The “Lunch Atop A Skyscraper” Photo Was Originally A Publicity Stunt (Cool Weird Awesome 848)

Today in 1932, an unknown photographer took one of the most famous, most astonishing photographs of all time, the one known as “Lunch Atop A Skyscraper.” Here's more about how it happened.

By |2022-09-20T06:44:50-04:00September 20, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Harrison Dyar, Who Made Digging Tunnels In Washington, DC His Hobby (Cool Weird Awesome 845)

In September 1924, a truck accidentally discovered a series of tunnels underneath Washington DC. There were lots of rumors, but it turned out a local guy had just dug them himself, for "exercise." Here's his story.

By |2022-09-08T11:42:39-04:00September 8, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

A College Student In The 1890s Became The Candid Camera Of Norway (Cool Weird Awesome 831)

For National Photography Day, here’s a remarkable photographic story from the 1890s: a guy in Norway made his own candid camera.

By |2022-08-19T16:13:38-04:00August 19, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

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

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?

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

During World War I, Photographers Made A “Human Statue of Liberty” Out Of 18,000 Soldiers (Cool Weird Awesome 809)

This month in 1918, two photographers took a picture of the Statue of Liberty. Except this wasn’t the giant statue that sits in the harbor in New York, it was a living Statue of Liberty formed with help from 18,000 members of the U.S. military.

By |2022-07-13T08:56:48-04:00July 13, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

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: , , , |
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