Lionel Richie Once Went Clothes Shopping For Nelson Mandela (Cool Weird Awesome 728)

Today Lionel Richie is receiving the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. Not only has he sold millions of records, he’s become a home goods entrepreneur, an art enthusiast - and one time, personal clothes shopper for none other than Nelson Mandela.

By |2022-03-09T05:32:25-05:00March 9, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Richard Nixon Once Had The White House Guard Dress In Fancy White Uniforms (Cool Weird Awesome 690)

In early 1970 President Richard Nixon introduced new uniforms for the guards at the White House - European-style suits that Americans thought looked better for movie ushers or marching bands.

By |2022-01-07T08:23:32-05:00January 7, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

With The Emotional Clothing Collection, You Really Can Wear Your Heart On Your Sleeve (Cool Weird Awesome 683)

Polish designer Iga Węglińska has a new way to help us stay in touch with our emotions: she's created clothes that will respond when we get stressed out.

By |2021-12-30T06:53:24-05:00December 30, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

High Tech Clothes Could Start Your Car Or Pay For Your Groceries (Cool Weird Awesome 662)

Our wireless, hands-free, automatic, smart device era may be about to get even smarter, thanks to high-tech smart fabric that can send out signals to devices or turn itself into a health monitor. Plus: a trash barrel from the US goes on holiday, traveling all the way across the ocean to end up in Ireland. 

By |2021-11-23T07:09:01-05:00November 23, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

The Plastic Bags Of Today Could Be The Fashionable Fabric Of Tomorrow (Cool Weird Awesome 572)

A multi-country research team has found ways to turn polyethylene, a key ingredient in single-use plastic bags, into lightweight fabric. So those bags that we don't want to throw out but can't always easily recycle? We might end up wearing them. Plus: many of us spend a lot of our waking hours typing, but James Cook turns his typing into art.

By |2021-07-13T08:27:44-04:00July 13, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Bioprinting Clothes (And More) Out Of Algae (Cool Weird Awesome 530)

A research team at the University of Rochester and the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands has found a way to bioprint a strong, flexible and eco-friendly material that could one day serve as fabric for t-shirts, energy storage for space missions and much more. Plus: there's a world record for longest golf drive into a moving car... you knew that was a record, right?

By |2021-05-06T08:13:28-04:00May 6, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , |

The Time Kate Warne, America’s First Female Detective, Saved Abraham Lincoln’s Life (Cool Weird Awesome 482)

Today in 1861, President-elect Abraham Lincoln arrived in Washington, having been snuck into the city to avoid a plot against his life in Baltimore. Kate Warne, the first women detective in America, was key to getting him there safely. Plus: Alex Trebek's family has donated some of the late Jeopardy! host's suits for a very fitting cause.

By |2021-02-23T08:15:33-05:00February 23, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

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.

By |2021-01-15T09:36:20-05:00January 15, 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.

By |2020-10-14T07:36:23-04:00October 14, 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.

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