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Covering the most interesting and coolest stories that you may have missed around the world in about 15 minutes a day. Cool Stuff Ride Home looks at science, progress, life-hacks, memes, exciting art, and hope. This is the antidote to depressing headlines. Smart stuff in podcast form. Cool news, as a service.

Hosted by Reggie Risseeuw and Marques Pfaff.

855 Episodes
A new drug that could potentially reverse the effects of diabetes, the world’s first commercial hydrogen-powered ferry is set to run in San Francisco, and on This Day in History, while heading to California, a pilot “accidentally” lands in Ireland 28 hours later. Diabetes-reversing drug boosts insulin-producing cells by 700% ( World's first hydrogen-powered commercial ferry to run on San Francisco Bay, and it's free to ride | AP News Wrong-Way Corrigan ( When Douglas "Wrong Way" Corrigan Accidentally Flew to Ireland Instead of California ( Contact the show - Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
On today’s episode, behavior never-before-seen in Eagles is observed in the UK. Weird Wednesday has a unique find in a sewer, a trick to live longer, and birds attacking on the beach. And on This Day in History, a poor decision leads to devastating and deadly accident. Eagle Parents Spend Year Nursing Chick Who Fell Out of a Tree, Forsaking the New Nesting Season Archaeologists Find Remarkable Marble Statue of Greek God Hermes in Ancient Sewer Watch: Alabama woman, 108, stays young by 'flirting with men with mustaches' - 'Very Annoyed' Seagulls Are Waging War on NYC's Beach Drones ( Angry birds fight drones on patrol for sharks and swimmers on NYC beaches | AP News TDIH: Whitemarsh Township’s 1856 ‘Camp Hill Disaster’ Was Once the Deadliest Train Accident in the World (YouTube VIDEO RECAP) Camp Hill Disaster Great Train Wreck of 1856 Contact the show - Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Those beautiful auroras we love to observe in the sky COULD pose a serious threat to our electrical infrastructure, super moss capable of surviving on Mars, and on TDIH; a classic novel is released – we’ll tell you about that and the famous author who brought it to us. Auroras could soon pose serious threat to our electrical infrastructure, study reveals | BBC Science Focus Magazine Chinese scientists identify super moss able to 'survive' in Mars | Reuters We could terraform Mars with desert moss — but does that mean we should? ( The extremotolerant desert moss Syntrichia caninervis is a promising pioneer plant for colonizing extraterrestrial environments: The Innovation ( The Catcher in the Rye: J. D. Salinger and The Catcher in the Rye Background | SparkNotes Contact the show - Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
A never-before-seen-alive whale has washed ashore in New Zealand, a British woman owes her life to baking soda, and on This Day in History, the Rosetta Stone is discovered by French forces. World’s rarest whale may have washed up on New Zealand beach, possibly shedding clues on species | AP News 'Flesh-eating bug ate away at my nose - baking soda saved my life' ( The Rosetta Stone: Unlocking the Ancient Egyptian Language - ARCE Everything you ever wanted to know about the Rosetta Stone | British Museum Contact the show - Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
New process that makes it possible to recycle used clothes and on This Day in History, the first television broadcast of a sporting event takes place. A polyester-dissolving process could make modern clothing recyclable  First televised tennis match. - Today's Flashback ( The First TV: A Complete History of Television ( Throwback Thursday: The first Wimbledon on television - The Championships, Wimbledon - Official Site by IBM Contact the show - Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Teddy Roosevelt's pocket watch was stolen from a museum in the 1980s, but has finally made its way home. Plus, on This Day in History, tragedy strikes the Andrée Expedition en route to the North Pole ... by balloon Theodore Roosevelt's pocket watch was stolen in 1987. It's finally back at his New York home | AP News TDIH: Andrée’s Arctic Balloon Expedition TDIH: Andrée Balloon Crash: A Photographic Journey through the Most Surreal Arctic Disaster TDIH: Andrée's North Pole expedition  Contact the show - Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
How NASA intends to DESTROY the International Space Station – you heard that correctly … DESTROY,  Weird Wednesday has more bizarre world records, cows stampeding through town, and a disgusting site at Yosemite National Park. Plus, on This Day in History, Lady Godiva bears it all and rides … or did she? Here’s how NASA plans to finally destroy the International Space Station | BBC Science Focus Magazine NASA will retire the ISS soon. Here's what comes next. : NPR Watch: Idaho man throws chopsticks at balloons for his 180th world record - Watch: Man uses eye socket strength to break two Guinness World Records - 45 escaped cows stampede through neighborhood in England - Look: Used toilet paper 'all too familiar' a sight at Yosemite National Park - Culture Re-View: Lady Godiva rides naked through Coventry - allegedly | Euronews Lady Godiva's Ride, Fact & Fiction ( Contact the show - Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Carpenter ants selectively performing surgery on their colony-mates, and on This Day in History, the iconic Donkey Kong is released in Japan. An ant that selectively amputates the infected limbs of wounded sisters Carpenter ants are the only other animals known to amputate besides humans, researchers say | CNN Donkey Kong: A Record of Struggle (By Hirohisa Komanome) The History of Donkey Kong (Video) The Complete History of Donkey Kong (1981 to 2023) Contact the show - Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
In vitro brains are being used to control robots -- how scientists did it and where this bio-technology goes from here. The world’s oldest cave painting is discovered in Indonesia, dating back more than 51,000 years, and on This Day in History ... Step aside Futurama, scientist build robot that's controlled by a brain in a jar Recreating the Neanderthal Brain World’s oldest cave painting is at least 51,200 years old, scientists say Narrative cave art in Indonesia by 51,200 years ago Erector Set Patented – Today in History: July 8 - Connecticut History | a CTHumanities Project A.C. Gilbert | Lemelson ( Contact the show - Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Scientists reveal a new giant salamander-like creature that lived before the dinosaurs, and on TDIH, the first travel agency is formed in the mid-1800s. This giant salamanderlike creature lived 40 million years before dinosaurs | AP News Giant stem tetrapod was apex predator in Gondwanan late Palaeozoic ice age | Nature Giant salamander-like predator with fangs existed 40 million years before dinosaurs, research reveals - CBS News A history of Thomas Cook, one of the world’s oldest travel firms | CNN Contact the show - Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Using radiation to curb rhino Poaching, Weird Wednesday has fossilized feces, a tent naming contest, and a unique animal far from home. Plus, on This Day in History, the first large scale cultivated strawberry is introduced. South African researchers test use of nuclear technology to curb rhino poaching As Mentioned in the Rhino Story Above: The Private Rhino Owners Association An Arizona museum tells the stories of ancient animals through their fossilized poop | AP News Watch: Pennsylvania market asks public to name its new tent - Broad Street Market Tent Naming Contest — Broad Street Market Rainforest animal called a kinkajou rescued from dusty highway rest stop in Washington state | AP News TDIH: A Brief History of the Strawberry ( TDIH: Michael Keens - The Daily Gardener A Brief History of Trans-Atlantic Balloon Crossings | Smithsonian ( Contact the show - Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Extremely Large Extinct Snake Discovered and TDIH - Alligator Falling From the Sky As Long as a Whale, New Extinct Snake Found in India May Be Largest to Have Ever Slithered the Earth ( Largest known madtsoiid snake from warm Eocene period of India suggests intercontinental Gondwana dispersal | Scientific Reports ( alligator The Times-Picayune (New Orleans, LA) July 11, 1843 -™ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Some Gut Bacteria Linked to Compulsive Eating and TDIH - The Sony Walkman Arrives. Specific Gut Bacteria That Triggers Compulsive Eating Identified by Scientists Who Also Found Bacteria to Prevent it ( Gut microbiota signatures of vulnerability to food addiction in mice and humans | Gut ( The first Sony Walkman goes on sale | July 1, 1979 | HISTORY Flashback 1979: Sony’s Iconic Walkman Is Born | Sound & Vision ( Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Medical advancements including a brain implant designed to curb seizures in severely epileptic patients, as well as a new treatment option for those suffering from tinnitus. Plus, on This Day in History, the tomato … and that time it was finally proven to be non-poisonous. UK boy has brain implant fitted to control epilepsy seizures in world first | Epilepsy | The Guardian Tongue-Zapping Device Can Rewire Your Brain to Ignore Tinnitus ( Col. Johnson's Dramatic Demonstration - Contrary to early 19th century beliefs, tomatoes are not poisonous. It took an eccentric New Englander by the name of Col. Robert Gibbon Johnson to kill this popular belief by merely surviving the consumption of one of today's most popular vegetables... fruits? ( The Bizarre Salem Tomato Trials - The Fact Site Commercial Tomato Production Handbook | UGA Cooperative Extension Contact the show - Instagram - Facebook Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
250-year-old cherries found perfectly preserved at Mount Vernon, famed broadcaster Al Michaels’ is set to make an Olympic comeback … but he won’t be required to attend, or even watch the games. Plus, on This Day in History, the first seat belt legislation is enacted. No lie: Perfectly preserved centuries-old cherries unearthed at George Washington's Mount Vernon | AP News Mansion Revitalization Project · George Washington's Mount Vernon Paris Olympics: NBC to use AI version of Al Michaels’ voice for recaps | CNN Business First seatbelts law in U.S. ( A Brief History of Seat Belts ( A Seat Belt History Timeline - Your AAA Network From deathtrap to lifesaver: The evolution of the carseat ( How the child car seat went from deadly novelty to lifesaver - Hagerty Media (Netted car seat) Contact the show - Instagram - Facebook Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
An ancient Mayan vase discovered in Maryland is returned to its homeland. Weird Wednesday brings us the story of online gaming gone horribly wrong, a new addition to one endangered species at the San Diego Zoo, and if 4-leaf clovers are lucky, what about the 63-leaf variety? This Day in History explores the introduction of the toothbrush. Woman Discovers Thrift Store Vase She Bought for $4 is Made by Ancient Mayans and Volunteers to Give it Back New Jersey man flies to Florida to attack another player over an online gaming dispute, deputies say | AP News Watch: San Diego Zoo celebrates birth of endangered Baird's tapir - Look: Japanese man grows extra-lucky 63-leaf clover - Who invented the toothbrush and when was it invented? | Library of Congress ( Contact the show - Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Are Animals Conscious? The Cumulative Thought of the Scientific Community may be Changing & TDIH: The Fork Arrives in the United States, but is Initially Considered Sacrilegious. Are animals conscious? How new research is changing minds Bees Recognize Human Faces Bees Order from Left to Right Honeybees Can Count TDIH: History of Forks - Invention of the Fork ( TDIH: Massachusetts governor demonstrates the fork ( TDIH: Why Americans only use a fork to eat: The short history of US dining utensils ( TDIH: Fork – Works – Museum of Fine Arts, Boston ( TDIH: In Small Things Forgotten: An Archaeology of Early American Life eBook : Deetz, James: Books Contact the show - Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Monkey Behavioral Changes After Hurricane, New Unique Looking Horned Dinosaur Discovered, and This Day in History - Dancing Hysteria Hits Germany. Monkeys got along better after hurricane - study ( One of the biggest (and weirdest) horned dinosaurs has been discovered | BBC Science Focus Magazine A Strange Case of Dancing Mania Struck Germany Six Centuries Ago Today | Smithsonian ( Contact the show - Instagram - Facebook Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
On today’s episode; walking your way to less back pain, the world shows up for one young mother battling cancer. And on This Day in History, the Ferris Wheel attracts riders at the Chicago World’s Fair. Walking regularly could double your back pain-free time Strangers Crowdfund $54,000 for 22-Year-old Mom with Terminal Cancer Who Needs More Time with Baby GoFundMe: Rachel Burns Chicago’s Ferris wheel story | Chicago Architecture Center History of the Centennial Wheel at Navy Pier | Navy Pier Contact the show - Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Colorado's Plastic Bag Ban, Donkey Missing for Five Years Found with Elk, and This Day In History - The Alaska Purchase is Announced. Plastic bag use cut by a billion, says recycling center | Lost Donkey Seen Living With Elk Herd 5 Years Later: 'Living His Best Life' ( Check for the Purchase of Alaska (1868) | National Archives Alaska Purchase | Alaska Purchase | History, Cost, & Significance | Britannica Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Comments (13)

Jaris Kitty

I used to listen religiously to this. the new episodes sound like watered down old episodes without the deep resesearch. listenablity has gone up but where is the nerdy?

May 17th

Bob Knudsen

I'm digging this new iteration!

Nov 27th

Bob Knudsen

I'm enjoying the reboot, thanks for keeping it light-hearted!

Nov 23rd

Bob Knudsen

I'm enjoying the reboot, thanks for keeping it light-hearted!

Nov 23rd

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Jan 11th

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Sep 23rd

Micah Roberts

For the first time, despite being a long-time listener, I'm actually listening on my ride home! Amtrak, from NYC to PHL is a bit longer than this one podcast, but the part where I got to listen was made that much more enjoyable!

Sep 14th

Micah Roberts

Our VHS boxes are only one of the many reasons Philly > NYC. Just sayin'. 😉

Sep 8th

Old man

I wonder how many people have died of obesity due to that man.

Jun 17th

Thor Engebretson

Informative and insightful.

Mar 31st

Michael Forsythe

Thanks for all your great newscasting!

Mar 27th
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Julia Burger

This is an informative podcast. Thank you and keep up the good work!

Mar 18th