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You Totally Made That Up

A history podcast about the craziest, nuttiest, weirdest, creepiest, downright strange tales from around the globe - basically, the kind of stories that make you think someone must have totally made them up.

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Spooky Snack 9: Wacky Crack

Mini-Episode #9: Nash & Tiff examine St. Patrick, along with some St. Patrick's Day traditions & leprechaun shenanigans. (Hosts' Choice: St. Patrick's Day history & traditions, leprechauns)   Spooky Snacks are bite-sized episodes based upon listener submissions of their personal, family, or hometown stories, as well as suggestions for topics they'd like to hear us discuss, and sometimes things we want to talk about that aren’t long enough for a regular episode.   .  | Show Notes, Credits, and more at our blog |   | Tumblr @youtotallymadethatup |    | Twitter @YTMTUpodcast |  | Instagram @youtotallymadethatup |   | We want to hear your personal & local crazy tales! Email us: youtotallymadethatup@gmail.com |  

24mins

12 Mar 2020

Rank #1

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We Should Stop Saying Fluids (Part One)

Episode #6: Nash and Tiff dig deep into some graves to discuss the strange "lives" of a few very special corpses. (Carl Tanzler)  | Show Notes, Credits, and more at our blog |   | Tumblr @youtotallymadethatup |   | Twitter @YTMTUpodcast |   | Instagram @youtotallymadethatup |   | We want to hear your personal & local spooky tales! Email us: youtotallymadethatup@gmail.com |    

1hr 4mins

20 Jun 2019

Rank #2

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Cesspools Of Woo (Part One)

Episode #17: As Nash & Tiff discovered, two of the world's favorite products have a history dipped in fake medicine & steeped in some serious woo. (the invention of corn flakes, John Harvey Kellogg, Will Keith Kellogg)   | Show Notes, Credits, and more at our blog |   | Tumblr @youtotallymadethatup |    | Twitter @YTMTUpodcast |  | Instagram @youtotallymadethatup |   | We want to hear your personal & local spooky tales! Email us: youtotallymadethatup@gmail.com |   Promo podcast: Straight-Up Enigmas   

1hr 6mins

28 Nov 2019

Rank #3

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Family Forks

Episode #3: Join Nash and Tiff as they climb a few cursed family trees, and talk about some fallen members who hit every branch on the way down. (Coburg-Kohary, Habsburgs, Grimaldis, Kennedys, the Hayden family of Vermont)  If you're new to the podcast, welcome! We recommend you start with a more recent episode, then come back to these earlier ones if you're enjoying the show, as - naturally! - we were still getting things like audio, editing, and style squared away in the beginning.   | Show Notes, Credits, and more at our blog | | Tumblr @youtotallymadethatup | | Twitter @YTMTUpodcast | | Instagram @youtotallymadethatup | | We want to hear your personal & local spooky tales! Email us: youtotallymadethatup@gmail.com |

57mins

11 May 2019

Rank #4

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Humbuggery Kerfuffle

Episode #12: Nash & Tiff head back to the Civil War era & separate some truth from fiction surrounding spiritualism & a very special First Lady. (Mary Todd Lincoln, William Mumler)  | Show Notes, Credits, and more at our blog |    | Tumblr @youtotallymadethatup |    | Twitter @YTMTUpodcast |   | Instagram @youtotallymadethatup |   | We want to hear your personal & local spooky tales! Email us: youtotallymadethatup@gmail.com |   

1hr 13mins

19 Sep 2019

Rank #5

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Candygrams And Dummies

Episode #13: This time, Nash & Tiff go over a couple of incidents that prompted people to get scared & panic on major scales - but perhaps things weren't exactly as they seemed. (Spring-Heeled Jack, The War Of The Worlds broadcast)   | Show Notes, Credits, and more at our blog |   | Tumblr @youtotallymadethatup |    | Twitter @YTMTUpodcast |   | Instagram @youtotallymadethatup |   | We want to hear your personal & local spooky tales! Email us: youtotallymadethatup@gmail.com |   

1hr 9mins

3 Oct 2019

Rank #6

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Pigeon Jockeys

Episode #19: Merry Christmas from Nash & Tiff!  Let's talk gremlins. (the Kelly-Hopkinsville goblin encounter, World War II gremlins) . | Show Notes, Credits, and more at our blog |   | Tumblr @youtotallymadethatup |    | Twitter @YTMTUpodcast |  | Instagram @youtotallymadethatup |   | We want to hear your personal & local spooky tales! Email us: youtotallymadethatup@gmail.com |  

1hr 22mins

26 Dec 2019

Rank #7

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Spooky Snack 1: Misty Melons

Mini-Episode #1: Nash and Tiff share a listener story about a creepy mist in Ireland, and examine a brainy Ohio monster. (Listener Suggestion: Melon Heads, and Listener Story: haunted road in Ireland)   Spooky Snacks are bite-sized episodes based upon listener submissions of their personal, family, or hometown stories, as well as suggestions for topics they'd like to hear us discuss, and sometimes things we want to talk about that aren’t long enough for a regular episode.   | Show Notes, Credits, and more at our blog |    | Tumblr @youtotallymadethatup |    | Twitter @YTMTUpodcast |   | Instagram @youtotallymadethatup |   | We want to hear your personal & local spooky tales! Email us: youtotallymadethatup@gmail.com |  

32mins

4 Jul 2019

Rank #8

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Cesspools Of Woo (Part Two)

Episode #18: Nash & Tiff continue discussing their discovery that two of the world's favorite products have a history dipped in fake medicine & steeped in some serious woo. (the invention of Coca-Cola, John Pemberton) | Show Notes, Credits, and more at our blog |   | Tumblr @youtotallymadethatup |    | Twitter @YTMTUpodcast |  | Instagram @youtotallymadethatup |   | We want to hear your personal & local spooky tales! Email us: youtotallymadethatup@gmail.com |  

49mins

12 Dec 2019

Rank #9

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Happy Little Ectoplasm

Episode #8: In this episode, Nash and Tiff discuss two couples who shared a common goal: to set the record straight on the existence of the supernatural... but oh boy, did they ever disagree on the answer. (Harry Houdini & Bess Houdini, Ed Warren & Lorraine Warren)  | Show Notes, Credits, and more at our blog |   | Tumblr @youtotallymadethatup |   | Twitter @YTMTUpodcast |   | Instagram @youtotallymadethatup |   | We want to hear your personal & local spooky tales! Email us: youtotallymadethatup@gmail.com |  

1hr 9mins

25 Jul 2019

Rank #10

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Spooky Snack 7: Cat Hack

Mini-Episode #7: In which Nash fell down an Icelandic Christmas hole & drug Tiff along with her. (Hosts' Choice: Gryla, Yule Lads, the Yule Cat)  Spooky Snacks are bite-sized episodes based upon listener submissions of their personal, family, or hometown stories, as well as suggestions for topics they'd like to hear us discuss, and sometimes things we want to talk about that aren’t long enough for a regular episode.   .  | Show Notes, Credits, and more at our blog |   | Tumblr @youtotallymadethatup |    | Twitter @YTMTUpodcast |  | Instagram @youtotallymadethatup |   | We want to hear your personal & local spooky tales! Email us: youtotallymadethatup@gmail.com |  

24mins

19 Dec 2019

Rank #11

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We Should Stop Saying Fluids (Part Two)

Episode #7: Nash and Tiff continue to dig deep into some graves to discuss the strange "lives" of a few very special corpses. (cruentation, funeral customs, the Italian Bride, Crile Williams)  | Show Notes, Credits, and more at our blog |   | Tumblr @youtotallymadethatup |   | Twitter @YTMTUpodcast |   | Instagram @youtotallymadethatup |   | We want to hear your personal & local spooky tales! Email us: youtotallymadethatup@gmail.com |  

50mins

11 Jul 2019

Rank #12

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Spooky Snack 6: Provocative Conversation Piece

Mini-Episode #6: This Spooky Snack holds a nice surprise - we have a trio of hosts because we welcomed a guest on to discuss the cryptid they suggested we feature! Plus, we talk about a very Thanksgiving-eque creature that we’d never heard of, but boy are we glad we did. (Listener Suggestion: the Hodag, and Hosts' Choice: the Gobblesquatch)   Spooky Snacks are bite-sized episodes based upon listener submissions of their personal, family, or hometown stories, as well as suggestions for topics they'd like to hear us discuss, and sometimes things we want to talk about that aren’t long enough for a regular episode.    | Show Notes, Credits, and more at our blog |   | Tumblr @youtotallymadethatup |    | Twitter @YTMTUpodcast |  | Instagram @youtotallymadethatup |   | We want to hear your personal & local spooky tales! Email us: youtotallymadethatup@gmail.com |  

37mins

21 Nov 2019

Rank #13

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Spooky Snack 5: Wendigo Claus

Mini-Episode #5: This Spooky Snack is a little different, because we aren't telling your stories - we're telling one of ours! Tiff gives the rundown on a festival she traveled to that’s all about Wisconsin wendigos, including the history of the event, the things she saw, & people she met. And Nash gives background on the creatures, plus debates going on her own Tennessee adventure. On top of that, there's some much-deserved shout-outs to other podcasts who are awesome. Let us know on our social medias if you like this kind of thing & want to see it come up again in the future! (Road Trip: Wisconsin Wendigo Festival)     Spooky Snacks are bite-sized episodes based upon listener submissions of their personal, family, or hometown stories, as well as suggestions for topics they'd like to hear us discuss, and sometimes things we want to talk about that aren’t long enough for a regular episode.     | Show Notes, Credits, and more at our blog |    | Tumblr @youtotallymadethatup |    | Twitter @YTMTUpodcast |   | Instagram @youtotallymadethatup |   | We want to hear your personal & local spooky tales! Email us: youtotallymadethatup@gmail.com |   

37mins

24 Oct 2019

Rank #14

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Shark Champagne

Episode #5: This time Nash and Tiff examine some Hollywood ghosts who just don't wanna give up the limelight. And there's so, so much champagne. (Thomas Ince, Paul Bern, Thelma Todd)  If you're new to the podcast, welcome! We recommend you start with a more recent episode, then come back to these earlier ones if you're enjoying the show, as - naturally! - we were still getting things like audio, editing, and style squared away in the beginning.   | Show Notes, Credits, and more at our blog |   | Tumblr @youtotallymadethatup |   | Twitter @YTMTUpodcast |   | Instagram @youtotallymadethatup |    | We want to hear your personal & local spooky tales! Email us: youtotallymadethatup@gmail.com |   

1hr 8mins

6 Jun 2019

Rank #15

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But Is The Chicken Okay

Episode #9:  Nash and Tiff talk witches, and *not* the same old tales of Salem. But turns out, there's actually a black cat. And a chicken. (Mary Bateman, Albert Shinsky)  | Show Notes, Credits, and more at our blog |   | Tumblr @youtotallymadethatup |   | Twitter @YTMTUpodcast |   | Instagram @youtotallymadethatup |   | We want to hear your personal & local spooky tales! Email us: youtotallymadethatup@gmail.com |  

1hr 9mins

8 Aug 2019

Rank #16

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Beaver Knockers

Episode #15: Murder! Mystery! Mayhem! It's the Halloween episode you've been waiting for - Nash & Tiff break down the truth & the fiction of a famous Halloween urban legend, tell some Halloween-related true crime cases, share how what you think you know about the origin of Halloween may not be correct, go over a variety of Halloween customs throughout history, & finish off with the story of a remarkable woman who started a festive Halloween trend. (Poisoned candy urban legend, the Trick-Or-Treat murder of Peter Fabiano, Ronald Clark O'Bryan the Candyman, Samhain, Halloween origins, Elizabeth Krebs)  | Show Notes, Credits, and more at our blog |   | Tumblr @youtotallymadethatup |   | Twitter @YTMTUpodcast |   | Instagram @youtotallymadethatup |   | We want to hear your personal & local spooky tales! Email us: youtotallymadethatup@gmail.com |  

1hr 10mins

31 Oct 2019

Rank #17

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Licking And Cursing

Episode #16: For this episode, Nash & Tiff got busy unwrapping mummies & investigating the curses associated with our desiccated dearly departeds. (Thomas Pettigrew, mummy unwrapping parties, King Tut's curse)   | Show Notes, Credits, and more at our blog |   | Tumblr @youtotallymadethatup |   | Twitter @YTMTUpodcast |   | Instagram @youtotallymadethatup |   | We want to hear your personal & local spooky tales! Email us: youtotallymadethatup@gmail.com |  

1hr 9mins

14 Nov 2019

Rank #18

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Zozo's Moon Party

Episode #14: Nash & Tiff break down the mystery, the history, plus the science behind some scary games people play. (Ouija boards, Bloody Mary)   | Show Notes, Credits, and more at our blog |   | Tumblr @youtotallymadethatup |   | Twitter @YTMTUpodcast |   | Instagram @youtotallymadethatup |   | We want to hear your personal & local spooky tales! Email us: youtotallymadethatup@gmail.com |  

1hr 13mins

17 Oct 2019

Rank #19

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Buckets In The Attic

Episode #10: Are you alone in the house? Nash & Tiff investigate what might be the cause of those bumps in the night. (Theodore Coneys, Dolly Oesterreich)  | Show Notes, Credits, and more at our blog |   | Tumblr @youtotallymadethatup |   | Twitter @YTMTUpodcast |   | Instagram @youtotallymadethatup |   | We want to hear your personal & local spooky tales! Email us: youtotallymadethatup@gmail.com |   

1hr 9mins

22 Aug 2019

Rank #20