The Teachers Who Became World Class Screamers (But Not At Their Classes) (Cool Weird Awesome 400)

To mark our 400th episode, we have stories of some of the people who have set world records for screaming! Two of them are educators, though I don't think they practice on their students. Plus: scientists have figured out how to 3D print treats out of milk.

By |2020-10-12T08:35:59-04:00October 12th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

The Town Of Asbestos Is Looking For A Less Asbestos-ey Name (Cool Weird Awesome 384)

The community of Asbestos, Quebec has decided to rename itself. Now it's up to the residents to decide whether the town should be named Trois-Lacs, Apalone, Phénix or - wait for it - Jeffrey. Plus: on this National Cheeseburger Day, did you know there's an 1,800 pound burger on the menu at a place in Detroit?

By |2020-09-18T07:41:53-04:00September 18th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Put This Sensor On Your Food And See If It’s Safe To Eat (Cool Weird Awesome 383)

A sensor developed at MIT uses a set of microneedles to push through packaging and determine whether the food inside is safe to eat, which could prevent food waste and help head off outbreaks of salmonella. Plus: did you know China is apparently home to several thousand glass footbridges, where you can walk across and see what's underneath?

By |2020-09-17T08:05:08-04:00September 17th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

The Swimming Champion Who Became A Real-Life Superhero (Cool Weird Awesome 382)

44 years ago today, Shavarsh Karapetyan, a finswimming champion in Armenia did something extraordinary, saving at least 20 passengers who were trapped in a trolleybus that had gone into a lake. Has anybody done a biopic about this guy yet? Plus: meet Mieko Nagaoka, who in April 2015 became the first 100-year old swimmer to finish the 1,500 meter freestyle.

By |2020-09-16T07:20:49-04:00September 16th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

The People Who Fix Typewriters Have A Job That Still Needs To Be Done (Cool Weird Awesome 375)

Computers and the Internet have changed so much of the world, but older technology that still has a home in the world and there are still people who still make it all work, like the family that runs the Gramercy Typewriter Company in Manhattan. Plus: sitting in a box of ice up to your shoulders may or may not be a job, but the guy who set the world record last week definitely worked.

By |2020-09-07T07:43:56-04:00September 7th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

The Fabric With A Built-In Cooling System (Cool Weird Awesome 351)

Maybe everyone in junior high was right: the clothes you wear really can make you cool! At least if those clothes are the new fabric developed in China with a kind of cooling system embedded inside. Plus: it's National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day, so let's find out about the largest chocolate chip cookie of all time.

By |2020-08-04T06:31:31-04:00August 4th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

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

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.

By |2020-06-05T08:19:53-04:00June 5th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

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

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.

By |2020-05-08T08:20:19-04:00May 8th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

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

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?

By |2020-05-07T07:38:17-04:00May 7th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

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

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.

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