The Air Force Once Bombed Montana (Cool Weird Awesome 974)

Today in 1944, the U.S. Air Force carried out a bombing raid in Montana. Even stranger, they did so at the request of the governor. We'll explain.

By |2023-12-27T10:18:27-05:00March 21, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

For Michelangelo, Painting The Sistine Chapel Was Literally A Pain (Cool Weird Awesome 963)

Today in 1475 Michelangelo was born. One of his masterworks was the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, though if a poem he wrote about the job is to be believed, making all that great art was pretty painful. Plus: a series of portraits of every US president with a mullet.

By |2024-03-06T09:10:08-05:00March 6, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

We Can Send Edible Drones To People While They’re Waiting For A Rescue (Cool Weird Awesome 904)

Engineers and enthusiasts are finding all kinds of great uses for drones, but this one may top them all: there are now drones with edible wings that can reach and then feed people who are in need of rescue.

By |2023-12-14T20:48:14-05:00December 14, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

Sarah Biffin, A 19th Century Painter “Without Hands” Who’s Getting 21st Century Recognition (Cool Weird Awesome 897)

Today in 2019, the sale of a portrait by 19th Century English miniaturist Sarah Biffin, a renowned artist who was born without full arms or legs and whose life and work are the subject of an exhibition now running in London.

By |2023-12-05T06:30:33-05:00December 5, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Piano Chords May Help Stop Chronic Nightmares (Cool Weird Awesome 884)

There's a new technique that could help people trying to fend off chronic nightmares - and it involves playing "neutral" piano chords at just the right times.

By |2022-11-09T09:05:44-05:00November 9, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

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 |2023-12-13T08:51:59-05:00May 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 |2024-03-17T14:13:37-04:00March 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 words we use to describe food can affect how we perceive its taste. Erin Krakow Krakowmoji GIFfrom Erin Krakow GIFs [...]

By |2024-02-08T08:56:45-05:00February 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 |2024-01-17T08:48:04-05:00January 28, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |
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