1 07, 2020

Canada Was Almost Named “Borealia” (Cool Weird Awesome 332)

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Today is Canada Day, marking the 1867 confederation of three provinces then known as Canada, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. But Canada was only one name out of many that were suggested for the new country. Plus: this week got weird at several Canadian Tire stores, thanks to a computer glitch that made every item show up in the scanner as a Mr. Potato Head.

25 06, 2020

The Woman Who Rode A Bike Around The World (Cool Weird Awesome 328)

By |2020-06-25T07:53:29-04:00June 25th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

It was on this day in 1894 that Annie Cohen Kopchovsky, aka Annie Londonderry, set off on a bike trip that, over the next fifteen months, would make her the first woman to ride a bike around the world. Plus: meet a contraption that can hit a home run about twice as far as the ones in the big leagues.

24 06, 2020

The Longest Tennis Match Ever Started 10 Years Ago Today (Cool Weird Awesome 327)

By |2020-06-24T08:57:14-04:00June 24th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Today at the 2010 Wimbledon tennis tournament was the first day of the longest professional tennis match ever played. John Isner and Nicolas Mahut played for more than 11 hours over three days! Plus: since Wimbledon 2020 has been canceled, what are they doing with all those strawberries they usually sell?

9 06, 2020

The Great Pyramid’s Workforce Wasn’t As Big As We Thought (Cool Weird Awesome 316)

By |2020-06-09T07:31:18-04:00June 9th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Hundreds of thousands of laborers toiled for decades to build Egypt's legendary Great Pyramid... or did they? Professor Emeritus Vaclav Smil of the University of Manitoba did the math and found a very different conclusion. Plus: it's the birthday of baseball great Dave Parker, who once hit a home run that stopped 150 miles away from the ballpark.

5 06, 2020

The World’s Fair Is Where America Learned To Love The Banana (Cool Weird Awesome 314)

By |2020-06-05T08:19:53-04:00June 5th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

It was on this day in 1876 that the U.S. first fell in love with the banana, when it was introduced at the World's Fair in Philadelphia. Though, back then, eating a banana was quite a bit different than it is today. Plus: on National Doughnut Day, we mark the moment in 2012 when festival-goers in Ukraine proved doughnuts were as good for art as they were for snack time.

2 06, 2020

Hurricanes Can Be Named After Anybody Now, Thanks To Roxcy Bolton (Cool Weird Awesome 311)

By |2020-06-02T08:10:14-04:00June 2nd, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , |

For a time the powers that be only named hurricanes after women. Roxcy Bolton spoke out for years to change that policy, arguing that women “deeply resent being arbitrarily associated with disaster.” Plus: roller coasters are fun to ride, but they're even more fun when the passengers are all teddy bears.

1 06, 2020

What We Thought Dinosaur Bones Were Before We Knew About Dinosaurs (Cool Weird Awesome 310)

By |2020-06-01T07:40:30-04:00June 1st, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

The word "dinosaur" was coined in the 1840s, but people have been finding dinosaur fossils for thousands of years. So what did people think dinosaur bones were before we had an idea that dinosaurs existed? Plus: if your dream is to find a dinosaur-shaped waffle cone with a scoop of ice cream in its mouth, there's a place in southern California that can help you.

21 05, 2020

How French Soup-Makers Helped Give Us Restaurants (Cool Weird Awesome 303)

By |2020-05-21T08:41:43-04:00May 21st, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

It's National Waitstaff Day, and whether or not you're back to dining out, it's a good time to figure out a little of where restaurants come from. (It's complicated.) Plus: the website ThisWordDoesNotExist creates words that sound real but aren't.

19 05, 2020

The Day The Sun Left New England (Cool Weird Awesome 301)

By |2020-05-19T07:52:04-04:00May 19th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

This day in 1780 was a very strange day for New England. The sun decided to leave the sky around 10 in the morning, leaving everything pitch black and scaring the heck out of the locals. Plus: this day in 1964 was a very strange day for Andy Warhol, who received a very interesting letter from the Campbell Soup Company.

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