How Sunken Ships Wound Up In Farm Fields (Cool Weird Awesome 842)

Today in 1856, the steamboat Arabia sank in a river - and it wouldn't be seen again until 1988, when it showed up in a cornfield in Kansas. We'll explain how sometimes ships lost at sea are found somewhere else.

By |2022-09-05T07:53:44-04:00September 5, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

That Time Some Dude Drove A Van Dressed As A Car Seat (Cool Weird Awesome 823)

It was around this time in 2017 that people in Arlington, Virginia spotted what looked like a grey Ford passenger van with no driver. And then things got even weirder.

By |2022-08-09T08:52:31-04:00August 9, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Instead Of West Virginia, The US Could Have Had The State Of Westsylvania (Cool Weird Awesome 792)

Today in 1863, West Virginia became a state - though back in the 18th Century, there were several efforts to meld this land with parts of Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Maryland and create an entirely different entity called Vandalia or Westsylvania.

Drive In Theaters Were Invented Partly So People Wouldn’t Have To Dress Up At The Movies (Cool Weird Awesome 787)

Today in 1933, Camden, New Jersey became the site of the very first drive-in movie theater. Here's the story of Richard Hollingshead, who brought movies outside so people could drive right up to the picture.

By |2022-06-06T07:44:41-04:00June 6, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

A Town In France Could Have Bioluminescent Street Lights (Cool Weird Awesome 765)

In Rambouillet, France, a startup is developing street lights that are bioluminescent - they’re powered by bacteria that glow. Plus: around this time in 1965, a woman sees a car selling for "1,395 bananas" and shows up at the dealership with actual fruit. 

By |2022-05-05T09:02:45-04:00May 5, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Chester Greenwood Brought Earmuffs To Cold-Eared People All Over The World (Cool Weird Awesome 732)

Maine became a state today in 1820. One of its best-known inventors was Chester Greenwood, who came up with a way to keep his, and many other people's, ears warm. 

By |2022-03-15T09:21:35-04:00March 15, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Kugel Balls Are Huge And Heavy But We Can Move Them (Cool Weird Awesome 686)

Around this time in 2003, the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond introduced a new attraction: a 29 ton globe that people can push around. Here's a look at the mechanics behind Kugel Balls. 

By |2022-01-03T09:09:37-05:00January 3, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Little Leaguer Katie Brownell Once Struck Out Every Batter In An Entire Game (Cool Weird Awesome 536)

Today in 2005, an 11 year old pitcher in upstate New York, Katie Brownell, brought her A-game to the Little League field. She not only pitched a perfect game, she struck out all 18 batters she faced! Plus: Houston's famous Art Car Parade is back this weekend. 

By |2021-09-28T06:56:58-04:00May 14, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

These Biofuel Cells Are Powered By Our Sweat (Cool Weird Awesome 525)

Wearables are big right now, and while they're increasingly useful, they're also limited by the batteries they require. A new effort out of Japan has developed a way to power devices through a chemical found in human perspiration. Plus: Airo is a self-driving concept car that is not only all-electric, it has a built in filter to clean the air it drives through.

By |2021-04-29T09:20:12-04:00April 29, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

The World’s Fanciest Bus Stop (Cool Weird Awesome 499)

In Scotland's Shetland Islands, on the island called Unst, a 7 year old's request for a new bus stop led to a community tradition of making the space comfortable and colorful. Plus: a museum in South Bend, Indiana is showcasing cars of the 1970s, a time when cars were cars - sometimes a car was multiple cars.

By |2021-03-18T06:47:35-04:00March 18, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |
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