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: , , , , , , , |

Margaret Abbott Won Olympic Gold Even Though She Didn’t Know She Was In The Olympics (Cool Weird Awesome 858)

Today in 1900, Margaret Abbott became the first American woman to win an Olympic title, even though she didn’t know she was in the Olympics.

Waiters In Paris Once Went On Strike Over Mustaches (Cool Weird Awesome 753)

This month in 1907 waiters in Paris went on strike. Yes, they wanted better pay and improved working conditions, but their most high profile demand: they wanted the right to grow mustaches.

By |2024-04-12T07:13:26-04:00April 12, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

High Jumper Dick Fosbury’s Biggest Win Was Also A Flop (Cool Weird Awesome 638)

Today in 1968, a high jumper from Oregon, Dick Fosbury, changed his sport forever by winning gold with an unusual jumping motion now known as the Fosbury Flop. Plus: today in 2018, passengers on a bus in Paris refused to make room for a rider using a wheelchair. So the bus driver made room. 

Here’s What Else Could Have Been Built Where The Eiffel Tower Now Stands (Cool Weird Awesome 509)

Today in 1889, the Eiffel Tower was dedicated and opened, but it was only one of hundreds of ideas for what should be built there. And some of the other proposed designs were wild. Plus: a new device would be able to extract water from the air wherever the user already is.

By |2024-03-31T09:31:23-04:00March 31, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Jim Haynes Brought Everybody To Sunday Dinner (Cool Weird Awesome 501)

A bonus episode of Cool Weird Awesome for the people who make the show possible, on our second birthday! Today we tell the story of a man who was all about getting people together. Over 40+ years, Jim Haynes brought thousands and thousands of people to his place in Paris to have Sunday dinner and mingle together.

By |2024-03-21T08:52:36-04:00March 21, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: |

The “Vantafish” Is A Fish That Absorbs Light (Cool Weird Awesome 344)

Vantablack is a color that's so black it absorbs almost all of the light nearby. There's new research out about a "vantafish" that does almost the same thing to avoid its hungry bioluminescent neighbors. Plus: you've heard of drive-in theaters; Paris is going to have a "float-in" theater featuring "socially distanced boats" on the Seine.

By |2024-03-13T07:50:21-04:00July 17, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Radio Saved The Eiffel Tower (Cool Weird Awesome 271)

The Eiffel Tower was only supposed to stand in Paris for 20 years... but experiments in "wireless telegraphy" helped convince the powers that be to keep the tower in place.

By |2024-04-30T07:29:44-04:00March 31, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

The Long Lost Heads of Notre Dame (Cool Weird Awesome 19)

If you’re mourning Notre Dame cathedral today, well, you’re not the only one.  Here’s a story from its long history that might make you feel a little more hopeful.

By |2024-04-16T10:30:46-04:00April 16, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , |
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