Squaring the Strange # 148 – Steak-Umms and the 2001 Monkey Man Panic!

by | Jun 8, 2021 | Benjamin Radford, Cryptozoology, Mass Hysteria, Media Literacy, News, Psychology, Skepticism, Squaring the Strange, Squaring the Strange | 0 comments

For this episode we are joined by a surprise guest, the critical thinker behind the Steak-Umms popular brand voice (aka Nathan Allebach), who talks to us about targeting misinformation as a PR strategy, managing viral posts, and the brand’s recent dustup with Neil deGrasse Tyson. Then I bring us back in time twenty years to a hot Indian summer in New Delhi, where reports of a mysterious and malevolent Monkey Man sent residents into a panic. Police and local skeptics were mobilized to combat this phantom in very different ways, as rewards, injuries, vigilante groups and media reports fueled public fear.  


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