Banning Sliced Bread Was Not The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread (Cool Weird Awesome 930)

Today in 1943, the US government tried to help the war effort in a way that did NOT go over well. They tried to halt the sales of sliced bread.

By |2023-01-18T09:51:00-05:00January 18, 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 |2023-01-02T08:48:32-05:00January 1, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

President Franklin Pierce Got An Acclaimed Author To Write His Campaign Biography (Cool Weird Awesome 894)

Today in 1804, the birthday of President Franklin Pierce. He's not well known today, but in his time, people learned about the 14th president through a biography written by the acclaimed novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne.

By |2022-11-23T14:26:58-05:00November 23, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Why Audiences Throw Things At The Stage, Though Obviously They Shouldn’t (Cool Weird Awesome 876)

Today in 1883, a bizarre headline in the New York Times: “Actor Demoralized By Tomatoes.” Why have audiences thrown tomatoes and other foods at performers?

By |2022-10-28T08:45:22-04:00October 28, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

The U.S. Had An Aunt Sammy As Well As An Uncle Sam (Cool Weird Awesome 857)

Today in 1926, America’s aunt made her debut on the airwaves. That would be Aunt Sammy, who gave cooking tips to millions of listeners in the early days of radio.

By |2022-10-03T08:06:50-04:00October 3, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

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.

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