29 11, 2019

How Thanksgiving Leftovers Led To TV Dinners (Cool Weird Awesome 182)

By |2019-11-29T06:49:25-05:00November 29th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

In 1953 Swanson had several hundred tons of leftover Thanksgiving turkey - so they created the TV Dinner and changed how we eat. Plus: the 40th annual Holiday Cave Sing is this weekend at Mammoth Cave in Kentucky.

28 11, 2019

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

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

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.

7 11, 2019

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

By |2019-11-07T06:41:45-05:00November 7th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

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.

30 10, 2019

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

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

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.

30 09, 2019

Can We Get Mac and Cheese To Mars? (Cool Weird Awesome 138)

By |2019-09-30T07:08:01-04:00September 30th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

A mission to Mars would take years of travel - but today's space food doesn't last long enough. Scientists at Washington State University are working on a way to sterilize and pack food that can last 3-5 years, which is good for astronauts and for any of us who want to survive the zombie apocalypse. Plus: why a man in Vermont just put up a large wooden statue of a raised middle finger. 

8 07, 2019

Rise Of The Tortilla (Cool Weird Awesome 78)

By |2019-07-09T09:59:28-04:00July 8th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Taco Bell says it’s been dealing with a tortilla shortage. Those craving inexpensive tacos and burritos at odd hours are bearing the brunt of this crisis, but it’s affecting all of us - after all, tortillas have been a part of our culinary lives for thousands of years.

11 06, 2019

Sensors Report Leftovers Are Still Fresh (Cool Weird Awesome 59)

By |2019-06-11T09:49:11-04:00June 11th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , |

We may be taking a big step forward in the effort to stop food waste! A research team at Imperial College London has developed food freshness sensors that can be embedded in the packaging of meat and fish and detect the gases that show up when food spoils.

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