In a time period not so long ago, humans were being tortured by other humans. But you see, us humans, we're quite screwed up folks - a simple beating, Indian burns, or even a good ole' fashioned wet willy wasn't enough - we had to get creative. And when the ancient street corners of creative and sick met in human history you got, well, some pretty f'd up ways to torture people; torture devices. On this multi-show series, the Grognostic's crew along with frequent guest Jason Reedy (Dyatlov Pass, Foreign Accent Syndrome and others) match them all up with each other in a March Madness bracket format to answer one question - which is the most gruesome torture device in human history?
Disclaimer: There is an overabundance of expletives used on this show as well as... oh yeah the slight use of disgusting descriptions of human torture. Consider yourself warned. Come join us.
Beers tried on show are all from Ommegang Brewery in Cooperstown, New York.
At different points of your life you’ve sat back and pondered, probably while under the influence of a psychedelic, where do I fit into humanity’s timeline? Did civilizations equally or more advanced than us exist thousands of years ago? What is my purpose? Did I leave toaster oven on at home this morning? These along with other life conundrums are questions we ask ourselves on this podcast. On today’s show we answer one of these perplexing introspections. Yes. Yes, you did leave the toaster oven on. Oh that, and there are tens, perhaps hundreds of cities buried deep below our ocean surfaces. How did they end up there? What does this mean for future coastlines? Our way of life? Will humans be an aquatic civilization by the year 3200? Sit down with us and dive deep into the podcast waters of sunken, hidden, underwater cities. We’re joined by the hilarious, the sultry, the gregarious, Todd Wheat.
Beer for today’s show was generously donated by one of our favorite podcasts – Southern Spirits Podcast. If their tagline – “Drinking Our Way Through the Folklore of the South,” doesn’t entice you to listen, slap yourself right in the mouth because you should be questioning your life decisions. You can find more info about their show at http://southernspiritspodcast.blubrry.net/ or listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts.
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Beer reviews by new beer correspondents Oisin O’Reilly and Ely Alexander. Gabriela Jasso guest appears.
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80-ton statues walking on their own. Magical spirit essence raining down from the heavens. A thriving island population mysteriously turning to cannibalism. A birdman cult. The remains of the Easter Bunny pristinely preserved in a shallow grave. Four of these are true. Well, maybe three. Two tops. On this show, your least-favorite lads tackle the most mystifying island on the planet, Easter Island, while also showcasing their award-winning acting talents.