If Humans Start Living On Other Worlds, They Might End Up Creating New Accents (Cool Weird Awesome 1192)

Scientists and technicians are trying to figure out the logistics of off-Earth human bases. If that happens, there's some research that suggests the communities could end up developing their own accents.

By |2024-02-28T08:51:54-05:00February 28, 2024|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

The Letter Z Once Looked Like A Fancy Capital I (Cool Weird Awesome 1158)

This is our very last episode of 2023, so we’re telling the story of the final stop in our 26 letter alphabet: here’s where Z came from. 

By |2023-12-29T16:45:41-05:00December 29, 2023|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: , , , , , , |

How “Hello” Became The English Language’s Way Of Saying Hello (Cool Weird Awesome 1130)

Today is World Hello Day, so we explain how and when English speakers started using the word "hello" to say hello.

By |2023-11-22T07:56:22-05:00November 21, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Some Of The World’s Languages Are Whistled (Cool Weird Awesome 954)

It's National Mother Language Day. Many of the world's thousands of languages are spoken, written and/or signed... and at least a few are whistled.

By |2024-02-21T06:13:43-05:00February 21, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

A Delicious Cookie With A Bad Name Won’t Taste As Sweet (Cool Weird Awesome 712)

Research from the Ohio State University just found that the words we use to describe food can affect how we perceive its taste. Erin Krakow Krakowmoji GIFfrom Erin Krakow GIFs [...]

By |2024-02-08T08:56:45-05:00February 8, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

An Email Mixup Led To A Very Strange Welsh Road Sign (Cool Weird Awesome 645)

This week in 2008, local officials in Swanzey tried to get English-to-Welsh translation for a road sign they wanted to put up. They got a Welsh sentence in response, but it wasn't what they thought. Plus: today in 1969, the first network message on ARPANET goes through, though without a few key letters. 

By |2021-10-29T07:29:31-04:00October 29, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

Babies Babble, And So Do Baby Bats (Cool Weird Awesome 610)

If you’ve ever been around a baby you probably heard some cooing, gurgling and babbling, as the babies try to make the sounds adults make. Some new research finds if you spend time with baby bats, you might hear them doing essentially the same thing. Plus: the YouTube channel Steadycraftin finds a pretty cool way to reuse some of those old orange plastic prescription bottles. 

By |2021-09-10T06:11:35-04:00September 10, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Can AI Bring Extinct Languages Back To Life? (Cool Weird Awesome 406)

A project out of MIT is using artificial intelligence to scan lost languages and find rules and conventions that may help us figure out what all those words from years ago might mean.

A City In New Zealand Has Its Own Wizard (Cool Weird Awesome 355)

There is at least one person in the world who's paid to be a wizard. The city of Christchurch, New Zealand, contracts with him to "provide acts of wizardry and other wizard-like-services as part of promotional work for the city of Christchurch." Plus: there's a museum exhibit in Switzerland featuring works of art that showcase imaginary or invented languages.

By |2020-08-11T07:54:09-04:00August 10, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |
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