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: , , , , , |

Central Park’s Almost-Forgotten Tribute To Women Veterans Of World War I (Cool Weird Awesome 417)

We've dedicated statues, memorial walls, works of art, plaques, flags, bridges, roads and more to those who have served in the military. Here's the story of a living memorial in New York's Central Park to women who gave their lives while serving in World War I, that was almost forgotten over decades and generations, and how it was rediscovered in our time.

By |2020-11-11T08:42:49-05:00November 11, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

An Art Project Is Taking Photos Over A Thousand Years (Cool Weird Awesome 373)

The strangeness of this year has been messing with our internal clocks and our sense of how days, weeks and months go. But sometimes it's good to rethink how we understand time, like though Tahoe Timescape, a project to take photographs over one thousand years. Plus: New York City is where King Kong ran wild in the movies, but a new statue could help rebuild the relationship between NYC and big apes.

By |2021-05-20T08:54:16-04:00September 3, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |
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