A Study Says Everyone In Japan Could Have The Same Last Name Five Centuries From Now (Cool Weird Awesome 1216)

A study from Japan's Tohoku University says that if current trends continue, everyone in the country will eventually end up with the same surname - though it might take a while to get there.

By |2024-04-08T13:09:47-04:00April 8, 2024|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

New York City’s 311 System Has Gotten Some Wild Calls Over The Years (Cool Weird Awesome 1200)

This month in 2003, New York City launched its 311 service, a service that has helped residents with a wide range of non-emergency issues… and a few absolute head-scratchers. 

By |2024-03-11T07:43:39-04:00March 11, 2024|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Teddy Roosevelt Tried To Change How We Spell Words (Cool Weird Awesome 1145)

Today in 1906 a vote in Congress put an end to one of President Theodore Roosevelt’s top priorities: simplifying the way we spell words. Or, as he would have preferred, spel wurds.

By |2023-12-12T11:05:18-05:00December 12, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , |

When Domino’s Tried To Have Reindeer Deliver Pizza (Cool Weird Awesome 1133)

Domino's Japan once tried to send its pizzas out by reindeer, but they had to backtrack after a week because, well, you can probably figure out why.

By |2023-11-24T10:05:03-05:00November 24, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

The Key To Next-Generation Batteries Might Be In Crab Shells (Cool Weird Awesome 1128)

The tech industry is always on the lookout for the next big thing in batteries. Scientists on the East Coast may have found it in crab shells. 

By |2023-11-17T09:18:22-05:00November 17, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Here’s A Robot That Can Roll Up And Down Stairs (Cool Weird Awesome 1116)

Today we’re looking at a robot that’s moving up in the world, because this robot, known as the Ascento Pro, can climb stairs.

By |2023-10-25T09:37:36-04:00October 25, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

“Mr. Tornado” Ted Fujita Was The Original Severe Weather Detective (Cool Weird Awesome 1114)

Today in 1920, the birthday of Ted Fujita, a pioneer in meteorology who was so revered by colleagues he became known as “Mr. Tornado.”

By |2023-10-23T08:56:30-04:00October 23, 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: , , , |

What Does It Take To Be Great At Underwater Hockey? (Cool Weird Awesome 989)

The NHL postseason is getting underway, but once the Stanley Cup has been won, what do hockey fans watch? Here's one idea: underwater hockey, which is a growing sport set to make a splash.

By |2024-04-17T09:04:03-04:00April 17, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

This Old City Bus Is Now A Traveling Sauna (Cool Weird Awesome 987)

There’s a new startup in Japan that’s getting hot in more ways than one: it's turned a former city bus into a mobile sauna. 

By |2024-04-13T08:25:09-04:00April 13, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |
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