The Minor League Baseball Game That Took Three Days To Play (Cool Weird Awesome 1224)

Today in 1981, the Pawtucket Red Sox and Rochester Red Wings started playing a minor league game, and it just kept going and going and going, eventually becoming the longest ever.

By |2024-04-18T08:54:12-04:00April 18, 2024|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

Baseball Player Ping Bodie Once Won An Eating Contest Against An Ostrich (Cool Weird Awesome 1213)

Today in 1919, one of the strangest moments in the history of professional baseball, when major leaguer Ping Bodie took on an ostrich in an eating contest and won.

How Ski Ballet Ended Up At The Olympics In The 80s And 90s (Cool Weird Awesome 1186)

Today in 1988 the Winter Olympics began in Calgary, Alberta. There were plenty of eyes that year on the demonstration sport known as ski ballet. 

By |2024-02-13T08:51:13-05:00February 13, 2024|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , , |

ELIZA Was An AI Chatbot Decades Before ChatGPT (Cool Weird Awesome 1183)

For all the talk these days about the potential of generative AI, the systems still have a long way to go. For example, some recent research finds that some human users think ChatGPT comes off as less realistic than a famous chatbot from the 60s known as ELIZA.

By |2024-02-08T08:45:42-05:00February 8, 2024|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Dogpiles Are How Baseball Teams Celebrate Big Wins And Sometimes Hurt Themselves (Cool Weird Awesome 1113)

Today in 1982, the World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals made baseball history with the first major league team-wide dogpile, in which players who are celebrating a big moment can sometimes inadvertently hurt each other.

By |2023-10-22T11:20:04-04:00October 20, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

A Shower Of Souvenir Baseballs Led To A Major League Forfeit (Cool Weird Awesome 1067)

Today in 1995 one of the most unusual endings to a big league baseball game ever: an umpire called a forfeit after the fans showered the field with souvenir baseballs.

By |2023-08-10T13:07:17-04:00August 10, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Kitty Burke Once Batted In A Major League Game (Cool Weird Awesome 1059)

Today in 1935, singer Kitty Burke got up from the crowd at a major league game and took an at-bat. To date, she's the only woman to bat in the majors. 

By |2023-07-31T10:03:37-04:00July 31, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

Dick Roth Won Olympic Gold While He Had Appendicitis (Cool Weird Awesome 1045)

It's National Swimming Pool Day, so here’s a story of a guy who had to get into the pool: Dick Roth, who won an Olympic gold medal while trying to fend off appendicitis.

By |2023-07-11T11:10:29-04:00July 11, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

Babe Ruth Once Pitched A Combined No-Hitter, At Least Technically (Cool Weird Awesome 1033)

Today in 1917, another milestone in the one-of-a-kind baseball career of Babe Ruth: he pitched part of a combined no-hitter, even if he didn’t exactly do the lion’s share of the work. 

By |2024-02-13T09:09:35-05:00June 23, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

Clarence Blethen, The Pitcher Who Got Bit By His Own False Teeth (Cool Weird Awesome 1020)

Today in 1933, truly a moment for the record books: a pitcher in a minor league baseball game got injured after being bitten by his own false teeth. 

By |2023-06-06T11:23:16-04:00June 6, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |
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