What Do You Call People In Each State? (Cool Weird Awesome 334)

Vivid Maps released a map of the U.S. by demonym, which is the term for a word that describes people from a certain place. Some are straightforward, but there are also plenty of surprises. Plus: you've heard of Four Corners, but did you know there's also a Tri-State Marker where you could stand in the states of Idaho, Wyoming and Utah all at once?

By |2020-07-03T08:29:51-04:00July 3, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

The Smart Glove That Can Translate Sign Language Into Speech (Cool Weird Awesome 331)

A team at UCLA has built technology into a glove that can recognize the hand movements from American Sign Language and translate those movements into spoken English in real time through a smartphone app. Plus: scientists in Australia say they can modify cotton to make its own color, without not-so-eco-friendly chemical dyes.

By |2024-01-31T08:59:49-05:00June 30, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

The Letters of the English Alphabet Weren’t Added in Alphabetical Order (Cool Weird Awesome 306)

Amazingly, the English alphabet added its last letter in 1524, and no, that letter wasn't Z. We'll explain how an Italian grammarian convinced the world to add one more letter to the list. Plus: Andoni Bastarrika is a Basque artist who works with sand, but we’re not talking about basic beach sand castles here.

By |2023-12-29T17:00:41-05:00May 26, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

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

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.

By |2021-06-03T08:13:46-04:00May 21, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Predictive Text Is Changing, Not Just Predicting, What We Write (Cool Weird Awesome 298)

A new Harvard study finds those systems that suggest words to us when we type on our smartphones are actually shaping the way we write sentences and messages. The new app Drive + Listen can take you on the most realistic virtual road trip of our time.

Stella The Dog Uses A Soundboard (Cool Weird Awesome 170)

Stella the dog lives with a speech-language pathologist and has been using a soundboard to "say" several dozen words, raising hopes that someday the show "Dog With A Blog" may come to life. Plus: Quilty the cat likes to spend his nights freeing the other cats at the animal shelter.

By |2019-11-13T06:15:26-05:00November 13, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

What Is The Euphemism For “I Dropped A Frog”? (Cool Weird Awesome 49)

Scientific papers can be wild. When they refer to “unplanned rapid disassembly," that’s an academic way of saying “accidentally exploded.”

By |2019-09-05T13:36:21-04:00May 28, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |
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