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BHA92: Stalin's Cannibal Island & The World's Most Irradiated Man

This week on Black Hoodie Alchemy, we are going for the jugular and making this a chat with a heavy LISTENER DISCRETION ADVISED warning, trigger warning, and all that fun stuff. The full descriptions of gore will be left out of our discussion here, but the fact of the matter is that these stories in and of themselves are so gory, terrifying, and true that even talking about them at any length requires a legitimate WARNING.


And with that out of the way, my cohort Chris Fiato joins me with a strong existential, alchemical perspective as we dive into two of the most brutal true stories I've ever heard of in my life.


First it's Hishachi Ouchi -- the world's most irradiated man -- who basically stared into an active nuclear reaction like Bruce Banner, except instead of turning into the Hulk, he melted off his own bones like a marshmallow on a stick for 80+ days WHILE STILL ALIVE. Yes, you read that right, and it's as horrific as it sounds.


Second, it the story of Stalin's gulag on a tiny, unnamed Siberian island where men, women, and children were sent without food or supplies as punishment for their crimes, and told to set up a colony. However, because of the conditions and even the brutal torture from what little guards there were to have control, the island became known in the history book's as Cannibal Island, and it was probably even be worse than what you are imagining.


As we talk about all this, I give Chris some get-out-of-jail free cards by occasionally giving him factoids about the show, The Office, and we try and wrap our heads around these stories from the perspectives of existential alchemy, and even the biblical story of Job.


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