Very Fantastic Discoveries

Very Fantastic Discoveries
Junegee Fulmer’s podcast about books and mythology and anything else on his mind.

Jan 20 • 26 min
This week, after a too-long extended break from the podcast, Junegee and Dylan are back and here to talk about about Hamilton. We discuss Junegee’s years long fascination with the musical, how he’s changed his views on it over time, and, not least, or…
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Jul 14, 2019 • 22 min
This week, we talk about how THIS IS THE 50TH EPISODE OF THE PODCAST! Also, we talk about the 2nd Harry Potter Book, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. We discuss flying cars, giant spiders and the power of a good cry.
Junegee’s Favorite Books (44-50)
Jun 30, 2019 • 22 min
This week, we finish off Junegee’s 50 books to read before you die (which will probably be never after 2050) in our new home studio. We talk about swans with prosthetics, meandering mice and folding more paper than you’d ever think possible.
Junegee’s Favorite Books (34-43)
Jun 19, 2019 • 22 min
This week, we turn the corner into the home stretch of Junegee’s Top 50 Books. We talk about Wizards, Witches, fitting in when it’s not easy and the power of family. Dylan also admits he’s never read the Harry Potter books.
Junegee’s Favorite Books (24-33)
Jun 9, 2019 • 22 min
This week, we talk about yet even more Snicket, as the wrong questions occupy 4 spots in entries 24-33 in Junegee’s 50 Books to read before you die list. We discuss sudden feral cats, time travel and wizards, and the unfortunate siblings of notable…
Junegee’s 50 favorite books (11-20)
May 12, 2019 • 24 min
This week, we talk about the Series of Unfortunate Events in aggregate, since they occupy spots 11-23 in Junegee’s Top 50 books. We discuss the two different types of despicable adults that thrust the Baudelaires into horror after horror, the impact…
Junegee’s 50 favorite books (1-10)
Apr 14, 2019 • 33 min
This week, we start talking about Junegee’s 50 favorite books with super-special guest, Greg Morabito. Many books Greg knew, and some he did not, but Junegee fills in with expert synopses of every title regardless. We hope you’ll be adding each of these…
The Slippery Slope
Mar 24, 2019 • 21 min
This week, since we’re finally done with Heracles, we’re back to Snicket, specifically The Slippery Slope. We talk about fish, refrigerator-based languages, and truly horrible people, a person which here means Carmelita Spats.
A Live Dog is Better than a Dead Lion
Mar 17, 2019 • 24 min
This week, Junegee and Dylan finally get to the 12th and final labor of Heracles - Capturing Cerberus. We discuss death cults, the usual trickery and forgiveness. Also, Junegee gives a touching remembrance of our great Hero, and we “end” this final…
An Apple a Day Keeps the Mad King Away
Mar 10, 2019 • 19 min
This week, we discuss the 11th (and first bonus) Labor of Heracles: The Apples of the Hesperides. Junegee and Dylan discuss cheating, unfair judging, and tricking Titans to get what you want. Also, Junegee says “penultimate” and Dylan says “peace out.”…
Geryon My Wayward Son
Feb 24, 2019 • 20 min
This week, we talk about the 10th Labor of Heracles - the Cattle of Geryon. We talk about Heracles being a bit bow-happy, many related topics worthy of their own episodes and the true form of Zeus.
Free Shipping on Magical Golden Belts
Feb 10, 2019 • 24 min
This week, after again being gone for far too long, we talk about the 9th Labor of Heracles - the Belt (Girdle) of Hippolyta. We talk about the Amazon tribe, the ongoing vengeful jerkiness of the gods and how people have been hating on strong women…
You can lead a horse to Diomedes, and you CAN get it to eat.
Jan 6, 2019 • 20 min
This week, we discuss the 8th labor of Heracles, the Mares of Diomedes. We talk wild, ravenous horses, getting rebuffed by multiple Olympians and the motivations of non-human actors.
Like a Bull in a Greece Shop
Dec 16, 2018 • 22 min
This week, we discuss the 7th Labor of Heracles, the Cretan Bull. We also talk about how this story is woven in to several other famous tales from Greek Mythology, how Poseidon gets no respect, and how Daedalus deserves his own episode.
This place is (not) for the birds
Dec 9, 2018 • 19 min
This week, we talk about how today is the FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF THE FIRST EVER EPISODE OF VERY FANTASTIC DISCOVERIES, as well as the 6th Labor of Heracles, the Stymphalian Birds. We also, touch on poop (again), bad musicianship and spontaneous generation.
A River Runs Through It
Dec 2, 2018 • 19 min
This week, we talk about Heracles’ 5th Labor: Cleaning the Augean stables. We discuss steak vs milk, bovine scatology, and how trying to trick Heracles is never a good idea.
Boar With Me
Nov 25, 2018 • 19 min
This week, we discuss the 4th Labor of Heracles (Hercules), the capture of the Erymanthian boar. Junegee also drops some “Frozen” references, Dylan drops a bleeped a-bomb, and we all conclude that boar would be delicious.
Oh Deer! You’re running beHind!
Nov 18, 2018 • 19 min
This week, we discuss the third labor of Heracles, the capture of the Hind of Ceryneia, which was under the protection of Artemis. We also talk about running, running, and the folly of power-hungry zookeepers.
Get Your Heads in the Game
Nov 11, 2018 • 19 min
This week, we discuss the 2nd labor of Heracles (Hercules), whereby Heracles needs to slay the Lernaean Hydra. We also touch on (obviously) Junegee’s deep-seated hatred for Zeus, potentially endless crab that would make Red Lobster jealous, and a boy’s…
Hera Overdoes It/Labors of Heracles Part 1
Oct 14, 2018 • 20 min
This week, we’re back with some more Greek Mythology, exploring the horrible Gods and Demigods behind the Labors of Heracles (Hercules), specifically the first one. We’ll have many more Heraclean episodes after this one.
Perseus and Medusa
Sep 16, 2018 • 22 min
This week, Junegee is patient with Dylan’s memory lapses and we talk about crazy kings, well-bred heroes, and the ever-meddling Gods, again. Join us as we talk about Perseus, Medusa and all the unfortunate people around them in this tale of tragedy,…
Through the Looking Glass
Sep 9, 2018 • 22 min
Today, we talk about sequels, stories within stories (and appropriation therein), chess and much more, all in the context of Lewis Carrol’s fantastic book “Through the Looking Glass.” Also, Junegee does a full dramatic reading of the poem Jabberwocky.
Thor Gets an Unexpected Makeover
Aug 27, 2018 • 20 min
In this episode, we talk about Norse giants who don’t know when to keep to themselves and the dire consequences of challenging a God, especially a hospitable one.
Narcissus and Echo
Aug 12, 2018 • 19 min
This week, we’re back after an extended break to talk about Narcissus and Echo, and Dylan is unsurprisingly sympathetic.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
Jul 8, 2018 • 36 min
This week, we talk Harry Potter with very special out of town guests. We talk so much about Harry Potter, in fact, that there’s no time for the question of the week.
The Carnivorous Carnival
Jun 25, 2018 • 34 min
We’re back after a 2 week break! This week, we discuss the 9th Book in Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Carnivorous Carnival. We also get a bit more deep than usual and answer this week’s question about Junegee’s views on the…
Alice in… Wonderland?
Jun 3, 2018 • 30 min
This week, we discuss the stories and the story behind the stories of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, including answerless rhymes and catless grins. Also, this week’s question of the week is about prime numbers, and we close out with a classic from…
The Hostile Hospital
May 28, 2018 • 24 min
This week, we discuss the 8th book in A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Hostile Hospital, with special guest, little brother number one: Juneho Fulmer. Also, we discuss our thoughts on Memorial Day, and Woody Guthrie, too.
Odin Is a Horrible Genie
May 20, 2018 • 25 min
This week, we discuss Skade and her plan to avenge the death of her father in Norse mythology, and how this all goes horribly wrong for and because of Loki. Also, a discussion about chess and Alice in Wonderland, all with our very special guest, Gramma…
May 16, 2018 • 27 min
This week, we talk about the story of Persephone, and how it relates to Junegee’s least favorite character on Mt. Olympus. Also, the question of the week is an origin story for a popular idiom, and we close out with a clip from Rosemary Clooney.
The Vile Village
May 6, 2018 • 27 min
This week, we talk about the latest in the misadventures of the Baudelaire children, this time with a bunch of crow-worshipping rule-sticklers. We also answer our question of the week in a couple of different ways, and a balloon-themed outro.
The Hobbit
Apr 29, 2018 • 29 min
This week, for our 20th episode, we talk Tolkien, specifically the journey of Bilbo and a bunch of dwarves to get the loot back from the dragon Smaug. Comparisons between the books and movie(s) are quick to follow. Also, a reader question right up…
Thor’s Big Day (Sort Of)
Apr 22, 2018 • 22 min
Today, we talk about the circumstances surrounding Thor nearly marrying a Jötunn, quick takes on both Harry Potter and Narnia via our question of the week, and Junegee builds excitement for next week’s episode.
Apr 15, 2018 • 25 min
This week, we talk about Athena, who, despite her faults, is still way better than Zeus, as Junegee is happy to point out. Plus, we answer a prehistoric question of the week, and see if Junegee can make it 2 weeks in a row without bursting out in…
The Ersatz Elevator
Apr 8, 2018 • 27 min
This week, we’re back with Lemony Snicket to talk about the 6th book in A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Ersatz Elevator. We discuss the differences between the book and the tv series, some fish-themed restaurants, and cover this week’s question of…
A Wrinkle In Time
Mar 25, 2018 • 25 min
In this week’s special episode about A Wrinkle In Time, we talk about the differences between the book and the movie that recently came out. Also, we reconsider the name for our question of the week feature, as Junegee completely loses it.
Immortality in a Nutshell
Mar 18, 2018 • 21 min
This week, we talk about a Norse mythology hunting trip that goes horribly wrong, including a nut with very special characteristics. Also, we answer this week’s listener mailbag question, and tease next week’s conversation about A Wrinkle In Time.
Mad Cow Hermes
Mar 10, 2018 • 28 min
This week, we talk about Hermes stealing a flock of cattle as a baby, and the events that ensue. Also, we unveil our new listener mailbag feature, and hear Junegee laugh at Dylan’s bad joke.
The Austere Academy
Mar 4, 2018 • 23 min
How appropriate that our 13th episode would again be about the Baudelaire orphans. Find out how the Baudelaires endured the unpleasant Prufrock Preparatory School and the new evil gym coach, Coach Genghis, aka Count Olaf.
The Mead of Poetry
Feb 25, 2018 • 24 min
This week, we talk about how a sorceress’ lust for gold started a war and gave us poetry. You will also see how Odin is as good at running off with women as Zeus is. Finally, a quick shout out to a song from Coco.
The Crimes of Zeus
Feb 17, 2018 • 21 min
This week, we continue the conversation about what a horrible God Zeus is, this time, specifically to Hera and Heracles. Also, we touch on how things would be better if there were a Queen of the Gods instead of the selfish King Zeus.
The Miserable Mill
Feb 10, 2018 • 23 min
This episode, we are talking about Book 4 in A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Miserable Mill. If you like hypnotism, the lumber industry, and sinister plots, then this episode for you.
Who’s Afraid of Fenris Wolf?
Feb 4, 2018 • 24 min
This week, we’re back with another Norse Mythology episode, where both Frey and Odin realize that decisions they’d each made came back to haunt them in a big way.
The Gods are Jerks
Jan 28, 2018 • 26 min
This week, we have 3 stories from Greek Mythology, each of which show that the Gods are the worst. Appearances by Salmoneus, Hephaestus, Aphrodite, Ares, Prometheus, Hestia, and the God we love to hate: Zeus. Topics include jealousy, the patriarchy and…
The Wide Window
Jan 20, 2018 • 20 min
The 3rd book in A Series of Unfortunate Events, where the Baudelaires live through another one of Count Olaf’s sinister plots.
Loki in a (nearly) Positive Light/NMWTG Pt. 2
Jan 13, 2018 • 19 min
Norse Mythology episode that details how all of the Gods got their magical items, and how Loki might not be such a bad guy after all.
Never Mess With the Gods
Jan 6, 2018 • 13 min
This week, Junegee and Dylan discuss two stories from Greek Mythology, the morals of each being “Never Mess With The Gods.”
The Reptile Room
Dec 31, 2017 • 13 min
Junegee (and Dylan) discuss the 2nd Book in the Series of Unfortunate Events, “The Reptile Room.”
Norse Mythology Creation Stories
Dec 23, 2017 • 4 min
Junegee discusses the creation stories from Norse mythology
Greek Mythology Creation Stories
Dec 17, 2017 • 6 min
Junegee talks about Early Greek Mythology.
The Bad Beginning
Dec 9, 2017 • 6 min
First episode of the Very Fantastic Discoveries podcast by Junegee Fulmer. In this episode, Junegee shares his thought about the first book in the “Series of Unfortunate Events” series, “The Bad Beginning.”