24 06, 2020

The Longest Tennis Match Ever Started 10 Years Ago Today (Cool Weird Awesome 327)

By |2020-06-24T08:57:14-04:00June 24th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Today at the 2010 Wimbledon tennis tournament was the first day of the longest professional tennis match ever played. John Isner and Nicolas Mahut played for more than 11 hours over three days! Plus: since Wimbledon 2020 has been canceled, what are they doing with all those strawberries they usually sell?

22 06, 2020

After World War I, The Allies Held Their Own Olympic-Style Games (Cool Weird Awesome 325)

By |2020-06-22T07:59:47-04:00June 22nd, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

This is about the time we were all supposed to be gearing up for the 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics. Since that's on hold, let's instead talk about the Inter-Allied Games, which began in Paris on this day in 1919. Plus: if you'd like some fierce sporting competition from this century, try out the American Hedgehog Bowling Association (and don't worry, the hedgehogs aren't bowled down the lanes).

27 03, 2020

The Story Behind The Weirdest Baseball Card Of All Time (Cool Weird Awesome 269)

By |2020-03-27T09:22:53-04:00March 27th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Baseball's opening weekend has been postponed, so for now let's enjoy the tale of how pitcher Keith Comstock managed to turn his baseball card into one where he appears to be hit in a very sensitive place. Plus: salon owner Heidi Oley had to close her shop for the time being, so she’s practicing her skills on her boyfriend and posting daily hairdos on Instagram.

24 03, 2020

Can This Device “Hear” Disease? (Cool Weird Awesome 266)

By |2020-03-24T09:44:11-04:00March 24th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

A team Purdue University developed a device that uses sound waves that can help determine if and when a disease has started to invade our body cells. That SOUNDS like a good idea (see what we did there?) Plus: a sports commentator in the UK is keeping his skills in shape during the sports hiatus by doing play-by-play on non-sports activities.

31 01, 2020

If You Like Hockey, You’ll Like Blind Hockey (Cool Weird Awesome 228)

By |2020-02-01T20:21:19-05:00January 31st, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

A growing number of hockey fans are paying attention to blind hockey, where players have either full blindness or 10 percent vision or less. That puts the emphasis on sound. Plus: introducing the Telecaster guitar that's been signed by 16 Navajo code talkers!

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?

29 07, 2019

Where We Got Olympic Medals From Before Recycled Cell Phones (Cool Weird Awesome 93)

By |2019-08-06T13:49:41-04:00July 29th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

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?

18 07, 2019

You Know Mack Robinson’s Brother, Now Get To Know Mack Robinson (Cool Weird Awesome 86)

By |2019-07-18T13:25:25-04:00July 18th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

On this day in 1912, the birth of the greatest athlete you might never have heard of - Olympic silver medalist and community advocate Mack Robinson.

26 06, 2019

The Babe Is Here, Who’s Coming In Second? (Cool Weird Awesome 70)

By |2019-06-26T13:13:38-04:00June 26th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , |

Mildred "Babe" Didrikson Zaharias could do it all - she was an Olympic gold medalist, champion golfer, basketball and baseball player, vaudeville performer, celebrity and more. Once she won the US national track and field championships by herself - as in, she was a team of one and beat teams that had over a dozen athletes.

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