Some American Hockey Players Develop Canadian-Ish Accents (Cool Weird Awesome 1249)

There’s some linguistic research that suggests that American hockey players sometimes start to sound more like Canadians as their hockey careers continue.

By |2024-05-31T09:01:43-04:00May 31, 2024|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

When France And Spain Had A “War Of The Stop Signs” (Cool Weird Awesome 1243)

It wasn't an actual war, but in the 1980s France and Spain were in a pretty serious dispute over stop signs placed on a road between a little Spanish enclave in southwestern France and the rest of Spain.

By |2024-05-15T08:52:28-04:00May 15, 2024|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

There’s A Plastic-Free Food Wrap You Kind Of Spray On (Cool Weird Awesome 820)

Plastic food wrap is useful stuff, but not eco-friendly. Now Rutgers University has a green alternative, and it’s not exactly wrap. You kind of spray it on.

By |2022-07-28T10:55:50-04:00July 28, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Colorful Crosswalks May Be Safer Crosswalks (Cool Weird Awesome 767)

A new study finds colorful painted murals around, or in place of, traditional striped crosswalks may cause drivers to yield more around pedestrians and keep them safe.

By |2024-05-09T08:02:40-04:00May 9, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

The Face Masks Of Today Could Become The Roads Of Tomorrow (Cool Weird Awesome 477)

Millions of people are wearing masks these days to protect themselves and others. And researchers in Australia have found a way to reuse those single-use, disposable masks to make new roads. Plus: it's National Pizza Day, so here's a very geometry-heavy way to slice up a pizza and still make it equal for two eaters.

By |2023-12-28T09:24:48-05:00February 9, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

Why Does A Water Tower In Kentucky Say “Florence Y’All”? (Cool Weird Awesome 368)

What's In A Name Week continues with the story of a water tower in northern Kentucky that was supposed to be an advertisement, but ended up becoming a local landmark. Plus: we'll explain one version of how Chicken Dinner Road in Idaho got its name.

By |2021-03-31T08:19:26-04:00August 27, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , |

Bouncy Pavement Could Be Safer Pavement (Cool Weird Awesome 278)

Falls on hard pavement can be very, very dangerous for some of us. That's why a research group called SAFERUP is trying to make safer, bouncier pavement.

By |2024-04-16T10:28:42-04:00April 16, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Recycled Milk Bottles Apparently Make Great Road Surfaces (Cool Weird Awesome 208)

In South Africa, a construction company has started producing and using a more eco-friendly asphalt that contains plastic pellets that come from recycled milk bottles. Plus: meet a mayor in Texas who’s bringing a VERY fresh perspective to the job.

By |2024-01-03T09:26:04-05:00January 3, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |
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