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  • The Dating Ring was a service that flew single women from New York City to go on blind dates with tech bros in Silicon Valley. It didn't go well. In the early 2010s, dating startup The Dating Ring got into the Y Combinator program and worked for several months trying to develop a successful business model. They cycled through many different ideas, the founders fighting and struggling to feel confident in their abilities. They finally settled on the bizarre idea to take advantage of the shortage of available single men in the New York City dating scene and the shortage of available single women in the San Francisco dating scene to launch possibly the strangest company idea ever - to ship a bunch of single women to Silicon Valley to go on awkward blind dates with tech bros. On this episode of Deep Cuts, we explore the half-baked dating app, The Dating Ring.
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  • An airport owner in the 1950s created a weird story about time machines and aliens to get more business. It ended up becoming a religion. In the late 1950s, George Van Tassel was running a small airport in Giant Rock, California. One day, out of nowhere for this seemingly normal clean-cut business owner and family man, Van Tassel started peddling a story about how he'd been visited by an alien who had given him plans to build a time machine. The story was clearly meant to drum of word of mouth hype about his airport so that more people might visit the various tourist attractions and restaurants on the property, but that didn't stop his wild story about Ashtar the alien and the Galactic Command from getting co-opted by the New Age movement in the 1970s and turned into a legitimate religion that still exists to this day. On this episode of Deep Cuts, we explore the baffling creation of Ashtar Galactic Command.
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  • They started off as a religious cult in the 1980s, but turned into a smaller cult that literally worships guns. In the 1980s, The Moonies were a very popular hyper-religious cult. Now, the son of the leader of that cult, Sean Moon, has started his own smaller offshoot. And they worship guns. On this episode of Deep Cuts, we delve into the bizarre and terrifying world of the Church of Guns.
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  • He claims to fight extraterrestrials on his ranch in Arizona on a daily basis, and to have killed 19 of them with a sword. John Edmonds and his wife bought Stardust Ranch in the late 90s so they could retire on the outskirts of Phoenix, Arizona. However, quickly after moving in they discovered that the place was swarming with aliens from another world. Or so they claim. Edmonds says that dozens of these aliens warp in from their spaceships and attack him on a daily basis, and he defends himself using nothing but a katana. He also claims to have personally killed 19 of them, and he has a bloodstained katana to prove it. But is any of this true? Well, obviously not, but the story and this guy are super fascinating. On this episode of Deep Cuts, we explore the incredibly fascinating and outlandishly fake story of Stardust Ranch.
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  • In the 1950s, he dressed up like an apocalyptic storm trooper and robbed banks. Nobody remembers him. Forest Ray Colson was ex-military and an ex-cop. He'd gone on tour during World War II without ever seeing combat, and he was fired from two different police stations for improper conduct. But he wanted power and he wanted to be respected. And so, in the early 1950s, he started dressing up in a terrifying apocalyptic costume and robbing banks in Southern California. He ravaged the area for 10 months, but for some reason nobody remembers him. On this episode of Deep Cuts, we explore the shocking and forgotten life of Forest Ray Colson.
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  • He created some of the most inventive films in history, but his continued struggles with Hollywood would lead to a dark, self-destructive spiral. In the early 2000s, a software engineer from Texas decided to spend $7,000 making an independent film about time travel called 'Primer.' The movie would go on to win at the Sundance film festival and become a huge cult hit. He would go on to spend the next 20 years struggling to get more of his films made - with increasing frustrations with the Hollywood system and their lack of support of his ideas. He made more films, and wrote some that would ultimately never see the light of day, but eventually his growing bitterness and resentment towards a world and an industry that rejected him would cause a dark and unforgivable downward spiral. On this episode of Deep Cuts, we dive into the conclusion to the harrowing tale of Shane Carruth's career and fall.
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    Further resources:
    Watch Primer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9A7fCKM4ERA
    Explanation of Primer time travel loop explained with visuals here: https://youtu.be/tUzy-xPf0MI
    Read 'A Topiary' here: https://indiegroundfilms.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/a-topiary-numbered.pdf?fbclid=IwAR1L5YwYfvVmL71P1zWcVGBfzL1T7Y7y2XGlrguOo9hCs2p70972OKiXAKI
    'A Topiary' Sizzle Reel: https://vimeo.com/23608364
    Watch 'Upstream Color': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6e7SgOEMymw
    Read 'The Modern Ocean': https://www.dropbox.com/s/4xunl7kkmnvccgl/TheModernOcean_for_Steven.pdf?dl=0&fbclid=IwAR1O4KGwehJDfjuaCk-oB63QTiP3FmJRx4J6mqg31MF_9y1nsW65s6DQu7g
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  • He created some of the most inventive films in history, but his continued struggles with Hollywood would lead to a dark, self-destructive spiral. In the early 2000s, a software engineer from Texas decided to spend $7,000 making an independent film about time travel called 'Primer.' The movie would go on to win at the Sundance film festival and become a huge cult hit. He would go on to spend the next 20 years struggling to get more of his films made - with increasing frustrations with the Hollywood system and their lack of support of his ideas. He made more films, and wrote some that would ultimately never see the light of day, but eventually his growing bitterness and resentment towards a world and an industry that rejected him would cause a dark and unforgivable downward spiral. On this episode of Deep Cuts, we dive into the life and times and unmade masterpieces of Shane Carruth.
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    Watch Primer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9A7fCKM4ERA
    Explanation of Primer time travel loop explained with visuals here: https://youtu.be/tUzy-xPf0MI
    Read 'A Topiary' here: https://indiegroundfilms.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/a-topiary-numbered.pdf?fbclid=IwAR1L5YwYfvVmL71P1zWcVGBfzL1T7Y7y2XGlrguOo9hCs2p70972OKiXAKI
    'A Topiary' Sizzle Reel: https://vimeo.com/23608364
    If you want to watch 'Upstream Color' in anticipation of next week's episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6e7SgOEMymw
    And if you're truly a crazy person and want to read Carruth's other un-produced script 'The Modern Ocean' before we discuss it on next week's episode: https://www.dropbox.com/s/4xunl7kkmnvccgl/TheModernOcean_for_Steven.pdf?dl=0&fbclid=IwAR1O4KGwehJDfjuaCk-oB63QTiP3FmJRx4J6mqg31MF_9y1nsW65s6DQu7g
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  • In the late 90s he got breast implants to win a $100k bet. 20 years later he still has them. In 1996, Brian Zembic, a somewhat eccentric gambling addict, entered into a wager with a fellow gambling friend that he would get breast implants for an entire year for $100,000. He did it, but then after that year he kept the breasts, and has basically crafted his entire life and personality around having them. The weird transphobia at play in this decades-long publicity stunt is troubling and fascinating, and the man at the center of it is a strange and unsettling figure - not because he's a man who has boobs, but because of why. On this episode of Deep Cuts, we delve into the strange life of Brian Zembic.
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  • He created the Metal Gear franchise and became one of the world's only mega-famous video game designers. And then his company tried to erase his legacy. Throughout the 80s and 90s, Hideo Kojima crafted some of the most interesting, as well as most successful video games in the world. He created the Metal Gear franchise, which experienced massive critical and commercial success over the last three decades. However, in the 2010s there started to be a sea change in the video game world. Things were shifting away from the big-budget, story-driven experiences that Kojima was known for - and more towards a pick-up and play mobile experience. And, as a result, the company that he'd worked for since 1986, Konami, unceremoniously kicked him to the curb and tried to erase his legacy. This is the story of the life and career of Hideo Kojima, and how he got screwed over by Konami.
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    "The Bombastically Meaningful Futility of Hideo Kojima" was written and edited by Andrew Price.
    Our guest was Jordan Morris. You can check out his new comic, bubble, available anywhere you buy comics on July 13, 2021.
    You can pre-order his comic, Bubble, here: https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250245557
    You can listen to the Bubble podcast here: https://maximumfun.org/podcasts/bubble/
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    "Andrew & Dave Save Hillsmer" was written by Andrew & Dave and edited by Andrew.
    It featured Andrew, Dave, Hillsmer, Zero, Baron Puppers Von Beulsenbark, Computer, Sherman, Rex, and Charles Wexler Weller, and a mysterious narrator that seems to have some kind of weird ulterior motive.
    These people are being credited for no particular reason, but in a very specific order: Nikki Howard, Seth Garben, Brandon Nebitt, and Wes Robertson, and Mike Miller.
    You can check out Nikki Howard’s sketch comedy on Facebook by searching her name or by going to facebook.com/nikkialexishoward
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    Oh My Goodness was written, performed, and produced by the Deadboy Detectives featuring Charles Wexler Weller, Hillsmer, and Rex.
    With drums performed by Jake Naugle.
    And sound mixing by Santiago Morillo Segovia.
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    Pseudocide.
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  • He murdered and ate someone, but was set free and became a Japanese national celebrity. Throughout his childhood growing up in the 70s and 80s, Iseei Sagawa harbored a dark secret. He craved human flesh. While in college in France, this dark desire finally resulted in him murdering and eating a fellow classmate. However, due to weird legal technicalities, he wasn't put in prison for his heinous crime. He was deported back to Japan where he was a free man. But that was only the beginning of the weirdness, and over the next several years he became a Japanese celebrity, writing books, starring in films, and much more. On this episode of Deep Cuts, we delve into the incredibly dark and morally unreal life of Issei Sagawa!
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  • It's one of the most truly strange films ever made, and we are going to delve into how it came to be. Throughout the late 70s, an idea was cooking in the minds of writer and musician Earl Mac Rauch and writer/director W.D. Richter. It was for an episodic multi-film adventure franchise about a half American/half Japanese scientist/rockstar/race car driver fighting a legion of evil aliens across multiple dimensions. And, while this idea eventually only resulted in one single film in 1984 - The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension - the story behind its creation as well as the world built by Rauch and Richter is truly something special. On this episode of Deep Cuts we delve into the making and legacy of Buckaroo Banzai!
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    Our guest was Dan Berger
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    "Andrew & Dave meet Pinky Carruthers & The Reno Kid" was written by Earl Mac Rauch
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    The Reno Kid played by Pepe Serna
    Pinky Carruthers played by Billy Vera
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    "Lectroids Better Run" was written and performed by Andrew Price
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  • A Thai production company licensed Ultraman for one movie, but they'd try and illegally build a bootleg empire with it. In the 1970s, a production company in Thailand was given permission to produce a single film utilizing characters from the popular Japanese series, Ultraman. However, instead of just doing the one movie, the company decided to just act as if they'd been given partial ownership of the franchise. They started producing their own original movies and tv shows using Ultraman characters. When the owners of Ultraman tried to put a stop to it by taking it to court, the Japanese court bafflingly upheld the Thai company's claim that they had the rights to the character. What would ensue became decades of building a crazy bootleg empire that would ultimately culminate in a bootleg Thai Ultraman theme park. On this episode of Deep Cuts, we delve into the crazy story of Ultraman in Thailand!
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  • He was a meme created for an Internet photoshop contest. A few short years later he would drive two young girls to stab their friend 19 times. In the early 2000s, Slender Man popped up as a ubiquitous Internet meme on platforms such as YouTube and the various forums that power the underbelly of the Internet. Much lore was created about the origins of the mysterious tall man in a black suit with no face, bu in reality he was created as part of a Photoshop contest in which the goal was to create the creepiest image possible. Somehow that initial image blew up into a cultural phenomenon that spawned multiple web series, video games, feature films, and thousands of internet posts and videos from obsessed fans. He also compelled two young girls from Wisconsin to attempt to murder their best friend in his name. On this episode of Deep Cuts we delve into the mysterious and fascinating world of Slender Man!
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  • Shin Sang-Ok was the most famous film director in South Korea in the 1970s, until he was kidnapped by North Korea and forced to make a Godzilla ripoff. Throughout the 60s and 70s, Shin Sang-Ok created a massive reputation for himself making highly successful films in South Korea. However, in the late 70s his ex-wife went missing - seemingly kidnapped by the North Korean government. Sang-Ok went looking for her and ended up being kidnapped himself. Thus begun his over a decade long tenure as a prisoner of the North Korean government, being forced by Kim Jong-Il to make propaganda films - including a ripoff of Godzilla. On this episode of Deep Cuts we dive deep into the story of Shin Sang-Ok!
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  • The creator of McAfee Antivirus attempted to overthrow the Belizean government with his own private army and likely brutally murdered two men. In the early 90s, John McAfee launched the company responsible for the McAfee Antivirus software that was basically preinstalled on every computer throughout the 90s and 2000s. But he quickly sold his company and used his massive wealth to live a life of seclusion and shady business dealings. He eventually fled the United States and started living like a literal king in a village in Belize - amassing a private army, buying off the local police, and basically running the entire town. And then...he most likely brutally murdered a man in cold blood, execution-style, and got away with it. On this episode of Deep Cuts, we dive deep into the insane and fascinating life of John McAfee.
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  • He was a brilliant illustrator who basically invented comics AND animation. Throughout the 1920s and 1930s, Winsor McCay was one of the most prolific artists and illustrators in the world. He drew lavish editorial illustrations for the biggest newspapers in the country, had several ongoing comic strips where he defined a lot of the rules of the entire comics medium, and he was one of the first people to think of ways to utilize multiple illustrations to create a moving image - which would eventually evolve into the art of animation. On this episode of Deep Cuts, we deep dive into the inspiring and influential life and career of Winsor McCay.
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  • A mysterious bird-like creature that is able to predict future tragedies has lived in the peripheries of our imaginations for decades. What is it? In the mid-60s, four people ran into a mysterious flying creature with glowing eyes while driving through the woods in the middle of the night. They reported the encounter to the media, and from that point on, any time a tragedy would occur, somebody would claim to spot this alleged "Mothman" lurking nearby. On this episode of Deep Cuts we dive into the mysterious and creepy story of the Mothman.
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  • You've heard of this children's group, but did you know about their crazy rise to power? The Wiggles formed in the early 90s and had a meteoric rise to fame that is more fascinating than you'd ever imagine - with triumph, tragedy, pain, death, and illness. And they've risen above it all to be one of the most strangely enduring music group for preschoolers in history.
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  • Disney World was originally supposed to be a futuristic city, but it still has its own creepy corporate government. In the mid-1960s, Walt Disney was bored with his animation studio and frustrated and dissatisfied with the creative freedom he had with the 160 acre Disneyland theme park he had just built a few years prior. So he set his sights on something bigger. He was going to buy up a massive plot of land in Central Florida and build a private, corporately-owned city of the future called EPCOT. It's was going to be home to 65,000 people, with tons of businesses, jobs, schools, and factories, and it was going to set a technological examples for every other American city that was 25 years in the future. But before they could build this city, they needed to convince the Florida State government to grant them their own self-contained governmental powers. And though Walt's city of the future was doomed to never come to pass, the journey of Disney World from idea to becoming a resort city roughly the size of San Francisco and with the same governing powers as the Vatican was wild...and ended with murder? On this episode of Deep Cuts we explore the crazy story of how Disney World became its own government.
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  • He appeared on the Internet talking about his love for Satan, and then he became a household name. In the mid-2010s, videos started popping up on social media featuring a strange man dressed in an outfit that looked like it was purchased off the mannequin at a Hot Topic in 2005. He would appear around the country at various events captured on the news, and he always had an incredibly unique, hilarious, perplexing, and often-Satan-themed take on whatever was going on. He soon became a huge viral hit. But it turned out that the Weird Satanist Guy was actually Andrew Bowser, a writer, actor, and filmmaker. So how did he orchestrate this viral event? And what does he have planned for his beloved character, Onyx the Fortuitous now? On this episode of Deep Cuts we explore the rise to viral fame of The Weird Satanist Guy.
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    Onyx The Fortuitous Goes to Space Hell was written by Andrew & Dave
    All music was written, performed, and produced by The Deadboy Detectives
    It starred Andrew, Dave, Andrew Bowser, Onyx The Fortuitous, Hillsmer, and Sarah Carey
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