How A Pedal-Powered Airplane Crossed The English Channel (Cool Weird Awesome 319)

Today's the anniversary of a pretty unusual moment in the history of human flight: on this day in 1979, an airplane flew over the English Channel that was entirely powered by its pilot. Plus: watching the heaviest airplane ever built take off is a sight to see.

By |2020-06-12T06:56:12-04:00June 12th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , |

Does A Book With 1,250 Endings Ever Really End? (Cool Weird Awesome 262)

I grew up reading Choose Your Own Adventure books, some of which had dozens of possible endings. But a new book from a celebrated Sri Lankan children's author had a world record 1,250 endings! Plus: a pilot in Austria does his part for social distancing with a flight path that spells out "STAY HOME."

The Life And Flights Of Jerrie Cobb (Cool Weird Awesome 252)

Today is the birthday of Jerrie Cobb, who could have been the first woman in space but ended up flying to great heights nonetheless. Plus: it was on this day in 2011 that a museum in the Netherlands first put on exhibit a work called “Peanut Butter Floor," which was exactly what it sounds like.

By |2020-03-05T06:49:05-05:00March 5th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

That Time There Was A Laugh Track On “The Twilight Zone” (Cool Weird Awesome 171)

Who knew the Twilight Zone was a dimension not only of sight and sound but of canned laughter?!? The episode "Cavender is Coming" features Jesse White, Carol Burnett, and a laugh track the network thought might help lead to a spinoff series. (It didn't.) Plus: anybody want to fly in an airplane where the whole interior looks like a giant window?

By |2019-11-14T06:28:17-05:00November 14th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

When The Flyover Flies Over The Wrong Spot (Cool Weird Awesome 80)

Patrouille Swiss is the official aerial acrobatics team for Switzerland. Last weekend they were in fine form as they flew over the community of Langenbruck for a festival honoring a local aviation hero... except for one thing: they weren’t actually over Langenbruck.

By |2019-07-10T09:42:48-04:00July 10th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |