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What The Folklore?

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A comedy podcast that exposes the absurd side of folklore. Each week we read a story, fix plotholes and create new ones, and invent unintended connections between tales.

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A comedy podcast that exposes the absurd side of folklore. Each week we read a story, fix plotholes and create new ones, and invent unintended connections between tales.

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148 Ratings
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So funny

By Pibeagles1 - Apr 05 2019
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I just finished "If You Give a Frog a Fetish" and was laughing the whole way.

Been listening through the backlog...

By BellaChrono - Jan 03 2019
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This show gives me a good chuckle. Thanks for making it guys

iTunes Ratings

148 Ratings
Average Ratings
135
8
1
0
4

So funny

By Pibeagles1 - Apr 05 2019
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I just finished "If You Give a Frog a Fetish" and was laughing the whole way.

Been listening through the backlog...

By BellaChrono - Jan 03 2019
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This show gives me a good chuckle. Thanks for making it guys

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What The Folklore?

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A comedy podcast that exposes the absurd side of folklore. Each week we read a story, fix plotholes and create new ones, and invent unintended connections between tales.

Rank #1: Episode 203: Double-Barreled Shovel

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We're going to Iceland this week to explore a winter holiday tradition: "The Yule Lads" are some rowdy boys who come and try and wreck your scene. There are a lot of them, and their needs are VERY particular.

This episode brought to you by executive producer Leo (a Sexy Dragonborn Dad), Aarne-Thompson type 465D, "Quests for the Impossible"

Suggested talking points: Brendan Frasier ski difficulty, shit kids, milk ogres, cloverbaitin', scraping-fest, Saint Thorax, Joe Pesci ringtone gigs, Icelandic pokemon, foot herd immunity, dark santa, milk divorce

If you like our show, find us online to help spread the word! Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube. Support us on Patreon to help the show grow at www.patreon.com/wtfolklore. You can find merchandise and information about the show at www.wtfolklorepodcast.com.

Dec 18 2018

52mins

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Rank #2: Episode 68: The Vietnamese Boy From Beyond the Stars

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This story "The Miraculous Banyan Tree" is our effort to #SaveKanye: giving him the role he so desperately needs. Guided by a gravity tree spaceship, maybe Kanye can find his destiny, or maybe he'll be destroyed by the very people he came to save.

Suggested talking points: Shanghaied elevator pitches, the Meme of Dorian Gray, the gravity tree, tree pervert, the real ending of the Fountain, the Giver Tree, the war on botany, the mushroom sciences, Vietnamesus, Crystal Germs

If you like our show, find us online to help spread the word! Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube. Support us on Patreon to help the show grow at www.patreon.com/wtfolklore. You can find merchandise and information about the show at www.wtfolklorepodcast.com.

May 10 2016

56mins

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Rank #3: Episode 130: The Aesopalypse Volume I: The Pavlovian Egg Rush

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We're switching it up on you this week, and breaking one of our cardinal rules: we're bringing you a choice platter of Aesop's Fables, and we're determined to mine all of the wisdom they have in them. And some wisdom that isn't in them.

Suggested talking points: an existential crisis, egg lessons, beach dogs, underground birds , bird lecture series, clapfish, fish reclassification, ocean turf battle, whale propaganda, Spongebob brass knuckles, hyper-specific morales, the body assembly line

If you like our show, find us online to help spread the word! Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube. Support us on Patreon to help the show grow at www.patreon.com/wtfolklore. You can find merchandise and information about the show at www.wtfolklorepodcast.com.

Jul 18 2017

48mins

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Rank #4: Episode 78: Coyote Arsonist

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We've got a short one for you this week, another selection from Longhouse Legends, in which we take a look at what the world could have been like without Wile E. Coyote's contributions to technology and the world. This week we're reading "Coyote and the Evil Witches."

Suggested talking points: Evil witch defense point, random hexes, Nintendo is witches, the ol' Shamrock Shake fishing trick, fishy spell components, Wile E. Coyote's many gifts to the world, bear or shark safety

If you like our show, find us online to help spread the word! Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube. Support us on Patreon to help the show grow at www.patreon.com/wtfolklore. You can find merchandise and information about the show at www.wtfolklorepodcast.com.

Jul 19 2016

39mins

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Rank #5: Episode 225: Public Sauntering

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"The Sea Maiden" doesn't really feature a Sea Maiden much, but it does feature a lot of mechanics from the hit (controversial) video game Final Fantasy VIII.

This episode brought to you by executive producer Arcnes, Aarne-Thompson type 774D "Acting as God for a Day"

Suggested talking points: the mood spoon, swimfriend, boatwatch bop, wild fish hedonism, Rumplestiltskin license, press R1 for extra damage, minor FFVIII character lookups, guardian friends, public sauntering, just trying to level, 18 years into fish, fish kid and his exploding swords

If you like our show, find us online to help spread the word! Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube. Support us on Patreon to help the show grow at www.patreon.com/wtfolklore. You can find merchandise and information about the show at www.wtfolklorepodcast.com.

May 21 2019

1hr 10mins

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Rank #6: Episode 67: The 420 Blaze-It Hunting Tour

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Our story this week, "The Witch and Her Four Sons," is a little more straightforward as they go, but the Perennial Question keeps looming over our heads, the one that has baffled philosophers through the ages from Socrates to Zoltar machine from Big: "Why Any?"

Suggested talking points: Raptor Granny, Dirk Toe, Salmon Party Tricks, Tumblr Squaws, Boy-Band Braves, SlapChop Murder Spree, The Best Beefo, Corpse Stump Soup, Clamshell Roofie, Demonic Foot Fetish

If you like our show, find us online to help spread the word! Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube. Support us on Patreon to help the show grow at www.patreon.com/wtfolklore. You can find merchandise and information about the show at www.wtfolklorepodcast.com.

May 03 2016

38mins

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Rank #7: Episode 84: Rumpelstiltskinning a Stripclub for Horses

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We've got another listener-suggested story for you this week, called "The Firebird," and it's another Shakespeare-Professor-Authorized (TM) story, fresh off the presses from Russia. This is a Russian story that somehow does not feature a Vasilisa, so we're in uncharted territory.

Suggested talking points: A+ in Streaking,Subsisting on Gold, Appliances Fueled by Goblin Magic, Lotto Couch, The Princess and the Pocket Change, Shiny Jingling Tree-Key, Centaur Muppet, “We Sleep Now, Human Woman,” Melanoma Bird, Bloodstained Trophy Woman, Cursed by a Wolf

If you like our show, find us online to help spread the word! Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube. Support us on Patreon to help the show grow at www.patreon.com/wtfolklore. You can find merchandise and information about the show at www.wtfolklorepodcast.com.

Aug 30 2016

1hr 29mins

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Rank #8: Episode 218: Egg Poems

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Content warning: child deaths.
Apologies for a patch of rough sound in the middle, it's about ten minutes: a piece of hardware came loose mid-recording.
We're reading "The Woman With 366 Children," a story that really misses its mark on trying to land a morale, but what's new?

This episode brought to you by executive producer VersusMe101, Aarne-Thompson type 316, "The Mermaid In the Pond"

Suggested talking points: egg poems, big hedge, Gregorian III, Sesame Street war powers, the Muppet wars, couple of Simbas, curse poops, mouse births, known coward Rob Minkoff, holy super soaker

If you like our show, find us online to help spread the word! Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube. Support us on Patreon to help the show grow at www.patreon.com/wtfolklore. You can find merchandise and information about the show at www.wtfolklorepodcast.com.

Apr 02 2019

58mins

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Rank #9: Episode 245: An Elaborate Excuse For Syphilis

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A double spooky, double story episode (weeble wobble weeble wobble), we're reading: "The Disobedient Daughter Who Married a Skull" and "Bisclavret."

This episode brought to you by executive producer Rachel, Aarne-Thompson type 151, "Music Lessons for Wild Animals"

Suggested talking points: a spooky intro, jinglevania, a spirit world computer, great Kazoo speeds, Rockbin Williams, quantum swords, S.K.U.L.L., a very open mind, weird wolf kisses, iron cheat code maiden

If you like our show, find us online to help spread the word! Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube. Support us on Patreon to help the show grow at www.patreon.com/wtfolklore. You can find merchandise and information about the show at www.wtfolklorepodcast.com.

Oct 29 2019

55mins

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Rank #10: Episode 52: Singalong Manhunt

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It's usually not very nice when someone just gets bored of their partner and decides to leave, but it's made a little more interesting when that person then requires supernatural help from them in handling their glowing baby, and needs to swap species. This week we read "The Legend of the Star Children."

Suggested talking points: ​Swollest little boys, celestial beefsteak, copy-pasted sky prairie, space fireman's pole, parkour chutes and ladders, secret flour attack, log nurses, Mr. Miyagi sex class, summoning Michael Keaton, the patriotic metric system

If you like our show, find us online to help spread the word! Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube. Support us on Patreon to help the show grow at www.patreon.com/wtfolklore. You can find merchandise and information about the show at www.wtfolklorepodcast.com.

Feb 09 2016

1hr 5mins

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Rank #11: Episode 60: My Daughter's Sheeper

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What started off as a pretty innocent story took such a nonsensical turn partway through that it has embittered and angered us forever. And it's not even the part about a king's creepy wife-hair doll obsession, or stealing healing birds from needy babies. In episode 57 of "What the Folklore?" we read "Kate Crackernuts."

Suggested talking points: ​Creepy hair dolls, chicken lesbians, worst bread parts, egg-based languages, the Chik-Fil-A Bunker, noticeably unnoticed, go where the people aren't, dusting for magic, pot no surgeon, carpe yesterday, how you Cronkite, the Fault In Our Sta-a-a-a-a-ars

If you like our show, find us online to help spread the word! Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube. Support us on Patreon to help the show grow at www.patreon.com/wtfolklore. You can find merchandise and information about the show at www.wtfolklorepodcast.com.

Mar 15 2016

1hr 5mins

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Rank #12: Episode 83: Cakes & Babes

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We have a listener-suggested story this week, carefully decoded from Scottish Brogue, though it didn't make a lot more sense once decoded. This week's story is "The Ballad of Tam Lin."

Suggested taking points: MTV's Pimp My Ride for fairy tales, Yatzee Chess, mech horse, the fairy people's capability, man is taxes, primo boy, Halloween taxes, a pokestop for babes

If you like our show, find us online to help spread the word! Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube. Support us on Patreon to help the show grow at www.patreon.com/wtfolklore. You can find merchandise and information about the show at www.wtfolklorepodcast.com.

Aug 23 2016

58mins

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Rank #13: Episode 93: 'Cha Boi and Savior

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We have an extra meaty episode this week to make up for last week, so dig into a hefty, weird, nutso story called "The Maiden With the Rose On Her Forehead" that underutilizes the best character: the Cherryman. This episode was sponsored and produced by Jenna Steigerwalt, thank you Jenna!

Suggested talking points: Country renamer, thank you Doug, PH/PU test, Carmen Sandiego origin, angler fish rose, the Cherryman, box girl for marriage, Bongo the Hedgehog, Greg the Frosted Cereal Cat, pure uncut Frollo, asl for Dryads, dorm pranks, 2DS deals

If you like our show, find us online to help spread the word! Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube. Support us on Patreon to help the show grow at www.patreon.com/wtfolklore. You can find merchandise and information about the show at www.wtfolklorepodcast.com.

Nov 08 2016

1hr 34mins

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Rank #14: Episode 36: Undeath, Taxes, and Fish

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Part 3 of "What the Spooklore's?" Halloween Extravaganza. This might be the spookiest one to date. Or not, depending on how much you want to blame/credit alcohol. But that's for you to decide. This week we go to Scandanavia for "The Draugen and the Keg."

Suggested talking points: All aboard the SS I'm the narrator, pre-de-socking, aural spookitude, fish farming, surprise churchyard, another word for undead, undead race war, boat mead, drunken mass graverobbing spree, citrus fish, monster church, blue's clues for the undead, “There's no money in fish, only pain and death"

If you like our show, find us online to help spread the word! Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube. Support us on Patreon to help the show grow at www.patreon.com/wtfolklore. You can find merchandise and information about the show at www.wtfolklorepodcast.com.

Oct 20 2015

44mins

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Rank #15: Episode 212: James and the Giant Metal Gear

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"Momotaro the Peach Boy" is truly Japan's Number One Momotaro, in that he's absolutely unstoppable. We might need to slow this sweet peach boy's roll a bit.

This episode brought to you by executive producer Dave, Aarne-Thompson type 1540, "the Man From Paradise"

Suggested talking points: objective comedy, fruit-based gentlemen, Cherry Man Catan, the butt families, Oni ecological breakdown, Papa Folklore, the Galapagos demons, science fience

If you like our show, find us online to help spread the word! Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube. Support us on Patreon to help the show grow at www.patreon.com/wtfolklore. You can find merchandise and information about the show at www.wtfolklorepodcast.com.

Feb 20 2019

54mins

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Rank #16: Episode 198: Bird Kinks

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"The Raven and the Big Fisherman" is a rare story that just leaves us confounded with details from the first paragraph, and then just goes downhill from there. So many questions remaining after the end of this one.

This episode brought to you by executive producer Amy, Aarne-Thompson type 322 "Magnet Mountain Attracts Everything"

Suggested talking points: Crimekite and Kronkite presents, Normal Raven from Metal Gear, myth time, throwing up in a thousand voices, kissing on the heart, rubbernecking a fluid situation, stomach treasures, knees: the potty zone, toilet miracle, a rowdy turd kid, vomitfish, the full DeVito, the Hunt for Red Yucktober, spicy drugs experience

If you like our show, find us online to help spread the word! Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube. Support us on Patreon to help the show grow at www.patreon.com/wtfolklore. You can find merchandise and information about the show at www.wtfolklorepodcast.com.

Nov 13 2018

56mins

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Rank #17: Episode 168: The Stinkwitch Gambit: Part I

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You might expect more subtlety from a story called "The Subtle Princess," but you would be wrong. This is the first part of a multi-part story, so strap in!

This episode brought to you by executive producer April, Aarne-Thompson type 1345, "stories depended on puns."

Suggested talking points: a title lobby, pretend friend trafficking, birkenstock analysis, manic pixie dream general, king dad, the rules of Peekaboo Tower, subsisting on basket food, pay to win magic, treaty beef, a metaphor for fuck, but her newspapers

If you like our show, find us online to help spread the word! Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube. Support us on Patreon to help the show grow at www.patreon.com/wtfolklore. You can find merchandise and information about the show at www.wtfolklorepodcast.com.

Apr 17 2018

56mins

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Rank #18: Episode 125: Wonder Woman Lays An Egg

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We're giving France another shot at giving us a palatable story, after all of the d'Aulnoy that we've read over the years. Their effort "The Maiden In the Tower" is... an interesting strategy. It's a Rapunzel knockoff, but with some added twists, and a lengthy discussion about how babies are really born. If you're interested in seeing us at PodCon in December, check them out, and fill out the linked form:

Suggested talking points: folklore spectrum, personal pilgrimages, how babies are born, vision quest for names, Casserole Nancy, godmother looking for scraps of dudes, spider fairy births

If you like our show, find us online to help spread the word! Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube. Support us on Patreon to help the show grow at www.patreon.com/wtfolklore. You can find merchandise and information about the show at www.wtfolklorepodcast.com.

Jun 13 2017

58mins

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Rank #19: Episode 48: Terminally Quenched

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This week we're reading two stories from way back that combined, Voltron-like, into the Little Red Riding Hood that we know today. We're going to stick these in our fairy tale Hardon Collider and explore the more fecal nature of these stories.

Suggested talking points: treacherous retirement home, burnclothes.exe, Little Red Riding Poop, grandmother cannibalism, little yellow riding hood, Grandma I'd Like to Eat, Fairy tale Inspector Clouseau, the first ever focus group, the real ending of the Fox and the Hound, Baker's leavings, educational metal music videos

If you like our show, find us online to help spread the word! Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube. Support us on Patreon to help the show grow at www.patreon.com/wtfolklore. You can find merchandise and information about the show at www.wtfolklorepodcast.com.

Jan 12 2016

59mins

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Rank #20: Episode 39: This Is Bread Town

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This episode ended up being oddly Laurence Fishburne-centric. Somehow. Maybe because this whole story, "Tsarevna Frog," is a pretty good parallel to the Matrix. Except it has frogs in it.

Suggested talking points: Birthday Name Re-training, The Omnipresent Laurence Fishburne, TV Writing Machine, Tsar-Tsar Binks, Aggressive Marriage Proposals, Huge Tracts of Land, Laurence Fishburne the Frog, Waitress Speed-dial, The Indescribable Loaf, BYORug, Wonderball, Hey, It’s Laurence Fishburne Again, The Yagaverse, Coachella The Deathless, Frog Princess Reloaded, Laurence Fishburne Gets the Final Word

If you like our show, find us online to help spread the word! Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube. Support us on Patreon to help the show grow at www.patreon.com/wtfolklore. You can find merchandise and information about the show at www.wtfolklorepodcast.com.

Nov 10 2015

1hr 9mins

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