The Microwave Oven Was Sort Of An Accident (Cool Weird Awesome 157)

Today is the anniversary of the day the first consumer microwave oven went on sale, back in 1955. But the microwave has roots that go back well before that, and it's at least in part a byproduct of radar technology from World War II. Plus: Los Alamos, New Mexico is trying to break a world record for simultaneous pumpkin carving.

By |2019-10-25T06:40:09-04:00October 25th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , |

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?

By |2019-09-03T08:59:47-04:00September 2nd, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Dark pumpkin

This is not my pumpkin, this is my neighbor’s pumpkin. I bring it up as a comparison to my pumpkin-related efforts this past week, which were somewhat less successful. We got a really nice pumpkin from

By |2010-10-17T23:31:00-04:00October 17th, 2010|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , |