Jan 7 • 56M

Episode 146: >TFW Your Family Makes You Fake Your Own Death

Moose gets traumatized, Katie Herzog becomes a climate criminal, Jesse Singal becomes gay, Susan Meachen dies, and Carla Rossi has a lot of explaining to do

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Blocked and Reported
Journalists Katie Herzog and Jesse Singal scour the internet for its craziest, silliest, most sociopathic content, part of an obsessive and ill-conceived attempt to extract kernels of meaning and humanity from a landscape of endless raging dumpster fires.
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>be writer for podcast

>office is full of goats for some reason

>working on episode about medievalist twitter drama and a weird publisher called RECEPTIO, really crazy story

>suddenly coworker shows up in a fursuit

>goats go ballistic trying to flee the “wolf”

>destroy half the office in the process

>boss gets fed up, tells me to get rid of goats

>spend 2 hours herding them down 32 flights of stairs as they lick me the whole time

>soaking wet as I return to the office

>boss’s dog stares through the window, sad the goats are gone

>”actually, bring the goats back, Anon”

>call up other cohost for help

>”sorry bro I’m busy doing mushrooms on a gay beach with Andrew Sullivan”

>spend 4 hours tracking goats down and herding them back into the office alone


>at least I managed to land that interview with Susan Meachen

>check email

>she killed herself

The tweet Katie was sent

Aella’s tweet

Meachen’s Special Delivery


The anthology dedicated to Susan Meachen

Reports of Susan’s death were greatly exaggerated

Susan’s books are pulled from circulation


Peter Kidd’s website and twitter



Kidd’s blogposts on the affair




Carla Rossi, the director of RECEPTIO


RECEPTIO’s secretary may not be real

Pictures of RECEPTIO’s sign are actually just stock images

Pictures of their offices are stolen as well

RECEPTIO’s board members are fake as well!

As well as their legal advisor:

When people start catching on, RECEPTIO starts pulling the images

More #receptiogate research


Some involved with RECEPTIO actually are real, but listed without permission

More plagiarism

RECEPTIO posts a response video to YouTube of all things


Image: Susan Meachen attempts to fake her death certificate. (Getty)