23 03, 2020

Our Show About The History Of “OK” Is Just Okay (Cool Weird Awesome 265)

By |2020-03-23T08:33:26-04:00March 23rd, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

On this day in 1839 we first saw the word we use so often to describe our most middling feelings. That’s right, it’s the birthday of OK. Plus: it's also the anniversary of the time an astronaut smuggled a corned beef sandwich aboard a space mission.

5 03, 2020

The Life And Flights Of Jerrie Cobb (Cool Weird Awesome 252)

By |2020-03-05T06:49:05-05:00March 5th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

Today is the birthday of Jerrie Cobb, who could have been the first woman in space but ended up flying to great heights nonetheless. Plus: it was on this day in 2011 that a museum in the Netherlands first put on exhibit a work called “Peanut Butter Floor," which was exactly what it sounds like.

20 11, 2019

Apollo 12 Crashed Its Lunar Module On Purpose (Cool Weird Awesome 175)

By |2019-11-20T05:48:05-05:00November 20th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , |

This week marks 50 years since the Apollo 12 mission, the second time humans went to the moon and the first time we launched an artificial earthquake there. Plus: one of the two moonwalkers painted a picture that included their command module pilot on the lunar ground.

30 09, 2019

Can We Get Mac and Cheese To Mars? (Cool Weird Awesome 138)

By |2019-09-30T07:08:01-04:00September 30th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

A mission to Mars would take years of travel - but today's space food doesn't last long enough. Scientists at Washington State University are working on a way to sterilize and pack food that can last 3-5 years, which is good for astronauts and for any of us who want to survive the zombie apocalypse. Plus: why a man in Vermont just put up a large wooden statue of a raised middle finger.