William Mumler, The Photographer Who Had “Spirits” In His Pictures (Cool Weird Awesome 755)

Today in 1865, Abraham Lincoln went to Ford's Theater, and we all know how badly that ended. But five years later, William Mumler "photographed" the spirit of Honest Abe comforting his widow Mary Todd Lincoln. Here's the story of Mumler and his very controversial "spirit photography."

By |2022-04-14T08:38:19-04:00April 14, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Mary Patten, 19 Year Old Sea Captain (Cool Weird Awesome 749)

Today in 1837, the birthday of Mary Patten. She became a celebrity when she came along on a shipping trip led by her husband and ended up in charge of the ship. Plus: photographer Andrew McCarthy has put together a timelapse of the moon’s phases that shows its lunar libration, or sway, in all its glory.

By |2022-04-06T06:38:55-04:00April 6, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Need A Little Pain Relief? Nostalgia Can Help (Cool Weird Awesome 740)

According to a new study, remembering old times can actually be good for your health - in particular, it may help regulate our response to pain.

By |2022-03-24T08:59:21-04:00March 24, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

The Highly Photographic Life Of Frederick Douglass (Cool Weird Awesome 716)

Today is the assumed birth date in 1817 or 1818 of Frederick Douglass, who is known for his powerful writing and speeches, but was also probably the most photographed person of his time.

A Delicious Cookie With A Bad Name Won’t Taste As Sweet (Cool Weird Awesome 712)

Research from the Ohio State University just found that the [...]

By |2022-02-08T09:24:29-05:00February 8, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

A Liner Note Detective Wants The World To Know Something About The “London Calling” Cover Photo

The famous cover of The Clash's landmark album "London Calling" was taken on September 21, 1979, according to the liner notes. Except that Dave Marin, a concertgoer who was there when the photo was taken, has a concert stub that says September 20th. And he's spent decades trying to get the world to notice that the album credits are a day off. Plus: today in 1940, a bomb explodes in London, and the locals decide to turn the crater it left behind into something special. 

NestFlix Is The Internet’s Home For Shows Within Shows (Cool Weird Awesome 602)

Web developer/creator/artist Lynn Fisher's new project is NestFlix, a website that looks like a streaming service but features the fictional shows and movies that are within real world ones. Plus: the Potato Photographer of the Year gives us some unforgettable images. No small fries in this group. 

By |2021-08-31T07:53:05-04:00August 31, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

To Make “The Great Picture,” Artists Turned A Hangar Into A Pinhole Camera (Cool Weird Awesome 571)

Today in 2006, the largest photograph ever taken was released to the world. It’s known today as The Great Picture: 31 feet tall, 107 feet wide. Here's how it was taken. Plus: in Tokyo, a giant 3D screen outside a train station is featuring a giant 3D calico cat that stares down at the people several stories below.

By |2021-07-12T08:56:16-04:00July 12, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , |

Why Are Clocks More Accurate The Hotter They Are? (Cool Weird Awesome 540)

Time is a funny thing, and measuring time can get pretty wild too. The proof is a study out of the UK that finds clocks that use more energy, and give off more heat, are also more accurate. Plus: a book of photos by Rumi Ando showcases Tokyo, but with its signs, cables, doors and windows removed. 

By |2021-05-20T08:42:31-04:00May 20, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Waterways Could Get Extra Clean After They’re Cleaned By These Drones (Cool Weird Awesome 512)

A device in Denmark, WasteShark, has been roaming through water to scoop up floating debris. Now it's going to have a flying companion drone to help spot waste and maybe even clean up oil spills. Plus: photographer Nancy Floyd has been taking self-portraits and other images, structured the same way, day after day since 1982, to show the passage of time. Talk about playing the long game. 

By |2021-04-05T08:31:58-04:00April 5, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |
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