Garisenda Tower Is Italy’s Other Leaning Tower (Cool Weird Awesome 1160)

You may know about Pisa's world-famous leaning tower, but the city of Bologna has one too - and officials are planning to spend some big money to keep it from leaning too far and falling over.

By |2024-01-01T10:35:50-05:00January 1, 2024|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

Babbo Natale, The Yule Goat and The World’s Many Christmas Gift Givers (Cool Weird Awesome 1154)

Santa Claus may be the man with the bag in the US today, but in other parts of the world there are some very different gift givers. We'll ride with a few of them to celebrate the many ways people celebrate December 25. Merry Christmas!

By |2023-12-25T10:58:21-05:00December 25, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , |

How A Guy In 1974 Used A Computer To Order Pizza (Cool Weird Awesome 1139)

Today in 1974, the first time a person used a computer to order a pizza. It wasn't an online order, but it was still a big moment in the history of tech (and the history of pizza).

By |2023-12-04T06:46:12-05:00December 4, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

Alberto Manzi Convinced Italians That “It’s Never Too Late” To Learn (Cool Weird Awesome 1123)

Today in 1924, the birthday of Alberto Manzi, who taught millions of Italian adults to read and write through a TV show. 

By |2023-11-13T09:06:18-05:00November 3, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , |

Sometimes Coffee Isn’t A Beverage, It’s Coffee Jelly (Cool Weird Awesome 1098)

It's National Coffee Day, and while most coffee fans prefer to brew and drink the stuff, there are other options. For example, have you ever tried coffee jelly?

By |2023-09-29T06:40:31-04:00September 29, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Italy’s “Festival of the Ugly” Reminds Everybody That Looks Aren’t Everything (Cool Weird Awesome 1078)

The first Sunday in September is typically the time when a village in Italy holds something called the Festival of the Ugly - which, when you learn more about it, actually sounds kind of nice.

By |2023-09-01T08:07:35-04:00September 1, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

The Leaning Tower Of Pisa Is Straightening Out (Cool Weird Awesome 919)

We have some good news early in this new year: the Leaning Tower of Pisa isn’t leaning quite as far as it used to!

By |2024-01-03T09:31:24-05:00January 3, 2023|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: , , , , |

The Fiaccole of Abbadia San Salvatore Literally Make The Holiday Season Bright (Cool Weird Awesome 679)

Every Christmas Eve, at 6pm, the people of Abbadia San Salvatore in Italy light pyramids of wood called fiaccole they they've carefully collected and stacked for weeks. On what's one of the coldest and darkest nights of the year, the work together to celebrate with heat and light for everyone.

By |2021-12-24T07:55:13-05:00December 24, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

The World Shuts Down, But “Art Doesn’t Stop” (Cool Weird Awesome 259)

Staff at a museum in Turin, Italy called Castello di Rivoli have been working marathon days to digitize their entire collection so that art lovers who can't see the pieces in person can still enjoy them online. Plus: volunteers at a thrift shop in North Carolina spot something unusual in a stack of paintings - a work by none other than Salvador Dali!

By |2021-12-23T07:38:33-05:00March 16, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |
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