Bishops Used To Be Elephants, And Other Wild Stories About How Chess Pieces Got Their Names (Cool Weird Awesome 814)

Today is International Chess Day, so here are a few of the stories about how which pieces were on the board changed over the centuries.

By |2022-07-20T08:55:21-04:00July 20, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

A Chess “Robot” Beat Grand Masters In The 18th Century – Sort Of (Cool Weird Awesome 803)

Today in 1854, the end of one of the great hoaxes of its day: a fire in a Philadelphia museum destroyed what people of that time thought was a super-intelligent chess robot.

By |2022-07-05T09:17:55-04:00July 5, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

The “World’s Smartest Chess Board” Is The Closest Thing To Wizard Chess We Have (Cool Weird Awesome 186)

The chessboard known as Square Off works if your opponent is nearby or not, because it can use Bluetooth technology to move the pieces for them on your board, and your pieces on theirs. Ron Weasley would be impressed. Plus: you haven't heard "Jingle Bells" until you've heard "Jingle Bells" played on a comb.

By |2019-12-05T08:52:37-05:00December 5, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , |

The Singing Maple Syrup Bottle With Patti Page’s Voice (Cool Weird Awesome 167)

Patti Page, aka the “Singing Rage,” was one of the biggest-selling pop singers of the 1950s. But later, she lived part-time on a farm in New Hampshire where she and her husband sold maple syrup. The bottles didn't just have her name on them; they included her voice!

By |2019-11-08T06:58:56-05:00November 8, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |
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