A Mirror From The 16th Century Just Revealed Its Secret (Cool Weird Awesome 819)

In the collection of the Cincinnati Art Museum, there’s a mirror from 16th Century China that has been keeping a secret for centuries. And, at long last, that secret is out.

By |2022-07-27T09:06:37-04:00July 27, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , |

Stone Age People Figured Out How To Do A Kind Of Animation (Cool Weird Awesome 763)

There’s evidence that people in the Stone Age took plaquettes, limestone representations of animals, put them near the fire and watched as the light created a kind of animation. Pretty high-tech stuff for 14,000 years ago.

By |2022-05-03T08:59:17-04:00May 3, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Mill Ends Park In Portland Is The World’s Smallest Park (Cool Weird Awesome 734)

Today in 1948 that a guy in Portland, Oregon, dedicated Mill Ends Park, two square feet of green space in the middle of a parkway. It's still the world’s smallest park today.

By |2022-03-17T09:37:23-04:00March 17, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

A Delicious Cookie With A Bad Name Won’t Taste As Sweet (Cool Weird Awesome 712)

Research from the Ohio State University just found that the [...]

By |2022-02-08T09:24:29-05:00February 8, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

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: , , , |

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: , , , |

There’s An Art Gallery That Celebrates Rust (Cool Weird Awesome 680)

"Rust: The Art Gallery" is in Manchester, England, and it showcases the artistic effects of rust and deterioration, as curated by artist and longtime rust connoisseur Stephen Raw.

By |2021-12-27T06:32:33-05:00December 27, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: |

Three Pro Basketball Players Once Played For Both Teams In A Single Game (Cool Weird Awesome 651)

Today in 1978, the New Jersey Nets lost to the Philadelphia 76ers. But part of the game would be replayed the following March, and when it was, several of the players on each team had been traded to the other, and ended up playing in the game! Plus: two artists have built a "stairway to heaven" in Taiwan. Someone let Robert Plant know please. 

By |2021-11-08T07:37:03-05:00November 8, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

What Did Ghosts Look Like To People 3,500 Years Ago? (Cool Weird Awesome 643)

The new book "The First Ghosts" looks at how humans have been describing and depicting ghosts for thousands of years, including a Babylonian tablet showing a lonely, bearded ghost dude from 1500 B.C.E. Plus: today in 2013, a merchant naval officer said a great way to deter pirates off the Somali coast was to blast Britney Spears tunes. 

By |2021-10-27T07:24:12-04:00October 27, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

Pigeons Would Make Pretty Good Art Critics (Cool Weird Awesome 637)

Today in 2001 that a scientific journal published a study with an interesting name, which read in part: “Van Gogh, Chagall and pigeons." There's been a lot of research into how pigeons take in and process visual information, like art, and apparently it's pretty complex. Plus: in Detroit, a local news reporter does a story about a local skateboard park, and flawlessly rides a skateboard in the middle of his report! 

By |2021-10-19T06:27:25-04:00October 19, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , |
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