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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. 74: Jack of All Grave Mistakes

Episode 74

February 07, 2022

Ep. 74: Jack of All Grave Mistakes

Inspired by a story posted in our Facebook group, we decided to look into freak accidents where people’s bum luck got them into horrific situations — from a projectile bear through the windshield to an air hose up the rectum. Highlights: [0:00] Mark tells CoRri about the horrifying effects of an industrial chemical leak in Bhopal, India [19:20] We announce our first Snack of All Graves episode with our pal Anna Martin! [29:30] We give our Ko-fi shout outs and pick the movie for Mark’s first video rant! Wanna get in on any of this action? Subscribe to our Ko-fi! All the spooky kids are doing it! [40:46] It’s the what we watched part! [69:00] We chat about freak accidents — the bonkers ones people survive and the mundane ones that somehow end them. Stuff we referenced:‘Bhopal’s tragedy has not stopped’: the urban disaster still claiming lives 35 years on – https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/dec/08/bhopals-tragedy-has-not-stopped-the-urban-disaster-still-claiming-lives-35-years-on Woman who lost her forehead in 120mph car crash ‘still recovering’ 14 years on – https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/real-life-stories/woman-who-lost-forehead-120mph-24998237 The Incredible True Story Of Carlos Rodrigues, The Man With Half A Brain – https://www.scoopwhoop.com/culture/true-story-of-carlos-rodrigues-man-with-half-a-brain/ Forthman Murff – Chainsaw Decapitation Survival – https://whereistheline.net/2018/09/07/ep-4-forthman-murff-chainsaw-decapitation-survival/ He’s A Lumberjack, And He’s (Somehow) Okay – http://dehraduntown.blogspot.com/2014/06/hes-lumberjack-and-hes-somehow-okay.html Dishwasher Fall Kills Woman – https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2003/may/29/kirstyscott ‘Lucky to be alive:’ Huntsville man suffers electric shock while charging iPhone – https://www.al.com/news/huntsville/2017/04/huntsville_man_survives_1_in_a.html Shooting film Boiling Point in a single take was ‘zen’, Stephen Graham says – https://www.breakingnews.ie/entertainment/shooting-film-boiling-point-in-a-single-take-was-zen-stephen-graham-says-1243177.html ...

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Ep. 73 - The head trauma supersode!

Episode 73

February 01, 2022

Ep. 73 - The head trauma supersode!

In a moment of drunken fixation, Mark pitched the idea of a full episode dedicated to his favorite subject: Head trauma! And more specifically, decapitation. It is bad things that can happen to noggins from start to finish, so buckle in and hold on to your heads! Highlights:[0:00] CoRri tells Mark the story of Phineas Gage, the man who survived a metal rod exploding through his brain [17:09] We recap this week’s watch-along and talk about our upcoming Ko-fi side-‘sode with Leprechaun franchise historian Anna Martin [33:19] We dive into our main topic by talking about our favorite onscreen decapitations and beheadings [1hr1min] Mark talks about some of the decapitation stories that most interest him, from samurai seppuku to self-decapitation Stuff we referenced: Samurai Suicide: Seppuku (Harakiri) – https://jpninfo.com/41352 Decapitated wasp grabs its head before flying away – https://youtu.be/_LmdmltW-XU The Phineas Gage Story – https://www.uakron.edu/gage/story.dot “No longer Gage”: an iron bar through the head – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1114479/ Phineas Gage and the effect of an iron bar through the head on personality – https://www.theguardian.com/science/blog/2010/nov/05/phineas-gage-head-personality Living With Half a Brain: Phineas Gage – https://www.mcgill.ca/oss/article/history/living-half-brain-phineas-gage Phineas Gage: Neuroscience’s Most Famous Patient – https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/phineas-gage-neurosciences-most-famous-patient-11390067/ Ostrich rips its own head off – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34du9ew7ppw ...

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Episode 72

January 24, 2022

Ep. 72: Poor

This week we decided to just shoot the breeze about our lives, so CoRri suggests discussing the economic classes we grew up in and how they made us who we are. Mutual aid is everything, people! Highlights: [0:00] Mark tells CoRri about an odd series of similar suicides in Japan [13:35] We dive right into a tangent about imagining what strangers are doing on the bus and what debts Bruce Willis has that are informing his movie choices [22:30] Updates on our Ko-fi, book club, and watch-along. [33:50] We talk about what we’ve watched, but we’re saving Scream for the end of the ‘cast so we don’t spoil it for anyone [1hr1min] We chat a bit about our different experiences of economic class in our respective countries [1hr33] The spoilery Scream review! ...

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Episode 71

January 18, 2022

Ep. 71: Xenotransplantation

A guy who received the first pig-to-human heart transplant set Mark off on a journey this week, and we all benefit from his hyperfixation on the history of transfusions, transplants, and putting monkey balls where they absolutely should not be. Highlights: [0:00] CoRri tells Mark about the mindset of people who climb Mt. Everest and about the problem of all the dead bodies up there. [20:00] Mark declares Coronavirus over, we thank you all for the birthday wishes you sent to Mark’s son Owen, and introduce our brand new Ko-Fi page! Go subscribe! http://www.ko-fi.com/jackofallgraves  [37:24] It’s time to talk about what we watched! [57:00] Mark discusses the mad scientists who’ve attempted to use animals in human medical procedures from blood transfusions to heart transplants. ...

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Episode 70

January 09, 2022

Ep. 70: Flappy leg nubbins

Inspired by a photo from last week’s conversation about Thalidomide, we’re discussing the wild world of prosthetics throughout history, what disability means, and better living through body augmentation. Highlights: [0:00] Mark gives a very affecting lesson on why you shouldn’t keep wild animals as pets [17:10] CoRri is kind of on holiday in the Hawaiian Twin Peaks [26:16] We talk a bit about wrasslin’ and why everyone should be watching it [33:20] John Carpenter’s The Thing is the zeitgeist this week, and we talk about the other 1980s horror flicks we consumed over the past few days [57:00] We look at various prosthetic technologies throughout history ...

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Episode 69

January 03, 2022

Ep. 69 (nice): Happy new fear

It's a brand new year, and with it comes, well, some of the same old anxieties. We're diving deep into what makes us nervous in 2022, but cutting it with some movie talk and some optimistic thoughts about capybaras. Highlights: [0:00] CoRri tells Mark about the devastatingly dangerous 1950s morning sickness cure, Thalidomide [17:50] We talk about our attitudes toward the new year and go on quite a spiral about capybaras [31:50] Mark’s annual new year’s dead pool takes a shocking plot twist. Plus, our next book club is January 22nd and our next watch-along is January 29th, so mark your calendars! [50:20] We face a rare disagreement in the types of movies we like to watch [1hr8:30] We discuss what we’re anxious about in 2022, and why we respond differently to Don’t Look Up. (we get past talking about the movie specifically at 1hr16)   ...

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