A Brick House Could Also Be A Power House (Cool Weird Awesome 360)

Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis have found a way to cover bricks with a special coating so they can store electricity, essentially turning bricks into batteries. Good news for the third little pig! Plus: Koji Kasatani is wowing the world with hyperrealistic, playful art made from ceramic bananas.

By |2020-08-17T08:18:00-04:00August 17th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

The World’s Fair Is Where America Learned To Love The Banana (Cool Weird Awesome 314)

It was on this day in 1876 that the U.S. first fell in love with the banana, when it was introduced at the World's Fair in Philadelphia. Though, back then, eating a banana was quite a bit different than it is today. Plus: on National Doughnut Day, we mark the moment in 2012 when festival-goers in Ukraine proved doughnuts were as good for art as they were for snack time.

By |2020-06-05T08:19:53-04:00June 5th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

When Food Becomes The Artist’s Muse (Cool Weird Awesome 277)

Artist Itsuo Kobayashi has been keeping an illustrated food diary since 1980, drawing and describing each meal, the ingredients, the price and how it made him feel. Plus: for National Banana Day, we go to - where else - the International Banana Museum in California.

By |2020-04-15T08:54:36-04:00April 15th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

A Guy In Michigan Drives A Banana Car (Cool Weird Awesome 178)

The busiest travel season of the year is getting underway, so here's a story about a vehicle right out of Richard Scarry’s Busytown: the Big Banana Car, which is a 15 foot long banana with four seats on the frame of a Ford F-150. Plus: the Volkspod is a motor scooter made with upcycled parts from old-school Volkswagen Beetles!

By |2019-11-25T06:27:51-05:00November 25th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |