The Popsicle Was Invented By An 11 Year Old Who Forgot To Clean Up After Himself (Cool Weird Awesome 599)

It's National Cherry Popsicle Day, so obviously, we have to tell the story of the popsicle, and Frank Epperson, the 11 year old you invented it. Plus: today in 1969, Elvis Presley sees a bald guy in the audience while onstage in Las Vegas and sings the best version of "Are You Lonesome Tonight" ever. 

By |2021-08-26T07:25:27-04:00August 26, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Elvis Once Flew Halfway Across The Country For A Giant Sandwich (Cool Weird Awesome 471)

On this day in 1976, Elvis Presley apparently got so excited describing the Fool's Gold sandwich, made at a restaurant in Denver, that he flew to Denver that night to eat it, only to fly right back to Memphis when he was done. And that's not the only food Elvis loved; did you know about his penchant for BBQ bologna?

By |2021-02-01T07:55:18-05:00February 1, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

What Kool-Aid Was Like Before Kool-Aid Man Started Busting Through Walls (Cool Weird Awesome 455)

Today is the birthday of Edwin Perkins, who invented a sweet drink known the world over as Kool-Aid. It's the only drink with a mascot that can smash through walls and shout "OH YEAH!" Plus: it's also the birthday of Elvis Presley, who in 1956 volunteered to be photographed getting the then-new polio shot to encourage mass vaccinations. Another way he used his immense fame as a singer to take care of business.

The‌ ‌Big‌ ‌Muddy‌ ‌Monster‌ ‌Ran‌ ‌Wild‌ ‌In‌ ‌Murphysboro‌ ‌(Cool‌ ‌Weird‌ ‌Awesome‌ ‌329)‌ ‌

On this day in 1973, a couple in Murphysboro, Illinois reported seeing a tall, hairy, extremely smelly creature that over time became known as The Big Muddy Monster. But what the heck was it? Plus: today is the anniversary of Elvis Presley's final concert. And yes, there's a historic marker on the site.

Lyndon Johnson Had A Not So Great Leap Day (Cool Weird Awesome 248)

It was on a Leap Day in 1968 that the President of the United States got stuck in an elevator. We'll explain how it happened. Plus: this weekend at Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee, it's the third annual Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Weekend.

By |2022-02-13T11:02:07-05:00February 28, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Elvis Almost Threw Down At A Wisconsin Gas Station (Cool Weird Awesome 102)

Elvis Week is getting underway in Memphis, Tennessee, and while I can't be there, I can still celebrate, because my hometown of Madison, Wisconsin is where the King once broke up a fight at a gas station in the middle of the night.

By |2019-08-09T09:24:42-04:00August 9, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

The Jumpsuit Century (Cool Weird Awesome 47)

There’s nothing more fashionable than the jumpsuit, right? Right? Anyway, it was a century ago that the Italian artist Thayaht proposed a one-piece garment with buttons down the front as the next big thing in fashion.

By |2021-02-01T08:15:27-05:00May 24, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , |
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