Whitney Smith Flew The Flag For Studying Flags (Cool Weird Awesome 1190)

Today in 1940, the birthday of the world’s number one flag expert: Whitney Smith, who not only studied flags his entire life, he invented the word for studying flags.

By |2024-02-26T07:30:15-05:00February 26, 2024|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

When Domino’s Tried To Have Reindeer Deliver Pizza (Cool Weird Awesome 1133)

Domino's Japan once tried to send its pizzas out by reindeer, but they had to backtrack after a week because, well, you can probably figure out why.

By |2023-11-24T10:05:03-05:00November 24, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

The Star-Spangled Banner That Inspired “The Star-Spangled Banner” (Cool Weird Awesome 1026)

It's Flag Day here in the US, and a good time to tell the story of the American flag that led to the writing of what is now our national anthem. Plus: in 2017, the community of Pocatello, Idaho raised a new flag to widespread relief, since its old flag had been called the ugliest in the country! 

By |2023-06-14T08:04:45-04:00June 14, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

Betsy Ross May Not Have Made The First Flag, But She Really Did Make Flags (Cool Weird Awesome 917)

Today in 1752, the birthday of the woman known today as Betsy Ross. The legend goes that after meeting with General George Washington, Mrs. Ross put together the very first version of what would become the flag of the United States. Historians are pretty sure that’s just a legend, but there are reasons why the story came to be.

By |2024-01-03T09:29:47-05:00January 1, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

The Ferris Wheel Was Designed To Show Up The Eiffel Tower (Cool Weird Awesome 906)

Today in 1892, an engineering team working on Chicago’s Columbian Exposition approved a design for a giant metal wheel that could give rides to passengers. Here's the story of the Ferris wheel and how it was partly intended to one-up a certain iconic structure from the previous World's Fair.

By |2024-02-26T07:52:54-05:00December 16, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Growing Bone Tissue With Sound Waves (Cool Weird Awesome 724)

Researchers at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology took stem cells and treated them with high-frequency sound waves, which was enough to convert them into bone cells.

By |2024-03-03T11:45:29-05:00March 3, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

Bob Heft Designed The 50-Star U.S. Flag In High School (Cool Weird Awesome 698)

Today in 1942 was the birthday of Bob Heft, who designed a 50-star US flag for a high school class project as Alaska and Hawaii were on their way to statehood.

By |2024-01-19T06:17:19-05:00January 19, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

The Original Olympic Flag Went Missing For Over 70 Years (Cool Weird Awesome 583)

The original Olympic flag flew over the Games for the first time in 1920, in Antwerp, Belgium, but before it could be passed to the next host city, the “Antwerp flag” disappeared - for over seven decades. Plus: scientists have taught a robotic hand to play Super Mario Bros., because why wouldn't you? 

By |2021-07-28T08:18:30-04:00July 28, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Benny Benson, The 13 Year Old Who Designed Alaska’s Flag (Cool Weird Awesome 570)

Today in 1929, the then-territory of Alaska flew its flag for the first time. That flag, which is still used today, was designed by a 13 year old of Aleutian descent, Benny Benson.

By |2024-02-07T09:55:31-05:00July 9, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |
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