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We tackle another Chromatic Dwarf story this week, The Little Gray Man, from Andrew Lang's Fairy Books. It takes some unexpected twists, landing us squarely in the realms of DOUBLE FICTION. Check out Gordie's new Kickstarter! Suggested talking points: Happy World Sea Turtle Day, House+, Plotmosphere, Lotto Tickets in the Leaves, Extra-Dimensional W…
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This week we cover the tale of Dapplegrim, the only named character in his story. And rightly so, as he's the most terrifying horse to ever live. Check out Gordie's new Kickstarter! Suggested talking points: Accidental Estate Sale, Schrödinger's Vacuum, Investing in a Future Brag, The Money Laundromat, Addicted to Milk, Rad By Association, Echoes o…
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After her daring escape from what is almost certainly a fae-managed Kroger, Carman regales us with the story of The Serpent Prince, which claims to come from Italy, but...well you be the judge. Check out Gordie's new Kickstarter! Suggested talking points: Entreprenordie, The Insatiable Desire to Punk Everything, Fairy Ring Grocery Store, Foxpower E…
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This week we, and by extension you, are treated to The Epic Farts of General Pumpkin. I dunno what else you want from me on this one, it's all on the tin. Suggested talking points: The Rabbit-to-Bear Pipeline, Sit Down and Enjoy the Gas-Humor, Pumpkin Popeye, The Last Fartbender, Flatulent Forest Gump, Fartial Arts, General Pumpkin's Pumpkin Cookbo…
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We return to the welcoming, warm blanket of Fairytalez With a Z Dot Com to read about The Half-Chick, an Origin Story that really didn't need to be. Suggested talking points: Load-Bearing Cereal, Chicken Broth Nightcap, Just a Hint of Feather, Soliciting Help From the Ground, Victor Hugo's Dark Souls If you'd like to support Carman's artistic endea…
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This week on WTFolklore, we turn our attention to The Toad Woman, a Native American tale of unrecorded origin. With a name like that you'd figure she'd be pretty interesting, but, uh, there are a number of other intriguing entities this week as well. Suggested talking points: The Original Team Rocket, Too Hot for Poe, Old Lady Moccasin Pit Crew, He…
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This week on WTFolklore, we read The Goose Girl at the Well, A Grimm Brothers' tale that has absolutely nothing to do with any previously mentioned Goose-Women on our program. Apologies for any audio hiccups, we had some very strange glitches this week that I've cleaned up the best I can. Suggested talking points: An Hour of Consciousness, Dragon B…
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This week on WTFolklore, we read Nani Daughter of Nani, A Palestinian story who's title omits a FASCINATING detail about said character. You'll have to listen in to find out for yourself. Suggested talking points: Decorative Digital Monkey, The Algorithm Used to be a Guy, Rock-Pocket Memory Palace, An Ill-Fated Cereal Promotion, Prehensile Rapunzel…
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This week we read The Enchanted Ring. No, not that one, the other one, from Russia. This obviously means we had to infuse it with some timely, seasonal holiday flair of our own. Suggested talking points: Blarney Day, Peasant is a Mindset, An Island in a Sea of Reasoning, Ruble-to-Dog Exchange Rate, Master Ninja Carpenters, There Are No Mysteries in…
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This week we read The Tiger King's Gift. No, not that one, the other one, from India. We actually meet a trinity of animal kings, so we encourage you to tag yourself among them. Suggested talking points: Time Crime, Enter the Month Zone, A More Wholesome Rage, A Well for Men, Living the Death Stranding Life, Terms of Genie Services, Inflation on th…
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This week we read The Bird Catcher, from Serbia. It features either the very best or the very worst agent of Project Birdfall. We'll let you decide which. CONTENT WARNING: Infrequent, but repeated mentions of domestic violence. Suggested talking points: BYONut, Bird Concerts are Canceled, Ruining Lives For Fun, The Senile-o-Meter, Redefining Mischi…
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This week we read The Shepherdess and the Chimney Sweep, another banger from Hans Christian Andersen. It doesn't do much to disrupt it's own status quo by the end, but boy are there some twists along the way. Suggested talking points: A Proud Line of Highly Skilled Dishwashers, Big Hoof: Sasquatch of the South, Peppers That Learn English, Invest In…
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This week WTFolklore reads The Story of the Old Man Who Made Withered Trees to Flower, a Japanese story that demonstrates the perils of being TOO nice to someone, and the perils of being TOO stupid for niceness to be done unto you. Suggested talking points: The Baby-to-Grandparent Pipeline, The Job of Dog is Win Food, Cool Prank, Planet Earth, The …
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This week we read The Flower Queen's Daughter, which transitions naturally from a PSA about egg consumption protocols to a Ye Olde retelling of Scott Pilgrim. Suggested talking points: Redemption Arc University, The AI-niverse, An Exercise in Broken Promises, Karate Fighting a Ditch, Midnight Egg Demands, Prince Grindset, Cordially Captured, Even M…
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This week WTFolklore reads two tales of similar structure, The Apples of Pregnancy and The Three Princesses and the Unclean Spirit. Turns out when you get your boys from apples, they ain't normal boys no more. But they ARE very capable infants. Suggested talking points: I Miss Boat, A Non-Stop Flood of Tom and Jerry Content, One Punch Jr., A Very M…
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We have arrived at what is definitely our 400th episode (excluding a bunch of additional recordings that simply don't count). Such a momentous occasion requires a momentous surprise. Thanks to (lil') Geri for joining us! Suggested talking points: Fallen Carpet Paladin, Corn Wearing a Bib, The Bedtime Onion Threshold, The Blobfish of Phrases, Uncle …
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This week we read The Plague Omen, a Polish tale that, on one hand, is about 4 years too late, but on the other, probably wouldn't have changed much if we're honest. Suggested talking points: Flex the Germs Off, Tummy Dentist, A Secret Auction With Yourself, Stank-Free Tales, Requiescat in Fauci, Can't Go Back to the Rat Shack If you'd like to supp…
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WTFolklore kicks off 2024 by reading Tsuru no Ongaeshi and several of it's variants, giving you a veritable zodiac wheel of animal wives to choose from! Suggested talking points: The Gradual Descent Towards Something, The Most Secret Best Known Folktale Award, A Grab-Bag of Human Parts, Posture Correcting Underpants, Furry Waifu Starter Kit, Eyes F…
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Rounding out the year 2023, we read the two wintery tales, The Little Girl and the Winter Whirlwinds and The Yule Buck and the Girl, to jam-pack as much WTFolklore in as we can before the holidays. You'll also learn an awful lot about Kellogg's cereal. Suggested talking points: Not an Ideal Wolverine, Pac-Man Fitness Tape, Smash Glass if Bugs and D…
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This week on WTFolklore we read the Brazillian tale, Why the Sea Moans, which is obviously a well-known phenomenon and not just a made up excuse to tell another bizarre Cinderella-like. Suggested talking points: December Ants, Zynnergy with a Z, Tim Slurry, Return of the Math Corner, The Ocean Learns to Annunciate, Politely Ghosting a Princess, Han…
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This week on WTFolklore after some brief forays into the worlds of toilets and Hallmark movies, which ARE different, we read The Cat that Walked by Himself, certainly for the first time ever. We learn some uncomfortable truths about the sitcoms that are our lives, and the marketing acumen of our feline friends. Suggested talking points: Pork and Ap…
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This week on WTFolklore we read The Fairies of the Waterfall, which inadvertently helps to clue us in on the diabolical modern-day machinations of the Fae. Suggested talking points: Vivid Nighttime Idea Hallucinations, A Big "We", Practical Laundry Math, Infrared Flags, Mandala Death Messenger, A Ham-Themed Year, Lorem Ipsum Lagoon, If you'd like t…
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We've made it to the spookiest day of the year! Enjoy our retelling of The Blacksmith's Stool: The Story of a Man Who Found That Death was Necessary Suggested talking points: GPS as a Statement Necklace, Freaky 2:30 to 4:30, Give the Stool a Chance, Forever Staycation, Spa Day in Space, Quarterly Ani-Devil Training, Diet-Death, Tinnitus of the Tong…
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This week for Spooklore, we learn about Herne the Hunter, a man so baller in life that it was inevitable he'd be just as baller in death. Suggested talking points: Build-A-Backstory, Some of Us Have Brigands to Fight, The Most Recent Ghost, Just Lads Being Mates, Best at Woods, Best at Ghost If you'd like to support Carman's artistic endeavors, vis…
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This week for Spooklore, we tell the tale of The Loss of Jacob Hurd, though in reality the tale is less about Jacob, and more about his own son's ghost-vengeance on his hassle of a father. Thanks to Dave for joining us again! Suggested talking points: Industrialized Curse Complex, Some Of These Words Are Just Vibes, The Girl-Child Iceberg, Dante's …
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This week for Spooklore, we eventually get around to telling a Polish folktale, The Demon's Dance, but first we ask that you Descend into a societal horror with us. Thanks to Theo for joining us again! Suggested talking points: Plato's Cave of Corporatocracy, Knife: Mint in Box, High Mischief Tolerance, The Pope Store on Pope Island, Cutcotaku, An …
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Kicking off Spooklore once more is the return of the Journey West. Certainly not as body-horror-y as last years entry, but still enough Halloween flavor to whet the appetite. Suggested talking points: Herald of Mischief, The Ultimate Trick-Or-Treater, One Measly Murder, Pickled Horse, Dunkin' Infestation, Nature's Most Camaflouge Animal, Beanie Bab…
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This week on WTFolklore, we read The Riddle. That's something of a misnomer, as no riddles appear whatsoever. But there are plenty of personal anecdotes to be had. Suggested talking points: A Satisfying Scrunch, An Anecdote-Proof Life, Giant Dog Emporium, BYOBubble, Code Scheherazade, The Great Squander Games, The Sphynx Detox If you'd like to supp…
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This week WTFolklore reads Forest Bride: The Story of a Little Mouse Who Was a Princess, which very succinctly sums up what you should expect to hear about. In addition to more single-panel Facebook Comic Strip Audiobooks, of course. Suggested talking points: Maybe We're the Poops, Rank the Boys, Go Away My Sons, High-Stakes Parking Garage, Cheesec…
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This week on WTFolklore is the follow-up story to last week, titled How Ball Carrier Finished His Task, and, listen, we MAY have been a little overzealous in our endorsement of a certain witch last week... Suggested talking points: Museum Of Things You Walk On, The Age of Windbreakers, Pigeon Beats Wolf, The Speed of Couch, Bonked to Death, Cried a…
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This week on WTFolklore, we read the Unattributed Native American tale, The Ball Carrier and the Bad One, which features a confusing training montage, distressingly terrible plans, and a shocking sequel hook Suggested talking points: Escape from the Chaos Zone, A Pokeball for Children, Booster Pack of Wolves, Simply Shriek Until Things Get Better, …
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This week WTFolklore reads the Icelandic tale, The Witch in the Stone Boat, after a brief return from a beloved segment. Suggested talking points: The Pungent Void, Celebrate by Suffering, Hot to Breathe, Boats are Binary, The Air is Thick with Scolding, Whisper and Bake Your Secrets, Troll-Shaped Bib, Full of Porridge and Dreams If you'd like to s…
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This week WTFolklore concludes reading Prince Tity, and end up attending the most rancid-vibes party we've ever heard of. Suggested talking points: A Quick Jasper Fforde Endorsement, Two Birds with One War, Sadness-Horny Sickness, Eloquent Warmaking, Plot-Thread Picnic If you'd like to support Carman's artistic endeavors, visit: https://www.patreon…
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This week WTFolklore begins reading Prince Tity, a French tale (not "that" France though), and meet a character we've been dreaming of our whole lives. Suggested talking points: Phrase of Woman, Merely and Oopsie, The Head-Lop-Off Pendulum, The Gucci Fairy, A Sentient Mist, King Divorced If you'd like to support Carman's artistic endeavors, visit: …
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This week WTFolklore reads How the Brazilian Beetles Got their Gorgeous Coats. That may seem like a very straightforward title to you at first glance, but as our episode title suggests, something deeper lurks below the surface of this tale. Suggested talking points: There Might Be Content, Outfluencers, Turds with Legs, Doomed to Never Be Aesthetic…
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This week WTFolklore reads The Magic Swan-Geese, or as it's more commonly known these days, Jim Henson's Labyrinth starring David Bowie. Suggested talking points: Venti Daughter, Murder is Naughty, A Wild Oven in the Tall Grass, The Cult of the Sob, The Inanimal Z Team, What WOULDN'T You Do for a Subaru? If you'd like to support Carman's artistic e…
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This week on WTFolklore, we celebrate Independence Day the only way we know how...by reading a story from Japan instead. Join us for The Cats' Elopement. Suggested talking points: Soothsaying MLM, More Smoke Than Casino, A Patriotic Eye-full, Web 3.0: Voices Screeching in the Wind, Cute and with Fewer Teeth than Normal, Cat Saloon If you'd like to …
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Concluding Pride Month 2023, we finish reading The Story of the Marquise-Marquis de Banneville, from Charles Perrault. Suggested talking points: Folktales are Optional, Subterranean Podcast Jail, A Duel Here and There is Nice, Tom Clancy's Bepis Problem, Shovelin' Arms Ain't Tired Yet, Gift of the Magi After Hours If you'd like to support Carman's …
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Continuing Pride Month 2023, we begin reading The Story of the Marquise-Marquis de Banneville, from Charles Perrault. Suggested talking points: The Big One About the Red Lady, Where Tangents Come to Drink and Unwind, Nobility Population Control, Desperate To Do Some Fraud, Gambling>Hot Lady>Lawsuit, A 15-Minute Intermission to Crowd Surf If you'd l…
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HEY! YOU! CARMAN'S DOING A KICKSTARTER! CHECK IT OUT! To commemorate the beginning of Pride Month 2023, we read The Nobleman's Daughter Who Became a Soldier, a Lithuanian tale provided to us through the great efforts of our discord community. Suggested talking points: No Bits, All Bangers, A High-Stakes Episode, Helpful at Army, No Time For Singing…
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HEY! YOU! CARMAN'S DOING A KICKSTARTER! CHECK IT OUT! This week on WTFolklore we miraculously continue reading The Tree That Reached the Sky. The scope of this tree expands exponentially, like a Big Bang. Suggested talking points: The Do-Over Wizard, How Do I Humpty This Dumpty?, The Vague Shape of a Dude, Til Bits Do Us Part, Stabs Monthly, The Re…
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HEY! YOU! CARMAN'S DOING A KICKSTARTER! CHECK IT OUT! This week on WTFolklore we begin reading The Tree That Reached the Sky. Though, in a way, we also conclude reading The Tree That Reached the Sky, even though next week, we're going to continue reading The Tree That Reached the Sky. It'll make sense when you get there Suggested talking points: Pa…
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HEY! YOU! CARMAN'S DOING A KICKSTARTER! CHECK IT OUT! After an almost definitely unhelpful recap of Part 1, we conclude our trek into The Punishment of Gangana. Hopefully this time you walk away with useful knowledge, like the difference between a dragon and a flying lizard, what is and is not a prank (kidnapping), and that if you just wait around …
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HEY! YOU! CARMAN'S DOING A KICKSTARTER! CHECK IT OUT! After discussing our various franchising options (again), We begin reading The Punishment of Gangana this week. We do our best to follow along, but it proves to be deceptively simple, and entirely interested in the minutiae of a number of characters it decides to name at random intervals. Good l…
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HEY! YOU! CARMAN'S DOING A KICKSTARTER! CHECK IT OUT! This week on WTFolklore, after a brief update on the state of mini-golf and pizza in this country, we read Yallery Brown, which is less of a cautionary tale and more of a general PSA to be on the lookout for this prick. Suggested talking points: A Good Place To Hide From a Baby, Phantom Pizza Fr…
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HEY! YOU! CARMAN'S DOING A KICKSTARTER! CHECK IT OUT! This week on WTFolklore we read Herr Lazarus and the Draken, which sounds SUSPICIOUSLY familiar to another tale we read many, many years ago... Suggested talking points: Sweeping: A Thing You Don't HAVE To Do On Carpets, About 40% Cooler, Paperwork Makes Friendship Stronger, A Beef With Foxes, F…
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This week on WTFolklore we read Lutung Kasarung, the tale of a woman so committed to snatching defeat from the jaws of victory that she does it like, four or five times in a row. Also, there's a very humble, magical monkey. Suggested talking points: Carpetalism, Grocery Store Final Boss, Carpet Cannon (Celebratory), Carman Stanklation, Humble Monke…
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This week on WTFolklore we read The Flaming Horse: The Story of a Country Where The Sun Never Shines, which is ACTUALLY the story of a man who loves two things most in life: Books and Murder. Suggested talking points: Lost the Rights to Sunshine, Regicide: Round 2, Good Ol' Fashioned Imagination Fight, Backup Plans are for Chumps, Sun Love Horse, H…
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