When The New Year’s Ball Drop Is Over, New York City Gets Busy Cleaning Up Times Square (Cool Weird Awesome 1159)

Each year New York City hosts huge crowds hoping to see the famous ball drop. But once the giant party is done and the revelers have headed home, the giant cleanup effort begins. 

By |2024-01-12T09:47:20-05:00January 1, 2024|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

What Exactly Is A Calorie And Why Do So Many People Loathe Them Every January? (Cool Weird Awesome 685)

One of the classic changes people try to make at this time of year, for better or for worse, is trying to cut calories. But what are calories, exactly, and where did the measurement come from?

By |2024-01-03T09:29:16-05:00January 3, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Once Upon A Time, Human Ancestors Tried To Hibernate (Cool Weird Awesome 448)

A paleoanthrological study in the caves of Atapuerca, Spain, finds that hundreds of thousands of years ago, human ancestors tried something along the lines of hibernation, holing up in the caves for months during winter. It didn't go all that well, though.

By |2024-03-25T19:26:48-04:00December 31, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

When New Year’s Meant Going To The White House To Shake Hands With The President (Cool Weird Awesome 206)

For years, on New Year’s Day, Americans could go the White House and shake hands with the president. It's a tradition that went back to John Adams and the early days of the Executive Mansion. Plus: starting the new year by ending an old relationship? Meet the Breakup Lightbulb!

By |2024-01-01T10:29:38-05:00January 1, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |
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