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Episode 26 – Swarovski Skulls

By Wyatt Shell and Jake Withee

This week, it's all about them artifact facts! The mysterious relics in question have some pretty far out stories behind them, and the boys are determined to dig in deep.First up, Jake tells the tale of a crystal cranium thought to be sacred to the Mayans, or maybe not. Part of a supposed set of thirteen skulls scattered across the globe, could this polished piece of quartz be the key to immense cosmic power? What does 19th century Germany have to say on the matter?Wyatt then details the curious Voynich manuscript, a dense and illustrated scientific textbook or possibly an early version of Playboy that, either way, has baffled linguists and cryptographers for ages. Practice your Jerry Lewis impression and keep the jungle cats out of your study as you listen to this week's Superduperstitious!EPISODE LINKSBald eagles in Chicago:'s storyStrange Mysteries from Around the World: C. Clarke's Mysterious World: Geographic: origins of the crystal skull:'s storyVoynich manuscript: theories: solution: & Kondrak solution: solution:

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