Did A Finnish Skier Actually Spit Out His Dentures On His Way To A Gold Medal? (Cool Weird Awesome 1240)

Kalle Jalkanen's Finnish ski team won a big come from behind victory in the 1936 Winter Games, but what legend says happened along the way is an even more unusual part of the story.

When News Companies Tried To Deliver Newspapers Through Radio Transmissions (Cool Weird Awesome 1232)

Today in 1939, the opening of the World's Fair in New York. One of the inventions featured there was a way that newspapers could broadcast newspapers over the radio and have special receivers print out a copy of the paper for customers.

Taco Bell Once Sold A Burger Called The “Bell Beefer” (Cool Weird Awesome 1208)

It's our show's fifth birthday! It's also the birthday in 1962 of the first Taco Bell restaurant, which had a "chili burger" on its original menu.

By |2024-03-21T07:48:40-04:00March 21, 2024|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , |

Sometimes Coffee Isn’t A Beverage, It’s Coffee Jelly (Cool Weird Awesome 1098)

It's National Coffee Day, and while most coffee fans prefer to brew and drink the stuff, there are other options. For example, have you ever tried coffee jelly?

By |2023-09-29T06:40:31-04:00September 29, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Two Young Brothers Rode Across The Country On Horseback To Hang Out With Teddy Roosevelt (Cool Weird Awesome 1044)

Today in 1909, the brothers Abernathy, ages five and eight, started a 1,300 mile trip - on horseback, unsupervised - from Oklahoma to New Mexico and back. The next year they got back on their horses to ride to New York to see their dad's pal, Teddy Roosevelt.

The “Wicked Bible” Suggested People Break Some Of The Ten Commandments (Cruel Weird Awful 2)

What do you have when you have a book that tells people "thou SHALT commit adultery"? You have what's known as the Wicked Bible or the Sinners' Bible, though who was encouraging all that sinning is something of a mystery.

By |2024-06-10T08:27:28-04:00June 10, 2023|Categories: Cruel Weird Awful, 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: , , , , , |

With Solar-Reflective Paint, School Playgrounds Are Getting Cooler (Cool Weird Awesome 850)

Hot days make for stuffy classrooms, and that can make it hard to learn, but going outside to scorching hot asphalt playgrounds isn’t much better. A school near Atlanta is demonstrating one partial solution, and it’s as simple as getting a fresh coat of paint.

By |2022-09-22T18:50:59-04:00September 22, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

Tenino, Washington, The Town That Makes Its Own Money Out Of Wood (Cool Weird Awesome 817)

Digital currencies are having a rough 2022, but one alternative currency has been doing pretty well for itself lately. That’s the wooden money made in Tenino, Washington.

By |2022-07-25T09:22:36-04:00July 25, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

“Smart Work Zones” Can Keep Workers Safe On Roads And Highways (Cool Weird Awesome 781)

When there's road work to be done, crews put up cones, barrels and fences to keep workers safe. Now a "smart work" zone system being tested in Virginia could make those spaces even safer.

By |2024-05-27T10:48:06-04:00May 27, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |
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