The Fabric With A Built-In Cooling System (Cool Weird Awesome 351)

Maybe everyone in junior high was right: the clothes you wear really can make you cool! At least if those clothes are the new fabric developed in China with a kind of cooling system embedded inside. Plus: it's National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day, so let's find out about the largest chocolate chip cookie of all time.

By |2020-08-04T06:31:31-04:00August 4th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

The World’s Fair Is Where America Learned To Love The Banana (Cool Weird Awesome 314)

It was on this day in 1876 that the U.S. first fell in love with the banana, when it was introduced at the World's Fair in Philadelphia. Though, back then, eating a banana was quite a bit different than it is today. Plus: on National Doughnut Day, we mark the moment in 2012 when festival-goers in Ukraine proved doughnuts were as good for art as they were for snack time.

By |2020-06-05T08:19:53-04:00June 5th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

The College With Its Own Doll Collection (Cool Weird Awesome 294)

Colleges and students are trying to make the best of the current difficulties - like with virtual commencement ceremonies, for example. But there are still some traditions that are hard to replicate online, like Meredith College's annual presentation of a class doll at the end of the year.

By |2020-05-08T08:20:19-04:00May 8th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Jigsaw Puzzles, A Geographic Teaching Tool Turned Global Phenomenon (Cool Weird Awesome 293)

There's been a surge in popularity for jigsaw puzzles lately - not bad for an idea that was originally meant to teach kids in London about the countries of Europe. Plus: today marks the 10th anniversary of the world record for the largest group hug. Anyone want to try to break that record next year?

By |2020-05-07T07:38:17-04:00May 7th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Lego Bricks Could Last Longer Than A Millennium (Cool Weird Awesome 272)

Researchers have been studying LEGO longevity! Don't put them in the ocean, because they could last hundreds or even thousands of years - instead, maybe build something really cool to share with future generations. Plus: there's a new world record in the category of most walnuts cracked by an elbow in under a minute. Yes, that's a category.

By |2020-04-01T10:09:50-04:00April 1st, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

The Motorcycling Sisters Who Rode For The RIght To Vote (Cool Weird Awesome 268)

It's the birthday of Augusta Van Buren, who joined her sister Adeline for a cross-country motorcycle trip in 1916 to win support for the suffragist movement. And what a trip it was. Plus: if you're one of the many people stocking up on bathroom tissue these days, note that the largest roll ever made is in Missouri - but it's not for sale.

This Program Can Make You Invisible On A Webcam (Cool Weird Awesome 246)

Disappearing People is a computer program that can make us invisible on our computer’s cameras! Plus: the story of something that cannot be unseen, the world record longest salami.

By |2020-02-26T06:43:03-05:00February 26th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |