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#45 Stay with us [S4E13]

#45 Stay with us [S4E13]

The group talks about how the production pulled out all the stops on this final episode.

Chris reveals that Germany will make two new episodes of Beyond Belief for the twentieth anniversary of the original.

This is also the last chance for Chris to get all the stories correct. We will also find out who won season four and who throughout the entire season got the most stories correct.

Story 1: The Hand – In a bar called the Bloody Hand, named after a brutal murder of a woman whose only remains found were her bloody hand, a drifter finds the hand pointing at him.

  • Kyle doesn’t understand why the criminal doesn’t leave after the hand calls him out.
  • Jesse can’t get behind criminals just confessing to their crimes.
  • Tiffany thinks this is such an urban legend.
  • Chris doesn’t know if the ghostly rules apply here. Maybe it was just faulty robotics?
  • Maybe it was just in his head the whole time like the Tell Tale Heart.

Story 2: The Battered Doll – When a maid claims innocence after the death of her employer, one of the deceased’s prize possessions tells otherwise.

  • Kyle argues that Teddy Ruxpin could have recorded the murder.
  • Tiffany thinks the doll talking was just added in by the writers, but the rest seems true.

Story 3: Poker Justice – In the early 1900s three poker players need to win back a cheat’s earnings by using an honest poker player, but in the process, they get played themselves.

Story 4: Above the Clouds – A girl suffers from a reoccurring nightmare in a falling elevator, only to discover she needs to go to a birthday party at the top of a building.

  • There’s no interesting twist here, it’s just a coincidence.
  • She could have had the dream after the elevator and miss-remembered the sequence of events.
  • The group tries to figure out what would have made this story more interesting.

Story 5: Screen Saver – A year after breaking up and moving across the country, a couple cross paths when an odd screensaver shows up on a computer.

  • Tiff was waiting for the screensaver to be the supernatural element, instead of just a coincidence.
  • This story had one of our biggest laughs.
  • They discuss how her apartment had way too many plants in it

The story results are revealed.

  • And Chris didn’t get a hundred percent. BUT the coin did!
  • To find out which stories are fact and which are fiction… you must listen to the podcast, or check out the full episode below or on Amazon Prime.

The season and series results are revealed.

  • For season four, Kyle won with a 70 percent average!
  • For the series:
    • Coin – 51%
    • Jesse – 52%
    • Tiffany – 53%
    • Kyle – 54%
    • Mark and Chris tie at 60%

#42 Futzing with the wrong drivers [S4E10]

#42 Futzing with the wrong drivers [S4E10]

Jesse pitches his Beyond Beliefe App which would randomize BB stories from all four seasons. This way you would get a fresh mix bag of stories each time.

This leads to a discussion of each host’s voting strategy and meta-game.

Story 1: Moonstruck Beach – An aspiring writer moves to a secluded town and finds herself the target of a dangerous man.

  • How can a ghost use printers and why wouldn’t the printer immediately warn her.
  • If it was true wouldn’t moonstruck beach be an actual book?
  • Tiffany wonders how many people need to die for this woman to get a best selling book?

Story 2: Healing Hands – A nurse caring for a dying patient, witnesses a strange visitor.

  • Jesse hates single-source stories.
  • Chris believes it, according to the ghostly rules.
  • Mark talks about how lazy he is.

Story 3: Aspen Sunny Side – A group of friends mountain biking get a bad feeling when one doesn’t return.

  • Most people have bad feelings all the time, so this could definitely have happened.
  • Kyle thinks it was accidental astral projection.
  • Tiffany wonders why no one just uses a phone.
  • Jesse found this story very complicated. None of the character actions make sense.

Story 4: Night Walker – A scammer is approached by his neighbor to scam her husband only to discover she isn’t exactly human.

  • Vampires? Everyone agrees this is just nuts.
  • Since there was another true vampire story on BB, could this one be true?
  • Kyle dives into the Vampire Rules and doesn’t know if she could hide her fangs.

Story 5: Hot Car – a couple, framed by a mysterious woman, get karmic retribution after being released from jail.

  • Did the woman confess to easily?
  • It’s a coincidence-based story, so the group believes it.

Friends of the podcast Max Labella and Ashley Walker join the studio and listen to audience-submitted stories.

The story results are revealed.

  • To find out which stories are fact and which are fiction… you must listen to the podcast, or check out the full episode below or on Amazon Prime.

#23 Ghosts, who dat? [S3E4 with Claire Berger & Christian Honce]

#23 Ghosts, who dat? [S3E4 with Claire Berger & Christian Honce]

 

Usual hosts Tiffany and Mark are out, but we have two guest hosts: returning champ/actor Claire Berger and screenwriter Christian Honce. Claire stars in a new movie Bad Exorcist available on iTunes or anywhere you watch cool movies. Christian explains that since he was a child he has nightmares literally every night. One in particular is about his mom with a creepy glowing figure behind her. Recently when visiting his mom, this vision came back to him and he grabbed her right before she backed up over their dog, nearly falling… fact or fiction?

Story 1: E-Mail—A couple buys a used computer and starts receiving mysterious emails from someone trapped in a tomb.

  • Jesse is yet again frustrated that there are so many female short haircuts.
  • Claire doesn’t understand why the story doesn’t focus more on husband’s unhealthy obsessed with the computer. Feels writery.
  • Jesse is annoyed that it’s never explained how the trapped man communicated with the new owners.
  • Christian thinks the man in the tomb was just emailing via a Blackberry.

Story 2: Blood Donor—after receiving a blood transfusion, a man finds that he can see murders as they happen.

  • Chris believes that if you hold onto a loved one’s possession after they’ve passed away you can often times connect with the them.
  • Jesse has a theory – he thinks the man who saved the woman was actually the murderer all along.
  • Christian thinks maybe the man is the murderer who has just repressed his memories.
  • Claire thinks there should be records of the blood transfusion if this is fact.
  • The group dissects the choice of naming a laptop a Renzlo Power 700.

Story 3: Epitaph—a gravestone craftsman is given orders to create an elaborate gravestone for a dead man against the wife’s wishes.

  • Jesse feels this is another case of Ghosts Make Elaborate Plans.
  • What’s the kernel of truth? Christian thinks it’s shady people taking advantage of people in emotional distress—the stone carver is so good at handwriting (since he does it for a living) that he forges the paperwork.
  • Quote of the story: “You know they say it’s a woman’s prerogative to change her mind.” No one says that.
  • The southerner’s theory: Christian believes that if you change the characters to southerners, it can go a long way to explain how certain stories could have happened.

Story 4: Stitches in Time—a woman down on her luck has an odd dream of when her mother and her made a quilt together.

  • Jesse doesn’t understand why the grandmother would stuff a quilt with money and not tell anyone.
  • Claire argues that she is a woman who wants people to work hard and earn what they deserve.
  • Christian explains that if the money was in the quilt it would make noise when they used it.

Story 5: Soldier—a soldier in Vietnam is rescued from death by a strange man who turns out to be more than he seems.

  • Christian believes he’s heard this story before. But does that mean that it’s more likely fact or fiction? And is it possible it’s just an urban legend?
  • The group thinks maybe he had his dad’s dog tags the whole time and was just trying to impress a cute nurse.
  • For the most part, historical stories are fact based. Will it hold up?

Break: This week we play a game called TALL TALE TOMBSTONES, where we’re tasked to guess which bizarre tombstones are real and which are made up.

The story results are revealed:

  • To find out which stories are fact and which are fiction… you must listen to the podcast, or check out the full episode below or on Amazon Prime!

#15 Five Guys Burgers & Lies [S2E9 with Tom Bensinger]

#15 Five Guys Burgers & Lies [S2E9 with Tom Bensinger]

“I don’t believe any story that contains the phrase ‘boating accident.'”

Today we review Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction season 2, episode 9. Tiffany is out, but we have a guest host: Tom Bensinger! Tom talks about his supernatural experiences… none. But he’s heard stories from friends… which he doesn’t trust because he thinks humans are just morons and will believe anything. He is a big fan of ’90s supernatural television and watched Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction back in the day.

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#11 Soft fiction [S2E5 with Eden Sher & Nick Cron-DeVico]

#11 Soft fiction [S2E5 with Eden Sher & Nick Cron-DeVico]

Today we review Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction season 2, episode 5. Today we review Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction season 2, episode 6. In this week’s episode we welcome two hilarious guest hosts: The Middle star Eden Sher and Robot Chicken writer Nick Cron-DeVico. Eden and Nick share their own stories of the strange and paranormal before we launch into this week’s stories.

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#09 Whales on a chalkboard [S2E3]

#09 Whales on a chalkboard [S2E3]

“If this weird force is going to do a great deed, do it at the doctor’s office.”

Today we review Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction season 2, episode 3.

Chris tries out a new intro. It’s creepy.

Chris tells a personal beyond belief story about a mysterious bottle of chianti. Also he doesn’t know how to pronounce chianti, and it’s not mysterious. 

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