How The Cheese Curl Was Invented (Partly By Accident) (Cool Weird Awesome 474)

It was today in 1932 that the makers of the cheese curl (or one of them, there are several origin stories) applied for a patent for their creation. Only their creation was supposed to be something entirely different. Plus: LEGO City is a bustling place, and some fans are hoping it will add bike lanes for LEGO riders.

2021-02-04T08:36:56-05:00February 4th, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

Elvis Once Flew Halfway Across The Country For A Giant Sandwich (Cool Weird Awesome 471)

On this day in 1976, Elvis Presley apparently got so excited describing the Fool's Gold sandwich, made at a restaurant in Denver, that he flew to Denver that night to eat it, only to fly right back to Memphis when he was done. And that's not the only food Elvis loved; did you know about his penchant for BBQ bologna?

2021-02-01T07:55:18-05:00February 1st, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

When A Raccoon Lived At The White House (Cool Weird Awesome 470)

Champ and Major are the new White House dogs, but there have been lots of pets at the president's house over the years, including Rebecca the raccoon, who definitely left her mark on the place during Calvin Coolidge's presidency. Plus: a company in the UK just made a 500-plus pound protein bar. Do you eat it to refuel after an ultramarathon, maybe? 

2021-01-29T10:12:46-05:00January 29th, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Queen Elizabeth I Had Her Guests Eat Gingerbread Men That Looked Like Themselves (Cool Weird Awesome 434)

For National Cookie Day, we take a closer look at the amazing and frequently disturbing history of gingerbread, including how one of the most famous royals of all time helped bring gingerbread people into the world. Plus: a lesson in patience from a musical great who made herself into a cookie-baking expert.

2020-12-04T08:16:43-05:00December 4th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

In Belgium, Eating Fries Is Patriotic (Cool Weird Awesome 290)

Authorities in Belgium are calling on citizens to do their duty and help the country's potato farmers by ordering frites twice a week - fitting, since Belgium is home of the world's only Frietmuseum and considers itself the birthplace of the fried potato. Plus: today in 2008, the passing of the man who made the Pringles can possible. And he included that iconic tube of chips in his final wishes.

2021-01-24T09:22:56-05:00May 4th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

We’re Grateful For Off The Wall Thanksgiving Sides (Cool Weird Awesome 181)

Happy Thanksgiving - and are you really gonna eat that? This holiday edition of Cool Weird Awesome celebrates that for which we are all most grateful: the bewildering foods that inexplicably become part of our annual Thanksgiving dinners, from "seafoam salad" to "tunies" to hot dog chunks warmed up in pizza sauce. Plus: holiday lights are coming, and "Peteyville" in Hammond, Indiana is one of the best and brightest displays you'll find.

2019-11-28T06:09:22-05:00November 28th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Even For Meringue This Meringue Is Light (Cool Weird Awesome 166)

This meringue is just about the lightest dessert ever made. Based on the lightest substance in the world, Aerogel, it's about 96 percent air and a serving weighs about a gram. We guarantee you won’t think it's too filling. Plus: the story of a light-emitting fungus gnat in Brazil, which is maybe not as appetizing as the first story.

2019-11-07T06:41:45-05:00November 7th, 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.

2021-01-29T11:48:41-05:00October 30th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |
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