When The Macy’s Parade Rickrolled Thanksgiving (Cool Weird Awesome 428)

It really happened! On Thanksgiving 2008, a float in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade came to a halt, there was a record scratch, and none other than Rick Astley came out to perform "Never Gonna Give You Up." Plus: a pianist in Thailand is never going to give up his very unusual audience.

2020-11-26T08:57:22-05:00November 26th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

Bats Can Predict Where Their Prey Is Headed (Cool Weird Awesome 414)

Bats use their own internal radar - echolocation - to figure out where insects are so they can swoop in and catch their meal. But a study out of Johns Hopkins University shows that how bats track their prey is more complicated than we thought. Plus: today in 2008, music fans named a certain pop and internet legend the Best Act Ever.

2020-11-06T08:17:16-05:00November 6th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

Can AI Bring Extinct Languages Back To Life? (Cool Weird Awesome 406)

A project out of MIT is using artificial intelligence to scan lost languages and find rules and conventions that may help us figure out what all those words from years ago might mean. Plus: historic signs in South Nyack, New York are using QR codes to tell us something timeless - a message that's never gonna give us up.

2020-10-27T07:58:44-04:00October 27th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |
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