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EPISODE 20: Tarot, like Carrot

We all know by now that Dr. Kelly loves a good tarot card reading. And being a “gifted psychic”, she can tell you that your future holds a lighthearted overview of tarot cards AND a heated fight about statistics.  Oh and also, you’re all going to have a super awesome life. Promise. The cards told her. 

Email us! stories@zeropercentscared.com

References

p-values and statistics! 

Wasserstein RL, Schrim AL, Lazar, NA.Moving to a World Beyond “p<0.05”. The American Statistician (2019)

Amrhein V, Greenland S, McShane B. Scientists rise up against statistical significance. Nature (2019)

Precognition Science  

Bem D et al., Feeling the future: A meta-analysis of 90 experiments on the anomalous anticipation of random future events F1000 Research (2015)

Engber D.Daryl Bem Proved ESP Is Real. Slate (2017)

Ritchie SJ, Wiseman R and French CC.Failing the Future: Three Unsuccessful Attempts to Replicate Bem’s ‘Retroactive Facilitation of Recall’ Effect. PlosONE (2012)

French C. Precognition studies and the curse of the failed replications. The Guardian (2012)

Rouder JN and Morey RD.A Bayes factor meta-analysis of Bem’s ESP claim. Psychon Bull Rev (2011)

Rabeyron, T,Retro-priming, priming, and double testing: psi and replication in a test–retest design

Predicting the unpredictable: critical analysis and practical implications of predictive anticipatory activity

Science Tarot Cards

EPISODE 18: Even Haunted elevators Are Very Safe

On this mini-episode, we discuss several haunted elevators across the nation, what the deal is with skipping floor numbers in elevators, and Kelly’s secret weirdo love for elevator engineering.

Conclusions: Apparently, elevators are really safe although they are also creepily haunted. 

Bonus material: We talk through the Elisa Lam mystery death, and the super creepy elevator footage right before she disappears.

References:

Eerie Haunted elevators

The Haunted Algonquin Hotel

The Haunted Avalon Theater

The Adolphus Hotel’s ghosts

The Haunted Kennesaw House

University of Maryland Denton Hall, the haunted dorm

Elevator Group-think Experiment

Unlucky floor numbers in elevators

The tragic and mysterious death of Elisa Lam

The Elisa Lam elevator footage (warning – this is disturbing and creepy as all hell)

EPISODE 16: You can Curse Anything, Especially Dolls

This is more of a medium-sode but whatever, right? There are a lot of cursed things out there, people. 

Dolls are creepy AF. Apparently so are giant diamonds. Kelly will take all the cursed diamonds off your hands (but none of your haunted dolls! Send those to Sarah). 

References: 

The Busby Chair: Sit in the chair and DIE!

The cursed Hope diamond

The cursed Dehli purple sapphire

Valentino’s cursed ring

The curse of the Ice Man!

Annabelle (the scariest raggedy ann doll in the world)

Robert the (creepy horrible) Doll

Greg and Dana Newkirk (curators of the traveling museum of the occult, also week in weird)

Crone of the Catskills (this is truly frightening)

Billy the Idol of Nightmares

 

 

EPISODE 15: The Curse of Bathsheba Ruggles

Has Kelly been cursed by her murderous ancestor, Bathsheba? And if so did her over the top witch ceremony lift the curse for her and all the Ruggles women? For once we both agree – definitely real! Also, we spill the tea on epigenetics! 

References:

Bathsheba Ruggles Spooner!

Noah the creepy drunken grandpa 

Nepalese royal family curse – seriously WTF!! 

The Kennedy Family Curse

Lore (the TV version) lobotomy episode (Season 1, Episode 2), “Echos”

Bruce Lee’s Curse

Transgenerational Epigenetic Inheritance: Bowers and Yehuda 2016 review: Intergenerational Transmission of Stress in humans

Horstheemke 2018 A critical view on transgenerational inheritance in humans

EPISODE 14: Luck of the Irish…and that one Croation dude

Do you think you’re a lucky person? Apparently, we both think we are! Sarah is clearly lucky because of her commitment to superstitions and lucky charms and Kelly‘s luck is I guess is just because she’s Irish? 

Stuff we discuss:

Irish people and luck: Apparently it comes from the fact that many of the most successful minors during the gold and silver rush were Irish and Irish American. Also apparently the phrase is meant to ridicule Irish folks since it had to be luck and not smarts. Screw you 19th-century racists!

Bill Morgan and his crazy luck rollercoaster. 

Luck lab and the lottery

Roy Sullivan Human Lightning Rod (so weird and also sad).

Frane Selak, is he lucky, unlucky, we can’t figure it out?!?

Superstition ScienceDamisch et al. 2010

Hot hand fallacy: Xu and Harvey 2014

The Luck Factor: The Scientific Study of the Lucky Mind (Richard Wiseman)

Why are these people lucky?

It’s A SIMULATION! Well at least this one is. Luck simulation science!

EPISODE 12: Watch Bray Road Beast with us!

This experimental minisode has us live watching the documentary “The Bray Road Beast”. We have a cute dog in attendance and wine on hand, so listen up then go get the dang thing and watch! 

We’d love to hear your thoughts on this episode (like it, hate it, love it, never do it again?) so email us: stories@zeropercentscared.com

Link to the documentary:

https://smile.amazon.com/Bray-Road-Beast-Lyle-Blackburn/dp/B07H9C6BHL

Lyle Blackburn, kind of a big deal: 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyle_Blackburn

Linda Godfrey links:
Her blog
And her Amazon page

What do Americans believe about Satan?
https://www.nytimes.com/1997/05/10/us/is-satan-real-most-people-think-not.html