Toren, Joe, and Kevin are back with a look at the “collective delusions of threats”, or mass hysteria, including the June Bug Epidemic, Tanganyika laughter epidemic, The West Bank fainting epidemic, The Dancing Plague, the Mad Gasser of Mattoon, plus news and a brief pop culture!

Music: “Blackout” by The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets

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  • Marlo

    Always good to hear the Thickets! I really like that song.

  • Karen

    Nice episode. Just one very small point, since I know you’re fellow nerds who like such things: it’s my understanding that, in Portuguese, the j is pronounced more like in English than in Spanish. I.e. Jose sounds more like Joe-say than Ho-say, though it’s a bit softer (like the g in rouge). Big fan of the show, it starts my podcast week off so well!

  • Óscar

    Just a tiny correction: José Saramago was Portuguese, not Brazilian.

  • MissFelis

    Ooh, please tell me you’re going to do a Satanic panic episode at some point! There’s so much material there. If it weren’t for the fact that terrible things happened to real people, it would probably be my favorite panic. (By terrible things, of course I mean the jail time innocent people were forced to serve because of unreliable, unbelievable testimony from kids who were basically coerced into lying by shitty excuses for adults).

  • KenR

    So we know that Kevin doesn’t like such nerd favorites as Star Trek and Doctor Who, and isn’t crazy about regular popular shows like House or Breaking Bad. Are there any shows he follows at all?

    • Generaleesimo

      Yeah, all the awesome stuff!

  • claw

    i nearly cut myself with a scalpel when you quoted Dr Wolf from the Simpsons (Now hold still while i gas you!)

  • Ryan

    Being too young to have seen Bosom Buddies, this podcast was the second time today I’ve come across it. If I had listened to this a few hours earlier I would have won a few extra points in my trivia game earlier today.

  • Nick

    While somewhat off topic, this Thickets song kicks so much ass! I could listen to it over and over.