Carlton Fisk’s Home Run Wave Changed TV Sports, But It Almost Didn’t Get Filmed At All (Cool Weird Awesome 639)

Today in 1975, game 6 of the World Series between the Cincinnati Reds and the Boston Red Sox. The iconic clip of Carlton Fisk waving his game-winning home run fair was caught by the camera kind of by accident. Plus: a couple in the UK gets a ticket because a traffic camera caught their car driving in the bus-only lane, except that they weren't in the bus-only lane. Or in a car. Or in that city. 

There’s A Farm In The Middle Of A British Highway (Cool Weird Awesome 601)

Stott Hall Farm is an unusual place; on either side of the place, there's the UK's M62 highway. We'll explain how it happened. Plus: a couple in Texas bought a plot of land, spent years building a house there, and then got a knock on the door from the actual landowners, explaining that there'd been a mix-up. 

By |2021-08-30T08:54:42-04:00August 30, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

The Guy Who Traded A Paper Clip And Ended Up With A House (Cool Weird Awesome 573)

This week in 2005, Kyle MacDonald of Montreal had a red paperclip. This week in 2006, MacDonald had traded away the paperclip, and, after a few more trades, ended up with a house. Plus: over in the UK, some small towns have traded out the phones in some of their big red phone boxes for a new use. 

By |2021-07-14T08:47:43-04:00July 14, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Elizabeth Prettejohn, The Last Person In Hallsands Village (Cool Weird Awesome 467)

On this day in 1917, a massive storm destroyed most of the small village of Hallsands, in southern England. Nearly everyone in town moved away after that, but one resident, Elizabeth Prettejohn, stayed for the rest of her life, until the mid 1960s. Plus: why a university in Melbourne, Australia has an upside-down statue.

By |2021-08-04T16:16:45-04:00January 26, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

A Guy Taking An Online Class May Have Made An Archaeological Find (Cool Weird Awesome 295)

Chris Sedden was looking at scans of a site near where he lived, and spotted something “a bit odd, and a bit round.” It might be a lost henge! Plus: the community of Dorset finds a way to hold the annual "knob"-eating contest even while everyone's staying home.

By |2020-05-11T07:41:25-04:00May 11, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

The Most Powerful Cat May Be The One At 10 Downing Street (Cool Weird Awesome 91)

Whenever a new Prime Minister takes office in the UK, the first question many people ask is: what happens to the cat living at the official residence at 10 Downing Street? We'll look at some of the most famous felines to ever hold the title Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office.

By |2021-08-03T09:35:40-04:00July 25, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |
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