Sunlight Plus Salt Water Equals A Cooling System (Cool Weird Awesome 624)

A project out of a Saudi university has built a cooling system that uses salt, water and heat from sunlight, but not electricity. Plus: one of the finalists for induction into the National Toy Hall of Fame is sand. Just sand. 

By |2021-09-30T06:36:46-04:00September 30, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

How The Hula Hoop Got The World Up And Moving (Cool Weird Awesome 490)

Today in 1963 the Hula Hoop was patented, although by that point it had already become a worldwide phenomenon. And toy hoops go way, way back even before the toys we know today first became popular. Plus: how a very unusual photographer won the Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition.

By |2021-03-05T07:59:51-05:00March 5, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

The Slinky Was Invented By Accident, But What An Accident It Was (Cool Weird Awesome 429)

Today is the traditional start of the holiday shopping season, and it's the day the Slinky, which has been given as a gift countless times over the years, first became a phenomenon, even though it was invented by accident. Plus: it's been about 50 years since wild turkeys returned to New Hampshire, and it was all part of a wildlife trade with West Virginia!

By |2020-11-27T07:27:35-05:00November 27, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

The Rubik’s Cube Was A Maddening Puzzle For Decades, But Not For Speedcubers (Cool Weird Awesome 226)

The Rubik's Cube first came to a toy fair in London 40 years ago today. I have never finished one, but the enthusiasts known as speedcubers can now solve an entire cube in seconds. Plus: did you know that Horshack from "Welcome Back Kotter" did the voice on the Rubik's Cube cartoon show?

By |2021-06-28T12:23:32-04:00January 29, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

The Story Of How Frisbees Flew Into Millions Of People’s Hands – And Hearts (Cool Weird Awesome 222)

Today's the birthday of one of the great toys of our time: the Frisbee. Though if the man who put that toy into millions of hands had his way, it would’ve been called the Pluto Platter. Plus: on this National Pie Day, head to Rockland, Maine for the 16th Annual Pies on Parade Gala.

By |2021-04-01T08:42:12-04:00January 23, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Five Little-Known Facts About Jesus We Learned From Action Figures

Mark 9:23 does indeed say "all things are possible to him who believeth," but I'm pretty sure that doesn't mean we're intended to believeth in a savior with glowing hands or robot eyes who has an office in the East Wing of the White House.

By |2020-09-15T10:23:04-04:00July 30, 2009|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |
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