Cool Weird Awesome with Brady Carlson

Brady Carlson

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Three minutes each weekday of cool facts, weird news and awesome discoveries with Brady Carlson. Back us at http://patreon.com/bradycarlson Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/coolweirdawesome/support

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We Could Soon Do Ultrasounds Through A Wearable Patch

Researchers at MIT have created a high-tech device that’s about one square inch in size and just a few millimeters thick, and can do ultrasounds for as long as 48 hours. Plus: today in South Haven, Michigan, it’s day one of the National Blueberry Festival. This Stamp-Sized Ultrasound Patch Can Image Internal Organs https://www.wired.com/story/this-stamp-sized-ultrasound-patch-can-image-internal-organs/ (WIRED) The National Blueberry Festival  https://www.blueberryfestival.com Our Patreon backers make our show high-tech  https://www.patreon.com/Bradycarlson --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/coolweirdawesome/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/coolweirdawesome/support

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Aug 11
There Was A Movement To Make Sicily Part Of The US

On this day in 1943, an interesting headline in the New York Times: “Sicily Vying With Hawaii To Become 49th U.S. State.” Of course, neither Sicily nor Hawaii became the 49th state; Alaska did. But there really was an effort to bring Sicily into the Union. Plus: a guy lost his cellphone in a river... and almost a year later, another guy found it. And it still worked!  Sicily Vying With Hawaii To Become 49th U.S. State https://www.nytimes.com/1943/08/10/archives/sicily-vying-with-hawaii-to-become-49th-us-state.html (The New York Times) Man reunited with phone lost in River Wye for 10 months https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-61867618 (BBC) Help our show reach the US, Sicily and everywhere else as a backer on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/Bradycarlson --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/coolweirdawesome/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/coolweirdawesome/support

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Aug 10
That Time Some Dude Drove A Van Dressed As A Car Seat

It was around this time in 2017 that people in Arlington, Virginia spotted what looked like a grey Ford passenger van with no driver. And then things got even weirder. Plus: today in 1943, the birthday of boxing champion and actor Ken Norton, who was so good in high school track and field his home state had to change the rules.  Car Seat Camouflage: Man Wears Bizarre Costume In Automatic Vehicle Experiment https://www.npr.org/2017/08/09/542468251/car-seat-camouflage-man-wears-bizarre-costume-in-automatic-vehicle-experiment (NPR) 10 things you may not know about local legend, boxer Ken Norton https://www.myjournalcourier.com/news/slideshow/10-things-you-may-not-know-about-local-legend-223180.php (Jacksonville, IL Journal-Courier) Our Patreon backers help us ride everywhere https://www.patreon.com/Bradycarlson --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/coolweirdawesome/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/coolweirdawesome/support

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Aug 09
Why So Many Old Paintings Have Dogs Holding Lit Flares In Their Mouths

There's a phenomenon in art history where some paintings feature dogs with lit flares in their mouths. They're not committing arson or leading Indiana Jones through a dark cave... but what they doing? Plus: when YouTuber Mathieu Stern came across old film dating back to the year 1900, he developed it to find pictures of something you see plenty of on the internet today.  Wait, Why Are So Many Dogs Smoking Joints in Old Art? We Looked Into It, and the Answer Is Pretty Far Out https://news.artnet.com/art-world/dog-smoking-joint-old-art-1960204 (Artnet) Photographer Finds 120-Year-Old Cat Photos After Developing Film Found in a Time Capsule https://mymodernmet.com/cyanotype-time-capsule-cat-photos/ (MyModernMet) We put cats and dogs together on the same show and our Patreon backers helped make it all possible https://www.patreon.com/Bradycarlson --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/coolweirdawesome/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/coolweirdawesome/support

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Aug 08
Coffee Week: It’s All Pumpkin Spice From Here On Out

This week we're replaying some of our most caffeinated episodes. In this episode from September 2019, a look at our annual time to consume and/or complain about products flavored with pumpkin spice. It was in the mid-90s that this blend of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice and cloves started its rise to power, and there's no stopping it now, really. Plus: did you know that hundreds of years ago pumpkin spice may have given us New York City? The origins of pumpkin spice and how it became the flavor of fall (Washington Post) The Dark And Murky History Of Pumpkin Spice (Chicagoist) How Did Pumpkin Spice Become So Popular? And Why Do We Hate to Love It So Much? (Cooking Light) ‘Pumpkin Spice’ Has Been a Thing for 3,500 Years (History.com) Backing Cool Weird Awesome on Patreon costs less than a PSL and lasts even longer --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/coolweirdawesome/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/coolweirdawesome/support

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Aug 05
Coffee Week: Meet The New, Foldable Coffee Cup

This week we're replaying some of our most caffeinated episodes. In this episode from November 2019, the Unocup aims to do something about all those plastic tops for disposable coffee cups that end up as waste in the ocean each year. It’s a paper cup that folds up to become its own top! Plus: there’s goat yoga and alpaca yoga, but Zoo Miami may top them all with its new Yoga With The Rhinos program. The coffee cup gets a radical, desperately needed redesign https://www.fastcompany.com/90433732/the-coffee-cup-gets-a-radical-desperately-needed-redesign (Fast Company) Yoga With the Rhinos https://shop.zoomiami.org/mainstore?l=2&sid=880885003&vid=0&origin=anything&cid=2509&guid=1F61309F-8399-4B75-A302-33196C5F3116&venueId=0 (Zoo Miami) Back Cool Weird Awesome on Patreon for less than the price of a cup of coffee!  https://www.patreon.com/Bradycarlson --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/coolweirdawesome/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/coolweirdawesome/support

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Aug 04
Coffee Week: Drinking Coffee Out Of Coffee Cups Made From Coffee

This week we're replaying some of our most caffeinated episodes. In this episode from July 2019, coffee grounds can be recycled in all kinds of ways, including lots of products. And the most meta product of all is from KaffeeForm, which uses coffee grounds to make coffee cups. Plus: if you can’t wait a couple years for the Little Mermaid remake, why not head to Sacramento for the California Mermaid Festival? 6 Amazing products made (almost) entirely from recycled coffee grounds https://inhabitat.com/6-amazing-products-made-almost-entirely-from-recycled-coffee-grounds/coffeetopia-ghidaq-14-3/ (Inhabitat) California Mermaid Festival https://californiamermaidcon.com/ Make Cool Weird Awesome a part of your world as a backer on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/Bradycarlson --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/coolweirdawesome/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/coolweirdawesome/support

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Aug 03
Coffee Week: Robots Can Walk Better, Thanks To Coffee

This week we're replaying some of our most caffeinated episodes. In this episode from June 2020, scientists at the University of California – San Diego try to help robots walk better on uneven terrain – and, amazingly, coffee is part of the solution. Meanwhile, a robot in Australia is learning how to lay bricks, and it’s got a very appropriate name for its job. Scientists Invent Coffee-Filled Feet That Make Robots Walk Faster and Better https://interestingengineering.com/scientists-invent-coffee-filled-feet-that-make-robots-walk-faster-and-better (Interesting Engineering) Hadrian X Breaks New Lay Speed Record https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AqQcqqLN_Fg (FBR on YouTube) Robots have infallible logic circuits and they think you should join us as a backer on Patreon  https://www.patreon.com/Bradycarlson --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/coolweirdawesome/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/coolweirdawesome/support

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Aug 02
Coffee Week: The Olympic Team That Paid Its Way By Selling Coffee

This week we're replaying some of our most caffeinated episodes. In this episode from September 2020, we have the story of Brazilian athletes who, without travel funds from the government, had to earn their way to the Olympics in Los Angeles by selling coffee beans. Plus: in Bedford, Pennsylvania, there's a building shaped like a big metal coffee pot. Brazilian Athletes Perked Up The 1932 Games With Their Coffee Caper https://vault.si.com/vault/1980/08/11/brazilian-athletes-perked-up-the-1932-games-with-their-coffee-caper (Sports Illustrated) Coffee Pot-Shaped Building https://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/6177 (Roadside America) We drink to our backers on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/Bradycarlson --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/coolweirdawesome/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/coolweirdawesome/support

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Aug 01
Coffee Milk Is The Official State Drink Of Rhode Island

Today in 1993, Rhode Island adopted coffee milk as its official state drink. And in that state, coffee milk is kind of a world unto itself. Plus: today in Whiting, Indiana, Pierogi Fest is getting underway. What is coffee milk and why is Rhode Island obsessed with it? https://www.wgbh.org/dining-out/2018/02/16/what-is-coffee-milk-and-why-is-rhode-island-obsessed-with-it (WGBH) PIEROGI FEST https://www.pierogifest.net A round of coffee milks for our Patreon backers, please! https://www.patreon.com/Bradycarlson --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/coolweirdawesome/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/coolweirdawesome/support

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Jul 29
There’s A Plastic-Free Food Wrap You Kind Of Spray On

Plastic food wrap is useful stuff, but not eco-friendly. Now Rutgers University has a green alternative, and it’s not exactly wrap. You kind of spray it on. Plus: Officials in Hollister, California wanted new, slightly curved street lines painted. What they got was... not that.   Rutgers Scientist Develops Antimicrobial, Plant-Based Food Wrap Designed to Replace Plastic https://www.rutgers.edu/news/spray-alternative-plastic-wrap (Rutgers) Incorrectly painted lanes on street cause confusion in Hollister https://www.ksbw.com/article/incorrectly-painted-lanes-hollister/40694719# (KSBW) You know what else is really useful? Having Patreon backers, since they make this show possible  https://www.patreon.com/Bradycarlson --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/coolweirdawesome/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/coolweirdawesome/support

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Jul 28
A Mirror From The 16th Century Just Revealed Its Secret

In the collection of the Cincinnati Art Museum, there’s a mirror from 16th Century China that has been keeping a secret for centuries. And, at long last, that secret is out. Plus: the Metropolitan Museum of Art is using augmented reality to show the colorful paint and designs that used to be on some ancient statues.  Cincinnati Art Museum Discovers That a Rare 16th Century Mirror Reveals a Hidden Image When Illuminated https://www.thisiscolossal.com/2022/07/cincinnati-art-museum-magic-mirror/ (Colossal) APP ALLOWS USERS TO SEE ANCIENT STATUES IN ORIGINAL COLOUR https://nagonthelake.blogspot.com/2022/07/app-allows-users-to-see-ancient-statues.html (Nag on the Lake) Make the world a little more colorful by supporting this podcast on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/Bradycarlson --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/coolweirdawesome/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/coolweirdawesome/support

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Jul 27
Brushing Our Teeth With Help From Nanorobots

University of Pennsylvania researchers are developing a teeth cleaning system out of nanoparticles. Plus: Blizzbrush is an antimicrobial sponge the makers say can do the job of a toothbrush in just ten seconds. Shapeshifting microrobots can brush and floss teeth https://penntoday.upenn.edu/news/penn-dental-engineering-shapeshifting-microrobots-can-brush-and-floss-teeth (University of Pennsylvania) 3D printed 'blizzbrush 5.0 toothbrush-sponge' cleans entire mouth in just 10 seconds https://www.designboom.com/design/3d-printed-blizzbrush-5-0-toothbrush-sponge-chris-martin-07-20-2022/ (designboom) Our Patreon backers always give us something to smile about https://www.patreon.com/Bradycarlson --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/coolweirdawesome/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/coolweirdawesome/support

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Jul 26
Tenino, Washington, The Town That Makes Its Own Money Out Of Wood

Digital currencies are having a rough 2022, but one alternative currency has been doing pretty well for itself lately. That’s the wooden money made in Tenino, Washington. Plus: if you feel like you’ve been to every museum and you’re not sure what to do next, try the German Food Additives Museum. Why Tenino is still printing wooden money https://www.king5.com/article/entertainment/television/programs/evening/tenino-wooden-money/281-424b7e09-292c-4a51-88d5-6bbe5ec414bb (KING 5) There is a museum dedicated to food additives in Hamburg, Germany https://boingboing.net/2022/07/10/there-is-a-museum-dedicated-to-food-additives-in-hamburg-germany.html (Boing Boing) For just $1 a month (regular bills or wooden money) you can help support this show on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/Bradycarlson --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/coolweirdawesome/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/coolweirdawesome/support

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Jul 25
The Price Is Right Contestant Who Couldn’t Lose At Plinko

On this day in 2008 things got weird during a recording of The Price Is Right, when a contestant kept hitting the big money in a round of Plinko. Plus: today in Key West, Florida, it’s preliminary round two of the annual Hemingway Look-Alike Contest. THE PRICE IS FIXED https://nowiknow.com/the-price-is-fixed/ (Now I Know) SLOPPY JOE’S 41ST ANNUAL HEMINGWAY® LOOK-ALIKE CONTEST JULY 21-23, 2022 https://sloppyjoes.com/papa-look-alike-contest/  You don't need to hit a dollar on the big wheel to support this show, just give a dollar a month on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/Bradycarlson --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/coolweirdawesome/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/coolweirdawesome/support

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Jul 22
Omar Kneidlik And The ICEE Made Summer A Lot Cooler

We’re in the heat of summer, and here’s the story of a guy who's helped millions cool down: Omar Knedlik, the inventor of the ICEE. Plus: today in 1924, actor Don Knotts was born in Morgantown, West Virginia. The town pays tribute to its famous resident with a statue downtown. Remembering Omar Knedlik, the Rural Kansas Man Who Invented the ICEE https://ondemand.kansaspublicradio.org/kpr-news/remembering-omar-knedlick-kansas-man-who-invented-icee (Kansas Public Radio) Don Knotts Statue https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/statue-of-don-knotts (Atlas Obscura) Keep cool as a backer of this show on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/Bradycarlson --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/coolweirdawesome/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/coolweirdawesome/support

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Jul 21
Bishops Used To Be Elephants, And Other Wild Stories About How Chess Pieces Got Their Names

Today is International Chess Day, so here are a few of the stories about how which pieces were on the board changed over the centuries. Plus: today in 1969, humans landed on the moon. The world was in awe - except for one famous artist.  How did chess pieces get their names? https://bigthink.com/strange-maps/names-of-chess-pieces/ (Big Think) “It Means Nothing To Me”: Picasso Unimpressed by Moon Landing https://hyperallergic.com/664351/it-means-nothing-to-me-picasso-unimpressed-by-moon-landing/ (Hyperalllergic) Every move we make is thanks to our Patreon backers. Join them!  https://www.patreon.com/Bradycarlson --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/coolweirdawesome/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/coolweirdawesome/support

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Jul 20
The Time Pittsburgh Lost Its H - And Then Got It Back

Today in 1911, a big day for the city of Pittsburgh: after an effort that lasted decades, the city won back the H at the end of its name! Plus: on this day in 1982, Hall of Fame shortstop Luke Appling hit an unusual home run.  THE PITTSBURGH “H” https://www.visitpittsburgh.com/things-to-do/arts-culture/history/the-pittsburgh-h/ (Visit Pittsburgh) Most Unlikely Homerun Ever! 75 Year Old Luke Appling's Home Run in Old Timers Game in D.C. 1982 https://youtu.be/9z7T-iaDzmA (via YouTube) However you spell it out, our Patreon backers make each episode of this show possible! https://www.patreon.com/Bradycarlson --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/coolweirdawesome/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/coolweirdawesome/support

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Jul 19
Gino Bartali Was A Champion And A Hero On A Bike

Today in 1914, the birthday of Gino Bartali. The Italian cycling star won the Tour de France in 1938, and won a second time a decade later. But what was even more impressive was what he did in between those two wins. Plus: today in 1995, researchers in Slovenia found what was believed to be the oldest musical instrument ever discovered.  Gino Bartali https://www.yadvashem.org/yv/en/exhibitions/righteous-sportsmen/bartali.asp (Yad Vashem) Hear the world’s oldest instrument, the 50,000 year old neanderthal flute https://www.classicfm.com/discover-music/instruments/flute/worlds-oldest-instrument-neanderthal-flute/ (Classic FM) Help us share more great stories as a backer on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/Bradycarlson --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/coolweirdawesome/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/coolweirdawesome/support

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Jul 18
If Humans Land On Mars, Telling Time Will Get A Lot More Complicated

Many people hope humans will eventually walk on Mars. But there's a lot to sort out before that can happen, including this question: how does the way we tell time change when we have humans on more than one planet? Plus: today in Boulder, Colorado, it’s Tube To Work Day. A meander through Martian minutes and the meaning of local time https://interconnected.org/home/2022/01/18/sols (Interconnected) Tube To Work Day https://www.tubetoworkday.com/  Our Patreon backers help this show blast off every day https://www.patreon.com/Bradycarlson --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/coolweirdawesome/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/coolweirdawesome/support

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Jul 15
Here’s What 3,000 Year Old Pants Are Like

Summer is usually shorts weather, but there’s some new research on pants that’s worth a look, especially when you know that the pants at the center of this work are from 3,000 years ago. Plus: the South Carolina Peach Festival is getting underway this week in the community of Gaffney. The world’s oldest pants are a 3,000-year-old engineering marvel https://arstechnica.com/science/2022/04/the-worlds-oldest-pants-are-a-3000-year-old-engineering-marvel/ (Ars Technica) South Carolina Peach Festival https://www.facebook.com/SCPeachFestival/ Our Patreon backers are fashionable people https://www.patreon.com/Bradycarlson --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/coolweirdawesome/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/coolweirdawesome/support

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Jul 14
During World War I, Photographers Made A “Human Statue of Liberty” Out Of 18,000 Soldiers

This month in 1918, two photographers took a picture of the Statue of Liberty. Except this wasn’t the giant statue that sits in the harbor in New York, it was a living Statue of Liberty formed with help from 18,000 members of the US military. Plus: today in 1939 Frank Sinatra made his first record, which reminds us of a great story from when Frank was making the original "Ocean's Eleven."  Human Statue of Liberty https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/human-statue-of-liberty/ (Snopes) History, Military, Mole & Thomas, Woodrow Wilson, Antique Photograph, 1918 https://www.georgeglazer.com/wpmain/product/history-military-mole-thomas-woodrow-wilson-antique-photograph-1918/ (GeorgeGlazer.com) The Rat Pack Photographer https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-2001-dec-12-et-susan12-story.html (Los Angeles Times) We could make a giant version of this show with 18,000 Patreon backers https://www.patreon.com/Bradycarlson --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/coolweirdawesome/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/coolweirdawesome/support

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Jul 13
Latvia Has Blue Cows And A Play Helped Save Them

Today is Cow Appreciation Day, so here's the story of some very unusual cows in Latvia and a playwright who helped save them from disappearing for good. Plus: a medical mystery caused by too much disco? It happened.  Herd the moos? Latvia's symbolic blue cow back from the brink https://phys.org/news/2022-01-herd-moos-latvia-blue-cow.html (Phys.org) Disco Felon //www.weirduniverse.net/blog/comments/disco_felon (Weird Universe) Our Patreon backers are outta sight! https://www.patreon.com/Bradycarlson --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/coolweirdawesome/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/coolweirdawesome/support

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Jul 12
At Age 11, Venetia Burney Named Pluto

Today in 1918, the birthday of Venetia Burney, who at age eleven, did something few people have done: she named a planet! Plus: on this day in 1992 the people of Ripon, Wisconsin made what was then the world’s largest chocolate chip cookie. Venetia Burney Phair (1918-2009) https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/people/2902/venetia-burney-phair-1918-2009/ (NASA) Ripon's signature Cookie Daze has been discontinued, chamber cites closure of cookie factory https://www.riponpress.com/news/ripons-signature-cookie-daze-has-been-discontinued-chamber-cites-closure-of-cookie-factory/article_c326a13a-c7b2-11eb-9715-6b9d67355da2.html (Ripon Press) Our Patreon backers are so great, we should name planets after them https://www.patreon.com/Bradycarlson --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/coolweirdawesome/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/coolweirdawesome/support

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Jul 11
Bessie Stringfield Became Miami’s “Motorcycle Queen”

It's National Motorcycle Day, so it's a perfect day to tell the story of one of the most legendary riders of all time: Bessie Stringfield, whose cross country trips and daring won her the name "Motorcycle Queen of Miami." Plus: today in Lisbon, Maine, the three day Moxie Festival is getting underway. Overlooked No More: Bessie B. Stringfield, the ‘Motorcycle Queen of Miami’ https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/04/obituaries/overlooked-bessie-stringfield.html (New York Times) Moxie Festival http://moxiefestival.com/ Help us rev up for more episodes of the show as a backer on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/Bradycarlson --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/coolweirdawesome/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/coolweirdawesome/support

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Jul 08
John Harrison Lived The Dream As A World-Class Ice Cream Taste Tester

It's National Ice Cream Month, and here's the story of a guy who tasted hundreds of millions of gallons of the sweet stuff: John Harrison, longtime ice cream tester. Plus: a kitten in Brooklyn got stuck in a car, until it heard a smartphone playing the sounds of other kittens.  The ice cream man whose taste buds are insured for $1m https://thehustle.co/08042021-john-harrison/ (The Hustle) Woman Coaxes Kitten Out of a Car Engine by Playing Kitten Sounds on Her Phone https://laughingsquid.com/kitten-rescued-from-car-with-kitten-sounds/ (Laughing Squid) There's no one sweeter than our Patreon backers https://www.patreon.com/Bradycarlson --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/coolweirdawesome/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/coolweirdawesome/support

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Jul 07
How Did US Dollars Get Their Name?

Today in 1785, the US Congress decided that the name of our country’s currency would be the dollar. Getting to that point was kind of a trek. Plus: today in 1957, a Black sports heroine won herself some gold. The Almighty Dollar https://www.adamsmith.org/blog/the-almighty-dollar (AdamSmith.org) Althea Gibson: Tennis Turmoil and Triumph https://blogs.loc.gov/headlinesandheroes/2021/07/althea-gibson-tennis-turmoil-and-triumph/?loclr=easerb (Library of Congress) For just one dollar a month you can help fund this show on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/Bradycarlson --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/coolweirdawesome/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/coolweirdawesome/support

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Jul 06
A Chess “Robot” Beat Grand Masters In The 18th Century - Sort Of

Today in 1854, the end of one of the great hoaxes of its day: a fire in a Philadelphia museum destroyed what people of that time thought was a super-intelligent chess robot. Plus: today in 2011, people in a skyscraper in Seoul, South Korea, reported the building shaking like it'd been in an earthquake. The real cause was a lot more down to earth.  How a Phony 18th Century Chess Robot Fooled the World https://www.history.com/news/how-a-phony-18th-century-chess-robot-fooled-the-world (History.com) Korea solves mystery of shaking skyscraper https://blog.sfgate.com/hottopics/2011/07/19/korea-solves-mystery-of-shaking-skyscraper/ (SF Gate) Nothing mysterious about how our show works, it's funded by our backers on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/Bradycarlson --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/coolweirdawesome/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/coolweirdawesome/support

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Jul 05
The U.S. Once Got A Fourth Of July Card From Over 5 Million Polish People

Back in 1926, Poland wanted to thank the US for its aid during World War I, but instead of sending the usual diplomatic letter, they sent papers all around their country and got one out of every six Polish people to sign. Plus: today was the birthday of Bill Withers, who got an unusual going-away present from his employer when he switched to singing full time.  Poland Once Gave America a Birthday Card That Was Signed By 5.5 Million Polish People https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/poland-gave-america-birthday-card-5-5-million-signatures/ (Good News Network) Soul man: Bill Withers https://www.prsformusic.com/m-magazine/features/soul-man-bill-withers/ (M Magazine) --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/coolweirdawesome/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/coolweirdawesome/support

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Jul 04
Wat Misaka Was A Pro Basketball Pioneer (And A Pretty Impressive Bowler, Too)

Today in 1947, Wat Misaka became the first non-white player to be drafted into what is now the NBA. Here's some of his story. Plus: this weekend the Twin Cities host the Hmong International Freedom Festival.  Japanese American Former Basketball Star Inspired On And Off The Court https://www.npr.org/2019/11/23/782194270/former-japanese-american-basketball-star-inspired-on-and-off-the-court (NPR) Hmong International Freedom Festival https://www.visitsaintpaul.com/blog/six-things-to-know-about-the-hmong-international-freedom-festival/ (Visit Saint Paul) Our Patreon backers are championship material https://www.patreon.com/Bradycarlson --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/coolweirdawesome/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/coolweirdawesome/support

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Jul 01