When it comes to ancient discoveries centered around the core principles of humanity's story, no one is more apt to uncovering lost enigmas than our very own Sir Matthew. From taming savage turkeys in Roanoke to uncovering secret elixirs in vampire lairs to the unveiling of Santa's whereabouts in the North Pole, Sir Matthew's marveled exploits have fallen nothing short of prodigious in the advancement of our species. On his latest quest, he travels to North Africa to unearth the ancient secrets of the Boink-Oink Lapooodha Tribe in hopes of changing humanity forever. Along the way, he encounters a collection of snafus, tallyho, and I'll be the queen's uncles as usual.
2020 has seen deadly viruses, rioting, unemployment, general unrest and well the return of McDonald's McRib. So let's be honest with ourselves. Was it really that bad? It got us thinking; we all feel 2020 has been the worst year of our lifetimes but where does it rank in the history of worst years? Famine, war, disease, nuclear fallout, massive natural disasters have plagued humanity since the rise of our existence. So what was the actual worst year. Was it 2020? In the spirit of the New Year and in the negative spirit of the past year we teamed with our friends at Unearthing Paranormalcy to count down the 5 worst years of humanity's history and then because c'mon now, we're not all doom and gloom (mostly are) we also counted down the 5 best years. The best year we are positive will surprise you. Happy New Year!
Happy Holidays from Grognostics. As usual we take a page out of the Grognostic Storybook for an original tale about a winter time character. Give a listen. The story might surprise you. Or scare you. One of the two.
New shows, new shows and new shows. All coming out soon...
Closed in 1971, Philadelphia’s Eastern State Penitentiary is considered by many to be one of the most haunted places in the country. It’s been featured on multiple television shows and is visited by dozens of paranormal researchers each year. There are multiple stories of paranormal-like experiences corroborated by visitors, inmates, guards, and workers for decades.
On today’s show, we’re joined by former prison tour guide, and author Dr. Paul Kahan to take us through the history of the prison and its propensity for eerie occurrences. He’s the author of a number of books, including Eastern State Penitentiary: A History and The Bank War: Andrew Jackson, Nicholas Biddle, and the Fight for American Finance. He earned his Ph.D. in history from Temple University and is currently working on a narrative history of Philadelphia due out in 2022. Find out more about Dr. Kahan and his work at www.paulkahan.com.
Science can generally disprove most supernatural to an extent. But there is one that is closer to all of us than one might think.
Written by Grognostics.
And, we're back. Join us next week for the first show of our return tour. In the meantime, here is what to expect.
So what exactly has our favorite Grognostics character been doing during this shelter-in-place? Is he taking this opportunity to explore the sights, void of any commoners getting in the way of his explorations? Is he discovering new lands? Species? Breakfast options in the Transylvania Alps? We're warming up to get back to it here at the Grognostics studios (Jason's shoe closet) so get ready for more consistent Thursday posts going forward.
We have an announcement. Listen while it's hot. Hope you're staying safe and healthy and enjoying some fine craft brews during your lockdown. Don't forget to catch up on all of our lovely episodes as you lock yourself in a closet to hide from your loved ones...
Despite the wild times around the globe. Don't forget to kiss your loved ones - from your country's recommended social distant of course, cozy up to a cold pint of the good ole' irish good stuff and listen to ye lads at Grognostics. Happy St. Paddy's Day.
History has given us a handful of monumental love stories. Mark Antony had Cleopatra. Paris had Troy. Sonny had Cher. And Peter? Well, Peter had a love story that has never been told. Until now...
On all previous shows, we've concluded... well absolutely nothing, but we've sure had a blast doing it. On today's show we go back and touch on every prior show in thirty-second intervals to see if just maybe, we can conclude something on some of them. Have a short attention span and don't want to listen to our entire library of shows to learn something? This CliffsNotes version is for you.
On today’s show, we sit down with author Kathryn Hulick to talk Nazca Lines and all types of fun, worldly mystique. Kathryn has published numerous nonfiction books for children covering all types of intriguing topics including robots, video games, artificial intelligence, technology, energy, and others She is a contributing editor at Muse magazine with a monthly technology column and regular feature articles. Her new book which we discuss on the show, Strange But True – 10 of the World’s Greatest Mysteries Explained is a magical collection of thought-provoking topics with just the right balance of imagination and science. It will make you think about that little blue dot we live on and trigger your imagination soar the next time you look up and that vast starry sky. Overall, it’s probably best not to miss this conversation. Trust me on this one.
You can learn more about Kathryn at http://kathrynhulick.com/ and find her on social media at:
If you’d like to purchase her book Strange But True – 10 of the World’s Greatest Mysteries Explained which you absolutely should you can do so at:
Happy New Year all. Thank you for your Grognostic patronage in 2019. We hope you've laughed with us or at us, or at very least, learned something about the world, yourself or a tasty craft beer you didn't know before. On today's show, we share with you some moments of shows to come. We look forward to regaling you in the new year and maybe, just maybe, we'll conclude something in this new decade. Eh, we probably won't.
Sure Santa, the Easter Bunny, and Ghosts rule the holidays but what about the lesser glamorized Pilgrim who makes Thanksgiving what it is today? Wait, you don't know Bartholomew the Thanksgiving Pilgrim? You do now.
Throughout our nation's history, brave and courageous individuals have battled tyranny, fearsome opponents and the lack of hope to provide us with liberties and freedoms we have today. For example this Veteran's Day 2019 we can use creative freedom to create a podcast instead of fighting in the trenches of a foreign land. For that we are thankful. Take today to thank those who deserve it most. Happy Veteran's Day to our fearless soldiers and fighters.
Throughout humanity, dating back to even our most civilized ancient civilizations, humans have had a fascination, a fear, a panic about witches. And why is that exactly? Why do we continue to fear their powers or more importantly why do we even think they exist? Well, we're glad you asked because Grognostics jumps with both feet into the boiling cauldron to find answers with a new guest while one of the regular guests takes the day off, involuntarily. Halloween beers from Elysian and New Belgium.
As part of our Halloween week of spooky hilarity, we present the one, the only, the easily spooked, Sir Matthew. He reminds us that the scariest things are sometimes right under our noses as well as bringing to light what candy we all drool over each Halloween.
I know this is a crazy idea, but we've made the collective decision to do something consistent on this show. One thing at least. We will now be posting at least every other Thursday. And sometimes, if our mood swings, and the furry clown with the ball gag in his mouth will let us within an arm's reach of a computer from our cages - every Thursday. So get used to checking your feeds folks. Because the Thursday posting begins now. Well actually it began a few weeks ago but that was technically by accident. Really.
On this show? Just a quick announcement with a healthy dose of reminiscing and a scintilla of inspiration. Written and produced by soon-to-be top writer on the show Mr. Jason Bramell.
Just when you get settled in and think, wow, this podcast might actually be worth listening to… They’ve finally set up some sort of rhythm; no more in-between shows, releases consistently on a Thursday, and you know what to expect, we again totally pull the rug out from under you. Yes this is something different. We can’t help it.
On today’s show, our favorite Latin archeologist, known felon, prison-escapee, singer-stalker, and all-around amazing human we think, Raul pops in out of nowhere to regale us on his Flat Earth Theories, how Sir Matthew could be in an imposter and how he’s been living in Steve’s shed for past week. Honestly, this is friggin’ hilarious. You just have to listen.
Jason and I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with a real-life Bigfoot or our podcast doppelganger; one of the two to talk about the man (well not really), the myth (eh probably not), the legend (ok fine), Bigfoot. On this teaser we introduce you to our fellow collaborators, Unearthing Paranormalcy, who we had a blast recording with. They do similar topics to our show with a hint of drinking and comedic flare, so one might say our podcast community has commenced. You can find their shows on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and wherever you listen to your podcasts. Stay tuned...
Raul doesn't normally break out of prison, but when he does, he curls up on the limb of a tree and spies into Steve's window.
2018 is in the books and we have a lot to be thankful for. We had some amazing guests this year on the show - Ira Pastor, CEO of Bioquark joined us to discuss the possibility of humans living forever. A new correspondent in the field Ada Pinkerton joined our cast of characters. We visited three amazing breweries; 101 North, St. Florian's and Steetcar 82 (coming soon). The Mojo sisters were back again, their whole family in full effect. Amanda Karr regaled us with ghost stories. Spiritual Medium, Evanne Jordan mystified us with her knowledge of Steve's inner workings. And then there was of course, the always entertaining, rarely serious Sir Matthew who finally discovered his porcelain-skinned crush was right in front of his nose the whole time. And what's up with that archeologist Raul? The one in prison? Will he be back? And lest we not forget the oft-obscure, always bizarre Trapper who leaves random voicemails which I'll be honest are quite bizarre and not just a little. Additional thanks to some of the regulars - the Producer, Amie, Jason Reedy, Kelly Stravers, Jevon, Nick, Gaby and of course Oisin, our Irish beer expert. Special thank you to first-timer Marc Ellis for his awe-inspiring knowledge on our Cosmic Queries shows. So what's next for 2019? Or more aptly, the next few months? Give this a quick listen and find out why dontcha?
We'll be back with regular episodes very soon folks. In the meantime, give a listen to what's baking in the Grognostics fall lineup oven. A familiar friend calls in even.
Don't forget to check us out on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. We're also now on UnTapped. All are @grognostics. Also check us out on Patreon at www.patreon.com/grognostics.
Jason & Steve