The Peculiar Reason Chicken, Alaska Got Its Name (Cool Weird Awesome 744)

Today in 1867, Secretary of State William Seward agreed to a deal to acquire the land now known as Alaska. It's an unusual state in many ways, and here's the story of an unusual town that was supposed to be named for one bird but got named after a different one instead.

By |2022-03-30T07:26:36-04:00March 30, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

Benny Benson, The 13 Year Old Who Designed Alaska’s Flag (Cool Weird Awesome 570)

Today in 1929, the then-territory of Alaska flew its flag for the first time. That flag, which is still used today, was designed by a 13 year old of Aleutian descent, Benny Benson. Plus: it was this day in 1872 that John F. Blondel of Maine made pastry history. 

By |2021-07-09T09:22:20-04:00July 9, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

Meet Toksook Bay, Alaska, Where The 2020 Census Begins (Cool Weird Awesome 220)

April 1st is officially Census Day in 2020, but today is the first day of counting, and the first town to be counted is Toksook Bay, Alaska, near the Bering Sea. Plus: meet Aleia Murawski and Samuel Copeland, who build little environments for snails and then film and photograph the results.

By |2021-01-26T08:52:40-05:00January 21, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |
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