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Where we celebrate the passion and the madness of the Geek, the Nerd, and often the Absurd. Each episode will be a different topic such as Saturday morning cartoons or Superheroes, favorite books, debates on absurd issues, movies and lesser known historical people and events.
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Join Jeremy, Kevin and Shaner as they host the inaugural meeting of People Against Idiotic Nincompoopery (P.A.I.N.). They share their stories about the Agents of STUPID (Sluggsih, Thick-headed, Unthinking, Puerile, Inane, Dunderheads). As a part of the ceremony they must also describe how they, themselves, have been sleeper Agents of STUPID. Yep, t…
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Psycho Bobb and Shaner discuss pirate treasure. Dive into the rabbit hole with them and hear about the pirates, Captain William Kidd, Olivier Levasseur also known as the Buzzard, Black Sam Bellamy and Amaro Pargo. Did pirates really bury their treasure? Have treasure hunters found any? What happened to Captain Kidd's treasure? Has Pargo's treasure …
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Join Psycho Bob and Shaner as they discuss the Cosmos Club, which was founded in 1878 by the Civil War soldier, Grand Canyon explorer and scientist John Wesley Powell. Powell and the other original members envisioned the club, located in the nation’s capital, as a nexus of thought and action. Should they apply for membership? They think they meet t…
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Join Psycho Bob the Cat and Shaner as they rediscover Dashiell Hammett and discuss the Continental Op, one of the first major hardboiled detectives later developed in such characters as Hammett's own Sam Spade, Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe, Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer, and others. The Dain Curse was published in 1929, but before its publicat…
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Join Psycho Bob and Shaner as they discuss and recommend the Netflix series, the Blue Eye Samurai. They say, Holy Crapadoodle its awesome and they are not kitten. In 17th-century Japan, when borders are closed to the outside world, citizens would never see a face that was not Japanese, except in rare cases of illegal trade. Our hero, Mizu, knows th…
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Join Shaner and Bob as they discuss Poverty Point in northeastern Louisiana. Many archaeologists and scientists consider it as North America’s First City. It lies 15 miles west of the Mississippi River. At 1500 BCE, everywhere else in North America had small villages of about 100 residents, however, Poverty Point had between 4000 and 5000 residents…
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Join Bobber and Shaner as they discuss Shawn Inmon's book, Kradak the Champion. Kradak the Champion's first appearance is standing atop a mound of bodies; some of which are not quite dead. In his arm is a chubby child he's rescued, who is destined to become a leader. Kardak is not just a hero. He's a warrior. This image is captured in a film that, …
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In the past few months, the aurora borealis, also known as the northern lights have been visible by so many people, other than those in the extreme north. A member of the Nerd Herd, Scott from South Dakota, asked what did ancient civilizations think the northern lights meant? That got me thinking and researching…. Join Psycho Bob and Shakin Shaner …
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Stew from the Stew World Order podcast, joins Shaner as they discuss the 1993 Mel Brooks movie, Robin Hood Men in Tights. Find out why Shaner has a special spot for this movies and Stew's cross-country trip that led to an insane number of viewings of this movie. Not only do they share their original joy for this 30-year-old classic, but some behind…
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Join Bobber and Shaner as they discuss that after the 1st Edition of their fairy tales, the Grimm Brothers had several of the stories altered such as Snow White’s biological mother became her step-mother and Rapunzel was not pregnant. However, certain tales could not just be edited or altered to a fit a less gruesome standard, because they were com…
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Another installment of Psycho Bob Says is here and Bobber asks, what is the Antikythera Mechanism? For more than 100 years, scholars have struggled with defining it, determining its origin and replicating it. ​After decades of study, it has been determined that the Antikythera mechanism is an Ancient Greek hand-powered mechanical model of the of th…
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Another 10-minute installment of Psycho Bob Says...Join him and Shaner as they try to answer 3 questions: Who was Johan Konrad Dipple? Was he the inspiration for Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein? Was he the real-life Dr. Frankenstein? He was born August 25, 1673, in Castle Frankenstein near Darmstadt Germany. He studied theology, philosophy and a…
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Join Will and Shaner as they discuss the single season of MTV Spider-Man, a fully CGI animated series, solely on MTV. MTV Spider-Man lasted only one season but addressed more mature themes following Peter, Harry and Mary Jane at Empire State University. Will and Shaner address the darker tones, the villains and voice actors that made this an award …
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Bob and Shaner recommend the book, "The House of Silk," by Anthony Horowitz. This is the first Sherlock Holmes novel to be authorized by the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Estate. Horowitz has been called one of "the most original and best spy-kids authors of the century" by the New York Times. It is set in London in 1890, and takes place just after the sh…
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Join Psycho Bob and Shaner as they geek-out over Marvel's GI Joe issue #21, the Silent Interlude. The issue has no dialogue, word bubbles, or onomatopoeia and was published in March 1984 the Writer and Penciller was Larry Hama. It stars Snake Eyes, one of GI Joes most iconic bad asses, who is mute. This is the introduction of the Cobra assassin, St…
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Join Psycho Bob and Shaner as they discover the real meaning and origination of the word Yule! They jump into 5th and 6th century references as well as Norse history and sagas to discover that Yule is a reference to a pagan celebration of Odin and the Wild Hunt. Hear how the King of Norway made the significant changes to Yule and why we say it toda…
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Join Shakin Shaner and Psycho Bob as they explore some horrible shows from the 80's, some of Shaner's favorite shows that were cancelled and one diamond in the rough of sucktastic 80's shows. Have you heard of the shows, B.A.D. CATS or Wizards and Warriors? No, well there is a reason why. The discussion goes back to the 80's and they even discuss t…
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Crystal skulls have been a popular subject appearing in numerous TV shows, novels, and video games. Popular references are the movie, “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” and the video game Assassin Creed Series. Join Bobber & Shaner as they discusses the Crystal Skulls and their legacies. There are 4 skulls he will cover and specif…
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Join Shaner as he celebrates the Marine Corps Birthday, honors Veterans Day and discusses one of the most iconic Marines ever, Dan Daly, a legendary badass. Daniel Joseph Daly was born on November 11, 1873 in Glen Cove, New York. By size, he was 5 ft 6 in and weighed 132 lbs but established himself as an amateur boxer. He enlisted in the United Sta…
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Join Shaner as he dives head-first into a new rabbit hole and discovers Icelandic Sorcery. He discusses the historical background of Iceland as a nation, the introduction of Christianity, the uniqueness of Iceland magic. He really fell deep into this one as he also explains three different Icelandic black books, sorcerers and the execution of witch…
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Another 10-minute installment of Psycho Bob Says...Join him and Shakin Shaner while they try to determine how bad are these ads? In “Whats Shakin with Shaner’s” episode 13, “The Crash at Crush” we explored failed marketing and publicity stunts such as Pepsi’s failed Numbers Fever in the Philippines and the colossal failure of the head on train cras…
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Join Shaner as he dives down the rabbit hole of the French fairy tale Blue Beard. He was completely unaware of this tale previously and discovers the horrific murder of seven wives. In this episode, he provides a reading of the fairy tale, explores the literary and psychoanalytical interpretations. He dives down further into the influence of the ta…
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Another installment of Psycho Bob Says...Join him and Shakin Shaner while they try to determine Whose Booty Is It? In “Whats Shakin with Shaner’s” episode of “Cryptographs, Lost Treasure and the Beale Papers” we discussed several lost treasures to include that of the pirate Captain Kidd. During research, they came across the largest sunken treasure…
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Join Shakin Shaner as he discusses his love for cryptographs and lost treasure. It all started with the 1980 ABC Weekend Series, The Gold Bug, an adaptation of Edgar Allen Poe's short story of the same name. Join the adventure of looking for Captain Kidd's treasure. Shaner also talks about John Dillinger's lost case of cash, the $375,000 in gold on…
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Shakin Shaner has assembled an expert panel to discuss why we do not yet have jetpacks. He is joined by Jim, Raye from the podcast, Being Bookish, Matt from the podcast, Don't Wreck Yourself, and Mike from the podcast, Multiverse of Badness. ​Why don't we have jetpacks? Are the airline unions behind it, is the government testing them but allowing u…
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In this 10-minute installment, Psycho Bob the Cat & Shakin Shaner explore the films and legacy of special effects and animator Ray Harryhausen. Join them as they discuss "The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms", "Jason and Argonauts" and "The 7th Voyage of Sinbad." In “Whats Shakin with Shaner’s” recent episode of Hercules v Heracles, our good friend Randy …
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Join Randy and Shakin Shaner as they discuss the 1997 Disney movie Hercules and geek out over Greek mythology. They explore the differences between the movie versions of Hercules, Zeus, Hera and Pegasus and the actual Greek myths. Check out their favorite stories from the 12 labors of Heracles.Shakin Shaner
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Psycho Bob the Cat is the co-host, producer and engineer of “What’s Shakin With Shaner” and he usually has a lot to say. To give him a bigger voice, we will be releasing 10 minute episodes in between our larger episodes. These installments will be based on topics picked and written by Psycho Bob. Psycho Bob says “what’s the deal with the half-naked…
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Shakin Shaner is joined by Kevin and Jeremy, two fellow veterans on a complete geek out on the book, Monster Hunter International by Larry Correia. Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a fourteenth story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer. It turns out tha…
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Join Shakin Shaner in a celebration of the long lasting legacy of the Brothers Grimm. Jacob and Wilhelm, were German academics, philologists, cultural researchers, lexicographers, and authors who together collected and published folklore and fairy tales. Less well known is the their pioneering scholarly work on a German dictionary, which they began…
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Shakin Shaner has a complete nerd-fest in this homage to the original Sherlock Holmes novels and short stories. He relates several noteworthy items, such as Sherlock Holmes, as a fictional character has been featured in more movies than any other character in the history of cinema and that the phrase, "Elementary my dear Watson," is not found in an…
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Shakin Shaner is joined by Marquis and Tony, fellow sandwich connoisseurs, as they discuss bread and its secret code, the namesake of sandwiches, the first sandwich recipe in America and the great debate of what is and is not a sandwich.Shakin Shaner
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Shakin Shaner and Psycho Bob the Cat explore failed marketing and publicity stunts while contemplating ways to promote "What's Shakin With Shaner". Learn about the TV show WKRP in Cincinnati's turkeys away episode in 1978 and McDonalds millions lost in the 1984 Olympics give away. Then it takes a sharp turn to the tragic with Pepsi's failed marketi…
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Join Shakin Shaner as he discusses mirrors in mythology and attempts to determine who's soul is trapped in the magic mirror in Snow White, the Grimm Brothers story. Charlemagne, Windikund, and the Irminsul from the 8th century all play a role in Shakin Shaner's wild-ass assumptions with no proof. You know you are curious so check it out. The 1856 p…
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Join Shakin Shaner as he explores fun words to say, words we do not use often, 80's slang, military terminology and the crazy shit his dad says. His is join by Matt, co-host of the Don't Wreck Yourself podcast. Listen in while they debate which is colder....Shakin Shaner
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Join Shakin Shaner as he discusses the gate control theory of pain and how we instinctively sucked a burned finger. He then heads on a rabbit hole to discuss two mythical heroes and how they gain their power from sucking a burned finger...does this open a mystical gateway? Discover the absurdity of this episode. Finn McCool (Fionn MacCumhaill) was …
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Join Shakin Shaner and Jeff as they pay homage to Sean Connery and learn how he defined James Bond and helped create the blockbuster and an enduring franchise. Sean Connery was the first to portray James Bond in the movies, but did you know he was not the first to play Bond? A great tribute to the legacy of Sean Connery as Bond....James Bond!…
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In this episode, Shakin Shaner is joined by three expert panelists to create a new superhero team....The Fictitious Five. For some context--this is all in the spirit of the comic books Flaming Carrot and the Mystery Men. They must create their superheroes from a list of 15 absurd super powers, a name and an origin story. Our team also discovers tha…
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Shakin Shaner and Jeremy discuss how they discovered this New York Times Bestseller from Dean Koontz. WARNING--Listen at your own peril, as the Bodachs have sabotaged Jeremy's audio to prevent him from advising this realm of their existence. We tried to salvage his comments even after the Bodachs' otherworldly attacks. ​Odd Thomas sees dead people.…
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Shakin Shaner and Mike from Comics in the Golden Age (@ComicsintheGA) let their geek flags fly on the original Adventures of Jonny Quest which aired in 1964! ​They discuss the uniqueness of the show when it first aired, starting with the original artwork from Doug Wildey, the influence from the comic strip Terry and the Pirates, and even James Bond…
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Shakin Shaner explores the life and legacy of Major General Smedley Butler, AKA, Old Gimlet Eye, who received two Congressional Medals of Honor. He dives into his life after the Marine Corps and touch on his participation in the March of the Bonus Army, the Business Plot and his book, "War is a Racket". This is truly a great story about honorable s…
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Shakin Shaner and his friend and cinema enthusiast, Jeff, discuss some of the reasons why we like scary/horror movies. They discuss several of the subcategories including the monster movies of the 1930s and 40s, Hitchcock, the 80's slasher movies, alien movies, vampire, zombie, and several other movies that they find scary or disturbing. Also check…
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In this episode, Shakin Shaner is joined by four expert panelists to debate the complex issue of the Jetson Transport Tube Thingies: Why don't we have them and who dropped the ball. Apparently companies in the 1960s were working on the technology to transport humans in pneumatic tubes just like in the Jetsons. However, we never got the technology s…
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Shakin Shaner and his friend Randy, a fellow book worm, embark on an enthusiastic nerd-in on Ivanhoe. They explore this 200 year old novel, how they discovered it by the same means and the positive impact it had on both of them. With Randy's background in history and time spent as an educator, they dig deep into some of the background, discuss the …
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Shakin Shaner hosts Mike from Comics in the Golden Age (@ComicsintheGA) in a geek out on the 1981 Saturday morning cartoon, Spider Man & His Amazing Friends. Both first watched this show as children in the early 80's and share their fondness and joy of the superhero series. They dive into the episodes and discuss the premise of the series and all o…
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