Waterways Could Get Extra Clean After They’re Cleaned By These Drones (Cool Weird Awesome 512)

A device in Denmark, WasteShark, has been roaming through water to scoop up floating debris. Now it's going to have a flying companion drone to help spot waste and maybe even clean up oil spills. Plus: photographer Nancy Floyd has been taking self-portraits and other images, structured the same way, day after day since 1982, to show the passage of time. Talk about playing the long game. 

2021-04-05T08:31:58-04:00April 5th, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

How The Hula Hoop Got The World Up And Moving (Cool Weird Awesome 490)

Today in 1963 the Hula Hoop was patented, although by that point it had already become a worldwide phenomenon. And toy hoops go way, way back even before the toys we know today first became popular. Plus: how a very unusual photographer won the Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition.

2021-03-05T07:59:51-05:00March 5th, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Madagascar Will Be Home To The World’s First 3D-Printed School (Cool Weird Awesome 476)

Building new schools can take lots of time and money, but a new initiative has developed a construction method using 3D printing that they say can put an entire classroom together in a week or less. Plus: a new photo project is recreating great images from fine art and pop culture, but with all the people and characters replaced by hot dogs!

2021-02-08T09:28:43-05:00February 8th, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Sanford And Son Was Such A Hit, Its Star Briefly Walked Out And It Kept Going (Cool Weird Awesome 459)

It was today in 1972 that NBC first broadcast one of the most memorable sitcoms in TV history, “Sanford and Son." Here's a few facts about the show and its star, Redd Foxx. Plus: photographer Mike Mayou went out with a drone-mounted camera in Minnesota to catch the sunset but got something even more amazing.

2021-01-14T08:16:01-05:00January 14th, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

Let’s Say Something About The Museum Of Nothing (Cool Weird Awesome 433)

Some galleries showcase works of art; others show you what it's like when there's nothing on the canvas. Today we pay a virtual visit to a museum where all the works explore the concept of nothingness. Plus: the Chic!ken photo project aims to show that chickens can be the subjects of fine art. 

2020-12-03T07:35:28-05:00December 3rd, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Ruth Faison Shaw Is The Founding Mother Of Fingerpaint (Cool Weird Awesome 403)

Today is the birthday of Ruth Faison Shaw, an art teacher who spotted a kid smearing iodine on the school walls and saw a way kids could express themselves. Plus: art is alive and well in cats, or at least in a photographer taking portraits of cats going wild for - and sometimes on - catnip.

2020-10-15T07:52:06-04:00October 15th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

Raising Money For A Good Cause? Choose Your Fonts Wisely (Cool Weird Awesome 399)

Food banks are seeing growing demand, and feeding hungry people takes money. Amazingly, a study out of Ohio State University finds these nonprofits might be able to boost their donations by paying closer attention to typefaces. Plus: this weekend is the deadline to cast your vote in this year's Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards.

2020-10-09T07:58:28-04:00October 9th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

An Art Project Is Taking Photos Over A Thousand Years (Cool Weird Awesome 373)

The strangeness of this year has been messing with our internal clocks and our sense of how days, weeks and months go. But sometimes it's good to rethink how we understand time, like though Tahoe Timescape, a project to take photographs over one thousand years. Plus: New York City is where King Kong ran wild in the movies, but a new statue could help rebuild the relationship between NYC and big apes.

2020-09-03T07:39:06-04:00September 3rd, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

How The Baby Sitters Club Became The Book Series All The 80s Kids Were Reading (Cool Weird Awesome 333)

Netflix is about to release a show based on The Baby-Sitters Club I used to re-shelve all the time at the public library where I worked. Here's the story of how the series came to life. Plus: if you could use a little beauty in your world right now, check out the photos of Trung Huy Pham, documenting Vietnam's annual water lily harvest.

“Ghost Signs” Show What Buildings Used To Be (Cool Weird Awesome 242)

If you’ve ever driven past a building and seen a faded advertisement on the side of the brick, or spotted a neon sign for a restaurant where a real estate office now sits, those are ghost signs. A new book called The Ghost Signs of NYC tours these signs and advertisements and tells the stories of how they got where they are. Plus: meet the world's largest paint ball!

2020-02-20T09:31:06-05:00February 20th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |
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