Victorians Made Art Out Of Locks Of Hair (Cool Weird Awesome 380)

A lock of Abraham Lincoln's hair just sold for $81,000 at auction, a reminder that a) people will pay lots of money for lots of things, and b) hair was a pretty important keepsake in the 19th century - people back then even made it into art. Plus: a couple in England decides to upgrade their garden, which the husband decides means installing a 12-foot statue of a T. rex. 

By |2020-09-14T08:10:13-04:00September 14th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

The Mullet Is Timeless, And Its Name Comes From The Beastie Boys (Cool Weird Awesome 362)

The mullet may take you back to the 70s or 80s, but it's a timeless hairstyle. No, really: there's evidence that the ancients were wearing business in the front, party in the back thousands of years ago. Plus: another thing that transcends time is the urge to break stuff in a controlled environment, hence an ad for a "frustration room" in the 60s.

By |2020-08-19T08:26:16-04:00August 19th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

The Weirdest Words Noah Webster Ever Defined (Cool Weird Awesome 276)

Today's the day in 1828 that Noah Webster went to the copyright office to register his work “An American Dictionary of the English Language.” This work, no pun intended, defined American English as people actually spoke it, but it also included some words that haven't exactly stayed with us. Plus: there are perhaps no words for the mulletty goodness that resulted when a woman in New Zealand tried to cut her hair with a kitchen knife.

By |2020-04-14T07:52:03-04:00April 14th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

The Story Behind The Weirdest Baseball Card Of All Time (Cool Weird Awesome 269)

Baseball's opening weekend has been postponed, so for now let's enjoy the tale of how pitcher Keith Comstock managed to turn his baseball card into one where he appears to be hit in a very sensitive place. Plus: salon owner Heidi Oley had to close her shop for the time being, so she’s practicing her skills on her boyfriend and posting daily hairdos on Instagram.

By |2020-03-27T09:22:53-04:00March 27th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

There’s A Hair Freezing Contest In The Yukon (Cool Weird Awesome 258)

This weekend voting gets underway for one of the most unusual contests you’ll find anywhere in the world: the Takhini Hot Springs Hair Freezing Contest. Plus: Colorado is honoring a dude who's spending his afterlife surrounded by a great deal of dry ice. Introducing Frozen Dead Guys Days!

By |2020-03-13T06:42:25-04:00March 13th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |