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What The Folklore?

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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Episode 96: The Bony Connection

The threads of the Fairy Tale Mythos become further interwoven as we take some big leaps in logic to try to get Immortal Bony into as many stories as possible. But it does paint an awfully pretty picture. This week we're reading "The Golden Apples and the Nine Peahens." Cricket’s Opening Remarks, #followthefunny, A Dance of Sex Without Any Dress, Rebellious Apples, A Witch on Retainer, The Hair Olympics, A Whistle That Makes Edison Go to Sleep, Prince Bloodmancer, Keeping Up With the Khans, Johnny Appleswag 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.

1hr 24mins

29 Nov 2016

Rank #1

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Episode 68: The Vietnamese Boy From Beyond the Stars

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.

56mins

10 May 2016

Rank #2

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Episode 78: Coyote Arsonist

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.

39mins

19 Jul 2016

Rank #3

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Episode 198: Bird Kinks

"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.

56mins

13 Nov 2018

Rank #4

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Episode 163: The Truetrue About Sandywiggles

We went on a whole journey with this week's story, "The Incombustible Tulip." Was a lot of that journey about pizza? It sure was. Did it need to be? Definitely not. Suggested talking points: Moon SEO, ponyscents, a biCzar coincidence, horseback MMA, body scraps, Noid origins, of horses for horses, king of forevertown, 48-hour malaria, terror fever, the great pizza wars, pizza butthole flames, a buttmad king 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.

1hr 10mins

13 Mar 2018

Rank #5

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Episode 194: Piss Ghost Coast to Coast

Our spooky main course this evening is "The Fox Sister," with a short story titled "The Maiden's Grave" for desert. The desert is necessary to wash the taste of the first one out of your mouth. Because of the ending. This episode brought to you by executive producer Maia, Aarne-Thompson type 1334 "the Local Moon" Suggested talking points: boy generals, trial by mail, folklore-O's: featuring stuff, cult traps, arcade ticket quest, a daughter made of 18 new cows, ducking is its own reward, clown mouth sister, the barren ballpit, pinball wizard school, the famous Mario livers 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.

56mins

16 Oct 2018

Rank #6

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Episode 193: Hey Now, You're An Intern

"The Gold Teeth" is our second entry in Spooklore 2018, featuring a soundtrack by everyone's favorite late 90s/early 2000s band Mouthsmash! What's the deal with those gold teeth anyway? Are they normal, parasitic, or do they got ghosts? This episode brought to you by executive producer Samwise, Aarne-Thompson type 466, "A Journey to the Other World " Suggested talking points: drink embezzlement, a tragic gardening backstory, butt teeth, united by piss, good times ranch, farm to laser to table, a Cotton-Eye Joe of paint, cow-drifting, talking to Tupac's hologram, Mouthsmash, industrial grungy nothing, a prescription for "leave me alone," time travel teeth, grandma times, It Fluoride, Kerhs the blue gnome 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.

56mins

9 Oct 2018

Rank #7

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Episode 222: A Tenured Barber

We're debating over whether "The Brahman and the Jackal," our story this week, is more or less interesting than the story of real big rock art. The jury is out, unlike in this story, where the jury is just incompetent. This episode brought to you by executive producer There's a Wicket In My Thicket, Aarne-Thompson type 676, "Open Sesame" Suggested talking points: mom 2.0, Clarence Thomas the jackal, a tenured barber, sloppy grease pie, crime diversion, big rock art, jackaltown, the Primer of podcasts 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.

58mins

30 Apr 2019

Rank #8

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Episode 67: The 420 Blaze-It Hunting Tour

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.

38mins

3 May 2016

Rank #9

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Episode 84: Rumpelstiltskinning a Stripclub for Horses

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.

1hr 29mins

30 Aug 2016

Rank #10

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Episode 197: The Trunchbull Situation

Poland never disappoints us, and this week is no exception! We're reading "A Present for the King's Godson," about a kid who does not appreciate the magic gifts he was given, and also everyone is bad at taking advantage of it. This episode brought to you by executive producer Phillip, Aarne-Thompson type 440, "Iron Henry" Suggested talking points: chastising ancient lies, pour one out for the weebles and wobbles, iron fist-ruled Caillou world, scary angels, king dance themes, monkey's paw deterrent, Noble Jimmy, pie kingdom, inside diapers, Cook's secret Willy Wishes 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.

55mins

6 Nov 2018

Rank #11

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Episode 199: The Other One About a Bus

As the title suggests, another bus idea has surfaced. Call it a stepping stone to greater things. There is also a story in this episode though, don't worry! It's called "The Three Brothers," and it fulfills a wish we made a long time ago. This episode brought to you by executive producer Tentacle Duck, Aarne-Thompson type 1086, "Jumping Into the Ground" Suggested talking points: a very comfortable goblin, word takeover, South by South Dennis, the Dirtanic, the sexiest part of the bus, things you can get for free, carpe time and space, Ice Ice Frizzle, the robber's code, Andy Went to the Pizza, Pirates of the BusBus 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.

57mins

20 Nov 2018

Rank #12

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Episode 150: Bread Percent Run

Free advice to all fairy tale authors, including the author of "The Two Travelers:" when you hit on a good theme, just stop there. Quit while you're ahead. You don't need to stretch the story another 400% to see if another one comes around. Suggested talking points: a live Krampus, next level flat-earthing, fake Grimm's tales, nutritious kisses, bread math, a ghost joke, bee favors, horse wax, science for butt, horse poltergeisting, well babies, batteries for birds 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.

1hr

5 Dec 2017

Rank #13

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Episode 191: Bog's Burgers

"Jack and His Master" is an old-fashioned fairy tale about some dum-dums who get into a mess they could have avoided. If any of them had just done the game theory (pushes glasses up nose) they would have known better. Editor's note: there's about a minute of audio that sounds a bit different, this was recorded later because we needed to make sure we had some facts straight. This episode brought to you by executive producer Liz Wilde, Aarne-Thompson type A1241, "Made From Clay " Suggested talking points: Jack Coolteen, pro four square moves, skin inches, game theory calculations, the many kinds of servants, upskirts of the Burgermeister, duck duck goose: survival, dark Ronald McDonald, a spot of boy torture, bog smokin', swamped with cow-bogs, Carman's punk rock playlist, folklore Amelia Bedelia 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.

1hr 11mins

25 Sep 2018

Rank #14

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Episode 220: Boat Ingredients

Note: episode numbers have changed as we've updated formatting. You haven't missed any episodes! We saved "The Twelve Tortoises" for the last of this group of three, and... well... we did technically get twelve tortoises. They're more swan (boat) than tortoise though. This episode brought to you by executive producer Vespadesu, Aarne-Thompson type 2250 "Endless Tales: the Golden Key." Suggested talking points: xxXehanortXxx, child card game master, blue eyes white mythic, git got (devil), the devil chute, egg boats, animal oars, label maker games, swan haka, mom squared, caught devil-handed 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.

1hr 4mins

16 Apr 2019

Rank #15

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Episode 93: 'Cha Boi and Savior

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.

1hr 34mins

8 Nov 2016

Rank #16

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Episode 52: Singalong Manhunt

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.

1hr 5mins

9 Feb 2016

Rank #17

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Episode 60: My Daughter's Sheeper

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.

1hr 5mins

15 Mar 2016

Rank #18

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Episode 226: Shy Little Dirt Babies

"The Mina and the Merchant" takes us to India, where a house full of people just want to be able to work and enjoy the hit TV show "Cheers" in peace. This episode brought to you by executive producer Candy-Coated Cactus, Aarne-Thompson type 55 "The Animals Build a Road" Suggested talking points: our ivory tower atop the whimbus, Gollum stroking his big TV, Nick Jr for farmers, dark PBS, zero to Frollo, bird Prometheus 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.

52mins

28 May 2019

Rank #19

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Episode 83: Cakes & Babes

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.

58mins

23 Aug 2016

Rank #20