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#16 A crow, a raven, and a Brazilian

#16 A crow, a raven, and a Brazilian

“I’m on the fence that those guys blew right through.”

Chris thinks Jesse sounds like Omac from The Legend Of The Hidden Temple. Chris decides to go noteless for this episode. And we have our second themed episode – Animals!

Story 1: The Motorcycle–after a man finds an old motorcycle in a barn, his horse starts acting strange.

Story 2: Blind Man’s Dog—a blind man discovers his seeing eye dog can sense when people will die, but some people don’t see this as a gift.

  • The group points out an awful special effect, looks like a gelatinous ’80s version of the The Matrix’s bullet time effect.
  • Kyle thinks animals have extra mysterious senses. Jesse points out that cats will often lay on older people before they pass away… but realistically likely because the cats are attracted to the heat that dying people people give off.
  • Chris thinks the most unrealistic part of this story is how people always die exactly one hour after the dog howls.
  • Jesse points out the idea of the confirmation bias: how many times did the dog howl and no one died? People tend to remember the hits and forget the misses. 

Story 3: Deer Hunters—when two hunters break into a Native American reservation, they come across a mysterious deer.

  • Chris points out that they use the term Indian and not native American in this episode.
  • Tiffany is conflicted by the presence of the cop. Could it be true then? Jesse thinks that makes it even less believable since a cop is less likely to witness such a unrealistic scenario.
  • Chris isn’t sure if this is fact or fiction: “I’m on the fence that those guys belew right through.”

Story 4: Tribal Curse–A college student studying native tribe, interferes with one of the most sacred funeral rituals.

  • Chris thinks the tribe murdered the student.
  • Chris tries to apply the Ghostly Rules, but nothing adds up. A ghost cannot go into a crow’s body and kill a human.
  • The group points out the amazingly epic crow vs. man chase scene.
  • Jesse and Kyle think the crow wasn’t possessed, but instead simply went crazy and killed the kid.
  • It’s revealed that crows are our bigger listenership.
  • The group points out the unnaturally loud waterfall.

Story 5: The Card Game–a poker cheater is put to the test when the hangman comes to town.

  • No one understands the M. Night Shyamalan twist. Do they just dress up like cowboys on Tuesdays? Kyle thought it would have made more sense if they were on a movie set.
  • Jesse is surprised that this cheater never loses a hand. Tiffany points out that he plays only tourists, so he can continue to cheat without getting caught.
  • Chris tries to use the Ghostly Rules, but this one is just doesn’t make sense.
  • Jesse points out the ghost energy meter would have to be so full in order for a ghost to play a game of poker. Not buying it.

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The story results are revealed.

  • Chris tries desperately to hold onto his 60% average… which he doesn’t. Maybe he should take notes next time? Tiff got 100% percent, however!
  • 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!

#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!

#10 Castles castles castles

#10 Castles castles castles

 

“Is anyone else turned on by this story?”

In an attempt to be more casual, Chris botches his intro. It’s revealed that this week’s episode of Beyond Belief has a theme – Friday the 13th! However, the stories do a pretty bad job of connecting anything to this theme and actually give up halfway through. Chris tries to get everyone to share their own Friday the 13th story, but no one has one… except Chris, who ate a whole pepperoni pizza to himself on Friday the 13th. Kyle explains the history of Friday the 13th.

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#06 Subpoena the parrot

#06 Subpoena the parrot

“What do you guys think? Should we just end this podcast?”

Mark steals Kyle’s trademark intro and it feels pretty good. Brolin eases into puns that make no sense like, “are we telling the truth, or is this just hard to digest?” Reminds Kyle of Sandra Bullock’s character from Demolition Man, Lenina Huxley, who mixes up expressions, like “you really licked his ass!”

A farewell to James Brolin! It’s JB’s last episode as host. Jesse would love to sing him off, but doesn’t know any Barbra Streisand songs. Chris thinks James Brolin was sleeping in his oversized jacket this whole time. Tiffany is just disappointed that the whole episode wasn’t hosted by literally a jacket.

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#02 Injecting the supernatural where it doesn’t belong

#02 Injecting the supernatural where it doesn’t belong

“I’m gonna put that tractor in the barn!”

Mark tries out a new hello and Chris calls it out. Jesse confuses James Brolin for Burt Reynolds. Kyle doesn’t buy it. Everyone shares their approach to analyzing stories. Chris explains he focuses on the supernatural elements having been raised on that subject matter (through TV shows similar to Beyond Belief).

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