There Used To Be A World Record For Auto Sales (Cool Weird Awesome 427)

This week marks two years since the end of a lawsuit over who had the world record in car sales! Not that we're short on stories these days about people disputing numbers. Plus: if you want a calmer story, how about this one about an artist who makes ornate sculptures from apples?

2020-11-25T09:01:52-05:00November 25th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

In The Future, Roadside Assistance Could Come From Robots (Cool Weird Awesome 423)

Robot roadside assistance? Toyota has applied for a patent for a system where self-driving drones could pull up to vehicles and give them some gas - or, if it runs on electricity, give it a charge. Plus: when you need to get a donor organ from one part of Italy to another, what do you do? Turn to a Lamborghini, of course.

2020-11-19T08:14:22-05:00November 19th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

“Fordite” Is The Gem Made From Paint At Auto Factories (Cool Weird Awesome 393)

Back in the days when auto workers spray painted new vehicles, excess paint would harden and accumulate into a substance that looked like colorful gemstones. Jewelers have been making works of art out of "fordite" ever since. Plus: ever wanted to make a bread bowl that looks like your own face? Now you can! 

2020-10-01T09:42:24-04:00October 1st, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

The Speed Camera That Thought It Caught A Car Going 437 MPH (Cool Weird Awesome 341)

There was a story out of Italy where a driver got a ticket for driving 437 miles per hour. Since that's almost three times as fast as the car could legitimately go, it's believed to have been a malfunction of a local speed camera. Plus: the creations of cabinet maker Henk Verhoeff aren't malfunctioning, they're meant to be, as the artist put it, "broken and weird."

2020-07-14T08:00:01-04:00July 14th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Radio Saved The Eiffel Tower (Cool Weird Awesome 271)

The Eiffel Tower was only supposed to stand in Paris for 20 years... but experiments in "wireless telegraphy" helped convince the powers that be to keep the tower in place. Plus: this gallery of the weirdest-looking cars to ever roll off the assembly line is maybe not the aesthetic equal of the Eiffel Tower, but it sure is fun.

2020-03-31T09:07:41-04:00March 31st, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

When Ford Introduced The Soybean Car (Cool Weird Awesome 214)

On this day in 1942, the patent was issued for a car that was to be (at least partly) made from soybeans. And it was the idea of none other than Henry Ford. Plus: Steven Paul Judd is an Oklahoma-based artist of Kiowa/Choctaw descent, and last month he made a portrait of Sitting Bull using just over 20,000 black and white dice.

2020-01-13T09:06:52-05:00January 13th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

The Dentist Who Put On A Vaudeville Show To Distract Patients (Cool Weird Awesome 212)

Dental history is, shall we say, complicated. Fortunately we have all sorts of ways to minimize pain today, but none may be as exciting as those used by Edgar "Painless" Parker, a dentist who would distract his patients by putting on a vaudeville show as he worked. Plus: V2P technology could help us keep cars and pedestrians from crashing into each other.

2020-01-09T06:24:33-05:00January 9th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

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

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.

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

Smart Intersections Could Help Make Self-Driving Cars Smarter (Cool Weird Awesome 196)

You’ve heard about making cars smarter, but what about smarter intersections? Cornell researchers find that making intersections more autonomous could help get self-driving cars where they want to go more efficiently. Plus: on the anniversary of the last day of the last Apollo mission to the moon, how about a trip to the Museum of the Moon, now visiting Philadelphia?

2019-12-19T08:57:40-05:00December 19th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |
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