30 12, 2019

The Time Samoa Didn’t Have Time For December 30th (Cool Weird Awesome 203)

By |2019-12-27T12:42:16-05:00December 30th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Eight years ago Samoa skipped a day on the calendar, owing to the International Date Line and some business involving its key trading partners. There just wasn't a December 30th, 2011 there! Plus: why break your back shoveling snow when you can design a radio-controlled snowplow to do the work for you?

12 11, 2019

The Mountain That’s Higher Than The Highest Mountain (Cool Weird Awesome 169)

By |2019-11-12T09:11:40-05:00November 12th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

This is Geography Awareness Week, and on our fascinating planet Mount Everest is the tallest mountain - but it's not actually the highest point on earth. That's actually Mount Chimborazo, in Ecuador. Plus: the community of New Baltimore, NY gets a spooky purple makeover thanks to Google Maps.

27 08, 2019

How To See The Lower 48 States In One Road Trip (Cool Weird Awesome 114)

By |2019-09-01T21:28:08-04:00August 27th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

Randal S. Olson developed a computer algorithm to find the shortest, most efficient way to drive through all 48 contiguous United States - 13,699 miles and around 224 hours of driving. Plus: the Race Across America is a more than 3,000 mile road race from Los Angeles to New York on bicycles.

20 08, 2019

How To Find Where You Are In Just Three Words (Cool Weird Awesome 109)

By |2019-08-20T09:42:56-04:00August 20th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

The app what3words breaks down all the spaces on earth into 3 meter by 3 meter squares and assigns each of those squares a unique set of three words. Anyone who knows the three words for a square can pinpoint it with GPS - just ask the group of lost hikers in a UK forest who got help in about a minute thanks to the system.

22 07, 2019

Point No Point And Other Amazing, Actual Places (Cool Weird Awesome 88)

By |2019-07-23T09:29:11-04:00July 22nd, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

The website and book Sad Topographies teaches us that our planet is home to some unusually-named places, like Gloomy Lake in Ontario, Divorce Beach in Mexico, New Jersey’s Shades of Death Road (!) and a spot in Washington state known as Point No Point.