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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Jul 24, 2020

Good Morning Weirdos.  I’m Ashley Strange and this is my cohost Lauren Derp and we’re here to bring you the news!

This week we are bringing our YouTube segment THIS WEEK IN WEIRD to the big stage!  This Week in Weird is where we share with you all the weirdest news stories from around the world that are happening RIGHT NOW!

This week we’ve got missing persons (with a twist) voodoo, true crime stories, scientific discoveries, kooky towns, sea monsters, the GROSSEST STORY EVER TOLD, screaming skies and one wacky case of old DNA!

Join our Facebook Group to access links to all the stories we shared on today’s episode!

Jul 17, 2020

Hey y'all!

Welcome to PART TWO of our Hometown Haunts ILLINOIS episode!! Couldn't you just?

Last week we shared stories about aliens and ghosts and it was REAL SPOOKY.  This week gets a TAD darker with Lauren covering some very disturbing and some very confusing true crime stories.  But don't worry!  All that terror will be broken up by Ashley's kooky tales of crazy characters, the impressiveness of Native American civilizations, and a very strange story about a young girl who's body was taken over by a stranger.

For cryin' out loud, lets get to the show!


This week's topics:

Robert Pershing Wadlow (The tallest man in recorded history)

Deaf Bill Lee (An Alton IL legend)

The 1987 murder of the Dardeen Family of Ina Illinois

Cahokia Mounds

The Mad Gasser of Mattoon

The Watseka Wonder (A possession story)

The 1984 murder of the Hendricks Family in Bloomington Illinois

Jul 10, 2020

Ope!  You betcha, weirdos it's time to drink some pop and eat some puppy chow because we're headed to the midwest, y'all!

This week Ashley and Lauren are going to their home state of ILLINOIS for a very special two part HOMETOWN HAUNTS episode! 

The close encounters, murders, spooky old buildings, possessions, Native American landmarks, poltergeists, the most haunted small town in America, the tallest man in recorded history, and so much more!! 


This Week's topics include:

The Bartonville State Hospital aka the Illinois Asylum for the Incurable Insane

UFO encounters - Centralia/Mt Vernon/Fairfield & The St Clair Triangle/Southern Illinois Incident

The Macomb Firestarter

John Otto & his transmission from space

The many hauntings of Rockford University

Jane Addams, Hull House, and the Devil Baby

& The Enfield Horror

Jul 3, 2020

Hi Weirdos!

In the last 3-1/2 years of our show Ashley & Lauren have covered a TON of weird objects.  Robert the doll, Annabelle from The Conjuring fame, the antikythera mechanism, even the Betz Sphere when we teamed up with Florida Men on Florida Man.

This week we decided to throw together some of the CRAZIEST objects in the world.  We've got haunted paintings, cursed cars, possessed clothing, ancient mysteries, and even a murderous toy.

Tune in to learn about

The Crying Boy: A painting by Giovanni Bragolin

James Dean's car "Little Bastard"

Anne Baker's Wedding dress

The Ubaid Statues of Iraq

& an Elmo plushie that's out for revenge.



Jun 26, 2020

Hallelujah, Weirdos!

It's part two of our discussion on PROPHECIES!! Last week Lauren taught us all about Nostradamus his many predictions.  This week Ashley is tackling BIBLICAL prophecies! 

But before we even get into those-- we have to take a look at the good book.  When was the bible written?  Who wrote it?  How many translations are there?  Where did those new verses come from?  Who the heck put that parable in there? So that we can answer questions like "are the prophecies legit or did they cheat?", "Why do Conservatives hate gay people", "Are we experiencing the end-times?", and so much more!


WARNING: This episode contains discussions about religion.  All information within was provided by theological historians and language experts.  If you want more information, please visit our Facebook Group to find provided links! 

Jun 19, 2020

Yaass, predict that future boiiii.

This week is all about prophecies, baby!  Some people are downright FAMOUS just for knowing the future and some prophecies just don't hold up to scrutiny.

This week is part one of our prophecies discussion and Lauren is teaching us all about a totally normal dude named Nostradamus.  JUST KIDDING he's mega famous and he sold drug lozenges and he saw the future.

We'll learn about his life, his career, his struggles, and obviously his predictions and which ones seem to have come true!


Jun 13, 2020

Hi Weirdos!  Are you ready to get scared?  Are you ready to CRY?! 

Welcome to another week of Listener Ghost Stories where Ashley and Lauren sit down and tell each other the creepiest, scariest, weirdest, most touching real life scary stories that we can find!  Whether you're sending them in or we're making new friends on the internet-- the world is FULL of the strange and unusual.

This weeks stories feature ghosts who can drive, ghosts who can text, ghosts who need haircuts, creatures in rivers, glitches in the matrix, and more! 

Please donate to the Black Lives Matter Movement- there is a link in our Instagram and Twitter bios!  The world deserves justice for the men and women who are effected by police brutality.  The men and women who are disproportionally Black or BIPOC.  This country needs a change- a change that will be good for all of us!  We are not safe until everyone is safe.

Music: Several pieces by composer Ross Budgen (@rossbugden)


May 29, 2020

Paranormal Investigation

Suit up, Weirdos!  This week we've got a little treat for you!  Ashley took Joe on his very first paranormal investigation! And she didn't even have to bribe him!

Ashley and Joe have lived in the same apartment for over four years and have separately as well as simultaneously witnessed strange activity.  Electrical anomalies, shadows creeping on the walls, closet creatures, couch ladies, sickening smells, and yes- even physical touch!  

So since we're stuck at home anyway we figure this is the PERFECT time to investigate our very own haunted apartment!

As usual, we play several clips from the investigation that are best heard through headphones so snag a pair of those if you want to get a real close listen.  

May 22, 2020

Na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na BLACK KNIGHT!

Welcome to another week of ALIEN ABDUCTIONS!  

This week the girls are bringing you two absolutely crazy alien abduction stories: Lauren's takes place in Pascagoula Mississippi and involves two coworkers, Charles Hickson & Calvin Parker, and a fishing trip gone wrong.  Ashley's takes place in the UK and involves the disappearance of a man named Zigmund Adamski.

We discuss the problems (or lack thereof) of people with paranormal and supernatural stories booking interviews and writing books and we fight back by putting a REVERSE CURSE on Philip J Klass.

And sweet Lauren throws in a little extraterrestrial reconnaissance conspiracy theory as a treat...

May 15, 2020

Ack Ack, Weirdos!

Welcome to another week of EXTRATERRESTRIALS!  This week Lauren is back and we recorded a TWO PART episode all about Alien Abductions!

This week the girls are bringing you information from psychologists and physicians who have treated people who claim to have been abducted by aliens as we break down the phases of an abduction, Lauren is teaching us all about the Travis Walton UFO Incident which inspired the movie Fire in the Sky and Ashley comes to terms with the aftermath of her own close encounter thirteen years ago... 


May 8, 2020

We come in peace, weirdos!

This week marks the first time we get to have an alien episode since Season One!! And boy are we excited.

This week Ashley gets to sit down with the handsomest of Joes to chat about UFOs, aliens, and close encounters!  Have you ever heard someone say, "If aliens were real, someone would have come forward by now."  Well, you're in luck because "someone" has.

Joe is going to be bringing us a handful of first hand stories from credible sources who claim that they have had experience with extraterrestrials or government entities who work directly with extraterrestrials! 

Ashley is bringing a very cool theory posted by reddit user BRADYLA_YouTube and a creepy real life story from reddit user ObedientUwU

Royalty free music from

May 1, 2020

Hiya Weirdos!

Welcome to another edition of HELTER SKELTER!! 

Obviously most people think of ol' Charlie Manson when they hear Helter Skelter but the actual definition of Helter Skelter is "in disorderly haste or confusion."  Basically these eps go ALL OVER the place as we discuss topics sent in by listeners that don't quite fit into themed episodes.

This week Ashley is going to be talking about the phenomenon of ghost lights as well as introverts and extroverts and the science behind them-- is it all in your head? Well... yes and no.  

Lauren is bringing us the REAL story of a Russian serial killer who also happened to be a magician and she'll be explaining infrasound and the effects it has on us.


Apr 24, 2020

Ohh, Saints Preserve Us, Weirdos!

We're back in Ireland.... and Greece.  Welcome to Part Two of MYTHOLOGICAL CREATURES!! 

This week Lauren is going to be bringing us a tale of deception and betrayal.  The legend of LAMIA; the origin of the condemned woman, the scorned woman, the women who were purposefully omitted.

Ashley is taking you back to Ireland where we go in search of FAERIES!! While we're there keep off the fairy paths and keep an eye out for those tricky changelings...

Consider ye be warned: Lauren tells so many lies in this episode.  Lauren briefly mentions the movie Stardust and then LIES ABOUT IT.  She gets everything wrong-- seriously, everything.  Even at the end of the episode when she corrects herself-- she corrects herself incorrectly.  So we just want YOU to know that WE know that everything we said is untrue.  So try not to pull out all your hair while listening.


Apr 17, 2020

Hi Weirdos! 

Are you ready for a magical journey through time?!  This week Lauren and Ashley are heading to Ancient Greece and the olden times of Ireland in search of MYTHOLOGICAL CREATURES!! 

This is Part One of our two part Mythological creatures episode and we're covering the saucy sirens of Greek mythology, the shrieking banshees of Irish lore, and a brief history of merpeople! 

Next week we're on to the legends of Lamia and we're learning all about fairies!! 


Disclaimer-- we had some serious audio problems this week and for that we sincerely apologize if it's distracting!  We're still working out some kinks as we work together (apart) through isolation but hopefully our next recording will be smoother! 

Apr 10, 2020

Hold on, Weirdos.  This episode is intense.

But I do have some good news... LAURENS BACK!! This week Ashley and Lauren are going to be sharing some crazy UNSOLVED MURDERS. 

Ashley is bringing you the mysterious YOGTZE Fall Case which occurred in Germany in 1984 as well as the death of LaVena Johnson which took place in Missouri/Iraq in 2005.  Lauren is sharing the strange disappearance and murder of Dorothy Jane Scott that took place in California in 1980 as well as the case known as the "Yogurt Shop Murders" which occurred in Austin in 1991.

This is definitely one of the more disturbing episodes that we have recorded and contains some of the hardest cases we've researched to date.  But with that said, the reason these extremely difficult cases were presented is because of how important they are to be remembered.

Warning:This episode contains graphic descriptions of murders along with mentions of rape and murder

Apr 3, 2020

Aye, Aye Weirdos!

Put on your sturdiest boots, strap on your booney hats, and make sure that passport is up to date because we're taking you AROUND THE WORLD in search of ancient treasures!

This week Ashley is once again joined by her handsome fiancé JOE OCHS and it's time for him to fulfill his destiny.  Thats right weirdos, that anthropology minor he received from a state college fifteen years ago is FINALLY coming in handy! We're going to be discussing anthropological/archaeological finds and frauds!

Does that sound like a snooze fest to you?  Well trust me, it's not.  We'll be searching for proof of ancient aliens in Peru, discovering the worlds first computer in Greece, digging up giants in New York City, searching for the Ark of the Covenant in Ethiopia, and surprisingly... we'll even encounter a serial killer along the way.


Mar 27, 2020

Hizza-hizza-HI WEIRDOS!

Welcome to another edition of DJ Jazzy Joe the Science Bro featuring the Science Bro himself, Handsome Joe! This is the first episode to come out since isolation and boy are Joe and Ashley excited to talk to... anyone at all.

We're going to be discussing science, while attempting to avoid COVID19 talk (this is entertainment, not work.)  We'll be bringing you some crazy discoveries, ingenious inventions, and advancements in the realms of artificial intelligence, space, biology, and even butter!

And Joe only goes on one (official) rant!


Mar 20, 2020

HelloOoOoOo WeEeEiRdOs (like a ghost would say it)

Welcome to another SPOOKY edition of LISTENER GHOST STORIES!! 

Listener Ghost Stories is one of our absolute favorite segments!  Ashley and Lauren get together to share YOUR scary stories! This week we've got a ton of ghosts-- ghost cars, ghost lamps, hippie ghosts, ghosts who are sad, and even ghosts who scratch.  We've also got some glitch in the matrix stories, some extraterrestrial tales, and some experiences that are so spooky they will keep you up at night.. 

As usual, LGS episodes are usually more fun when you listen with a set of headphones... in the dark... during a thunderstorm... 

Mar 13, 2020

Give me a W!  Give me an H!  Give me an O!  Give me an A! 

Whoa, Weirdos! 

Welcome to PART TWO of our SPORTS episode!! Lauren and Ashley are once again joined by the hilarious and talented CARL TART.  You've seen him on Drunk History, The Good Place, Brooklyn Nine Nine, Comedy Bang Bang and so much more!  I assume you heard last week's episode, so I don't have to tell you this, but he's the best.

Last week we went over some true crime, some cults, and some curses.  This week Ashley is going to be bringing you some PARANORMAL and SUPERNATURAL ghost stories!  Yes, they exist!! We'll be chatting about haunted hotels, UFO sightings, Close Encounters, and BONUS: Handsome Joe joins me to start us off with a crazy story about the NY Yankees.

Mar 6, 2020

Hut, Hut, Hike Weirdos!! 

WELCOME TO SEASON FOUR!!! This is the premiere of our fourth season and not only are we so excited to be back, we're also excited to be chatting about something we n e v e r thought we'd be talking about on Keep It Weird.  But Season Fours are all about having fun and trying new things, right?  At least that's what they say.

Today, Ashley and Lauren are joined by one of the first friends they made in Los Angeles; actor and comedian CARL TART!  You've seen him on Drunk History, Brooklyn Nine Nine, The Good Place, Transparent, & Comedy Bang Bang.  You can catch him at UCB several times a week performing with groups like White Women and Asssscat.  AND you can check out his own podcast The Flagrant Ones on patreon!

This week Lauren is going to be bringing us some very wild & lesser known sports themed TRUE CRIME stories and Carl is going to be talking about his home team, the New Orleans Saints, and the evil CURSE that haunts them...

Join us next week when Ashley brings you some very scary sports-y paranormal and supernatural stories and you'll get to hear from a long lost friend.

Dec 20, 2019

Hi Weirdos!  Welcome to our SEASON 3 FINALE!! 

As per usual, our season finale is a paranormal investigation and this year we're setting sail!  Ashley and Lauren are joined by one of their best friends and recurring guest TYLER SCHUELKE as they spend the night on board the RMS Queen Mary in Long Beach California! 

Ashley and Tyler discuss the amazing history of the ocean liner, they reminisce about the awesome tour they took, and play clips from the night they spent exploring the halls and rooms of this legendary haunted boat! 

It isn't necessary but we definitely recommend that you listen to parts of this episode with headphones as we are going to be listening to some interesting EVP's that we caught on the ship, some unexplainable noises, along with some very quiet moments of the investigation and we wouldn't want you to miss any of the spooky stuff!

Thank you all so much for your support for yet another season of Keep It Weird!   We appreciate you all and we can't wait to see you in a couple months! 

Dec 13, 2019

On November 16th, 2018 Keep It Weird released their very first Special Edition True Crime Investigation wherein your host Ashley and very special guest Stephen Garland studied the unsolved murder of John William Shakespeare in 1975 in there hometown of Centralia, Illinois.

Since then we have received hundreds of documents, witness testimonies, investigation reports, autopsy reports, crime scene photos, suspect interviews, and so, so much more and we decided we had to record an update.  

This week we'll be bringing you a lot of new evidence, updates on how our opinions have changed in the last year, and several NEW suspects and motives for the crime.

There have been no arrests in this case and all evidence presented is circumstantial.  The opinions and theories expressed in this episode are speculative and theoretical and were derived from ongoing reports and firsthand accounts that were collected.  

Special thanks to Richard Sprehe, the BBC, Fremantle Media & Thames TV, University of Southern California and their ONE archives, the Beverly Hills Public Library, the Mattachine Society out of Washington DC, Esty Garland, Pam Casseday, Ron Casseday, Joe Ochs, Mackenzie Prather, and several other past and present Centralians who have provided us information that have asked to remain anonymous.  

Dec 6, 2019

You better believe we're back!  Back in the New York Groove! 

Welcome to our third and final installment of Hometown Haunts: NEW YORK!! Ashley and Lauren are joined once again by actor and comedian Steve Lachioma as they discuss the weirdest things that have taken place in the Empire state!

We've investigated the murders, we've hunted down the monsters, and now its time to communicate with some spirits because this week is all about HAUNTINGS!! Ashley is bringing you New York City's creepiest, spookiest, and spine tingliest locations and the bonkers stories behind them.

We're going to discover a haunted well, visit the house of death, meet Rosemary's baby, and even unknowingly walk across literally thousands of bodies.  New York is WILD, YO!


Nov 29, 2019

Happy Holidays Weirdos!! 

I know you need something to listen to while you're doing your Black Friday shopping; Ask and you shall receive! 

This week is part two of our Hometown Haunts in New York and we're going to be talking about CRYPTIDS!! That's right we're going to be talking about all of New York State's many monsters.

Actor/Comedian Steve Lachioma is going to be teaching us about some wild men, lake monsters, and even some dinosaurs down in the sewers.  

And get excited for a special drop in from one of your favorite handsome guests.

Tune in next week for PART THREE where Ashley is going to be giving you a tour of the spookiest NYC Haunts.

Nov 22, 2019

Ayyyy, Oh, Ayy! Welcome to the Big Apple!

Welcome to another edition of HOMETOWN HAUNTS!  This time we're heading to the Empire State in a THREE PART series! 

Ashley and Lauren are joined by actor, comedian, and native New Yorker Steve Lachioma as they discuss the murder, monsters, and mayhem that you can only find in New York, New York!

This week is Part One and Lauren is going to be focusing on some absolutely cray true crime stories! We focus on two murderers who had their stories immortalized on film, a straw hat riot, a real big cat named Ming and much more! 

Start spreadin' the news, weirdos and lets head to the big city! 

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