A California Artist Once Helped Drivers By Adding His Own Road Sign To The Highway (Cool Weird Awesome 1070)

This month in 2001, a self-described “sign guy” decided to solve an issue on southern California highways by adding his own road sign. 

By |2023-08-22T06:59:37-04:00August 22, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

Moss And Tracy Hills, The Cruise Ship Musicians Who Saved Hundreds From A Sinking Ship (Cool Weird Awesome 1063)

Today in 1991, the luxury cruise ship Oceanos sank while traveling around the coast of South Africa. Fortunately everyone who was on that ship survived, and, surprisingly, the people who made sure everyone made it to safety were the ship’s musicians. 

By |2023-08-04T08:39:08-04:00August 4, 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 “McBarge” Was A Floating Wonderland Of Fast Food (Cool Weird Awesome 889)

It's National Fast Food Day, and here's the story of an uncommon fast food restaurant: the Friendship 500, a floating McDonald's restaurant in the 80s nicknamed the "McBarge."

By |2023-11-16T10:58:57-05:00November 16, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

How Sunken Ships Wound Up In Farm Fields (Cool Weird Awesome 842)

Today in 1856, the steamboat Arabia sank in a river - and it wouldn't be seen again until 1988, when it showed up in a cornfield in Kansas. We'll explain how sometimes ships lost at sea are found somewhere else.

By |2024-02-16T08:06:18-05:00September 5, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

Going For A Walk Could Generate Wind Power (Cool Weird Awesome 390)

A small device created in China could turn anyone of out for a walk (and probably their dogs, too) into small scale power plants, just from the breeze they cause by walking! It's all thanks to what's called triboelectricity. Plus: a Swedish company wants to create OceanBird, a full-size cargo ship that runs on wind power.

By |2020-09-28T08:16:35-04:00September 28, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Underwater Cleaning Robots Can Lower Cargo Ships’ Emissions (Cool Weird Awesome 263)

This sounds bonkers, but apparently a robotic cleaning system called HullSkater can remove bio-gunk off the hulls of ships, helping them reduce their carbon footprints.

By |2024-01-12T09:54:10-05:00March 20, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |
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