Bringing you the science behind the supernatural

A podcast about the paranormal, the credibility of the creepy, and the science of the spooky. Superduperstitious is a podcast that looks at the mysterious world of the paranormal and says, "Wait. What?" Hosts Wyatt Shell... More

Episode 65 – Don't Go There.

Ep. 65

Episode 64 – Arthropoddities

Ep. 64

It’s always bugs o’clock here at Superduperstitious, because why the hell not?

After some passing yeti news, Wyatt opens with an increasingly uncomfortable tale of giant spiders in Mozambique. Is the j’ba fofi really out there? If so, it may bite your butt and make you die. And if not, you can still learn about all the other unholy arachnid abominations that definitely DO crawl across our world right now AND PROBABLY RIGHT BEHIND YOU OH GOD DID YOU FEEL THAT ON YOUR LEG AHHHHHH.

Jake then takes to the air with rods, also known as sky fish, also known as solar entities, also known as SUPER REAL. Follow these mysterious creatures from their discovery in the mid-nineties all the way to their journey’s end approximately ten years later. It’s a good time. And definitely not a flying squid.

Guys, just because you caught someone eating a bird ONCE doesn’t give you the right to make that name follow them forever. Crank up your shutter speed and tune in for this week’s Superduperstitious!



Wyatt’s story

J'ba FoFi:

Purported footage:

Camel spider photo:

Camel spider face in profile:

Camel spider being awful:

Jake’s story

Daniel Tarr’s site (photos, video, animation):

Cave of Swallows video:

C60 Purple Power:

Underwater rods?!:

Escamilla interview:

MonsterQuest full episode:


Episode 63 – Spontaneous Human Combustion: R.I.P. Lorraine Warren

Ep. 63

Rainy day doldrums got you down? That’s no reason not to disrespect the dead!

This week’s theme is seemingly paranormal medical phenomena, and Jake opens with a description of near-death experiences. What happens if you go toward the light? IS there really a light to go toward? And is Macho Man Randy Savage really waiting for you at the end of it?

The boys then pay their respects to the late medium/demonologist/book and movie mogul Lorraine Warren (and the even later Ed Warren) in very, very tasteful fashion. It’s a struggle not to cry as they recount their favorite Warren cases, how totally real those cases were, and how much they’ve always seen the Warrens as upstanding members of society.

Wyatt finishes things off with the frightening and mysterious phenomenon of spontaneous human combustion. Can you really just suddenly become on fire? How long has this been happening to you? Is there a history of bursting into flames in your family? I’m going to recommend that you take two lit cigarettes to bed and telegraph me in the morning.

Grab a box of tissues and a fire extinguisher and STAY WITH US — IT’S NOT YOUR TIME YET! Instead, it’s time for another episode of Superduperstitious!



Jake’s story


Warren Retrospective

Their greatest triumphs:

Penney allegations:

Wyatt’s story

Florida cargo shorts:

Spontaneous human combustion:


Episode 61 – The Kangaroo Event

Ep. 61

Any strange story is fair game this week, so the boys tackle some slightly more famous freak occurrences.

Jake kicks it off with some obligatory updates on the bat problems of the midwest, followed by a decidedly offbeat creature encounter from that same region in the 1970s. Meet the Enfield Horror, a creature of improbable anatomy and ill temper that terrorized a tiny Illinois town for a few weeks before vanishing forever, unless it’s still lurking there to this day (it’s not), because it was totally real the whole time (it wasn’t). You can shoot it, but it will just come back and loiter in your yard.

Wyatt then takes us to Siberia at the turn of the 20th century, where a massive explosion leveled enormous swathes of forest and baffled scientists for decades to come. Was it a meteor that exploded before landing? Did real scientists actually suggest that it was a miniature black hole magically appearing? And did they really publish that theory in the most respected journal in the world?

Keep an eye out for three-leggèd footprints, and don’t show any fear or surprise in Russia: it’s Superduperstitious time!



Jake’s story

Ranker article:


Sociology study:

Wyatt’s story

Forbes article:

NASA article:

Chelyabinsk video:

Russian nonchalance: