The Cheeseburger Has More Than One Origin Story (Cool Weird Awesome 615)

This weekend is National Cheeseburger Day, and there's only one such holiday. But if you ask where the cheeseburger came from, there are a couple answers. Plus: for National Pet Bird Day, a story from 2017 in which researchers found wild birds in Australia swearing.

By |2021-09-17T07:50:33-04:00September 17, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

Martin Van Buren May Have Had The Cheesiest First Day Of Any U.S. President (Cool Weird Awesome 463)

Some presidential inauguration days are memorable; others are quiet. But the one for Martin Van Buren was probably cheesy, thanks to a giant cheddar sent to Andrew Jackson and a public party to eat it just before Van Buren moved into the White House. (Appropriately enough, today is also National Cheese Lover's Day.)

By |2021-01-20T08:28:28-05:00January 20, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Dude, Where’s My Billion Years Of Geology (Cool Weird Awesome 404)

Scientists have been trying for years to figure out why there's a gap in Earth's geologic record that's about a billion years long, known as the Great Uncomformity. Plus: today in 2001 an artist painted a Wyoming house inside and out with government surplus cheese. 

By |2021-05-24T08:37:14-04:00October 16, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

It’s The Birthday Of The Shopping Cart (Cool Weird Awesome 313)

Many of us are getting ready for our weekly shopping trips over the weekend, figuring out what we want to put in our carts. Those carts, by the way, are all due to a guy in Oklahoma who, on this day in 1937, decided to take the shopping basket and give it wheels. Plus: on National Cheese Day we pay tribute to the hardest, chewiest cheese in the world: churrpi!

By |2021-03-08T10:42:43-05:00June 4, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

We Can Make Orange Juice Cups From Oranges (Cool Weird Awesome 129)

Feel the Peel is a big automated juicing machine that turns discarded orange peels into bioplastic cups. Although if you don't have the cup until you juice the orange, how do you drink the first cup's worth of juice?

By |2021-10-29T08:36:44-04:00September 17, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

Curds and Few Words: Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site, Plymouth Notch, Vermont

An edible monument to the values that made the man who he was? I can get behind that.

By |2013-07-13T14:04:23-04:00July 12, 2013|Categories: Dead Presidents, Places, Travel|Tags: , , |
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