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: , , , , , |

Brooklyn Still Loves The Blackout Cake (Cool Weird Awesome 340)

Pastries come and go, but in Brooklyn, people still talk about the blackout cake from Ebinger's, a cake so beloved that when the bakery closed, people bought up cakes, kept them in their freezers and ate them only on special occasions. Plus: it's the birthday of Erno Rubik, so maybe someday visit the Rubik's Cube-themed hotel room in Houston, Texas.

Have Fun Storming The Augmented Reality Castle (Cool Weird Awesome 270)

There’s a website that shows seven sites on which European castles once stood - only partial structures now, but the site has filled the towers and other structures back in. Plus: the blare of a neighborhood car alarm gives Brooklyn musician Andrea Long Chu some inspiration.

By |2020-03-30T09:11:26-04:00March 30, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

“Ghost Signs” Show What Buildings Used To Be (Cool Weird Awesome 242)

If you’ve ever driven past a building and seen a faded advertisement on the side of the brick, or spotted a neon sign for a restaurant where a real estate office now sits, those are ghost signs. A new book called The Ghost Signs of NYC tours these signs and advertisements and tells the stories of how they got where they are. Plus: meet the world's largest paint ball!

By |2020-02-20T09:31:06-05:00February 20, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

The Only Headless Chicken With His Own Festival (Cool Weird Awesome 51)

We’re on the eve of this year’s biggest event in Fruita, Colorado - the Mike the Headless Chicken Festival, where people all gather to celebrate the miracle chicken who had his head chopped off, and carried on as if nothing had changed.

By |2021-03-05T09:58:33-05:00May 30, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

I’m Going Out For A Scent (Cool Weird Awesome 20)

Tired? Smoke breaks. Inspired? Scent breaks. Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh and Brown University are looking at whether pleasant smells can help curb cravings for nicotine.

By |2022-01-04T08:03:04-05:00April 17, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Pick up some Turkish Delight at Chester Arthur’s Manhattan Bachelor Pad

Kalustyan's describes itself as a "landmark for fine specialty foods," and that's true, because its building was once home to Chester Arthur.

By |2021-01-31T14:27:04-05:00August 29, 2013|Categories: Dead Presidents, Places, Travel|Tags: , |
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