What happens when you put good people in evil situations? Is it possible that humanity will trump evil or will evil ultimately win? In 1971, an experiment took place beneath a university to answer those questions. Chapter 23 of ORIGINS explores the Stanford Prison Experiment.
What would you think if a group of people suddenly began to dance in droves all around you? Today, the world would call that a flash mob and think nothing of it. In the Middle Ages, it would’ve most likely been considered the result of witchcraft, though in some cases it was attributed to plague. On chapter 22 of ORIGINS, we look into St. Vitus’s Dance and other weird plagues.
“Et tu, Brute,” is one of those phrases we know, even if we don’t know why. Another one is “Beware the Ides of March.” What is the Ides of March and why should we beware it? In Chapter 21 of ORIGINS, we take a look at the what, why, and how behind this famous March phrase.
We all have one, that crazy uncle that is always teetering on the edge of remaining a part of the family. What if he left, or worse, what if he were to shapeshift into a monstrous creature that couldn’t fit around the Sunday dinner table? In this chapter of ORIGINS, meet everyone’s crazy uncle, Uncle Monday.
Puppet shows are generally created for an audience of children. One classic form of puppetry made famous during the Renaissance would definitely receive an R rating in today’s world. In this chapter of ORIGINS, I look into the history, comedy, and popularity of a puppet show that glorifies infidelity, murder, and insanity.
What would you think if Christmas wasn’t really about Jesus’ birth or Santa Claus? You’d probably be curious enough to learn more. In this chapter of ORIGINS, we take a look at the true history of Christmas, Santa Claus, and the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. SHOW NOTES Perhaps the most celebrated and most
What happens when coal isn’t bad enough for a naughty boy or girl? In this chapter of ORIGINS, we look at Krampus the Christmas Devil and other dark figures from Germanic European lore.
Thanksgiving is just a few days away. This chapter of ORIGINS looks into superstitions surrounding the holiday, such as breaking the wishbone, and dives deeper into some “fowl” play involving mystic chickens and an uprising of Walking Dead Turkeys. Butter your biscuits for Chapter 16!