– Date – February 16th, 2016
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The Odds Must Be Crazy [22:50]
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Interview: Benjamin Radford [18:30]
– Benjamin Radford; Author, Educator, Filmmaker, Investigator, and Game Creator.
– Ben used to be the Co-Editor for the Spanish speaking version of Skeptical Inquirer named Pensar.
– Did they actually find/spot the Yeti at a Spanish ski resort?
– It *could* be possible that the Yeti likes to dress in ski parka’s.
– Skeptics, at their heart, want to bolster and help legitimize paranormal investigation groups.
– If one of these paranormal events were actually real, we probably wouldn’t hear about it via viral video or bad photographs.
– Later on in 2016 there will be a new re-boot of the classic movie ‘Ghostbusters’, will it spawn more ghost sightings/groups?
– It could be said that the original Ghostbusters movies started the trend of people using gadgets to find/detect ghosts.
– After all these years, there still has not been one shred of evidence for the paranormal or ghosts.
– Ben wrote an article about what makes someone give up everything to find something that is most likely not there.
– Ben has written one fiction book called ‘Merchant of Dust’, but he feels more qualified to write non-fiction.
– His newest book which just came out is named ‘Bad Clowns‘.
– Ben was surprised to find out there has never been a book on the topic of bad clowns before.
– Even Wayne Gacy didn’t dress as a clown when he was doing his wicked acts.
– The Gacy clown self-portraits and others like them are called ‘murderabilia’.
– Clowns being creepy/scary has been around in pop-culture via books and movies for a while.
– The history of clowns has been varied from characters such as the court jester, to Punch and Judy, to the nutty in the form of dip clowns.
– Clowns have always been a ambiguous character, in their original court jester form they were all about the idea of the freedom of speech.
– The key role of a clown has its roots in being uncouth and insulting without the fear of repercussions.
– The phantom clown panic from the 1980’s and 90’s was happening around the same time as the Satanic Panic.
– Police investigators who were too apt to believe the reports of children over doing proper fact finding lead to much of that panic.
– False testimony has been shown to cause many people to be placed in prison or death row due to a lack of solid fact-finding.
– Grab a copy of ‘Bad Clowns’ for yourself either on Kindle, or on Amazon.