Winning The Nobel Prize Is Hard, Calling Someone To Tell Them They Won The Nobel Prize Can Also Be Hard (Cool Weird Awesome 1107)

Today in 2020, the Nobel Foundation tried to call a Stanford professor to tell him he'd won the Economics Prize... except that he was asleep with his phone in Sleep Mode! Fortunately they found a good workaround.

By |2023-10-12T06:46:02-04:00October 12, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Why Audiences Throw Things At The Stage, Though Obviously They Shouldn’t (Cool Weird Awesome 876)

Today in 1883, a bizarre headline in the New York Times: “Actor Demoralized By Tomatoes.” Why have audiences thrown tomatoes and other foods at performers?

By |2022-10-28T08:45:22-04:00October 28, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Farming Robots Are Weeding The Fields With Lasers (Cool Weird Awesome 875)

If you have fields, you almost certainly have weeds. Pulling them can take a lot of time or money, but farmers now have a new way to make that part of the job a lot easier: a weed-zapping robot that uses lasers.

By |2022-10-27T06:45:50-04:00October 27, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

The Microwave Oven Was Sort Of An Accident (Cool Weird Awesome 157)

Today is the anniversary of the day the first consumer microwave oven went on sale, back in 1955. But the microwave has roots that go back well before that, and it's at least in part a byproduct of radar technology from World War II. Plus: Los Alamos, New Mexico is trying to break a world record for simultaneous pumpkin carving.

By |2021-06-28T12:27:23-04:00October 25, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

It’s All Pumpkin Spice From Here On Out (Cool Weird Awesome 118)

Summer is through, which means the start of our annual time to consume and/or complain about products flavored with pumpkin spice. It was in the mid-90s that this blend of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice and cloves started its rise to power, and there's no stopping it now, really. Plus: did you know that hundreds of years ago pumpkin spice may have given us New York City?

By |2021-02-01T09:24:41-05:00September 2, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |
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