Anybody Can Be An Olympic Star, At Least In A Video Game (Cool Weird Awesome 585)

The Summer and Winter Games are typically held once every four years, but for decades the rest of us have been getting into the Olympic spirit through video games. Here are a few of the most unusual ones. Plus: the story of a fencing match that definitely could've only happened in the real world. 

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The Original Olympic Flag Went Missing For Over 70 Years (Cool Weird Awesome 583)

The original Olympic flag flew over the Games for the first time in 1920, in Antwerp, Belgium, but before it could be passed to the next host city, the “Antwerp flag” disappeared - for over seven decades. Plus: scientists have taught a robotic hand to play Super Mario Bros., because why wouldn't you? 

By |2021-07-28T08:18:30-04:00July 28, 2021|Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Comments Off on The Original Olympic Flag Went Missing For Over 70 Years (Cool Weird Awesome 583)

Keith Richards Started Writing “Satisfaction” In His Sleep (Cool Weird Awesome 531)

It was this week in 1965 that Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards got up in his sleep, started up a portable tape recorder, and recorded a guitar riff and an opening line that would soon be iconic: "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction." Here's more of how the song came together. Plus: if this year has left you stressed out, there's a new game that might help you find some calm. It's Literally Just Mowing is both the title and the premise. 

By |2021-05-07T09:11:39-04:00May 7, 2021|Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Comments Off on Keith Richards Started Writing “Satisfaction” In His Sleep (Cool Weird Awesome 531)

Pigs Can Be Video Gamers (Cool Weird Awesome 481)

It's true, a researcher at Purdue University and her team trained four pigs on how to use a joystick and play a video game. Pigs are pretty smart, after all. Plus: if you're in need of hugs these days but aren't able to get them safely from other humans, the robot named HuggieBot 2.0 might be able to help.

By |2021-02-22T08:32:02-05:00February 22, 2021|Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Comments Off on Pigs Can Be Video Gamers (Cool Weird Awesome 481)

What Do Video Game Playing Monkeys Have To Do With The Sunk Cost Fallacy? (Cool Weird Awesome 456)

The sunk-cost fallacy - when we keep at something even when it’s really not worth it anymore, just because we’ve already put so much time or effort in - is a part of human nature. But new research shows it's also a part of the nature of - this is the best part - video game playing monkeys. Plus: our first story on world records of 2021. Meet the world's largest spam musubi!

By |2021-07-30T08:40:35-04:00January 11, 2021|Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Comments Off on What Do Video Game Playing Monkeys Have To Do With The Sunk Cost Fallacy? (Cool Weird Awesome 456)

The Game Boy That Doesn’t Need Batteries (Cool Weird Awesome 376)

A research project has built a handheld device modeled on Nintendo's Game Boy that gets its power from solar panels and the energy created by pushing buttons - no batteries necessary. Plus: a programmer has recreated the classic video game Doom inside an electronic pregnancy test. Technology is pretty versatile, isn't it?

By |2021-06-28T11:52:26-04:00September 8, 2020|Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Comments Off on The Game Boy That Doesn’t Need Batteries (Cool Weird Awesome 376)

In The 1980s, You Downloaded Video Games Off The Radio (Cool Weird Awesome 337)

Today we download video games online all the time. Back in the 1980s, gamers without the Internet (such as it was) had to buy or borrow their games. But a few could download programs off the radio. Plus: there's a comet headed Earth's way, and it might make for some great viewing this month, or 6,000 years from now. Either one.

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Video Games Are Now Medically Necessary (Cool Weird Awesome 322)

Video games are now as artistically and technically challenging as any other art form. But now they've really leveled up: the FDA has just approved a video game-based treatment for ADHD. Plus: a school librarian in western Virginia just found a clever way to get books to her students while schools and libraries are closed.

By |2020-06-17T08:05:43-04:00June 17, 2020|Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Comments Off on Video Games Are Now Medically Necessary (Cool Weird Awesome 322)

How Oregon Trail Inspired A Generation To Learn About Dysentery (Cool Weird Awesome 184)

It was 48 years ago today that kids first got to play the video game Oregon Trail - the invention of three student teachers from Minnesota who ended up changing video game history without realizing it. Plus: a hospital in San Antonio, Texas marks the holiday season by sending all its December newborns home in red and white hats… and stockings!

By |2021-02-08T10:28:21-05:00December 3, 2019|Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Comments Off on How Oregon Trail Inspired A Generation To Learn About Dysentery (Cool Weird Awesome 184)
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