How The Snow Globe Started Shaking Up Winter (Cool Weird Awesome 1153)

Winter is officially here in the Northern Hemisphere. If it doesn't feel like it yet, grab a snow globe - we'll tell you how they got their start.

By |2023-12-22T10:03:45-05:00December 22, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

How Google Street View Could Help Stop Invasive Weeds (Cool Weird Awesome 1146)

A project out of the University of California - Davis uses images from a very well known navigation system to help slow the spread of invasive species.

Let’s Meet The Guy Named Mason Who Patented The Mason Jar (Cool Weird Awesome 1137)

Today in 1858 the US issued a patent for the mason jar. And yes, the story of the mason jar starts with someone named Mason. 

By |2023-11-30T08:57:49-05:00November 30, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , |

Isaac Singer Invented The Modern Sewing Machine, But What He Really Wanted To Do Was Act (Cool Weird Awesome 1118)

Today in 1811, the birthday of Isaac Singer. He’s best known as the inventor of the modern sewing machine, but had it been up to him, Singer would have been known for stage acting.

By |2023-10-27T06:37:54-04:00October 27, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

Listening To A Symphony Can Actually Sync Up The Audiences’ Heart Rates (Cool Weird Awesome 1117)

When we say "music can bring us together," we usually mean it bridges divides and builds communities. But a new study finds that, biologically speaking, music really can bring people together.

By |2023-10-26T09:35:14-04:00October 26, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

What Ants Can Teach Us About Mass Transportation (Cool Weird Awesome 1089)

A UCLA study finds that humans might be able to find some transportation inspiration from another creature that moves around in large numbers: the ant.

By |2023-09-18T09:39:24-04:00September 18, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Lewis Howard Latimer, The Black Inventor Who Helped Make The Modern World Modern (Cool Weird Awesome 1079)

Today in 1848, the birthday of Lewis Howard Latimer, an inventor whose work helped make the world what it is today. 

By |2023-09-04T08:32:52-04:00September 4, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

If You’re Trying To Visit All 50 States, North Dakota Wants You To Save The “Best For Last” (Cool Weird Awesome 1062)

Some of us plan our trips so we can visit all 50 states. If you’re one of these travelers, the state of North Dakota has a club just for you.

By |2023-08-03T09:21:29-04:00August 3, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

In India, Telegrams Were Still Around Until 2013 (Cool Weird Awesome 1048)

Today in 2013, the last traditional telegram message went out, decades after telephones and smartphones and text messages and so on. So why were there still telegrams here in the 21st Century?

By |2023-07-14T08:04:20-04:00July 14, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Some People Didn’t Think The Earliest Air Conditioners Were Very Cool (Cool Weird Awesome 1032)

Summer heat can leave a lot of us heading inside and cranking up the air conditioner. And yet, if you look at the history of this invention, you’ll find quite a few times where people said, are we sure this is a good idea? 

By |2023-06-22T09:40:58-04:00June 22, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |
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