10 Bizarre Cases Of Mass Hysteria

Introduction   From meowing nuns to an imagined monkey-man, mass hysteria is a bizarre and little understood aspect of the human condition. It can be caused by religious extremism, cultural superstition, isolationism, and even the accidental intake of LSD. The only cure is the passing of time and, on at least one occasion, a good…

Episode 2 – Coraline (Kassidy’s Nerd Box)

Kassidy delves into her nerd box to talk about the history of Riverdale and Archie Comics and shares some interesting facts about the show. Transcript of the “Brief History” section of the podcast. The history of the stop motion animated film, Coraline, starts 20 years before the movie hit the cinemas. Way back in 1989…

No Such Thing as a Frozen Girlfriend

It’s hard to write when your girlfriend is turning blue on the sofa. Shit, do I stop writing and get gas, or carry on and let her freeze to death? It’s a tough one. Fuck it, I’ll de-thaw her when I’m done. I’m lucky, the cold doesn’t worry me too much. Shit, her lips are…

Ep.1 Riverdale and Archie Comics

Kassidy’s Nerd Box is a podcast researched, written, and performed, by my 12 year old daughter and me (Andy, her dad). If you have kids with a nerdy edge to them (who also like a bit of humour in their geekiness) I think they will enjoy it. I think you will too. Kassidy delves into…

Kassidy’s Nerd Box

Kassidy’s Nerd Box is a 10 minute weekly podcast in which we delve into Kassidy’s nerd box and see what TV show, film, comic, game, or random thing from history is currently obsessing her. Kassidy gives a brief history of the episode’s subject. We share some interesting facts about it, and then end the podcast…

Drowning in the Land of Madness (Day 4)

This morning we had breakfast and then caught a bus into Flagstaff. Currently we are wandering the empty streets in search of a famous road. So far we have only found a gun shop and a petrol station. No sign yet of the Historic Route 66. For that famous road is the reason we are…

God and Pasta

It’s Wednesday. There’s a full moon. God is throwing up in the corner. He normally is. He has no reason to be sober these days. Last time I saw him he was threatening a stripper because the coke she brought to the party wasn’t pure enough. “Don’t milk down my shit,” he was saying. “Do…

Drowning in the Land of Madness (Day 3)

A bed has one function. To be comfortable enough for you to fall asleep on. Any bed that fails at this important and basic function is not in my eyes a bed at all, but some kind of mystery furniture. Whoever invented the pull-out sofa bed that I am lying on now surely did not…

Drowning in the Land of Madness (Day 2)

Morning comes like a practical joke. Waking me up in the night like a hyperactive infant. My body thinks its 3pm but the time is actually 7am. Me and David are up and have found the coffee percolator. I search for the coffee and find it in the cupboard above the sink. Nobody should be…

Drowning in the Land of Madness (Day 1)

“It’s hard to make nonfiction seem believable.” –   Kurt Vonnegut   Saturday I am on a plane, and terrible things are happening. I have long suspected that invisible beasts live inside the clouds, hankering for a bite of the tasty metal that flies above them. Right now one of these beasts has grabbed the…

Beyond the Cogs

I’ve been standing in my lounge now for nearly an hour. You ever done that? Just stood there. Doing nothing. I got home from work. Came in. And just stood there. I wasn’t thinking about anything. Or, maybe I was feeling something. Ideas are hard to explain. You don’t think in words, or maybe you…