8 01, 2020

What’s In A Baby Name? A Pop Song (Cool Weird Awesome 211)

By |2020-01-08T05:43:22-05:00January 8th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

All kinds of pop culture can lead to trends in baby names, but there’s research that shows that when a hit song has climbed up the pop charts, the same name starts climbing the list of baby names. Plus: good news out of the Consumer Electronics Show for drivers who forget their sunglasses. It's an interactive smart car visor.

3 01, 2020

Recycled Milk Bottles Apparently Make Great Road Surfaces (Cool Weird Awesome 208)

By |2020-01-02T07:29:04-05:00January 3rd, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

In South Africa, a construction company has started producing and using a more eco-friendly asphalt that contains plastic pellets that come from recycled milk bottles. Plus: meet a mayor in Texas who’s bringing a VERY fresh perspective to the job.

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.