Before There Was Halloween Trick-Or-Treating, There Was The Thanksgiving Ragamuffin Parade (Cool Weird Awesome 1132)

Happy Thanksgiving! Back in the early days of this American holiday, kids would dress up in costumes and go door to door, asking for treats. It was known as the Ragamuffin Parade.

By |2023-11-23T16:43:12-05:00November 23, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

During The Burryman’s Parade, A Scottish Dude In A Suit Made Of Burrs Walks Around Drinking Whiskey (Cool Weird Awesome 1068)

The second Friday in August is an exciting time in the Scottish community of South Queensferrry. That’s when the town holds an event that takes some explaining: the Burryman’s Parade.

By |2023-08-11T07:38:31-04:00August 11, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

Ora Washington, The “Queen Of Two Courts,” Ruled Tennis And Basketball Alike (Cool Weird Awesome 956)

For National Play Tennis Day, the story of Ora Washington, one of the great early stars of women's tennis who also happened to be one of the great early stars of women's basketball.

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 |2023-11-25T11:05:15-05:00November 25, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Little Leaguer Katie Brownell Once Struck Out Every Batter In An Entire Game (Cool Weird Awesome 536)

Today in 2005, an 11 year old pitcher in upstate New York, Katie Brownell, brought her A-game to the Little League field. She not only pitched a perfect game, she struck out all 18 batters she faced! Plus: Houston's famous Art Car Parade is back this weekend. 

By |2024-04-03T08:20:23-04:00May 14, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

When The Macy’s Parade Rickrolled Thanksgiving (Cool Weird Awesome 428)

It really happened! On Thanksgiving 2008, a float in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade came to a halt, there was a record scratch, and none other than Rick Astley came out to perform "Never Gonna Give You Up." Plus: a pianist in Thailand is never going to give up his very unusual audience.

By |2023-11-23T17:04:40-05:00November 26, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

When A 19 Year Old Drummer Got Onstage With The Who (Cool Weird Awesome 424)

On this day in 1973, the Who's drummer, Keith Moon, collapsed and had to be taken to the hospital. Amazingly, the band chose a 19 year old from the crowd, Scot Halpin, to fill in for the rest of the show. Plus: this year's Pasadena Doo Dah Parade isn't just irreverent, it's irreverent and virtual!

By |2023-11-20T06:11:37-05:00November 20, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

Turn Used Cooking Oil Into Raw Material For 3D Printers (Cool Weird Awesome 256)

Researchers at the University of Toronto have an idea: maybe the old cooking oil from fast food chains could have new life as resin for 3D printers. Plus: this weekend in Mansfield, Texas, it’s the one and only Pickle Parade!

By |2023-11-14T09:32:03-05:00March 11, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , |
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