A Study Says Everyone In Japan Could Have The Same Last Name Five Centuries From Now (Cool Weird Awesome 1216)

A study from Japan's Tohoku University says that if current trends continue, everyone in the country will eventually end up with the same surname - though it might take a while to get there.

By |2024-04-08T13:09:47-04:00April 8, 2024|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Moss And Tracy Hills, The Cruise Ship Musicians Who Saved Hundreds From A Sinking Ship (Cool Weird Awesome 1063)

Today in 1991, the luxury cruise ship Oceanos sank while traveling around the coast of South Africa. Fortunately everyone who was on that ship survived, and, surprisingly, the people who made sure everyone made it to safety were the ship’s musicians. 

By |2023-08-04T08:39:08-04:00August 4, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , |

When People From Towns Named Dull, Boring And Bland Get Together, You Know It’ll Get Lit (Cool Weird Awesome 1058)

Today in 2017, a news report in the Sunday Post about something known as the “League of Extraordinary Communities.” Its three members: the communities of Dull, Bland And Boring.

By |2023-07-28T09:35:44-04:00July 28, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Really, Really White Paint Can Act Like A Coat Of Air Conditioning On A Building (Cool Weird Awesome 405)

Scientists at Purdue University have a way to help keep us cool to the point that we might not even need air conditioning, and all it takes is a fresh coat of a special paint. Plus: the town of Asbestos, Quebec has finally chosen a new name!

By |2020-10-26T09:01:08-04:00October 26, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

A Museum Exhibit In Sweden Includes The Weirdest Drinks Of All Time (Cool Weird Awesome 385)

The Disgusting Food Museum in southern Sweden has a new exhibit on the strangest alcoholic drinks of all time, proving that people will drink some truly revolting concoctions in pursuit of a buzz. Plus: remember how Asbestos, Quebec was going to choose one of four replacement names for the town? Those plans are on hold, cause apparently the people of Asbestos aren't big fans of the new names.

By |2020-09-21T07:51:33-04:00September 21, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

The Town Of Asbestos Is Looking For A Less Asbestos-ey Name (Cool Weird Awesome 384)

The community of Asbestos, Quebec has decided to rename itself. Now it's up to the residents to decide whether the town should be named Trois-Lacs, Apalone, Phénix or - wait for it - Jeffrey. Plus: on this National Cheeseburger Day, did you know there's an 1,800 pound burger on the menu at a place in Detroit?

By |2021-06-25T08:25:51-04:00September 18, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Why Does A Water Tower In Kentucky Say “Florence Y’All”? (Cool Weird Awesome 368)

What's In A Name Week continues with the story of a water tower in northern Kentucky that was supposed to be an advertisement, but ended up becoming a local landmark. Plus: we'll explain one version of how Chicken Dinner Road in Idaho got its name.

By |2021-03-31T08:19:26-04:00August 27, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , |

Canada Was Almost Named “Borealia” (Cool Weird Awesome 332)

Today is Canada Day, marking the 1867 confederation of three provinces then known as Canada, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. But Canada was only one name out of many that were suggested for the new country. Plus: this week got weird at several Canadian Tire stores, thanks to a computer glitch that made every item show up in the scanner as a Mr. Potato Head.

By |2021-06-28T11:53:46-04:00July 1, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

In Which Four Guys With The Same Name Start A Band (Cool Weird Awesome 261)

The Atlantic just did an interview with some musicians called the Paul O’Sullivan Band. There are four guys in the group: Paul O’Sullivan, Paul O’Sullivan, Paul O’Sullivan and (wait for it) Paul O’Sullivan.

By |2024-03-18T08:49:03-04:00March 18, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

What’s In A Baby Name? A Pop Song (Cool Weird Awesome 211)

All kinds of pop culture can lead to trends in baby names, but there’s research that shows that when a hit song has climbed up the pop charts, the same name starts climbing the list of baby names.

By |2024-01-08T10:20:21-05:00January 8, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |
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