When Food Becomes The Artist’s Muse (Cool Weird Awesome 277)

Artist Itsuo Kobayashi has been keeping an illustrated food diary since 1980, drawing and describing each meal, the ingredients, the price and how it made him feel. Plus: for National Banana Day, we go to - where else - the International Banana Museum in California.

By |2020-04-15T08:54:36-04:00April 15th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

The World Shuts Down, But “Art Doesn’t Stop” (Cool Weird Awesome 259)

Staff at a museum in Turin, Italy called Castello di Rivoli have been working marathon days to digitize their entire collection so that art lovers who can't see the pieces in person can still enjoy them online. Plus: a volunteers at a thrift shop in North Carolina spots something unusual in a stack of paintings - a work by none other than Salvador Dali!

By |2020-03-16T07:26:17-04:00March 16th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

There’s Music For Cats And It’s Apparently Very Good For Them (Cool Weird Awesome 249)

Can music help cats relax during their visits to the vet? Apparently so - but would music specifically made for cats be even more helpful than music made for humans? Plus: if you missed Justin Bieber's birthday yesterday, visit a museum in his hometown that features all the stuff from his career that his proud grandparents saved!

By |2020-03-02T06:18:39-05:00March 2nd, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Old-Time Sports Radio Used To Give The Audience Diagrams (Cool Weird Awesome 216)

On this day in 1927, the BBC tried something new for their broadcast of a rugby match between England and Wales: they partnered with Radio Times magazine to publish a diagram of a rugby pitch to help the audience follow the action. Plus: on National Hat Day, where better to be than the one and only National Hat Museum?

By |2020-01-15T07:59:20-05:00January 15th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Museums Are Helping Color-Blind Art Lovers See The Whole Spectrum (Cool Weird Awesome 195)

An increasing number of museums are offering EnChroma corrective glasses to visitors with color blindness, to bring more color to the world of art and those who enjoy it. Plus: a museum in London is exhibiting a disposable cup from 3,500 years ago, proving that from our earliest times, we’ve been trying to avoid doing the dishes.

By |2020-02-24T09:50:45-05:00December 18th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

Save The Washing Machine Museum! (Cool Weird Awesome 96)

The Lee Maxwell Washing Machine Museum in Eaton, Colorado, is facing an uncertain future. Its namesake wants to pass on his collection of some 1,600 machines to the next generation. Hopefully someone takes him up on that offer, because there’s a lot of history here. Plus: the Lumberjack World Championships begin in Hayward, Wisconsin, and we go for the obvious Monty Python reference in describing the event.

By |2019-08-01T09:54:50-04:00August 1st, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

When The Flyover Flies Over The Wrong Spot (Cool Weird Awesome 80)

Patrouille Swiss is the official aerial acrobatics team for Switzerland. Last weekend they were in fine form as they flew over the community of Langenbruck for a festival honoring a local aviation hero... except for one thing: they weren’t actually over Langenbruck.

By |2019-07-10T09:42:48-04:00July 10th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

How To Move A 12 Ton Sphinx (Cool Weird Awesome 63)

The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology - known better as the Penn Museum - needed to move its most famous object, a 3,000 year old Egyptian sphinx, from a gallery to the main hall as part of a renovation project. The move was only 300 feet, but the sphinx happens to weigh 12.5 tons, so it took three days to get from point A to point B.

By |2019-06-17T09:50:29-04:00June 17th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |