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5 12, 2019

The “World’s Smartest Chess Board” Is The Closest Thing To Wizard Chess We Have (Cool Weird Awesome 186)

By |2019-12-05T08:52:37-05:00December 5th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , |

The chessboard known as Square Off works if your opponent is nearby or not, because it can use Bluetooth technology to move the pieces for them on your board, and your pieces on theirs. Ron Weasley would be impressed. Plus: you haven't heard "Jingle Bells" until you've heard "Jingle Bells" played on a comb.

4 12, 2019

These Flexible High-Tech Casts Are Standing Up To Itchy Plaster (Cool Weird Awesome 185)

By |2019-12-04T06:24:49-05:00December 4th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , |

There's a new medical startup called Cast 21, and, as startups do, they’re looking to disrupt those traditional plaster cast paradigms and make a cast so flexible that wearers could even go swimming. Plus: for National Cookie Day, we pay a virtual visit to the National Cookie Cutter HIstorical Museum in Joplin, Missouri.

3 12, 2019

How Oregon Trail Inspired A Generation To Learn About Dysentery (Cool Weird Awesome 184)

By |2019-12-03T06:22:31-05:00December 3rd, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

It was 48 years ago today that kids first got to play the video game Oregon Trail - the invention of three student teachers from Minnesota who ended up changing video game history without realizing it. Plus: a hospital in San Antonio, Texas marks the holiday season by sending all its December newborns home in red and white hats… and stockings!

2 12, 2019

When A Store Held A Drawing For A Baby (Cool Weird Awesome 183)

By |2019-12-02T06:34:00-05:00December 2nd, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

It was the giveaway to end all giveaways: 70 years ago almost to the day, a store in Oregon advertised a drawing for a baby. How the heck did this actually happen? Plus: it's December and a good way to enjoy the season is a little thing called ice bumper cars.

29 11, 2019

How Thanksgiving Leftovers Led To TV Dinners (Cool Weird Awesome 182)

By |2019-11-29T06:49:25-05:00November 29th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

In 1953 Swanson had several hundred tons of leftover Thanksgiving turkey - so they created the TV Dinner and changed how we eat. Plus: the 40th annual Holiday Cave Sing is this weekend at Mammoth Cave in Kentucky.

28 11, 2019

We’re Grateful For Off The Wall Thanksgiving Sides (Cool Weird Awesome 181)

By |2019-11-28T06:09:22-05:00November 28th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Happy Thanksgiving - and are you really gonna eat that? This holiday edition of Cool Weird Awesome celebrates that for which we are all most grateful: the bewildering foods that inexplicably become part of our annual Thanksgiving dinners, from "seafoam salad" to "tunies" to hot dog chunks warmed up in pizza sauce. Plus: holiday lights are coming, and "Peteyville" in Hammond, Indiana is one of the best and brightest displays you'll find.

27 11, 2019

Literally, It’s A Metal Guitar (Cool Weird Awesome 180)

By |2019-11-27T06:36:54-05:00November 27th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

This is a guitar that will literally help you nail a solo: maker and woodworker Tim Sway built a guitar out of reclaimed nails, which he calls the "Tetanuscaster." Plus: the It's A Wonderful Life Festival is in full swing in Jimmy Stewart's hometown of Indiana, PA!

26 11, 2019

To Save Water, Sometimes LESS Is More (Cool Weird Awesome 179)

By |2019-11-26T05:35:19-05:00November 26th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Researchers at Penn State University have created liquid-entrenched smooth surface, or LESS. Why? To coat our toilets. Why? So stuff can't stick to them. Why? To save water, which we use by the tens of billions of gallons each day just to re-flush that stuck stuff. Why? Because life is unfair sometimes. Plus: Twitter minus words, videos, pictures and links is a pretty amazing thing, judging by the project called Emoji Storm!

25 11, 2019

A Guy In Michigan Drives A Banana Car (Cool Weird Awesome 178)

By |2019-11-25T06:27:51-05:00November 25th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

The busiest travel season of the year is getting underway, so here's a story about a vehicle right out of Richard Scarry’s Busytown: the Big Banana Car, which is a 15 foot long banana with four seats on the frame of a Ford F-150. Plus: the Volkspod is a motor scooter made with upcycled parts from old-school Volkswagen Beetles!

22 11, 2019

Meet The New, Foldable Coffee Cup (Cool Weird Awesome 177)

By |2019-11-22T05:58:04-05:00November 22nd, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

Some research suggests those plastic tops for disposable coffee cups make up five percent of the millions of tons of plastic waste that end up in the ocean each year. The Unocup aims to do something about that. It's a paper cup that folds up to become its own top! Plus: there's goat yoga and alpaca yoga, but Zoo Miami may top them all with its new Yoga With The Rhinos program.

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