The Original Declaration Of Independence Had A Rough Century Or So (Cool Weird Awesome 855)

Today in 1921, President Warren Harding issued an executive order that would finally protect the United States’ most important documents after decades of wear and tear.

The Time Pittsburgh Lost Its H – And Then Got It Back (Cool Weird Awesome 813)

Today in 1911, a big day for the city of Pittsburgh: after an effort that lasted decades, the city won back the H at the end of its name!

By |2022-07-19T10:34:17-04:00July 19, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

Gino Bartali Was A Champion And A Hero On A Bike (Cool Weird Awesome 812)

Today in 1914, the birthday of Gino Bartali. The Italian cycling star won the Tour de France in 1938, and won a second time a decade later. But what was even more impressive was what he did in between those two wins.

By |2022-07-18T09:19:53-04:00July 18, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Instead Of West Virginia, The US Could Have Had The State Of Westsylvania (Cool Weird Awesome 792)

Today in 1863, West Virginia became a state - though back in the 18th Century, there were several efforts to meld this land with parts of Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Maryland and create an entirely different entity called Vandalia or Westsylvania.

Portugal Once Moved Its Capital City To South America (Cool Weird Awesome 791)

It’s Portugal Day, and no doubt there will be celebrations across the country, including the capital city, Lisbon. Though there was a time in the 19th century when the capital of Portugal was not only outside Lisbon, it was outside Portugal.

Every Year The Netherlands Sends Thousands Of Tulips To Canada (Cool Weird Awesome 771)

The Canadian Tulip Festival is getting underway in Ottawa. Here's the history of the annual event, which (pun intended) has its roots in the history of World War II.

By |2022-05-13T05:49:03-04:00May 13, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , |

Candy Land, The Board Game Made For Kids Who Couldn’t Leave The Polio Ward (Cool Weird Awesome 752)

For National Board Game Day, we look at the history of Candy Land. That game was designed by a schoolteacher who was trying to help kids in a polio ward pass the time.

By |2022-04-11T08:52:23-04:00April 11, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

The HMS Challenger Expedition Showed The World What Ocean Life Was Really Like (Cool Weird Awesome 739)

The HMS Challenger spent years studying the world's oceans and the creatures that call them home. Today in 1875, the mission made one of its most astonishing discoveries.

By |2022-03-23T09:06:07-04:00March 23, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

Dinosaurs Got Sore Throats And Sniffles, Apparently (Cool Weird Awesome 727)

There were cold-like illnesses and sore throats long before there were humans to catch colds and to get sore throats. A research project has found another creature that got sniffles: dinosaurs.

The Time Chicago Had To Be Raised Fourteen Feet

Today in 1837 an act to incorporate the city of Chicago passed. A decade or two later, thousands of workers helped raise many of its buildings up 14 feet to make way for a badly needed wastewater and stormwater system.

By |2022-03-04T06:26:49-05:00March 4, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |
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