The Fiaccole of Abbadia San Salvatore Literally Make The Holiday Season Bright (Cool Weird Awesome 679)

Every Christmas Eve, at 6pm, the people of Abbadia San Salvatore in Italy light pyramids of wood called fiaccole they they've carefully collected and stacked for weeks. On what's one of the coldest and darkest nights of the year, the work together to celebrate with heat and light for everyone.

By |2021-12-24T07:55:13-05:00December 24, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Salvador Dalí Used To Draw Christmas Cards For Hallmark (Cool Weird Awesome 678)

The history of Christmas cards has taken some strange turns over the years, but maybe none stranger than when Surrealist icon Salvador Dalí made Christmas cards for Hallmark.

By |2021-12-23T07:29:31-05:00December 23, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

How The Beatles Stitched Two Takes Of “Strawberry Fields Forever” Into A Rock Classic (Cool Weird Awesome 677)

Today in 1966, the Beatles were trying to make one great take of their new song “Strawberry Fields Forever,” and with help from producer George Martin and engineer Geoff Emerick, they ended up making that one great take out of two half takes.

By |2021-12-22T07:44:36-05:00December 22, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

One Pair Of Pants, One Wild Christmas Tradition (Cool Weird Awesome 444)

Ever tried to re-gift a present you didn't need? Two brothers-in-law kept giving each other the same pair of pants for decades - and in increasingly complicated wrappings. Plus: ever hear about the time Alex Trebek walked onto the Jeopardy! set without pants?

By |2021-12-24T08:02:59-05:00December 25, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

A Misdialed Phone Number Got Santa Airspace Clearance From The US Military (Cool Weird Awesome 443)

Why does NORAD watch Santa Claus on Christmas Eve, while watching for missiles and bombers the rest of the time? It all started when an ad for a Santa Claus hotline accidentally published a military hotline number during the Cold War. Plus: a gag gift known as the "Nothing Box" was maybe one present that wasn't supposed to travel through the skies at Christmastime. 

By |2020-12-24T08:22:00-05:00December 24, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |
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