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Sofa King Podcast

The Sofa King podcast is a twice-weekly show dedicated to influential people, popular culture, historical events, true crime and listener suggested topics the hosts find interesting. From conspiracy theories and technology to the mass media and the future, this show explores major issues in way that is simultaneously informative, critical, and humorous. The hosts have big ideas, big opinions, big mouths, and give their take on topics in a way that is both cynical and educational. Adult content, themes, and language.

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Episode 421: Amityville: Murder, Monsters, and Malarkey

On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we give you a two-fer and talk both true crime and the most (in)famous haunting in America. That's right, it's the case known as the Amityville Horror. What started as a truly mysterious mass murder in the iconic house in Amityville evolved into a world-famous ghost story that spawned books, horror films, documentaries, and scarred the childhoods of countless kids growing up in the 1970s. (I'm looking at you "get ouuuuut" ghost!)So, where does this multifaceted story begin? With the murder of six members of the DeFeo family in November of 1974. It was a middle-class family living under an abusive drunk, the father Robert DeFeo Sr. Their son, Robert Jr., snapped and pulled a gun on his father to stop the beatings, and his parents rewarded him with gifts and a job at the family car lot. One day, he left work early (as he often did) and talked mad smack about his family.The next day at 6:30 AM, he burst back into the bar claiming his parents might have been shot. Witnesses followed him to find all six members of his family shot in their beds face down. This is where the mystery builds. No neighbors heard gunshots. There was no silencer, no sign of struggle, no drugs in their systems, and ultimately no motive for the killing of anyone other than the abusive dad.This case was famous, and as a result, the house wasn't worth much. Enter the Lutz family. They bought the murder scene and moved in, but sold the place only 28 days later. Why? Well, it was crazy haunted. There was a room full of flies, green ectoplasm leaking from the doors, a pig with flowing red eyes, and imaginary friend/ghost that their son could see, a demon boy photo, and a ghost who screamed "Get Out" at a priest.Their story spawned a book and cult film, and the house was never the same again. But all may not be as it seemed, and a lot of doubt has been raised about the story of the haunting? So, who said the Lutz family was making it all up? Did they concoct the story over a bottle of wine in an attempt to make some money? Why did they move in only 28 days? What did the children claim happened to them that wasn't in the movies? Was the house on an anceint indian mad house, and did George Lutz mess with occult powers in his garage? How does Drunk Brad's theory legitimately explain the strange DeFeo murders? Listen, laugh, learn.Visit our Sources:https://www.biography.com/news/the-real-amityville-horror-amityville-the-awakening-movie https://allthatsinteresting.com/amityville-murders-ronald-defeo-jr https://newyork.cbslocal.com/2012/02/27/new-evidence-raises-questions-in-decades-old-amityville-horror-murders/ https://www.topic.com/the-true-twisted-story-of-amityville-horror https://www.bustle.com/p/9-creepy-facts-about-the-amityville-horror-case-you-probably-didnt-know-67039 https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/the-amityville-horror/

1hr 18mins

8 Oct 2019

Rank #1

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Episode 425: Unarius Academy of Science: Bad Cult, Awesome Films

On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we talk about one of the craziest little cults you’ve never heard of, The Unarius Academy of Science. It was started in 1954 by Ernest and Ruth Norman, and they got fringe-famous for a series of over 100 odd books that detailed there cosmology and an alternate history of humanity. And then there were the videos. They made the most fantastically awesome awful films for public access television in the 1980s that are as bad as any Troma film and totally worth a watch. (Seriously. Google them or check the links below and go watch some!)Like most cults, they started with a conman who could twist people into believing odd things. Ernest Norman met his soon-to-be wife while he was a conman taking money from grieving war widows during World War II. He’d claim to put them in touch with the spirits of their dead GI husbands and take their cash in the process. He met Ruth, and within weeks they were married, and she was spending her dead husband’s considerable restaurant fortune on Ernest and the birth of the Unarian ideas.So what are their ideas? Like Heaven’s Gate, they believed that UFO space brothers would come by and rescue humanity, but they weren’t all dark and twisted about it, telling people to kill themselves. Actually, unlike most cults, they didn’t really take people’s money or have strange sex or anything especially cult like. (We think it’s because Ernest died early on, and his wife ran the joint instead, obsessing over making films and getting pictures of herself in utterly crazy outfits…)The Unarius group believes in reincarnation and that their two leaders were major people in human history like Confucius, Ben Franklin, Julius Caesar, and even Tesla. They were also connected to archangels from other planets and would one day usher in 33 space ships that would form a city ship in the skies above El Cajon, California. Like you do…So what was in these amazing videos they filmed? What did their current leader do to purge himself of sin? What happened when they let 33 doves free from a tin UFO in the high California summer heat? How much money are they worth, and how much property did Ruth Norman buy for a UFO landing strip before she died? Listen, laugh, learn.Visit Our Sources:https://vimeo.com/122138270 https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=3&v=n6dpt07UW9oUnarian Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/unarius33/featured https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unarius_Academy_of_Science https://www.unarius.org/ https://dangerousminds.net/comments/the_unarius_academy_of_science_americas_zaniest_ufo_cult https://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Unarius_Academy_of_Science https://io9.gizmodo.com/meet-the-unarians-the-most-awesomely-bad-ufo-cult-ever-5675108 https://archive.nytimes.com/www.nytimes.com/books/first/h/heard-apocalypse.html

1hr 13mins

5 Nov 2019

Rank #2

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Episode 424: Freddie Mercury: The Ultimate Rock God

On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we explore the life, love, songs, and death of the ultimate rock and roll front man, Freddie Mercury. He wasn't the typical British rock god people assume him to be. In fact, he was born in Zanzibar, not the UK. His birth name was Farrokh Bulsara, and he didn't live in England until he was 12 years old when his parents were fleeing a violent revolution in their home country.Unsurprisingly, he was a gifted musician early on, learning the piano at age 8 and being able to parrot just about any song shortly thereafter. He started singing in bands before he was even a teenager, but he only started to seriously do gigs when he moved to London with his long time fiancé Mary Austin. He sang in small bands with horrible names (Sour Milk Sea, The Hectics, Ibex, and Wreckage) before he met guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor, to become lead singer of their band Smile (bass player John Deacon joined later). The released an album a couple years later, and then started to prolifically drop an album a year through the early 70s. They met with some success with the album Sheer Heart Attack in 1974, and the rest was music history.They started to tour, and Freddie Mercury's charisma sold out house after house. Freddie turned out to be a musical genius with a four octave range, and only sleeping three or four hours a night (something that Prince also did, which I guess is a sign of musical genius!). Eventually, no music venue could hold them, so they became the first band to sell out sporting arenas.Their live shows culminated in their Live Aid performance, which is largely considered to be the greatest rock and roll concert of all time. From “We Will Rock You” to “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and from “Under Pressure” to “Flash Gordon,” the larger-than-life stadium glam rock hits kept coming. Through it all, there were of course parties, cocaine, and lots and lots of sex. This is what ultimately lead to Freddie Mercury’s AIDS-related death in 1991.So, was Freddie Mercury gay or bisexual? What happened between him and his female fiancé of 7 years? How did she get along with his boyfriend? Why did he keep his AIDS diagnosis a secret? To whom did he leave his fortune, and why? What was with his broken microphone stand? And why didn't he fix those teeth?!? Listen, laugh, learn.Visit our Sources:https://www.biography.com/musician/freddie-mercury https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freddie_Mercury http://www.freddiemercury.com/ https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/j5yn37/freddie-mercury-peter-freestone-interview https://www.udiscovermusic.com/stories/freddie-mercury-facts-you-need-to-know/ http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20191010-who-was-the-real-freddie-mercury http://mentalfloss.com/article/22465/facts-about-freddie-mercury https://planetradio.co.uk/magic/entertainment/music/freddie-mercury/ https://www.boredpanda.com/freddie-mercury-facts-icecreammaam/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=organic https://www.express.co.uk/entertainment/music/1186713/Freddie-Mercury-sex-gay-boyfriend-girlfriend-Mary-Austin-interview-Bohemian-Rhapsody-fans https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Cook_(songwriter)

1hr 9mins

29 Oct 2019

Rank #3

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Episode 428: Library of Alexandria: A Collection of The Worlds Knowledge Lost

On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we travel back in time and look at one of the most important creations of the ancient world—the Library of Alexandria. This was considered to be the largest library ever built by humanity (until the Library of Congress…), and it was destroyed in a raging fire. Or, that’s what people think, anyway.So, how big was this library? It contained upwards of a million scrolls and books from all of the ancient, Western World. From Egypt to Greece to Rome and all parts nearby, if you wrote it, they had it. It housed a hundred scholars who were paid to live there and simply think and invent. In this way, it was a precursor to modern research universities by a few thousand years.The library was established by Alexander the Great who wanted a major hub of learning to be in his new capitol, so the military could always have an advantage. The head librarians and the Ptolemys who took after his death saw something much more grand in this place. It was set out to be a place to worship the Muses, but its contents and glory spread as the new rulers paid more money to make it even more grand.The head librarian had the power to seize ships that came to port and make copies of any written work they had on board (copies on finer paper would be returned, but the originals stayed in the library). They’d send curators to all nearby city states to get the original works of anything they had written—science, math, mapping, literature, history, medicine—you name it, they wanted it.The destruction of this unparalleled center for learning is a mystery for historians to this day. Some say Julius Caesar destroyed it as he set fire to the docks of Alexandria. Others think this damaged the secondary building, but not the grand Library of Alexandria itself. Another camp thinks it was Christians who lived in the city and were rioting against pagans who kept written works in the towers. And yet another camp thinks it was Muslims who destroyed anything that didn’t mesh with the Koran. It was probably a lot more complicated than any of those single things, but the rise and fall of one of the most impactful houses of thought in the history of humanity is a worthy topic for your ear holes.Visit our Sources: https://ehistory.osu.edu/articles/burning-library-alexandria https://www.ancient-origins.net/ancient-places-africa-history-important-events/destruction-great-library-alexandria-001644 https://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2010/06/the-perniciously-persistent-myths-of-hypatia-and-the-great-library https://www.crystalinks.com/libraryofalexandria.html https://www.geek.com/news/the-great-conspiracy-of-egypts-mythical-library-the-hall-of-records-1647814/ https://www.britannica.com/topic/Library-of-Alexandria https://www.britannica.com/topic/Library-of-Alexandria https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Library_of_Alexandria https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-library-of-alexandria-is-long-gone-and-all-around-us

14 Nov 2019

Rank #4

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Episode 422: Fresno Nightcrawlers: Alien Break Dance Battle?

On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we delve into the paranormal and look at a creature that some say is an alien and other say is a cryptid—the Fresno Nightcrawler. Now, Fresno is only about an hour and a half from the Fight Club Studios, so we were instantly interested in a creature that hails from our backyard. In this case, the creature is a strange one, or a strange two since they seem to travel as a couple. Unlike most cryptids, there is video footage of them (see the notes below). They look like a pair of lanky, strange legs with knees that don’t bend quite right. Oh, and it has no real torso or head, just a bit of a lump above the flowing, blowsy legs.The first encounter with them that was filmed was on a security camera in the backyard of a man named Jose (he keeps his last name out of it to avoid all the nonsense). In November of 2007, he heard his dogs barking in an odd, threatened way at 12:45 AM. He went to check the video camera in case it was another break in, and he saw the Fresno Nighcrawlers. They shambled and flowed across his front yard and through is wrought iron gate, on and then another.The next day, he called the police, and they obviously had no jurisdiction on alien pants creatures. They suggested the media, and he called the local Univision station. They filmed a video of his video and sent it to MUFON for investigation. MUFON sent a man named Camacho out to investigate, and after several months, he finally interviewee Jose and took the footage to a MUFON conference. That was when the video went viral.After that, another video appeared, allegedly shot north of Fresno in Yosemite. But even before all this, there was an encounter of something called the Caramel Creature, a strange being with a similar description in Indiana, an alleged ancient Yokuts Indian myth, and even a video from Poland.People try to debunk these videos. Hard. And some succeed more than others. What do the guys think of these videos? Why do they think one might be more legit than the others? How tall are these Fresno Nightcralwers, and how did they fit between an iron fence? Why was Jose so scared that he didn’t even leave his house for three weeks after the encounter? Where are the creepy wooden statues that are said to depict these creatures? Are they aliens, cryptids, beings from the spirit realm? Listen, laugh, learn.Visit Our Sources:First Video of Nighcrawler: https://youtu.be/fMv85lRAmukSecond Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ziB35K9shuIPolish Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLcDscJoOfQMUFON Video with Jose: https://youtu.be/a_cjmy_ehiIBreak Down of Videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvIPNYTzGuA https://cryptidz.fandom.com/wiki/Fresno_Nightcrawler https://cryptidz.fandom.com/wiki/Carmel_Area_Creature https://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/article219755195.html https://www.theodysseyonline.com/fresno-nightcrawlers https://www.ranker.com/list/fresno-nightcrawler-facts/laura-allan https://www.gaia.com/article/the-fresno-nightcrawler-an-armless-faceless-two-legged-cryptid

1hr 9mins

15 Oct 2019

Rank #5