Timesuck with Dan Cummins

Timesuck with Dan Cummins

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Each week, Dan Cummins takes fascinating listener suggested topics and enthusiastically dives into time sucks about everything from Charles Manson to the Lizard Illuminati, absurdly and sarcastically sharing the best of what he uncovers with you. Time to get curious! Time for Timesuck.

Episodes

35 - Murder, Drugs, Porn, and Pirates: Tales From the Dark Web  

On Friday, May 25th, 2015, 31 year old Ross Ulbricht, aka the Dread Pirate Roberts, was sentenced to life in prison for money laundering, computer hacking, conspiracy to traffic narcotics, "drug kingpin" charges, and he narrowly avoided "procurement of murder" charges. All for running the online, dark web marketplace, The Silk Road. What is the "dark web", should we keep it around, and are online marketplaces for vice, like the Silk Road, actually a good idea?  Today's episode is sponsored by Mack Weldon. Go to www.mackweldon.com and use the promo code TIMESUCK at checkout to get 20% off! 

49 - Kurt Cobain: The Triumph and Tragedy of Alt Rock's Greatest Icon  

I remember the exact moment I first heard Nirvana and I remember the day he died. But I didn't know how hard he had to work for Nirvana to break through, and I didn't know how terribly troubled he was while they were breaking through. With the recent suicides of Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington of Linkin Park, it felt like the right time for this episode. And it was a great excuse to listen to Nirvana all week. They were so good it made me angry all over again that Kurt's not still with us. The life of Kurt, the rise of Nirvana, and the circumstances of his tragic death in today's grunge edition of Timesuck! 

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48 - Slenderman: A Modern Monster is Born  

In 2014, two twelve year old Wisconsin girls believed in monsters. They believed in one, Slenderman, so completely, they decided to kill their friend to prove their worth to Slenderman so they could become his "proxies" and live with him in his woodland mansion. Luckily, their friend survived, despite being stabbed 19 times. Who is Slenderman? And why do some people still believe in him? And what exactly happened the day this girl was stabbed? Find out in a spooky, how-to-create-a-monster edition of Timesuck. 

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47 - Rasputin: Russia's Mad Monk  

Rasputin is one of the strangest historical figures out there. He was a Siberian peasant who ended up becoming part of the Tsar's inner circle due to his alleged healing abilities. He also helped getting Russia's royal family murdered when the Russian people came to believe he was possessed by the Devil, partly because he was sleeping with about half of St. Petersburg, holding odd religious orgies, and doing stuff like getting drunk and waving his penis around at restaurants. Not cool for a guy the country assumes his sleeping with the Tsarina. Learn all about this mad monk and Russia's transition from imperialism to communism in a truly fascinating suck! 

This episode of Timesuck is brought to you by the Fantasy Footballers podcast. https://www.thefantasyfootballers.com/ The best fantasy football advice you can find and the most fun you'll have listening to it. Check 'em out and subscribe! 

Head to the Hollywood Improv, October 5th, 7:30PM for the first ever live recording of Timesuck! Part of the LA Podcast Festival. Tickets only $15. Click here for tix/more details.

Want to hear Boney M's Rasputin? Here's the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yTVWXYctoY

 

EP 46 - Blood Countess Elizabeth Bathory: Most Prolific Female Serial Killer Ever?  

16th century Hungary was a place and time of unimaginable violence. Europe had been at war with itself and the Ottoman Turks for centuries. Hungary was located between the Holy Roman Empire and the Ottomans, and when those two empires weren't battling each other on Hungarian soil, Hungary was battling itself. And after Hungarian nobles had squashed a recent peasant uprising, the Hungarian peasant class had become virtual slaves with zero rights, people the noble class could exploit however they wanted to. And since peasants were being constantly murdered anyway, what difference did 650 more disappearances, the number of victims Bathory is rumored to have killed, make? How did one woman stand out for excessive butchery in an age when butchery was the norm? Find out in another full-evil, medieval edition of Timesuck! 

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45 - North Korea: Prison Posing as a Nation  

What is happening over in North Korea and why do we not try and stop the atrocities being committed? Just how insane is Kim Jong-un? (VERY) How bad is life for the average North Korean citizen? (HELL ON EARTH) Does the North Korean regime have any redeeming qualities? (UM... NOPE) Find out how North Korea came to be and what life is like in the "Hermit Kingdom" in this totalitarian edition of Timesuck. 

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44 - The Transgender Debate  

What does it actually mean to be transgender? Why does one person identifying as transgender scare, disgust, or enrage so many others? Does it really matter? Listen, be entertained, and maybe gain a new perspective on a topic you either knew nothing about, or learn something new about a topic you know a lot about, as I throw out some Transgender info and speak with a Transgender Timesucker in the Suck's first ever interview. 

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And - follow the show on Instagram to help pick the show's next bonus topic! @timesuckpodcast on Instagram. CIA experiment MK ULTRA, the Heaven's Gate Cult, or convicted hitman, Richard "the Iceman" Kuklinski 

BONUS 7 - Vlad "the Impaler" Dracula: Man Behind the Vampire  

How do you become the real life basis for the most famous monster of our time? By being one of the most sadistic and terrifying figures who ever lived. Vlad impaled, disemboweled, boiled, burned, hacked, tortured, and beheaded his way in world wide notoriety, his name still recognizable over 500 years after his death. Forget medieval - we go full-evil - on the darkest edition of Timesuck yet. 

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43 - The Lost City of Atlantis! So Many Crazy Theories...  

Atlantis! Did a highly advanced civilization sink into the sea tens of thousands of years ago?  Can the cultures of the Romans, Maya, Incas, Mesopotamians, Greeks and more all be traced back to it?  Or is Atlantis just another myth? An oceanic metropolis invented by the Greek philosopher Plato to teach a moral lesson to ancient Athenians? Find out in the wild and crazy ride we have to take to unravel the mystery of today’s Timesuck.

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42 - Martin Luther King, Jr.: Life, Legacy and Assassination Conspiracy  

How much do you really know about Martin Luther King, Jr.? Did you know he was so committed to nonviolence that he refused to even defend himself from a white supremacist that once attacked him on stage? That he urged angry neighbors to stay calm after someone bombed HIS house? Did you know a government investigative committee determined that his assassination was likely a part of a conspiracy? A verdict a civil court also later confirmed. Find out all this and more in the longest, deepest Timesuck yet! 

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41 - Blood and Glory: True Tales of the Texas Rangers  

If it weren't for the Texas Rangers, Texas probably wouldn't be a state today. These wild, eccentric frontiersman rode into battle on crippled legs, gun wound shortened arms, shot horseshoes out of cannons and did whatever it took to get the job done and win independence from Mexico. Meet the real Walker, Texas Ranger, meet the man who brought down Bonnie and Clyde, and learn some gritty Texas history along the way. Timesuck goes deep in the heart of Texas to tell Texas-sized tales of it's first and fierce lawmen. 

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40 - Doomsday Drama! Nostradamus & Apocalypse Prophets  

Did Nostradamus predict a series of major world events that would occur hundreds of years after his death? Did he know when the world would end? Or is it all just a bunch of ridiculous nonsense? Find out who Nostradamus was, what he predicted, what I think of those predictions and learn a little about what most doomsday predictions are based on and how many times doomsday prophets have been wrong the past few millennia in this apocalyptic edition of Timesuck!

 

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39 - Bonnie & Clyde: Original Gangsters  


On May 23rd, 1934, 23 year old Bonnie Parker was shot 26 times. 25 year old Clyde Barrow was shot 17 times. They died in a hail of gunfire, initiated by legendary Texas Ranger Frank Hamer, who'd come out of retirement to catch them.  Why did the law man want them that dead? Because for over two years, the Barrow gang had been behind a preposterous number of bank robberies, prison breakouts, and murders. Who were Bonnie and Clyde? Why'd they do it? Find out in this high speed pursuit, bustin' loose edition of Timesuck!

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38 - JFK Assassination Part 2 of 2  

The conclusion of Timesuck's first two part episode. Do I think Oswald killed Kennedy? I don't think so. Do I think the CIA was involved in Kennedy's death? I do think so. I know this all sounds crazy! But take a listen and find out why I came to the conclusions I did researching the most mind-bending topic I've looked into so far. Today's episode is brought to you by Dollar Shave Club. Go to www.dollarshaveclub.com/timesuck today and get their badass Executive razor handle, four stainless steel, six blade cartridges and a tube of Dr. Carver's Shave Butter sent to your door for only 5 bucks! Best razor you'll ever use Timesuckers! 

BONUS 6 - JFK Assassination Part 1 of 2  

We know that on November 22nd, 1963, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States, was assassinated at 12:30PM CST while traveling through Dallas, Texas, in a 1961 open-top, Lincoln Continental convertible limousine. Why can't we all agree on who killed him or why he was killed? Listen in for the deepest suck yet! www.timesuckpodcast.com  

37 - Shark Attacks! Great Whites, Megalodon, & Blood in the Water…  

Why do sharks terrify us? How dangerous are they? Can they attack in fresh water!?! Can they nibble your dick off!?! SO MANY QUESTIONS!!! So many answers on this getting ready for summertime, shark-infested edition of Timesuck! Today's episode is brought to you by Dollar Shave Club. Go to www.dollarshaveclub.com/timesuck today and get their badass Executive razor handle, four stainless steel, six blade cartridges and a tube of Dr. Carver's Shave Butter sent to your door for only 5 bucks! Best razor you'll ever use Timesuckers! 

36 - Jeffrey Dahmer: The Cannibal of Milwaukee  

Sadist. Rapist. Pedophile. Murderer. Cannibal. Necrophiliac. Jeffrey Dahmer was all of these things. But why? Why did he do it? What exactly did he do? Find out on this fascinating and cringeworthy edition of Timesuck! This episode of Timesuck is brought to you by Audible. Go to www.audible.com/TIMESUCK and get a free audiobook with your 30 day trial membership! 

34 - Jonestown Massacre: Cult leader Jim Jones and his mass suicide in South America  

The most insane suck yet, Timesuckers. How did a pastor and political activist convince nearly 1,000 people to move from California to a communist jungle compound in Guyana and then kill themselves by drinking poisoned Flavor Aid? Listen, find out, and take advantage of some great deals from this episode's sponsors!  *** Turn your commute into something more with a free trial at Audible. Go to Audible.com/timesuck to start sucking their many audiobooks right now. *** Timesuckers can also join the Dollar Shave Club and get their 1st month of the Executive Razor with a tube of Dr. Carver’s Shave Butter for ONLY $5 with FREE shipping. You can only get this offer exclusively at DollarShaveClub.com/timesuck.

 

33 - Designer Babies: The Scary Pandora's Box of Genetic Modification  

What exactly are designer babies? What plants and animals have scientists already genetically modified? Have any humans been genetically modified? How will genetic modification affect the future of the human race?  Find out and get 20% off any purchase at Mackweldon.com by using the promo code TIMESUCK 

BONUS 5 - Pablo Escobar: Coke, Power, Mayhem & So Much Money  

How do you rise from being so poor your parents can't afford to buy you shoes for school to being the 7th richest man in the entire world? If you're Pablo Escobar you do it through violence, intimidation, and selling a crazy amount of cocaine. Eighty percent of America's 80's coke came from Pablo and at the height of his power it made him 420 million dollars... A WEEK. He had a fleet of yachts, hundreds of homes, even a personal zoo, but he still ended up dying essentially poor and alone with a bullet in his ear. Find out how on this week's Timesuck! 

32 - Marilyn Monroe: Life, Death, & Murder Conspiracy  

What do you know about Marilyn Monroe? Did you know it took years after she being "discovered" for her to "make it"? That she spent part of her childhood in an orphanage? That she never knew who her father was? Or that her mother spent most of Marilyn's childhood committed to various mental institutions? Or that she took on the Hollywood studio contract system and won, paving the way for modern actors and actresses to also become producers and control their careers more than she ever could? She was so much more than just a pretty face. Find out exactly how much more in this Timesuck! 

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