How Ski Ballet Ended Up At The Olympics In The 80s And 90s (Cool Weird Awesome 1186)

Today in 1988 the Winter Olympics began in Calgary, Alberta. There were plenty of eyes that year on the demonstration sport known as ski ballet. 

By |2024-02-13T08:51:13-05:00February 13, 2024|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Bruce Lee Was A Legendary Martial Artist And A Terrific Dancer (Cool Weird Awesome 1134)

Today in 1940 the birthday of Bruce Lee, movie and TV star, martial arts trainer to the stars, poet, philospher and... cha cha champion.

By |2023-11-27T09:41:23-05:00November 27, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

A Game Of Twister On “The Tonight Show” Helped Make The Game A Hit (Cool Weird Awesome 1001)

Today in 1966, NBC’s “The Tonight Show” turned Twister, a board game that might have fallen through the cracks, into a big hit.

By |2023-05-03T07:56:04-04:00May 3, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

The Mysterious “Poe Toaster” Raised A Glass To The Author Every Year On His Birthday (Cool Weird Awesome 931)

Today was the birthday in 1809 of author Edgar Allan Poe. It was also the day that, for decades, a mysterious individual would pay tribute to the great writer with a mask, three roses and a bottle of cognac.

By |2024-01-19T06:16:54-05:00January 19, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

Bishops Used To Be Elephants, And Other Wild Stories About How Chess Pieces Got Their Names (Cool Weird Awesome 814)

Today is International Chess Day, so here are a few of the stories about how which pieces were on the board changed over the centuries.

By |2022-07-20T08:55:21-04:00July 20, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Candy Land, The Board Game Made For Kids Who Couldn’t Leave The Polio Ward (Cool Weird Awesome 752)

For National Board Game Day, we look at the history of Candy Land. That game was designed by a schoolteacher who was trying to help kids in a polio ward pass the time.

By |2024-04-11T08:10:22-04:00April 11, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

Two Guys Wanted A Good Trivia Game To Play, So They Invented Trivial Pursuit (Cool Weird Awesome 672)

Today in 1979, two guys in Canada dreamed up one of the most popular board games of all time: Trivial Pursuit. Here's how it all went down.

By |2023-12-15T09:18:11-05:00December 15, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

Eleonora Sears, A Pioneer In Basically All The Sports (Cool Weird Awesome 622)

Today in 1881, Eleonora Sears was born in Boston. She would go on to be one of the most versatile and accomplished athletes of the early 20th century, excelling in dozens of sports, from tennis and squash to boxing and auto racing. Plus: the website House Rules catalogs all the fun homegrown variations people have come up with for classic board games. 

By |2021-09-28T06:46:19-04:00September 28, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

The Board Game Clue Is 70 Years Old, It’s Been A Rough Seven Decades For Mr. Boddy (Cool Weird Awesome 163)

It’s time to celebrate 70 years of Clue, the invention of musician Anthony Pratt, who used to play piano for murder mystery nights at big mansions and thought, this would make a good board game! Plus: the movie "Clue" is well known for the on-camera antics of its amazing cast. But what did the actors do when the cameras weren't rolling?

By |2021-06-28T12:26:13-04:00November 4, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |
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