The Year in Monsters
Monster Talk is a perennial bang-up podcast, although for the last third of 2012 the number of releases was unfortunately thin. However, Blake Smith, Karen Stollznow, and Ben Radford began 2013 on a exceptionally interesting episode with a look back at the top monster stories of 2012. The panel was joined by Sharon Hill of Doubtful News and Virtual Skeptics to cover the year.
|No trolls were discussed|
Also covered on the episode, of what was eventually determined to be a hoax, was the video of a wholly mammoth in Siberia. This was a story I completely forgot about until it was discussed. Also, falling into this I forgot about that weird monster category was the Icelandic river worm video, which was later determined to be a net in the water. However, its weirdness fed into a local river worm lore and put the two together and we have a neat story.
The episode ended with a list of of items including zombies, mermaids, things washed up on various shores, big cats in suburbia, and a failed expedition by squeaky clean band of American youth to look for giant spiders and dinosaurs among other items in the Congo. It was jam packed, but an entertaining and enjoyable episode. Hill obviously clicks with the Monster Talk crew, which made the amount of material covered not seem overwhelming.
Crystal Ball is a bit cloudy
|damn thing is busted|