15 01, 2020

Old-Time Sports Radio Used To Give The Audience Diagrams (Cool Weird Awesome 216)

By |2020-01-15T07:59:20-05:00January 15th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

On this day in 1927, the BBC tried something new for their broadcast of a rugby match between England and Wales: they partnered with Radio Times magazine to publish a diagram of a rugby pitch to help the audience follow the action. Plus: on National Hat Day, where better to be than the one and only National Hat Museum?

18 12, 2019

Museums Are Helping Color-Blind Art Lovers See The Whole Spectrum (Cool Weird Awesome 195)

By |2019-12-18T09:00:54-05:00December 18th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , |

An increasing number of museums are offering EnChroma corrective glasses to visitors with color blindness, to bring more color to the world of art and those who enjoy it. Plus: a museum in London is exhibiting a disposable cup from 3,500 years ago, proving that from our earliest times, we’ve been trying to avoid doing the dishes.

1 08, 2019

Save The Washing Machine Museum! (Cool Weird Awesome 96)

By |2019-08-01T09:54:50-04:00August 1st, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

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.

10 07, 2019

When The Flyover Flies Over The Wrong Spot (Cool Weird Awesome 80)

By |2019-07-10T09:42:48-04:00July 10th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Patrouille Swiss is the official aerial acrobatics team for Switzerland. Last weekend they were in fine form as they flew over the community of Langenbruck for a festival honoring a local aviation hero... except for one thing: they weren’t actually over Langenbruck.

17 06, 2019

How To Move A 12 Ton Sphinx (Cool Weird Awesome 63)

By |2019-06-17T09:50:29-04:00June 17th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology - known better as the Penn Museum - needed to move its most famous object, a 3,000 year old Egyptian sphinx, from a gallery to the main hall as part of a renovation project. The move was only 300 feet, but the sphinx happens to weigh 12.5 tons, so it took three days to get from point A to point B.