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Cool Weird Awesome with Brady Carlson

By Brady Carlson
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The Fabric With A Built-In Cooling System

Cool Weird Awesome with Brady Carlson

Now We Have Nano-Refrigerators
UCLA scientists have made little thermoelectric coolers that are only 100 nanometers wide, so small the eye can't see them on its own. They're not quite refrigerators yet, but if you have little sodas or bags of grapes, maybe reach out anyway. Plus: on the International Day of Sign Languages, we celebrate the amazing world of sign language interpreters at heavy metal concerts. UCLA scientists create world’s smallest ‘refrigerator’ (UCLA) 10 Epic Sign Language Interpreters at Metal Shows (YouTube) International Day of Sign Languages (United Nations) Rawk out as a Cool Weird Awesome backer on Patreon
September 23, 2020
Here Are A Few Of The Stops On The Road To Stoplights
Nobody likes being stuck at a stoplight, but before there were systems in place to make drivers take turns, the roads were not good. Here are a few of the inventions that helped us (mostly) stop crashing into each other. Plus: why did Syracuse, New York set up an upside-down stoplight, with green on top?  A Brief History of the Stoplight (Smithsonian) There’s No Other Traffic Light In America Like This One In New York (Only In Your State) Go, go, go to our Patreon page and back this show
September 22, 2020
A Museum Exhibit In Sweden Includes The Weirdest Drinks Of All Time
The Disgusting Food Museum in southern Sweden has a new exhibit on the strangest alcoholic drinks of all time, proving that people will drink some truly revolting concoctions in pursuit of a buzz. Plus: remember how Asbestos, Quebec was going to choose one of four replacement names for the town? Those plans are on hold, cause apparently the people of Asbestos aren't big fans of the new names.  Squirrel beer, ant gin and poop wine are served up in Disgusting Food Museum's new exhibit (LiveScience) Town of Asbestos back to the drawing board after lacklustre response to renaming options (CBC) We raise our glasses to the Cool Weird Awesome backers on Patreon!
September 21, 2020
The Town Of Asbestos Is Looking For A Less Asbestos-ey Name
The community of Asbestos, Quebec has decided to rename itself. Now it's up to the residents to decide whether the town should be named Trois-Lacs, Apalone, Phénix or - wait for it - Jeffrey. Plus: on this National Cheeseburger Day, did you know there's an 1,800 pound burger on the menu at a place in Detroit?  Asbestos in Quebec Shortlists Four New Names to Get Fresh Start (Bloomberg) World's Largest Burger Costs $8,000 (Food and Wine) Our well-named backers on Patreon make this show happen
September 18, 2020
Put This Sensor On Your Food And See If It’s Safe To Eat
A sensor developed at MIT uses a set of microneedles to push through packaging and determine whether the food inside is safe to eat, which could prevent food waste and help head off outbreaks of salmonella. Plus: did you know China is apparently home to several thousand glass footbridges, where you can walk across and see what's underneath?  Velcro-like food sensor detects spoilage and contamination (MIT) Would You Walk on the World’s Longest Glass Bridge? (Hyperallergic) Listeners can sense that our Patreon backers are making this show more special every day
September 17, 2020
The Swimming Champion Who Became A Real-Life Superhero
44 years ago today, Shavarsh Karapetyan, a finswimming champion in Armenia did something extraordinary, saving at least 20 passengers who were trapped in a trolleybus that had gone into a lake. Has anybody done a biopic about this guy yet? Plus: meet Mieko Nagaoka, who in April 2015 became the first 100-year old swimmer to finish the 1,500 meter freestyle.  The Plunge (Grantland) 100-year-old Japanese woman sets her own 1,500-metre freestyle swim record (The Guardian) The champions who make this show possible are our backers on Patreon!
September 16, 2020
The Cold Tube Saves Energy By Cooling Us, Not Our Rooms
The Cold Tube cools people off, similar to air conditioning, but using half the energy. Which sounds pretty cool. Plus: an experimental musician makes a delicious and funky new keyboard out of watermelon and kiwi.  Innovative personal cooling system uses half the energy of traditional AC (Anthropocene) This is the Funkiest Sounding Watermelon You Will Ever Hear (The Sifter) Our backers on Patreon put the Cool in Cool Weird Awesome 
September 15, 2020
Victorians Made Art Out Of Locks Of Hair
A lock of Abraham Lincoln's hair just sold for $81,000 at auction, a reminder that a) people will pay lots of money for lots of things, and b) hair was a pretty important keepsake in the 19th century - people back then even made it into art. Plus: a couple in England decides to upgrade their garden, which the husband decides means installing a 12-foot statue of a T. rex.  The Curious Victorian Tradition of Making Art from Human Hair (Artsy) Lock of Abraham Lincoln's hair sells for more than $81,000 (ABC News) What a disat-saur! Husband shocks wife who suggested he liven up their garden by installing a 12-ft replica T-REX on the patio (Daily Mail) Back this show on Patreon for just $1 a month (but please don't sell your hair to come up with the money)
September 14, 2020
Taking This Pain Reliever Might Make You More Willing To Take Risks
A study out of Ohio State University found that people who take acetaminophen, one of the most common over-the-counter painkillers, are apparently more willing to take risks. Plus: the story of a guy who ended up taking quite a risk by setting up a tent - he just didn’t know it at the time. A pain reliever that alters perceptions of risk (Ohio State University) How this Nova Scotia man ended up accidentally camping in the Atlantic Ocean (CBC) Forget risk, how about getting the rewards of being a Cool Weird Awesome backer on Patreon?
September 11, 2020
A Song That Takes 639 Years To Play Just Had A Chord Change
John Cage once wrote a score with the instructions that it be played "As Slow As Possible." So that's what an organ is doing in Germany, for more than 600 years. Plus: a YouTuber trains his cat to put out fires, sort of.  John Cage musical work changes chord for first time in seven years (BBC) I Trained My Cat To Put Out Fires (William Osman on YouTube) Joining our community of backers on Patreon is quick and easy and won't take 639 years
September 10, 2020
The Very First Computer Bug Was An Actual Bug
On this day in 1947, a team working on a computer at Harvard University discovered the first computer bug: a moth that had gotten trapped in the electronics. Plus: today in 2005, a guy writes to Major League Baseball to get that expressed written consent they always talk about to rebroadcast or retransmit a game.  Sep 9, 1947 CE: World’s First Computer Bug  (National Geographic) Making Sure You Have Your Expressed Written Consent (Deadspin) Help keep our show running smoothly as a backer on Patreon!
September 9, 2020
The Game Boy That Doesn’t Need Batteries
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?  Battery-free Game Boy runs forever (Northwestern University) Programmer makes original Doom playable on pregnancy test (CNet) Cool Weird Awesome is powered by its backers on Patreon, join today!
September 8, 2020
The People Who Fix Typewriters Have A Job That Still Needs To Be Done
Computers and the Internet have changed so much of the world, but older technology that still has a home in the world and there are still people who still make it all work, like the family that runs the Gramercy Typewriter Company in Manhattan. Plus: sitting in a box of ice up to your shoulders may or may not be a job, but the guy who set the world record last week definitely worked.  Inside One of NYC’s Last Typewriter Stores (Untapped New York) Chilling out: Austrian breaks record for standing in box of ice (Reuters) Keep this show as cool as ice as a backer on Patreon
September 7, 2020
Humans Have A Nearly Irresistible Urge To Move To The Music
Research at the University of Oslo shows that humans have an almost unstoppable urge to start moving when the music starts - though, of course, some kinds of music and other factors can lead to more moving than others. Meanwhile, in Austin, Texas, you can (virtually) move through some of the city's most unusual houses through a virtual Weird Homes tour.  Not moving to dance music is nearly impossible, according to new research (University of Oslo via Medical Xpress) 2020 Austin Weird Homes Virtual Tour Cool Weird Awesome backers on Patreon make this show move forward, so join us! 
September 4, 2020