Gail Halvorsen, The “Candy Bomber” Of The Berlin Airlift (Cool Weird Awesome 1049)

Today in 1948, an unusually sweet moment in the history of the Cold War: American servicemember Gail Halvorsen came up with a plan that would eventually earn him the nickname "the Berlin Candy Bomber."

By |2023-07-17T07:53:15-04:00July 17, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

Kids In Canada Went On Strike Over The Price Of Candy Bars (Cool Weird Awesome 995)

Today in 1947, the start of a big moment in the history of sweets: kids in Canada protested a hike in chocolate bar prices with what would eventually become known as the Candy Strike.

By |2024-04-25T07:56:44-04:00April 25, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Why Do Some People Love Licorice And Other People Loathe It? (Cool Weird Awesome 986)

It's National Licorice Day. People who love it, love it - and the people who don’t aren’t shy about saying so. Maybe it would help if we explained how we got to this impasse?

By |2024-04-12T07:13:04-04:00April 12, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

California Miners Once Tried To Start “The Great Republic Of Rough And Ready” (Cool Weird Awesome 983)

Today in 1850, a man in California decided to start his own country. While it didn’t last, and may not have happened at all, the name is unforgettable: the Great Republic of Rough and Ready.

By |2024-04-07T08:01:47-04:00April 7, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

PEZ Was Sold In Metal Tins Before Its Famous Dispensers Were Invented (Cool Weird Awesome 669)

Today in 1952, PEZ received a US patent for its famous dispensers, which, like the candies they contain, were first intended to help people quit smoking.

By |2024-05-16T07:01:12-04:00December 2, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

How A Giant Pack Of Life Savers Ended Up In A Northern New York Town (Cool Weird Awesome 653)

Today in 1987, the community of Gouverneur, in northern New York, placed on its town green a giant roll of Pep-O-Mint Life Savers. It was a tribute to a local man, Edward John Noble, who ended up making Life Savers one of the best known candies in the world. Plus: a cat in Tokyo drops by a Buddhist temple garden, walks into the gravel patterns and takes a big old nap.

By |2023-11-10T17:15:08-05:00November 10, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

The U.S. Senate Has A Candy Desk (Cool Weird Awesome 412)

It's National Candy Day, and the day after Election Day, so let's visit the back row of the U.S. Senate chamber, where, for over half a century, senators have kept a desk drawer filled with candy to share with colleagues. Plus: in Japan, candy is also fine art, thanks to the practice of amezaiku, or sculpting molten sugar syrup.

By |2021-02-19T09:49:39-05:00November 4, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

Happy Goosey Night, And Mischief Night, And Cabbage Night (Cool Weird Awesome 409)

In some areas, Halloween festivities actually start the night before October 31, on a night that goes by a few very unusual names. Plus: how about an unusual lollipop that's far off the beaten trick-or-treating path?

By |2023-10-30T06:48:13-04:00October 30, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , |

Why Van Halen Said No To Brown M&Ms (Cool Weird Awesome 397)

It's hard to believe we're saying goodbye to guitar great Eddie Van Halen. His band won millions of fans on record and offstage, and won a reputation for offstage excess. But one of their most infamous stories - that they banned brown M&Ms from backstage - wasn't quite what it seemed. Plus: a Gloria Estefan hit gets a heavy metal treatment on YouTube.

By |2023-05-01T15:32:08-04:00October 7, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

Alice Coachman Raised The Bar For Team USA (Cool Weird Awesome 354)

We don’t have the Olympic Games right now, but we can still mark a big Olympic moment that happened on this day in 1948: the day Alice Coachman became the first Black woman to win Olympic gold.

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