31 10, 2019

Harry Houdini, If You’re Out There, Let Us Know (Cool Weird Awesome 161)

By |2019-10-31T14:13:36-04:00October 31st, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

This isn’t just Halloween. It’s also the anniversary of the passing of the legendary illusionist and escape artist Harry Houdini, who they say wanted to make the greatest escape of all time... from mortality. Hence why Bess Houdini held seances every Halloween, trying to pick up whatever signals her late husband might be sending out from the hereafter.

30 10, 2019

Quit Hating On Candy Corn, At Least Until You Hear Its Story (Cool Weird Awesome 160)

By |2019-10-30T06:25:57-04:00October 30th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

It’s National Candy Corn Day, and while no candy gets more hassle around this time of year than candy corn, it also has its fans. I mean, someone's eating those 9 billion pieces produced each year. Plus: a haunted house in Utah with an unforgettably creepy name.

29 10, 2019

In This Minnesota Town, It’s Always Halloween (Cool Weird Awesome 159)

By |2019-10-29T09:07:20-04:00October 29th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

There's still time to get ready for Halloween in most places, but in Anoka, Minnesota, it’s kind of always Halloween. The community north of the Twin Cities bills itself as the Halloween Capital of the World. Plus: Pennsylvania invites you on a Halloween-themed trip it calls the Trail of the Living Dead.

28 10, 2019

When You’re Tracking Migrating Eagles, Always Get Extra Roaming Data (Cool Weird Awesome 158)

By |2019-10-28T09:12:09-04:00October 28th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , |

A project in Russia tracks the movements of steppe eagles through trackers that can send text messages back to research HQ about their whereabouts. There's one problem: the eagles have been crossing into other countries and their trackers are using roaming data!

25 10, 2019

The Microwave Oven Was Sort Of An Accident (Cool Weird Awesome 157)

By |2019-10-25T06:40:09-04:00October 25th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , |

Today is the anniversary of the day the first consumer microwave oven went on sale, back in 1955. But the microwave has roots that go back well before that, and it's at least in part a byproduct of radar technology from World War II. Plus: Los Alamos, New Mexico is trying to break a world record for simultaneous pumpkin carving.

24 10, 2019

The Little Robot That Cleans Up After Your Dog (Cool Weird Awesome 156)

By |2019-10-25T06:37:28-04:00October 24th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

A startup called Beetl is developing an autonomous device that’s ready to clean up after our dogs on demand, thanks to a large scooper on its underside. If they’re willing to do this job, maybe robots aren’t trying to conquer us after all. Plus: "dogfishing" is a problem for online dating.

23 10, 2019

How Old Is The Word “Word”? (Cool Weird Awesome 155)

By |2019-10-23T06:38:19-04:00October 23rd, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

Languages change over time; Merriam-Webster said it added over 500 new words to the dictionary last month. But you can also see those new additions over time through the Time Traveler feature on Merriam-Webster's website. Plus: a piece on Mental Floss explains how some of the most beloved Halloween candies got their names.

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