The Highly Photographic Life Of Frederick Douglass (Cool Weird Awesome 716)

Today is the assumed birth date in 1817 or 1818 of Frederick Douglass, who is known for his powerful writing and speeches, but was also probably the most photographed person of his time.

To Live At This Antarctic Base, You Have To Have Your Appendix Out (Cool Weird Awesome 705)

Villas Las Estrellas is a tiny community run by Chile on Antarctica's King George Island. And it's so remote that one of the rules is that everyone who lives or works there has to have their appendix out before they show up.

By |2022-01-28T06:27:59-05:00January 28, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

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: , , , , , |

Fruit Crops Can Stay Safe From Frost Damage With Nanocrystal “Blankets” (Cool Weird Awesome 478)

Frost damage is a growing problem for fruit growers, but a team at Washington State University has developed a cellulose nanocrystal coating that can insulate the buds of grapes and cherries and keep them safe during cold snaps. Plus: a meteorologist who worked in Antarctica just got back the wallet he accidentally left there more than half a century ago.

By |2021-02-10T08:58:00-05:00February 10, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

When A Giant Safe Showed Up In His Yard, A New York Farmer Decided To Embraced The Mystery (Cool Weird Awesome 364)

A farmer in Barre, NY found a massive old safe in his fields, with a note on the side saying whoever could open it could have what was inside. But he decided maybe it would be better not to spoil the surprise. Plus: scientists studying satellite photos of Antarctica were able to spot new colonies of Emperor penguins! From space!

By |2020-08-21T07:35:24-04:00August 21, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

The Doctor Who Took Out His Own Appendix (Cool Weird Awesome 288)

It would be understandable if you felt a little cut off from the rest of the world these days. Hopefully it won't be as challenging as it was for Dr. Leonid Rogozov, who on this day in 1961 had to remove his own appendix while stationed in Antarctica. Plus: today in 1970, Pink Floyd played a concert for public TV in San Francisco. Silence in the studio!

By |2020-04-30T08:28:53-04:00April 30, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |
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