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: , , , , , |

How The Hula Hoop Got The World Up And Moving (Cool Weird Awesome 490)

Today in 1963 the Hula Hoop was patented, although by that point it had already become a worldwide phenomenon. And toy hoops go way, way back even before the toys we know today first became popular. Plus: how a very unusual photographer won the Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition.

By |2021-03-05T07:59:51-05:00March 5, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Madagascar Will Be Home To The World’s First 3D-Printed School (Cool Weird Awesome 476)

Building new schools can take lots of time and money, but a new initiative has developed a construction method using 3D printing that they say can put an entire classroom together in a week or less. Plus: a new photo project is recreating great images from fine art and pop culture, but with all the people and characters replaced by hot dogs!

By |2021-02-08T09:28:43-05:00February 8, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Sanford And Son Was Such A Hit, Its Star Briefly Walked Out And It Kept Going (Cool Weird Awesome 459)

It was today in 1972 that NBC first broadcast one of the most memorable sitcoms in TV history, “Sanford and Son." Here's a few facts about the show and its star, Redd Foxx. Plus: photographer Mike Mayou went out with a drone-mounted camera in Minnesota to catch the sunset but got something even more amazing.

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