The New York Mets Once Made A Mule Their Mascot (Cool Weird Awesome 874)

It's National Mule Day, so it's a great day to celebrate a mule who singlehandedly… showed up at some Major League Baseball games. Here's the story of the official mule mascot of the New York Mets.

By |2022-10-26T07:56:06-04:00October 26, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The United Nations Is Home To The World’s Countries, And Bees (Cool Weird Awesome 872)

It's United Nations Day, and UN headquarters in New York City is a pretty interesting place if you like geopolitics, world history or beekeeping. Here's a closer look at the UN's own beehives.

By |2022-10-24T06:48:16-04:00October 24, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

The “Lunch Atop A Skyscraper” Photo Was Originally A Publicity Stunt (Cool Weird Awesome 848)

Today in 1932, an unknown photographer took one of the most famous, most astonishing photographs of all time, the one known as “Lunch Atop A Skyscraper.” Here's more about how it happened.

By |2022-09-20T06:44:50-04:00September 20, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

New York City Used To Deliver Mail Through Pneumatic Tubes (Cool Weird Awesome 798)

Today in 2006, Alaska Senator Ted Stevens famously told his colleagues that the Internet was not a dumptruck, it was a series of tubes, figuratively speaking. But here’s a story about some literal tubes that New York City once used to deliver mail.

By |2022-06-28T09:11:14-04:00June 28, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Molly Williams Was A New York Firefighter Before There Was a New York Fire Department (Cool Weird Awesome 764)

For International Firefighters Day, it's the story of Molly Williams, an enslaved Black woman who became the first known woman firefighter, and the first Black firefighter, in the United States. Plus: on the anniversary of Rhode Island declaring independence, a visit to one of the state's most unusual attractions. 

Wanda And Jamal, The Best Accidental Thanksgiving Friends Ever (Cool Weird Awesome 664)

For some people it can be hard to think of anything to be thankful for in this screwy year. But maybe this can help: the story of Wanda Dench and Jamal Hinton, who accidentally ended up together on Thanksgiving and became good friends. Plus: a rainy Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade leads to a very weird situation for one of the iconic giant balloons. 

By |2021-11-25T07:53:26-05:00November 25, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Massachusetts Is Putting Solar Panels On Highway Sound Barriers (Cool Weird Awesome 656)

There are countless efforts underway to bring more green energy into the world, and some of them are in some unusual places. Like a project in Massachusetts that’s going to try mounting solar panels on those sound-absorbing barriers on the sides of the highway. Plus: today in 1859, New York City is host to what's believed to be the first ever baseball game between two Black teams. 

By |2021-11-15T06:39:59-05:00November 15, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

In A Million Years, Earth Could Be Home To Some Weird Creatures (Cool Weird Awesome 652)

Vox recently asked scientists what they thought Earth life might be like in a million years. And the answers are pretty wild. Plus: today's the first day of a City Climb at Edge, a program in New York City where thrillseekers can climb until they’re close to the top of a skyscraper, over 1,200 feet up.

By |2021-11-09T06:54:24-05:00November 9, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

The Parachuting Beavers Of ‘48 (Cool Weird Awesome 514)

On this day in 1948, Idaho Fish and Game moved beavers to a new habitat in a very unusual way: they had the beavers parachute into the wilderness! We'll explain how they did it. Plus: a new map of New York City's most notable trees helps people find some unique green space even in the big city.

By |2021-04-07T09:07:05-04:00April 7, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |
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