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It’s All Pumpkin Spice From Here On Out (Cool Weird Awesome 118)

Summer is through, which means the start of our annual time to consume and/or complain about products flavored with pumpkin spice. It was in the mid-90s that this blend of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice and cloves started its rise to power, and there’s no stopping it now, really. Plus: did you know that hundreds of years ago pumpkin spice may have given us New York City?
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Save The Washing Machine Museum! (Cool Weird Awesome 96)

The Lee Maxwell Washing Machine Museum in Eaton, Colorado, is facing an uncertain future. Its namesake wants to pass on his collection of some 1,600 machines to the next generation. Hopefully someone takes him up on that offer, because there’s a lot of history here. Plus: the Lumberjack World Championships begin in Hayward, Wisconsin, and we go for the obvious Monty Python reference in describing the event.
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Where We Got Olympic Medals From Before Recycled Cell Phones (Cool Weird Awesome 93)

Last week the organizers of the 2020 Olympic Games revealed that 100 percent of the gold, silver and bronze used to create the Olympic medals is recycled – the metal comes from used cell phones. But the ancient Olympians got olive branches as prizes. Why is it that we have Olympic medals in the first place?
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