7 09, 2023

Old Coffee Grounds Could Make Concrete Stronger, Greener, More Jittery (Cool Weird Awesome 1082)

By |2023-09-07T08:47:28-04:00September 7, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

If part of your morning routine involves caffeine in a cup, you may be interested to know about a new research project that uses coffee grounds to improve concrete.

9 03, 2023

When The Supreme Court Kind Of Ruled That An Airplane Wasn’t A Motor Vehicle (Cool Weird Awesome 966)

By |2023-03-09T07:51:59-05:00March 9, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Today in 1931, the US Supreme Court issued a ruling that seems to say that a guy who stole an airplane was not guilty of breaking the law against stealing motor vehicles. Though it’s actually a little more complicated than that.

6 03, 2023

For Michelangelo, Painting The Sistine Chapel Was Literally A Pain (Cool Weird Awesome 963)

By |2023-03-06T07:44:46-05:00March 6, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

Today in 1475 Michelangelo was born. One of his masterworks was the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, though if a poem he wrote about the job is to be believed, making all that great art was pretty painful. Plus: a series of portraits of every US president with a mullet.

5 12, 2022

Sarah Biffin, A 19th Century Painter “Without Hands” Who’s Getting 21st Century Recognition (Cool Weird Awesome 897)

By |2022-12-05T08:51:41-05:00December 5, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Today in 2019, the sale of a portrait by 19th Century English miniaturist Sarah Biffin, a renowned artist who was born without full arms or legs and whose life and work are the subject of an exhibition now running in London.

9 11, 2022

Piano Chords May Help Stop Chronic Nightmares (Cool Weird Awesome 884)

By |2022-11-09T09:05:44-05:00November 9, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

There's a new technique that could help people trying to fend off chronic nightmares - and it involves playing "neutral" piano chords at just the right times.

1 11, 2022

Repainting The White House Takes 570 Gallons Of Paint (Cool Weird Awesome 878)

By |2022-11-01T09:06:51-04:00November 1, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

Today in 1800, President John Adams first moved into the president's house, which, despite rumors to the contrary, was always a White House. Here's how it gets repainted.

8 08, 2022

Why So Many Old Paintings Have Dogs Holding Lit Flares In Their Mouths (Cool Weird Awesome 822)

By |2022-08-08T09:23:21-04:00August 8, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

There's a phenomenon in art history where some paintings feature dogs with lit flares in their mouths. They're not committing arson or leading Indiana Jones through a dark cave... but what are they doing?

16 02, 2022

“Mummy Brown” Was A Paint Made From Actual Mummies (Cool Weird Awesome 718)

By |2022-02-16T06:39:04-05:00February 16, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

Today in 1923, King Tut's tomb was opened and entered. That may not have been the afterlife the young pharaoh had hoped for, but it could have been worse: for centuries artists used a paint called Mummy Brown, which was made with actual mummy parts.

19 10, 2021

Pigeons Would Make Pretty Good Art Critics (Cool Weird Awesome 637)

By |2021-10-19T06:27:25-04:00October 19, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , |

Today in 2001 that a scientific journal published a study with an interesting name, which read in part: “Van Gogh, Chagall and pigeons." There's been a lot of research into how pigeons take in and process visual information, like art, and apparently it's pretty complex. Plus: in Detroit, a local news reporter does a story about a local skateboard park, and flawlessly rides a skateboard in the middle of his report! 

23 07, 2021

Some Olympians Won Medals For Painting And Shooting Cannons (Cool Weird Awesome 580)

By |2021-07-23T09:24:36-04:00July 23, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

For better or for worse, the Summer Olympics are finally here. We thought it would be a good time to look back at some of the lesser-known events in the history of the Games, like painting and cannon shooting. Plus: Tomas Gomez headed to the driving range just ahead of a storm, and his ball ended up getting hit by lightning. 

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