The First Cars Licensed As London Taxis Were Electric Vehicles (Cool Weird Awesome 898)

Today in 1897 is said to be the day that London first licensed motor vehicles as taxicabs. They were nicknamed "hummingbirds" and they were battery-powered.

By |2022-12-06T07:57:29-05:00December 6, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

Each Year, London Pays Rent To The Crown For Land That’s… Somewhere (Cool Weird Awesome 863)

The UK has lots of traditions. Here's another one: once a year, sometime between about now and mid November, the city of London pays rent to the Crown for several pieces of land in what’s called the Ceremony of Quit Rents.

By |2022-10-11T09:13:53-04:00October 11, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Our Undersea Internet Cables Are Also Pretty Good Earthquake Detectors (Cool Weird Awesome 780)

We now have some 750,000 miles of internet cable on ocean and seafloors. A research team found a way to use those cables to measure seismic activity, without installing anything extra.

By |2022-05-26T05:43:00-04:00May 26, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

A Liner Note Detective Wants The World To Know Something About The “London Calling” Cover Photo

The famous cover of The Clash's landmark album "London Calling" was taken on September 21, 1979, according to the liner notes. Except that Dave Marin, a concertgoer who was there when the photo was taken, has a concert stub that says September 20th. And he's spent decades trying to get the world to notice that the album credits are a day off. Plus: today in 1940, a bomb explodes in London, and the locals decide to turn the crater it left behind into something special. 

Turn Those Old Straws Into New Albums (Cool Weird Awesome 134)

The Straw Vinyl project has lined up some high-profile bands to release limited-edition vinyl records that are made out of plastic harvested from old straws. Then your hipster friends can say they were into keeping straws out of landfills before it was cool.

By |2021-04-27T10:23:59-04:00September 24, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |
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