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S03E08: Boobs and bling: the history of sports bras and custom grills.   Two jock straps walk into a marathon with some pretty mind-blowing mouth jewelry. Show notes:
S03E07: Abandoned structures and Architectural Salvage.   We don’t want to tell you how to live your lives, but maybe avoid that underground toilet bunker, okay? Show notes:
S03E06: The stories behind the names for full moons and how the moon does (or doesn’t) impact the human body.   Did you know that a blue moon is actually a thing, and that blood moons really do exist? Connect with your inner (North American) moon witch and prepare to be both baffled and delighted by the names we’ve decided to call each month’s full moon. Then, switch to your front-facing camera and examine the science and the spooky behind the effects that the moon might have on your–and everyone else’s–body. Show notes:
S03E05: Abandoned Waterparks and Neverland Ranch.   The heyday of bad-idea waterparks, when the kids were probably drunk and their 1980s parents decided to just roll the dice on safety, and the dark and over-the-top remnants of Neverland Ranch. (Content warning: We primarily focus on the actual structures and items inside, but do acknowledge the abuse. If that’s something you’d prefer to avoid, skip ahead to Haley’s story.) Show notes:
Hello, creepy crafters! There won't be a new episode this week, because Natali came down with the covid. We decided that excitedly telling each other stories until midnight was probably not the most reasonable road to recovery, so we'll be back as soon as she's feeling up to it! (Probably next week!)   Do I need to remind you not to run with scissors? And wear a mask, too. -Haley
S03E04: The Not Terribly Good Club of Great Britain and a fascinating look into the history of fraternities and sororities in the United States.   Private clubs can be fraught with countless problematic behaviors, but our favorite find turned out to be charming, weird, and so successful that it ceased to exist. Meanwhile, back in the US, we learned that the story of the rise of fraternities is as old as the country itself. Show notes:
3 - Stick a Pin in It

3 - Stick a Pin in It


S03E03: Entomology (insect collecting) and the taxidermy of Walter Potter.   Some people like academic displays with carefully labeled insects, some like kitten weddings. Who are we to judge? Show notes:
S03E02: The history of the valentine and the hypnotic love spell murderer, Dr. Carl Coppolino.   From penning sweet nothings to vinegar valentines, Natali explains why the history of these cards is far more creative–and more grown up–than today’s grade school-geared counterparts. Then, like a rain cloud over your lovenest, Haley ruins everything with a story of hypnosis, heartbreak (in the literal and figurative sense), two states, two mistresses, and probably two murders. Show notes:
S03E01: “Princess” Alice Roosevelt, the irrepressible eldest daughter of President Theodore Roosevelt, who was pretty much always up to no good, and Princess Alexandra of Bavaria, who was pretty much never up to no good, because she was quite sure that she’d swallowed an entire glass piano.   Choose your anxiety adventure: Attend an unchaperoned ball with Emily Spinach (the snake who is either a boa constrictor or a garter snake; unclear), or believe, with absolute certainty, that something inside you–or maybe even your whole body–is made of glass, and that it could shatter at any moment. Show notes:
S02E24: The mind-blowing plot twists of WWII bomber pilot Si Spiegel (and his artificial Christmas trees), and the glittering nostalgia that is a box of Shiny Brite Ornaments   In short, Mr. Spiegel basically WAS his own action movie. And I’m pretty sure Shiny Brite ornaments don’t need an introduction. Just picture a Christmas tree–they’re what’s on it. Show notes:
S02E23: Mary Sachs, the Merchant Princess of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and Coco Chanel, who was very good at both designing clothes and being a horrifyingly terrible person.   Meet Mary Sachs, a single, immigrant woman who bought herself flowers and then built a department store empire that survived two world wars, and Coco Chanel (yes, that one), who is about two thousand percent more problematic and disappointing than we had imagined. Like, seriously, yikes. Show notes:
S02E22: Historical ways to confirm death and the art and science of modern embalming practices.   It was really hard for people throughout history to tell exactly how dead the bodies of other people were, so some questionable decisions were made in the pursuit of confirmation. (Including one involving invisible ink and a very dramatic reveal!) But, now that we’re a bit better at making sure we’re not burying folks alive, that scientific enthusiasm and creative ingenuity is being applied to methods to make bodies look LESS dead. So we’ve come full circle, it would seem.    Show notes:
A Halloween bonus episode featuring Natali and the girls. ("The girls" being Natali's delightful and witchy teen daughters, who came to Haley's rescue!)   Once upon a Halloween week weary, a book deadline and a black cat shook things up dearly. So a witch grabbed her kids, all two, and lo chaos did ensue. Consider it a trick though meant as a treat, this episode comes with love and a bit un-neat.  Show notes:
S02E21: Kate Warne, the heroic first woman Pinkerton detective, and Pearl Tytell, handwriting detective and trailblazing forensic document examiner.   When you need a tricky job done, you have to hire the best! As the first lady detective, Kate Warne’s work with the Pinkertons opened new investigative doors for the agency, helped foil a presidential assasination plot, and paved the way for the creation of the CIA. (We’re also told that she did a fabulous southern belle cosplay.) Pearl Tytell’s groundbreaking document investigation techniques exposed fraud in the highest levels of the government and the lowest reaches of backroom business deals and career-ending gossip mills. (She once even uncovered a fake claim to Russian royalty!) At times, her analysis carried more weight in the courts than the opinion of the FBI. From typewriter quirks to ink colors and paper stock, when Pearl was the expert witness, everybody listened! Show notes:
20 - Living Nightmares

20 - Living Nightmares


S02E20: Slender Man and the Legend of Sleepy Hollow.   Whether written at the dawn of a nation or crowd-sourced on the internet, all urban legends hold within them at least a tiny kernel of truth. Here’s what happens when those distorted stories stop being fiction and become real living nightmares.   (Heads up: The first story involves violence against children. Listen at your own discretion.) Show notes:
S02E19: Mrs. Margaret Smith-Wilkinson, nicknamed the Countess of Monte Cristo, and Lady Jane Lewson, the possible real life inspiration for Miss Havisham.   Come meet a hotel mogul turned high society con artist (who probably wasn’t a black widow), and the enigmatic walking fire hazard that might have inspired Dickens’ fictional jilted bride; two women whose actual lives are truly the stuff of fiction. Show notes:
18 - Wicked Stitches

18 - Wicked Stitches


S02E18: Woven spells, sewing magic, and the history of spinsters. Is there someone in your life who knits with glass needles, spins their own yarn, sews their own patterns, or dyes their own thread? Yes? Well, we strongly discourage getting on their bad side. You know, just in case they decide to throw that project into the fire. Show notes:
17 - Whoa, Mama!

17 - Whoa, Mama!


S02E17: Personal Ghost Stories and Haley’s Haunted Mom.   I mean, who doesn’t want to hear stories about a spooky local legend, a whispering apparition, a 1970s UFO, and Haley’s mom talking about the little girl ghost in her hall who looks just a bit too familiar? Show notes:
16 - Fashion and Function

16 - Fashion and Function


S02E16: Sewing spacesuits and the science lab at the Eiffel Tower. Did you know that the Eiffel Tower doubles as art and science? It’s true! Also true: sewing a space suit is hard, and then your work gets shredded. Show notes:
S02E15: Catacomb saints and the Sedlec Ossuary. Here for all of your bejeweled skeleton and fancy skull garland needs! Show notes:
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