The Toronto Circus Riot Started Because Clowns Fought Firefighters At A Brothel (Cruel Weird Awful 12)

July 13, 1855 is the date of the Toronto Circus Riot, an event which sounds baffling and bizarre from the name alone, but the details are even weirder.

By |2023-10-30T06:46:39-04:00August 19, 2023|Categories: Cruel Weird Awful, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

An Ad In The 70s Had Awful Advice For Bowlers: “Beat Your Wife Tonight” (Cruel Weird Awful 11)

In the 1970s some people in the bowling industry thought they’d come up with a clever way to get more people to the lanes, but they chose poorly when it came to the words.

By |2023-08-12T09:35:56-04:00August 12, 2023|Categories: Cruel Weird Awful, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

On Live TV, The Show Must Go On, Even If A Cast Member Collapses And Dies (Cruel Weird Awful 10)

Live broadcasting is a place where a lot can go wrong. Like a 1950s broadcast in the UK in which a key actor in a live drama had a fatal heart attack mid-show.

By |2023-08-05T09:03:11-04:00August 5, 2023|Categories: Cruel Weird Awful, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

When The U.S. And North Korea Teamed Up To Fight Pirates (Cruel Weird Awful 9)

The U.S. and North Korea aren't exactly chummy, and yet once, in 2007, the U.S. Navy came to the aid of a North Korean ship that had been taken over by pirates in Somalia - and Pyongyang publicly thanked the Americans for their help!

By |2023-07-29T12:00:11-04:00July 29, 2023|Categories: Cruel Weird Awful, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

AI Phone Bots Foil Scammers By Wasting Their Time (Cool Weird Awesome 1051)

Some experts are worried AI could undo human civilization, but some of it is trying to help people. Like a project that uses AI phone bots to keep phone scammers from scamming people.

By |2023-07-19T09:11:33-04:00July 19, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Getting A Thousand Bucks In Oily Pennies In Your Driveway Is One Way To Wrap Up A Job (Cruel Weird Awful 7)

Leaving a job usually means wrapping things up with your soon to be ex-employer including getting a final paycheck. But here’s the story of a guy who got a pretty unpleasant sendoff. 

By |2023-07-15T15:10:07-04:00July 15, 2023|Categories: Cruel Weird Awful, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

The Secret Service Has An Ink Library To Foil Crimes (Cool Weird Awesome 1041)

Today in 1865 the US Secret Service formed to stamp out counterfeit money. As part of that effort, it has the International Ink Library, tens of thousands of vintage and modern inks to help investigators sort out what’s what. 

By |2023-07-05T07:48:50-04:00July 5, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

If You’re Going To Break Into Somebody’s House, Don’t Leave A Finger Behind (Cruel Weird Awful 1)

A guy got caught trying to break into somebody's house because the resident slammed the front door on the suspect's finger and when he fled, the finger stayed behind.

By |2024-06-01T09:20:24-04:00June 3, 2023|Categories: Cruel Weird Awful, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Why People Push Peanuts Up Pikes Peak With Their Noses (Cool Weird Awesome 1000)

It's our 1000th episode! To celebrate, here's the story of a guy this month in 1929 who won a bet by proving he could push a peanut all the way up Pikes Peak with his nose.

By |2024-05-02T07:03:29-04:00May 2, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

When The Supreme Court Kind Of Ruled That An Airplane Wasn’t A Motor Vehicle (Cool Weird Awesome 966)

Today in 1931, the US Supreme Court issued a ruling that seems to say that a guy who stole an airplane was not guilty of breaking the law against stealing motor vehicles. It’s actually a little more complicated than that.

By |2024-03-09T09:34:40-05:00March 9, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |
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