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 |2021-11-10T08:37:39-05:00November 10, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Félicette, The First Cat In Space (Cool Weird Awesome 636)

Today in 1963, a black and white cat from the streets of France became the first cat to go into space. She didn't choose to go, of course, but she's a pioneer just the same - and until a few years ago, a greatly underappreciated one. Plus: today in 1922, a girl in Illinois made it to school after being run over by a train?!? 

By |2021-10-18T06:42:55-04:00October 18, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

The Biggest Ball Of Twine In Minnesota Is Real, And It’s Spectacular (Cool Weird Awesome 598)

Darwin, Minnesota is where you find a 17,400 pound ball of twine that one guy made over the course of 30 years. Here's the twine ball's story. Plus: to no one's surprise, researchers find that cats prefer to get food for free instead of having to work for it. 

By |2021-08-25T08:22:43-04:00August 25, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

To Make “The Great Picture,” Artists Turned A Hangar Into A Pinhole Camera (Cool Weird Awesome 571)

Today in 2006, the largest photograph ever taken was released to the world. It’s known today as The Great Picture: 31 feet tall, 107 feet wide. Here's how it was taken. Plus: in Tokyo, a giant 3D screen outside a train station is featuring a giant 3D calico cat that stares down at the people several stories below.

By |2021-07-12T08:56:16-04:00July 12, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , |

W.C. Handy Laid The Foundation For Modern Music (Cool Weird Awesome 420)

The man known as the Father of the Blues, W.C. Handy, was born on this day in 1873, and it's not exaggerating to say rock and popular music wouldn't have played out the same way without him. Plus: if you have the blues because your cat keeps waking you up in the night, you may want to check out this new cat-friendly bedframe.

By |2021-03-30T07:48:36-04:00November 16, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

From Food Waste To Compost In 48 Hours (Cool Weird Awesome 408)

Composting can turn some of our food waste back into useful stuff, but it can take a while. A new device out of Germany aims to cut the time it takes to go from food waste to compost to just 48 hours. Plus: on this National Cat Day, we salute the very tiny but impressive Cat Museum in Krakow, Poland.

By |2020-10-29T07:53:55-04:00October 29, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Ruth Faison Shaw Is The Founding Mother Of Fingerpaint (Cool Weird Awesome 403)

Today is the birthday of Ruth Faison Shaw, an art teacher who spotted a kid smearing iodine on the school walls and saw a way kids could express themselves. Plus: art is alive and well in cats, or at least in a photographer taking portraits of cats going wild for - and sometimes on - catnip.

By |2021-06-27T14:21:34-04:00October 15, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

A Song That Takes 639 Years To Play Just Had A Chord Change (Cool Weird Awesome 378)

John Cage once wrote a score with the instructions that it be played "As Slow As Possible." So that's what an organ is doing in Germany, for more than 600 years. Plus: a YouTuber trains his cat to put out fires, sort of.

By |2020-09-10T10:00:56-04:00September 10, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |
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