Where there’s smoke, there’s fire, and where there’s fire, there’s the McDonald siblings. In this episode, Nick and Cait have turned their eyes to stories of supernatural smoke and fire this week, as we visit a fiery poltergeist (feuergeist?) in Illinois and a witch’s tree in North Carolina that refused to burn down. All this, plus smokey beverages and feet discussions!
Holiday tidings to you all! Once upon a time, it was traditional to gather family and friends together on Christmas Eve and share tales of ghosts and spirits to scare and delight each other, a tradition that sorely needs to make a come back in our opinion!
So in this special episode, join Nick and Cait for a classic Victorian Christmas Eve, where we chill the air with tales of ghostly fur trappers, haunted hot springs, and a ghost named ‘Daddy’. It’s a double-length episode! That means Cait runs out of alcohol, Nick does NOT, and chaos and over-sharing ensue.
Unfortunately, the Tom & Jerry Batter talked about in this episode didn’t come together in time to have the recipe published along-side the episode (stay tuned, we WILL post it in the future). But, being the holidays, we’ve included some additional recipes (not always of the drink variety!) to make up for the loss, as well as because, hey, it’s Christmas!
In this episode, we investigate the legend of The Red Ghost, a demonic beast that terrorized the American Southwest in the late 19th century. From there, things get tangential as we discuss camelcide, ghost miner role-call, and how to properly cook your wine.
*Technical Note: Again, we had some serious audio problems on Nick’s side during the recording of some segments, and we apologize. We guarantee that problem has been totally ironed out for future episodes. (Guarantee does not extend to future technical problems. Void where prohibited.)
Everyone knows at least one story about a Lover’s Lane ghost, but let’s call these specters what they really are: cockblockers. In this episode we investigate a trio of these incorporeal cockblockers–The Pitcher Man, The Bandage Man, and Skinned Tom. And in case you haven’t been blocked enough, a salty, foamy whiskey drink is on deck to try to finish you off. All this, plus Cait gives advice, Nick botches his audio, and both of them overshare about underage drinking.
*Technical Note: We had some serious technical issues this episode, and as a result sound quality has suffered. We apologize, and will iron out the wrinkles as well as we can for future episodes.
Here’s a project that connects with me on all levels. Of course, I love spooky stuff and horror movie scares, and a huge part of what I love to do as a theatre director and designer is take what is normally thought of as a “movie special effect” and make it work in the nuts & bolts practical world. There’s a real satisfaction when the proper combination of tech and timing makes, say, an actor move independently of their shadow, or a person appear in different parts of the room too quickly to be human.
So this project by Instructables user gocivici is right up the center of my alley. He’s fitted an old cathode-ray TV with a Raspberry Pi and a mini-camera, and using face -recognition software has created a television that turns itself on, waits for the viewer to look away, and then places a spooky image behind them when they look back. Watch this:
It really is genius, and being Instructables, the how-to for creating your own is included on the site. It takes some Raspberry Pi programming and electrical engineering, but from what I see the instructions are very complete and should be manageable if taken slowly and carefully by anyone with a creative itch to scratch. I hope to see this (as well as some creative variations) in every Halloween haunted house by next fall!
In this episode, we travel to the Atlantic coast off Connecticut to visit one of America’s most unique buildings, the New London Ledge Lighthouse, and try a bright and bloody take on a whiskey Old Fashioned. All this, plus Nick tripping on his own tongue and bartending sins that will cause Cait to judge you.
A video from our own Cait, taken by the after hours security cameras in a bar in whish she used to work. If you look at the counter opposite the right end of the bar, you’ll see a glass get pushed off onto the floor seemingly without anything touching it.