The First Top Hat Got Its Inventor Arrested (Cool Weird Awesome 460)

The (possibly apocryphal) story goes that on this day in 1797, haberdasher John Hetherington walked onto the streets of London wearing the first top hat, which caused so much hubbub that he was arrested and fined for disturbing the peace! Plus: in January 1974, MIT professor James Henry Williams, Jr. built a 35 pound yo-yo made of two bicycle wheels, and dropped it off the side of a 21-story campus building.

2021-01-15T09:36:20-05:00January 15th, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

This Wearable Exosuit Brings Us A Little Closer To Being Iron Man (Cool Weird Awesome 402)

Millions of people have back pain that just plain makes things harder to do. A team at Vanderbilt University has developed an exosuit that may ease all that back strain. Plus: how do you let an economist know he's won the Nobel Prize when you don't have his phone number? Have his fellow winner knock on his door in the middle of the night, of course.

2020-10-14T07:36:23-04:00October 14th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

The Fabric With A Built-In Cooling System (Cool Weird Awesome 351)

Maybe everyone in junior high was right: the clothes you wear really can make you cool! At least if those clothes are the new fabric developed in China with a kind of cooling system embedded inside. Plus: it's National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day, so let's find out about the largest chocolate chip cookie of all time.

2020-08-04T06:31:31-04:00August 4th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Living Fabrics Make The World Greener As They Make Us Look Fancy (Cool Weird Awesome 235)

There's a whole world of sustainable materials for clothing that will have less of an impact should they end up in landfills - some don't just have low carbon footprints, they have negative carbon footprints! Plus: an art student in Japan puts on a fashion show in which the lead materials in the clothes are rubber bands.

2020-02-11T09:41:19-05:00February 11th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , |

Here’s A Shirt That Can Feel Sound (Cool Weird Awesome 143)

The Soundshirt, from high-tech fashion company Cute Circuit, has embedded sensors that can sense sound and turn it into vibrations. In other words, it helps deaf people feel music. And since we're talking about sounds, have you heard the Tiptree Sneeze, where a trombonist let loose in the middle of a concert?

2019-10-07T10:03:59-04:00October 7th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |
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