Novelty Maker S.S. Adams Put The Joy In Joy Buzzers (Cool Weird Awesome 1011)

Today in 1879, the birthday of S.S. Adams. If you don’t know the name, you know the products: joy buzzers, sneezing powder, the dribble glass and hundreds of other novelties known all over the world all started with the S.S. Adams Company. 

By |2023-05-24T07:58:19-04:00May 24, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Guy Goma Became An Internet Expert By Accident On Live TV (Cool Weird Awesome 1004)

Today in 2006, IT job candidate Guy Goma rose to the occasion when a BBC TV producer mistakenly brought him onto a live show to talk about the internet, even though they were actually supposed to interview a different Guy on the air.

By |2023-05-08T07:53:54-04:00May 8, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

The Outer Limits Of The U.S. Are Really Out There (Cool Weird Awesome 657)

It's Geography Awareness Week, so we wanted to find the furthest points in each direction that are part of the United States, along with the geographical center. Plus: the story of a boundary with Morocco that just sort of popped up one day. 

By |2023-11-16T10:59:13-05:00November 16, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

The Parachuting Beavers Of ‘48 (Cool Weird Awesome 514)

On this day in 1948, Idaho Fish and Game moved beavers to a new habitat in a very unusual way: they had the beavers parachute into the wilderness! We'll explain how they did it. Plus: a new map of New York City's most notable trees helps people find some unique green space even in the big city.

By |2024-04-07T08:02:25-04:00April 7, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

How To Find Where You Are In Just Three Words (Cool Weird Awesome 109)

The app what3words breaks down all the spaces on earth into 3 meter by 3 meter squares and assigns each of those squares a unique set of three words. Anyone who knows the three words for a square can pinpoint it with GPS - just ask the group of lost hikers in a UK forest who got help in about a minute thanks to the system.

By |2021-08-19T09:16:04-04:00August 20, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

Point No Point And Other Amazing, Actual Places (Cool Weird Awesome 88)

The website and book Sad Topographies teaches us that our planet is home to some unusually-named places, like Gloomy Lake in Ontario, Divorce Beach in Mexico, New Jersey’s Shades of Death Road (!) and a spot in Washington state known as Point No Point.

By |2019-07-23T09:29:11-04:00July 22, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |
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