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Lovers of all things strange, allow me to be your guide as we journey through peculiar tales, curious histories, and uncanny cases! Rockette Fox is a Korean-American storyteller, illustrator, performer, designer of oddities, and embracer of the strange. She's spoken nationally on topics such as villainesses, diversity in media, storytelling, and folktales for over seven years.
 
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Join me this episode for an incredible conversation with the amazing Mortellus - mortician, necromancer, medium, witch, author, and more - as we talk over facets of the soul in different cultures, why it's important to have a Death Plan B, the real tea on necromancy, and what my own post-life plans are. Spoiler alert, it's going to probably end in …
 
Illusion, mentalism, slight of hand, immortality machines, gut zombies, genetic splicing.... have we gone off the rails? Even better! Join me for an interview with Mentalist Zi, who also happens to be a staff scientist and geneticist at Washington University in St. Louis as we talk over... well, what the cards have to offer. *Content warning: Durin…
 
My loves, we are back! And I bring to you an interview I have been excitedly plotting. Shepherding those at the end of their life, helping families mourn and celebrate the lives of their loved ones, and bridging the gap between the living and the dead, Freya Bishop is an incredible person who I am honored and thrilled to have share with us her amaz…
 
This episode we head out into the field with researcher Brittany Neier as we learn more about the venomous Copperhead snake, how it's tracked, why its tracked, and whether its musk smells like apricots or cucumbers. If you'd like to see the video of this episode's interview and get access to past bonus stories for a mere $1 a month, visit patreon.c…
 
This episode we welcome paranormal investigator, performer, comedian, and Pokemon whisperer Dash Kwiatkowski to share the results of a recent Spirit Box investigation as well as to talk over approaching the paranormal from a marginal lens. We may also get a little sidetracked talking about gaming chairs and ticks. If you'd like to see the video of …
 
In honor of last month being National Poetry Writing Month, this episode features an interview with poet, professor, and actor/director, Shane Signorino in a conversation about poetry, finding your artistic voice, the experience of being an artist in America today, and more! **As a content warning this episode has been cleaned up from the full expl…
 
In honor of last month being National Poetry Writing Month, this episode features an interview with poet, professor, and actor/director, Shane Signorino in a conversation that quickly goes off the rails from a pool noodle mishap, to writing, artistic approach and voice, and Daily D*ck Pic Dan. Oh, yeah, we also talk about poetry! **As a content war…
 
My loves! Welcome into Season Two of Fantastically Strange! We kick off the new season with three true tales that served as inspiration in the Big Screen. From the Marvel Cinematic Universe to a master of nightmares to the wonderfully mysterious masked Zorro, we explore the badass, surreal, and historically significant. If you'd like to support the…
 
For a very special first season finale, I am thrilled to bring you a longer episode in which I'm joined and have the opportunity to interview Alex and Jason of The Pipsqueakery, a rodent and rabbit rescue that focuses on special needs animals. I hope you enjoy! Visit, follow, and support The Pipsqueakery: thepipsqueakery.org thepipsqueakery.org/hel…
 
While we as humans may not always have the same idea what is considered polite across cultures or even within the same society, we generally would all agree that punching a coworker in the head is rude and shrieking full-volume into the face of a potential date isn't a good idea. Nature, however, might have other ideas... If you'd like to support t…
 
Unusual measurements in an episode inspired by the unlikeliest of places, this week we take a look at the journey of humble fork and how its measurements impact us, a a breakfast-related disaster measurement, and the true way to gauge your dog's age. If you'd like to support the show and get access to the weekly bonus stories - including this week'…
 
This week we’ve talked about interesting ancestry. Unique origins that involve DNA’s role in unearthing some interesting information as well as new questions including a previously unknown species of ancient human, a DNA test kit that gave some very unexpected ancestral origins, and the tale of a badass warrior and putting naysayers in their place.…
 
This week, thanks to an amazing suggestion from a wonderful member of chat, we are taking a look at some fascinating word origins - such as why the serious lack of opportunity by not having corn raised on a Plant Plant - as well as a few of my favorite words and meanings. We also now have swag! Beanies, totes, tees, and even a color change mug with…
 
Not quite a plant, not really an animal - this week we are taking a look at three amazing tales of mushrooms! From fossils that unveil the true age of mushrooms, to how they are saving an environmentally impacted earth, to how they could positively impact the human footprint of death, join me for these mysterious mycelium stories. Our bonus story t…
 
We're diving into the grab bag! You know the one, that bag of questions that have been hanging around just waiting for the right moment to find an answer, and some of this week's 'why's' will peek at why piggy banks are the lovable oinky creatures they are, why the Uncanny Valley is so... upsetting, and in honor of Valentine's week why the heart sh…
 
In this week's episode, we dive into the intriguing world of sound. It's all around us, it is such a primal part of our makeup and history, but what sorts of strange mysteries does it hold? We will look at interesting sound facts, how scientists are bringing back a mummy's voice, and earworms - get out of my head, get into my heart.... damnit... Th…
 
This week, we look at some science surrounding those classic sun-shy, horror icons of the night with that little habit for blood: vampires, including a scientist who built a calculator to see how long humanity would last in various vampire outbreak scenarios, the nutritional drawbacks to a blood-only diet, and how fangs might impact your life. This…
 
There is something sacred about the remains of those who have passed before us, however that doesn’t seem to always stop some from interfering with the dearly departed. This week, I take you on a journey of a few stories where the pieces of a few didn’t find the rest that seems guaranteed when we all take that final sleep. This week's bonus episode…
 
There is a mystique around assassins - creeping through dark shadows with silencers in one hand and a cocktail in the other. Media and daydreams have given these very historically real roles glitz, glamor, and tragic prestige. Of course, if I am going to cover assassins I wanted to take a look at some stories of a few of the most intriguing women a…
 
This week we take a look at some of the twists and turns from the past, present, and as we head into the future in the strange world of medical science from smoke in the last place you might want it, to a tale of an incredible two-hand transplant, to a leafy green heart complete with human cells! If you don't want the medical marvels to cease, our …
 
This week as we approach the fabled end of 2020, I share three tales of fascinating and history-making individuals who lived to the beat of their own drum to help inspire as we enter the new year. They boldly challenged the conventions of their times in unusual ways and forged paths in unexpected ways from a whiskey-drinking, cigar-smoking, gun-tot…
 
I'm a little under the weather this week, but could not let a week pass without sending a HUGE thank you! We've reached 500 downloads, and I am beyond over the moon. Thank you so much! Also, I couldn't let even a mini-episode pass without some strange facts so additionally I present some strange number facts. I hope you enjoy! fantasticallystrange.…
 
This week in light of the recent cracking of the Zodiac killer code, I bring you three stories of codes and ciphers from a pigeon lost for seventy years, to a badass woman pioneer in codebreaking, to a long and colorful text that to this day has the world stumped. Bonus for Patreon supporters this week includes a quick look at a strange code from t…
 
My loves! Let’s talk about sex...es in the animal world. More specifically chromosomes, clones, and beyond - because nature is strange and fantastic in the best of ways and so much more complex than anything we - or at least I - learned in my early science classes. And as much as humans have historically looked to the animal kingdom to reinforce id…
 
Big, bad, majestic, and misunderstood to a fault, the wolf has been the placeholder for all that’s evil to the citizens of fairytales, guardians and guides to the spiritual in various cultures, and - at the end of the day - trying to just get by in a world that’s hunted them mercilessly. Today, we will look at three fascinating stories involving an…
 
We knew this day was coming. Yes, my friends and loves, today your number one fantastically strange podcast visits the number two. We take a look into three tales of animals that have unusual poop in some form or another. From laughing gas, to a weekly harrowing endeavor, to what makes a cube, join me for this episode that is sure to be... odd to s…
 
This week we take a deeper dive into the unforgiving and brutal world of... chickens. Well, that's at least where we'll begin before seeing why rose-tinted specs became all the rage - or rather rage-stopper - in the poultry industry. Then we'll take a little more of an in depth scientific look at a couple studies into both how the red tint may affe…
 
During a time that has been rife with change, stress, and anticipation - including a very big recent election for the United States, I want to take this week's episode to focus on some stories of instances where something small has made a very big impact. If you're anything like me, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed and insignificant but I would h…
 
Happy Halloween my friends and loves! Join me for a very special episode where I share three of my favorite spookily strange tales told in my most haunting fashions for the holiday! So settle in close, cuddle up with an old quilt, grab your favorite concoction of choice, close your eyes, and let me lull you into the space between dreams where reali…
 
Join me for a strange evening of true tales of the undead! From diseases that seem likely candidates for zombie inspiration to a small world of uncanny puppetry, it will certainly leave you soaking in those braaaaains.... Sources: https://allthatsinteresting.com/chronic-wasting-disease https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wasp-turns-social-spi…
 
There is something about a tale of a good haunting that is hard not to be intrigued by if not love. The mystery, the unknown, the experience that seems to defy logic. Of course in an ideal world at the end of the day we can leave a haunting behind and return to trusting our senses. Or can we? What if the strange things we're sometimes feeling and s…
 
As we continue our journey into the curious, we start tonight's episode in a place that may sound familiar: Sleepy Hollow. We'll take a stroll through some headless lore, then look a little more closely at a couple strange historical instances that beg the question, can someone or something live without a head or heart? And how? *For a quick conten…
 
As we creep into Halloween season, I'm thrilled to bring you a month of topics a little on the spookier side, and we'll be kicking it off with one very near to my heart. Cauldrons, prophecies, spells, and the misrepresentation that ties them all together - yes, my pretties, tonight we take our first dive into witches. I'm also thrilled to announce …
 
Eyes are such an important and integral part of how many of us interact with each other and the world around us, what happens when they are used in unexpected ways? ...Such as on cow butts? Join Rockette Fox for our very first episode as we explore unusual unreal eyes. To learn more, visit rockettefox.com/fantasticallystrange. If you would like to …
 
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