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: , , , , , , |

The Next Big Thing In Home Insulation? Mushrooms (Cool Weird Awesome 632)

A startup in the UK has found a way to use mushrooms to create a new, greener kind of home insulation. But don't worry, it isn't just growing mushrooms inside the walls of your house. Plus: an Australian company that delivers coffee by drone is reworking its business model because nesting ravens are attacking their aircraft. 

By |2021-10-12T08:51:31-04:00October 12, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , |

The Cheeseburger Has More Than One Origin Story (Cool Weird Awesome 615)

This weekend is National Cheeseburger Day, and there's only one such holiday. But if you ask where the cheeseburger came from, there are a couple answers. Plus: for National Pet Bird Day, a story from 2017 in which researchers found wild birds in Australia swearing.

By |2021-09-17T07:50:33-04:00September 17, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

The Netherlands Turned Pole-Sitting Into A Competitive Sport (Cool Weird Awesome 452)

The U.S. had flagpole sitting a century ago, but the Netherlands has Paalzitten, a sport in which people try to outlast each other sitting on poles. It can get competitive, though finding a crowd to watch people sitting on poles can be tricky. Plus: on National Bird Day, we pay tribute to the shoebill, a large bird that looks a bit like a pelican crossed with a dragon.

By |2021-01-05T09:49:18-05:00January 5, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

The Canadiens And Maple Leafs Had A Brawl, And A Hockey Game Broke Out (Cool Weird Awesome 437)

Today in 1953, two NHL teams racked up a then-record 204 penalty minutes, in a game that’s officially 60 minutes long. Hockey is a rough sport. Plus a guitarist in Japan can play blues riffs with a cheerful little parakeet on his hand!

By |2021-08-24T08:23:46-04:00December 9, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Never Skip The Dedication Page Of A Book, They Can Get Wild (Cool Weird Awesome 410)

If you're taking part in National Novel Writing Month, then here's a tip: don't forget the dedication page. They can be full of surprises, as we discovered in quite a few books. Plus: meet the prehistoric pelagornithid, probably the largest flying bird ever, with a 20 foot wingspan and teeth.

By |2020-11-02T08:56:37-05:00November 2, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

Boston’s Mayor Once Wanted To Clear Snow With Flamethrowers (Cool Weird Awesome 221)

On this day in 1948 of the mayor of Boston, James Curley, wrote to the president of MIT, asking that the school's top engineers find a way to get rid of the huge amounts of snow, maybe with flamethrowers. Seriously. Plus: in Chico, California, a much more calm event is getting underway, the the Snow Goose Festival of the Pacific Flyway.

By |2021-05-10T11:08:54-04:00January 22, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

I Miss My Mind The Most: Mike the Headless Chicken Gets Chopped

Folks praise the chicken for his determination to live. Then again, he didn't have a head, so he might not have known any better.

By |2021-01-07T10:27:19-05:00September 10, 2011|Categories: What The Hell Happened|Tags: , , , |
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