Some People Are Sweet On Kool-Aid Pickles, But Others Have Soured On The Idea (Cool Weird Awesome 1239)

Today in 2007, the New York Times published a feature story on Kool Aid pickles, a sweet and sour treat that found some diehard fans in the southern US.

A Dog In The UK Saved Lives During The Blitz, Thanks To A Full Bladder (Cool Weird Awesome 1215)

This month in 1941, a dog in the UK became a hero in a very strange way, stopping a bomb by answering the call of nature.

By |2024-04-05T07:37:53-04:00April 5, 2024|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

In 1906, Chicago’s Newspapers Told Everybody The City Was Being Attacked By Dinosaurs (Cool Weird Awesome 1211)

It was probably more elaborate than your standard April Fools Day joke: today in 1906, the Chicago Tribune put together a two page "report," complete with pictures, about swarms of dinosaurs wrecking the city.

By |2024-04-01T07:42:22-04:00April 1, 2024|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

The UK Reality Show “Shattered” Was Essentially A Sleep Deprivation Contest On TV (Cool Weird Awesome 1163)

Twenty years ago today, Channel Four in the UK first aired "Shattered," a show where contestants tried to stay awake the longest to win a grand prize.

By |2024-01-04T09:09:56-05:00January 4, 2024|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

During The Burryman’s Parade, A Scottish Dude In A Suit Made Of Burrs Walks Around Drinking Whiskey (Cool Weird Awesome 1068)

The second Friday in August is an exciting time in the Scottish community of South Queensferrry. That’s when the town holds an event that takes some explaining: the Burryman’s Parade.

By |2023-08-11T07:38:31-04:00August 11, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

The Legend Of Blanche Heriot, Who Saved Her Love’s Life By Keeping A Bell From Ringing (Cool Weird Awesome 1009)

Today in 1455, it's said that the Wars of the Roses began in England. The civil wars over who should be king led to mostly battles but also the legendary story of Blanche Heriot, who found a creative way to keep her love from being executed.

By |2023-05-22T07:23:22-04:00May 22, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

How Insects, World War I, Golf Balls And Halloween Candy Helped Lead Us To Daylight Saving Time (Cool Weird Awesome 967)

Daylight Saving Time begins early this Sunday. People have been complaining about the time change, or the lack thereof, since it first came up. So how did it first come up?

By |2024-03-10T10:14:40-04:00March 10, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

The American Warship That Accidentally Launched A Torpedo At FDR (Cool Weird Awesome 887)

Today in 1943, a US Navy ship almost caused a gigantic tragedy, by inadvertently launching a torpedo at the president of the United States. Plus: this month in 1932, the UK’s Home Office got a complaint about ancient drawing known as the Cerne Abbas Giant and his “impassioned obscenity.”

By |2023-11-14T09:15:14-05:00November 14, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

The “Parcel Post Bank” Was Mailed To Its Construction Site, A Few Bricks At A Time (Cool Weird Awesome 882)

This day in 1916 was an important day in US Postal Service history - a rule change that came after the community of Vernal, Utah basically had a bank mailed to them, in installments of bricks.

By |2022-11-07T06:14:12-05:00November 7, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Each Year, London Pays Rent To The Crown For Land That’s… Somewhere (Cool Weird Awesome 863)

The UK has lots of traditions. Here's another one: once a year, sometime between about now and mid November, the city of London pays rent to the Crown for several pieces of land in what’s called the Ceremony of Quit Rents.

By |2022-10-11T09:13:53-04:00October 11, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |
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