A “Lunar Olympics” Almost Ended In Disaster For The Apollo 16 Astronauts (Cool Weird Awesome 1222)

Today was the launch date in 1972 of Apollo 16, a mission that tried to pay tribute to that year's Summer Games with a "lunar Olympics"... only the astronauts almost had a disaster on their lunar-suited hands.

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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: , , , , , |

Where Did We Put All The Goodwill Moon Rocks From Apollo 17? (Cool Weird Awesome 1150)

Today in 1972 Apollo 17 returned from the moon. One of the lunar samples was sliced up and shared with every American state and hundreds of countries... except that we aren't quite sure where some of those rocks are now.

By |2023-12-19T06:44:54-05:00December 19, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Medieval Monks Were Volcano Trackers Without Even Knowing It (Cool Weird Awesome 999)

In the 12th and 13th Centuries, monks were tracking the looks of the moon, including lunar eclipses. Modern-day researchers took another look to see if some of those eclipses were actually volcanic eruptions.

By |2023-12-05T06:37:24-05:00May 1, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

When An Apollo Astronaut Had A Gas Problem On The Moon (Cool Weird Awesome 993)

Today in 1972, astronauts John Young and Charles Duke stepped on the Moon during the Apollo 16 mission. Along the way, one of the moonwalkers revealed to the world, without meaning to, that orange juice had made him gassy.

The Moon Trees Came From Seeds That Went Into Lunar Orbit (Cool Weird Awesome 939)

Apollo 14 may be best known today for the moment when astronaut Alan Shepard hit golf balls on the surface of the moon, but the mission also gave us the “moon trees.”

By |2024-01-31T09:22:12-05:00January 31, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

When Alan Shepard Hit Golf Balls On The Moon (Cool Weird Awesome 891)

Today in 1923, the birthday of Alan Shepard. He was the first American in space, and the first person to ever play golf on the Moon.

By |2022-11-18T13:14:49-05:00November 18, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

Bishops Used To Be Elephants, And Other Wild Stories About How Chess Pieces Got Their Names (Cool Weird Awesome 814)

Today is International Chess Day, so here are a few of the stories about how which pieces were on the board changed over the centuries.

By |2022-07-20T08:55:21-04:00July 20, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Donald Gorske Has Eaten 30,000 Big Macs And He’s Still Going (Cool Weird Awesome 773)

50 years ago today, a man named Donald Gorske ate a McDonald’s Big Mac. It was the first of over 30,000, and yes, he holds the world record for most Big Macs eaten by a single person.

By |2024-05-17T08:01:57-04:00May 17, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Mary Patten, 19 Year Old Sea Captain (Cool Weird Awesome 749)

Today in 1837, the birthday of Mary Patten. She became a celebrity when she came along on a shipping trip led by her husband and ended up in charge of the ship. Plus: photographer Andrew McCarthy has put together a timelapse of the moon’s phases that shows its lunar libration, or sway, in all its glory.

By |2024-04-06T09:17:50-04:00April 6, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |
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