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

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

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

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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#14 I will not be destroyed by a chair! [with Max La Bella]

#14 I will not be destroyed by a chair! [with Max La Bella]

Kyle is out, but we welcome guest host Max La Bella. Max talks about his new horror film on Netflix, Demonic. He also remembers that his family used to watch Beyond Belief, but he was too afraid to.

Story 1: Kirby–A Hollywood executive meets a mysterious fate after making fun of a life-size animatronic gorilla.

  • The group points out how good the animatronics are. Mark thinks it’s a man in a gorilla suit.
  • If this story actually happened, they would have heard about it. Chris points out that everyone knows about the helicopter accident on the set of Twilight Zone: The Movie. Max thinks maybe the gorilla just tipped over onto the boss.
  • No one knows who witnessed this story. How would people come to this conclusion? Max thinks this could have happened and the story just spiraled out of control.

Story 2: Dust–When two boys help a girl into get into her locked house, they return the next day to discover the house has been abandoned for 20 years.

  • Where was the surprise? There was no attempt to hide that girl was a ghost.
  • No one knows how this story gets told.

Story 3: Malibu Cop–A detective investigating a murder case begins to suffer from vivid nightmares, which leads him to a shocking discovery.

  • Jesse points out that this is very similar to police procedural shows, complete with the kooky lab tech obsessed with his tuna sandwich.
  • Chris points out that he says tuna fish, not tuna. The group debates this, until they realize they are wasting time.
  • Tiffany thinks this story could get around because there are so many witnesses.
  • Max thinks it’s a case of TFTBF—too fiction to be fiction, (not to be confused with TFTBF—too fact to be fact).

Story 4: A Joyful Noise–A church choir running late for rehearsals discovers their tardiness is a blessing in disguise.

  • Everyone loves this story. It’s simple and elegant.
  • If it was divine intervention, Max doesn’t understand why God wouldn’t just turn of the gas valve.
  • Jesse remembers this story on Unsolved Mysteries.
  • The group points out that this a coincidence-based story, so it could have easily happened.
  • Mark points out that it’s the old IIFGIF—if it feels good, it’s fact.

Story 5: The Hooded Chair—An art collector gets more than he bargained for when he receives an antique chair with a dark past.

  • The group points out a great line from this story: “I will not be destroyed by a chair!”
  • Tiffany thinks the whole painting of Napoleon feels writery.
  • Jesse doesn’t understand where the curse originally came from, but “can two people die after sitting in a chair, sure.”
  • The group points out that the plane crash was sourced from an older episode.

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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!

#13 Ten thousand Beyond Belief dollars

#13 Ten thousand Beyond Belief dollars

Kyle and the gang agree that this episode was particularly good, though Kyle doesn’t quite know what a creepy noise sounds like, or what jelly sounds like. Jesse admits he doesn’t have a good grasp on the stories this week. Chris asks off air, “Do you guys write down fact or fiction ahead of time?” Kyle doesn’t. Tiffany does. Mark usually writes “fact” for all the stories ahead of time; Jesse usually writes “fiction”.

Story 1: The Mummy—When a Museum displays a rare mummy, a mysterious murder begins to unravel.

  • Kyle points out that the mummy’s body is never recovered, so why didn’t the killer just hide the murder victim where they hid the mummy’s body.
  • Jesse wonders if there’s a certain cost for ghosts to visit us from the afterlife. Why couldn’t the ghost show them where the mummy is?
  • The group realizes that all their knowledge of mummies is from The Mummy starring Brendan Fraser.
  • Chris thinks this must be real because if it were fiction the writers would have written about the actual mummy more.

Story 2: The Perfect Record—A security guard with a perfect record trains a new employee, but some records are meant to be broken.

  • Chris has a great reason for this to be fact: if it was fiction, why didn’t the writers have the security guard use his telekinesis to lock the robbers in the vault?
  • Turns out the only one who believes in telekinesis is Kyle. Chris is somewhere in the middle.
  • Mark thinks the kernel could simply be that there was a power surge, which attracted the police.

Story 3: Grave Sitting—A girl is challenged to spend two hours alone by the grave of a serial killer.

  • Mark cannot remember the name of the serial killer.
  • No one understands why the girl needed to stab the ground.
  • Jesse thinks this is classic urban legend territory. Past “urban legendy” stories are usually fiction.

Story 4: Murder On The Second Floor—Eyewitness testimony at the scene of a murder points to a killer who’s 18 feet tall.

  • Kyle and Chris question the giant’s shoes. Was a large shoe faked to create a footprint, or was it really a giant with his own cobbler?
  • Tiffany doesn’t think this story feels like a classic Before Belief story. There’s no mysterious question, it’s just… “here’s what we think might have happened.”
  • Kyle compares this to Robin’s origin story.
  • Jesse doesn’t know who told this story. Would the cop who had a wild hunch but no real drive to actually solve the crime really tell other people?

Story 5: They Towed My Car—A mysterious outsider wonders a town looking for his car.

  • Jesse reveals this is his favorite title for a Beyond Belief episode to date.
  • The group points out how this is essentially the story about the mummy just in a different… wrapping.
  • Jesse thinks witnesses could have been people in the town lying and wanting to be apart of the story.

The story results are revealed.

  • This is the first mention of author Robert Tralins, which is where many of the “fact” based stories are sourced from.
  • The crew is shocked to discover that Jonathan Frakes references one of the stories being an urban legend….
  • To find out which stories are fact and which are fiction… you must listen to the podcast, or check out the full episode below!