Ancient Romans Once Threatened To Exile Anyone Wearing Pants (Cool Weird Awesome 1235)

One way you could celebrate National No Pants Day today is to put on a Roman toga or tunic, though the ancient Romans actually did a 180 on pants. Here's why they were for them after they were against them. 

By |2024-05-03T07:59:33-04:00May 3, 2024|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

February Is The Shortest Month For Literally Odd Reasons (Cool Weird Awesome 1181)

We're in the shortest month of the year, but how did that happen? The answer starts with the Romans, who had reasons.

By |2024-02-06T08:52:22-05:00February 6, 2024|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , |

Novelty Maker S.S. Adams Put The Joy In Joy Buzzers (Cool Weird Awesome 1011)

Today in 1879, the birthday of S.S. Adams. If you don’t know the name, you know the products: joy buzzers, sneezing powder, the dribble glass and hundreds of other novelties known all over the world all started with the S.S. Adams Company. 

By |2024-05-24T09:57:34-04:00May 24, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

The U.S. Had An Aunt Sammy As Well As An Uncle Sam (Cool Weird Awesome 857)

Today in 1926, America’s aunt made her debut on the airwaves. That would be Aunt Sammy, who gave cooking tips to millions of listeners in the early days of radio.

By |2022-10-03T08:06:50-04:00October 3, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

Two Guys Wanted A Good Trivia Game To Play, So They Invented Trivial Pursuit (Cool Weird Awesome 672)

Today in 1979, two guys in Canada dreamed up one of the most popular board games of all time: Trivial Pursuit. Here's how it all went down.

By |2023-12-15T09:18:11-05:00December 15, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

McDonald’s Once Ran A “McTrain” Car In Germany (Cool Weird Awesome 520)

On any given day McDonald's serves huge numbers of people, either in restaurants or via drive-thru windows. But once, in the 1990s, the company also tried to operate restaurant cars on a long-distance German train line. Plus: since April 15 is traditionally tax day, so did you know that ancient Rome once taxed bachelors?

By |2021-04-15T09:09:46-04:00April 15, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

When In Rome, Recycle Like The Ancient Romans Did (Cool Weird Awesome 292)

The city of Pompeii was buried by Mount Vesuvius almost 2,000 years ago. And yet something there may sound very familiar to us today: the community had a pretty elaborate recycling system.

By |2024-05-06T08:47:20-04:00May 6, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |
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