The Cardiff Giant Was A Fake Giant That Caused A Real Uproar (Cool Weird Awesome 1109)

Today in 1869, one of the most famous hoaxes of the 19th century began, when workers in Cardiff, New York supposedly uncovered the remains of a 10 foot tall man known as the Cardiff Giant. 

By |2023-10-16T06:58:42-04:00October 16, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , |

Ora Washington, The “Queen Of Two Courts,” Ruled Tennis And Basketball Alike (Cool Weird Awesome 956)

For National Play Tennis Day, the story of Ora Washington, one of the great early stars of women's tennis who also happened to be one of the great early stars of women's basketball.

How Lusia Harris Became The “Queen Of Basketball” (Cool Weird Awesome 947)

Today in 1955, the birthday of a basketball champion named Lusia “Lucy” Harris. Though "basketball champion" may not be quite the right term for her: she’s also been called the Queen of Basketball.

There’s A Basketball Court In The US Supreme Court Building (Cool Weird Awesome 940)

On this day in 1790 the US Supreme Court held its first session. Back then, the Court didn't have its own building, but now it does, and that building includes a basketball court.

By |2024-02-01T09:57:20-05:00February 1, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Don Karkos Regained Sight In His Right Eye After A Horse Headbutted Him (Cool Weird Awesome 903)

It was around this time in 2006 that a Navy veteran named Don Karkos got headbutted by a horse… and it turned out great!

By |2023-12-13T12:06:49-05:00December 13, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

Wat Misaka Was A Pro Basketball Pioneer (And A Pretty Impressive Bowler, Too) (Cool Weird Awesome 801)

Today in 1947, Wat Misaka became the first non-white player to be drafted into what is now the NBA. Here's some of his story.

Wilt Chamberlain’s 100 Point Game Was Truly One Of A Kind (Cool Weird Awesome 723)

Today in 1962 one of the most stunning performances in the history of basketball, or really in all of pro sports: Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points in a game.

By |2024-03-02T10:31:54-05:00March 2, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , |

In One Game, Jason McElwain Became A High School Basketball Legend (Cool Weird Awesome 717)

Today in 2006, a high school basketball team put its manager into the game. Jason McElwain not only played, he stole the show.

By |2024-02-15T07:00:01-05:00February 15, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

Basketball Great Lisa Leslie Scored 101 Points In A High School Game (Cool Weird Awesome 711)

Today in 1990, a high school basketball player scored 101 points in just 16 minutes. That was Lisa Leslie, who would become one of the biggest names in the WNBA.

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: , , , , |
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