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The Proto-Guitarist Who Rocked Ancient Egypt (Cool Weird Awesome 475)

Guitars as we know them date back to 16th century Europe, but stringed instruments have been around for even longer. And the earliest guitar-like instrument we've been able to find appears to have belonged to Har-Mose, who played for Queen Hatshepsut 3500 years ago in ancient Egypt. Plus: it's National Weatherpersons Day, and boy are we getting lots of weather at our show's HQ.

2021-02-05T08:40:23-05:00February 5th, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

How The Cheese Curl Was Invented (Partly By Accident) (Cool Weird Awesome 474)

It was today in 1932 that the makers of the cheese curl (or one of them, there are several origin stories) applied for a patent for their creation. Only their creation was supposed to be something entirely different. Plus: LEGO City is a bustling place, and some fans are hoping it will add bike lanes for LEGO riders.

2021-02-04T08:36:56-05:00February 4th, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

An Online Dictionary For Science Fiction’s Many Words And Worlds (Cool Weird Awesome 473)

A new website called the Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction is taking us back through the words that have made sci-fi what it is and showing how much this genre has shaped popular culture. Plus: meet a planet that's barely orbiting a brown dwarf, some 450 light years from earth, a spot in the actual universe that seems more like science fiction.

2021-02-03T08:35:49-05:00February 3rd, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Mount Everest May Soon Be Getting Cleaner, And More Arty (Cool Weird Awesome 472)

Sagarmatha, aka Mount Everest, is the world's highest mountain, and the site of a growing environmental problem. A new initiative wants to remove trash and recyclables from the peak and turn some of them into art. Plus: a year after its founding, the Black Art Library is bringing new attention to great Black visual artists and is itself an exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit.

2021-02-02T08:29:14-05:00February 2nd, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Elvis Once Flew Halfway Across The Country For A Giant Sandwich (Cool Weird Awesome 471)

On this day in 1976, Elvis Presley apparently got so excited describing the Fool's Gold sandwich, made at a restaurant in Denver, that he flew to Denver that night to eat it, only to fly right back to Memphis when he was done. And that's not the only food Elvis loved; did you know about his penchant for BBQ bologna?

2021-02-01T07:55:18-05:00February 1st, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

When A Raccoon Lived At The White House (Cool Weird Awesome 470)

Champ and Major are the new White House dogs, but there have been lots of pets at the president's house over the years, including Rebecca the raccoon, who definitely left her mark on the place during Calvin Coolidge's presidency. Plus: a company in the UK just made a 500-plus pound protein bar. Do you eat it to refuel after an ultramarathon, maybe? 

2021-01-29T10:12:46-05:00January 29th, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , , |

What Do Sounds Sound Like On Mars? Perseverance Rover Is Going To Find Out (Cool Weird Awesome 469)

The next Mars rover is set to land next month, and it's equipped with microphones to make the first audio recordings on another planet. So how does sound work on Mars, which has about 1 percent of the atmosphere Earth does? Plus: Saturn's ringed moon Rhea is getting a chemical coating that likely started on another moon.

2021-01-28T09:47:31-05:00January 28th, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Buy A Box Of Cereal, Get A Square Inch Of Land In The Yukon (Cool Weird Awesome 468)

It was on this day in 1955 that began a promotional campaign for the ages: where you could buy a box of cereal and find a deed to some land inside each specially marked box. Plus: a guy in the UK was trying to spot birds, but instead found 1,300 handmade gold coins nearly 2,000 years old.

2021-01-27T08:18:37-05:00January 27th, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Elizabeth Prettejohn, The Last Person In Hallsands Village (Cool Weird Awesome 467)

On this day in 1917, a massive storm destroyed most of the small village of Hallsands, in southern England. Nearly everyone in town moved away after that, but one resident, Elizabeth Prettejohn, stayed for the rest of her life, until the mid 1960s. Plus: why a university in Melbourne, Australia has an upside-down statue.

2021-01-26T08:25:18-05:00January 26th, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

39 Years After Making The First Phone Call, Alexander Graham Bell Joined A Transcontinental Conference Call (Cool Weird Awesome 466)

Today's an interesting anniversary for those of us doing virtual meetings, parties and play dates: the anniversary of the first transcontinental conference call, starting at the Panama-Pacific International Exhibition in San Francisco and calling a very special guest in New York. Plus: a restaurant in Montreal is winning fans for a menu which weighs the pros and cons of the restaurant's own dishes.

2021-01-25T09:37:46-05:00January 25th, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |
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