How Sliced Bread Became The Greatest Thing Since Itself (Cool Weird Awesome 568)

Today in 1928, the Chillicothe Baking Company in Missouri began publicly selling something new: bread that had been sliced by a multi-bladed machine, and the world gained a new way to measure greatness. Plus: today in 2017, a meteor found a way to use Earth as a “slingshot” so alter its orbit and eventually orbit Jupiter.

By |2021-07-07T09:13:54-04:00July 7, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

A “Mammoth Loaf” Once Turned The U.S. Senate Chamber Into A Big Bread Box

Today in 1804, the US Senate held a party featuring something called the “Mammoth Loaf.” To explain, we have to first tell you about Thomas Jefferson, an enormous block of cheese and an archeology project. Plus: a very cold town in Siberia has some very cool music, thanks to spring ice drums.

Emma Gatewood Hiked The Appalachian Trail Three Times, And Not Quite “Just For The Heck Of It” (Cool Weird Awesome 421)

On National Take A Hike Day, we salute Emma "Grandma" Gatewood, who, in her 60s, became the first woman to hike the entire Appalachian Trail. Plus: on National Homemade Bread Day, we salute Pham Thi Bac's enormous bread loaves in Vietnam.

By |2021-02-08T10:34:46-05:00November 17, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

“Fordite” Is The Gem Made From Paint At Auto Factories (Cool Weird Awesome 393)

Back in the days when auto workers spray painted new vehicles, excess paint would harden and accumulate into a substance that looked like colorful gemstones. Jewelers have been making works of art out of "fordite" ever since. Plus: ever wanted to make a bread bowl that looks like your own face? Now you can! 

By |2021-02-25T09:15:15-05:00October 1, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

Couple Songs Are A Thing, According To Science (Cool Weird Awesome 289)

You know how some couples have their own song? There’s actually psychological research into what are known officially as “couple-defining songs," and there are legitimate benefits to the relationship to choosing a tune to share. Plus: next time you're in Japan, drop by Neko Neko Shokupan and share one of their famous cat-shaped breads with someone special.

By |2021-05-12T09:00:38-04:00May 1, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

Elizabeth Freeman Makes Herself A Free Woman (Cool Weird Awesome 111)

An enslaved woman in 18th century Massachusetts overheard all the talk about freedom and equality and decided it should be put to the test. On August 22, 1781, a court found the woman known as Mum Bett, later as Elizabeth Freeman, could not be the property of another human being and therefore was free and equal.

By |2021-07-27T08:52:56-04:00August 22, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , |
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