The Cheeseburger Has More Than One Origin Story (Cool Weird Awesome 615)

This weekend is National Cheeseburger Day, and there's only one such holiday. But if you ask where the cheeseburger came from, there are a couple answers. Plus: for National Pet Bird Day, a story from 2017 in which researchers found wild birds in Australia swearing.

By |2021-09-17T07:50:33-04:00September 17, 2021|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: , , , |

How A Statue In Lucille Ball’s Honor Became Known As “Scary Lucy” (Cool Weird Awesome 590)

Today in 2016, Celeron, New York unveiled and dedicated a statue of its most famous resident, TV legend Lucille Ball. It took the place of a different statue from 2009 that had been nicknamed "Scary Lucy." Plus: this day in 1928 was the birthday of artist Andy Warhol, who, among many other accomplishments, helped make Pop Tarts popular.

By |2021-08-06T06:54:37-04:00August 6, 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. Plus: it was this day in 1872 that John F. Blondel of Maine made pastry history. 

By |2021-07-09T09:22:20-04:00July 9, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

How Sliced Bread Became The Greatest Thing Since Itself (Cool Weird Awesome 568)

Today in 1928, the Chillicothe Baking Company in Missouri began publicly selling something new: bread that had been sliced by a multi-bladed machine, and the world gained a new way to measure greatness. Plus: today in 2017, a meteor found a way to use Earth as a “slingshot” so alter its orbit and eventually orbit Jupiter.

By |2021-07-07T09:13:54-04:00July 7, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Shape-Shifting Pasta Could Be The Next Big Sustainable Thing (Cool Weird Awesome 553)

We use a lot of energy to ship goods, but it's not always very efficient. With pasta, for example, most of what we're shipping is the air in the box. So a team at Carnegie Mellon University found a way to make flat-packed pasta that changes shape as it cooks. Plus: the New York Times briefly published a story that claimed "Fields of Watermelon Found on Mars, Police Say." It was almost certainly a test page, but still, maybe the Mars rover should do a quick check. 

By |2021-06-09T08:36:44-04:00June 9, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Order A Cold Sandwich And You May Be More Likely To Get Sides, Too (Cool Weird Awesome 488)

A study out of Rutgers University-Camden finds people who order cold sandwiches instead of hot ones also pick up chips, cookies and other sides much more often. Why? Plus: today in 1912, an unusual performance of a classic opera outside one of the great wonders of the world.

By |2021-03-03T08:25:58-05:00March 3, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

How The Cheese Curl Was Invented (Partly By Accident) (Cool Weird Awesome 474)

It was today in 1932 that the makers of the cheese curl (or one of them, there are several origin stories) applied for a patent for their creation. Only their creation was supposed to be something entirely different. Plus: LEGO City is a bustling place, and some fans are hoping it will add bike lanes for LEGO riders.

By |2021-02-04T08:36:56-05:00February 4, 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: , , , , , |

When A Raccoon Lived At The White House (Cool Weird Awesome 470)

Champ and Major are the new White House dogs, but there have been lots of pets at the president's house over the years, including Rebecca the raccoon, who definitely left her mark on the place during Calvin Coolidge's presidency. Plus: a company in the UK just made a 500-plus pound protein bar. Do you eat it to refuel after an ultramarathon, maybe? 

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