Child Movie Star Jackie Coogan Made Millions… That Other People Spent (Cruel Weird Awful 16)

I'm sure you'll be shocked to hear that the movie industry has had more than its share of scandals, like how its very first child megastar made millions, only to watch other people spend it way down before he turned 21.

By |2024-06-15T08:55:39-04:00June 15, 2024|Categories: Cruel Weird Awful, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

Every Year Readlyn, Iowa Elects An Official Town Grump (Cool Weird Awesome 1259)

Today in Readlyn, Iowa, it's the start of Grump Days - because Readlyn proudly bills itself as home to "857 friendly people and one old Grump!"

By |2024-06-14T06:33:06-04:00June 14, 2024|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Tying Cans To A Wedding Car Has Roots In Protesting A Marriage (Cool Weird Awesome 1258)

Wedding season is definitely here, and today we’ll tell you about a wedding tradition that used to have one very clear meaning and then did a 180.

By |2024-06-13T07:09:24-04:00June 13, 2024|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , |

The Baseball Game Lou Gehrig Played After He Stopped Playing Baseball (Cool Weird Awesome 1257)

Lou Gehrig famously ended his consecutive games streak in the spring of 1939, not long before he was diagnosed with ALS. But on this day in 1939, he played one last exhibition game in Kansas City.

By |2024-06-12T08:40:20-04:00June 12, 2024|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

How Jophery Brown Became One Of Hollywood’s Most Iconic Stuntmen (Cool Weird Awesome 1256)

Today in 1993, the release of the blockbuster movie Jurassic Park. One of the small but key roles in that movie is the work of Jophery Brown, actor and a stuntman who's performed in some of the biggest movies of the last few decades.

By |2024-06-11T06:32:32-04:00June 11, 2024|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

Legend Says Instead of Fighting A War, Two Armies In Switzerland Sat Down For Some Soup (Cool Weird Awesome 1255)

Legend has it that today in 1529, two armies in Switzerland decided that instead of having a war, they would have some soup.

By |2024-06-10T08:23:41-04:00June 10, 2024|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , |

Police In Jamaica Almost Shot Down Jimmy Buffett’s Plane (Cruel Weird Awful 15)

Back in 1996, Jamaican authorities almost did away with a plane piloted by pop music’s greatest champion of the laid-back life, and a few big-name passengers.

By |2024-06-08T07:54:50-04:00June 8, 2024|Categories: Cruel Weird Awful, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

Two Kings Spent Millions To Throw Themselves A Party For Over Two Weeks (Cool Weird Awesome 1254)

Today in 1520 the beginning of what may have been the biggest, most expensive party of all time, involving two kings, 18 days and $19 million. 

By |2024-06-07T07:11:15-04:00June 7, 2024|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

A Teen Got To The “End” Of NES Tetris, And People Figured Out How To Hack The Software And Keep Playing (Cool Weird Awesome 1253)

For the birthday of Tetris, the story of a 13 year old who played so deep into the NES version of the game that it crashed - and the gamers who found ways to keep playing even past that "end" point.

By |2024-06-06T08:53:34-04:00June 6, 2024|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |
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