Newspaper Reporters Once Bought A Chicago Dive Bar To Catch Corrupt Officials (Cool Weird Awesome 1165)

Today in 1978 the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper started publishing a series of stories that reporters still talk about today: reporters bought a dive bar in Chicago, named it the Mirage Tavern, and worked undercover as bartenders to catch corrupt city inspectors. 

By |2024-01-08T06:49:49-05:00January 8, 2024|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Nixon And Elvis, The Most Iconic Meeting In 70s History (Cool Weird Awesome 1152)

No meeting has ever been bigger than the one that happened today in 1970, when the King of Rock and Roll met the President of the United States. We'll explain how it happened.

Marie C. Bolden, A Black Teen In Cleveland, Helped Win A National Spelling Title In 1908 (Cool Weird Awesome 1037)

Today in 1908, a team of students from Cleveland won a spelling title at the annual meeting of the National Education Association, thanks in part to a Black 14 year old named Marie C. Bolden.

By |2023-06-29T09:46:14-04:00June 29, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

A Teenager In Michigan Once Started Building A Nuclear Reactor In The Shed (Cool Weird Awesome 1034)

Today in 1995 was a strange day in Royal Oak, Michigan. It’s the day authorities had to stop a 17 year old who had been trying to construct a working nuclear reactor at home.

By |2023-06-26T12:51:05-04:00June 26, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

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 a sandwich made at a restaurant in Denver, that he flew there that night to eat it, and then flew right back to Memphis.

By |2024-02-01T10:38:57-05:00February 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?

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.

By |2024-02-28T09:14:05-05:00February 28, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |
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