Pennies Were First Used Back When A Penny Was Worth Something, By Golly (Cool Weird Awesome 960)

Today in 1793, the U.S. Mint issued its first circulating coins, which were one-cent pieces. Here's a little bit about how we got the penny and some of its most memorable designs.

By |2024-03-01T08:52:46-05:00March 1, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Clara MacBeth, The Queen Of Cruise Ships, Spent Decades At Sea (Cool Weird Awesome 942)

Today is Take A Cruise Day. Cruise ships aren’t for everybody, but some of us really take to them, especially Clara MacBeth, who spent entire decades on cruise ships sailing around the world.

By |2023-02-03T06:33:23-05:00February 3, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

The Time Chicago Had To Be Raised Fourteen Feet

Today in 1837 an act to incorporate the city of Chicago passed. A decade or two later, thousands of workers helped raise many of its buildings up 14 feet to make way for a badly needed wastewater and stormwater system.

By |2022-03-04T06:26:49-05:00March 4, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

The Muffler Men And Uniroyal Gals Of Route 66 (Cool Weird Awesome 526)

Today is the day in 1926 that Route 66 got its name. The interstate highway may not be the only one of its kind, but it's certainly the one with the most memorable roadside attractions - including the giant fiberglass sculptures known as Muffler Men and Uniroyal Gals. Plus: there’s a sculpture contest this weekend at Baltimore’s American Visionary Art Museum - the Honey, I Shrunk The Kinetic Sculpture Race!

By |2021-04-30T09:24:13-04:00April 30, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

Running The Mars Rover From Home Is The Coolest Remote Work Ever (Cool Weird Awesome 282)

Like people in other industries who have the means to do so, the scientists who operate the Curiosity Rover are working away from their office at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in southern California. Though technically when you run a craft that's on another planet, you're always working remotely. Plus: artist Greg Olijnyk makes intricate sculptures of robots, telescopes, ships and more out of plain old cardboard.

By |2024-02-28T08:59:34-05:00April 22, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Will Kryptos, The Unsolvable CIA Puzzle Sculpture, Finally Be Solved? (Cool Weird Awesome 230)

Kryptos is a puzzle sculpture that’s been on the grounds of CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia since 1990. Three of its four coded messages have been solved - and now we have a clue that might reveal the fourth. Plus: the story of the J.W. Westcott II, the only ship that has its own ZIP code.

By |2024-02-19T09:31:04-05:00February 4, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |
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