A Comanche Code Talker Sent The First Message From Utah Beach On D-Day (Cool Weird Awesome 886)

For Veterans Day, the story of the Comanche Code Talkers, 17 veterans of the second World War who created an unbroken code in their native language that saved lives and helped the US military effort. 

With A Name Like The Hope Diamond, It’s Gotta Be Cursed (Or Not) (Cool Weird Awesome 885)

Today in 1958, the Hope Diamond became property of the Smithsonian Institution. Legend has it the giant blue diamond carries with it a centuries-old curse... even though some of its owners have actually done just fine for themselves.

By |2022-11-10T14:43:12-05:00November 10, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Piano Chords May Help Stop Chronic Nightmares (Cool Weird Awesome 884)

There's a new technique that could help people trying to fend off chronic nightmares - and it involves playing "neutral" piano chords at just the right times.

By |2022-11-09T09:05:44-05:00November 9, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

How Auctioneers Keep Up Their Patter And Get Bidders To Bid (Cool Weird Awesome 883)

It's National Tongue Twister Day, and among those who practice tongue twisters as part of their training are auctioneers.

By |2022-11-08T06:05:43-05:00November 8, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

The “Parcel Post Bank” Was Mailed To Its Construction Site, A Few Bricks At A Time (Cool Weird Awesome 882)

This day in 1916 was an important day in US Postal Service history - a rule change that came after the community of Vernal, Utah basically had a bank mailed to them, in installments of bricks.

By |2022-11-07T06:14:12-05:00November 7, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

When South New Jersey Wanted To Become Its Own State (Cool Weird Awesome 881)

Today in 1980, six counties in southern New Jersey voted on whether they should strike out on their own and become a separate state of South Jersey. And five of those counties actually voted yes!

By |2022-11-04T07:51:59-04:00November 4, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

The Worst Sandwich Ever Was A Way To Get Around Anti-Liquor Laws (Cool Weird Awesome 880)

It's National Sandwich Day, and there are lots of great ones out there. The worst sandwich has a pretty clear champion - the Raines sandwich. Though to be fair, it wasn’t ever really intended to be eaten.

By |2022-11-03T05:51:42-04:00November 3, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

When Marlon Brando Hosts An Acting Seminar, It Can Get Really Wild (Cool Weird Awesome 879)

Around this time in 2001, eccentric Hollywood legend Marlon Brando held a 10-day seminar called “Lying For A Living" where he alternately taught acting and did very, very Marlon Brando things.

By |2022-11-02T08:40:07-04:00November 2, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Repainting The White House Takes 570 Gallons Of Paint (Cool Weird Awesome 878)

Today in 1800, President John Adams first moved into the president's house, which, despite rumors to the contrary, was always a White House. Here's how it gets repainted.

By |2022-11-01T09:06:51-04:00November 1, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

A Couple In Texas Made A Replica Of The Munsters’ TV House (Cool Weird Awesome 877)

Happy Halloween! Today we pay a visit to a house in Waxahachie, Texas that's a real-world replica of the home of TV's Munsters.

By |2022-10-31T08:48:40-04:00October 31, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |
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