Exposing PseudoAstronomy

May 12, 2014

Podcast Episode 109: The Fake Story of Planet X, Part 9 – Marshall Masters

Conspiracy shrouds
Planet X in mystery.

In this episode, we get Marshall Masters’ version of Planet X. There’s honestly not too much new with his view except that he brings in lots of various ideas of Planet X to make a non-cohesive argument and salts it generously with a whole lotta conspiracy. Graham requested the topic, and because I wanted to do something interesting, I explored a somewhat different way of introducing it with a suggestion from Mike Bohler.

Let me know what you think of the intro. And, does anyone recognize the music at the ~1-minute mark?

There’s also a New News segment, courtesy of Flip.



  1. I didn’t realize that Eminem (Slim Shady) had a theory of Planet X….

    Comment by Belgarath — May 12, 2014 @ 12:48 pm | Reply

  2. Huzzah, Stuart! I’ve been waiting for this one as I don’t think Marshall has gotten enough attention of late. This one is a bit more bizarre than previous predictions in that now there’s a ‘brown dwarf; (M’S words) replete with a number of planets and moons about to bluster through the Solar System. One might think this would have been noticed 3600 years ago. Thanks for another great job.

    Comment by JayB — May 12, 2014 @ 10:38 pm | Reply

    • Thanks, Jay. What’d you think of the somewhat different approach this time?

      Comment by Stuart Robbins — May 12, 2014 @ 10:42 pm | Reply

      • I don’t believe this would work with very many others, but Marshall is unique and I have read so much that he’s written and listened to him so much that I found your approach to be most appropriate – and hilarious. You nailed him.

        Comment by JayB — May 13, 2014 @ 1:09 pm

      • Thanks. And I agree. I’m not going to say this is a one-time thing, but I thought it worked this time and there are relatively few examples where it would work again. I can only think of one or two out of the 108 other episodes where it could work …

        Comment by Stuart Robbins — May 13, 2014 @ 1:15 pm

  3. Good episode Stuart! I personally believe that Masters typifies the third reaction to 2012 non-apocalypse (1. Claim it was a ‘spiritual’ apocalypse. 2. Drop off the net for a while.) , namely just keep claiming the same old stuff, but shift the dates forward a few years and that’s why it’s important to keep at these people, not for nothing did the folks at Skeptics with a K suggest that ‘Sisyphus’ rather than Rodin’s Thinker should be used as a symbol by skeptics groups.

    As for the background music it sounded like it was a derivative of the ‘Star Wars’ music, but beyond that I cannot say.

    Comment by Graham — May 13, 2014 @ 3:31 am | Reply

    • Thanks Graham. I think that the third kind of 2012’er is the worst. They’re the ones who seem the most cynical, the most fear-mongering, and that people still believe them shows how stupid gullible people really are.

      Comment by Stuart Robbins — May 13, 2014 @ 9:08 am | Reply

      • 2012’ers of any kind is not good….Most of the well known ones dropped off the face of the planet after 12-21-12 failed to be the big one.

        Comment by Phil — September 10, 2016 @ 5:06 pm

      • Unfortunately, Marshall Masters did not. He now claims that 2012 was all a media event. Despite explicitly stating before it didn’t happen that everything catastrophe would happen.

        Comment by Stuart Robbins — September 10, 2016 @ 5:08 pm

    • P.S. The show was on in the 90s, had a spin-off that was better than it. Both ran 6 seasons (I think), and the spin-off was popular with lesbians. Live-action, though it was often mocked for its horribly staged fight scenes. Filmed in New Zealand. … Ring a bell at all?

      Comment by Stuart Robbins — May 13, 2014 @ 9:10 am | Reply

      • I think I can guess what you mean, I’m glad to say I never watched any of those shows

        Comment by Graham — May 13, 2014 @ 6:28 pm

  4. […] I added a clip from Episode 109 of the “Exposing Pseudoastronomy” podcast by Stuart Robbins as a follow up to my last show on the anatomy of a conspiracy […]

    Pingback by Episode 43-TWA Flight 800 and Anatomy of a Conspiracy extra. » A Skeptics Guide To Conspiracy — May 17, 2014 @ 4:38 pm | Reply

  5. Should we not be able to see Marshall’s planet X by now? I seem to remember that 2016 was the big year… or has it been pushed back again?

    Comment by Trebor — January 2, 2016 @ 8:41 am | Reply

    • I haven’t seen nor heard any update, but I’m sure he’ll think of some excuse.

      Comment by Stuart Robbins — January 2, 2016 @ 9:01 am | Reply

      • Oh you can bet it will…Planets did not align not enough earthquakes……

        Comment by Phil — September 11, 2016 @ 1:46 pm

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