Little Leaguer Katie Brownell Once Struck Out Every Batter In An Entire Game (Cool Weird Awesome 536)

Today in 2005, an 11 year old pitcher in upstate New York, Katie Brownell, brought her A-game to the Little League field. She not only pitched a perfect game, she struck out all 18 batters she faced! Plus: Houston's famous Art Car Parade is back this weekend. 

By |2021-09-28T06:56:58-04:00May 14, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Harriet Quimby, The Pilot Who Became “Queen of the Channel Crossing” (Cool Weird Awesome 533)

Today in 1875, aviation pioneer Harriet Quimby was born. She isn't as well known as Amelia Earhart or Bessie Coleman but, as the first woman to fly across the English Channel, she definitely made an impact. Plus: on Minnesota's birthday, a look at a fact you might not know about its famous state fair. 

Violet Jessop Lived Through Three Shipwrecks, Including The Titanic (Cool Weird Awesome 519)

One of the more than 700 survivors of the sinking of RMS Titanic was Violet Jessop, a stewardess who helped passengers get into lifeboats and wait for rescue. Amazingly, Jessop had been in one shipwreck before that, and would go on to be in another. Plus: today marks 100 years since the death of the man who patented the Ouija board. His tombstone pays special tribute to his contribution.

Evelyn Berezin And Her Word Processor Brought The Computer Age Closer To Everybody (Cool Weird Awesome 517)

Today is the birthday of Evelyn Berezin, whose inventions include the first computer-based word processor, the first computerized airline reservations system, and so much more that so many of us use regularly today. Plus: artist Nadia Gonegaï has made the Portrait Urn, a pretty special way to remember someone special. 

By |2021-04-12T09:34:57-04:00April 12, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

“Stagecoach” Mary Fields, Montana’s One-Of-A-Kind Mail Carrier (Cool Weird Awesome 496)

Mary Fields was the first Black woman to receive a Post Office contract to deliver the mail, and in the Wild West, no less. Here's a little more about a pioneer who definitely made some history. Plus: the story of a sibling who found a practical use for her identical twin.

By |2021-03-15T08:45:15-04:00March 15, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , |

The Time Kate Warne, America’s First Female Detective, Saved Abraham Lincoln’s Life (Cool Weird Awesome 482)

Today in 1861, President-elect Abraham Lincoln arrived in Washington, having been snuck into the city to avoid a plot against his life in Baltimore. Kate Warne, the first women detective in America, was key to getting him there safely. Plus: Alex Trebek's family has donated some of the late Jeopardy! host's suits for a very fitting cause.

By |2021-02-23T08:15:33-05:00February 23, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Milicent Patrick Gave The Black Lagoon Its Creature (Cool Weird Awesome 480)

Today is the anniversary of the release in 1954 of the classic monster movie “Creature From The Black Lagoon.” The woman who designed the creature, Milicent Patrick, was almost forgotten, but film lovers and fans have been working to make sure her story is told. Plus: for those who find working from home isn't really working, Japan has a solution that's increasingly popular: an office-in-a-box known as a Telecube.

By |2021-02-12T09:22:11-05:00February 12, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

Ada Lovelace Was The First Computer Programmer, And Almost The First Computer Musician (Cool Weird Awesome 438)

Today's the birthday of Ada Lovelace, known as the first computer programmer. She also dreamed up the idea of generating music through a computer program, so if you've ever made music with a synthesizer, you're following in her footsteps. Plus: today's the anniversary of the day Wyoming passed its first-of-a-kind law guaranteeing women could vote and hold office.

By |2020-12-10T09:51:53-05:00December 10, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

Emma Gatewood Hiked The Appalachian Trail Three Times, And Not Quite “Just For The Heck Of It” (Cool Weird Awesome 421)

On National Take A Hike Day, we salute Emma "Grandma" Gatewood, who, in her 60s, became the first woman to hike the entire Appalachian Trail. Plus: on National Homemade Bread Day, we salute Pham Thi Bac's enormous bread loaves in Vietnam.

By |2021-02-08T10:34:46-05:00November 17, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

The Woman Who Got Her Lawmaker Son To Cast The Deciding Vote For Women’s Suffrage (Cool Weird Awesome 361)

One hundred years ago today Tennessee became the 36th and deciding state to approve the 19th amendment to the Constitution. That's due to Febb Ensminger Burn, who lobbied her 24 year old in the Tennessee legislature to "be a good boy" and vote for women's suffrage. Plus: scientists in South Korea have developed a super-fast robotic tongue, just in case we might need one.

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