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Ted Bundy

America's most well-known serial killer-rapist-necrophile is Caustic Soda's next Evil Man In History. Kevin, Toren, and Joe discuss Ted Bundy, the "sadistic sociopath who took pleasure from another human's pain and the control he had over his victims, to the point of death, and even after."Music: "Protein" by The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets

6 Jun 2011

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How did Hitler rise to power? Why did he hate the jews? What was the Night of Long Knives? Did Hitler invent blow-up dolls, fart during staff meetings and try to bring back Paganism? Who was the British soldier that refused to kill Hitler when he had the chance? Did der fuhrer's micro-managing lead to Germany losing the war? Where is Hitler's brain? Our well-read expert Chris "Green Ronin" Pramas guests to answer these burning questions. Gotterdammerung!Apologies for some minor technological glitches on Skype.MUSIC: "Der Alte Cowboy (The Last Round Up)" The Comedian Harmonists(Note, read more about this fascinating German harmony ensemble and their fate when the Nazis rose to power on Wikipedia )ImagesVideosPunching Hitler: view on myspaceMoviesDownfall (Der Untergang)Toren: 8/10Kevin: 8/10Indiana Jones and the Last CrusadeToren: 7/10Joe: 8/10Kevin: 7/10Inglourious BasterdsToren: 7/10Joe: 9/10Kevin: 9/10Triumph of the WillKevin: 7/10The Producers (1968)Toren: 8/10ValkyrieKevin: 6/10Links Green Ronin The Guy Who Saved Hitler Hipster Hitler

4 Apr 2011

Rank #2

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Vietnam War

Horsetrack Hooligans podcaster and Vietnam War movie afficionado Jordan Pratt joins us to talk about the Gulf of Tonkin incident, The Battle of Hue, Operation: Rolling Thunder, cluster bombs, napalm, fragging, the My Lai massacre, tunnel rats, torture, agent orange, unexploded ordnance and more. Plus movies, comics and Lesser of Two Evils: would you rather be an American soldier or a Viet Cong?

21 May 2012

Rank #3

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TRIGGER WARNING: Some of the images and videos below are GRAPHIC, and of course the episode deals with suicide entirely.Dr. Rob joins Kevin, Toren, and Joe to talk about the act of taking your own life: suicide. We'll discuss the Werther effect, suicide statistics, methods and their consequences, Cato the Minor's intestinal fortitude, seppuku, Budd Dwyer's on-air suicide, Dr. Kevorkian's "Thanatron", the "Deliverance Machine", plus news and pop culture.Music: "Gloomy Sunday" by Billie HolidayLinks National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Reddit's r/suicidewatch Kaiju-a-gogo Greater Internet Fuckwad TheoryImagesThis one (incomplete gun suicide) is pretty gory so we're hiding the thumbnail. You've been warned.Videoshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4gO7uemm6Yo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVm88MX2Gw4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2OPV6iuk2o http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3Q8oM_AnK8

2hr 9mins

19 May 2014

Rank #4

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Caligula, Part 1 of 2

Kevin, Toren, and Joe discuss Evil Dude in History Emperor Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus, aka “Caligula”. Part 1 of 2 — the early years and rise to power. Music: “Ego” by Colour Machine – Available on iTunes and Google Play Music Images

1hr 3mins

15 Feb 2016

Rank #5

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Joe, Kevin, and Toren have gathered up so much information on compulsive hoarding in this episode it's threatening to tip over and crush us all under its weight! Food hoarders, animal hoarders, cosmic-powered hoarders -- they're all here!Music: "Put 'Em In A Box" by Doris DayCaustic Charity: Institute for Challenging Disorganization.ImagesVideoshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVg-_e-jPO4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqJkJt1UF-E

12 Mar 2012

Rank #6

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Supreme artist of the omniverse Chris Woods joins the crew to talk about murderabilia, Honore Fragonard's flayed dancing babies, art as torture, Theodore Gericault's severed heads, huge turd catastrophes, and macabre artists like Goya, Fuselli, HR Giger and Beksinski. Plus - was Jack the Ripper established artist Walter Sickert?

17 Jan 2011

Rank #7

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Bears! Polar bears, grizzly bears, brown bears, black bears, panda bears and yes, we even talk about poohs! You'll hear about bears eating faces, butchering families, and guarding marijuana grow-ops. So they're not all bad.Music: "When yuba plays the rhumba on the tuba" - Spike JonesImagesVideosPolar Bear Zoo Attack

6 Dec 2010

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Today we talk about explosions. High and low, big and... well, mostly big. Frightening, deadly and completely uncontrolled!Music: Kablam by The Darkest of the Hillside ThicketsImagesVideosThe RockKevin: 7/10Joe: 6/10Toren: 5/10Die HardKevin: 9/10Joe: 9/10Toren: 7/10The SiegeJoe: 5/10Star WarsKevin: 9/10Joe: 8/10Toren: 9/10TransformersKevin: 7/10Joe: 5/10 but enjoyable anyway.Toren: 7/10

22 Nov 2010

Rank #9

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Seven Deadly Sins – Greed

Chris "Sword of the Stars" Stewart joins us to discuss the fourth circle of Hell, Marcu Licinius Crassus' realty schemes, El Dorado, war profiteering, Ponzi schemes, Ford & the nazis, Uncle Scrooge and the poor little rich boy.I'd write a bigger introduction, but these letters are MINE ALL MINE! Today on Caustic Soda: Greed!Music: "With Plenty of Money and You" - The Ink SpotsImagesMoviesMeet John Doe (NOT Mr Deeds Goes to Town)Toren: 7/10Mr. Deeds Goes to TownToren: 6/10Trading PlacesToren: 7/10Kevin: 8/10Joe: 7/10Willy Wonka and the Chocolate FactoryToren: 6/10Kevin: 6/10Joe: 6/10Peewee's Big AdventureToren: 10/10Kevin: 4/10Joe: 9/10Blood DiamondJoe: 7/10Wall StreetKevin: 8/10

15 Nov 2010

Rank #10

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Josef Mengele, Part 1 of 2

Kevin, Toren, and Joe are back in Evil Dudes in History with a two-part look at Josef Mengele. In this episode it's his life and the horrors he perpetrated, from his early days in the SS to his terrible experiments at Auschwitz, to fleeing the country as the Allies close in.


14 Sep 2015

Rank #11

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Crime Scene Investigation

Author Don Debrandt gives his expert testimony on Crime Scene Investigation techniques such as body farms, anthropometry, dactyloscopy, entomology, and the ever-exciting forensic accounting division "Questionable Documents".Music: "It Must Be Swell to be Laying Out Dead" by Alex Bartha's Hotel Traymore OrchestraThis podcast sponsored by ToyHutt.com.ImagesVideosMoviesSilence of the LambsToren: 8/10Joe: 9/10Kevin: 8/10Star Wars: A New HopeToren: 9/10Joe: 9/10Kevin: 9/10Catch Me If You CanToren: 7/10Joe: 7/10Kevin: 8/10Sherlock Holmes (2009)Joe: 6/10Kevin: 7/10

3 Jan 2011

Rank #12

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The Fujita Scale pop quiz, tornado myths, the most deadly tornadoes in history, notable twister survivors, and the astonishing first eye witness testimony from inside a tornado! Also pop culture.ImagesLinks Fujita Scale Todd Alcott's "A Serious Man" writeup (Part 1 of 12)Music: Howard Keel "The Wind They Call Mariah".Movie ReviewsTWISTERToren: 4/10Kevin: 7/10Joe: 5/10WIZARD OF OZToren: 7.75/10Kevin: 7/10Joe: 7/10A SERIOUS MANToren: 7/10Kevin: 5/10Joe: 7/10

12 Jul 2010

Rank #13

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Seven Deadly Sins – Gluttony

Part one of our seven part series on the Seven Deadly Sins: GLUTTONY! With special guest Chris "Stewie" Stewart. How do you cook a cockatrice? What is hyalophagia? Do some animals eat until they explode? Who was 'The King Who Ate Himself to Death?' Plus more competitive eating records.Sorry this episode went up late -- we were gorging on Halloween candy!Music: Andrews Sisters "Too Fat Polka"LINKS Critical Hit Comics Kerberos ProductionsMOVIESAustin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged MeToren: 6/10Kevin: 6/10Joe: 7/10Monty Python's The Meaning of LifeToren: 7/10Kevin: 7/10Joe: 7/10Fat AlbertStand By MeToren: 7.5/10Kevin: 7/10Joe: 7/10GhostbustersToren: 10/10Kevin: 8/10Joe: 9/10

2 Nov 2010

Rank #14

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Kids Who Kill

The Kobe child murders, The Sasebo slashing, Eric Smith, the “Teacup Poisoner,” The Boston Boy Fiend, William York, Mary Bell, Amarjeet Sada, Carl Mahan, The Slender Man, and Jon Venables and Robert Thompson. Plus pop culture.Music: "Angels With Dirty Faces" by Cab Calloway (vocals June Richmond)ImagesVideoshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=csko2e9m_dg

1hr 22mins

19 Jan 2015

Rank #15

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Pol Pot

Continuing the Evil Dudes in History series, Kevin, Toren, and Joe look at Cambodian Communist leader Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge.Music: "Call Me Irresponsible"ImagesVideos Pol Pot (can't embed, sorry)Links Photos from S21 Forced Marriage and the Khmer Rouge

23 Jan 2012

Rank #16

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Cruise Ships

Steven Schwartz returns to discuss all of the horrible things that happen on cruise ships, including fires, collisions, murders, sexual assaults (trigger warning!), suicides, medical malpractice, disease, and Mal de Debarquement Syndrome. All this plus pop culture too!Music: "The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea" by Helen WardImagesVideoshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3279Ry6bN4k

1hr 15mins

19 Aug 2013

Rank #17

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What is the cause of depression? Are incidents of depression increasing? Can you cure depression with a bullet? None of these questions will be answered to your satisfaction, but Dr. Rob will nonetheless help dispel much of the myths and misinformation about clinical depression that come out of the other hosts' mouths. All donations made through causticgear.com for the first week of this episode's release will go directly to the Canadian Mental Health Association.Music: "My Melancholy Baby" by Django ReinhardtImagesVideoshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOIAXrS1GOM

1hr 12mins

21 Jan 2013

Rank #18

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Guest Dr. Rob Tarzwell talks bloodletting, transfusions gone wrong, toxic shock, hemophilia, ebola, polycythemia, lymphoma and other blood disorders. Also, frozen heads made of blood and the Zero G Period!Music: "Heartaches" Ted WeemsImagesVideosMoviesCarrieKevin: 7/10Toren: 7/10BladeKevin: 8/10Toren: 6/10Joe: 7/10The ShiningKevin: 10/10Toren: 8/10Joe: 8/10The Abominable Dr PhibesKevin: 1/10Toren: 4/10

7 Feb 2011

Rank #19

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Dr Rob returns to explain post-partum psychosis, Capgras delusion, Fregoli delusion, alien hand syndrome, wendigo psychosis, koro syndrome, Paris syndrome, reduplicative paramnesia, Alice in Wonderland syndrome, plus loads of pop culture.Music: "I'm Losing My Mind Over You" by Al DexterImagesVideoshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUhOnX8qt3I http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwMsXL_YUEoCharityCanadian Mental Health Association

20 Aug 2012

Rank #20