When George S. Patton Bombed A Volcano (Cool Weird Awesome 1156)

Today in 1935, a military mission you sure don’t see every day: at the direction of then-Lieutenant Colonel George S. Patton, American planes carried out a series of bombing runs in Hawaii to stop a volcano.

By |2023-12-27T10:02:59-05:00December 27, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , |

There’s A Secret Military Airline Known As “Janet” (Cool Weird Awesome 1136)

At the airport in Las Vegas, there's a terminal you can't use to fly in and catch a Golden Knights game or drop by a casino. It's used only by one of the most out-of-sight airlines in the world, a secret airline known as "Janet."

By |2023-11-29T08:54:19-05:00November 29, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

When The U.S. And North Korea Teamed Up To Fight Pirates (Cruel Weird Awful 9)

The U.S. and North Korea aren't exactly chummy, and yet once, in 2007, the U.S. Navy came to the aid of a North Korean ship that had been taken over by pirates in Somalia - and Pyongyang publicly thanked the Americans for their help!

By |2023-07-29T12:00:11-04:00July 29, 2023|Categories: Cruel Weird Awful, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Gail Halvorsen, The “Candy Bomber” Of The Berlin Airlift (Cool Weird Awesome 1049)

Today in 1948, an unusually sweet moment in the history of the Cold War: American servicemember Gail Halvorsen came up with a plan that would eventually earn him the nickname "the Berlin Candy Bomber."

By |2023-07-17T07:53:15-04:00July 17, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

The 1924 Olympic Men’s Cross Country Race Was Literally A Hot Mess (Cool Weird Awesome 1046)

Today in 1924, another one of these early Olympic events that went way off the rails: a very difficult and very strange mens’ cross country race. 

By |2023-07-12T10:20:05-04:00July 12, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

The Arlington Ladies Remember Every Servicemember Buried At Arlington National Cemetery (Cool Weird Awesome 1014)

Many of our servicemembers are laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery. For Memorial Day, we tell the story of a group who makes sure every servicemember buried there is properly remembered.

The Air Force Once Bombed Montana (Cool Weird Awesome 974)

Today in 1944, the U.S. Air Force carried out a bombing raid in Montana. Even stranger, they did so at the request of the governor. We'll explain.

By |2023-12-27T10:18:27-05:00March 21, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

The American Warship That Accidentally Launched A Torpedo At FDR (Cool Weird Awesome 887)

Today in 1943, a US Navy ship almost caused a gigantic tragedy, by inadvertently launching a torpedo at the president of the United States. Plus: this month in 1932, the UK’s Home Office got a complaint about ancient drawing known as the Cerne Abbas Giant and his “impassioned obscenity.”

By |2023-11-14T09:15:14-05:00November 14, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

A Comanche Code Talker Sent The First Message From Utah Beach On D-Day (Cool Weird Awesome 886)

For Veterans Day, the story of the Comanche Code Talkers, 17 veterans of the second World War who created an unbroken code in their native language that saved lives and helped the US military effort. 

During World War I, Photographers Made A “Human Statue of Liberty” Out Of 18,000 Soldiers (Cool Weird Awesome 809)

This month in 1918, two photographers took a picture of the Statue of Liberty. Except this wasn’t the giant statue that sits in the harbor in New York, it was a living Statue of Liberty formed with help from 18,000 members of the U.S. military.

By |2022-07-13T08:56:48-04:00July 13, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |
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