Movie Fans In Texas Enjoy Pickles When They Go To The Theater (Cool Weird Awesome 1125)

It's National Pickle Day. Maybe you put these briny cucumbers on sandwiches, or burgers, or just snack on them as they are. Or, if you’re a Texan, you might order a few up when you go to the movies.

By |2023-11-14T09:13:22-05:00November 14, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

How Joyce Chen Helped The US Fall In Love With Chinese Food (Cool Weird Awesome 1087)

This week in 1917, the birthday of Joyce Chen, restaurateur, cookbook author, TV host and one of the biggest reasons why Chinese food became a big hit in the United States.

Momofuku Ando, The Guy Who Invented Instant Ramen (Cool Weird Awesome 1073)

Today in 1958, eaters looking for a quick, inexpensive and tasty option got what they were looking for: it was the birthday of instant noodles. And the man known as the Father of Instant Noodles was Momofuku Ando. 

By |2023-08-25T07:04:05-04:00August 25, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Before There Were Chicken McNuggets, McDonald’s Tried Selling Onion Nuggets (Cool Weird Awesome 1035)

Today is National Onion Day. For a very brief time in the 1970s, the preeminent fast food chain on Earth thought the onion might be its pathway to bigger sales. Here's the story of the McDonald's Onion Nugget.

Raise A Glass Of Red Drink On Juneteenth (Cool Weird Awesome 1029)

There are lots of traditions that come with Juneteenth, like the foods and drinks that end up on the table at Juneteenth parties. A lot of these refreshments include the color red, and that’s on purpose.

When World War II Meant No Bananas For The UK, People Made “Mock Bananas” Out Of Parsnips (Cool Weird Awesome 991)

It's National Banana Day, so we've got the story of people in the UK who went to great lengths to simulate having bananas when the real deal was off limits during World War II.

By |2023-04-19T08:57:38-04:00April 19, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

Why Do Some People Love Licorice And Other People Loathe It? (Cool Weird Awesome 986)

It's National Licorice Day. People who love it, love it - and the people who don’t aren’t shy about saying so. Maybe it would help if we explained how we got to this impasse?

By |2023-04-12T07:55:12-04:00April 12, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

The Wilhelm Scream Is The Classic Hollywood Sound Effect You Can’t Stop Hearing (Cool Weird Awesome 984)

Today in 1921, the birthday of Sheb Wooley, who had a hit song in the 50s called the “Purple People Eater" and is believed to be the guy who gave a scream that's been featured in hundreds of movies: the Wilhelm Scream. 

The Twinkie Has Longevity In More Ways Than One (Cool Weird Awesome 982)

Today in 1930, one of the sweetest treats of our time made its debut. Here's how the Twinkie became the Twinkie.

By |2023-04-06T11:31:19-04:00April 6, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

The Prison-Only Potato Chips Known As “The Whole Shabang” Live Up To Their Name (Cool Weird Awesome 969)

Some chip brands hit it big on store shelves - but one brand that won legions of adoring fans in prisons. For National Potato Chip Day, the story of The Whole Shabang.

By |2023-03-14T07:01:07-04:00March 14, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |
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