26 06, 2020

The‌ ‌Big‌ ‌Muddy‌ ‌Monster‌ ‌Ran‌ ‌Wild‌ ‌In‌ ‌Murphysboro‌ ‌(Cool‌ ‌Weird‌ ‌Awesome‌ ‌329)‌ ‌

By |2020-06-26T09:18:21-04:00June 26th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

On this day in 1973, a couple in Murphysboro, Illinois reported seeing a tall, hairy, extremely smelly creature that over time became known as The Big Muddy Monster. But what the heck was it? Plus: today is the anniversary of Elvis Presley's final concert. And yes, there's a historic marker on the site.

25 06, 2020

The Woman Who Rode A Bike Around The World (Cool Weird Awesome 328)

By |2020-06-25T07:53:29-04:00June 25th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

It was on this day in 1894 that Annie Cohen Kopchovsky, aka Annie Londonderry, set off on a bike trip that, over the next fifteen months, would make her the first woman to ride a bike around the world. Plus: meet a contraption that can hit a home run about twice as far as the ones in the big leagues.

24 06, 2020

The Longest Tennis Match Ever Started 10 Years Ago Today (Cool Weird Awesome 327)

By |2020-06-24T08:57:14-04:00June 24th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Today at the 2010 Wimbledon tennis tournament was the first day of the longest professional tennis match ever played. John Isner and Nicolas Mahut played for more than 11 hours over three days! Plus: since Wimbledon 2020 has been canceled, what are they doing with all those strawberries they usually sell?

23 06, 2020

Robots And Soap Bubbles Might Help Pollinate Crops (Cool Weird Awesome 326)

By |2020-06-23T10:19:46-04:00June 23rd, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Bees are running into a lot of challenges lately, and while there are efforts to help the bees get their buzz back, scientists are testing out systems that might give us other ways to pollinate. One, at the Washington State University, involves cameras and robot hands - while another, in Japan, involves soap bubbles.

22 06, 2020

After World War I, The Allies Held Their Own Olympic-Style Games (Cool Weird Awesome 325)

By |2020-06-22T07:59:47-04:00June 22nd, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

This is about the time we were all supposed to be gearing up for the 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics. Since that's on hold, let's instead talk about the Inter-Allied Games, which began in Paris on this day in 1919. Plus: if you'd like some fierce sporting competition from this century, try out the American Hedgehog Bowling Association (and don't worry, the hedgehogs aren't bowled down the lanes).

19 06, 2020

Five Statues And Six Pedestals That Tell The Story Of Juneteenth (Cool Weird Awesome 324)

By |2020-06-19T07:46:29-04:00June 19th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

One of the many special places you can mark Juneteenth is at the George Washington Carver Museum in Austin, Texas, with an art installation that has five statues and six pedestals. Plus: the summer solstice is this weekend, and while crowds won't be on hand the usual way at Stonehenge, they can take in the whole event virtually.

18 06, 2020

Meet “Roger Jr.,” The Electronic Voice Made For Roger Ebert (Cool Weird Awesome 323)

By |2020-06-18T06:23:32-04:00June 18th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , |

It's the birthday of Roger Ebert, a great film critic, TV host and author, and a pioneer in developing realistic-sounding electronic voices. Today we have the story of how he worked to create a voice called "Roger Jr." Plus: how about teaching the electronic voices to read some of Ebert’s hilariously devastating negative movie reviews?

17 06, 2020

Video Games Are Now Medically Necessary (Cool Weird Awesome 322)

By |2020-06-17T08:05:43-04:00June 17th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Video games are now as artistically and technically challenging as any other art form. But now they've really leveled up: the FDA has just approved a video game-based treatment for ADHD. Plus: a school librarian in western Virginia just found a clever way to get books to her students while schools and libraries are closed.

16 06, 2020

Time To Upgrade The International Space Station’s Bathroom (Cool Weird Awesome 321)

By |2020-06-16T08:10:01-04:00June 16th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

Sometimes you go into space to land on the moon, and other times it’s for maintenance purposes. NASA is planning a mission to replace the toilet on the International Space Station. Plus: this is Waste and Recycling Workers Week, are you paying tribute to those who collect all the stuff we toss out?

15 06, 2020

How “Them!” Became The Greatest Giant Ant Movie Of Its Generation (Cool Weird Awesome 320)

By |2020-06-15T07:48:30-04:00June 15th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , |

It was on this day in 1954 that one of the most important monster movies most people have never heard of was released: "Them!" (note the exclamation mark in the title) featured giant irradiated ants, James Arness, the Wilhelm Scream, Fess Parker, Leonard Nimoy and more! Plus: science has determined how to give the perfect hug, so start practicing.

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