Richard Nixon Once Had The White House Guard Dress In Fancy White Uniforms (Cool Weird Awesome 690)

In early 1970 President Richard Nixon introduced new uniforms for the guards at the White House - European-style suits that Americans thought looked better for movie ushers or marching bands.

By |2022-01-07T08:23:32-05:00January 7, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

The Glass Armonica, A Musical Instrument Invented By Benjamin Franklin (Cool Weird Awesome 689)

Today in 1706 was, at least by the old calendar, Benjamin Franklin's birthday. Here's the story of how he once invented his own musical instrument, one for which great composers wrote music.

By |2022-01-06T06:50:00-05:00January 6, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

The Procrastinators Club Proved It Can Be Good To Put Things Off (Cool Weird Awesome 688)

The start of a new year can be time for us to get going on our goals, start moving forward. Then again, maybe it’s better to wait a little. That was the attitude of the Procrastinators’ Club of America, a real organization that for decades promoted the benefits of putting things off.

By |2022-01-05T08:24:31-05:00January 5, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

Here’s Some Trivia About The Word Trivia (Cool Weird Awesome 687)

This daily podcast is like a study group for trivia players. So today we're going to give you some trivia about the word trivia! Plus: today in 2010, the opening of the Burj Khalifa, a building so tall that at the top you can see the sun even when it’s dark at the bottom.

By |2022-01-04T07:55:16-05:00January 4, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

Kugel Balls Are Huge And Heavy But We Can Move Them (Cool Weird Awesome 686)

Around this time in 2003, the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond introduced a new attraction: a 29 ton globe that people can push around. Here's a look at the mechanics behind Kugel Balls. 

By |2022-01-03T09:09:37-05:00January 3, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

What Exactly Is A Calorie And Why Do So Many People Loathe Them Every January? (Cool Weird Awesome 685)

One of the classic changes people try to make at this time of year, for better or for worse, is trying to cut calories. But what are calories, exactly, and where did the measurement come from?

By |2022-01-03T08:59:47-05:00January 3, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

A Wooden Clock That Writes Out The Time (Cool Weird Awesome 684)

Our last show of the year is about the Plock, a very unique clock that doesn’t so much tell the time as it writes the time out.

By |2021-12-31T07:59:43-05:00December 31, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

With The Emotional Clothing Collection, You Really Can Wear Your Heart On Your Sleeve (Cool Weird Awesome 683)

Polish designer Iga Węglińska has a new way to help us stay in touch with our emotions: she's created clothes that will respond when we get stressed out.

By |2021-12-30T06:53:24-05:00December 30, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Houston Has Its Own Beer Can House (Cool Weird Awesome 682)

John Milkovisch took tens of thousands of old beer cans and turned them into aluminum siding and decorations for his house in Houston, Texas. The Beer Can House is now a local landmark.

By |2021-12-29T06:45:38-05:00December 29, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

A Town In Iowa Is Celebrating Captain Kirk’s Birthday Centuries Before It Happens (Cool Weird Awesome 681)

Iowa became a state today in 1846. And in the 23rd Century, the community of Riverside, Iowa is supposed to see the birth of Captain James T. Kirk from "Star Trek." Here's how the town made itself part of future history.

By |2021-12-28T07:00:49-05:00December 28, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |
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