47 – Seattle Metaphysical Library – Seattle, WA

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Stick out your thumb and hitch a ride with Brett and Harley on a trip to an esoteric wonderland! On this week’s episode, we travel to Seattle, WA to check out the Seattle Metaphysical Library. Disneyland can’t hold a candle to the dusty tombs in this place. Whether you want to know about aliens, Antarctica, Atlantis, alchemy, astronomy or astrology, this place has it all. This place is so elite you can’t find it from the street. We like to support cool people doing cool things, and what is cooler than running a library that covers everything that “they” don’t want you to know. In business for 55 years, this oddity has had to fight tooth and nail to keep their doors open. We discuss a few of the events that they regularly host, some of the books you can borrow, and what it takes to support this diamond in the rough.

We have two news stories on this episode. The first news story, from Popular Science Magazine covers the Vikings and how the size of their family might have played a role in their murdering. The second news story is worlds away from the first, seriously. From Futurism.com, we cover a story about space mining, and when we should expect to see it happen.

If you are planning a trip to Seattle, these are just a few other activities that you might be interested in checking out:

The Fremont Troll also known as The Troll, or the Troll Under the Bridge is a public sculpture in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle, Washington.

Pike Place Market is the longest continuously running public/farmers market in the country. It overlooks the Elliott Bay waterfront in Seattle.

Seattle Underground is one of Seattleā€™s most unusual attractions, a humorous stroll through intriguing subterranean storefronts and sidewalks entombed when the city rebuilt on top of itself after the Great Fire of 1889.

Brett’s top 5 things you didn’t know about Seattle list.

We also discuss one of the best burgers in Seattle.

We have an update on the Space Syrup ODD Challenge. We are not sure what is in there, but we are sure that it doesn’t taste good.

All this and more on episode 47 of the Travel Oddities Podcast.

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46 – Crawfordsville Monster – Crawfordsville, IN

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Jesus, take the w…wifi password? Catch the next Greyhound bus and join Brett and Harley on a trip to find one of the strangest cryptids we have ever covered! On this week’s episode, we travel to Crawfordsville, IN to investigate the mystery of the Crawfordsville Monster. Back in September of 1891, the residents of this award winning community saw something that defied description. Did this town slip into a Lovecraftian horror story? Did they encounter the original Lost smoke monster or maybe an aerial serpent? When the local preacher is one of the eyewitnesses, does that give the story more credibility? This claim was investigated by Charles Fort and it is sometimes referred to as the American Dragon Maybe it was an atmospheric monster or maybe it was a flock of killdeer, but either way it is definitely an oddity of epic proportions.

Our news story comes from Headlines & Global News and involves a new book by an Oscar-winning author about aliens, UFOs and cattle mutilations.

If you are planning a trip to Crawfordsville, there are a few other activities that you might be interested in checking out:

Ropkey Armor Museum – north of Crawfordsville, Indiana, resides one of the finest collections of U.S. Tactical Military Vehicles in the country.

Carnegie Museum of Montgomery County – covers the history, heritage, and culture of Montgomery County.

We also discuss some of the more notable residents of Crawfordsville:
– “Curly Bill” Brocius
– Dick Van Dyke

Brett’s top 5 things you didn’t know about Indiana list.
We have an update on the latest Odd Challenge…you know, space syrup.
Check out the show….we will know if you don’t!

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45 – Hell House Altar – Catonsville, MD

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Hop a train and join Brett and Harley on a trip to a creepy woodland destination! On this week’s episode, we travel to Catonsville, MD to investigate the mysteries around the Hell House Alter. There are a lot of creepy urban legends that revolve around this demolished Catholic school. Is this property haunted by ghosts? Did the former residents commune with the devil? Is there a deranged caretaker still patrolling this oddity? We also cover a first hand account of a paranormal event when an amateur photographer traveled to this location. Cold spots, gates to Hell or just plain fun? You decide!

Our news story comes straight out of the headlines in Iceland. Has a fairy curse caused the Icelandic Highway department to dig up a big stone?

If you are planning a trip to Catonsville, there are a few other activities that you might be interested in checking out:
Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum
Lurman Woodland Theatre – an outdoor community amphitheater

We also discuss some of the more notable residents of Catsonsville:
John Wilkes Booth
John Christ
Ric Ocasek
Doug Flutie

Brett’s top 5 things you didn’t know about Maryland list.

We also discuss the best place to get Italian in the area.

Join in on the ODD Challenge for this week! Space Syrup is made out of people?

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44 – Pit Stop News – Roadkill Cookoff – Marlinton WV

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The small West Virginia town of Marlinton has a very tasty(?) annual festival. Brett and Harley travel back east to the Marlinton, WV Roadkill Cookoff, but not before a pit stop on some of the weirdest stories in the news.

In the news, Brett covers a story about a white buffalo. Are these creatures the result of herbal adventures or are they the harbingers of the apocalypse? We go in depth on the subject and the answer is…?

Harley discusses another news story about a different majestic creature. Why were more than 300 reindeer killed by a “lightning strike”? Was it Mother Nature’s revenge against Santa? Has the government started a new HAARP project?

Brett also covers a ghost hunt turned meth lab bust? Are ghosts the only thing to look out for in an abandoned house?

Our last news story covers an oddity of the UFO kind. Has Rowan Blanchard of Girl Meets World fame captured photographic evidence of aliens or is this a native ad for her show?

RoadKill is the main course of this episode of Travel Oddities. We discuss the upcoming festival and why….and we are unsure. This festival has been covered by the Travel Channel and the Discovery Channel. We discuss some of the dishes you might find, and how you can enter your RoadKill recipes into the challenge.

We dig into the town of Marlinton.

We found a hidden gem of a restaurant(that doesn’t serve roadkill).

We discuss the local landmarks and discuss some other festivals and events:
Highland Scenic Highway
Greenbrier River Trail
Cranberry Glades
Senaca State Forest

If you are driving to Marlinton, drive safe to ensure that you are not adding to the menu!

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43 – Paddler the Lake Monster – Sandpoint, ID

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Does Idaho even exist? Brett is skeptical as we investigate the Lake Monster of Lake Pend Oreille in Sandpoint, ID, known as Paddler.

On tonight’s news segment Brett and Harley look into a medical mystery from the Mirror about a man who came out of surgery with a skill he didn’t have before.

We dive deep into the mystery of Paddler. Is it a lake cryptid or a secret government conspiracy?
The Pend Oreille Paddler as it was named by the locals was first witnessed as fa back as the 1940’s, and has been described a giant water serpent that is between 20 and 40 feet long. This lake monster is supposed to e able to outpace a boat with an outboard motor. The creature has been credited with many odd events and noises over the years…or was that the illegal nuclear submarine research?

Harley will tell you his ideas on how you might survive an encounter with this creature.

We will give you some insight into the town of Sandpoint, ID, which was named the nation’s “Most Beautiful Small Town” by Rand McNally and USA Today. We will also cover some other things to do while you are in the area.

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42 – Haunted Cedar Grove Mansion – Vicksburg, MS

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Cedar Grove Mansion Inn and Restaurant has glorious view of the Yazoo River from it’s location on the bluff and a freaky view of ghosts on the inside. Tonight, Harley and Brett discuss one of the largest B & B’s in Mississippi and an award-winning restaurant, and what happens when your B&B has a couple hundred years of death spread around the property. We go into the ties to the Civil War and all of the “accidental” deaths that have occurred here over the years.

Brett breaks out his “southern gentleman” accent and tells us all about the manifestations of ghosts, poltergeist, wraiths and creepy-ass spectral children. We will hear some first-hand accounts of the creepiness that happens in these walls.

Harley will teach you the secret of fending off a vengeful spirit with some common household products.

We discuss some other attractions in the Vicksburg area and the best place to sit down to some southern grub.

Stranger things are in the news.

Dust off your Civil War reenactment costume, original or Marvel, they are both acceptable, and join us. It’s mandatory!

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40 – Fairy Stone State Park – Stuart, VA

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The legends around faery tears are filled with mysticism and magic. On tonight’s episode Brett and Harley travel to Stuart, VA to uncover the secret to this mystical stones and dig into the history of the Fairy Stone Park.

We discuss the lore and origin of the Fae and how they got to a small town in Virginia. Are fairies really demons or angels? Did the story of Jesus turn goblins into sniffling babies? What super powers will you acquire by carrying a faerie tear? Will it haunt you forever?

We will also cover the town of Stuart and list off some of their more popular attractions and festivals. Where is the best tenderloin in Stuart?

On our Odd Challenge, we give you the results of Brett and Harley’s attempt to see auras. Want to join in on next week’s challenge?

How to (Consciously) Jump Timelines

– The first step is to own your power. You must consciously reclaim this ability to jump timelines by recognizing that it is indeed possible.
– The next step is to recognize that everything is made of energy. That energy has a signature vibration. Your thoughts, feelings, words, actions and creations must all match your desire in frequency. Every part of you must be focused on your intent.
– As your vibration changes, you will automatically shift timelines.
– If you like what you experience in the new timeline, hold your vibration by continuing to feel the emotions which aligned you with your desires.
– To change timelines, change your thoughts, words, feelings and actions to align with your new goal.

In the news? VENUS!

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39 – Ice Giants – Bangor, ME

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Bigfoot, Maine’s White Walker, Kiwakwa, Chenoo, Great Big Witch or the Ice Giant. It doesn’t matter what you call it, because it will eat your soul anyway. On tonight’s episode Brett and Harley head back east to discuss Bangor Maine’s Ice Giant. There are several versions of the legend around this cryptid and they are all terrifying.

The written stories date back to the 1800s, but the tribal accounts go back much further. We discuss the origin stories, how many ways this creature can kill you, where to go to have the best chance of being killed by this beast, and the very limited ways that you might defend yourself from it’s fury.

We also cover the town of Bangor, ME. How do you pronounce Bangor? Other than having your soul devoured by the Kiwakwa, what else is there to do in Bangor? The biggest mystery of all…Can you really get good BBQ and hear good blues in Bangor?

Our news story is about a Stargate in the Gulf of Aden.

Stick around for the results of last week’s Odd Challenge. Did Brett and Harley see into the future? What is next week’s challenge?

Why are you reading this? Everything is in the show!

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38 – Haunted Fort Delaware – Delaware City, DE

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Bursting at the seams with disembodied spirits, Fort Delaware is over 150 years old prison, located on Pea Patch Island in Delaware City, DE. Join Brett and Harley as they hop a riverboat to adventure. On today’s episode, we will delve into the history or this civil war era prison and fort. You will also get a full rundown of all of the paranormal happenings. There might be ghosts and or ghouls, poltergeist and photonic manifestations. We discuss when to go and where to look once you are there. The Haunted Fort shouldn’t be missed if you are near Delaware.

We also cover a news story from the International Business Times on the moon landing and whether it was faked or not….International Business Times?….yup.

This show gets wrapped up with our Odd Challenge results from last week. Find out if Harley or Brett have any future in Remote Viewing.
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Don’t miss this show or we will know!…’cause you know, REMOTE VIEWING

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