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Keep It Weird

Keep It Weird is a podcast about all things strange, unusual, paranormal, supernatural, scary, spooky, gross, sticky, and all around weird! Going beyond ghosts, aliens, and true crime, Lauren & Ashley research the strange side of artificial intelligence, nature, human anatomy, religion, relationships & much more. (Music: Intro Tunes: Aurora Borealis by Jon Wright Outro Tunes: Mystical Music Box by Erick McNerney Artwork: Stephanie Weitekamp)
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May 18, 2021

Keep It Weird brings you the strange and unusual every Friday!

We love the paranormal, supernatural and true crime, and you better believe we chat about it- but we also realized that every aspect of our lives here on Earth can get WEIRD!! We discuss sports, fashion, strange cities, our weird bodies, science, space, the ocean, and yes... even sex.

Let your freak flag fly.

May 14, 2021

Strap in, Weirdos!

Or should I say Strap-on?  Welcome to the dirtiest episode so far! This week is the introduction to our SEX SERIES!! 

We had the honor of sitting down with the host of the podcast Stripper Stories.  She's also a professional stripper, dominatrix, and cam girl: lets hear it for CHLOE!! 

We obviously wanted to pick her brain about the sex industry so this week we talk about sex, people's aversion to sex work, changes that can be made to make the lives of sex workers safer, how to get in touch with yourself sexually, what makes her feel empowered, the things she will do, the things that she won't do, and the wildest things she's ever been asked to do.  We feel very grateful for the opportunity to become Chloe's friend, and we know you'll feel the same!

This episode is obviously NSFW!! It contains foul language,  references to sexual acts, and references to sexual assault and fetishes that may be disturbing to some listeners.

But get your dollar bills ready and put on your latex, lets head to the club!! 

May 7, 2021

Kon'nichiwa weirdos,

welcome to part two of our trip around the globe to find the world's STRANGEST PLACES!! You won't need as much sun screen this week but you might need a stronger stomach.

Ashley starts us off by taking us to the birthplace of strangeness: Peru!  Specifically the shores of Lake Titicaca as we investigate the Puerta de Hayu Marca-- translation- THE GATE OF THE GODS!! This strange carving has caught the attention and imagination of archaeologists and ufologists alike for years!

And Lauren is giving us a tour of some of the world's strangest museums!! We have the pleasure of stepping into a room full of d*cks, see a corpse in a phone booth, use the world smallest lawn mower, and even attempt to escape a cave full of hair.

Make sure your passport is up to date, grab your clean drinking water and enjoy this absolutely bananas foster episode 

Apr 30, 2021

All aboard, Weirdos! 

It's time to have an adventure!  Lauren and Ashley are traveling the world to find Earth's STRANGEST places!! This episode is extra exciting because we actually discover the REAL FUN ZONE!! And you won't believe where we found it....

Lauren is going to be taking us to several of the strangest towns in the world including a city full of amputees, a community run entirely by women, a town where it's ILLEGAL to DIE, and a burning man-esque desert wasteland that's heaven on Earth to it's residents.

Ashley is taking us to the Chihuahuan desert in Mexico as we explore a place where radio signals don't exist, compasses spin out of control and big fat meteors drop out of the sky at an inordinate rate.  

Grab your fanny pack, make sure you have plenty of sunscreen and hop in!

Apr 23, 2021

Welcome to The Fun Zone...

This week is a HELTER SKELTER episode and you know what that means!!  Probably... Helter Skelters are where we give you all of our juiciest scraps. We have stories we want to tell that don't quite fit into anything we have coming up or were cut for time on a previous episode and this is where you will find them!

This week Lauren is telling us the heartbreaking story of Joyce Carol Vincent, a 38 year old woman who died in her apartment in London and went undiscovered for over two years.  Then she lightens it up (sort of) with a fun new project that Russia is working on! Trust me, it's totally sane and safe.

Ashley is teaching us about the strange unsolved disappearance of Frederick Valentich in 1978.  We listen to the final sound the black box of his Cessna 182L recorded and ask the question - did he crash into the ocean?  Or was he taken by something from out of this world?  Then we close the show with one of the most horrifying stories we've ever told as Ashley recounts the case of the Tri State Crematory in Noble, Georgia.

Hold on to your butts, this FUN zone gets pretty dark.

 

Warning: This episode contains foul language, graphic descriptions of death and body decomposition, and mentions of murder and suicide.

 

Apr 16, 2021

Theres no business like show business, weirdos!

Welcome to part two of our latest HOLLYWEIRD series and this week we're getting pretty dark.  We're going down the loneliest alleyways, the emptiest movie studios, and the seediest night clubs to talk about MURDER.

Ashley and Lauren are once again joined by their great friend Mike Johnston as they research three cases that seem cut and dry... only to learn the truth was much more sinister.

Lauren brings us the story of William Desmond Taylor whose life and death were the final straw to push Hollywood into forced wholesomeness.  Then as a bonus she also brings us Thelma Todd, a young starlet suicide much like so many others.... or was it?

And Ashley is teaching us about the strange disappearance of Jean Spangler in 1949 and the list of suspects that includes one of Hollywood's most infamous madmen.

 

Enjoy this extra long episode that does include foul language, graphic descriptions of murder and discussions of suicide, incest, and sexual abuse.

Apr 9, 2021

Lights, Camera, Action, Weirdos!

Celebrities.... they're just like us!  They buy groceries, they brush their hair, they go to the eye doctor and yes they even have PARANORMAL EXPERIENCES!! 

Welcome to our return to HOLLYWEIRD!  This week we are telling some extra spooky and strange celebrity ghost stories!  And we have our first guest of the season - all the way from NYC (and season one of our show) Mike Johnston is here!! 

Mike shares stories from some of his favorite child stars- Tracey Gold from Growing Pains has a run in with a new soul, Corey Feldman from Stand By Me gets a shake down from a deceased family member, Joey Lawrence from Brotherly Love sleeps in a super haunted hotel, and Beverly Mitchell from 7th Heaven finds hell in an abandoned asylum.

Lauren tells us about the time comedian Margaret Cho had to rent a house that came with some nasty spirits and RuPaul's Drag Race star Miz Cracker shared a house with an entity that drove everyone there crazy!

And Ashley finishes off the episode with a story about Kurt Russell and his famous forgotten close encounter! 

 

WARNING: This episode is seriously not as dark as the warning suggests BUT does contain MENTIONS of child sexual abuse, asylum abuse, abortion, suicide, and murder.  There is also MUSIC and SOUND EFFECTS that may cause a level of unease or discomfort for sensitive ears.

 

Apr 2, 2021

Fancy seeing you here, Weirdos!

Welcome to part two of COINCIDENCES!  Last week we told you a collection of stories that people had about their own crazy coincidences and a couple of our own personal experiences. This week we're getting down to business.  Are coincidences real?

We take a lot of sides in this one, trying to come at the material from different points of view.  Lauren starts us off by discussing a skeptical POV- we look at the math and probability of coincidences occurring and what it takes to determine if it was special or not.  Then we discuss the contradictions involved in fate and free will-- if our lives are predestined, if every decision we make was already decided by 'God' then... how can we have free will?

Then Ashley comes in with a very popular theory called SYNCHRONICITY.  Are coincidences winks from the universe telling you you're on the right path?  Can the signs be positive and negative?  How do we start to experience more of them?  And finally, is there any science behind these winks?  Behind good and bad vibes?

WHEW this episode is conversation heavy so put on your thinking cap and get ready to open your mind!

 

WARNING: This episode contains foul language and discussions about death and religion.

 

Mar 26, 2021

Hi Weirdos!!

Welcome to part one of our series on COINCIDENCES!

We experience coincidences all the time- whether it's running into the same friend twice in one day, hearing a song on the radio after you were JUST thinking about it, or even looking at the clock at the same time multiple times a week.  While these are all super fun experiences, a lot of the times they can be explained away by basic math and statistics.

However, there are some coincidences that just seem... predetermined.  Sent from a higher power.  Or messages specifically for you from the universe.

This week Lauren and Ashley are going to be telling some of these INSANE stories by sharing extremely personal experiences, stories sent in by YOU, and famous amazing coincidences throughout history that will make you say, "What are the odds?!"

Mar 19, 2021

Say Ahh, weirdos!

We're back in the dentist's chair this week with more TOOTH TALK!  This week does not have nearly as many redeeming qualities....

Lauren is teaching us about a KILLER DENTIST from St Louis named Glennon Engleman whose greed was stronger than his conscience and Ashley will be reading some listener stories sent in about their dental trips gone wrong.

Other topics include a Tik Toker with a very strange habit, suicide rates among dentists, our personal tooth fears, and some strange facts about our mouths.

 

Warning: This episode contains foul language, discussions of suicide, and graphic descriptions of murder and dental procedures.

Mar 12, 2021

Open Wide, weirdos!

This week is all about TEETH and boyyyyy do we have issues.  Teeth have been a recurring talking point in the last few months thanks to multiple mouth bone problems and numerous surgeries and that got us thinking.... I bet the history of teeth is weird.  

Today Ashley is bringing you the history of dentistry- how far back does it actually go?  Who was the first dentist? What were some of the most barbaric dental practices?  How did our ancient ancestors deal with their chompers? And we even ask the question- why have people always collected baby teeth?

Lauren is bringing us the story of a serial murderer who kept a pearly white collection that ultimately helped lead to his demise.

This episode contains some foul language, graphic descriptions of violence and murder, and may be a little difficult for anyone who is squeamish about going to the dentist.

Mar 5, 2021

Welcome Back, Weirdos!!

Season Five starts with a BANG as Lauren and Ashley sit down to tell each other some sPiNe TiNgLiNg LiStEnEr GhOsT sToRiEs!! 

This week Lauren travels all over the world giving us a story about a pair of haunted homes in the UK, a budding psychic in Australia, some haunted antiques in Ireland, and a possible abduction in Mexico!

Ashley is bringing us the tales of a mysterious phone call, a mommy doppelganger, a seance in Missouri, and a very angry ghost who wants to know.... Are you happy now?

 

As usual Listener Ghost Stories contain foul language, potentially jarring sound effects and music, and are best enjoyed in the dark with a set of headphones.

 

Music featured in this episode by Vivek Abhishek, Ross Budgen, CO AG Music, and the Hadwin Channel

 

This episode is dedicated to our friend Ryan Ditty

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