124 – The Hollywood Vampire – Richmond, VA

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On episode 124, Harley and Brett are dusting off the history books to explore the city of Richmond, Virginia.

Richmond has been called the Best River City to live in by, the city with the best street art in the entire world,
the Best Affordable Place To Take A Vacation, the “most fun and affordable U.S. city, 2014’s Best Destinations, and the Best U.S. Historical Destination.

The Hollywood Vampire is a legend that has haunted Richmond, VA and the historic Hollywood Cemetery since the 1920’s. Local residents claim that the mausoleum of W. W. Pool holds the remains of a vampire.

Where can you find the Hollywood Vampire?

Do you show the signs of being a vampire?

Is Brett Manzer a vampire?

With all of the accolades thrust upon Richmond, you would think there would be loads of entertainment and you would be right.

If you interests are more literary than Anne Rice, we suggest you check out the Edgar Allan Poe Museum. This museum celebrates the grim author’s life and work with one of the largest collections of letters, manuscripts, and artifacts related to the writer. They also have is socks, which seems to be a little stalkerish to us.

When you are ready for give your dogs a rest and grab some food…Unleashed – Gourmet Hotdogs can’t be beat!

Hollywood Vampire
Are you a vampire?
Richmond, VA
Poe Museum
Unleashed Gourmet Hotdogs
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115 – Huggin’ Molly – Abbeville, AL

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On this week’s episode, Harley and Brett fight the spring snow to explore Abbeville, Alabama, you know….the Yellowhammer State, the “Heart of Dixie” or the “CottonState”.

We discuss a creepy haunting, phantom, cryptid or something called Huggin’ Molly. How scary can it be with a name like Huggin’ Molly?

This oddity may or may not scare you, but don’t let that keep you from traveling here. The town is like a time-capsule.

The Statue of Leroy Brown, the famous fish? Yes we are telling fish stories and ours is bigger than yours.

Brett spends some time explaining his theories on hugs and he is offering free hugs from the back of his panel van. So come one, come all…

No Episode of the Travel Oddities Podcast would be complete without a place to grab a bite. Huggin’ Molly’s restaurant obviously has been listening to our show. They have the lore and they built a store! If you run into the propriators…..tell them we accept cash or card.

The Top 5 was instrumental in the completion of this episode.

Specials thanks to Logan for the beautiful feedback and for sharing his story.

Huggin’ Molly
Huggin’ Molly Restaurant
Leroy Brown
Abbeville, AL
Visit Abbeville
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111 – Wolf Woman of Mobile – Mobile, AL

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All right, Oddballs, this one is a little strange, but Mobile, AL is way cooler than the weather forecasts would lead you to believe. This melting pot of people, flavors, cultures and traditions has much to offer, both traditional and supernatural.

Have you ever heard of the wolf-woman of Mobile? Witnesses described the creature as “pretty and hairy,” and “the top half was a woman and the bottom was a wolf.” Lock your doors and bar your windows, this creature is terrifying and more woman than you can handle.

While you’re running from the wolf-woman, stop by the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial and take the self guided tour of the USS Alabama, the Korean War Memorial or the Vietnam War memorial. They have a submarine…jest sayin’.

With all that running from were-creatures and walking tours of battleships, you might work up an appetite. Might we recommend Wintzell’s Oyster House? This historic landmark on Dauphin Street in has been cooking up grub for over 75 years.

We had to wrestle bears to get the Alabama Top 5!

Alabama Monsters
The Wolf Woman of Mobile AL
Wintzell’s Oyster House
USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park
Mobile, AL
Mobile Chamber
Bowling For Soup – Lil’ Red Riding Hood

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99 – The Spottsville Monster – Owensboro, KY

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We are back in Kentucky and hoping that we don’t offend the locals(like last time).

Brett and Amy are traveling to Owensboro and a spot on the map, called Spottsville to find an oddity that is so terrifying that the locals just call it the Spottsville monster.

So what is the Spottsville monster? How does a red-eyed, chicken stealing bigfoot sound?

This cryptid is spooky, but don’t let that sway you from the fun along the banks of the Green River.

There is more to do in the town of Owensboro than you could find at Disneyland.

We discuss the Haunts of Owensboro Ghost Tour and then Amy explains why haunted carriage rides are not for picky agoraphobes with no taste for the outdoors.

If you are planning a trip to hunt for the Spottsville Monster, be sure to pack your spell-book so you can try some voodoo Supernatural tricks which will be fully explained in this very special episode.

No Episode of the Travel Oddities Podcast would be complete without a place to grab a bite, and Amy and Brett decided to go all high class with Shrimp from Bill’s Restaurant.

The Top 5 some sticky stuff on the back, so we are going to write our grocery list on it….some of us need sleep, so deal with my weird ramblings or just listen to the damn show already.

Owensboro KY
Spottsville, Kentucky
Bill’s Restaurant
Haunts of Owensboro
Music by Mike Masse

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91 – Were-otter – Sitka, AK

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We’re taking a trip to the seaside town of Sitka, Alaska this week to discuss (arguably) the most adorable cryptid we’ve ever covered. The Kooshdakhaa are a mythical shape-shifting race of were-otters found in the stories of the Tlingit and Tsimshian Indians of Southeastern Alaska. Vicious soul stealing monster or cute and cuddly life saver? I’m still waiting on an email response from Charlie Sheen…..

We’ll visit the Fortress of the Bear for an up close and personal look at these incredible Alaskan Bears. Set against the Tongass National Forest, this habitat offers daily tours. Learn the challenges they face as the staff work to rescue these incredible giants. And I think Amy has found her spirit animal.

We’ll stop for a bite at the Bayview Pub for a delicious Elk burger. Tony and Patricia have created a warm and welcoming restaurant sourcing their seafood fresh from the docks. Harley may scoff at the deliciousness of it but Amy is ready for some Rockfish tacos-served grilled, blackened, or house-dipped beer-battered and fried. With the largest selection of beer in town and 10 TVs, we may just have to move in.

We’ll honor a true Iditarod hero in the top 5 and learn what not to do with a moose.

Sitka
Fortress of the Bear
Bay view Pub
Sitka Sentinel
Alaska State Trooper Academy
Alaska Raptor Center
Charlie Sheen
Music by Mike Masse

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62 – Vampire Beast of Bladenboro – Bladenboro NC

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Join Brett and Harley as they attempt to uncover the mystery of the “Beast of Bladenboro, NC. an oddity like no other. Is it a bear,panter,bobcat or someother blood sucking foul beast that crushes it’s victims’ skulls,eats there tongues and sucks their blood dry. One things for sure is it’s not a MANATEE. what creature would prompt thousands of hunters to come to this sleepy town in North Carolina in the mid 1950’s. Perhaps Julian “Tater” Shaw can shed some light onthis dark cryptid tale.
Travel to the tiny town of Bladenboro and enjoy the best fried chicken around.

IN THE NEWS….
I’ll have the Yuengling Brew with my yoga please…
Beer YOGA is the latest fad on the way up and seems to be catching on. Brett doesnt want to be as sick as a downward dog in the process.

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55 – Fouke Monster – Fouke, AR

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Pitch a tent and tip -toe through Boggy Creek with Brett and Harley as they travel to Fauke Arkansas with a Beast of an Oddity and thats just the Monster Mart. On this weeks episode we visit Fauke, Arkansas and investigate the story behind the 1972 cult classic “The Boggy Creek Monster” with the man who literally wrote the book on the ‘The Beast” with “The Beast of Boggy Creek “.Crypto legend, author, producer and musician ; Lyle Blackburn. Gather around the campfire as Lyle takes you on a guided tour of Fauke and tells you what stories inspired him as a child and what stories still give him the chills to this very day. We talk about how a little hole in the wall Oddity shop became a “Monster Quest” of a road trip destination.
So pack up the Henderson’s and strap in for the long haul…. Cause Travel Oddities snagged Lyle Blackburn Ya’ll.

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Our news story this week comes from Futurism Magazine. Can scientists generate power that will last long after the robots have taken over? Are Nuclear Diamonds actually forever? Researchers from some fancy college with two names seem to think so.

What The Actual Fauke!? If you’re planning your next trip on a tankful Lyle puts his “Beastly” reputation on the line with everything from the best burger to best donut in town. Not to mention the Monster of all Marts….Monster Mart.

PUP TENTS BEWARE!!! Plenty of primitive campsites in the Fauke and Boggy Creek areas there aren’t many places for lodging so roughing it is the order of the day. So Heed the Beasts call and beware of Nightfall.

Lest we forget the Arkansas Top 5. More fun facts about Arkansas than Bigfoot can shake a stick at. Brett’s personal favorite’s no less

Brett attempts to channel his inner Matthew Mac….AGAIN…
All this and and a bag of Big foot Scat on this episode of Travel Oddities

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