The U.S. Senate Has A Candy Desk (Cool Weird Awesome 412)

It's National Candy Day, and the day after Election Day, so let's visit the back row of the U.S. Senate chamber, where, for over half a century, senators have kept a desk drawer filled with candy to share with colleagues. Plus: in Japan, candy is also fine art, thanks to the practice of amezaiku, or sculpting molten sugar syrup.

By |2020-11-04T07:20:57-05:00November 4th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

Happy Goosey Night, And Mischief Night, And Cabbage Night (Cool Weird Awesome 409)

In some areas, Halloween festivities actually start the night before October 31, on a night that goes by a few very unusual names. Plus: how about an unusual lollipop that's far off the beaten trick-or-treating path?

By |2020-10-31T13:00:21-04:00October 30th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , |

Why Van Halen Said No To Brown M&Ms (Cool Weird Awesome 397)

It's hard to believe we're saying goodbye to guitar great Eddie Van Halen. His band won millions of fans on record and offstage, and won a reputation for offstage excess. But one of their most infamous stories - that they banned brown M&Ms from backstage - wasn't quite what it seemed. Plus: a Gloria Estefan hit gets a heavy metal treatment on YouTube.

By |2020-10-07T08:07:52-04:00October 7th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

Alice Coachman Raised The Bar For Team USA (Cool Weird Awesome 354)

We don’t have the Olympic Games right now, but we can still mark a big Olympic moment that happened on this day in 1948: the day Alice Coachman became the first Black woman to win Olympic gold. Plus: a chocolate company and an engineer say they've redesigned the chocolate chip. Is it more efficient? I don't know, but I'll be happy to test it out.

That Time More Than 300 Nebraskans Moved A Barn By Hand (Cool Weird Awesome 348)

On this day in 1988, the Ostry family of Bruno, Nebraska got 328 people to lift a barn - a real, actual barn - and moved it 110 feet by hand. That's some impressive crowdsourcing. Plus:

By |2020-07-30T07:44:04-04:00July 30th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

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

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.)

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

Color-Changing Chocolate Sounds Like A Willy Wonka Invention Brought To Real Life (Cool Weird Awesome 205)

Researchers in Switzerland say they’ve found a way to change the color of chocolate, and without adding any colors or dyes to it. Instead, they use a special imprint to give it a glowing, rainbow-y patina. Plus: the annual PeepsFest is getting underway, and they're going to do a ball drop for New Year's with a giant Peep!

By |2019-12-27T13:04:29-05:00December 31st, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Quit Hating On Candy Corn, At Least Until You Hear Its Story (Cool Weird Awesome 160)

It’s National Candy Corn Day, and while no candy gets more hassle around this time of year than candy corn, it also has its fans. I mean, someone's eating those 9 billion pieces produced each year. Plus: a haunted house in Utah with an unforgettably creepy name.

By |2019-10-30T06:25:57-04:00October 30th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

How Old Is The Word “Word”? (Cool Weird Awesome 155)

Languages change over time; Merriam-Webster said it added over 500 new words to the dictionary last month. But you can also see those new additions over time through the Time Traveler feature on Merriam-Webster's website. Plus: a piece on Mental Floss explains how some of the most beloved Halloween candies got their names.

By |2019-10-23T06:38:19-04:00October 23rd, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |
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