12 08, 2022

George Jetson Has Just Been Born, According To The Internet (Cool Weird Awesome 826)

By |2022-08-15T08:51:57-04:00August 12, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

If you’re a Jetsons fan on the internet these days, you’re probably living the dream right now. Because, if you look really closely at the futuristic cartoon show’s backstory, the main character, George Jetson, may have just had his birthday.

22 01, 2021

We Can Keep An Eye On Elephants With Satellites (Cool Weird Awesome 465)

By |2021-01-22T07:42:00-05:00January 22, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

Scientists at universities in the UK and the Netherlands have been testing out a system in which algorithms parse through high-resolution images taken by satellites to identify elephants and their locations, which could help protect these endangered pachyderms from poaching and habitat loss. Plus: scientists discover a type of electric eel, previously thought to be loners, hunt - and zap - prey in groups.

10 12, 2020

25 More Days of Holiday Songs: “I’d Like To Have An Elephant For Christmas” by Hank Thompson

By |2020-12-10T15:25:23-05:00December 10, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

Country great Hank Thompson's signature song was called "The Wild Side of Life," but getting an elephant as a pet is pretty wild even by his standards.

12 08, 2020

Fluorescents Just Got Even Brighter (Cool Weird Awesome 357)

By |2020-08-12T07:29:57-04:00August 12, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

Judging by my kids' toy collections I thought fluorescents were already about as bright as possible. But chemists at Indiana University and the University of Copenhagen have found a way to make the brightest fluorescent materials ever made. Plus: for World Elephant Day, meet Lucy, the elephant-shaped hotel on the Jersey Shore.

3 02, 2020

When Abe Lincoln Said Thanks But No Thanks To A Herd Of Elephants (Cool Weird Awesome 229)

By |2021-09-02T09:33:34-04:00February 3, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

On this day in 1862, President Abraham Lincoln wrote to the king of Siam, now Thailand, to say thanks, but no thanks, to the king's offer of a herd of elephants. It was a gracious letter, which was appropriate because elephants themselves have lovely manners.

19 11, 2012

This is what the “Lincoln” movie should’ve been about

By |2020-02-03T08:55:54-05:00November 19, 2012|Categories: Dead Presidents|Tags: , , |

I appreciate the great struggle to rid the country of slavery as much as anyone, but that story is somewhat well-worn ground. Wouldn't it have been even more interesting to see Steven Spielberg and Daniel Day-Lewis take on the tale of Lincoln and the elephants?

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