Victorians Made Art Out Of Locks Of Hair (Cool Weird Awesome 380)

A lock of Abraham Lincoln's hair just sold for $81,000 at auction, a reminder that a) people will pay lots of money for lots of things, and b) hair was a pretty important keepsake in the 19th century - people back then even made it into art. Plus: a couple in England decides to upgrade their garden, which the husband decides means installing a 12-foot statue of a T. rex. 

By |2020-09-14T08:10:13-04:00September 14th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Humans Actually Do Perk Up Their Ears At Interesting Noises (Cool Weird Awesome 339)

Our entire show is based on the idea that we might say something interesting enough that it might get you to perk up your ears, figuratively speaking. Or, as a team at Saarland University has found, maybe not so figuratively speaking. Plus: a sculpture garden in Dublin, Ohio pays tribute to ears of a different kind.

By |2020-07-10T08:45:37-04:00July 10th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

Sometimes Towns Just Have To Build Statues To Invasive Pests (Cool Weird Awesome 190)

Today marks one hundred years since the community of Enterprise, Alabama, put up a very special monument in the middle of town: a statue of a Greek woman holding a boll weevil, an invasive pest that had ruined the local cotton crop. Wait, what? Plus: meet the most destructive holiday force ever, Treezilla!

By |2019-12-11T06:37:57-05:00December 11th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

When You’re Tracking Migrating Eagles, Always Get Extra Roaming Data (Cool Weird Awesome 158)

A project in Russia tracks the movements of steppe eagles through trackers that can send text messages back to research HQ about their whereabouts. There's one problem: the eagles have been crossing into other countries and their trackers are using roaming data!

By |2019-10-28T09:12:09-04:00October 28th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , |

Can We Get Mac and Cheese To Mars? (Cool Weird Awesome 138)

A mission to Mars would take years of travel - but today's space food doesn't last long enough. Scientists at Washington State University are working on a way to sterilize and pack food that can last 3-5 years, which is good for astronauts and for any of us who want to survive the zombie apocalypse. Plus: why a man in Vermont just put up a large wooden statue of a raised middle finger. 

By |2019-09-30T07:08:01-04:00September 30th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |