27 03, 2020

The Story Behind The Weirdest Baseball Card Of All Time (Cool Weird Awesome 269)

By |2020-03-27T09:22:53-04:00March 27th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Baseball's opening weekend has been postponed, so for now let's enjoy the tale of how pitcher Keith Comstock managed to turn his baseball card into one where he appears to be hit in a very sensitive place. Plus: salon owner Heidi Oley had to close her shop for the time being, so she’s practicing her skills on her boyfriend and posting daily hairdos on Instagram.

26 03, 2020

The Motorcycling Sisters Who Rode For The RIght To Vote (Cool Weird Awesome 268)

By |2020-03-26T13:54:23-04:00March 26th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , |

It's the birthday of Augusta Van Buren, who joined her sister Adeline for a cross-country motorcycle trip in 1916 to win support for the suffragist movement. And what a trip it was. Plus: if you're one of the many people stocking up on bathroom tissue these days, note that the largest roll ever made is in Missouri - but it's not for sale.

25 03, 2020

The Mars Lander Can Give Itself A Helping Hand (Cool Weird Awesome 267)

By |2020-03-25T14:38:11-04:00March 25th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

NASA has fixed a problem with its Mars lander, essentially by telling the lander to use a robotic arm to help itself - or, depending on the headlines you read, to whack itself. Plus: a Wisconsin man finds a clever way to share a beer with his neighbor in the era of social distancing.

24 03, 2020

Can This Device “Hear” Disease? (Cool Weird Awesome 266)

By |2020-03-24T09:44:11-04:00March 24th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

A team Purdue University developed a device that uses sound waves that can help determine if and when a disease has started to invade our body cells. That SOUNDS like a good idea (see what we did there?) Plus: a sports commentator in the UK is keeping his skills in shape during the sports hiatus by doing play-by-play on non-sports activities.

23 03, 2020

Our Show About The History Of “OK” Is Just Okay (Cool Weird Awesome 265)

By |2020-03-23T08:33:26-04:00March 23rd, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

On this day in 1839 we first saw the word we use so often to describe our most middling feelings. That’s right, it’s the birthday of OK. Plus: it's also the anniversary of the time an astronaut smuggled a corned beef sandwich aboard a space mission.

21 03, 2020

How Do Time Zones Work At Earth’s Poles? (Cool Weird Awesome 264)

By |2020-03-21T23:08:53-04:00March 21st, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Time is an odd thing no matter where you are, but it's especially weird at the North and South Poles, since all the world's time zones sort of converge there and a day as we know it lasts an entire year. Plus: it may be time to pay a visit to the World's Largest Buffalo Monument!

20 03, 2020

Underwater Cleaning Robots Can Lower Cargo Ships’ Emissions (Cool Weird Awesome 263)

By |2020-03-20T08:18:17-04:00March 20th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

This sounds bonkers, but apparently a robotic cleaning system called HullSkater can remove bio-gunk off the hulls of ships, helping them reduce their carbon footprints. Plus: Freeman, South Dakota was to have SchmeckFest this weekend. It will be back, so until then keep the spirit of SchmeckFest going.

19 03, 2020

Does A Book With 1,250 Endings Ever Really End? (Cool Weird Awesome 262)

By |2020-03-19T07:33:20-04:00March 19th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

I grew up reading Choose Your Own Adventure books, some of which had dozens of possible endings. But a new book from a celebrated Sri Lankan children's author had a world record 1,250 endings! Plus: a pilot in Austria does his part for social distancing with a flight path that spells out "STAY HOME."

18 03, 2020

In Which Four Guys With The Same Name Start A Band (Cool Weird Awesome 261)

By |2020-03-18T07:20:57-04:00March 18th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

The Atlantic just did an interview with some musicians called the Paul O’Sullivan Band. There are four guys in the group: Paul O’Sullivan, Paul O’Sullivan, Paul O’Sullivan and (wait for it) Paul O’Sullivan. Here's the story of how they got together. Plus: some musical animals come together for a song? Sort of?

17 03, 2020

Someday Teeth May Heal Themselves (But We’ll Still Have To Brush) (Cool Weird Awesome 260)

By |2020-03-17T07:37:47-04:00March 17th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

A team at King’s College London has found evidence that, with help from a prescription treatment, teeth may be able to repair themselves! Plus: parades are off this St. Patrick's Day, but we've still got Irish Potato Candies. (Don't worry, they only look like potatoes.)

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