EPISODE 11: Real Life Incredibles

This week, we try and recover from the bummer of satanic panic with superpowers! Super smellers, folks who are strong AF, bones that never break, perfect memories and mega-athletes to name a few. We also talk about a whole mess of genetics, get excited people. 

Stuff we talked about:

EPISODE 10: The Total Absurdity of the Satanic Panic

This episode was sort of a bummer, sorry folks.

Major take homes: the Satanic Panic was bonkers, go nuts with the heavy metal and DnD, and our memories, for the most part, suck.  

On this minisode, we talk about the 80s Satanic Panic and how insane and unjust it was. Also, some deeply cool science about memory and the risks of listening to smooth jazz.

Stuff we discussed:

Vox article on the Satanic Panic

Heartbreaking Texas Monthly article on Dan and Fran Keller

The Satanic Temple (a political advocacy group)

Totally ridiculous videos of backmasking

Enstrom and Schmaltz “A walk on the Wild Side: The Impact of Music on Risk-Taking Likelihood

Baker and Brown “Suicide, self harm and survival strategies in contemporary heavy metal music: a cultural and literary analysis” 2016

The Devil Wears Headphones: A Brief History of Baskmasking by Bill Demain

A Short History of the Rise, Fall and Rise of Subliminal Messaging by Victoria Stern

False Memory of Dr. Elizabeth Loftus and Human Memory by Lindsay Dogson

EPISODE 9: Love Spells are a Hard No

Everyone wanted to be a witch in middle school, am I right? Also, who wants to help design a science experiment to measure the global consciousness effects on reality? Come on! You know you want to.

This episode Sarah and Kelly discuss magical spells and whether they have any effect on reality. Sarah uses science words to prove MAYBE!

4:57 — it’s called a paper fortune teller, chatterbox or cootie catcher (what!?). Here’s how to make em!

Witches binding Trump 

Real Magic by Dr. Dean Radin

Drowning with Gillyweed 


The Global Consciousness Project

Shutulman and Morgan. 2017 The explanatory structure of unexplainable events: Causal constraints on magical reasoning 

Police arresting a big goat! 


EPISODE 8: Don’t Buy Haunted Houses, Nic!

What do Nicolas Cage and serial killer Delphine LaLaurie have in common? A shared (haunted) residence in New Orleans, of course!

On Today’s minisode, hear a recap of Sarah’s spooky trip, the best of New Orleans paranormal and quality Nic Cage trivia. 

Stuff we discussed:

Nic Cage terrorized by a fudgesicle

Nic Cage’s weird Letterman interview (please don’t dose pets, people, for the love)

Great tours in New Orleans! Highly recommended!

Marie Laveau, one of the coolest ladies in history.

The horrible and haunted LaLaurie Mansion

EPISODE 7: Houdini for President

On this week’s episode, we talk about something we actually agree on – how awesome Harry Houdini is!  Hardcore skeptic and illusionist extraordinaire, listen to hear why we love him so — with ADORABLE ANIMAL STORIES! 
Shout out! Adventure zone D&D podcast: 
Houdini Drunk History episode: 
Harry Houdini museum: 
Harry Houdini wand ceremony: 
A magician among the spirits (by none other!): 
Wild about Houdini blog: 

EPISODE 6: Possession…it’ll make your head spin

Minisode #2 continues the Ouija theme from last week. This week we present:  A scary college Ouija tale courtesy of our good friend Manny, plus the terrifying TRUE story that inspired the movie THE EXORCIST!

Never fear skeptics, we’ve got the lowdown on excorcism science as well! 

Joining us today is a mystery guest Medical Doctor, standing in for Kelly Ruggles.

Stuff we discuss:

The exorcism of Roland Doe

Can spirits use telephones?


Placebo Controls, Exorcism, and the Devil

EPISODE 5: Get it together, Spirits!

Should Kelly burn an Ouija board? Should Sarah chill the eff out and let Kelly burn an Ouija board?

Sarah’s note – no, friends don’t let friends become possessed by evil.

On this episode, we cover the history of the scariest piece of cardboard in existence — the OUIJA BOARD! Join us for disturbing tales of people consumed by Ouija board addiction, and stay for the fascinating science! 

Email us — stories@zeropercentscared.com — we would love to hear from you!

You can also check out the website: www.zeropercentscared.com 

Kelly’s science links:
Other things we talk about in the episode:

EPISODE 4: Murder House Hypothesis

Email us! stories@zeropercentscared.com seriously would love to hear from you guys! 

On today’s minisode, Kelly gives us the lowdown on the scientific method. Tune in to learn what a real-life scientist thinks about tiny invisible unicorns, murder houses, and how we would prove a house was haunted.

Bill Gates, if you’re listening, we will gladly accept funding for this study.

Links we talk about:

Tiny Invisible Unicorns where??


The Journal of Parapsychology!!!


How to hunt ghosts:


Ghost hunting gear for our experiment


Most Haunted, which Sarah likes a lot:


EPISODE 3: Heal Me, Crystals!

Can crystals cure a coma? Does putting porous rocks in your genitals increase your sex drive? Can amber necklaces reduce teething pain? Was Sarah a gem-stealing adolescent? Listen to hear answers to these questions and more!

Ruggles Mine: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruggles_Mine

Permanently closed! 🙁

Natural History Museum Morgan Memorial Hall of Gems

Closed for renovation (as of 2/27/19)

Crystal Healing study

Infused Crystal water (that even Sarah thinks is dumb) 

Spray with Essence (WTF??) 

Crystals for Beginners by Karen Frazier

Check out Kelly’s present, don’t be jealous: 

Hosted bySarah Cox and Kelly Ruggles

Produced by: Jenny Tidball, Sparrow Sounds

EPISODE 2: Werewolf Community Board (Werewolves, part 2)

Do werewolves have meetings to discuss how to avoid human detection? When will one go rogue? (Kelly’s note: Never, because they’re not real).

In this episode, we continue the creepy canine theme with an introduction to the DOGMAN! They are eeeeeeverywhere! 

Dogman eyewitness drawings (via the North American Dogman Project)

Real Wolfmen: True Encounters in Modern America by Linda S Godfrey. Totally good read, enjoy!

You can find Linda Godfrey’s blog here.

And, apparently a possum WILL give you the middle finger if provoked. 

Hosted bySarah Cox and Kelly Ruggles

Produced by: Jenny Tidball, Sparrow Sounds Studio