687 9601 Closing Music: https://youtu.be/OmhusjvU0Ys We are a proud member of the Seltzer Kings Podcast Network! http://seltzerkings.com/ Citations Needed: History of Breakfast Fact Sheet https://www.breakfastcereal.org/assets/uploads/files/00579-history-of-breakfast.pdf Wikipedia: John Harvey Kellogg https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Harvey_Kellogg Wikipedia: Ralstonism https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ralstonism MONSTROUSLY DELICIOUS: AN ORAL HISTORY OF MONSTER CEREALS https://melmagazine.com/en-us/story/monster-cereals-oral-history Franken Berry, the Beloved Halloween Cereal, Was Once Medically Found to Cause Pink Poop https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/franken-berry-the-beloved-halloween-cereal-was-once-medically-found-to-cause-pink-poop-7114570/ Uncited Additional Reading:  https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/02/22/dining/history-of-cereal.html https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2021/03/10380335/breakfast-cereal-history-future-strange-facts https://www.seriouseats.com/history-of-breakfast-cereal-mascots https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/648354/cereal-history https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/68718/8-throwback-movie-tie-breakfast-cereals https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_breakfast_cereal_advertising_characters Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Show Notes Episode 338: Got Me A Walkman and They Walked Right In and Solved Them This week Host Dave Bledsoe slips on his Members Only Jacket, squeezes into his Parachute Pants and slaps his Walkman on his belt to cruise the Mall for some Bettys. Only to be thrown out of the Shady Oaks Retirement Community Mall Walk-A-Thon. (Again) On the show this week, we rolled back the technological clock to a simpler time when nothing could come between you and the music except for five hundred dollars, inflation adjusted. We are talking about the original Sony Walkman!  Along the way we learn about why Dave had a large coffin shaped box in his boyhood bedroom that had nothing to do with him being a cool Goth kid and everything to do with his parents handing down large pieces of furniture they had no further use for. Then we jump right into the history of the most remarkable consumer electronic device in history, one which would not only change how we listened to music but change society itself. The Eight Track Cassette. (We kid, it’s the Walkman) We go from it’s humble origins as a sad attempt by Salaryman to impress his boss to how it swept the world in just a few short years. (You wouldn’t be listening to this on a smartphone without the Walkman). Our Sponsor this week is the Sue-Me Want-Man, because there was no way in hell your parents were paying that kind of money for a cassette player. We open the show with a CBS News clip about the new machine and close with Scott Weste singing about how the Walkman solved his problems.  Show Theme: https://www.jamendo.com/track/421668/prelude-to-common-sense The Show on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheHell_Podcast The Show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whatthehellpodcast/ www.whatthehellpodcast.com Give us your money on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/Whatthehellpodcast The Show Line: 347 687 9601 Closing Music: https://youtu.be/_yiYAZ_OvwI We are a proud member of the Seltzer Kings Podcast Network! http://seltzerkings.com/ Citations Needed: Humming Off Key For Two Decades https://archive.nytimes.com/www.nytimes.com/library/tech/99/07/circuits/articles/29walk.html Recorded History: The Sony Walkman Turns 40 https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/65620/july-1-1979-sonys-walkman-changes-recorded-history The Walkman Effect Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walkman_effect Walkman by Phil Patton https://web.archive.org/web/20070814024224/http://www.philpatton.com/walkman.html Uncited Additional Reading: https://www.theverge.com/2014/7/1/5861062/sony-walkman-at-35 http://content.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1907884,00.html https://www.iconeye.com/design/features/a-short-history-of-the-sony-walkman https://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/the-walkman-forty-years-on https://www.everything80spodcast.com/walkman/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 339: As God As My Witness, I Thought Turkeys Could Fly This week Host Dave Bledsoe planned a big Thanksgiving Day promotion where he would drop live turkeys from to the top of the Empire State Building, only to discover that he is still not allowed back in the building after the “Santa Incident” in 2009. (Yes, alcohol was involved) On the show this week, we talk turkey day TV tropes and how every Thanksgiving Episode is exactly the same, except for one. (Of course it is WKRP!) Along the way we learn about that time Dave revealed himself to be an anti-immigrant asshole by mocking someone without a cultural context for his jokes. From there we dive right into the history of Thanksgiving Episodes on radio and television before we tell you the true tale of where the WKRP Turkey Drop came from! Following that we reveal our own Thanksgiving traditions by cluing you in on the greatest Thanksgiving Movie of all time. (No, not that one, the one starring Joe Don Baker!) OUr Sponsor this week is Jive Turkey, the all natural meat free alternative for the kind of annoying people that want a meat free alternative on Thanksgiving. We open the show with the gang from Cheers and close with Hoyt Axton just talking about Mitchell. Show Theme: https://www.jamendo.com/track/421668/prelude-to-common-sense The Show on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheHell_Podcast The Show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whatthehellpodcast/ www.whatthehellpodcast.com Give us your money on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/Whatthehellpodcast The Show Line: 347 687 9601 Closing Music: https://youtu.be/bBuRvsLK1Pc We are a proud member of the Seltzer Kings Podcast Network! http://seltzerkings.com/ Citations Needed: Turkeys Away An Oral History https://classictvhistory.wordpress.com/2012/11/21/turkeys-away-an-oral-history/ 40 years later: ‘WKRP in Cincinnati’ classic ‘Turkeys Away’ episode inspired by Atlanta station https://www.ajc.com/blog/radiotvtalk/years-later-wkrp-cincinnati-classic-turkeys-away-episode-inspired-atlanta-station/61mkjUwRuxNwio9or5hbON/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Show Notes Episode 337: Eating Big Brother's Peanuts and Drinking Billy's Beer This week Host Dave Bledsoe angrily denies he looks anything like Billy Carter and threatens to fight anyone who says different! (Then he fell off his barstool and passed out. Again.) On the show this week we examine the legacy of the Good Old Boy Brother of America’s favorite living Ex-President, Billy Carter. (We love Jimmy and all,but Jimmy never pissed on the runway beside Air Force One. If he had MAYBE he would’ve served more than one term. We’re just saying.) Along the way we are reminded that Jimmy Carter put his PEANUT FARM in a blind trust when HE became President. From there we learn about little Brother Billy, who despite his flaws was NOT the Black Sheep of the Carter Family. (That would be their Harley Davidson racing sister.) Then we dive right into America’s love affair with Billy, and you bet your ass we talk about Billy Beer! Our Sponsor this week is Davey Beer, when you want a bland generic American lager like all the rest, but with Dave’s face on it, drink Davey Beer! We open the show with Billy Carter talking about Billy Carter and close with Keith Reedy singing his love of a bad, bad beer. Show Theme: https://www.jamendo.com/track/421668/prelude-to-common-sense The Show on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheHell_Podcast The Show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whatthehellpodcast/ www.whatthehellpodcast.com Give us your money on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/Whatthehellpodcast The Show Line: 347 687 9601 Closing Music:https://youtu.be/iDWygmBfmDE We are a proud member of the Seltzer Kings Podcast Network! http://seltzerkings.com/ Citations Needed: BILLY CARTER, EX-PRESIDENT'S BROTHER, DIES OF CANCER https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/local/1988/09/26/billy-carter-ex-presidents-brother-dies-of-cancer/d807be17-aed7-44ca-af51-e9f11b4639d7/ A Brief History of Billy Beer https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/26695/billy-beer-reason-billy-carter-quit-drinking Good Ole Cult https://www.thecrimson.com/article/1977/3/26/good-ole-cult-pbab-couple-of/ When Embarrassing Presidential Relatives Got Model Kits: Billy Carter’s Redneck Power Pickup! https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/when-embarrassing-presidential-relatives-got-model-kits-billy-carters-redneck-power-pickup/ Billy Carter Dies of Pancreatic Cancer https://www.ajc.com/news/billy-carter-dies-pancreatic-cancer/HLoWKaDqabDiCjMBxlQdeO/ Billy Carter: Beer Drinker, Book Lover https://www.legacy.com/news/culture-and-history/billy-carter-beer-drinker-book-lover/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Show Notes Episode 234: “Dia de Gringos” This week Host Dave Bledsoe honors the spirits of his ancestors by drinking an entire bottle of Irish Whiskey in one sitting. (How this is different from a normal Friday night is open to debate.) On the show this week, we engage in a little cultural appropriation and try to create a Dia de Muertos that white people won’t feel guilty about. (Not that any of us feel “guilt” over such things.) Along the way we learn some sad facts about Dave and how he keeps friends. (Hint: he is very bad at it). Then we meet the cultural ancestors of White People in America, John Wayne, Howard Zinn and Fred Rogers and learn how to honor them on our special day. (Are there cigarettes? You betcha!) Finally, we teach you how to construct a culturally appropriate White Person Ofrenda and how to host your own Dia de Gringos festival! More importantly, we learn the horrible truth about Fred Rogers. Our Sponsor this week is Revenant.com, we make coming back from the dead simple. We open with Stanley Tucci’s immortal performance as Muerte. (For DEATH!) and close with a Death Metal neighborhood.  Show Theme: https://www.jamendo.com/track/421668/prelude-to-common-sense The Show on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheHell_Podcast The Show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whatthehellpodcast/ The Show on Soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/david-bledsoe-4 www.whatthehellpodcast.com Give us your money on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/Whatthehellpodcast The Show Line: 347 687 9601 Closing Music: https://youtu.be/7kcMFZ9WJiw Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Show Notes Episode 336: DB Lovecraft This week Host Dave Bledsoe keeps hearing distant voices screaming in anger, only to discover he has passed out in the women’s bathroom stall. (Again) On the show this week we wrap Spooktacular 2021 with a performance of HP Lovecraft’s The Rats in the Walls. (Don’t worry, we took all the racism out of it!) Over on the Patreon, we deliver you HP Lovecraft’s Dagon, both stories are scary as hell, and we grudgingly admit, done pretty well.   Our annual Spooktacular is a celebration of Spooky Season and features a mix of original content and dramatic performances of some of the best horror available (In the public domain!) Thank you for listening and supporting the show all year round, and as always, we urge you to Stay Spooky Podfriends! Show Theme: https://www.jamendo.com/track/421668/prelude-to-common-sense The Show on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheHell_Podcast The Show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whatthehellpodcast/ www.whatthehellpodcast.com Give us your money on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/Whatthehellpodcast The Show Line: 347 687 9601 Closing Music: https://archive.org/details/Halloween_783 We are a proud member of the Seltzer Kings Podcast Network! ht Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
From last year's Patreon bonus, we give you the true(ish) tale of a foggy night in Northern California, and strange arrival and how he was never supposed to talk about. So clearly he is. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Show Noted Episode 335: Them Creepy Ass Kids (Spooktacular 2021) This week Host Dave Bledsoe just wants your creepy ass kid to STOP STARING AT HIM! (It isn’t the kid’s fault, they’ve just never seen a drunk man take a dump in the sandbox before!) On the show this week we keep Spooktacular 2021 rolling with talkies of kids who see ghosts and remember their past lives! (As if this one life isn’t bad enough!) Along the way we learn all we never wanted to know about the Holy Ghost (We call him God’s Goon!) and from there we dive right into spooky tales of kids who see dead people! (Spoiler Alert: Bruce Willis was dead all along!) Then we take a peek into the fascinating world of kids who remember their past lives! (Honestly, this is a legit thing with real scientists studying it!) Of all the stupid paranormal nonsense we’ve covered on this show, we finally find one we can’t debunk outright by just saying the people involved are either liars or morons. (Though, we cannot definitely say they are NOT either!) Our Sponsor this week is Tangina Barrons’ Housekeeping Service, your house will be clean physically AND spiritually. We open the show with Eddie Murphy explaining why only White People stay in haunted houses and close with Night Sabers who have a question for you. Show Theme: https://www.jamendo.com/track/421668/prelude-to-common-sense The Show on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheHell_Podcast The Show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whatthehellpodcast/ www.whatthehellpodcast.com Give us your money on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/Whatthehellpodcast The Show Line: 347 687 9601 Closing Music:https://youtu.be/bw5zXJ59Oi0?t=57 We are a proud member of the Seltzer Kings Podcast Network! http://seltzerkings.com/ Citations Needed:   Why do so many kids ‘see ghosts’? We asked some psychologists. https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2019/10/28/why-do-so-many-kids-see-ghosts-we-asked-some-psychologists/ Here’s Why Children Are More Sensitive To Spirits Than Adults https://thoughtcatalog.com/emily-heron/2019/11/heres-why-children-are-more-sensitive-to-spirits-than-adults/ SERIOUS] What was your creepy, unexplainable story as a child that was confirmed by your parents to have happened? https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/ixk1ox/serious_what_was_your_creepy_unexplainable_story/ Reddit Stories https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/ixk1ox/serious_what_was_your_creepy_unexplainable_story/g67w45m/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3 https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/ixk1ox/serious_what_was_your_creepy_unexplainable_story/g6b65er/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3 https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/1d2v7i/parents_of_reddit_what_is_the_creepiest_thing/c9mhcrw/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3 https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/mkru9p/parents_what_spooky_past_life_memory_did_your_kid/gtj02f5/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3 Dr Jim Tucker https://med.virginia.edu/perceptual-studies/dops-staff/jim-tuckers-bio/ https://med.virginia.edu/perceptual-studies/our-research/children-who-report-memories-of-previous-lives/ https://med.virginia.edu/perceptual-studies/wp-content/uploads/sites/360/2017/04/REI42-Tucker-James-LeiningerPIIS1550830716000331.pdf Chilling Reincarnation Stories: Meet 6 People Who Lived Before https://www.rd.com/article/chilling-reincarnation-stories/ Creepy Things Kids Have Said About Their Past Lives https://www.ranker.com/list/kids-past-lives-stories/mariel-loveland Uncited Additional Reading:   https://med.virginia.edu/perceptual-studies/dops-media/video-reincarnation-research/ https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/feeling-too-much/201412/children-who-seemingly-remember-past-lives https://slate.com/human-interest/2020/10/creepy-toddler-should-you-run.html https://www.scarymommy.com/your-kid-sees-ghosts/ https://www.reddit.com/r/Paranormal/comments/5rm3ig/any_stories_of_your_children_seeing_ghosts/?sort=new Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Show Notes Episode 334: Undead On A Downtown Train Spooktacular 2021  This week Host Dave Bledsoe passes out on the subway platform at 2 AM only to wake up at home in his bed and not know how he got there. (This happens far more than he would like to admit) On the show this week Spooktacular 2021 rolls on down the steel rails with haunted subways and trains! (We mean actual ghosts, not the scary stuff that just happens on the train!) We start with the Ghost Trains of Astor Place in New York City and go around the country and around the world to visit haunted underground stops from Boston to Beijing! Then we head out into the country to tell you lurid tales of creepy stations, ghost trains and dead conductors waving their lanterns into the darkness to lure you closer! (Stay off the railroad tracks people!) Our Sponsor this week is The Creepy Guy at the End of the Car, is he jerking off or just jerking? We’ll never tell. We open with Hey Arnold and close with Lee Enstone talking to all the Brooklyn Girls. Show Theme: https://www.jamendo.com/track/421668/prelude-to-common-sense The Show on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheHell_Podcast The Show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whatthehellpodcast/ www.whatthehellpodcast.com Give us your money on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/Whatthehellpodcast The Show Line: 347 687 9601 Closing Music:https://youtu.be/N5jnAu4uUcM We are a proud member of the Seltzer Kings Podcast Network! http://seltzerkings.com/ Citations Needed The tragic truth behind the tale of the 'Black nun' who haunts Bank London Underground station https://www.mylondon.news/news/nostalgia/tragic-truth-behind-tale-black-21094722 The Haunting of Beijing's Metro Line 1 http://www.thatsmags.com/beijing/post/14866/tales-from-the-chinese-crypt-beijing-s-metro-haunting 12 Haunted Train Stations That Will Instantly Give You Cold Sweat https://www.scoopwhoop.com/inothernews/haunted-stations/ Uncited Additional Reading  https://www.amny.com/transit/paranormal-experts-tell-tales-of-the-haunted-subway-1-11028781/ https://www.exp1.com/blog/untold-nyc-history-haunted-subways/ https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/massachusetts/boston/haunted-tunnel-boston/ https://wander-argentina.com/ghosts-of-the-buenos-aires-subway/ https://freetoursbyfoot.com/haunted-london-underground-stations/ https://secretldn.com/haunted-underground-stations/ https://scarystoriestoreadonthesubway.tumblr.com/ https://www.glasgowlive.co.uk/news/glasgow-news/spt-subway-haunted-ghost-stories-12023539 https://www.encoretickets.co.uk/articles/ghost-stories-london-underground/ http://www.thatsmags.com/beijing/post/14866/tales-from-the-chinese-crypt-beijing-s-metro-haunting https://www.qchron.com/qboro/stories/you-ain-t-afraid-of-no-ghost-we-ll-see-about-that/article_010ee09d-001f-5505-a643-147da790ecbf.html https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/virginia/haunted-church-hill-tunnel-history-va/ https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/state/north-carolina/article234487957.html https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2012/01/11/the-tale-of-the-dead-body-train-at- Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The first our two bonus episodes finds us in the high mountains of the Soviet Union exploring the mysterious Dyatlov Pass Incident. Which they SAY they solved. but that is just the sort of thing THEY would say isn't it? We let Producer Gavin take the mic for this episode because Dave was too drunk to stay upright in the chair behind the mic! Join us at www.patreon.com/whatthehellpodcast for this year's exclusive content for just ONE MEASLY DOLLAR! #StaySpooky Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Show Notes Episode 333: It Looks Like A Big Deady Tylenol Spooktacular 2021 This week Host Dave Bledsoe reaches for something to edge off this hangover only to find something little, yellow, different...the same glass of whiskey he took to bed with him the night before. (Again) This week we kick off Spooktacular 2021 with a little random mass murder in Chicago, with the Tylenol Murders of 1982!  Along the way we discover how Dave’s Mom foolishly trusted him not to do something incredibly stupid when he was a kid. (Same goes for today) Then we dive right into the mysterious deaths of seven people in the Chicagoland area September 1982. We go through the gruesome deaths of each in turn before turning to the frantic search for what killed them. (Shockingly, it wasn’t corporate malfeasance!) Then we follow the investigation into what happened and into who was doing it!   Our Sponsor this week is the Poison Pill Investment Strategy, who want to say “COME ON GUYS!” We open the show with news coverage of the panic after the poisonings and close with some seasonal music by Deathlock! Show Theme: https://www.jamendo.com/track/421668/prelude-to-common-sense The Show on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheHell_Podcast The Show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whatthehellpodcast/ www.whatthehellpodcast.com Give us your money on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/Whatthehellpodcast The Show Line: 347 687 9601 Closing Music: https://youtu.be/0WZF5eu4OQc We are a proud member of the Seltzer Kings Podcast Network! http://seltzerkings.com/ Citations Needed: The History of Acetaminophen https://www.aplususapharma.com/blog/the-history-of-acetaminophen/ How Tylenol Grew From a Little-Known Drug To the World's Largest-Selling Health Product https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/politics/1982/10/02/how-tylenol-grew-from-a-little-known-drug-to-the-worlds-largest-selling-health-product/5fdfa0f5-445a-4243-91a7-39aa014658c6/ Revisiting Chicago's Tylenol Murders https://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/October-2012/Chicago-Tylenol-Murders-An-Oral-History/ A Bitter Pill https://chicagoreader.com/news-politics/a-bitter-pill/ Chicago Tylenol murders Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicago_Tylenol_murders Uncited Additional Reading: https://www.nytimes.com/1982/10/02/us/poison-deaths-bring-us-warning-on-tylenol-use.html https://www.pbs.org/newshour/health/tylenol-murders-1982 https://www.nytimes.com/1983/10/28/us/jurors-convict-suspect-in-1-million-tylenol-extortion-plot.html http://content.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1878063,00.html https://www.tylenolmurders.com/ https://kottke.org/18/10/the-chicago-tylenol-murders-of-1982 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
All the ghoulish good times coming up for Spooktacular 2021 Creepy Ass Music: Darren Curtis Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 332: Havana Ray Beaming This week Host Dave Bledsoe angrily complains that someone is using a “sonic weapon” to cause his aching head and churning stomach instead of blaming the hangover. (Again) On the show this week we head on down to Havana Town to investigate what is making American spies and diplomats so sick? (Apparently, not guilt over American Imperialism) Along the way we learn that Dave was a connoisseur of imaginary weapons as a child. (Imaginary like the friends he had to play with. Sad.) Then we dive right into the so-called Havana Syndrome that is causing Americans around the world to have a headache and Congress to do something ineffective and unnecessary about it! (You know, the usual stuff!) From there we talk about all the ways that you can’t really use a sonic wave as a super secret weapon and all the ways that a microwave is really only good for heating up a burrito on the outside and leaving it ice cold on the inside. (It is called the Hot Pocket Effect.) Finally we use science and reason to explain what is REALLY going on with this Havana Syndrome and why that makes spies so angry. (Reality often hurts) Our Sponsor this week is Brian’s Beam Weapons, they probably aren’t real but they are FUN! We open the show with the L.O.O.K.E.R. Gun and close with Judson Hair chilling out. Show Theme: https://www.jamendo.com/track/421668/prelude-to-common-sense The Show on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheHell_Podcast The Show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whatthehellpodcast/ www.whatthehellpodcast.com Give us your money on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/Whatthehellpodcast The Show Line: 347 687 9601 Closing Music: https://youtu.be/kIj1p7KBZJc We are a proud member of the Seltzer Kings Podcast Network! http://seltzerkings.com/ Citations Needed:   The Sounds That Haunted U.S. Diplomats in Cuba? Lovelorn Crickets, Scientists Say https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/04/science/sonic-attack-cuba-crickets.html Medical Records Can’t Explain “Havana Syndrome,” A Buried CDC Report Says https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/danvergano/cdc-investigation-cuba-havana-syndrome Vienna Is the New Havana Syndrome Hot Spot https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/vienna-is-the-new-havana-syndrome-hotspot Was It an Invisible Attack on U.S. Diplomats, or Something Stranger? https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/05/15/magazine/diplomat-disorder.html Mass psychogenic illness Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mass_psychogenic_illness An Open Letter to the Diplomats With "Havana Syndrome" https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/its-catching/201911/open-letter-the-diplomats-havana-syndrome Uncited Additional Reading: https://nymag.com/intelligencer/article/what-is-havana-syndrome-symptoms-causes.html https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Havana_syndrome https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/20/us/politics/cia-officer-suffers-havana-syndrome-symptoms.html Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 331: Right Now Someone Is Planning Another Crystal Pepsi Comeback This week Host Dave Bledsoe is enjoying a crisp refreshing Zima, lacing up his Doc’s, and getting ready to watch this new X-Files show! No, wait, he is having delusions after drinking a bottle of Crystal Pepsi from 1993. (Again) On the show this week we head back to the halcyon days of yesterday when everything was clear, soap was pure, and a man could get a Crystal Pepsi at his local 7-11!  Along the way we learn why Dave’s family was so loyal to the Coca Cola company during his childhood. (Turns out everything is a Coke when you live far enough away from civilization!) From there we jump right into the Clear Craze of the late 80’s and early 90’s when every product had to be transparent, you know for health reasons. (Meaning some marketing jack off just made that shit up!) Then we pick up with Pepsi looking to strike a blow in the Cola Wars by launching a brand new product, and the perfidy of the Coca Cola company in their counter attack! (Many Shubs and Zulls knew what it was to be roasted in the depths of a Sloar that day, we can tell you!) Then we tell you all about the “thinking” that went into the concept and the launch of Crystal Pepsi. (Not much) Finally we talk about why Crystal Pepsi only lasted a year before slinking off into ignominy, and slinking back over and over again. (Millennials are just as nostalgic as anyone, maybe more!) Our Sponsor this week is Royal Crown Clear, the product that tastes kinda like RC Cola, but clear! We open the show with an ad spot of Crystal Pepsi and close with the Band Geeks asking what are we waiting for? (Mostly for the show to be over, so we can all go home for the weekend.) Show Theme: https://www.jamendo.com/track/421668/prelude-to-common-sense The Show on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheHell_Podcast The Show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whatthehellpodcast/ www.whatthehellpodcast.com Give us your money on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/Whatthehellpodcast The Show Line: 347 687 9601 Closing Music:https://youtu.be/1OLn6-0pwUM We are a proud member of the Seltzer Kings Podcast Network! http://seltzerkings.com/ Citations Needed: Clear Craze: The Rise and Fall of Crystal Pepsi https://www.darkroastmedia.com/clear-craze-the-rise-and-fall-of-crystal-pepsi/ Why Crystal Pepsi Was A Flop https://www.mashed.com/111261/crystal-pepsi-flop/ Fizzled Out: Why Coca-Cola Purposely Designed a Soft Drink to Fail https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/547246/why-coca-cola-designed-tab-clear-fail Uncited Additional Reading: https://www.businessinsider.com/crystal-pepsi-creator-david-novak-its-failure-taught-important-lesson-2016-7?r=US&IR=T https://allisonveneziowrites.com/2019/01/29/clear-craze-part-1-drinks/ https://bettermarketing.pub/coca-cola-created-tab-clear-to-destroy-crystal-pepsi-b43602e4e263 https://www.thrillist.com/drink/nation/what-is-crystal-pepsi https://www.bustle.com/articles/25449-what-ever-happened-to-crystal-pepsi-a-brief-history-of-the-clear-cola-trend https://theconversation.com/enabling-innovation-lessons-from-crystal-pepsi-84967 https://www.thedrum.com/news/2017/10/31/the-failure-awards-defunct-branding-12-crystal-pepsi https://www.nytimes.com/1992/04/13/business/business-digest-848292.html https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clear_craze https://www.livescience.com/55354-crystal-pepsi-weird-history-of-clear-soda.html https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crystal_Pepsi Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Show Notes Episode 329: I Got Stoned and I Missed It Pt 3 of Just Say No America This week Host Dave Bledsoe insists he is not legally obligated to pay for these drinks as he is “on vacation” only to be escorted out of the Applebees by the management. (Again) Look, we are supposed to be on a beach somewhere instead we are logging in to write show notes on a clip show. So,OK, that’s it, we are outta here. Just listen to the damn show. Show Theme: https://www.jamendo.com/track/421668/prelude-to-common-sense The Show on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheHell_Podcast The Show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whatthehellpodcast/ www.whatthehellpodcast.com Give us your money on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/Whatthehellpodcast The Show Line: 347 687 9601 Closing Music:https://youtu.be/fp5tUbAP0lI We are a proud member of the Seltzer Kings Podcast Network! http://seltzerkings.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 328: No Bourbon, No Scotch and No Beer Pt 2 of Just Say No America This week Host Dave Bledsoe demands a national prohibition on his bar tabs, only to be voted down by the bartender with extreme prejudice. (Again) On the show this week, we talk about how Prohibition was more about keeping immigrants and minorities in their place rather than saving them from demon alcohol. (Are you shocked? You shouldn’t be) Along the way we learn about Dave’s grandpa running moonshine in the mountains of Tennessee and why that makes Dave think he should run a distillery. (It doesn’t and he shouldn’t) Then we dive right into the history of how Prohibition became the law of the land and how the same tactics are being used today. After that we look at how all this not drinking impacted our most precious national resource: rich people. (Short answer not at all, longer answer, it made them more money!) Finally we examine the connection between the Noble Cause of Prohibition and keeping immigrants, minorities and the poor in their place. (The Venn Diagram is a perfect circle.) Our Sponsor this week is Fast Eddie’s Bathtub Gin, the small batch artisanal gin that tastes like it was made in a Queens used car lot bathroom, because it was. We open the show with newsreel footage of the government taking down the bootleggers and close with Larry Lacerte reading Dave’s bar tabs. Show Theme: https://www.jamendo.com/track/421668/prelude-to-common-sense The Show on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheHell_Podcast The Show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whatthehellpodcast/ www.whatthehellpodcast.com Give us your money on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/Whatthehellpodcast The Show Line: 347 687 9601 Closing Music: https://youtu.be/XNmk_uK05dY We are a proud member of the Seltzer Kings Podcast Network! http://seltzerkings.com/ Citations Needed: Wayne B. Wheeler: The Man Who Turned Off the Taps https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/wayne-b-wheeler-the-man-who-turned-off-the-taps-14783512/ Anti-Saloon League Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-Saloon_League Eighteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eighteenth_Amendment_to_the_United_States_Constitution Prohibition as Class Warfare https://offtheleash.net/2017/12/19/prohibition-as-class-warfare/ The Chemist’s War The little-told story of how the U.S. government poisoned alcohol during Prohibition with deadly consequences. https://slate.com/technology/2010/02/the-little-told-story-of-how-the-u-s-government-poisoned-alcohol-during-prohibition.html More Class Warfare: The Real Point of the 18th Amendment (Prohibition) https://angrybearblog.com/2015/06/more-class-warfare-the-real-point-of-the-18th-amendment-prohibition Xenophobia, Racism and Classism: The Sinister Roots of America’s Prohibition https://www.winemag.com/2021/03/08/history-american-prohibition/ Uncited Additional Reading:  https://prohibition.themobmuseum.org/the-history/the-road-to-prohibition/why-prohibition-happened/ https://www.thoughtco.com/history-of-prohibition-1779250 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK216414/ https://www.cato.org/policy-analysis/alcohol-prohibition-was-failure https://www.theguardian.com/film/2012/aug/26/lawless-prohibition-gangsters-speakeasies Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 327: Operation Carrie Nation Pt 1 of Just Say No America This week Host Dave Bledsoe is INFURIATED to learn he cannot submit his bar tabs to his health insurance, even though his “doctor” (it’s just a guy at the bar) says they are “medicinal”(because it isn’t). On the show this week kick off Part One of Just Say No America with the early days of temperance in America, one hatchet wielding granny at a time. (it’s CHOPPING time!) Along the way we learn that Dave just needs a hug. From there we dive into the drinking habits of early America (they drank like Dave!) and then into the first steps toward telling folks that MAYBE drinking all day every day isn't the best idea! (tell that to Dave’s “doctor”) Then we meet the woman who would do ANYTHING to stomp out Demon Alcohol from America, even if it meant taking a hatchet to every saloon in Kansas: Carrie Nation! (She’s fun!) Our Sponsor this week is Ray’s Rehab because we KNOW you aren’t gonna actually QUIT, why not learn how to hide it better? We open the show with a modern day Carrie Nation and close with the Women's Choir at Concordia College telling us we aren’t going to be making out with them any time soon! Show Theme: https://www.jamendo.com/track/421668/prelude-to-common-sense The Show on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheHell_Podcast The Show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whatthehellpodcast/ www.whatthehellpodcast.com Give us your money on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/Whatthehellpodcast The Show Line: 347 687 9601 Closing Music: https://youtu.be/BSmfpm_y39Y We are a proud member of the Seltzer Kings Podcast Network! http://seltzerkings.com/ Citations Needed America Has a Drinking Problem https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2021/07/america-drinking-alone-problem/619017/ Early American Alcohol and Tobacco Use http://www.williamwhitepapers.com/pr/dlm_uploads/2014-Early-American-Alcohol-and-Tobacco-Use.pdf Carrie Nation Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carrie_Nation The Use and Need of the Life of Carry A. Nation https://www.google.com/books/edition/The_Use_and_Need_of_the_Life_of_Carry_A/tsy6J9rtocwC?hl=en&gbpv=1&dq=carrie+nation+marriage&pg=PA166&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q=smashed%20the%20mirror&f=false Activist Carry Nation Used a Hatchet to Smash Booze Bottles Before Prohibition https://www.history.com/news/carry-nation-temperance-prohibition-alcohol Uncited Additional Reading: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/16/opinion/prohibition-immigration-klan.html https://commonreader.wustl.edu/c/racism-runs-dry/ https://www.pbs.org/kenburns/prohibition/roots-of-prohibition/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temperance_movement https://prohibition.themobmuseum.org/the-history/the-road-to-prohibition/the-temperance-movement/ https://www.kshs.org/p/carry-a-nation-part-2/10590 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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