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Jack of All Graves

A storytelling pod in which an American girl and a Welsh guy bond over a shared love of the terrifying, tragic, bloody, morbid, anxiety-inducing, and horrific -- a joyful and therapeutic exploration of very dark...more

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Ep. 114: Cousins' kids and kidnappings

Episode 114

December 05, 2022

Ep. 114: Cousins' kids and kidnappings

We’re coming in hot with a discussion of one of society’s greatest taboos: Inbreeding! Plus, we share some cultural exchange, our watches this week cause us to think some deep thoughts about humanity, and we discuss a few cases of extremely long term kidnapping. Highlights: [0:00] CoRri explains the science of human inbreeding… and why it might be less of a problem than we think? Hey, don’t shoot the messenger.[29:16] We discuss Montell Jordan, pop music, an unusual brotherly Christmas tradition in the Lewis household, a ranking of Russells and other such pressing business[53:00] What we watched![81:13] We talk about a few cases of kidnapping that went on a really long time Stuff we referenced: Why inbreeding really isn’t as bad as you think it is Genetics of eye color The Science Behind the Damage of Inbreeding What are the effects of inbreeding? Parole agent central to Jaycee Lee Dugard kidnapping case breaks 13-year silence Jaycee Dugard – Crime Museum Arrest of kidnap suspect Phillip Garrido hinged on instincts and diligence of two members of UC Berkeley police force ...

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Ep. 113: Ball so hard (you die)

Episode 113

November 29, 2022

Ep. 113: Ball so hard (you die)

This week Mark returns to his favorite topic: The brain! (The brain, the center of the chain!) And then on the advice of his son Owen, we talk about times that people have died on the field while playing sports. Or sport, if you’re British. Highlights: [0:00] Mark tells CoRri some stories about the resilience of the human brain[18:30] We talk about the darkness of winter, the lightness in CoRri’s soul, and how Mark is reframing his sleep struggles[0:00] Mark tells CoRri some stories about the resilience of the human brain[18:30] We talk about the darkness of winter, the lightness in CoRri’s soul, and how Mark is reframing his sleep struggles[31:39] CoRri corrects a mistake she made about lead in water last week. Also, if you want Christmas JoAG mail, make sure you sign up on our Ko-Fi at the Great Bunch of Lads level![37:50] What we watched! A lot going on in this one! There is much to recommend![69:30] We talk about times people have died while playing sports[100:18] We discuss the divisive Tik Tok favorite film Skinamarink! Stuff we referenced: The Forgotten Story of Ross Milne Athletes who have died competing in the Olympics Olympic Athletes Who Have Died at the Olympic Games Francisco Lazaro: The truth about the runner who died at the Olympics Francisco Lazaro Olympic Luge Crash Video: Nodar Kumaritashvili Dies in Test Run—Preventable? ...

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Ep. 112: Lead heads

Episode 112

November 21, 2022

Ep. 112: Lead heads

We’ve got existential dread up to our ears this week! We talk about the ways in which lead may have destroyed generations of brains, climate and covid anxiety, stupid deaths, and the things that caused our nightmares growing up. Highlights: [0:00] CoRri explains the lead-crime hypothesis to Mark[24:49] We chat about our current climate catastrophe anxiety[29:00] Mark has COVID again and CoRri wants to know why so many people just keep passing it around; we discuss whether CoRri has any criminality in her; and CoRri has a dumb cultural exchange question[49:20] It’s time for listener shoutouts! Mark gives all of our Ko-Fi supporters a story about a stupid death[73:20] What we watched![96:00] We discuss strange and pervasive fears we’ve had throughout our lives Stuff we referenced: New evidence that lead exposure increases crime Lead and Crime: A Review of the Evidence and the… Has the Lead-Crime Hypothesis Been Debunked? – Ke… How Lead Caused America’s Violent Crime Epidemic New evidence that lead exposure increases crime Lead and Crime: A Review of the Evidence and the… Debunking the lead crime hypothesis | by The Gift… ...

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Ep. 111: Too hot for Comic-Con

Episode 111

November 14, 2022

Ep. 111: Too hot for Comic-Con

We had our first Comic-Con panel experience… and our first experience getting the boot for being too spicy! We talk about our grand day out in Birmingham before delving into the question of whether horror is good for children. Highlights: [0:00] We recap our experiences at MCM Comic-Con Birmingham [20:00] We talk a little about CoRri’s whirlwing trip to England before diving into what we watched! [31:50] Skip this quick section to avoid a Cabinet of Curiosities spoiler [35:30] End spoiler [] We discuss whether horror is, in fact, good for kids ...

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Ep. 110: A bag o' bodies

Episode 110

November 08, 2022

Ep. 110: A bag o' bodies

If you live in a big city, you probably pass dozens of people every day hauling their luggage down the sidewalks and subway platforms. But have you ever stopped to wonder if there’s something more sinister in those valises than t-shirts and spare underwear? Highlights: [0:00] Mark tells CoRri about the science of decomposition [16:50] In his own weird way, Mark offers some inspiration, and we talk about our “floating door” getting us through life. [21:40] Cultural exchange time! We discuss the 5th of November celebrations in the UK, and CoRri talks about her road trip through the South. [44:00] Should we delete Twitter? [60:00] What we watched! [93:00] We discuss people caught on CCTV carting corpses in suitcases Stuff we referenced: Expolicía que asesinó a una trabajadora sexual y la ocultó en una maleta es condenado a 35 años de cárcel Chilling CCTV of two men carrying bag ‘with woman’s body stuffed inside’ in street Landlord Charged With Murder of Couple Found Dismembered in Suitcases in TikTok Video Grace Millane’s killer caught on video carrying her body in suitcase Woman accused of beheading pensioner ‘caught on CCTV dragging suitcase with body in’ Odessa Carey: Review into Ashington death finds multiple failings ...

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Ep. 109: Ghost science

Episode 109

October 31, 2022

Ep. 109: Ghost science

Nothing says Halloween like good old fashioned ghosts! This week we’re diving into the world of ghost hunting. Is there science to back up the existence of ghosts? Listen and find out! Highlights: [0:00] CoRri tells Mark why, if there were a hell, Ed and Lorraine Warren would most certainly be there[29:43] We discuss how a demon would get into Mark and learn a little more about Welsh Halloween in the ’80s[46:48] What we watched! (If the discussion of Barbarian sounds choppy, it’s because we spoiled the shit out of it and I had to cut it out. Sorry!)[65:00] We get into discussing the science of ghosts and ghost hunting Stuff we referenced: Victorian scientists thought they found an explanation for Ghosts Why do we see ghosts? Paranormal Investigators Who Use Science Reveal What Ghost Hunters Get Wrong The science of ghosts Ghost Busted: When Science Meets the Supernatural The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It’ — Ed and Lorraine Warren’s role in the real case Was Amityville Horror based on a true story? 10 Times Ed & Lorraine Warren Were Outed as Frauds The devil is in the implications for The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It War Over ‘The Conjuring’: The Disturbing Claims Behind a Billion-Dollar Franchise “The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It” is bad in a concerning way Let’s Kill Off The Conjuring The Ghost Box ...

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