5 06, 2020

The World’s Fair Is Where America Learned To Love The Banana (Cool Weird Awesome 314)

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It was on this day in 1876 that the U.S. first fell in love with the banana, when it was introduced at the World's Fair in Philadelphia. Though, back then, eating a banana was quite a bit different than it is today. Plus: on National Doughnut Day, we mark the moment in 2012 when festival-goers in Ukraine proved doughnuts were as good for art as they were for snack time.

8 05, 2020

The College With Its Own Doll Collection (Cool Weird Awesome 294)

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Colleges and students are trying to make the best of the current difficulties - like with virtual commencement ceremonies, for example. But there are still some traditions that are hard to replicate online, like Meredith College's annual presentation of a class doll at the end of the year.

7 05, 2020

Jigsaw Puzzles, A Geographic Teaching Tool Turned Global Phenomenon (Cool Weird Awesome 293)

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There's been a surge in popularity for jigsaw puzzles lately - not bad for an idea that was originally meant to teach kids in London about the countries of Europe. Plus: today marks the 10th anniversary of the world record for the largest group hug. Anyone want to try to break that record next year?

1 04, 2020

Lego Bricks Could Last Longer Than A Millennium (Cool Weird Awesome 272)

By |2020-04-01T10:09:50-04:00April 1st, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Researchers have been studying LEGO longevity! Don't put them in the ocean, because they could last hundreds or even thousands of years - instead, maybe build something really cool to share with future generations. Plus: there's a new world record in the category of most walnuts cracked by an elbow in under a minute. Yes, that's a category.

26 03, 2020

The Motorcycling Sisters Who Rode For The RIght To Vote (Cool Weird Awesome 268)

By |2020-03-26T13:54:23-04:00March 26th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , |

It's the birthday of Augusta Van Buren, who joined her sister Adeline for a cross-country motorcycle trip in 1916 to win support for the suffragist movement. And what a trip it was. Plus: if you're one of the many people stocking up on bathroom tissue these days, note that the largest roll ever made is in Missouri - but it's not for sale.

26 02, 2020

This Program Can Make You Invisible On A Webcam (Cool Weird Awesome 246)

By |2020-02-26T06:43:03-05:00February 26th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Disappearing People is a computer program that can make us invisible on our computer’s cameras! Plus: the story of something that cannot be unseen, the world record longest salami.