Episode 266 LIVE: Unit 731

War is hell, but sometimes, things get way more hellish than most human minds can deal with. Case in point: during World War II, the Japanese Kwantung Army established a secret unit that was euphemistically known as the Epidemic Prevention and Water Supply Department. Unbeknownst to most of the world, though, this unit, later called Unit 731, was formed in order to do research into biological weapons, and some of this horrific research included unimaginable experimentation on human subjects, most of them Chinese villagers, all of whom were referred to as “maruta,” or “logs.” Men, women, and children were raped, vivisected, deliberately given diseases, exposed to sub-freezing temperatures for prolonged periods of time, and countless other tortures that remained largely under the radar of the global community until long after the war. Strap in for a grim and gruesome ride on a soul-crushing episode 266.

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Episode Ninety-Eight: The Lost Colony of Roanoke and More! Independence Day Special

It’s a drunken American Independence Day extravaganza on this episode of 13 O’Clock! To celebrate the 4th of July holiday, Tom and Jenny are delving into America’s oldest unsolved mystery: the fate of the colonists of the infamous Lost Colony of Roanoke. There are also numerous, slightly slurred digressions into a few funny news stories and probably more stuff about butts than is entirely appropriate. So grill up some hot dogs and light up some fireworks for a strange, sloshed, and star-spangled episode 98.

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