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Friday 8.30.13
Today's Trivia: He's a business magnate, investor, and philanthropist. He is widely considered the most successful investor of the 20th century. He is the primary shareholder, chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. He's consistently ranked among the world's wealthiest people. He was ranked as the world's wealthiest person in 2008 and was the third wealthiest person in the world as of 2011. Who is he?

The Seahawks held the Raiders out of the end zone last night in the final preseason game, and Seattle's backups had their last tries for roster spots in a 22-6 win at CenturyLink Field. The roster has to cut from 75 to 53 on Saturday. The regular season for the Hawks launches on Sunday, September 8th, at Carolina against the Panthers

The Mariners finally located a team they could beat, but it still took an eke job to slip past the horrendous Houston Astros last night. Nick Franklin and Franklin Gutierrrez homered in support of Erasmo Ramirez, and the Mariners held on for a 3-2 win at Minute Maid Park, snapping a six-game losing streak. The most relieved man at the game had to be Seattle manager Eric Wedge, who finally saw his ball club win for the first time since he returned to the team following a month-long absence. Wedge suffered a mild stroke July 22nd. Tonight Taijuan Walker makes his much-anticipated major league debut for Seattle. Ms and Astros at 5:00.

Tina Thompson and Camille Little each scored 18 points and the Seattle Storm beat the Connecticut Sun 78-65 last night to tie Phoenix for third place in the Western Conference. The Storm have won five of six to improve to 15-14 and reduce their magic number to clinch a WNBA-record 10th straight playoff berth to one. The Storm is at Minnesota tomorrow.

The renovation of Husky Stadium is complete. The Dawgs see action coming up tomorrow. Kick-off is at 7 tomorrow night as they host Boise State. Meanwhile the Washington State Cougars start the year on the road at Auburn. Their kick-off is at 4 tomorrow afternoon.

Today is Talk Intelligently Day. For those who normally talk intelligently, it’s Talk Brilliantly Day. Today is National Toasted Marshmallow Day. Tomorrow is International Bacon Day. Sunday begins National Waffle Week.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1964, Mickey Mantle struck out for the 1,331st time, breaking Babe Ruth’s major-league career strike-out record. In 1990, Ken Griffey and Ken Griffey Jr. became the first father and son to play on the same major-league baseball team. Both singled in the first inning for the Seattle Mariners. In 1993, the first musical guest on CBS’s The Late Show With David Letterman was Billy Joel. In 1997, Americans learned of the car crash in Paris that claimed the lives of Princess Diana, Dodi Fayed and their driver, Henri Paul. Because of the time difference, it was August 31st when the crash actually occurred. In 2005, on the day after Hurricane Katrina struck, 80 percent of New Orleans was under water. A massive rescue effort plucked hundreds from rooftops. Many others waited for days to be rescued. Meanwhile, Katrina flattened much of Gulfport and Biloxi, Missisippi, flooded Mobile, Alabama., and heavily damaged smaller towns in between.

So ya think it was a little wet here in Olympia yesterday? We had a couple of gully washers. It turns out it was a record rainfall of 1.33 inches set at the Olympia Airport yesterday. It broke the old record of 1.03 inches set in 1977.

First there was the Manhattan restaurant playing Christmas music, and now there's word Starbucks is secretly serving the addicting Pumpkin Spice Lattes already. According to sources, you can start ordering Pumpkin Spice Lattes with a secret code: PSL10. Starbucks confirmed it on its official Facebook page.

French police say three sisters brought in over $206,00 they found stashed in their deceased brother's couch. The sisters traveled from Algeria to clear out the apartment that belonged to their brother. The women discovered the money and a social security card and bank card belonging to their father, who died in 1995. Police think the women's brother had been continuing to collect on his father's pension in the years following his death.

Did you ever get injured opening a package? It turns out four in 10 of us have indeed hurt ourselves trying to open a package.

Hold everything. Bryan Cranston isn't actually signed on to play Lex Luthor in the next Superman movie. The rumor originated on a fake comic book news site called Cosmic Book News. Cranston responded to the rumor by saying, "Give me a call. I like Lex Luthor. I think he's misunderstood. He's a lovable, sweet man."

Robin Thicke tops the Billboard Hot 100 for a 12th straight week with Blurred Lines. Katy Perry’s new single Roar, holds at number two and has sold over 949-thousand copies since its release two weeks ago.

Trivia Answer: The Wizard of Omaha, the Oracle of Omaha, or the Sage of Omaha, Warren Edward Buffett who is 83 today. He's noted for his adherence to the value investing philosophy and for his personal frugality despite his immense wealth. Time magazine has named him one of the most influential people in the world. Buffett is also a notable philanthropist, having pledged to give away 99 percent of his fortune to philanthropic causes, primarily via the Gates Foundation. On April 11th of last year, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer for which he completed treatment in September of last year.

Thursday 8.29.13
Today's Trivia: Today is the anniversary of the opening of a military school for officer candidates with a campus located immediately north of Colorado Springs in El Paso County, Colorado. The Academy's stated mission is "to educate, train, and inspire men and women to become officers of character, motivated to lead". It's the youngest of the five United States service academies, having graduated its first class in 1959. What are we talking about?

Felix Hernandez not only had nothing going for him yesterday, he had the worst stuff of his nine-year career. Lasting only 3 innings, Hernandez surrendered nine runs on a season-worst 11 hits and the Mariners never recovered, losing to the Texas Rangers 12-4 at Safeco. Felix lost his third n a row and the Mariners dropped their sixth consecutive contest to close out a winless, futile home stand. Amid the carnage, Seattle fans got one piece of intriguing news as they departed the ballpark yesterday, that Taijuan Walker is making his franchise debut tomorrow when the Mariners play the second of two at Houston. Walker takes over Aaron Harang's rotation spot after Harang was designated for assignment earlier this week. But based this home stand, in which the Mariners were outscored 38-12, Walker may have his deep misgivings about joining such a dysfunctional ball club. This home stand marked the first time in franchise history -- 37 years and counting -- that the club has gone winless on a home stand of more than four games. Seattle begins an eight-game road trip tonight. The first four are at Houston. Game one tonight at 5:05.

The hype continues. Sports Illustrated has yet again chosen a Seattle Seahawk for its cover. After featuring cornerback Richard Sherman nationally last month, this week the magazine is featuring quarterback Russell Wilson. However, there are four regional covers for this week's NFL preview issue of Sports Illustrated. Wilson is on one of the regional covers; featured elsewhere are the other three breakout youngsters from last season: San Francisco's Colin Kaepernick, Washington's Robert Griffin III and Indianapolis' Andrew Luck. On the covers, each quarterback is pictured with a legendary NFL signal-caller -- whomever SI thinks is similar to the young QB. Wilson is paired with Drew Brees, the shorter New Orleans veteran known for his pocket awareness and football smarts. SI compared Kaepernick with Steve Young, Griffin with John Elway and Luck with Peyton Manning. Wilson's appearance on SI is yet another instance of national exposure for the much-hyped 2013 Seahawks, who are considered a favorite to make the Super Bowl. The final pre-season game for Wilson and the gang is tonight. The Seahawks host the Oakland Raiders at 7:00 tonight. Q13 has the game.

Also tonight, the Seattle Storm hosts Connecticut.

Two years and $250 million later, the renovation of the venerable stadium on Montlake is complete. Huskie Stadium sees action coming up Saturday, as the University of Washington Huskies host Boise State. Meanwhile the Washington State Cougars start the year on the road at Auburn on Saturday.

Today is More Herbs Less Salt Day, because it's healthier and zestier. In the movie The Terminator, today is Judgment Day. Today is Mary Poppins Day. The movie premiered on this date in 1964. Today is National Cornbread and Milk Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1967, 72% of American TV viewers watched Dr. Richard Kimbal catch up with the one-armed man on The Fugitive. It was a record that stood until 76% found out who shot JR on November 21st of 1980. In 1973, Judge John Sirica ordered President Nixon to turn over secret Watergate tapes. Nixon refused and appealed the order. In 1990, Sandy the dog, who starred for six years on Broadway in Annie, died in his sleep at age 16. That's 112 in dog years. In 1996, Isaac Hayes wrote Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole and asked him to refrain from using the song Soul Man as his campaign theme tune. The lyrics had been changed to 'I'm a Dole Man.' In 1999, thieves in Melbourne, Australia, stole a truck loaded with toilet paper. Street value: $18,900. In 2005, the average US pump price for a gallon of regular gasoline rose to a record $2.60.

Got an email this morning that I wanted to share with you:

Alea Price of Olympia was killed in a car crash Monday morning on I-405. Today Capital Perks Espresso on Capitol Way in Olympia (where Alea was a barista for 6 years), is donating all proceeds and tips to the Alea Price Memorial Fund. Also, anyone can donate at any Twin Star Credit Union to the Alea Price Memorial Fund.

Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas have split. According to People magazine, Hollywood's most glamorous couple is said to be taking a break from each other as Douglas relaxes by himself on a Yacht off the coast of Sardinia, while Jones is staying at the couple's home in New York. People's sources say that the Academy Award winning couple has been spending time apart ever since April and that the two hope that the separation will help them resolve their differences. Neither one has filed for a divorce or legal separation. The past few of years have been difficult for the couple with Douglas undergoing treatment for cancer and Jones' public admission that she needed help dealing with her bi-polar disorder. Michael and Catherine were married back in 2000 and have two children together.

Despite her terminal brain cancer diagnosis, Valerie Harper isn't ready to slow down anytime soon. She's confirmed to compete on the upcoming season of Dancing With The Stars with Tristan MacManus. Harper tells People she hopes to bring attention to brain cancer research during the competition. The 74-year-old Emmy winning actress joins a list of others reportedly attached to Season 17 including Snooki and Amber Riley.

Don't count Kris Jenner out quite yet. Reports of her talk show being "canceled" are false, according to a 20th Television representative. The rep said yesterday, "It's too early to make a decision." Representatives of the show took to Twitter, as well, to deny reports citing sources that said that low ratings during its six-week test run left the show dead in the water.

According to a recent blind taste test, Starbucks coffee is just as good as Walmart coffee. The blind taste test was conducted at Consumer Reports.

In Las Vegas, The Palazzo hotel's most expensive creation is the $750 Decadence D'Or cupcake. The cupcake is made from some fancy, expensive ingredients and is topped with edible gold leaves.

You're already concerned about your credit score; one day you may also have to be concerned about your Facebook friends - because a few tech startups are using social data when determining whether to loan you money. One company checks out whether your Facebook friends list includes anyone who's ever been late paying back a loan, and, if so, how often you interact with that person.

Trivia Answer: The United States Air Force Academy.  There are five US Service academies:

  • The United States Military Academy in West Point, New York, founded in 1802
  • The United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, founded in 1845
  • The United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, founded in 1876
  • The United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York, founded in 1943
  • The United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, founded in 1954.

Graduates of the Air Force Academy's four-year program receive a Bachelor of Science degree, and most are commissioned as second lieutenants in the United States Air Force. The Academy is also one of the largest tourist attractions in Colorado, attracting more than a million visitors each year. Candidates for admission are judged on their academic achievement, demonstrated leadership, athletics and character. To gain admission, candidates must also pass a fitness test, undergo a thorough medical examination, and secure a nomination, which usually comes from the member of Congress in the candidate's home district. Recent incoming classes have had about 1,200 cadets; historically just under 1,000 of those will graduate. Tuition along with room and board are all paid for by the US government. Cadets receive a monthly stipend, but incur a commitment to serve a number of years of military service after graduation.

Wednesday 8.28.13
Today's Trivia: It is the longest floating bridge on the planet and it opened on this day in 1963. What are we talking about?

My brother-in-law once pointed out that the Mariners find creative ways to lose. A prime example of that last night as Danny Farquar balked in the go-ahead run in the 10th inning. Although Danny felt that that wasn't his biggest error of the night. In Farquar's mind, the greater gaffe was allowing Ian Kinsler to steal third with one out. Without the steal, the balk wouldn't have sent him home to score the tie-breaker that handed the Texas Rangers a 4-3 win over the Seattle Mariners. Ms and Rangers wrap up the series -- both the short series and the season series -- with a day game at 12:40 today. It's the last Ms matinee of the year, as well.

The Seattle Seahawks have made their last roster moves to reach the 75-man limit, including putting wide receiver Percy Harvin on the reserve physically unable to perform list. He will miss the first six weeks of the season. The Seahawks announced the moves yesterday before the league deadline. The final pre-season tune-up for the Hawks is tomorrow night. Seattle is hosting the Oakland Raiders. Kick-off at 7:00. Q13 has the coverage.

Today is Race Your Mouse Around the Icons Day, something to do while waiting for files to load. Today is Submarine Day, marking this date in 1965 when 17-year-old Fred DeLuca opened Petes Super Submarines in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He called it Petes because Dr. Peter Buck, his friendly nuclear physicist, loaned him $1,000 to start the restaurant. A year later they changed the name to Subway. Today there are 12,000 Subways worldwide. Today is National Cherry Turnover Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1837, pharmacists John Lea and William Perrins of Worcester, England, begin manufacturing their Worcestershire Sauce. In 1907, Seattle teenagers Claude Ryan and Jim Casey started a local delivery service called the American Messenger Company. Later, the name was changed to United Parcel Service: It marked the founding of UPS. In 1963, some 200,000 people participated in a peaceful civil rights Freedom March in that other Washington, where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his I Have a Dream speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Peter, Paul & Mary sang Blowin' in the Wind. In 1964, The Beatles appeared on the cover of Life magazine. In 1965, Bob Dylan was booed off the stage at Forest Hills Stadium in New York for playing an electric guitar. In 1986, Tina Turner got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 1989, Walt Disney Productions bought the Muppets for $100-million. In 1999, after an unarmed man robbed a bank in Hermiston, Oregon, he climbed into the trunk of his getaway car two blocks away to change clothes and accidentally locked himself inside. When he yelled for help, a policeman investigating the robbery came to his rescue and arrested him. In 2003, Johnny Cash was hospitalized with stomach pains and cancelled an appearance at the MTV Video Music Awards. He died two weeks later.

Despite rumors that Matt Damon may reprise his role as Jason Bourne, sources tell Variety it's not in the works. Bourne Legacy producer Frank Marshall had previously mentioned bringing Damon back to star alongside the new Aaron Cross character played by Jeremy Renner. Damon has said he'd "love" to do another Bourne flick, but for now it's not looking like he will.

Patrick Dempsey: Racing Le Mans is on Discovery tonight. This 4-part documentary features the Grey's Anatomy star as he trains for the most prestigious race in motorsports; the grueling 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Madonna has topped Forbes list of the highest-earning celebrities. She racked in 125-millions dollars in earnings from June of 2012 to June of 2013. The 55-year-old singer beat out the likes of Simon Cowell and Steven Spielberg to top the list.

Forbes' Highest-Earning Celebrities of 2013:

  • 1. Madonna - $125 million
  • 2. Steven Spielberg - $100 million
  • 3. Simon Cowell - $95 million (tie)
  • 3. British author E.L. James who wrote the bestselling erotic romance trilogy Fifty Shades of Grey - $95 million (tie)
  • 3. Howard Stern - $95 million (tie)
  • 6. Author James Patterson - $91 million
  • 7. Glenn Beck - $90 million
  • 8. Film director and producer Michael Bay - $82 million
  • 9. Jerry Bruckheimer - $80 million (tie)
  • 9. Lady GaGa - $80 million (tie)

Internet addiction among kids in Japan has become so prevalent -- one statistic holds that half a million of them suffer from it -- that the government is investing in "immersion projects" to break this dependency. These Internet "fasting" camps are for kids who need some rehab. There's total Internet blackout, with things like outdoor activities and team games instead.

Trivia Answer: The Governor Albert D. Rosellini Bridge, The Evergreen Point Bridge, or The 520 Bridge. The floating section is 7,580 feet. The bridge's total length is about 15,580 feet. It carries State Route 520 across Lake Washington from Seattle to Medina. The bridge is currently in poor condition and construction is underway to replace it with a new floating bridge. The cost of the improvements to SR-520 between I-5 and I-405, including the new bridge, is forecast to be $4.65 billion. The bridge was originally opened for commuter traffic on August 28th of 1963, after three years of construction. It was built as a four-lane toll bridge to provide easy access from Seattle to Eastside communities such as Bellevue, Kirkland, and Redmond. The total cost of the bridge, in 1961 dollars, was $21 million (at least $127 million in 2011 dollars). To make up for the cost, commuters paid a 35-cent toll in each direction until 1979. The toll booths were then converted into bus stops. The bridge affected many communities on the Eastside. Redmond's population saw a dramatic increase, jumping from less than 1,500 in 1960 to 11,000 in 1970. It was the second floating bridge to cross Lake Washington; the first was the Lake Washington Floating Bridge, built in 1940 as part of U.S. Route 10, later part of Interstate 90, which at its construction was the largest floating structure ever built.

Tuesday 8.27.13
Today's Trivia: This guitarist was ranked #7 in Rolling Stone magazine's 2003 list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. Classic Rock Magazine ranked him #3 in their list of the 100 Wildest Guitar Heroes in 2007. He was born in Dallas. As a youngster he wanted to play the drums as his primary instrument but received a guitar as a gift when he was seven years old. His brother gave him his first guitar lessons. During the early 70s he played the Austin club circuit. From Austin, his fame spread throughout Texas. In the early 1980s, Keith Richards and Mick Jagger saw him and his band playing at a club, and invited them to play at a private party in New York. This eventually led to their first big break performing at the 1982 Montreux Jazz Festival. As a result they were able to meet Jackson Browne, who gave the band free time in his Los Angeles studio, and David Bowie, who had this guy play lead guitar on his next album, Let's Dance. Who is he?

A.J. Pierzynski hit a three-run homer, Mitch Moreland had a solo shot and the Texas Rangers beat the Seattle Mariners 8-3 last night. Here's hoping Eric Wedge doesn't take it personally but the Mariners have lost every game since Eric returned following that stroke last month. They have now dropped four in a row. Ms and Rangers again tonight at 7:10.

Yesterday, the Mariners activated Franklin Gutierrez after recalling him from a rehabilitation assignment in AAA Tacoma, and, unsurprisingly, designated pitcher Aaron Harang for assignment.

The Seattle Seahawks are dealing with injuries on their defensive front and penalties as they enter the final week of preseason action. Five players expected to contribute significantly along the Seahawks' defensive line may not be able to play for the start of the regular season. The team was forced to place fifth-round pick Jesse Williams on injured reserve Monday because of a troublesome knee. Defensive tackle Jordan Hill is sidelined with a strained biceps and nose tackle Brandon Mebane injured his groin in practice yesterday. The injuries have left Seattle short-handed as the regular season is approaching and could also alter the makeup of the roster during final cuts. In addition, the Seahawks are getting penalized at a staggering rate this preseason. Seattle has been flagged 34 times for 354 yards in three games. The Seahawks final pre-season game of the year is Thursday night as they host the Oakland Raiders. Kick-off at 7. Q13 has the game.

Today is Hold A Bubblegum Bubble Blowing Tournament Day with contests for all age-groups and a double-elimination championship Blow-Off. You can do that, right? Today is Petroleum Day, marking the first commercial oil well that began pumping on August 27th of 1859 in Titusville, Pennsylvania. Today is Mother Teresa Day, marking her birth on August 27th of 1910. She won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 and died in Calcutta in 1997. Today is National Banana Lovers Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1912, Edgar Rice Burroughs published his first magazine story about an abandoned English boy raised by African apes. Tarzan, King of the Jungle, became one of the 20th centuries' best-known fictional characters. In 1965, The Beatles, on tour in Los Angeles, visited Elvis Presley at his Bel Air home. They stayed up all night talking and jamming. In 1982, Oakland's Rickey Henderson stole his 119th base to break Lou Brock's major-league theft record of 118. Rickey stole three more that day, but Milwaukee still won 5-4. In In 1991, Seattle's Pearl Jam -- formerly known as Mookie Blaylock -- released their blockbuster debut Ten. The album sailed to number two on the Billboard 200. In 2001, Sophie Frith won the Southern Daily Echo baby beauty contest in London. Ironically, her identical twin sister Olivia didn't even make the second round. The twins were dressed alike and their photos were indistinguishable, yet Sophie received hundreds more votes than Olivia. In 2002, Coldplay released their second album, A Rush of Blood to the Head. Critics around the world praised the disc, with Rolling Stone stating, "First-rate guitar rock with some real emotional protein on its bones."

The 2013 MTV Video Music Awards delivered some big ratings for MTV on Sunday night. The show was watched by over 10.1 million viewers and became cable's number one entertainment cablecast of the year among 12 to 34-year-olds. Did we mention that the controversial Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke medley set a new Twitter record for tweets per minute?

The Farmers' Almanac came out yesterday and says we're in for a "biting cold" winter. And if its predictions are right, the first outdoor Super Bowl in years will be a messy Storm Bowl. In a little more than five months, the Super Bowl is being held in East Rutherford, New Jersey at MetLife Stadium. For as long as there has been football it has been played in cold weather, but this will be the first time in 47 years that the big game will be played outdoors in a region known for freezing temperatures in February. In fact, the coldest it's ever been for a Super Bowl kickoff is 39 degrees, and that was 43 years ago at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans when the Chiefs faced the Vikings.

More bad news for Batman fans who shrieked in horror as Warner Brothers announced last week that Ben Affleck would play the caped crusader in the upcoming Batman vs. Superman film. Over 50,000 people have signed an online petition asking Warner Brothers to reverse its decision to cast Ben Affleck as Batman. Now, though, The Hollywood reporter is reporting that Affleck has been signed to a multi-picture contract to play Batman. If all goes well with the upcoming Batman vs. Superman film we can expect to see the Academy Award winner reprise his role as the masked crime fighter in a Justice League movie as well as his very own Batman franchise. The new Superman film is being directed by Zack Snyder

Trivia Answer: Stevie Ray Vaughan who died on this date in 1990. His brother that gave him guitar lessons was Jimmie Vaughn -- later of the Fabulous Thunderbirds. Stevie started with a band called the Cobras. After the Cobras broke up in 1975, Stevie formed Triple Threat which in 1978 became Double Trouble with Stevie as lead singer. On August 25th and August 26th of 1990, Stevie Ray and Double Trouble finished the summer portion of the In Step Tour with shows at Alpine Valley Music Theatre, just outside of East Troy, Wisconsin. The show also featured Robert Cray & His Memphis Horns, and Eric Clapton, who played the closing set, also bringing all the musicians back onstage for an encore jam. The musicians had expected a long bus ride back to Chicago. However, Vaughan was informed by a member of Clapton's crew that three seats were open on one of the helicopters returning to Chicago with Clapton's crew, enough for Vaughan, his brother Jimmie, and Jimmie's wife Connie. It turned out there was only one seat left; Vaughan requested it from his brother, who obliged. Moments after takeoff the helicopter crashed into a ski slope and all five on board were killed.

Monday 8.26.13
Today's Trivia: This actor was best known as Ted Baxter on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Henry Rush on Too Close for Comfort, and Judge Smails in Caddyshack. Who is he?

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim brought their brooms with them to the Northwest. They beat the Mariners Friday night 2-nuttin, Saturday 5-1, and yesterday, Jered Weaver gave up just three hits in eight strong innings, Kole Calhoun added a two-run homer and the Los Angeles Angels completed the sweep with a 7-1 win over the Ms. Seattle's lone highlight was Dustin Ackley's homer, his first at Safeco Field in more than a year. After slumping early in the season and going down to the minors, Ackley is hitting .330 in his last 26 games. The Ms now host the Texas Rangers for three starting tonight.

The Seattle Seahawks have won eight consecutive preseason games, dating back to the final game of the 2011 preseason. They go for nine as they wrap up this year's preseason Thursday night hosting the Oakland Raiders. Kick-off at 7:00 Thursday night. Q13 has the game.

The San Antonio Silver Stars held on for a 70-64 victory over the Seattle Storm yesterday. The Silver Stars' win snapped the Storm's three-game winning streak. Seattle guard Sue Bird suited up, but did not play. The Storm hosts San Antonio again tomorrow night.

Today is National Dog Day. National Dog Day has two goals: to honor dogs, and to rescue dogs from homelessness and abuse. Today is Woman's Equality Day, National Cherry Popsicle Day, Toilet Paper Day (Invented in 580), Lucky You Day or Make your own luck day

Calendar notes: On this date in 1920, the 19th amendment to United States Constitution took effect, giving women the right to vote. In 1968, The Beatles released Hey Jude. The song, written for the young Julian Lennon by Paul McCartney, went to number one. In 1987, Sonny Bono announced his candidacy for mayor of Palm Springs, California. In 1990, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble played Alpine Valley, Wisconsin. For an encore, the band was joined for a jam by Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Jimmie Vaughan and Robert Cray. Flying to Chicago the next morning, Vaughan was killed when his helicopter crashed. In 2004, Laura Branigan, who sang Gloria, died of a brain aneurysm at her home in New York. She was 47. In 2011, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Boeing's all-new composite airliner, received certification from the FAA

Civil rights drama Lee Daniels' The Butler took home its second box office title over the weekend, topping a Jennifer Aniston comedy and a newly released supernatural teen film. The Butler, starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, earned $17 million in ticket sales from Friday through Sunday. The Jennifer Aniston comedy We're the Millers came in second. Among three late summer newcomers, Mortal Instruments: City of Bones landed in third. Comedy The World's End finished fourth. Disney's Planes landed at No. 5. Low-budget horror film You're Next only managed the No. 7 slot.

According to Variety, Ben Affleck has been cast to star in the next Batman film for Warner Bros. Zack Snyder will direct the next Batman/Superman film. The film was announced at Comic-Con, to the delight of fans, and arrives in theaters on July 17th of 2015. Affleck won the Best Picture Oscar in February for his film Argo.

Disney has just released the title to the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean sequel. The fifth installment of the popular franchise is Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. It's slated to begin filming early next year. Johnny Depp reprises his role as Captain Jack Sparrow with rumors swirling about that Orlando Bloom is set to return to the franchise to play the character of Will Turner. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, sails into theaters in July of 2015.

Two researchers at MIT have created the ultimate anti-Facebook app: a keyboard that shocks you when you try to visit the social networking site.

Facebook recently released its Canada-specific stats, once again showing that the nation leads the world in online social networking. On average, 61 percent of global users check Facebook at least once a day. In the U.S. 70 percent of them do. In Canada, it's 74 percent.

A new survey found men with beards look around 5 years older than those that are clean shaven. When people were shown pictures of celebrities with and without facial hair, they said beards made them look on average 5 years older.

Trivia Answer: We know him as Ted Knight but he was born Tadeusz Władysław Konopka to a Polish American family in Connecticut. He dropped out of high school to enlist for military service in World War II. He spent most of the 1950s and 1960s doing commercial voice-overs and minor television and movie roles (he was the cop guarding Norman Bates at the end of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960). He appeared frequently in television shows such as How to Marry a Millionaire, Bonanza, Combat!, Get Smart, The Twilight Zone, and The Wild Wild West. Knight's distinctive speaking voice brought him work as an announcer, notably as narrator of the first season of the Super Friends (his signature line was, "Meanwhile, at the Hall of Justice..."). His role as the vain and untalented WJM newscaster Ted Baxter on The Mary Tyler Moore Show brought Knight widespread recognition, and his greatest success. He received six Emmy Award nominations for the role, winning the Emmy for "Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Comedy" in 1973 and 1976. After the show's run, Knight appeared in one episode of The Love Boat as a rival cruise captain opposite Mary Tyler Moore co-star Gavin MacLeod ("Captain Stubing"). After The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Knight landed the lead role as the kind, curmudgeonly cartoonist Henry Rush in the ABC series Too Close for Comfort (renamed The Ted Knight Show in later seasons) which ran from 1980 to 1986. During scenes in which Henry draws in his bedroom, Knight used his earlier acquired ventroliquism talents for comical conversations with a hand-puppet version of his comic book's main character Cosmic Cow. Despite the series' ongoing success in first-run syndication, it unfortunately ended due to Ted Knight's terminal illness. A few months after the end of the Mary Tyler Moore Show in 1977, he was diagnosed with cancer for which he received various forms of treatment over several years. In 1985, he was diagnosed with colon cancer which, despite rigorous treatment, eventually began to spread. He died on this date in 1986 from complications due to surgery.

Friday 8.23.13
Today's Trivia: This actor has appeared in more than forty films and more than two hundred television episodes since 1962. He's best known for his roles in M*A*S*H, Alien, Top Gun, A River Runs Through It, Up in Smoke, and the television series Picket Fences. Who is he?

The Seahawks head into their biggest game of the preseason tonight with a doozy at Lambeau Field, taking on quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers in what is slated to be Seattle's first big dress rehearsal for the regular season. The nationally televised game pits two potential Super Bowl contenders in a rematch of last year's controversial Week 3 meeting, in which the Seahawks beat the Packers 14-12 on Monday Night Football at CenturyLink Field. The Seahawks are 2-0 in the preseason so far, with a 31-10 victory in San Diego a couple of weeks ago and a 40-10 beatdown on Denver last Saturday at the CLink. Green Bay is 1-1, having lost 17-0 to the lowly Arizona Cardinals two weeks ago and and beating the St. Louis Rams 19-7 last weekend. While preseason results don't count for anything, real games are approaching and the Seahawks want to be as prepared as possible -- in other words, they want to win. Kick-off is at 5:00 tonight. CBS has the game.

The Mariners were idle yesterday. A three-game series with the Los Angeles Angels begins tonight at Safeco. Felix Hernandez starts for Seattle. Eric Wedge, out since July 22nd when he suffered a mild stroke, is expected to resume his managerial duties today.

Today is Permanent Press Day, a day proudly to wear polyester and keep the iron unplugged. It was Steven Wright who said, "Ever notice how irons have a setting for permanent press? I don't get it." Today is Hug Your Sweetheart Day. Today is National Sponge Cake Day. Today is National Sneak Off to the Beach Day. Don't forget the sunscreen. Today is Ride the Wind Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1962, John Lennon married Cynthia Powell at the Mount Pleasant Registry Office in Liverpool, England. They were divorced in November 1968. In 1966, in Chicago, Big Brother & The Holding Company signed to Mainstream Records in return for airfare back to San Francisco. In 1972, the Republican national convention, meeting in Miami Beach, nominated Vice President Spiro T. Agnew for a second term. Also in 1972, Looking Glass hit the top of the Billboard singles chart with Brandy (You're a Fine Girl). In 1975, Fleetwood Mac's Fleetwood Mac album entered the Billboard chart. It was the group's first album featuring Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. In 2003, a 47-year-old German man lost his driver's license after failing to perform any of the required actions on an alcohol test. The test in Koblenz was noteworthy because the man's dog, a West Highland white terrier, executed all the commands perfectly, including a 360-degree turn as his master staggered and fell.

Robin Thicke is suing Marvin Gaye's family and they're not happy about it. Marvin's family claims that Robin's single Blurred Lines rips off the melody from Marvin's song Got to Give it Up. However, Robin wants the court to rule that his song does not infringe on copyrights. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Robin asserts that his family is trying to claim "ownership of an entire genre." Marvin's son, Marvin III, tells TMZ that Robin disrespected his entire family.

Rumors are swirling that 'NSYNC is reuniting for a performance at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday. Former 'NSYNCer Justin Timberlake nominated for six awards and is being honored at the big show with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. Justin is up for Best Male Video, Best Pop Video and the coveted Video of the Year for Mirrors. He also scored nominations for Best Direction and Best Collaboration for Suit & Tie, featuring Jay Z. The MTV VMAs are Sunday night.

Rambo may be combatting his way to television. According to Variety, a television series is in development based on the 80s Rambo franchise. Sylvester Stallone is reportedly reprising his classic role as John Rambo. Sly has previously addressed his desire to bring the character back to the screen.

Jane Lynch announced on Twitter that she has read the script for Glee's Cory Monteith tribute episode. According to Us Magazine, she calls it "the most beautiful thing." It was recently confirmed that episode three of season five is paying homage to the late actor's character, Finn Hudson. The show's creator, Ryan Murphy, says the episode celebrates the character's life and may reference Cory's drug and alcohol struggles. Cory passed away in July after consuming a lethal mixture of alcohol and heroin.

Miss your old flip-phone but like smartphone technology? Samsung has the Galaxy Golden -- a phone with two 3.7 inch displays, one on each side of the lid. That means you can use the phone like a normal touchscreen handset or flip open the phone and use it like a traditional flip-phone with a dialpad.

If snapping photos for your Facebook with your smartphone is too amateur, Canon's got a camera for you. The company is currently accepting pre-orders on its online store for the Facebook-ready PowerShotN, which is set for a September release. The camera enables one-click sharing to Facebook using a button with the social network's logo (using built-in Wi-Fi).

Americans are soon to be running with the bulls at a Virginia drag-racing strip. The Great Bull Run, tomorrow at the Virginia Motor Sports Park, is an American adaptation of Pamplona's running of the bulls. Is this really a good idea?

Hope to see you at the Kamilche Trading Post today for the Shell Fuel Fest.  If I miss you there, maybe we can catch up at Sand in the City.  Another busy weekend around the South Sound.  Enjoy it.

Trivia Answer: Tom Skerritt who turns 80 on Sunday. He has lived here in the Northwest since 1988. He divides his time between his Lake Washington home, and a second home on Lopez Island in the San Juan Islands. In February of last year, he played the title role in the Pacific Northwest Ballet's production of Don Quixote. Skerritt is about to make his Broadway debut in the stage adaptation of John Grisham's legal thriller A Time to Kill. Opening night is set for October 20th.

Thursday 8.22.13
Today's Trivia: He was a fantasy, science fiction, horror, and mystery fiction writer. Best known for his novel Fahrenheit 451 and for the science fiction and horror stories gathered together as The Martian Chronicles. Who was he?

Light-hitting Brendan Ryan hit a two-run double in the sixth and added an RBI single in the eighth, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics 5-3 yesterday. Michael Morse and Brad Miller homered for Seattle, which overcame an uneven start by Hisashi Iwakuma to beat the A's for the fourth time in the past five games between the division rivals. Iwakuma gave up a pair of home runs and pitched with runners in scoring position most of the afternoon, but limited the damage to win his second straight. The Ms are idle today before opening a three-fame weekend series with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim tomorrow night. Mariner manager Eric Wedge is expected to rejoin the team and resume his managerial duties tomorrow after suffering what the team called a mild stroke last month.

Last year, when the Seahawks beat the Packers on that controversial Hail Mary touchdown, prominent football columnist Mike Silver was spotted on the field asking Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers, "What the (eff) just happened?" He called that play "the moment the NFL jumped the shark." This year, the longtime sportswriter has Seahawks Fever. Silver yesterday picked what he called "the loaded" 2013 Seattle Seahawks to win the Super Bowl. Silver wrote on NFL.com that Young quarterback Russell Wilson will fulfill his super predictions and lead his team to victory in this season's Big Game. First, Russell Wilson and the rest of the Seahawks get to play the Packers again, this time at their place. Pre-season game three for the Hawks is tomorrow night at 5 at Lambeau Field. CBS has the game tomorrow night.

Today is Pocketphone Day. British Telecom introduced the first pocketphones on this date in 1989. Today is Be an Angel Day. You're encouraged to do something nice for someone today. Today is Southern Hemisphere Hoodie-Hoo Day, a time for everyone in the southern hemisphere to go outdoors at noon and yell, "Hoodie-Hoo!" to chase away winter and make ready for spring. Yep, it is winter down south. Today is National Pecan Torte Day. Today is National Eat a Peach Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt became the first US chief executive to ride in an automobile. In 1956, Elvis began shooting his big-screen debut, Love Me Tender. In 1970, Eric Clapton entered the studio to begin recording the Derek & The Dominos album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs. Also in 1970, Creedence Clearwater Revival started a nine-week run at number one on the album chart with their fifth album, Cosmo's Factory. In 1989, Texas Ranger Nolan Ryan fired a 96-mile-an-hour fastball to strike out Oakland's Rickey Henderson, Nolan's 5,000th strike out. In 1997, Rossana Giusti won the job of grave digger at a cemetery in Prato, Italy, after the ten men competing against her all fainted and failed the test. The test was exhuming a body. In 2000, Publishers Clearing House agreed to pay $18 million to 24 states and the District of Columbia to settle allegations it had used deceptive promotions in its sweepstakes mailings. In 2007, the Texas Rangers routed the Baltimore Orioles 30–3, the most runs scored by a team in modern MLB history.

Sometimes I feel as if I'm losing my grip, or the world's gone crazy without me. A couple of stories over the past couple of days have given me that feeling. In a bizarre twist to an already tragic case, the family of the man suspected of kidnapping a 16-year-old girl and killing her mother and younger brother -- James Lee DiMaggio -- has asked for paternity tests to determine if the suspect fathered the children. And now word this morning that WikiLeaks source Bradley Manning intends to begin hormone therapy for gender reassignment and live the rest of his life as a woman. That according to a statement from him read on NBC's Today show today. Henceforth, Manning wants to be referred to as Chelsea.

Oprah Winfrey's exclusive interview with Lindsay Lohan drew lower than expected ratings. The New York Post writes that the interview only drew 890,000 viewers when it aired at nine on Sunday. By comparison, Winfrey's interview with cyclist Lance Armstrong and interview with Whitney Houston's family after her death both drew over three-million viewers. It wasn't funny but I had to laugh when I got an email press release from Oprah's network touting a new special she has featuring the kids from The Brady Bunch and The Partridge Family, sort of a Where Are They Now feature. Right after I got that email, I received another saying exactly where David Cassidy of Partridge familiy fame was. Late Tuesday night/early Wednesday morning, he was arrested and charged with felony driving while intoxicated in New York. The former teen star was pulled over for having his high beams on, according to TMZ. He was arrested after officers discovered he had a .10-percent blood alcohol content. 63-year-old Cassidy was charged with the felony because of a prior conviction where he received a DUI in Florida in 2011. He was booked in the county jail on $2,500 bond.

A survey among business people found that the least respected brand in this country is Delta Air Lines. It beat out both Philip Morris and Denny's.

Think about this -- is the person you married "the love of your life?" One in seven in a survey of 2,000 people admitted they have 'made do' with their partner because their "true love slipped through their fingers."

Trivia Answer: One of the most celebrated 20th-century American writers. Ray Bradbury who was born on this date in 1920, Many of his works have been adapted into comic books, television shows, and films. Bradbury never obtained a driver's license. He lived at home until he was twenty-seven and married. His wife of fifty-six years, Maggie, as she was affectionately called, was the only woman he ever dated. They were married from 1947 until her death in 2003. Interestingly, he exhibited skepticism with regard to modern technology by resisting the conversion of his work into e-books and stating that "We have too many cellphones. We've got too many internets. We have got to get rid of those machines. We have too many machines now." When the publishing rights for Fahrenheit 451 came up for renewal in December of 2011, Bradbury conceded that the work could be published in an electronic form -- provided that the publisher, Simon & Schuster, allowed the e-book to be digitally downloaded by any library patron. The title remains the only book in the Simon & Schuster catalog where this is possible. Following a lengthy illness, Bradbury died in Los Angeles on June 5th of 2012 at the age of 91.

Wednesday 8.21.13
Today's Trivia: He stood 7-foot-1. He weighed 250 pounds as a rookie before bulking up to 275 and eventually over 300 pounds. He's widely considered one of the greatest and most dominant players in the history of the NBA. In fact, he's the only player in the league's history to score 100 points in a single NBA game. Who is he?

Nick Franklin broke out of a slump and then had to leave the game early. He's hoping it's not an omen. Franklin homered and drove in three runs and the Seattle Mariners rallied from a four-run deficit to beat the Oakland Athletics 7-4 last night. He'll likely have to wait a few days before he gets into the lineup because of a left knee laceration suffered when he beat a throw to the plate during the decisive eighth and collided with the catcher. Nick ended up getting stitches in his leg. The catcher limped away with a broken toe. The Mariners scored five times in the eighth, getting RBIs from Franklin, Brad Miller, and Kandrys Morales and scoring two runs on wild pitches. Ms and As wrap up the series with a day game today.

Citing anonymous sources, the News Tribune reported yesterday that the Mariners have agreed to extend the expiring contract of general manager Jack Zduriencik for one year through 2014. Mariners president Chuck Armstrong, traveling with the team in Oakland, declined comment on the extension. The futures of Zduriencik and manager Eric Wedge have been the objects of speculation since the winter, when both were denied extensions beyond the 2013 season. Beyond locking up Felix Hernandez with a $175 million deal, the Mariners also made no big commitments to new players. Instead, the club pushed some of its premier prospects to the big club earlier this season in hopes of staying competitive; critics said the moves were born of job-saving panic. While Brad Miller, Nick Franklin and Mike Zunino have shown positive signs, the record before last night's game against the A's was 57-67. At the same point year ago, the Mariners were 60-64. While numerous injuries have compromised progress, the Mariners are headed for their fourth losing season in a row and eighth in the past 10. The club has only 11 winning season in its 36-year existence.

Golden Tate has a picture of his now infamous game-winning touchdown last September against Green Bay with a unique signature attached. The picture is signed by Green Bay defensive back M.D. Jennings with a special message added: "Robbed." Tate says, "I think it's funny. Almost a year later, people are still talking about it. It is what it is. I guess I'm in the record books for that play." Tate gets a firsthand feel for just where he stands with Green Bay's faithful on Friday night when the Seahawks face the Packers at Lambeau Field. It could be the most hostile territory he's ever entered in his NFL career - and for a preseason game no less. But after what took place in Week 3 last season in Seattle, this isn't just an ordinary preseason game between the Packers and Seahawks. In the eyes of Packers fans, Tate ranks among the most villainous players in the NFL. Kick-off is coming up at 5 Friday night. CBS has the game this week.

Today is Crazy Day. It's not what you think. Patsy Cline recorded the Willie Nelson song Crazy on this date in 1961. Today is Cadillac Day. The first Cadillac was built on this day in 1902. Today is National Spumoni Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1887, Phillies' pitcher Dan Casey struck out in the 9th inning of a game against the New York Giants. The event inspired Ernest L. Thayer to write … Casey at the Bat. In 1976, RCA Victor records announced sales of Elvis Presley records had passed 400 million. In 1991, in Independence, Missouri, the owner of a Domino's Pizza restaurant, dressed as a giant red rabbit to attract business, was knocked unconscious by Bobo the Clown, who was promoting a Pizza Hut across the street. The rabbit declined to press charges. In 1994, John Denver faced drunk-driving charges after wrapping his Porsche around a tree.

A military judge today sentenced Army Pfc. Bradley Manning to 35 years in prison. In addition, his rank is being reduced, and he will forfeit all pay and benefits and be dishonorably discharged. The former Army intelligence analyst was convicted in July of stealing 750,000 pages of classified documents and videos and disseminating them to WikiLeaks.

The body of a deceased man was discovered in Olivia Newton-John's Florida home on Monday. Olivia and her husband were away at the time of the incident. Ace Showbiz reports that the man allegedly committed suicide and died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. According to police, he was hired as a contractor and did not live in the house.

Alex Band, the frontman for The Calling, was abducted and beaten over the weekend in Lapeer, Michigan. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Band was walking into a minimart early Sunday morning after a concert, when a minivan pulled up alongside him and two people jumped out and pulled him inside. He was beaten and robbed before being left on a nearby street. In the meantime, his band realized he was missing and went searching for him and found him on a street. Band was treated and released by a hospital on Sunday, his assailants remain at large. The Calling are best known for their 2001 hit Wherever You Will Go.

A new study claims one in four dogs is clinically depressed and show signs such as pacing, chasing their tail, howling and pooping. A group called Home Alone Dogs says the reason for all the downer dogs is that so many pooches are left at home during the day and miss their masters.

The First Dog now has a second. The Obamas announced on Instagram that they have added a new dog to their family named Sunny. The pup joins big brother Bo, who became a member of the Obama family in 2009 and celebrates his fifth birthday in October. Both Bo and Sunny are Portuguese water dogs -- a hypoallergenic breed that won't trigger 15-year-old First Daughter Malia's allergies. According to the White House's official website, the Obamas named their new addition Sunny because it "fit her cheerful personality."

A survey found half of us experience desk rage while at work and it doesn't take much to set us off. The worst day of the week for desk rage: Monday, of course. What sets us off the most: computer crashes.

Trivia Answer: Wilton Norman Chamberlain -- Wilt the Stilt, The Big Dipper, Chairman of the Boards -- who was born on this date in 1936. He played with the Philadelphia/San Francisco Warriors, the Philadelphia 76ers, and the Los Angeles Lakers. He also played for a time with the Harlem Globetrotters. He was enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1978, elected onto the NBA's 35th Anniversary Team of 1980, and chosen as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996. Rumor is that his favorite nickname was The Big Dipper -- allegedly a name he picked up because he always had to dip his head before entering a room. After his basketball career, Chamberlain played volleyball in the short-lived International Volleyball Association, was president of this organization and enshrined in the IVA Hall of Fame for his contributions. Chamberlain was also a successful businessman, authored several books, and appeared in the movie Conan the Destroyer. He was a lifelong bachelor, but became notorious for his claim to have had sex with 20,000 women, a statement which has entered popular culture. Chamberlain had a history of heart trouble. In 1992, he was hospitalized for three days following an irregular heartbeat, and in 1999, his condition deteriorated rapidly. After undergoing dental surgery in that year, he lost 50 pounds, was in great pain and seemed unable to recover from the stress. On October 12th of 1999, he died of congestive heart failure in Bel-Air, California.

Tuesday 8.20.13
Today's Trivia: He was a songwriter, musician, singer, actor, and voice actor. He was one of the creative influences behind the southern soul music label Stax Records, where he served both as an in-house songwriter and as a record producer. He and his partner David Porter wrote the song Soul Man, which was first performed by Sam & Dave. The song has been recognized as one of the most influential songs of the past 50 years by the Grammy Hall of Fame. It was also honored by The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, by Rolling Stone magazine, and by the RIAA as one of the Songs of the Century. During the late 1960s, he began recording music and he had several successful soul albums such as Hot Buttered Soul in 1969 and Black Moses in 1971. In addition to his work in popular music, he worked as a composer of musical scores for motion pictures. He was awarded the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1972. Who is he?

Brandon Moss hit a solo home run over the center-field fence with one out in the ninth inning, lifting the Oakland Athletics over the Seattle Mariners 2-1 last night. As pitcher Jarrod Parker pitched his first career complete game, allowing eight hits. He struck out eight, did not walk a batter and threw 100 pitches. Ms and As again tonight.

Seattle manager Eric Wedge is coming back from a mild stroke, and is expected to be in uniform on Friday in Seattle as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim arrive at the Safe for a weekend series.

As the Ms come home, the Seahawks hit the road. Friday night's the night as the Hawks are at Lambeau Field to face off with the Green Bay Packers. Kick-off at 5. CBS has the coverage.

Today is the Moon's Birthday, according to the ancient Aztecs. It's Bacon Lover's Day. Today is National Chocolate Pecan Pie Day. Today is National Lemonade Day. Today is National Stop and Smell Your Dog Day. And possibly Give Your Dog a Bath Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1960, Connie Francis made her acting debut on the set of the movie Where the Boys Are. In 1965, The Rolling Stones released Satisfaction. It would become their first #1 song in the US. In In 1973, The Rolling Stones released their single Angie. The ballad became one of their biggest singles and also went to number one. In 1990, Ike Sewell died in Chicago at age 87. Ike was an all-America football player at the University of Texas, but is probably better know as the inventor of the Chicago-style deep-dish pizza. In 1998, Canada's Supreme Court ruled that Quebec could not secede without the federal government's consent.

Lady Gaga is opening the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards show with the world premiere performance of her new single Applause. Other performers during the VMAs are Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, Kanye West, Robin Thicke and more. The MTV VMAs are coming up Sunday night.

John Mayer's latest album, Paradise Valley, is out today.

In September, Elton John releases his latest album, The Diving Board, and he's just put out a trailer for the effort. In the black and white clip, He says, "What kind of music do I really want to make? I have to go back to go forward again. I am on the diving board." You can check it out at RollingStone.com and you can pick up The Diving Board on September 24th.

Steven Tyler plans to work on his debut solo album next year. The Aerosmith singer told RollingStone.com, "Joe [Perry] has done, like, four solo albums. I've got this itch in me to do a solo record, and that's what I'm gonna do next." Steven said that Aerosmith has "never been better" but he wants to work on some "weirder, off-the-cuff stuff" that he doesn't think the band would like. No word yet on when the album will be out but Steven hopes to start it in January.

Imagine Dragons tweeted that their fan site is almost ready. According to the tweet the band will have a discussion board, fan perks and other benefits. The band already has an official site and verified Twitter account with over 480-thosuand followers.

If Hulk Hogan had his way, Chris Hemsworth would be trading Thor's mighty hammer for a body slam. In an interview the pro-wrestling legend was asked about who he'd like to see play him in a planned biopic and he likes Chris.

Here's a shocker: Lindsay Lohan admits that she is an addict. It happened in an interview with Oprah Winfrey. TMZ writes that in the interview, Lohan admits that she was hooked on alcohol which then served as a gateway for her to sample cocaine. She continues to say that her addiction came from lots of partying. Lohan continued to say she is currently only taking vitamins and a medication for acid-reflux.

A driver fell asleep at an Erie County, New York, McDonald's drive-thru with the car engine still running. Troopers arrived at the scene and woke up the driver who voluntarily gave a breath sample. Troopers found he was drunk.

A study discovered that up to 35% of us have had a text conversation while still sleeping. The conversation, which is mostly gibberish, starts when our phones start beeping or buzzing, prompting our brains to go into auto-pilot and return the text. It's not always gibberish, though. The study found men usually text about food while women tend to get romantic.

Trivia Answer: Isaac Hayes who was born on this date in 1942. He's well known for his musical score for the film Shaft in 1971. He won the Academy Award for the Theme from Shaft. During the late 1990s, Hayes gained new popularity as the voice of Chef on the Comedy Central animated television series South Park. He ended up leaving the show. At first it was apparently the Scientology episode of South Park that caused the break. In a 2007 interview, however, Hayes said he had quit because "they -- the shows creators and producers -- didn't pay me enough... They weren't that nice." Hayes was found unresponsive in his home near Memphis on August 10th of 2008, ten days before his 66th birthday. Hayes was taken to Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, where he was pronounced dead. The cause of death was not immediately clear, though the area medical examiners later listed a devastating recurrence of stroke as the cause of death.

Monday 8.19.13
Today's Trivia: She's a political consultant well known for her work with the Republican Party. She served under President Ronald Reagan, was campaign director for the first President Bush, was an assistant to the second President Bush, and counselor to Vice President Dick Cheney until 2003. She's married to a Democratic political consultant. She appears in the award-winning documentary film Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story and also played herself, opposite her husband, in the short lived HBO series K Street. Who is she?

Kyle Seager hit an RBI double with two outs in the ninth inning yesterday, lifting the Seattle Mariners over the Texas Rangers 4-3. The Mariners took two of three from AL West-leading Texas. They scored three runs in 7 1-3 innings against Rangers ace Yu Darvish in the series finale. Texas closer Joe Nathan took over to begin the ninth with the score 3-all and Endy Chavez led off with a single. Humberto Quintero sacrificed and Nick Franklin drew a two-out walk before Seager's go-ahead hit. Yoervis Medina got the win and Danny Farquhar earned his seventh save in 10 tries. The Mariners are now in Oakland to face the As for three. Game one tonight at 7:10.

Saturday night turned out to be the kind of night when Seattle Seahawk coach Pete Carroll could make fun of Marshawn Lynch for having just 1 yard rushing in two preseason games. Seattle's 40-10 preseason victory over Denver became that kind of laugher. The Seahawks' ability to make big plays was apparent as they returned a kickoff and a fumble for touchdowns of over 100 yeards and their depth overwhelmed the Broncos in the second half. Meanwhile, the Broncos were sloppy with four turnovers and injuries are starting to become a concern for Denver. Next up for the Hawks, the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau field. Friday night's the night. Kick-off at 5 our time. CBS has the coverage.

It's National Aviation Day, in honor of the birthday of aviator Orville Wright. Orville was the first person to successfully fly an airplane. His first flight was December 17, 1903 at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. This day was selected, as it is Orville Wrights' birthday. (August 19, 1871). It's Sandcastle and Sculpture Day. Today is Potato Day. It's World Youth Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1909, the first automobile race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway took place. In 1934, the first All-American Soap Box Derby was held in Dayton, Ohio. Also in 1934, the position Führer was created when it was approved by the German electorate with 89.9% of the popular vote. In 1960, in Moscow, Russia, Soviet Union, downed American U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers was sentenced to ten years imprisonment by the Soviet Union for espionage. In 1973, in Malibu, California, Kris Kristofferson married Rita Coolidge. In 1980,after Alice Cooper cancelled a Toronto show because of illness, 14-hundred ticket-holders rioted. In 1991, dissolution of the Soviet Union occurred. Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev was placed under house arrest while on holiday in the Ukraine.

The Butler, a civil rights drama starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, surpassed expectations and easily won the weekend box office battle, debuting with $25 million in US and Canadian ticket sales. The Jennifer Aniston comedy We're the Millers finished in the No. 2 slot. Last weekend's box office leader, Matt Damon sci-fi thriller Elysium fell to third place. Kick-Ass 2, a comedy sequel about a pair of teenage crime-fighting superheroes, languished in fourth place. Rounding out the top of the charts, Walt Disney animated movie Planes. The much talked about Jobs, the drama starring Ashton Kutcher as the legendary Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, finished in seventh place.

John Mayer complimented his girlfriend Katy Perry's new single, Roar. He tells Billboard that he knew the song was "massive" before it was even released. He explained that it was an "unforgettable sort of experience" to hear the song while Katy was reeling about its possible success. After dropping on Monday, Billboard reports Roar is heading for the Hot 100 charts. John calls it an "incredibly big song" that will have people dancing. John's sixth studio album Paradise Valley is due out tomorrow. The album features a duet with Katy titled, Who You Love. By the way, John is a guest on the Letterman show tonight.

Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines has topped the Billboard Hot 100 for eight straight weeks and has sold over 4.6-million copies. Robin is nominated for four MTV Video Music Awards, including Best Male Video, Best Song of the Summer and the coveted Video of the Year for Blurred Lines. The 2013 MTV Video Music Awards are Sunday night.

A hacker found a Facebook bug and tried to report it to the social media giant, but couldn't get through to anyone. So he got the company's attention by posting a message to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's Timeline.

Former Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss has gotten herself in trouble with the law again. Nevada law enforcement officials have released a statement saying that they found over 400 marijuana plants at her home in the city of Pahrump. The Nye County Sheriff's department tells KVVU-TV Fox 5 that they arrived at Heidi's residence in search of an unnamed woman who they were looking to arrest. Instead, the police found over 400 pot plants growing in Fleiss' backyard. The Police found the former madam shortly after their discovery and questioned her. Heidi told the officers that she had a license to grow the plants and that they were going to be sold to a medical cooperative in Las Vegas. It appears that her story is bogus as the Sheriff's department has charged Fleiss with possession with the intent to sell.

Here's your number for the day: 480,000. That's how many school buses on the road each day in the US.

An unnamed church has created a song that tells its members to keep their business off of Facebook. Someone recorded the choir singing "Keep Yo' Business Off Yo' Facebook" and uploaded it on YouTube.

Trivia Answer: Mary Joe Matalin who is 60 today. In October, 1993, she married James Carville, a political strategist for candidates of the Democratic Party. They were married in New Orleans. Matalin and Carville have two daughters, Matalin Mary "Matty" Carville and Emerson Normand "Emma" Carville. Both Matalin and Carville have gone on record saying that they do not talk politics at home. In 2008, Carville and Matalin -- at the urging of Scott Cowen, president of Tulane University, where Carville now teaches -- moved their family to New Orleans.

Friday 8.16.13
Today's Trivia: She played Janie's Mother in Aerosmith's video for Janie's Got a Gun. Who is she?

Alex Cobb pitched five strong innings in his first big league game since being hit in the head by a batted ball two months ago and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Seattle Mariners 7-1 last night. Cobb ended his night by striking out Nick Franklin on a full-count pitch with the bases loaded and two outs in the fifth. He received a standing ovation as he walked off the field. Cobb, activated from the 60-day disabled list before the game, sustained a concussion after being struck on the right ear by a line drive on June 15th. He was taken off the field on a stretcher and was hospitalized overnight. Raul Ibanez gave the Mariners their lone run with his first homer since going deep twice on July 12th. He has 25 homers this season. The Ms road trip continues in Texas against the Rangers tonight at 5.

Seattle manager Eric Wedge, recovering from what the team called a very mild stroke, could return during a homestand that starts next Friday.

The Seattle Seahawks are home tomorrow night. Pre-season game number two has the Hawks hosting the Denver Broncos tomorrow night. It's a 7 o'clock kick-off. Q13 again has the coverage.

Today is Stay Home With Your Kids Day, a day to support and encourage stay-at-home parents. Today is Remember What Your Spouse Wore the First Time You Met Day. Today is National True Love Forever Day. Today is National Follow Your Nose Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1954, the first issue of Sports Illustrated was published. In 1975, Peter Gabriel announced he was leaving Genesis. In 1977, Elvis Presley died. Although many suspect Elvis accidentally administered himself a drug overdose, the official verdict was coronary arrhythmia. He was 42. In 1978, James Earl Ray, convicted assassin of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., told a Capitol Hill hearing he did not commit the crime, claiming he'd been set up by a mysterious man named "Raoul." In 1983, Paul Simon married actress Carrie Fisher in New York.They divorced in 1985. In 1985, Madonna married Sean Penn in Malibu. She wore a leather teddy; he wore boxing gloves. They divorced in 1989. In 1992, tree surgeons Bill Droneburg and Melody Cline of Walla Walla, Washington, were married 20 feet off the ground in a maple tree. In 2002, scientists at the University of Glasgow in Scotland published research validating the so-called "beer goggles" effect. In their study of 120 male and female students, those who had drunk a moderate amount of alcohol found the faces of the opposite sex 25% more attractive than their sober counterparts.

Nearly 12 million viewers were drawn to the Season 4 premiere of A&E's Duck Dynasty, setting a record for a non-fiction cable series. Wednesday's episode focused on a surprise wedding-vow renewal ceremony for Phil and Kay Robertson.

Justin Timberlake has been added to the list of performers at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. Justin joins previously announced performers Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke, and Kanye West. The MTV VMAs are coming up Sunday the 25th.

First Lady Michelle Obama is releasing a rap album to promote her Let's Move health campaign. OMG! reports the First Lady isn't singing on any tracks, but makes a cameo in 10 videos that are being distributed to various schools. The First Lady has recruited some of the biggest names in music such as Run DMC, Doug E. Fresh, and Jordin Sparks to perform on the 19 track album.

A tip for any woman looking for a man that's not afraid to do a little housework. Marry a teacher. A study found that guys who work in fields typically dominated by females do 25% more housework compared to men who work in male-dominated jobs.

The same Orange County, California, Taco Bell location which first introduced the world to the still-testing Waffle Taco back in May is currently testing two new Waffle Tacos: Chicken & Waffle and Very Berry.

If you get invited to a wedding do you feel obligated to go, and if you don't, is it required to send a gift? A new poll by American Consumer Credit Counseling found 43% of us have decided not to go to a wedding for financial reasons. But 36% of respondents say being invited means going, even if it means going into debt.

Is your iPhone running? That device is using more energy than your refrigerator. A new report says that a fridge uses just 322 kWh per year, compared with the 361 kWh for an iPhone, if you include its wireless connections, data usage, and battery charges.

Tip for drug users: If you're seeking drugs, don't turn to Twitter for help. Sunith Baheerathan was apparently looking for some pot to get him through the day at a Vaughn, Ontario, auto shop. He tweeted out a message to, well, everyone, as well as his location. Police replied asking if they could stop by.

Trivia Answer: Actress Lesley Ann Warren who turns 67 today. She's been nominated once for an Academy Award and Emmy Award and five times for Golden Globe Award, winning one. She is known for her roles in films such as The Happiest Millionaire, Victor Victoria, Clue, Burglar, Cop, Color of Night and Secretary. She has also had roles in TV shows such as Mission: Impossible, Desperate Housewives, Will & Grace, and In Plain Sight.

 

 

Thursday 8.15.13
Today's Trivia: This film premiered on this date in 1939 at Graumans Chinese Theater in Hollywood. Notable for its use of Technicolor, fantasy storytelling, musical score, and unusual characters, over the years it has become one of the best known of all films and part of American popular culture. It also featured what may be the most elaborate use of character make-up and special effects in a film up to that time. Telecasts of the film began in 1956, re-introducing the film to the public and eventually becoming an annual tradition, making it one of the most famous films ever made. What is the film?

Jason Bourgeois hit an RBI single to cap Tampa Bay's two-run rally in the ninth inning and the Rays ended a six-game losing streak, beating the Seattle Mariners 5-4 last night. The Rays trailed 4-3 when Ben Zobrist opened the ninth with a triple off the top of the right-field wall against rookie Danny Farquhar. Matt Joyce singled to tie it, Evan Longoria doubled and Will Myers was intentionally walked to load the bases. Bourgeois singled to right over the Mariners' drawn-in outfield. Farquhar didn't retire any of the five batters he faced. Ms and Rays wrap up the series this afternoon at 4:10.

With the 2013 regular season fast-approaching, there is little question the Seattle Seahawks possess one of the top-five most-talented rosters in the NFL. But talent alone doesn't cut the cheddar, as evident in Forbes' 2013 list of NFL team values, announced yesterday. The Seahawks are certainly no bums, however. After ranking No. 17 last year, the Seahawks jumped two spots -- ranking No. 15 on the current list. Now valued at $1.081 billion with an earned revenue of $270 million last season, and owned by mega-billionaire Paul Allen, the Seahawks are certainly making ends meet. But while the Seahawks certainly have a sustainable business model, the franchise is still a far cry from the NFL's cash-juggernaut Dallas Cowboys, who earned the top spot on Forbes' list for the seventh-consecutive year. Valued at $2.3 billion, the Cowboys take the cake as the NFL's most-valued franchise. The New England Patriots ranked No. 2 on the list, followed closely by the Washington Redskins. The Seahawks NFC West foe San Francisco 49ers came in at No. 10 on the list, while the reigning Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens ranked ninth in team value. The overall profitability for the NFL also rose, unsurprisingly, according to Forbes. The only team to report an operating loss in 2012 was the Detroit Lions, who coincidentally hail from a city that has since declared bankruptcy.

The Seahawks pre-season campaign continues this weekend. The Hawks host the Denver Broncos at the Clink Saturday night. It's a 7 o'clock kick-off. Q13 again has the coverage.

Today is National Failures Day. Hay Fever Season begins today and runs through September 15th. Today is National Relaxation Day, an excuse for every overworked, underpaid person to what they'd rather be doing. Today is National Lemon Meringue Pie Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1911, Procter & Gamble of Cincinnati introduced Crisco hydrogenated shortening. In 1965, The Beatles played at Shea Stadium for an audience of 56 thousand. The crowd set a record for attendance at a rock concert. A record was also set by the takings, a whopping 304-thousand dollars. The event was later regarded as the birth of stadium rock. In 1969: The Woodstock Music and Art Fair opened in a field near Bethel, New York. Almost 400,000 rock fans heard Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane, Joe Cocker, Santana, the Grateful Dead, the Who, Creedance Clearwater Revival, and Sly and the Family Stone. Two children were born during the 3-day festival; three people died. In 1977, 8-year-old Rebecca Chase sank a hole-in-one on the 125-yard par-3 fifth hole at Oak Knoll golf course in The Dalles, Oregon. It was the first hole she ever played. In 2004, in Athens, the US men's basketball team lost 92-73 to Puerto Rico, only the third Olympic defeat ever for the Americans and the first since adding pro players.

The Dow dropped 225 points today, its biggest loss in almost two months. Stocks were dragged down by disappointing earnings from Walmart and Cisco, which outweighed more encouraging economic news. The Dow Jones industrial average, S&P 500 and Nasdaq all fell by more than 1.4%. Walmart reported lower-than-expected second-quarter US sales early today. That report came on the heels of news from Cisco that sent its shares plunging. The network equipment maker revealed plans to cut 4,000 jobs, citing difficult economic conditions. Markets in Europe and Asia closed in the red as well, but gold prices jumped. The metal often spikes in times of market turmoil as investors view it to be a safer bet in uncertain times but prices have been down sharply this year and several well-known hedge fund managers have lowered their exposure to the metal.

Actress Lisa Robin Kelly, one of the stars of TV's That '70s Show, has died, according to her agent. Kelly was 43, according to her biography on the Internet Movie Database. Her agent said, "Lisa had voluntarily checked herself into a treatment facility early this week where she was battling the addiction problems that have plagued her these past few years. I spoke to her on Monday and she was hopeful and confident, looking forward to putting this part of her life behind her. Last night she lost the battle. Cause of death has not been issued yet and no death certificate has been issued either." Kelly played Laurie Forman, older sister of Eric Forman, played by actor Topher Grace, on That '70s Show.

Calling it a historic moment, MLB Commissioner Bud Selig said today that Major League Baseball plans to expand its video review process next season, giving managers a tool they've never had in an effort to dramatically reduce the number of incorrect calls made in games. Selig made the announcement after two days of meetings with representatives of the 30 teams. The proposal is to be voted on by the owners in November. A 75 percent vote by the owners is needed for approval and the players' association and umpires would have to agree to any changes to the current system. MLB vice president Joe Torre gave the replay presentation to representatives from all 30 teams yesterday and it was discussed this morning. Managers will be allowed one challenge over the first six innings of a game and two from the seventh inning until the completion of the game. Calls that are challenged will be reviewed by a crew in MLB headquarters in New York City, which will make a final ruling. A manager who sees a call he feels is incorrect can file a challenge with the crew chief or home plate umpire. Only reviewable plays can be challenged. Non-reviewable plays can still be argued by managers, who can request that the umpires discuss it to see if another member of the crew saw the play differently. Reviewable plays cannot be argued by the manager. Challenges not used in the first six innings will not carry over, and a manager who wins a challenge will retain it. The home run replay rules currently in use will be grandfathered in to the new system. MLB expects to use the new system in the 2014 playoffs, and the system could be enhanced in the postseason. Training sessions for umpires will start in the Arizona Fall League this winter and continue into spring training.

A poll of US workers shows two-thirds of respondents would keep working even if they won a $10 million lottery jackpot. The poll found 44 percent would keep their jobs if they won $10 million in the lottery while 23 percent would seek new employment. Thirty-five percent said they would quit working.

Trivia Answer: The Wizard of Oz , a musical fantasy adventure film produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Based on the 1900 novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, the film stars Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, and Frank Morgan. Although the film received largely positive reviews, it was not a huge box office success on its initial release, earning only $3,017,000 on a $2,000,000 budget. The film was MGM's most expensive production up to that time, but its initial release failed to recoup the studio's investment. Subsequent re-releases made up for that, however. It was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture. It lost that award to Gone with the Wind, but won two others, including Best Original Song for Over the Rainbow. The film was named the most viewed motion picture on television syndication in history by Library of Congress, is often ranked among the Top 10 Best Movies of All Time in various critics' and popular polls, and is the source of many memorable quotes referenced in modern popular culture.

Wednesday 8.14.13
Today's Trivia: Still in limited release nearly four decades after its premiere, this movie has the longest-running release in film history. It opened at the USA Theatre in Westwood, Los Angeles, on this date in 1975. It gained notoriety as a midnight movie in 1977 when audiences began participating with the film in theatres. Can you name the movie?

So far, so good on a rough nine-game road trip for the Mariners, In game one in St. Petersburg, Florida last night, Seattle's leadoff hitter Brad Miller homered twice to help the Mariners score a 5-4 victory over Tampa Bay and send the Rays to their sixth straight loss. Ms and Rays match up again tonight.

The Miami Dolphins team that achieved the only perfect season in NFL history is being honored by the White House next Tuesday, more than 40 years later. President Obama is welcoming the 1972 Dolphins for the first White House ceremony honoring the only team to go 17-and-0. Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Don Shula plans to accompany players from the team to the event. Linebacker Nick Buoniconti, another Hall of Famer, said, "It's a long time coming, but we're finally getting there." The '72 Dolphins didn't make it to the White House in the months after their Super Bowl victory, when President Nixon -- a big sports fan -- was immersed in the Watergate scandal.

The Seahawks pre-season campaign continues this weekend. The Hawks host the Denver Broncos at the Clink Saturday night. It's a 7 o'clock kick-off. Q13 again has the coverage.

Today is National Creamsicle Day. Today is International Nagging Day, a day to celebrate and remember the gift of positive nagging, particularly by parents. Today is Wiffle Ball Day. Wiffles were introduced on this date in 1953. Today is National Financial Awareness Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1935, President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act, creating a system of federal income insurance for the elderly. In 1971, Rod Stewart released Maggie May. It became his breakthrough single in the United States and went to number one. In 1976, the Gagers beat the Elbows 491 to 467 in a 365-inning softball game at Monticello, New York, the longest softball game on record. Starting at 10:00 the morning of August 14th, the game was called because of rain and fog at 4:00 the afternoon of August 15th. The 70 players raised $4,000 to build a new softball field for a local hospital. In 1981, the BBC recording of the Royal Wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana became the #1 album in Britain. In 1992, a health board in Massachusetts briefly closed a Chinese restaurant for the way it drained water from cabbage. They restaurant workers had placed the cabbages in laundry bags between two pieces of plywood in the parking lot and drove over them in a van.

Katy Perry's new single Roar was available earlier than expected due to an online leak. Because of the leak, the new single was available for purchase yesterday. With the song leaking, some fans are calling foul over Roar, pointing out the similarities between Perry's new song and Sara Bareilles' single Brave. Katy, by the way, performs her new song live for the first time at the upcoming MTV Video Music Awards.

After weeks of fans guessing via social media what the next Doritos Locos Tacos flavor will be, yesterday Taco Bell finally announced the much-anticipated menu item's name: Fiery Doritos Locos Tacos. The third DLT hits Taco Bell restaurants nationwide on August 22nd, combining spicy chili with a hint of lime flavor in a crunchy red shell.

George Lucas and his wife Mellody Hobson announced the arrival of their first child together, a baby girl. Everest Hobson Lucas was born on August 9th according to the Huffington Post, via a surrogate. Lucas and Hobson were married this past June. The Lucasfilm founder has three adopted children, one from a previous marriage

Jimmy Fallon recently stepped out publicly with his new baby girl, three-week old Winnie Rose. Since news broke of baby Winnie's arrival, some have been wondering where he and his wife Nancy came up with that name. The late-night host and comedian revealed on the Today show Tuesday (8/13) that the name was partly inspired by New Hampshire's Lake Winnipesaukee, where they were engaged. He also mentioned Winnie from the classic TV show The Wonder Years who he called "the coolest girl on TV ever." Fallon's daughter was born last month via surrogate, according to People magazine

A Japanese lingerie company (Wacoal) has come up with an easier way for customers to purchase bras. The company has unveiled a bra vending machine. Each bra costs $30, and all customers have to do is pick out their size from the chart, slot the money in, and press the item number.

To encourage people to 'take a break' from work, beer maker Amstel and its ad agency created a vending machine that rewards people with free beer for doing nothing. Called the 'Amstel Pause', participants only had to push a button, stand in front of the vending machine and wait for three full minutes. When the three minutes were up, they would be rewarded with a cold can of Amstel beer.

VH1's Rock Docs debuts all-new music documentaries spanning different genres and styles. The network premieres Sound City on August 17th. Directed by Dave Grohl, the film documents the history behind the legendary recording studio. Sound City features interviews from Tom Petty, Neil Young, and many more. Pearl Jam Twenty is the next Roc Doc set to debut on October 12th. The documentary tells the band's story, spanning from their early successes to stepping away from the limelight.

Trivia Answer: The Rocky Horror Picture Show. It's a 1975 British musical comedy horror film based on The Rocky Horror Show, a musical stage play, book, music and lyrics by Richard O'Brien. Directed by Jim Sharman from a screenplay by Sharman and O'Brien, the production is a humorous tribute to the science fiction and horror B movies of the late 1940s through early 1970s. It introduces Tim Curry and features Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick along with cast members from the original Kings Road production presented at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in 1973. The film opened at the USA Theatre in Westwood, Los Angeles, on August 14th of 1975. It did well at that location, but not elsewhere. The cult following did not begin until the film began its midnight run at the Waverly Theater in New York City in April of 1976. Prior to the midnight screenings' success, the film was withdrawn from its eight opening cities due to very small audiences, and its planned New York opening (on Halloween night) was cancelled. It was re-released around college campuses on a double-bill with another rock music film parody, Brian De Palma's Phantom of the Paradise, but again it drew small audiences. With Pink Flamingos (1972) and Reefer Madness (1936) making money in midnight showings nationwide, Rocky Horror was eventually screened at midnight, starting in New York City on April Fools' Day of 1976. By that Halloween, people were attending in costume and talking back to the screen. By mid-1978, the movie was playing in over fifty locations on Fridays and Saturdays at midnight, newsletters were published by local performance groups, and fans gathered for Rocky Horror conventions. By the end of 1979, there were twice-weekly showings at over 230 theatres.The motion picture has a large international cult following and is one of the most well-known and financially successful midnight movies of all time. In 2005, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

Tuesday 8.13.13
Today's Trivia: He was an iconic and highly influential British/American filmmaker and producer, who pioneered many techniques in the suspense and psychological thriller genres. After a very substantial career in his native United Kingdom in both silent films and talkies, he moved to Hollywood and, in 1956, became an American citizen, also retaining his British citizenship. He directed more than fifty feature films, in a career spanning six decades, from the silent era, through the invention of sound films, and far into the color era. Many of his films contain cameo appearances by the man himself. He would be seen for a brief moment boarding a bus, crossing in front of a building, standing in an apartment across the courtyard, or appearing in a photograph. This playful gesture became one of his signatures. Who was he?

An off day for the Seattle Mariners yesterday. They traveled about as far as you can in the continental United States -- from Seattle to Tampa Bay, Florida, They launch a three-game series with the Rays this afternoon.

In his first on-the-record interview since a stroke July 22nd sent him to the hospital, Marinier manager Eric Wedge said Sunday he expects a complete recovery and hopes to be back in the dugout after the Mariners return from a nine-game road trip. Wedge told Rick Rizzs, "I expect a 100 percent recovery. Physically I am fine. Mentally, I have been fine throughout. It is just about making sure I am not in harm's way anymore. That is the number one thing because obviously, if something like this happens again, I don't think I will be as lucky."

Happy birthday, by the way, to The Bone, Jay Buhner is 49 today.

Thursday, the Seattle Storm is hosting Chicago.

Saturday, the Seattle Seahawks are home to host the Denver Broncos in pre-season game number two.

Today is National Skinny Dipping Day. Today is National Filet Mignon Day. Today is Left-Handers Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1910, nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale died at age 90. She had taken to her bed 34 years earlier, convinced she was dying of heart disease. In 1952, Big Mama Thornton recorded You Ain't Nothin' But A Hound Dog, almost four years before Elvis did it. In 1953 Big Mamas version hit #1 on the R&B charts. In 1961, East Germany closed the Brandenburg Gate and prepared to start building the infamous Berlin Wall. In 1995, Baseball Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle died at a Dallas hospital of liver cancer at age 63. In 2004, the Summer Olympic Games opened in Athens, Greece, with a record 202 countries and 10,500 athletes taking part.

Mel Gibson and Antonio Banderas are the latest actors to join Sylvester Stallone's testosterone-fueled action flick The Expendables 3. Deadline.com is confirming that Gibson and Banderas will be joining the swelling cast, that now includes Jackie Chan, Steven Segal, Harrison Ford, Wesley Snipes, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Nicholas Cage and John Travolta. The Expendables 3 is due to explode into theaters on August 15th of 2014. Bruce Willis, however, won't be part of the cast ne The Hollywood Reporter says it has gotten the scoop on Bruce's unexpected departure, and it's reportedly due to the Die Hard star's outrageous salary requests. Last week, Sylvester Stallone made the announcement via Twitter that Willis had been dropped from the film and that Harrison Ford had been added in his place. Then, a few minutes after Stallone revealed the casting changes he posted a tweet that read, "WILLIS DEPARTED EXPENDABLES AFTER ASKING FOR A MILLION A DAY," a statement that led many to believe that Sly was upset with Bruce. Well, now, thanks to The Hollywood Reporter and its sources, we know that Willis was asking for $4-million to return to the role of "Mr. Church" in the sequel, roughly a million dollars a day for four days of shooting. The producers offered Bruce $3-million instead, which apparently was not enough for the actor as he quickly dropped out of the film.

Instead of going to camp or playing video games all day, an 11-year-old Texas boy decided to spend his summer mowing yards to raise money for the victims of the Moore, Oklahoma, tornadoes. Dyllon Orthman of Dalhart mowed 90 lawns and managed to raise $16,000 in just two months. Dyllon said, "A lot of people are saying my mom is making me, but I actually decided to mow for Moore, Oklahoma."

Is chivalry officially dead? Two thirds of men in a new poll believe women should pick up the tab, or at least pay their own way, on a date. Maybe this is because 84% of men still pick up the tab. Women, though, are making an effort -- over half say they've offered to pay their share, but a third secretly hoped that he would reject it.

Trivia Answer: Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock who was born on this date in 1899. As a director, he was among the most consistently recognizable by the general public, and was one of the most successful of his era. He continues to be one of the best-known and most popular filmmakers of all time. Hitchcock became famous for his expert and largely unrivalled control of pace and suspense, and his films draw heavily on both fear and fantasy. The films are known for their droll humor and witticisms, and these cinematic works often portray innocent people caught up in circumstances beyond their control or understanding.

Monday 8.12.13
Today's Trivia: He was a film director and film producer in both silent and sound films. He began his career as a stage actor in 1900. He later moved on to writing and directing stage productions. He directed his first film, The Squaw Man, released in 1914 and would go on to direct dozens of silent films before transitioning to sound films in 1929. He was renowned for the flamboyance and showmanship of his movies. Among his best-known films are Cleopatra (1934); Samson and Delilah (1949); The Greatest Show on Earth (1952), which won the Academy Award for Best Picture; and The Ten Commandments (1956), which was his last and most successful film. Who was he?

The Mariners had their first sell-out of the year on Saturday. Some 46.000 showed up to see Ken Griffy, Jr. enter the Mariners Hall of Fame. It turns out the third time was a charm for Junior. Having stumbled through his first two good-byes to the Northwest, he finally made an exit that was memorable for all the right reasons. It was a touching ceremony that had the current Ms standing in the dugout with their caps on backward. Griffey was slated to speak for about 10 minutes. He went on for about 25 minutes. Nobody seemed bothered. After the ceremony, however, the Ms were embarrassed by the Milwaukee Brewers, 10-nuttin'. Fortunately, Felix Hernandez took the mound yesterday and enabled the Mariners to avoid being swept by the Brewers. Felix held Milwaukee to four hits for eight innings and the Mariners topped the Brew Crew 2-0. A travel day today. Seattle opens a three game series with the Rays at Tampa Bay tomorrow afternoon.

Tina Thompson said that the Seattle Storm didn't need a different game plan. They just needed to execute the plan they already had. Thompson put up a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds, and Tanisha Wright added 16 points, and the Storm earned a 69-63 victory against the San Antonio Silver Stars last night. That after being routed 77-56 by the Silver Stars on Friday night. Thursday, the Storm hosts Chicago.

Saturday, the Seahawks are home to host the Denver Broncos in pre-season game number two.

Today is Put Peanuts in Your Coke Day. Today is National Toasted Almond Bar Day. It's Middle Child's Day Today is Vinyl Record Day. Today is PC Day, marking IBM's introduction of the personal computer on August 12th of 1981. Today is Thank You Day, a good day to say thank you or send someone a thank you note. And today is Thumper's birthday. Remember Thumper, Bambi's buddy, the well-fed rabbit with Restless Foot Syndrome? Sorry, I have no idea how old Thumper is, was, or might have been.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1851, Isaac Singer was granted a patent for his sewing machine. In 1970, Janis Joplin played Harvard University. It turned out to be her final gig before she died of a drug overdose less than two months later. In 1985, Madonna and Sean Penn got their marriage license. In 1994, Major League Baseball players went on strike. This forced the cancellation of the 1994 World Series.

Matt Damon's futuristic thriller Elysium, the story of an elite space outpost locked in battle with poor invaders from a ruined Earth, won a crowded box-office race among four new films at US and Canadian theaters over the weekend. Elysium grabbed $30.5 million in domestic ticket sales. It edged the Jennifer Aniston comedy We're the Millers, which took in $26.6 million, Planes, a spin-off of Walt Disney's Pixar franchise Cars, took off with $22.5 million. The other newcomer, fantasy movie Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, landed in fourth place. Finishing fifth for the weekend, was action movie 2 Guns, starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg.

Tonight's Mythbusters is about de-bunking the science and chemistry of the hit AMC series Breaking Bad. Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan and star Aaron Paul join the show.

Katy Perry lends her vocals to a new track from John Mayer's upcoming album, Paradise Valley. Rolling Stone reports that the couple collaborated on a track titled Who You Love. John's album will also feature a duet with Frank Ocean called Wildfire. John recently gushed about Katy at a concert in July, calling her patient and saying she took the time to "get to know me and love me." Paradise Valley drops a week from tomorrow.

Sources say the next iPhone is coming on September 10. Will it be the iPhone 5S? The iPhone 6? Who knows, but these same sources say it'll be the same size as the iPhone 5, but with a longer battery life, a better camera and a fingerprint reader.

A smoker costs a private employer in the United States an extra $5,816 per year compared with a nonsmoker. Researchers at The Ohio State University estimated that the largest cost, at $3,077 annually, came from taking smoking breaks. Health care expenses was the second largest cost.

Trivia Answer: Cecil Blount DeMille who was born on this date in 1881. In addition to his Academy Award win, he was also awarded an Academy Honorary Award for his film contributions, an Award for Lifetime Achievement. He was also the first recipient of the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award, which is named in his honor. DeMille died in January 1959 of a heart ailment at the age of 77.

Friday 8.9.13
Today's Trivia: Ken Griffey Jr. enters the Mariners Hall of Fame tomorrow, in a ceremony at Safeco Field prior to the first pitch against the Milwaukee Brewers. He becomes the seventh individual inducted. Can you name the other six?

It started as you'd expect the first pre-season game of the year to start. A little sloppy but then things settled in. Tarvaris Jackson threw two touchdown passes and Brady Quinn, also battling to be Russell Wilson's backup, threw for another score and the Seahawks rolled to 31-10 win over the Chargers last night in the NFL exhibition opener for both teams in San Diego. The Seahawks are back at it a week from tomorrow -- Saturday the 17th -- when they host the Denver Broncos at the Clink.

After a day off yesterday, the Mariners return to action tonight. They host the Milwaukee Brewers through Sunday. Game time tonight is 7:10. Ken Griffey Jr. becomes the seventh member of the Mariners Hall of Fame tomorrow in a ceremony at Safeco Field prior to the first pitch against the Brewers.

One of the last three surviving munchkins from the 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz has died. Margaret Pellegrini was the munchkin in the classic film that had a flowerpot as a hat, according to the L.A. Times. She was only a teenager when she appeared in the movie and earned $50 for the few weeks of shooting that took place. There are now only two Wizard of Oz munchkins still alive. Margaret Pellegrini was 89-years-old.

Today is National Hand Holding Day. It's Send an E-Mail Greeting Day, Book Lover's Day, and National Rice Pudding Day. A Moment of Silence is observed today at Peace Memorial Park in Nagasaki, Japan, where an American bomber dropped an atomic bomb on August 9th of 1945. Today is National Clean Out the Kitchen Cabinets Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1944, the US Forest Service and the Wartime Advertising Council created the character Smokey the Bear to plead for Americans to prevent forest fires. In 1974, Gerald Ford became the first non-elected President of the US after Richard Nixon resigned. In 1977, Bachman-Turner Overdrive called it quits. In 1978, Muddy Waters performed for President Jimmy Carter at the White House. In 1988, the Edmonton Oilers traded hockey superstar Wayne Gretzky to the Los Angeles Kings for two players and $15-million. In 1995, while undergoing drug rehab, Grateful Dead leader Jerry Garcia died of a heart attack at age 53. In 1999, 14-year-old Ryan Tripp of Beaver, Utah, finished mowing the lawn at the Hawaii state Capitol and announced his retirement. He had mowed the lawns at all 50 state capitols, except Alaska where the capitol had no lawn, so he mowed at the governor's house. In 2003, Gregory Hines died from cancer aged 57.

American Idol host Ryan Seacrest says fans will love the new judges' panel and promises an announcement coming "very, very soon" regarding who will be added. Seacrest revealed the teaser to E! News earlier this week. Keith Urban is the only judge confirmed for the show's 13th season, which premieres in January of 2014. The latest rumors are that Jennifer Lopez is making a return to Idol, but nothing has been confirmed.

Robin Thicke debuted at number one this week with his new album Blurred Lines. According to Nielsen SoundScan, the effort sold over 176-thousand copies and marks the crooner's first chart-topping effort. The album's title track, which features T.I. and Pharrell Williams, is arguably the hit of the summer and has topped the Billboard Hot 100 for seven straight weeks and has sold 4.2 million copies.

A potential resurrection of vinyl records may be in the future. After the demise of hundreds of records stores, Clash Music reports that vinyl sales are on the rise and new record stores are expected to open. Sales have risen by 18 percent from last year. Author of Last Shop Standing: Whatever Happened to Record Shops?, Graham Jones, says there are more record shops now than in 2009. He says the current total is 298 shops and explains it's a "dramatic transformation in the music retailing landscape." Clash explains that the revival of record stores stems from Record Store Day, occurring every third Saturday of April.

It looks as if the absence of Bruce Willis in the upcoming action flick The Expendables 3 has left Sylvester Stallone steaming mad because this time, "It's personal." Stallone recently tweeted about the upcoming sequel saying that Bruce Willis was "out" and that Harrison Ford is "in." But then, six minutes later, the Academy Award winner released another tweet that read, "GREEDY AND LAZY ...... A SURE FORMULA FOR CAREER FAILURE." It appears as if Willis was asking too much to do very little. But if you're a fan of the franchise, don't fret too much. The Expendables 3 has lined up almost every action star of the 80's and 90's for the testosterone filled film including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jackie Chan, Steven Seagal, Nicholas Cage, Wesley Snipes and John Travolta just to name a few. The Expendables 3 is set to be blowing up everything and taking names on August 15th of 2014.

Trivia Answer: The Seattle Mariners' Hall of Fame Members and the years in which they were inducted:

  • Alvin Davis (1997)
  • Dave Niehaus (2000)
  • Jay Buhner (2004)
  • Edgar Martinez (2007)
  • Randy Johnson (2012)
  • Dan Wilson (2012)
Thursday 8.8.13
Today's Trivia: He is best known for his role as Ralph Malph on Happy Days. Who is he?

Humberto Quintero's two-run homer highlighted a six-run fifth inning, and the Seattle Mariners rallied for a 9-7 victory over Toronto yesterday to spoil the return of Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ. Happ made his first start since May 7th, when he suffered a skull fracture and a sprained right knee after being struck behind the left ear by a line drive. Happ left the field on a stretcher, spent the night in the hospital and had three months of rehabilitation, primarily for the knee. Aaron Harang went just two-plus innings pitching for the Ms, allowing seven runs and five hits. He walked three and all scored. It was the shortest outing for Harang this season. Mariners manager Eric Wedge paid a visit to the clubhouse before the game. He has missed the past 16 games after suffering a stroke July 22nd. He said he is still undergoing tests to get to full recovery and be able to handle the rigors of the job. He's anxious to get back but there is no timetable for his return. . The Mariners are off today. They welcome Milwaukee in for a weekend series starting tomorrow night.

For the first preseason game in San Diego tonight at 7, the Seahawks plan to give long looks to some key backups, especially at quarterback, where veterans Tarvaris Jackson and Brady Quinn get their first real chance to put some daylight between each other. One receiver they won't be throwing to is Early Doucet, the sixth-year receiver cut by Arizona and signed by Seattle Friday to a veteran's minimum deal of $715,000. But he practiced only once, Sunday, and was cut yesterday. The NFL transaction wire said the reason was a failure to disclose a physical condition. Q13 has the game coverage tonight.

Tonight is Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor's Porch Night, a night for gardeners who grew too much zucchini. Today is Happiness Happens Day. It's National Frozen Custard Day,

Calendar notes: On this date in 1960, Chubby Checker's The Twist entered the top 40. Fueled by the dance craze, the song eventually rose to number one. A year later, it reached number one again, being the only record other than Bing Crosby's White Christmas to pull off that feat. In 1970, Janis Joplin purchased a marker for the Philadelphia grave of blues singer Bessie Smith. Bessie died in 1937. In 1974, President Richard Nixon announced he would resign following new damaging revelations in the Watergate scandal. In 1988, 39,012 fans attended the first night baseball game at Chicago's Wrigley Field. In 2004, actress Fay Wray, held atop the Empire State Building by the giant ape in the 1933 film classic King Kong, died in New York City at the age of 96. In 2005, Walking in Memphis singer Marc Cohn was shot in the head during a tour bus-jacking in Denver. Miraculously, he survived.

Three winning tickets in two states matched all the numbers for a $448.4 million Powerball jackpot, including one sold in a supermarket in a New Jersey coastal community hit hard by Superstorm Sandy last year. The other winning tickets were sold in central New Jersey and in Minnesota. No winners had claimed the jackpot by midday today. The winning numbers drawn last night were: 05, 25, 30, 58, 59 and Powerball 32.

Emeli Sande hits the road this fall for her first US headlining tour. The Scottish singer has released her tour dates which begin October 11th in Florida. Before kicking off her tour, she's performing at several festivals this month including Jay Z's Made in America Festival in Philadelphia. Emeli is at The Crocodile in Seatte on Friday, February 1st.

Dustin Hoffman has undergone treatment for cancer. His publicist declined to say what kind of cancer or when the Oscar winner was diagnosed. She said the cancer had been "detected early and he has been surgically cured." Dustin turns 76 today.

Following her interview with Lindsay Lohan, Oprah Winfrey says Lohan is in a good place following her rehab. The Los Angeles Times reports that during an appearance on Good Morning America Winfrey says her interview with Lohan went well and added she believes Lohan is finally ready to work on her problems. The interview airs on OWN August 18th.

According to Variety, Disney reported that The Lone Ranger will cost the studio between 160-to-190-million dollars. The film has grossed 85 million dollars at the box office, but cost Disney over 215 million to produce. In a recent interview, Johnny Depp said that the critics panned the film months before its release and affected its box office performance

Paula Deen is the latest celebrity to reject an offer from Dancing With The Stars. A source told Us magazine the Food Network star turned down the invitation because it's "not the appropriate forum for her." Show host Tom Bergeron told the mag he wishes Deen would reconsider, saying, "We've seen career resurgences after the show...People go, 'I remember why I love that person!" Season 17 of Dancing With The Stars premieres September 16th on ABC.

A man is recuperating in a Tampa hospital after being bitten by a shark. This same guy was once standing under a tree when it was hit by lightning. He was also bitten by a rattlesnake, and attacked by monkeys -- twice. This guy is like a a season's worth of programming on the Discovery Channel.

Tonight's Discovery Channel Shark Week special follows American and Japanese scientists as they descend into the deepest unexplored oceans on earth in search of some of the more incredible and bizarre sharks on the planet.

Trivia Answer: We know him as Donny Most but the biography now says Don Most. He's 60 today. Following his role as a regular cast member on Happy Days, Most has appeared in other film and television work. Film credits include EDtv (1999), Planting Melvin (2005) and The Great Buck Howard (2008). He also made guest appearances on many TV shows, including CHiPs, Baywatch, The Love Boat, Sliders, Star Trek: Voyager, Diagnosis Murder and Glee. He also made an appearance on Charles In Charge, alongside his former Happy Days co-star, Scott Baio. He plays a man who has just won the lottery, and as part of the cameo joke, runs up to Scott Baio and waving the winning ticket shouts, "It looks like Happy Days are here again!" He also receives several looks from Scott Baio that suggests familiarity throughout the episode. Most is married to actress Morgan Hart. He has two daughters and lives near Los Angeles.

Wednesday 8.7.13
Today's Trivia: In 1973, he saw an article in a copy of Melody Maker, which said that the band Deep Purple was auditioning for singers. He had fronted a group called The Government, which had played with Deep Purple on the same bill in 1969, so both he and the band were familiar with one another, and after sending a tape and later auditioning, he was admitted into the band. Who is he?

Jose Reyes homered on the very first pitch of the game, added an RBI single to cap Toronto's big fourth inning, and the Blue Jays handed Seattle ace Felix Hernandez his first loss since late May with a 7-2 win over the Mariners last night. The Jays battered Felix and knocked him out after just five innings, matching his shortest start of the season. Hernandez got no help from his defense that committed three errors that led to three unearned runs while he was on the mound. Ms and Jays conclude the series with a day-game today.

The Mariners made a major move with their bullpen yesterday, demoting former closer Tom Wilhelmsen to AAA Tacoma and recalling Carter Capps from the Rainiers. Wilhelmsen recorded 24 saves in 29 opportunities but allowed Boston to score four runs without getting an out in his last appearance August 1st. Wilhelmsen has not pitched for the Mariners since. Capps, who turns 23 today, begins a second stint with the Mariners after making the Opening Day roster. The Mariners also released outfielder Jason Bay. He was designated for assignment July 29th. He signed by Seattle as a free agent Dec. 12, 2012.

Seahawks at San Diego tomorrow night at 7 on Q13.

Today is Particularly Preposterous Packaging Day, a day to focus on why some packages are so freakin' hard to open. Today is Professional Speakers Day. Today is National Take Last Winter's Snowballs out of the Freezer and Have a Fight Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1955, Ed Sullivan played host to Bill Haley & the Comets, who performed Rock Around the Clock. In 1963, Jacqueline Kennedy became the first wife of a president since the days of Grover Cleveland to give birth while he was in the White House. The infant, a boy, died two days later. In 1971, The Bee Gees got their first number one hit with How Can You Mend a Broken Heart. In 1985, Ted Turner paid $1.5-billion for MGM, including all the Tom & Jerry cartoons. In 2005, Peter Jennings, anchor and senior editor of ABC News' World News Tonight, who had been fighting lung cancer, died at his New York home at age 67.

Jennifer Lopez is set to be the highest paid judge on television upon her return to American Idol next season. Sources tell Radar Online that J-Lo's contract with the singing competition lands her at least 15-million-dollars plus bonuses. An official announcement of her return to the judges table with Keith Urban is expected to be made in upcoming weeks. The third member to join the panel has yet to be named. Jennifer's reportedly happy about her return to Idol as it allows stability for her children who begin kindergarten soon. Jennifer was paid 12-million-dollars during her first season on the show and 20-million-dollars for her second season. Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am is also reportedly in talks to join the show this coming season.

Shark Week on Discovery continues. Tonight it's the Top 10 Sharkdown. The special updates the international shark attack files for the 21st century and takes a close look at the sharks you don't want to meet this summer and the ones you're most likely to encounter.

Al Roker overslept Tuesday and missed hosting one of his own shows, Wake Up With Al. However, we are told he did finally manage to get to the studio in time to host Hungover Real Bad With Al.

Taco Bell is expanding its test of waffle tacos. The waffle taco, which includes scrambled eggs, sausage and a side of syrup, was the top seller during breakfast hours at the five Southern California restaurants where they were tested earlier this year. Now the company will test in Fresno, California; Omaha, Nebraska; and Chattanooga, Tennessee, starting tomorrow.

Trivia Answer: David Coverdale. He was the lead singer of Deep Purple from late 1973 until March of 1976, when he resigned from the band. After the demise of Deep Purple, Coverdale embarked on a solo career. He released his first album in February of 1977, titled White Snake. Even though the album was not successful, its title inspired the name of Coverdale's future band.

Tuesday 8.6.13
Today's Trivia: He had a number of roles in films, including Medium Cool in 1969 and Catch-22 in 1970, before landing the role of Jerry Robinson, an eccentric orthodontist on The Bob Newhart Show. Who is he?

Mark DeRosa's pinch-hit, two-run single in the eighth inning gave the Toronto Blue Jays, and former Mariner, knuckleballer R.A. Dickey a 3-1 victory over the Mariners last night. Ms and Jays again tonight at 7:10.

The big news in the baseball world, however, was the PED suspensions announcement. Alex Rodriguez -- another former Mariner -- was suspended through 2014 and All-Stars Nelson Cruz, Jhonny Peralta and Everth Cabrera were banned 50 games apiece yesterday when Major League Baseball disciplined 13 players in a drug case -- the most sweeping punishment since the Black Sox scandal nearly a century ago. Ryan Braun's 65-game suspension last month and previous penalties bring to 18 the total number of players sanctioned for their relationship to Biogenesis of America, a closed anti-aging clinic in Florida accused of distributing banned performing-enhancing drugs. The harshest penalty was reserved for A-Rod, a three-time Most Valuable Player and baseball's highest-paid star. He said he will appeal his suspension, which covers 211 games. And since arbitrator Fredric Horowitz isn't expected to rule until November or December at the earliest, Rodriguez was free to make his season debut last night and play the rest of this season. Last night, by the way, A-Rod was 1 for 4 with a bloop single in his first at-bat of the season and that was it as the Chicago White Sox slapped and 8-1 win on the New York Yankees. The other 12 players agreed to their 50-game penalties before they were announced, giving them a chance to return for the playoffs. MLB said A-Rod's drug penalty was for "his use and possession of numerous forms of prohibited performance-enhancing substances, including testosterone and human growth hormone over the course of multiple years." His punishment under the labor contract was "for attempting to cover up his violations of the program by engaging in a course of conduct intended to obstruct and frustrate the office of the commissioner's investigation." The suspensions are thought to be the most at once for off-the-field conduct since 1921, when Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis banned eight Chicago White Sox players for life for throwing the 1919 World Series against Cincinnati: As for the modern-day All-Stars, Cruz, an outfielder, leads Texas in RBIs and Peralta has been a top hitter and slick-fielding shortstop for Detroit, a pair of teams in the midst of pennant races. They will be eligible to return for the postseason. Others agreeing to 50-game bans included former Seattle now Tacoma catcher Jesus Montero

On to football. The Seahawks kick off the pre-season Thursday night. The Hawks are on the road at San Diego facing the Chargers . Q13 Fox has the coverage starting at 7:00 Thursday night.

Today is National Gossip Day. It's National Kid's Day. Today is National Fresh Breath Day, a day to focus on one's overall health and image. Today is Wiggle Your Toes Day. It's National Root Beer Float Day. Today is National Pamper Yourself Day. Today is Garfiled's dog friend Odie's birthday

Calendar notes: On this date in 1980, on General Hospital Luke and Laura spent a romantic evening locked inside Wyndham's department store. In 1981, Stevie Nicks released her first solo album, Bella Donna, which went to number one. In 1994, newlyweds Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley made their first public appearance together in Budapest. In 2003, actor Arnold Schwarzenegger used an appearance on NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno to announce his bid to replace California Governor Gray Davis. In 2004, Superfreak singer Rick James was found dead in his Los Angeles home. He was 56.

Jeff Bezos, the Amazon.com founder who helped bring books into the digital age, is going after another pillar of "old media": the newspaper. Bezos is buying The Washington Post and other newspapers for $250 million, The Washington Post Co., announced yesterday. Bezos is buying the paper as an individual. Amazon.com Inc. is not involved. Washington Post chairman and CEO Donald Graham called Bezos a "uniquely good new owner." He said the decision was made after years of newspaper industry challenges. Bezos said in a statement that he understands the Post's "critical role" in Washington and said its values won't change. "The paper's duty will remain to its readers and not to the private interests of its owners," Bezos said to Post employees in a letter distributed to the media. "We will continue to follow the truth wherever it leads, and we'll work hard not to make mistakes. When we do, we will own up to them quickly and completely." Katharine Weymouth, the paper's publisher and CEO and a member of the Graham family that has owned the paper since 1933, will remain in her post. She has asked other senior managers to stay in their posts as well.

Sally Struthers faces DUI charges next month after her arrest last September in Maine. The 66-year-old actress was arrested for drunk driving, but according to Us magazine claimed innocence in the charges. She was released on bail. Her rep tells the mag, "Sally is working and she is fine...We deny these charges." The Emmy winning actress is best known for her role as Gloria on All in the Family.

Coming next year, Lego is launching a special series themed on The Simpsons family.

Men are five times more likely to be hit by lightening than women.

The website 24/7 Wall St., using data from the National Parks Service, has ranked the nation's most popular presidential memorials. At the top were the Lincoln Memorial and the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial.

A new study shows 30% of mothers in this country can't afford to buy diapers. Researchers at Yale University surveyed pregnant and parenting women and nearly a third said they were in "diaper need."

Only 14 percent of US workers believe they have the perfect job and more than half want to change careers. A Harris survey showed that the most coveted jobs are in the arts and sciences, business management, technology and healthcare.

Facebook is in the process of rolling out a redesigned News Feed. The updated look features a more app-like feel with navigation icons to the left of the News Feed stream.

Trivia Answer: Peter Bonerz who turns 75 today. After the Newhart show, He went on to a busy and successful career as a film and TV director. He directed a large number of situation comedy episodes for series such Foley Square, My Sister Sam, Friends, Murphy Brown, NewsRadio, Home Improvement, It's Your Move, and ALF. He also directed a few films, such as Police Academy 6: City Under Siege.

Monday 8.5.13
Today's Trivia: This actress became famous in the 1980s for appearing in several rock videos for Whitesnake, including the hit Here I Go Again. She was married to Whitesnake lead singer David Coverdale from 1989 to 1991. Who is she?

The home runs don't come often these days for 41-year-old Henry Blanco, and neither do starting assignments. When they do, however, Seattle's backup catcher often leaves a memorable impression. Blanco hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Baltimore Orioles 3-2 yesterday behind left-hander Joe Saunders. Blanco has played for 11 different teams during a career that began in 1997. This was his third homer of the season; the other two were grand slams, including a game winner in his Mariners debut against Oakland on June 15. The Mariners are back home hosting Toronto tonight.

Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager recently a piece of mail that was unlike most. Less than two weeks after the day his bat flew into the stands in Houston during an at-bat, Seager was written a heartfelt letter from the young boy the bat landed on, wishing Seager well. The boy, named Lyle, was unhurt and had promptly sent the bat back to Seager, whose 15-game hitting streak ended in the second game of the three-game series. Seager's wife, Julie, posted a photo of the letter on Twitter:

Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik says manager Eric Wedge, who had a mild stroke on July 22nd, won't rejoin the team this week. Zduriencik said Wedge is "doing well," but added, "This is a lifelong health issue for him. When he gets back here managing this club, we want him to be here. We don't want him to come in and be here for two or three days."

Always known as a superb passer and ball-handler, Lindsay Whalen showed she can shoot and score as well. Whalen scored 22 points on 11-for-20 shooting from the field, and the Minnesota Lynx beat the Seattle Storm 90-72 last night for their 18th straight home win. The Storm is at Phoenix tomorrow.

Are you ready for some football? The Seahawks tee it up Thursday night. The Hawks open the pre-season in San Diego facing the Chargers . Q13 Fox has the coverage starting at 7:00 Thursday night.

Today is Work Like a Dog Day, a day that honors and recognizes the hardest working among us. Some people skate by, doing as little as possible. Others, do only what they have to. Others work like a Dog. Today is also Green Peppers Day. It's. Take a Walk on the Moon Day. It's Neil Armstrong's nirthday. He would have been 83 today. The world's first electric traffic signal is put into place on the corner of Euclid Avenue and East 105th Street in Cleveland, Ohio, on this date in 1914.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1861, the United States Army abolished flogging. In 1962, Nelson Mandela was jailed. He would not be released until 1990. In 1972, Clive Davis signed a young band called Aerosmith to CBS Records after seeing them play Max's Kansas City in New York. They received 125-thousand dollars at the signing. In 1981, Ronald Reagan fired 11,359 striking air-traffic controllers who ignored his order for them to return to work.

2 Guns, with Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg as rival federal agents, shot through its weekend competition at movie theaters, collecting $27.4 million to lead the North American box office. Last weekend's winner, The Wolverine, finished second. Smurfs 2, the newly released sequel to its 2011 movie, was third. The horror film The Conjuring, about a house possessed by a demon, continued its strong run and was fourth. The animated Despicable Me 2 rounded out the top five.

No one hit the Powerball jackpot this weekend, so the money rolls over and creates a roughly $400 million prize for Wednesday's drawing. The midweek jackpot remains below the record $590.5 million jackpot won in May by an 84-year-old Florida woman. But as it stands, it would be the third-largest Powerball jackpot ever and the fourth-largest lottery prize on record. Powerball is played in 43 states including Washington, Washington, DC, and the US Virgin Islands..

The music and drama of Glee will reportedly only last two more years. That according to Fox entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly. At a recent press conference, he said he "would not anticipate it goes beyond two more seasons." The recent death of show star Cory Monteith wasn't mentioned as a reason, but he said "story reasons" was the motivation. Reilly did add, "Never say never...If we discover a new crop of kids and there's some breakout. who knows?" The death of Finn will be addressed in episode three of the upcoming fifth season of Glee.

Famed movie director James Cameron says he has three sequels in the works for his award-winning movie Avatar. Production is set to begin next year on all three. According to DigitalSpy, the first sequel will hit theaters in December of 2016. The other two are planned for each following December. Cameron originally said he would do two sequels, but says, "It became apparent that two films would not be enough to capture everything [he] wanted to put on screen."

It's Shark Week on Discovery Channel. Tonight (9p ET) the network airs Return of Jaws. In this new special, a robot submarine is used to track sharks as the Shark Cam follows Great White sharks living and hunting off the shores of Cape Cod, the setting for the Jaws film franchise.

Robin Thicke is nominated for three MTV Video Music Awards including Best Collaboration and Video of the Year for Blurred Lines. Robin was on with Jimmy Fallon last week and before the show, Jimmy, Robin, and The Roots grabbed some instruments you'd find in an elementary school classroom and stopped by the Late Night Music Room to sing Blurred Lines.

Trivia Answer: Tawny Kitaen who turns 52 today. She was named Julie but began using the name Tawny at the age of 12, on her own initiative. Kitaen became associated with the glam metal scene because of her high school sweetheart, Ratt guitarist and founder Robbin Crosby. Her legs appeared on the cover of Ratt's self-titled EP wearing black fishnet stockings and red pumps. In 1987, her boyfriend was David Coverdale, the lead singer of Whitesnake, and she appeared in several of the band's music videos, the most famous of which was for the song Here I Go Again, in which she did the splits and rolled around on the hood of two Jaguars while wearing a white negligee. She also appeared in the videos for Is This Love and Still of the Night. In 1989, she appeared in the videos for The Deeper the Love and Fool For Your Loving. After her music-video appearances, Kitaen took on a number of television roles. She was co-host of America's Funniest People with Dave Coulier from 1992 to 1994 and was a regular cast member on The New WKRP in Cincinnati from 1991 to 1993. She guest-starred in an episode of Seinfeld in 1991 and in an episode of Married... with Children in 1994. In 2002, Kitaen was charged with domestic violence for an incident involving her then-husband, professional baseball player Chuck Finley. Three days later, Finley filed for divorce.. After a plea bargain, Kitaen agreed to "enter a spousal battery counseling program and avoid contact with Finley. The couple was married for five years and have two daughters, Wynter and Raine. In November of 2006, prosecutors charged Kitaen with possessing cocaine in her San Juan Capistrano home in Orange County. The authorities said her two children were home at the time and Kitaen had given deputies permission for the search. In December 2006, she entered a six-month rehabilitation program in exchange for the dismissal of a felony drug possession charge.In September 2009, Kitaen was arrested for driving under the influence in Newport Beach, California.

Friday 8.2.13
Today's Trivia: He was an actor, producer, and director whose television career spanned four decades. Known at first for playing the role of Major General Colt in the 1970 movie, Kelly's Heroes, he later found fame as a bigoted working man -- the main character -- on a 1970s CBS television sitcom from 1971 to 1979. He later starred in the NBC television crime drama In the Heat of the Night from 1988 to 1995, where he played the role of southern Police Chief Bill Gillespie. At the end of his career in the late 1990s, he played the father of Helen Hunt's character on Mad About You. Who was he?

Of the 3,101 games the Mariners have lost since they entered the American League in 1977, last night's goes down as among the most galling and improbable, disheartening, maddening, and ridiculous. Leading 7-2 in the ninth inning, seemingly cruising behind another Felix Hernandez gem and a Henry Blanco grand slam, the Mariners, specifically their bullpen, utterly caved in in what became an 8-7 walk-off Red Sox win. The short story: Felix held the Red Sox to 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position. Against the bullpern -- in particular Tom Wilhelmsen, Oliver Perez, and Yoervis Medina -- the Sox went 5-for-6. Absolutely amazing. The Mariners begin a three-game set at Camden Yards in Baltimore tonight.

Temeka Johnson and Tina Thompson each scored 16 points and the Seattle Storm used a big third quarter to beat the Phoenix Mercury 88-79 last night. Sunday, the Storm is on the road at Minnesota.

Today is International Beer Day. Join us as we celebrate tomorrow with the Olympia Summer Brewfest at Olympia's Port Plaza. Today is Hug A Deejay Day. It's Make Some Old-Fashioned Lemonade Day, squeezing real lemons and using real sugar and real water. Today is Roller Skating Day, marking the opening of the world's first roller rink, in London on this date in 1875. The first skates had wheels in line. Today is National Ice Cream Sandwich Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1876, Jack McCall shot Wild Bill Hickok in the back as he played poker at a saloon in Deadwood, Dakota Territory. Hickok held black aces and eights, which became known as the "dead man's hand." McCall was hanged. In 1943, PT-109, commanded by Lt. John F. Kennedy, sank after being rammed by a Japanese destroyer off the Solomon Islands. The future president was credited with saving members of the crew. He was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for heroism, and the Purple Heart for his injuries. In 1962, Robert Zimmerman legally changed his name to Bob Dylan. On that same day, Aretha Franklin appeared on American Bandstand for the first time. In 1975, The Eagles topped the charts with One of These Nights. In 1984, Charles Schultz' comic strip Peanuts was added to the Portsmouth Daily Times, making it the first comic strip to appear in 2,000 newspapers. In 1987, Disney re-released Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 50 years after the film's original release.

The cat is finally out of the bag. Keith Urban is returning to the judges' table on American Idol. Keith tweeted the big news and said, "Thrilled to be back on @AmericanIdol with my pal @RyanSeacrest." Keith added that he is "dying to know who the other judges will be!" There are many rumors circulating about judges. Names being bantied about include Jennifer Hudson, Adam Lambert, and Will.i.am. Keith is the only judge to return from season 12, as Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey and the show's longtime judge, Randy Jackson, have stepped down. Jennifer Lopez, meanwhile, is reportedly close to returning as a judge on next season's Idol. A source tells People.com that Fox and Jennifer are "very happy" and want the deal to happen. This will be the singer's third season on the show if she returns. Jennifer did not return as a judge last season, due to a world tour. However, the source reveals that the American Idol schedule will allow the 44-year-old more time to pursue acting projects and raise her family. Idol auditions are currently taking place throughout the country.

New in theaters this weekend: The voice of Katy Perry in the PG-rated Smurfs 2, and Denzel Washington & Mark Wahlberg in the R-rated 2 Guns

Taco Bell announced yesterday that the next flavor of the Doritos Locos taco is coming in three weeks. August 22nd is the announced date. What is that flavor? They won't say. But a source claims it will be Flame.

A survey of 3,000 people found that women are more likely to cheat than men. The poll showed that 9 percent of men were certain they'd be unfaithful if they fell for somebody else. On the other hand, a whopping 25 percent of female respondents said they would definitely have an affair if an outsider piqued their interest.

Trivia Answer: John Carroll O'Connor -- better known as Carroll O'Connor -- who was born on this date in 1924. He'll forever be known as the bigoted Archie Bunker on All in the Family and the subsequent spin-off Archie Bunker's Place. He was also among the actors considered for the roles of The Skipper on Gilligan's Island and Dr. Smith in the TV show Lost In Space. O'Connor was living in Italy in 1968 when producer Norman Lear first asked him to come to New York to star in a pilot he was creating for ABC called Justice For All, inspired by the popular BBC series Til Death Us Do Part, playing Archie Justice, a loveable yet controversial bigot. After three pilots done between 1968 to 1970, a network change to CBS, and the last name of the character changed to Bunker, the new sitcom was renamed All in the Family. It has been stated that O'Connor's Queens background and New York accent influenced Lear to set the show in Queens. Wanting a well-known actor to tackle the controversial material, Lear had approached Jackie Gleason and Mickey Rooney to play Archie; both declined. O'Connor accepted, not expecting the show to be a success and believing he would be able to move back to Europe. Instead, the show became the highest-rated television program on American television for five consecutive seasons until the 1976-1977 season (the sixth season). O'Connor's own politics were liberal, but he understood the Bunker character and played him not only with bombast and humor but with touches of vulnerability. Although Bunker was famous for his malapropisms of the English language, O'Connor was highly educated and cultured and was an English teacher before he turned to acting. O'Connor died on June 21, 2001 in Culver City, California from a heart attack brought on by complications from diabetes.

Thursday 8.1.13
Today's Trivia: He's a musician, songwriter, record producer, and film producer. He is best known for his role as frontman and vocalist for a rock band for which he is a founding member and principal composer of their catalogue of songs. He has recorded solo material and collaborated with other musical acts, leading him to branch out as the owner of at least two record labels. His work scoring music for film has been recognized by the music industry, notably with an award from BMI for co-writing the song Accidentally in Love for the movie Shrek 2. Who is he and what is the band?

The game started in July and ended in August. There were two 7th inning stretches. It lasted five hours and three minutes, falling an inning shy of Seattle's longest contest of the season. In the end, the Boston Red Sox scored in the 15th inning to beat the Mariners, 5-4. It was Seattle's seventh walk-off loss this year. The Mariners have lost both games in Boston and are 2-5 since the end of their eight-game winning streak. The Mariners lost the series after arriving in Boston 5-1-1 in their previous seven series. Both series defeats have been administered by the Red Sox. The Ms and Sox wrap up the series this afternoon.

It's not often that no news actually is news, but when it comes to the MLB trade deadline, no news is just that. The Mariners made no major deals before the non-waiver trade deadline at 1:00 yesterday afternoon. Despite rumors that other teams were interested in players like Michael Morse, Kendrys Morales, Raul Ibanez, Oliver Perez, Tom Wilhelmsen and Joe Saunders, all of them are still Mariners. The Mariners, however, did make a minor-league trade. They sent infielder Robert Andino, whom the M's designated for assignment in May, to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for a player to be named later or cash.

August was the 6th month of the Roman year and was called Sextilis. In the year 8 BC the Emperor Augustus Caesar persuaded the Senate to change the month's name to Augustus in his honor.

August is National Catfish Month.Get Ready for Kindergarten Month, National Back-to-School Month, Family Meal Month, National Goat Cheese Month, Family Fun Month and National Toddler Month. Simplify Your Life Week begins today. Today is Respect for Parents Day. Today is Girlfriend's Day, a day to take your girlfriends shopping, out to eat, to a spa, a movie, and/or to the park. Today is National Raspberry Cream Pie Day. Today is World Wide Web Day, marking the birth of the Web in August 1990 at the Europe Laboratory for Particle Physics in Switzerland. Tim Berners-Lee and Robert Cailliau developed a prototype web browser and introduced Hypertext Markup Language, HTML.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1790, the first US census was completed, showing a population of just under 4 million people. In 1964, Hasbro Toys introduced GI Joe, an 11½-inch action figure that sold for $4.00. The doll was inspired by the 1945 Robert Mitchum movie, The Story of GI Joe. In 1973, the movie American Graffiti opened nationwide. It starred Ron Howard, Candy Clark, Richard Dreyfuss, Harrison Ford, Cindy Williams, McKenzie Phillips, and Susan Richardson. In 1981, MTV debuted in some two million homes. The first music video was Video Killed the Radio Star by The Buggles. In 1987, Bob Seger's song Shakedown, from the Beverly Hills Cop II soundtrack, went to number one. It was the Detroit rocker's firstever chart-topping single. The tune was originally supposed to be recorded by Glenn Frey, who had contracted laryngitis. In 1994, Lisa Marie Presley confirmed rumors that she had married Michael Jackson on May 26th in the Dominican Republic. They divorced less than two years later.

Have you taken your family vacation yet this summer? With summer winding down, maybe it is time to check out America's most hospitable cities. Travel site Airbnb.com has put together their list of the Top 10 Friendliest Places using reviews from their four-million users. Topping the list is Tampa, Florida, where according to the website, "Southern US hospitality meets Southern Floridian diversity and flair." Here are the rest:

  1. Tampa, Florida
  2. Mendocino, California
  3. Eugene, Oregon
  4. Bend, Oregon
  5. Raleigh, North Carolina
  6. Memphis, Tennessee
  7. Madison, Wisconsin
  8. Nashville, Tennessee
  9. Tucson, Arizona
  10. Tahoe City, California

What can you do with just over 34-thousand dollars? Have a baby, of course. That's the total average cost of having a baby in the US, according to a new report. Expect that to increase by 20-grand if you plan to have a cesarean section. Katy Kozhimannil, a professor at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, says that women are charged for individual items such as pain medication, tests and epidurals. In other developed countries like Switzerland, Norway, and France, the cost of birth is one flat fee. According to the New York Times, the average cost of giving birth in those countries is about 30-thousand dollars cheaper.

What's the most popular place to meet your soul mate these days? A new survey by Cupid.com shows 28 percent of those asked agree weddings are the best social functions to find love. Of the one-thousand surveyed, nearly half of the women (46%) and three-quarters (74%) of the men revealed they are on the lookout for other singles when attending a wedding. Meanwhile, 92 percent of women said they love when a man gets choked up at a friend's wedding.

The Forum was Los Angeles' premier concert venue from the late ‘60s until 1999 and soon, after some major renovations, the arena is reopening with three concerts by The Eagles. The band previously played multi-night runs at the Forum in 1975, '76 and '79. They'll once again perform there on January 15th, 17th and 18th. They were last at The Forum in 2009 when they used it as a rehearsal space for their Long Road Out of Eden tour. The Eagles are in the Northwest on September 4th when they play Key Arena.

Trivia Answer: Adam Duritz of The Counting Crows who turns 49 today. He was born in Baltimore, moved to Boston, then El Paso, and finally to Berkeley. Duritz has lived in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Houston, Amsterdam and, most recently, New York City. Adam's lyrics have been described as "morose" and "tortured" and as "wordy introspection" and his vocals "expressive." He has also suffered from what he describes as "a dissociative disorder, which makes the world seem like it's not real," which contributes to the length of time between albums and the inspiration for many of his lyrics.