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The “Snow Bowl” Proved Playing College Football In A Blizzard Is Hard (Cool Weird Awesome 896)

For some people, watching football is the best part of Thanksgiving weekend. Today in 1950, there was a football game that had to be seen to be believed: the Snow Bowl.

By |2022-11-25T16:13:34-05:00November 25, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

When “WKRP” Thought Turkeys Could Fly For Thanksgiving (Cool Weird Awesome 895)

There aren't a lot of top-drawer Thanksgiving specials, but the "WKRP In Cincinnati" episode "Turkeys Away" may qualify. Here's some of the real life story that inspired the absolutely bonkers plot of the show. 

By |2022-11-24T16:09:50-05:00November 24, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

President Franklin Pierce Got An Acclaimed Author To Write His Campaign Biography (Cool Weird Awesome 894)

Today in 1804, the birthday of President Franklin Pierce. He's not well known today, but in his time, people learned about the 14th president through a biography written by the acclaimed novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne.

By |2022-11-23T14:26:58-05:00November 23, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

All Work And No Play Makes A Dull Bumblebee (Cool Weird Awesome 893)

This is maybe the most adorable scientific study of the year: researchers have been testing whether bumblebees like to play with toys… and they do!

By |2022-11-22T11:45:25-05:00November 22, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

The Classic Black And White Soccer Ball Was Designed To Look Like A Satellite (Cool Weird Awesome 892)

The World Cup is getting underway in Qatar. The Cup's official ball has a colorful and busy design, perfect for HDTVs. Here's the story of how the classic black and white ball got its design.

By |2022-11-21T11:33:55-05:00November 21, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

When Alan Shepard Hit Golf Balls On The Moon (Cool Weird Awesome 891)

Today in 1923, the birthday of Alan Shepard. He was the first American in space, and the first person to ever play golf on the Moon.

By |2022-11-18T13:14:49-05:00November 18, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

Colorado’s State Capitol Has Pretty Much All The World’s Rose Onyx (Cool Weird Awesome 890)

Today in 1858, the founding of the city of Denver, Colorado. The state capitol building in Denver features a kind of stone known as Colorado Rose Onyx, and so far it's the only one.

By |2022-11-17T08:54:44-05:00November 17, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

The “McBarge” Was A Floating Wonderland Of Fast Food (Cool Weird Awesome 889)

It's National Fast Food Day, and here's the story of an uncommon fast food restaurant: the Friendship 500, a floating McDonald's restaurant in the 80s nicknamed the "McBarge."

By |2022-11-16T06:55:48-05:00November 16, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Helen Hulick, Who Went To Jail For The Right To Wear Slacks In Court (Cool Weird Awesome 888)

Today in 1938, a California woman took a stand in court for the right to wear slacks instead of a dress in court. Here's the story of Helen Hulick and her campaign against "anti-slackism."

By |2022-11-15T09:13:13-05:00November 15, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

The American Warship That Accidentally Launched A Torpedo At FDR (Cool Weird Awesome 887)

Today in 1943, a US Navy ship almost caused a gigantic tragedy, by inadvertently launching a torpedo at the president of the United States. Plus: this month in 1932, the UK’s Home Office got a complaint about ancient drawing known as the Cerne Abbas Giant and his “impassioned obscenity.”

By |2022-11-14T06:57:24-05:00November 14, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |
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