This week on The Gralien Report, it’s been an interesting week for spaceflight, as reports of NASA’s “flying saucer” and the new experimental LightSail programs have dominated headlines. But while the media is focused on the future of space flight, we step back and look at the past as well, and theories about whether the Nazis had been close to getting their own space program off the ground. Is there any legitimacy to the claims, or is this purely an instance of modern conspiracy folklore?

Then in hour two, on the subject of folklore, Joshua Cutchin joins us to discuss his latest book, A Trojan Feast, which outlines the curious ties between food offerings and nonhuman encounters in legends from around the world. Joshua brings many interesting aspects of this phenomenon into question, such as the parallels between myths involving fairies giving food to their captives, and similarities that emerge in modern claims associated with alien abductions.

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Author: Micah Hanks

Micah Hanks is a writer, researcher, and podcaster. His interests include areas of history, science, archaeology, philosophy, and the study of anomalous phenomena in nature. He can be reached at

4 Replies to “TGR 06.08.15. A Trojan Feast: Fortean Food in Folklore

  1. I loved your discussion with Joshua Cutchin. His thoughts about the reason cows are thought holy in India brought to consciousness a memory from the ’70’s, when I had the privilege of listening to a broadcast by Baba Ram Dass from Pacifica Radio in Los Angeles. Baba was formerly known as Richard Alpert, and published “Be here now” in 1971. He conducted LSD research with Timothy Leary at Harvard in the CIA’s search for the Manchurian candidate. Baba, of course, was talking about Psilocybin, banned by the FDA in 1968.

    He advocated searching every cow pile for psilocybin mushrooms, and eating as many as possible. My only experience here was a bad trip and lifetime nausea. However, according to Baba, eating these mushrooms puts you in direct contact with the Universal Encyclopedia, the repository of all sentient knowledge. I do not remember whether he read his entries, or visualized them by some means other than alphabetical. The more mushrooms you eat, the more you can learn. Presumably, wisdom comes along for the ride, momentarily setting aside any doubts as to the wisdom of eating psilocybin mushrooms for the sake of argument.

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