Solar-Powered Cribs Are A Bright Idea To Stop Jaundice (Cool Weird Awesome 736)

Jaundice is treatable with phototherapy, but not all places have access to light therapy machines. A startup in Nigeria is building solar-powered phototherapy machines to fill that gap.

By |2022-03-21T09:21:11-04:00March 21, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , , |

U.S. Grant Once Got Arrested For Speeding While He Was President (Cool Weird Awesome 523)

It's the birthday of Ulysses S. Grant, hero of the Civil War and the only sitting president to have been arrested. Here's the story of how Grant was out speeding through Washington DC and ended up in trouble with the law. It's also the birthday of telegraph pioneer Samuel Morse, so we'll have the story of one of the cleverest uses of Morse Code in the world.

By |2021-04-27T09:53:00-04:00April 27, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Victor Lustig, The Con Artist Who Sold The Eiffel Tower (Cool Weird Awesome 451)

Today is (we think) the birthday of Victor Lustig, perhaps the most notorious scammer of all time. He swindled Al Capone once and "sold" the Eiffel Tower twice! Plus: if you need help relaxing these days, try the ambient soundscapes of Swiss artist Zimoun.

By |2021-01-04T08:02:56-05:00January 4, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

HooverBall and Hoover Drinks: Some Things For August 10, 2019

Lots of stories involving presidents and/or crime today.

If You Want To Stop Burglary, Then Study Burglars (Cool Weird Awesome 45)

And now, a look at a study that’s the kind of research Batman would do if he were an academic instead of a crimefighter: a scientific study of virtual burglary.

By |2021-05-18T08:21:57-04:00May 22, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , |

Here In My Hollywood Car Exhibit, I Feel Safest Of All (Cool Weird Awesome 32)

The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles is about to open a new exhibit called “Hollywood Dream Machines: Vehicles of Science Fiction and Fantasy." If you’ve ever wanted to get close to the coolest rides the big screen ever shared with us - like, say, the DeLorean in "Back to the Future" - this is your chance.

By |2021-02-08T13:45:12-05:00May 3, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |
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