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#19 I’m Robert Tralins and I approve this message

#19 I’m Robert Tralins and I approve this message

“Take your escalators and the get the fuck out.”

Today we review Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction season 2, episode 13. This is our podcast season 2 finale! We get excited for our season finale statistics and talk about the impact the podcast is having on the Beyond Belief universe. The show is now on Amazon Prime! Just saying.

Story 1: The Warning—a man receives a warning from a mysterious coffin salesman.

  • Chris doesn’t understand the coffin salesman’s motivations… is he trying to kill or save lives. Jesse thinks he’s making elaborate plans. Kyle thinks ghosts can have fun too.
  • Another case of “where’s their Phantom billboard”—why weren’t the other people in the elevator saved by a mysterious coffin salesman? What did they ever do to anyone?
  • The group doesn’t believe elevator accidents happen often. Turns out people have .00000015 chance of dying in elevators. 27 people die a year in the US due to elevators.

Story 2: Bus Stop—when a lovesick man meets the woman of his dreams, he soon discovers things aren’t what they seem.

  • Tiffany thinks Jerry is a stalker and made up this whole lie to meet the sister (what a Jesse theory).
  • Chris points that the Terry was dressed in all white, which (SPOILER ALERT) tiped him off that she was a ghost.
  • The group analyzes the friend who dropped a donut and then ate it.

Story 3: The Cure—a young waiter eager to prove himself to the parents of his girlfriend gets his wish in an unconventional way.

  • Everyone loved the character Kyle #2 when he stood up to his girlfriend.
  • Tiffany thinks if this was written the writers would have made it a little more interesting.
  • Turns out Chris is voting with his dick.

Story 4: The Guardian—a kid being bullied at the basketball courts is saved by a man who claims to have never been there.

  • Jesse thinks Big Al is just messing with the kids. Mark thinks maybe Big Al killed the bullies and had to lie about it.
  • Kyle thinks this sounds like an urban legend.

Story 5: The Gift—when an elderly woman tells her caregiver to choose one of her possessions, the caregiver makes a shocking discovery.

  • This story stars actress Francis Bay.
  • Jesse counts not one, not two, but THREE women with short haircuts in this story.
  • Jesse thinks the caregiver stole the earrings and made up this elaborate story to cover the theft.

The story results are revealed.

  • To find out which stories are fact and which are fiction… you must listen to the podcast, or check out the full episode below or on Amazon Prime!

End of the year results.    

  • The coin and Jesse come in at 47%. Jesse could (should?) have just flipped a coin.
  • Kyle comes in at 50%. Kyle predicts he’ll do better in season 3.
  • Chris comes in at 52%. Chris demands a recount. After all, Jesse is from Florida.
  • Tiffany comes in at 58%. The only host who has improved.
  • Mark comes in at 60 %—he’s our reigning camp! Well, unless you count THE GUEST HOSTS, who come in at an average 61%.

Season 2 wrap up.

  • The group agrees season is a more engaging season. They’re having more fun, there’s a bigger budget, and of course there’s Jonathan Frakes and his puns.
  • Chris remembers his favorite episode – Angel on Board. Kyle recalls his favorite – Count Mystery.
  • The group their favorite detective – Detective Puma. And their favorite villain – the red eyed creature.

#13 Ten thousand Beyond Belief dollars

#13 Ten thousand Beyond Belief dollars

Today we review Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction season 2, episode 7. Kyle and the gang agree that this episode was particularly good, though Kyle doesn’t quite know what a creepy noise sounds like, or what jelly sounds like. Jesse admits he doesn’t have a good grasp on the stories this week. Chris asks off air, “Do you guys write down fact or fiction ahead of time?” Kyle doesn’t. Tiffany does. Mark usually writes “fact” for all the stories ahead of time; Jesse usually writes “fiction”.

Story 1: The Mummy—When a Museum displays a rare mummy, a mysterious murder begins to unravel.

  • Kyle points out that the mummy’s body is never recovered, so why didn’t the killer just hide the murder victim where they hid the mummy’s body.
  • Jesse wonders if there’s a certain cost for ghosts to visit us from the afterlife. Why couldn’t the ghost show them where the mummy is?
  • The group realizes that all their knowledge of mummies is from The Mummy starring Brendan Fraser.
  • Chris thinks this must be real because if it were fiction the writers would have written about the actual mummy more.

Story 2: The Perfect Record—A security guard with a perfect record trains a new employee, but some records are meant to be broken.

  • Chris has a great reason for this to be fact: if it was fiction, why didn’t the writers have the security guard use his telekinesis to lock the robbers in the vault?
  • Turns out the only one who believes in telekinesis is Kyle. Chris is somewhere in the middle.
  • Mark thinks the kernel could simply be that there was a power surge, which attracted the police.

Story 3: Grave Sitting—A girl is challenged to spend two hours alone by the grave of a serial killer.

  • Mark cannot remember the name of the serial killer.
  • No one understands why the girl needed to stab the ground.
  • Jesse thinks this is classic urban legend territory. Past “urban legendy” stories are usually fiction.

Story 4: Murder On The Second Floor—Eyewitness testimony at the scene of a murder points to a killer who’s 18 feet tall.

  • Kyle and Chris question the giant’s shoes. Was a large shoe faked to create a footprint, or was it really a giant with his own cobbler?
  • Tiffany doesn’t think this story feels like a classic Before Belief story. There’s no mysterious question, it’s just… “here’s what we think might have happened.”
  • Kyle compares this to Robin’s origin story.
  • Jesse doesn’t know who told this story. Would the cop who had a wild hunch but no real drive to actually solve the crime really tell other people?

Story 5: They Towed My Car—A mysterious outsider wonders a town looking for his car.

  • Jesse reveals this is his favorite title for a Beyond Belief episode to date.
  • The group points out how this is essentially the story about the mummy just in a different… wrapping.
  • Jesse thinks witnesses could have been people in the town lying and wanting to be apart of the story.

The story results are revealed.

  • This is the first mention of author Robert Tralins, which is where many of the “fact” based stories are sourced from.
  • The crew is shocked to discover that Jonathan Frakes references one of the stories being an urban legend….
  • To find out which stories are fact and which are fiction… you must listen to the podcast, or check out the full episode below!

#12 Call me when your horse is psychic [with Melissa Dunham]

#12 Call me when your horse is psychic [with Melissa Dunham]

“If you put a Roomba in the middle of Manhattan, it’s gonna find a dead body eventually.”

Today we review Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction season 2, episode 6. Tiffany is out, but we have a special guest host: Melissa Dunham, host of the podcast #Obsessed. Melissa talks about her own paranormal experiences, of which there are many! In college, she was convinced her apartment was haunted, when she heard knocking from inside the closet…

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