The Next Big Thing In Home Insulation? Mushrooms (Cool Weird Awesome 632)

A startup in the UK has found a way to use mushrooms to create a new, greener kind of home insulation. But don't worry, it isn't just growing mushrooms inside the walls of your house. Plus: an Australian company that delivers coffee by drone is reworking its business model because nesting ravens are attacking their aircraft. 

By |2021-10-12T08:51:31-04:00October 12, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , |

Melitta Bentz Gave Coffee Lovers A Filter To Keep The Grounds Out Of Their Drinks (Cool Weird Awesome 625)

It's International Coffee Day, so here's the story of a woman in Dresden, Germany, who made it a lot easier to brew coffee: Melitta Bentz, the inventor of the coffee filter. Plus: it's World Smile Day, and in Polk County, Oregon, there's a giant smiley face on a hillside made of trees!

By |2021-10-01T05:20:38-04:00October 1, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

The Olympic Team That Paid Its Way By Selling Coffee (Cool Weird Awesome 391)

On National Coffee Day, we bring you the story of Brazilian athletes who, without travel funds from the government, had to earn their way to the Olympics in Los Angeles by selling coffee beans. Plus: in Bedford, Pennsylvania, there's a building shaped like a big metal coffee pot.

By |2021-07-26T09:55:57-04:00September 29, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

Meet The New, Foldable Coffee Cup (Cool Weird Awesome 177)

Some research suggests those plastic tops for disposable coffee cups make up five percent of the millions of tons of plastic waste that end up in the ocean each year. The Unocup aims to do something about that. It's a paper cup that folds up to become its own top! Plus: there's goat yoga and alpaca yoga, but Zoo Miami may top them all with its new Yoga With The Rhinos program.

By |2019-11-22T05:58:04-05:00November 22, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

It’s All Pumpkin Spice From Here On Out (Cool Weird Awesome 118)

Summer is through, which means the start of our annual time to consume and/or complain about products flavored with pumpkin spice. It was in the mid-90s that this blend of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice and cloves started its rise to power, and there's no stopping it now, really. Plus: did you know that hundreds of years ago pumpkin spice may have given us New York City?

By |2021-02-01T09:24:41-05:00September 2, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Drinking Coffee Out Of Coffee Cups Made From Coffee (Cool Weird Awesome 82)

Coffee grounds can be recycled in all kinds of ways, including lots of products. And the most meta product of all is from KaffeeForm, which uses coffee grounds to make coffee cups.

By |2019-08-09T13:09:50-04:00July 12, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |
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