A Sprained Ankle Helped Bring Pippi Longstocking To The World (Cool Weird Awesome 742)

Today in 1944, Astrid Lindgren of Stockholm, Sweden fell on ice and sprained her ankle. While stuck in bed, she decided to write down some stories she'd been telling her daughter, stories that would lead to one of the most popular children's book series of all time.

By |2022-03-28T09:16:18-04:00March 28, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

The 1904 Men’s Marathon Was The Weirdest Olympic Race Ever (Cool Weird Awesome 581)

The men's marathon at the 1904 Olympics could have won a gold medal for biggest trainwreck in Summer Games history. Here's how dirt, dehydration, dogs and more helped make this as bizarre a run as they get. But then the 1904 Games were strange for several other reasons as well. We'll explain why. 

By |2021-07-26T09:37:32-04:00July 26, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Jessica Anderson, A Record-Setting Marathon-Running Nurse (Cool Weird Awesome 524)

Today in 2019 a runner in the London Marathon set a world record, though it wasn’t recognized as such right away. Here's the story of Jessica Anderson, who was looking to break the world record for fastest marathon run in a nurse’s uniform. Plus: NoseID lets people scan their dogs' one-of-a-kind nose prints into their system, and if the dogs get away, someone else can scan their noses to figure out who they are and reunite them with their people.

By |2021-04-28T08:39:23-04:00April 28, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

In The 1920s There Was A Footrace From Los Angeles To New York (Cool Weird Awesome 489)

On this day in 1928, the start of the Trans-America Foot Race, aka the "Bunion Derby," in which about 200 runners in Los Angeles set out to run all the way to New York City. Only 55 of them made it through the entire grueling route, which could be called a spectacle, boondoggle and landmark all at once. Plus: in honor of Vermont becoming a state today in 1791, a look at the state's famous Long Trail hike from one end to the other.

By |2021-03-04T08:10:44-05:00March 4, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

She Ran A Marathon While Pushing A Triple Stroller Full Of Kids (Cool Weird Awesome 89)

Lots of parents multitask but Cynthia Arnold is completely off the charts, having just run the Missoula Marathon while pushing a triple stroller containing her three kids.

By |2019-07-23T12:53:07-04:00July 23, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |
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