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PEZ Was Sold In Metal Tins Before Its Famous Dispensers Were Invented (Cool Weird Awesome 669)

Today in 1952, PEZ received a US patent for its famous dispensers, which, like the candies they contain, were first intended to help people quit smoking.

By |2021-12-02T06:42:46-05:00December 2, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

The First Skywriting Was, No Surprise, For Advertising (Cool Weird Awesome 668)

On or around this day in 1922, a pilot wrote the first skywriting message in the United States. It was a way to demonstrate an advertising technique that would be a big part of business for the next few decades.

By |2021-12-01T06:54:36-05:00December 1, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Elizabeth Hodges, The Woman Who Was Hit By A Meteorite (Cool Weird Awesome 667)

Today in 1954, a woman in Alabama, Elizabeth Hodges, became the first person in modern history to be hit by a meteorite.

By |2021-11-30T06:48:35-05:00November 30, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , |

Eugene Polley Let The World Change Channels Without Getting Up (Cool Weird Awesome 666)

Today in 1915, the birthday of an inventor who would change our viewing habits for the better: Eugene Polley, who created the first wireless remote control system for TVs.

By |2021-11-29T06:38:26-05:00November 29, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

“Casablanca” Almost Had A Sequel – Twice (Cool Weird Awesome 665)

After the landmark movie "Casablanca" became an unexpected hit, Hollywood tried a couple times to make a sequel.

By |2021-11-27T13:46:33-05:00November 26, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Wanda And Jamal, The Best Accidental Thanksgiving Friends Ever (Cool Weird Awesome 664)

For some people it can be hard to think of anything to be thankful for in this screwy year. But maybe this can help: the story of Wanda Dench and Jamal Hinton, who accidentally ended up together on Thanksgiving and became good friends. Plus: a rainy Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade leads to a very weird situation for one of the iconic giant balloons. 

By |2021-11-25T07:53:26-05:00November 25, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Scott Joplin, The King Of Ragtime, Also Wrote Operas (Cool Weird Awesome 663)

Today in 1868, at least on paper, Scott Joplin was born, though his actual birth date is probably a different day. He's best known for his groundbreaking ragtime works like "Maple Leaf Rag" and "The Entertainer," but Joplin also wrote two operas. Plus: today in 2013, musician Dave Mustaine of Megadeth composed an unforgettable tweet about a "cool building" in Wisconsin. 

By |2021-11-24T06:53:57-05:00November 24, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , |

High Tech Clothes Could Start Your Car Or Pay For Your Groceries (Cool Weird Awesome 662)

Our wireless, hands-free, automatic, smart device era may be about to get even smarter, thanks to high-tech smart fabric that can send out signals to devices or turn itself into a health monitor. Plus: a trash barrel from the US goes on holiday, traveling all the way across the ocean to end up in Ireland. 

By |2021-11-23T07:09:01-05:00November 23, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Here’s A Bacterium That Can “Eat” Metal (Cool Weird Awesome 661)

With a little help from a Chilean scientist, Leptospirillum ferriphilum can dissolve old iron nails in just a few days, a process that previously took months. That could help deal with the water pollution that comes from metal left over from old mines. Plus: a few Taylor Swift fans have been playing their 45 rpm LP versions of "Red (Taylor's Version)" at 33 rpm, and it sounds... different. 

By |2021-11-22T06:56:15-05:00November 22, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Dancers At This Glasgow Club Are Going To Heat The Place With Their Moves (Cool Weird Awesome 660)

Dance clubs can get hot when things are in full swing. So why not turn that extra heat into green energy? A nightclub in Glasgow is teaming up with a geothermal power company to use the energy dancers put out to heat and cool the place. Plus: when Apollo 12 reached the moon, astronaut Pete Conrad said some stirring words... that helped him win a bet. 

By |2021-11-19T05:43:29-05:00November 19, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |
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