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Thursday 10.31.13
Today's Trivia: She's s a television journalist, and has been involved in news reporting since 1975. She's best known for her 13-year tenure on NBC's Today program and later 12 years of Dateline NBC. She's married to Doonesbury cartoonist Garry Trudeau. Who is she?

There hasn't been a party like this in New England for nearly a century. David Ortiz and the Boston Red Sox, baseball's bearded wonders, capped their remarkable turnaround by beating the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 in Game 6 last night to win their third World Series championship in 10 seasons. Shane Victorino, symbolic of these resilient Sox, returned from a stiff back and got Boston rolling with a three-run double off the Green Monster against rookie sensation Michael Wacha. John Lackey became the first pitcher to start and win a Series clincher for two different teams, allowing one run over 6 2-3 innings 11 years after his Game 7 victory as an Angels rookie in 2002. And the Red Sox didn't have to fly the trophy home. For the first time since Babe Ruth's team back in 1918, Boston won the title at Fenway Park. The 101-year-old ballpark, oldest in the majors, was packed with 38,447 singing, shouting fans anticipating a celebration 95 years in the making.

The Seahawks yesterday announced signing wide receiver Ricardo Lockette from the practice squad to replace the injured Sidney Rice, who was placed on injured reserve. The 23-year-old Lockette is a familiar face in Seattle. The Hawks signed him in 2011 as an undrafted rookie free agent. Though he only appeared in the team’s final two games. Seahawks fans may best remember Lockette for catching a clutch, 61-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Tarvaris Jackson on January 1st of 2012, to force overtime at Arizona, though the Cardinals won 20-23 on an overtime field goal. Head coach Pete Carroll yesterday said Lockette is a "great, high-potential guy with great range and great speed." The Seahawks host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday afternoon..

The Washington State Cougars host the Arizona State Sun Devils tonight. Kick-off at 7:30 on ESPN.

It's the bye week for the Washington Huskies. They're off until November 9th, when the Dawgs host Colorado.

Today is Halloween, an out-growth of combining an ancient Druid harvest festival and Christian harvest customs. Tonight is Trick or Treat or Beggar's Night. Today is Scare a Friend Day, a time for innocent fun by watching a scary movie or visiting a haunted house. Today is National Knock-Knock Day, a day for kids of all ages to try out their knock-knock jokes. Today is Sneak Some of the Candy Yourself Before the Kids Start Knocking Day. Today is National Magic Day, observed on the date of Harry Houdini's death in 1926.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1959, Lee Harvey Oswald told reporters in Russia, "I will never return to the United States." In 1970, singer Michelle Phillips and actor Dennis Hopper were married. They divorced 8 days later. In 1990, Billy Idol dumped 600 dead fish on his opening act, Faith No More, during a Seattle concert and put four pigs and a goat in their dressing room. The group retaliated by parading naked on stage during Idol's encore. In 1991, at their Halloween wedding, Jayne and Dale Peterson of Madison, Wisconsin, were married dressed as Frankenstein and the bride of Frankenstein. At the reception, the champagne was chilled in a coffin. In 2003, on the final night of her so-called Farewell Tour, Cher was named the year’s biggest touring female by Billboard. She grossed 145-million dollars and drew more than two-million fans to over two hundred concerts. By the way, she’s at Key Arena coming up in June. In 2003, the London Times named Sir Paul McCartney the richest man in pop, with annual earnings of over 40-million pounds. Madonna topped the list of females.

It’s been over a decade since The Osbournes premiered on MTV, and in a recent interview, Jack Osbourne revealed his parents "have talked about" resurrecting the hit reality series, saying, "It’s been thrown around a little bit." However, his mom, Sharon Osbourne, has shot those rumors down on her talk show, stating that the reports are "absolutely not true," adding, "We could never touch what was."

Longtime Price is Right host Bob Barker returns to the show after retiring six years ago, but he’ll only be on for a day. The Price is Right Twitter feed posted the news that Barker would return December 12th to celebrate his 90th birthday. TVGuide.com reports the appearance is being taped on November 5th, when Barker hosts a very-special Showcase Showdown. The Price Is Right is the longest-running game show in history at 35 years and is currently hosted by Drew Carey.

NBC is teaming up with People magazine and Dick Clark Productions for the first ever People Magazine Awards. It’s a celebration of the year’s most talked about people in pop culture. The show is slated to air in late 2014.

With smartphones and gadgets in hand, we're having a hard time dropping our work load when 5 o’clock rolls around. Even after an 8-hour day, many employees report checking emails and taking work-related calls after hours. Having constant access to our mobile communication streams tacks on an extra two hours of work a day.

Facebook admitted this week what many teens already know: it's not as cool to be on Facebook anymore. But while some stories would have you believe teens are dumping Facebook in droves, it's not true. The company says while there is a decrease in "daily users among younger teens," just about every teen in the US is still using the social media service.

Katy Perry's new album, Prism, debuts at number one on the Billboard 200 chart, selling over 286-thousand copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Billboard reports that it marks the largest sales week this year for an album by a woman.

Trivia Answer: Margaret Jane Pauley who turns 63 today. From 1976 to 1989 Pauley was the co-host, with Tom Brokaw and later Bryant Gumbel, of NBC's The Today Show. In 1989, following months of conjecture about Pauley's publicly reported dislike of the grueling morning assignment and ambition to work in prime-time television, she announced her resignation from Today. After leaving The Today Show, Pauley hosted Real Life with Jane Pauley and served as deputy anchor for NBC Nightly News. From 1992 to 2003, Pauley co-hosted NBC's Dateline NBC. Pauley and Garry Trudeau have three children: twins Ross and Rachel, born in 1983, and Thomas, born in 1986.

Wednesday 10.30.13
Today's Trivia: He lived on Mount St. Helens and came to brief fame in the months preceding the 1980 eruption after stubbornly refusing to leave his home. He was the owner and caretaker of Mount St. Helens Lodge at Spirit Lake. The lodge was located at the south end of Spirit Lake at the foot of the mountain, and was in the danger zone at the time of the eruption. Who was he?

Seattle Seahawks receiver Sidney Rice will miss the rest of the season after tearing his ACL in Monday night's 14-9 win over St. Louis. The injury was confirmed by the team via Twitter. The seven-year veteran out of South Carolina finishes the season with just 15 catches for 231 yards and three touchdowns, and will end the year on injured reserve for the second time in his three seasons with Seattle. Rice suffered the injury midway through the second quarter of Monday's game on a first-and-goal play from the 9-yard line. Quarterback Russell Wilson tried to get the ball to Rice on the left side of the end zone, but overthrew him slightly. Both Rice and Rams cornerback Janoris Jenkins -- who was blanketing Rice in coverage -- dove for the ball, with Jenkins landing on top of Rice's lower body. Rice noticeably limped after the play and did not re-enter the game. Sunday, the Seahawks host the lowly Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The WSU Cougars are playing ball tomorrow night. They host Arizona State. It's the bye week for the Washington Huskies. They're off until November 9th, when the Dawgs host Colorado.

The opportunity to see the Boston Red Sox win a World Series at home for the first time in a lifetime has turned Game 6 at Fenway Park into the most expensive local ticket in the city's history. As of 10:00 yesterday morning, the average list price on the resale market for a ticket to tonight's game was $1,860. Bleacher seats to the game, which could have been had for $300 last week, were selling for $1,100 yesterday. On Monday night, someone who wanted two of the best seats in the house paid $24,000 on StubHub for a pair of tickets in the first row in a dugout box between home plate and one of the on-deck circles. Of course, if the Red Sox don't win tonight, watch out -- Game 7 prices don't figure to be any cheaper. The Boston Red Sox host the St. Louis Cardinals tonight. Game time is 5:07.

Today is National Candy Corn Day. Today is National Buy a Doughnut Day. Tonight is Look in the Back of Your Refrigerator Night, also called Haunted Refrigerator Night. Today is Create a Great Funeral Day. It's more fun when you do it in advance. Today is Try On Your Halloween Costume Early Day. Go ahead, see how cool or goofy you look. Tonight is Practice Winter Snuggling Night. On cold nights this winter, you'll be glad you did.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1938, actor Orson Welles stirred a national panic with his radio drama The War of the Worlds. Listeners believed the simulated news bulletins in the drama were real and that Grovers Mill, New Jersey, actually was being invaded by men from Mars. In 1971, John Lennon's Imagine was the number-one album in the US. In 1974, Muhammad Ali regained the world boxing title by knocking out heavyweight champ George Foreman in Zaire. Twenty years later Foreman won the title again. In 1984, Freddy Krueger slashed his way across the movie screen in the first Nightmare on Elm Street. In 2000, entertainer Steve Allen died at age 78. He hosted the original Tonight Show and, in his spare time, composed more than 4,000 songs. In 2003, the file-sharing application Napster returned to the Internet as Napster 2.0, and offered a paid-for downloading service.

Comedian and former host of the Carol Burnett Show, Carol Burnett, recently received one of comedy's highest honors in Washington D.C. when she was given the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Fellow funny women Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Julie Andrews plus Carol Burnett Show alumni Vicki Lawrence and Tim Conway were there to honor the former variety show host. Fey praised Burnett saying, "You mean so much to me. I love you in a way that is just shy of creepy." Burnett joked about the honor while accepting the award sharing, "This is very encouraging. I mean, it was a long time in coming, but I understand because there are so many people funnier than I am, especially here in Washington." A special honoring Burnett airs November 24th on PBS.

The Jonas Brothers have parted ways. The trio recently canceled their 19-date US tour and their publicist told US Weekly that "there was a big disagreement over their musical direction." The New Jersey natives formed the Jonas Brothers band in 2005. They signed with Hollywood Records in 2007 and have released five studio albums to date.

If you haven't yet gotten a holiday gift for that John Mellencamp fan in your life, look no further. Now available for pre-order on Amazon.com is John Mellencamp 1978 -- 2012, a career-spanning, 19-disc box set featuring all of John's principal studio albums from John Cougar all the way to 2010's No Better than This. Among the 223 tracks are some of John's greatest hits, plus 12 of the albums boast bonus tracks from the 2005 remastered versions of Mellencamp's Mercury releases. The set is out on December 10th and you can learn more at Mellencamp.com.

Here's the plot line for the next big romantic comedy. After Chelsea Clair met Kyle Froelich first the first time in 2009, she agreed to be an organ donor for him since he was suffering from severe kidney disease. According to Indystar.com, even though the pair had only met one time, Clair agreed to be tested for compatibility and found out that the two were a perfect match, both biologically… and romantically. The first words from both after surgery were concerns for the other's health. The two were married three years later, and Clair now jokes, "He's carrying around my kidney. I have to make sure he takes care of that."

Charmed is being rebooted by CBS. Variety reports the reboot is currently in the early stages and has been described as a reimaging of the original series. Charmed ran on the WB from 1996 to 2006 and starred Alyssa Milano, Holly Marie Combs, Shannen Doherty and Rose McGowan.

Maintaining close ties with your good friends on Facebook increases your self esteem -- but also your waistline. According to a study, keeping watch of your good friends' activities on social media correlates to a higher body-mass index and higher levels of credit card debt. These close connections increase your self-esteem, thereby allowing you to let your guard down and temporarily lose self control.

Facebook and Twitter are more tempting than cigarettes and sex. Researchers at the University of Chicago discovered through an online poll that the urge to interact through tweets and comments was stronger than sex and cigs. In fact, researchers concluded that social networking was the hardest desire to resist.

A downtown Helena, Montana, building was closed down Monday after officials found lead levels up to 40 times higher than federal standards. The building they shut down: the state Department of Environmental Quality.

Trivia Answer: Harry Randall Truman who was born on this date in 1896. Truman was born in West Virginia. Several years later, the family settled in Chehalis. Truman enlisted in the Army in 1917. He later survived a torpedoing of a ship he was on off the coast of Ireland in 1918. After the incident, he was honorably discharged and then lived in Riffe, Washington, until around 1926, when he became caretaker of the Mount St. Helens Lodge. Truman was alone at his lodge when he and his 16 cats are presumed to have died (along with 56 other people elsewhere in the disaster area) in the eruption on May 18th of 1980. At the time of his death, Truman had operated the lodge for 52 years.

Tuesday 10.29.13
Today's Trivia: This actor is best known for starring in a number of film, television, and theater roles since the late 1960s. His films include American Graffiti, Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Goodbye Girl, Stakeout, Always, What About Bob?, and Mr. Holland's Opus. Who is he?

The Seahawks are now 7-and-1 through no fault of their own. Art Thiel writing at SportsPressNW.com this morning put forth the question, "Are the Seahawks the worst 7-1 team ever?" They certainly didn't look like the NFL elite they're supposed to be last night. Russell Wilson threw two touchdown passes to Golden Tate, and the Hawks made a dramatic goal-line stand in the final minute to beat the St. Louis Rams 14-9. The Seahawks won despite gaining just 135 yards of total offense, 80 of it on Wilson's second TD pass to Tate. Wilson was also sacked a career-high seven times. The Hawks are back home on Sunday hosting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Boston Red Sox beat the St Louis Cardinals 3-1 last night to take a 3-games-to-2 World Series lead. Jon Lester allowed just one run in 7 2/3 innings. Boston can win its third title in a decade tomorrow night, when the Series resumes at Fenway Park -- where the Red Sox haven't won a championship on their home field since 1918. Game 6 tomorrow night at 5:07.

Last week we had Thursday night football with the Seahawks. This week we get Thursday night football again. This time, the WSU Cougars host Arizona State. It's the bye week for Washington. The Huskies are back in action November 9th when they host Colorado.

Today is Laugh A Lot Suddenly For No Reason Day. Today is Internet Day, marking the first connection on ARPANET, or what would become the Internet, between computers at UCLA and Stanford Research Center in California on October 29, 1969. The @ symbol was adopted in 1972 and a year later 75% of ARPANET traffic was e-mail. Today is National Forgiveness Day, a celebration of unconditional love. Today is National Disgusting Little Pumpkin-Shaped Candies Day. Today is National Oatmeal Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1929, the New York Stock Market crashed as 16-million shares of stock were dumped and investors lost billions of dollars. The boom had ended and America faced a decade of depression. In 1945, the first ballpoint pens went of sale at Gimbels department stores for $12.95. In 1966, the National Organization for Women was formed. In 1995, Jerry Rice of the San Francisco 49ers became the NFL's leading receiver 14,040 career yards. In 1997, comedian Bob Hope, who had entertained American troops overseas for decades, was made an honorary US veteran at the age of 94. The congressional resolution bestowing the title was the first of its kind. In 2004, Osama bin Laden, in a videotaped statement, directly admitted he had ordered the September 11th attacks and told America "the best way to avoid another Manhattan" was to stop threatening Muslims' security.

On the anniversary of the New York Stock Market crash, to the Dow Jones industrial average traded above its all-time closing high of 15,676 points.

David Beckham got into a car accident leaving his home on Saturday (10/26). According to E! News, the soccer star-turnedfashion-mogul got into a fender bender with another SUV as he left his Beverly Hills home. Though his 14-year-old son Brooklyn was also in the car, everyone walked away unharmed. His Range Rover, however, wasn't so lucky, as it was pictured with the front bumper hanging off.

Lucasfilms editor J.W. Rinzler has complied a reel of never-before-seen outtakes from the original Star Wars. The clips offer a look at the making of the classic film and the occasional flubbed line. It was first seen at San Diego's Comic-Con and can be seen now at MTV.com.

Even though the original version of Anchorman 2 doesn't hit theatres until later this year, it looks like an alternate version of the film is already in the works. According to the Huffington Post, the alternate version will include over 250 new jokes. Writer and director Adam McKay told Empire magazine, "We did so much improv on this one that we can literally replace every single joke in the movie and put in alt scenes and alt improv runs." McKay is hoping they will be able to release the alternate film for midnight showings. No release date has been set, but you can catch the original version in theatres December 20th.

People may think that there is no money in the arts, but a recent study shows that children who study art or music at a young age might end up being your boss someday. A study published in the journal Economic Development Quarterly found that 93 percent of Michigan State students who graduated with a major in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics "had musical training at some point in their lives, compared to just 34 percent of average adults." The study also found that college graduates who owned patents or their own business were eight times more likely to have studied art or music at a young age.

If you are thinking of quitting smoking, it is probably Monday. Researchers monitored Google searches for five years and almost every week, searches about kicking the habit peaked on Mondays.

According to some new numbers from Pew, 54% of adult Internet users post original photos or videos online. Eighteen percent of cell phone owners use Instagram, and nearly 10% use Snapchat.

New research shows one in six married ladies don't let their husbands see them nude. Nearly half of these women said the reason for this was because of their insecurity about their bodies. A third said it was because of issues with their sex drive.

Trivia Answer: Richard Stephen Dreyfuss who turns 65 today. He won an Academy Award for Best Actor in 1977 for The Goodbye Girl, and was nominated in 1995 for Mr. Holland's Opus. Some of his earlier television roles included appearances on shows like Peyton Place, Gidget, Bewitched, and The Big Valley. During the late 1960s and early 1970s, he also performed on stage quite a bit both on Broadway, and off-Broadway. His first film part was a small, uncredited role in The Graduate. He had one line, "Shall I call the cops? I'll call the cops."

Monday 10.28.13
Today's Trivia: He's a former National Basketball Association player and coach, as well as the NBA's career leader in coaching win-loss totals. He was inducted twice into the Basketball Hall of Fame, first in 1989 as a player and then later as a coach in 1998. He was drafted sixth overall by the St. Louis Hawks in the 1960 NBA Draft. He played for the Hawks from 1960 to 1968, for the Seattle SuperSonics from '68 to '72, the Cleveland Cavaliers from '72 to '74, and the Portland Trail Blazers in '74 and '75. Who is he?

Bishop Sankey ran for a career-high 241 and two touchdowns, Keith Price threw a pair of long touchdowns to Jaydon Mickens and Washington snapped a three-game losing streak with a 41-17 thumping of California on Saturday night. The Huskies Washington paid tribute to former coach Don James, who died a week earlier at the age of 80 due to pancreatic cancer by thumping the school James dominated as the Huskies coach. James went 12-2 in his career against California and the current batch of Huskies honored the former with a flurry of big plays to blow out the Golden Bears. Sankey had 188 yards at the half -- near his previous career-high of 208 earlier this season against Illinois -- and averaged 11.8 yards per carry in the first half. He set a new career mark early in the fourth quarter, then expanded on it thanks to a 23-yard run cutting against the flow of the play. His performance was eighth best in Washington history. Price finished 20 of 32 for 376 yards, the second best passing game in his career. The Dawgs now have a bye week. They're back in action November 9th hosting Colorado.

The Cougars had their bye this past weekend. They're back in action Thursday night when they host Arizona State.

Michael Robinson spent the first seven weeks of the NFL season at home waiting for the right job opportunity to come his way and making observations about what was happening in the league. When the fullback rejoined the Seattle Seahawks this past week -- the team Robinson spent the previous three seasons with -- one of his first remarks had nothing to do with Russell Wilson, Marshawn Lynch or Richard Sherman. "We've grown up, definitely, across the board. We've learned how to win on the road," Robinson said. Once considered patsies when outside the noisy confines of their home field, the Seahawks have morphed from pushovers to consistent winners away from home. They've started this season 3-and-1 away from Seattle, matching last year's road win total, and have a chance to improve on that mark tonight in St. Louis. Hawks-Rams on Monday Night Football on ESPN. Kickoff at 5:40.

What a weekend for the World Series. Saturday night there was the obstruction call. Anytime someone scores the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning without even touching home plate -- called safe on an extremely rare ruling by an umpire -- it's bound to cause a little ruckus. And it did. It also gave St. Louis a 5-4 win at Busch Stadium and a 2-1 edge. Then last night, another unusual ending as Boston closer Koji Uehara picked off rookie pinch-runner Kolten Wong at first base for the final out -- with postseason star and potential tying run -- Carlos Beltran standing at the plate. Boston won 4-2 tying the World Series at two games apiece. Game 5 is tonight at Busch Stadium -- about eight blocks from where the Seahawks are playing. First pitch at 5:07..

Lou Reed was a pioneer for countless bands who didn't worry about their next hit single. Reed died yesterday Reed died at a home he shared in Long Island, New York, with his wife Laurie Anderson following complications from a liver transplant he had earlier this year. Reed radically challenged rock's founding promise of good times and public celebration. As leader of the Velvet Underground and as a solo artist, he was the father of indie rock, and an ancestor of punk, New Wave and the alternative rock movements of the 1970s, '80s and beyond. He influenced generations of musicians from David Bowie and R.E.M. to Talking Heads and Sonic Youth. Lou Reed was 71.

Marcia Wallace, famous to many as the sassy, redheaded receptionist on The Bob Newhart Show and also the voice of Bart's crabby teacher on The Simpsons, died Friday. Marcia Wallace was 70.

Today is Flying Baby Day. On this date in 1929, Mrs. T.W. Evans gave birth to a baby in an airplane over Miami, the first baby born in an airplane. Today is Part Your Hair Crooked Just To See If Anyone Will Say Anything About It Day.

Calendar notes: On this date iin 1886, the Statue of Liberty, a gift from the people of France, was dedicated in New York Harbor by President Grover Cleveland. In 1955, when singers Marty Robbins and Elvis Presley performed in Lubbock, Texas, a local guitarist, 19-year-old Buddy Holly, opened the concert, and 13-year-old Mac Davis was in the audience. In 1961, a customer asked London record store owner Brian Epstein for My Bonnie by the Silver Beatles. Epstein didn't have it, but he went to the Cavern Club to check out the group and signed them a few days later. in 1965, the Gateway Arch was completed in St. Louis. It's 630 feet high.

They say crime doesn't pay, but for one admitted Romanian art thief, it just might. Radu Dogaru recently admitted to stealing over 24-million dollars' worth of art pieces from a museum in The Netherlands, including pieces by Picasso and Monet. But Dogaru is now looking to sue the museum for negligence because he says they made his job too easy. The museum did not have alarms set in place for the expensive works, which allowed him to pull off his multi-million dollar heist in just three minutes. According to GMANetwork.com, if he wins the case, the museum could "share the burden of compensation," making "both of them responsible for repaying the paintings' insurers."

Prankster comedy Bad Grandpa kicked Sandra Bullock's 3D space thriller Gravity from the top of weekend box office charts, starting off with $32 million in ticket sales over its first three days. After three weeks in first place, Gravity slipped to the No. 2 slot with $20.3 million in domestic ticket sales. Captain Phillips, starring Tom Hanks in the real-life story of a ship hijacked by Somali pirates, finished in third place. Despite an A-list cast including Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz, and Penelope Cruz, new crime drama The Counselor debuted further down the charts in fourth place. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 ro0unded out the top five.

Fleetwood Mac is canceling planned performances in Australia and New Zealand as bassist John McVie is treated for cancer. Band members Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham said in a statement yesterday that they're sorry to cancel the 14 show dates and hope "fans everywhere will join us in wishing John and his family all the best." Band spokeswoman Liz Rosenberg did not specify what type of cancer McVie is treating. Fleetwood Mac recently finished a European tour. The New Zealand and Australia shows were scheduled through December 7th. The band is also scheduled to perform in Las Vegas on December 30th.

Capital Cities is currently on The Bright Futures Tour with Fitz and the Tantrums.

Dressing up your dog or hamster in a costume this week? A few decades ago you would have been considered a batty pet owner. Not anymore. Sales of pet costumes have soared in recent years -- from $220 million in 2010 to $370 million in 2012.

Trivia Answer: Leonard Randolph Wilkens -- Lenny Wilkens -- who turns 76 today. From 1969–1972 with Seattle, and in his one season as a player with Portland, he was a player-coach. He retired from playing in 1975 and was the full-time coach of the Trail Blazers for one more season. After a season off, in 1977 he again became coach of the SuperSonics, where he coached for eight seasons (1977-1985), winning his (and Seattle's) only NBA Championship in 1979. He would go on to coach Cleveland (1987–1993), Atlanta (1993–2000), Toronto (2000–2003) and New York (2004–2005). The Hall of Famer was named head coach of the New York Knicks on January 15, 2004. After the Knicks' slow start to the 2004-2005 season, Wilkens resigned from the team on January 22, 2005. On November 29, 2006 he was hired as vice chairman of the Seattle SuperSonics' ownership group, and was later named the Sonics' President of Basketball Operations on April 27, 2007. On July 6, 2007 Wilkens resigned from the Sonics organization.

Friday 10.25.13
Today's Trivia: She's a film and television actress, comedian, and voice artist. She's best known for her long-running role as Bart Simpson on the The Simpsons. Who is she?

Don't look now but we've got ourselves a real series. Twenty-two-year-old Michael Wacha won again in October and the St. Louis Cardinals got just enough help from Boston, beating the Red Sox 4-2 last night to tie the World Series at a game apiece. Down 2-1 after David Ortiz hit a two-run homer in the sixth, the Cardinals rallied for three runs in the seventh to end Boston's nine-game winning streak in the World Series that started with a sweep of St. Louis in 2004. The Series now shifts to St. Louis for games three, four, and five -- tomorrow, Sunday, and Monday. Game three is tomorrow afternoon at 5:07.

Coming up tomorrow night at 8:00, the UW Huskies are hosting California. It's the bye week for the WSU Cougars. They're back at it on Halloween night when they host Arizona State.

Another weekend with no Seattle Seahawks. The Hawks are on Monday Night Football facing the Rams at St. Louis.

Today is National Greasy Foods Day. It's also World Pasta Day. International Magic Week begins today. It's National Denim Day. Today's Punk for a Day Day It's Frankenstein Friday, held on the last Friday in October. Frankenstein Friday celebrates he birth of Frankenstein and its creator. Frankenstein was born in 1818 when Mary Wollenstonecraft Shelley, at the age of 21, wrote the story Frankenstein.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1960, the first electronic wristwatch, the Bulova Accutron, went on sale in New York City. In 1960, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards accidentally met on a train. They had known each other in school. In 1992, singer Roger Miller died of lung cancer at age 56. His hits included Dang Me, King of the Road, Chug-a-lug, and England Swings. In 2002, the Utah State Court of Appeals dismissed Robert Paul Rice's claims that the Utah State Prison was violating his right to practice his religion by failing to provide him with a "vampire" diet. The so-called vampire diet apparently would have involved a conjugal visit from a "vampiress."

New research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association has found that flu shots might prevent more than just the flu. The study found that flu shots might actually lower the risk of death for people who suffer with heart disease. Authors of the study claim that "for stable patients, the risk for a heart attack or other cardiovascular event dropped by 36 percent if they got a flu shot. For patients who'd had a heart attack within the past year, the risk dropped by 55 percent."

If you have a hankering for space travel and 75-thousand dollars lying around, you're in luck! A start-up company in Tucson, Arizona called Paragon Space Development Corp. is looking to a send people to the edge of outer space… in a balloon. The company has developed a helium balloon powered capsule that can take customers nearly 100-thousand feet into the air, high enough to see the curvature of the earth. According to the Washington Post, customers are offered two hours in the air, and then "the capsule would be disconnected from the balloon and begin a free-fall, but a parafoil above the capsule would become increasingly effective in the thickening air and the capsule would glide to the surface, landing on skids."

Did you know that flirting is technically illegal in San Antonio, Texas? Or that it is illegal in Memphis, Tennessee for women to drive without a man waving a red flag in front of them? And the list of strange laws doesn't stop there. Recently, Gizmodo.com released a list of strange, and not necessarily enforced, laws that are technically still in effect in their respective locations. Here are some of the weirdest laws, thanks to MSN:

  • In Utah, it's illegal for first cousins to marry, but this no longer applies if they're both over the age of 65.
  • In Georgia, it's against the law to use profanity in front of a corpse.
  • In Mohave County, Arizona, a person found stealing soap must wash themselves until the bar of soap has been completely used up.
  • In Indiana's lawbooks, pi is 4, not 3.1415.
  • It's illegal to sing off-key in North Carolina.
  • It's illegal in Idaho for a man to give his significant other a box of candy weighing in excess of 50 pounds.
  • It's illegal to get a fish drunk in Ohio.
  • In Eureka, Nevada, it's illegal for men with moustaches to kiss women.

Roughly five months after selling 500 million Doritos Locos Tacos in May, Taco Bell has now sold $1 billion worth of Doritos Locos Tacos. As of Saturday, October 12, more than $1 billion hybrid tacos were sold, whether it's the original nacho cheese flavor, Cool Ranch, or the new Fiery taco.

QSR Magazine is a trade publication for the fast food industry. It put together a list of 100 ways restaurants can improve their drive-thru experience. Some of the ideas include installing a trashcan with an extended chute next to the drive-thru lane and letting the kitchen eavesdrop on orders so the cooking crew can hear orders and speed things up. But how about this idea from QSR: Clean the windshields of waiting cars. How would you like to go through the drive-thru and come out the other side with clean windows

Trivia Answer: Nancy Cartwright who turns 56 today. Cartwright voices other characters for The Simpsons including Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, Todd Flanders, Kearney, and Database. In 1987, Cartwright auditioned for a role in a series of animated shorts about a dysfunctional family that was to appear on The Tracey Ullman Show. Cartwright intended to audition for the role of Lisa Simpson, the middle child; when she arrived at the audition, she found the role of Bart -- Lisa's brother -- to be more interesting. Matt Groening, the series' creator, allowed her to audition for Bart and then offered her the role on the spot. In 2000, she published her autobiography, My Life as a 10-Year-Old Boy, and four years later adapted it into a one-woman play.

Thursday 10.24.13
Today's Trivia: He was an American screenwriter and producer. He was one of the first people to be "buried" in space. He developed his idea for the show which would make him famous after looking for material to rival Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon. The series was picked up by Desilu Studios when he sold the premise as a "Wagon Train to the Stars". The original $500,000 pilot received only minor support from NBC and its production went over budget, but the network commissioned an unprecedented second pilot. The series premiered on September 8, 1966 and ran for three seasons. Although it was canceled due to low ratings, the series gained wide popularity in syndication. In the third and final season, he offered to demote himself to the position of line producer in a final attempt to ensure the show's success if the program was given his desired timeslot, however he effectively resigned when these demands were not met, and accepted a staff producer position with MGM. He died on October 24, 1991, of heart failure at the age of 70. In 1992 his ashes flew in space aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia. In 1997, a lipstick-sized capsule of his ashes was sent into space to orbit Earth for approximately six years, after which it burned up in Earth's atmosphere. Who is he?

Jon Lester threw a cutter in the eighth inning for his final out of the game, his latest scoreless World Series stint over. The fans roared as the Red Sox ace walked slowly toward the dugout, tipping his cap. He had given them plenty to cheer about all night. Lester allowed five hits in 7 2-3 innings, and even started an inning-ending double play, to help Boston beat the St. Louis Cardinals 8-1 in Game 1 of the World Series last night. Game 2 is tonight -- again in Boston -- at 5:07.

Coming up Saturday, the UW Huskies are hosting California. It's the bye week for the WSU Cougars. They're back at it on Halloween night when they host Arizona State.

We have to go through another weekend with no Seahawks. Last week they played on Thursday so we missed the weekend. This weekend the Hawks are busy preparing for Monday Night Football at St. Louis. They face the Rams Monday night. Seattle is favored by 10.5 points.

Disarmament Week begins today, sponsored by the United Nations. Interestingly, today is United Nations Day, by presidential proclamation. The UN was founded on this date in 1945. Today is Share a Pop-Tart with Someone You Love Day. Today is National Bologna Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1955, Tappan introduced the microwave oven in Mansfield, Ohio. Suggested retail price: $1,200. In 1969, an autopsy of the 3,000-year-old mummy of King Tut of Egypt revealed a blow to the head. The boy pharaoh had been murdered. In 1973, actor Alan 'Rocky' Lane died at age 72. He made dozens of low-budget western movies, played Red Ryder in a few, and was the voice of television's talking horse Mr. Ed. In 1973, Kojak debuted on CBS-TV. It starred Telly Savalas as the bald New York City police detective with a lollipop addiction, Theo Kojak. In 1989, actress Zsa Zsa Gabor was sentenced to 72-hours in jail for slapping Beverly Hills police officer Paul Kramer after he stopped her for a routine driver's license check. In 1992, the Toronto Blue Jays became the first non-US team to win the World Series.

In honor of the beloved Ron Burgundy from the film Anchorman, Ben & Jerry's has unveiled their newest flavor, Scotchy Scotch Scotch – a butterscotch ice cream with butterscotch swirls. The flavor celebrates Will Ferrell's return to the famed character in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, which hits theaters December 20th.

This year, Cyber Monday is projected to be the biggest shopping day in history for online retailers. FedEx is forecasting that the Monday after Thanksgiving, December 2nd, will produce the "company's highest volume in history." The company predicts that on Cyber Monday, roughly 22 million packages will be processed and shipped through the cargo carrier's network.

Every year, Billboard honors the top achievers in the touring world and this year, finalists for the top prize include Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi. The awards are based on box office numbers reported to Billboard Boxscore from October 1st, 2012 to September 30th of this year. Bruce and Bon Jovi both are up for Top Tour, which is based on how much money a tour has made, and they are up for Top Draw, which is based on attendance. Meanwhile, The Rolling Stones have two nods in the Top Boxscore category, which recognizes the highest-grossing single engagement by an artist. The awards are being given out on November 14th in New York.

Robert Downey, Jr. is having a great week as he tops New York Magazine's list of Hollywood's Most Valuable Movie Stars. The list is based on the actor's combined domestic and overseas box office totals, studio value, likeability, Oscars, critics' scores, Twitter mentions, and tabloid value. This also makes Downey, Jr.'s second year on the top spot followed by Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence. Earlier this year, Downey, Jr. also topped Forbes' Highest Paid Actor list.

Ryan Seacrest has signed a multi-year contract to continue his role as host and producer of Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest. After joining the late Dick Clark as co-host in 2005, Secreast became the sole host of the New Year's classic when Clark passed away last year. Though the details of the contract are not known, Dick Clark Productions CEO Alan Shapiro expressed his admiration for Seacrest in a recent press release, stating, "He has been a key factor in the extended and expanded success of the show. It's very difficult to take over a franchise created by an icon and grow it. Ryan has done just that."

Lifetime has announced that they're developing a TV drama based on the classic 1939 film The Wizard of Oz. Titled Red Brick Road, the series focuses on a "darker side" of the story. Deadline reports Dexter's Tim Schlattmann has been tapped to write the series, which takes a look at the red bricks from the movie and where they lead to.

Scientists at the University of Florida have discovered a new early detection method for Alzheimer's, and the answer is right in your pantry. Scientists used peanut butter to test patients' sense of smell, which is controlled by the same part of the brain that forms new memories -- and is often the first part to go. Researchers found that "patients in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease had a more difficult time smelling peanut butter from their left nostril than from their right," but did not find the same results in patients with other cognitive disorders. If further tests are conclusive, the simple test could open doors for earlier and cheaper detection.

The latest survey of teens and tech shows nearly 8 in 10 (78%) have a cell phone, and almost half of those (48%) own smartphones. In 1998 the big teens in tech story was this: One in ten US teens owned a pager.

Trivia Answer: Eugene Wesley Roddenberry -- Gene Roddenberry -- who died on this date in 1991. He was best known as the creator of what would become the science fiction universe of Star Trek. The "Great Bird of the Galaxy" nickname was a reference to his role in Star Trek. On June 16, 2007, the Science Fiction Museum in Seattle, inducted Gene Roddenberry into their Science Fiction Hall of Fame. The presentation was accepted on behalf of the Roddenberry Family by his son, Eugene W. Roddenberry Jr.

Wednesday 10.23.13
Today's Trivia: He was born in Corning, Iowa. When he was 8, his family moved to Norfolk, Nebraska. There he learned to perform magic tricks. He served in the Navy from 1943 to 1946. After the service, he attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln where he graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Logic, in 1949. The next year, he worked at WOW radio and television in Omaha. He soon hosted a morning television program called The Squirrel's Nest. One of his routines involved interviewing pigeons on the roof of the local Court House that would allegedly relate the political corruption they had seen. The show was a hit and led to this guy supplementing his income by acting as MC at local dinners where some of the same politicians and civic leaders that he had lampooned on his show would attend. They were understandably eager to see this guy get out of town. The wife of one of these political figures owned stock in a LA radio station and referred this guy to her brother who was big shot in the emerging television market in Southern California. The guy then took a job at CBS-owned Los Angeles television station KNXT, which was his entry to the big time. Before taking the job most of us know him for, this guy hosted several TV shows including a five-year stint on the game show Who Do You Trust? It was during this last that this guy met his long-time sidekick. Who is he?

Pro Bowl fullback Michael Robinson, a captain for the Seahawks last season, was back on the roster and in the Seattle locker room yesterday after Derrick Coleman suffered a hamstring injury in last Thursday's win at Arizona. Coleman remained on Seattle's roster while fellow fullback Spencer Ware was placed on season-ending injured reserve to clear a roster spot for Robinson. Ware's been out since Week 2 with a high-ankle sprain Robinson was due $2.5 million in base salary if he was on the regular season roster and Seattle was high on both Ware and Coleman, and Robinson was sick. Pete Carroll and Seattle general manager John Schneider assured Robinson if the opportunity presented itself, they would do what they could to bring him back. That opportunity arose on Thursday night. Coleman was injured in the second quarter and Seattle had to use tight ends as lead blockers in their two-back sets. Schneider reached out to Robinson via text message on Friday asking how he was feeling. Robinson's status for Seattle's Monday night game in St. Louis against the Rams is uncertain. He started practice yesterday acclimating to an offense he learned the past three seasons blocking for his close friend Pro Bowl running back Marshawn Lynch.

Coming up Saturday, the UW Huskies are hosting California. It's the bye week for the WSU Cougars. They're back at it on Halloween night when they host Arizona State.

The two teams that had the best records in their respective leagues are meeting in the World Series, the first time that has happened since 1999. It's the Boston Red Sox hosting the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 1 tonight at 5:00.

Traditionally, the swallows leave Capistrano today. They're back again on March 19th. Today is iPod Day. The Apple iPod MP3 music player was unveiled on this date in 2001. The iPod officially went on sale November 10th of 2001 for $399.00. Today is National Boston Cream Pie Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1915, some 25,000 women marched in New York City, demanding the right to vote. In 1956, the first videotape recording to be broadcast originated at WRCA-TV in New York City for NBC Television. The program introduced comedian Jonathan Winters. In 1964, the US's Joe Frazier won the gold in heavyweight boxing at the Tokyo Olympics by barely out-pointing Germany's Hans Huber. Afterward, Frazier admitted he fought the bout with a broken right hand. In 1977, Wesley Paul ran the 26-mile New York City marathon in 3 hours 31 minutes. That was 48 minutes behind the winner, but 15 minutes faster than any other 8-year-old had ever run the race. In 1978, CBS became the first label to start selling their albums for $8.98. Other labels soon followed suit. In 1987, a Texas burglar, sentenced to seven years in prison, complained that seven as his unlucky number. The judged raised it to eight years. In 1998, a federal judge in St. Louis ruled that the Fort Zumwalt High School marching band was not allowed to play Jefferson Airplane's White Rabbit in their ‘60s medley. The song was banned by the high school superintendent on the grounds it promoted drug use.

After more than a decade as the world's favorite car color, silver is falling in popularity. PPG Industries, the leading supplier of automotive paints, says 25 percent of the vehicles it supplied in the 2013 model year were white, up 3 percent from the prior year. Silver and black tied for second, with 18 percent each. White dominates in Europe, North America and Asia. Only in South America is silver still king.

There's a good chance that about 11% of the text messages you send and receive are deceptive. Researchers (Cornell University) examined over 5,000 texts and found that 10.7% of them are used to tell people we're some place we're not, or that we "have to go" when we really just want to end a conversation.

We've all seen our fair share of strange dating sites, but new dating app Carrot Dating may be the most controversial of the bunch. The new app offers women bribes, like plastic surgery and expensive jewelry, to go on dates. In a recent press release, the company described the website as "Give a dog a bone and it will obey. Give a woman a present and she'll…" The mysterious ellipses are making people a little upset. The website claims that men have a harder time getting dates in the online dating world, and that the gifts help women to say yes to the first date. Creator and MIT graduate Brandon Wade is also the founder of Seeking Arrangement, where younger women can find a "sugar daddy."

You love your cordless drill, cordless vacuum and cordless weed trimmer. You may even own one of those battery-powered cordless lawnmowers. If so, then you'll be looking forward to the first snowfall of the season. A snow blower company called Snow Joe is now making a cordless, battery-powered snow blower that will run for up to 40 minutes.

The latest report says the US cut its carbon dioxide by 3.8% last year, the biggest drop in decades.

Americans spend 146 hours and 20 minutes a month parked in front of TVs. And and almost half of all consumers (48%) now watch videos on the Internet. Typical Internet viewership is 4 hours and 26 minutes per month, up 15 percent from a year ago.

If the holidays include spending some quality time around the table with family and friends working on a puzzle, I found just what you need. It's the world's largest commercially available jigsaw puzzle and it's 24,000 pieces! The puzzle is in the Guinness Book of World Records and can be yours for $270.

According to TMZ, the sexual assault charges Cee Lo Green faced for supposedly putting a substance into a woman's drink without her knowledge have been dropped. However The Voice judge is still being charged with a felony for furnishing ecstasy. He pled not guilty to the charges in Los Angeles on Monday. He is due back in court in November. TMZ reports that reps from NBC say The Voice will not change its line-up and Cee Lo will not be removed from the show while he goes through the legal process.

New rumors have surfaced about the possibility of Wonder Woman being featured in the upcoming superhero epic, Superman vs. Batman. According to Digitalspy.com, Warner Bros exec Greg Silverman has said that Wonder Woman is "an amazing character," and that he thinks it is a "great opportunity both for box office success, but also to have an amazingly powerful female superhero." He added that the studio is taking the character's future "very seriously." Superman vs. Batman is expected to be released July of 2015.

Katy Perry took to Twitter last week to announce that she is the new celebrity spokeswoman for CoverGirl Cosmetics. She's leading the spring 2014 CoverGirl campaign.

Trivia Answer: John William Carson -- Johnny Carson -- who was born on this date in 1925. He hosted The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson for 30 years. That side-kick, of course, was Ed McMahon. On January 23rd of 2005, Carson, died in Los Angeles from respiratory arrest arising from emphysema. He was 79 years old. Carson had revealed his illness to the public in September 2002. In accordance with his family's wishes, no public memorial service was held.

Tuesday 10.22.13
Today's Trivia: This Japanese-born professional baseball outfielder currently plays for the New York Yankees. Originally a player in Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball, he moved to the United States in 2001 to play in Major League Baseball. He spent 11 years with his first MLB team. He's established a number of batting records, including MLB's single-season record for hits with 262. He had 10 consecutive 200-hit seasons, the longest streak by any player, surpassing Wee Willie Keeler's streak of eight. Who is he?

The St. Louis Rams starting quarterback Sam Braqdford left the game against Carolina with a knee injury Sunday. It's a torn knee ligament, The extent of the injury was confirmed after an MRI exam, the team said yesterday. The Seahawks play the Rams next Monday in St. Louis. Kellen Clemens, an eight-year veteran from Oregon with 12 career NFL starts, is the backup. Another thing the Seahawks may not have to worry about is the crowd in the Edward Jones Dome. Game 5 of the World Series, if needed, is Monday night at nearby Busch Stadium between the Cardinals and the Boston Red Sox.

Jim Leyland is stepping down as manager of the Detroit Tigers after eight seasons that included three division titles and two trips to the World Series. Leyland announced his departure yesterday, two days after the Tigers were eliminated from the AL championship series by Boston in six games. He said he planned to remain with the organization in some capacity. Leyland said at a press conference, "I'm going to be 69 years old. I'm not ashamed of that. I'm proud of it. The fuel's getting a little low."

Here comes the World Series. It's the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals. It's a best of seven deal. Two at Boston, then three at St. Louis, and then three at Boston, if needed. Game one tomorrow night at 5:00.

Today is National Color Day, a day to consider how color affects you, color in clothes, color in names, color in everything. It's Caps Lock Day . Is there anything more annoying than someone who types in all capital letters? Do you get aggravated when you accidentally hit the Caps Lock on your keyboard and unintentionally type the next paragraph in all caps? Caps Lock Day is a tongue-in-cheek campaign to remove the Caps Lock key from computer keyboards. It's Eat a Pretzel Day. Today is International Stuttering Awareness Day. Today is National Nut Day, either eat one or be one, your choice.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1950, the Los Angeles Rams set an NFL record by embarrassing the Baltimore Colts 70-27. It was a record score for a regular season game. In 1962, President Kennedy announced an air and naval blockade of Cuba, following the discovery of Soviet missile bases on the island. In 1964, EMI Records turned down a chance to sign the group High Numbers. So they changed their name back to The Who and signed with Decca. In 1969, after issuing an official statement denying he was dead, Paul McCartney went to Scotland to enjoy a vacation. In 1986, President Ronald Reagan signed The Tax Reform Act of 1986 backwards, writing his last name first. The action was legal, though apparently unprecedented in US history.

Just hours before they were set to strike, the union representing 21,000 Puget Sound-area grocery workers announced they had reached a tentative agreement to stay on the job. United Food and Commercial Workers spokesman Tom Geiger said the union bargaining team reached an agreement with the grocery chains yesterday afternoon at 5:00. Workers at QFC, Safeway, Albertsons and Fred Meyer stores were set to go on strike at 7:00 l if an agreement couldn't be reached. Until yesterday afternoon the two sides were not able to find common ground on a number of issues, including wages, holiday pay, and health benefits. In a brief statement, Allied Employers confirmed the agreement. The statement says, "We are pleased to announce that we have reached a tentative settlement agreement with the unions that continues to preserve good wages, secure pensions, and access to quality, affordable health care for our employees."

According to a recent study published on PlosOne.org -- the Public Library of Science website -- women who wear more makeup are viewed as untrustworthy. When researchers presented adult men and women with pictures of women in various amounts of makeup (minimal, moderate, and dramatic), they found that people were more likely to find women wearing more makeup "attractive and competent," but gave them low scores in the "likeability and trustworthiness" category. The opposite was true for women who wore minimal makeup.

Oreos are as addictive as cocaine, at least for lab rats, and just like us, they like the creamy center best. Researchers (at Connecticut College) found eating the sugary treats activates more neurons in the brain's "pleasure center" than drugs such as cocaine.

After almost seven years of dominating the motion-sensor gaming market, Nintendo has announced that they will no longer be manufacturing the popular console, the Wii. According to DigitalSpy.com, the Wii has sold over 100-million units worldwide, but "the Xbox 360 is believed to have overtaken the Wii in the UK and North America." Despite being named "the number one console by game customers," Wii ends its long run with a simple message on their product page: "Manufacturing has ended."

The house where the 1989 movie Steel Magnolias was filmed is up for sale. While the Louisiana estate was built in 1840, it wasn't until Shirley MacLaine, Sally Field, Olympia Dukakis, Daryl Hannah and Julia Roberts filmed there before it was put on the map. According to People magazine, the home, with all the antiques and furniture in it, is going up for auction on Saturday. It was previously put on the market last year for around a million dollars.

What's an extra inch in height worth? A study found it could mean up to $800 a year in extra income. Researchers found that tall people tend to earn more money and win more respect at work. They found a height advantage even in jobs where being tall isn't a qualification -- in other words, they didn't just look at pro basketball players. Some good news for the non-tall: the researchers also said being short doesn't appear to be a prohibitive disadvantage. Hard work, motivation, and intelligence help bridge the gap.

Kelly Clarkson has confirmed the news that she's "officially Mrs. Blackstock." Kelly took to Twitter yesterday to make the announcement that she and Brandon Blackstock exchanged vows at what she calls "the most beautiful place ever," Blackberry Farm in East Tennessee. Kelly shared two photos from her big day on Twitter, both featuring the singer in a long-sleeved, lace gown. Kelly and Brandon got engaged in December 2012. The two originally planned a big wedding, but decided to elope in a small, private ceremony.

Paul Hogan, otherwise known as Crocodile Dundee from the popular 80's films, just got a bit of bad news. According to TMZ, Hogan's wife of 23 years, Linda Hogan, has just filed for divorce.

The split comes as no surprise as recently there have been signs that the marriage was in trouble -- the couple sold their Malibu mansion to fellow Aussie actor Chris Hemsworth. The split is said to be amicable, which is good because the two have one child together.

A 33-year-old man named Toby Sheldon has spent 100-thousand dollars on plastic surgery in order to have one of music's most famous faces: Justin Bieber's. The fan said that he has done several procedures such as hair transplants, face fillers, and even eyelid surgery to look like the 19-year-old sensation. Sheldon admitted that he had a fear of aging, therefore by using Justin's face as his inspiration, he feels and looks more youthful. He also said that he has more procedures left to have more similarities to the singer.

The sad truth of the matter is if you're a parent, odds are you've passed your cool years. At least that's what four out of ten parents believe. According to a new study released in accordance with the season premiere of Modern Family, most parents think they are "out of touch with the younger generation," while three out of ten spend time brushing up on pop culture to try to keep up with their kids. Here are the top five reasons parents think they are uncool according to the study:

  1. Not knowing what is number one on the charts.
  2. Not being able to work an iPhone.
  3. Not knowing the words to current songs.
  4. Their sense of fashion.
  5. Owning a sensible car.

A travel company has begun offering vacations for stuffed toys that will cost owners between $20 and $55. At first it may seem ridiculous that people are willing to pay money to send an inanimate object on holiday, but after hearing Unagi Travel's explanation for the tours, there does seem to be some method behind the madness. The owners of the stuffed animals say they live vicariously through them and when they see the cuddly toys jetting off to luxurious places they feel as if they're also traveling.

One runner competing in Saturday's Kansas City Marathon has a unique story to tell and a possible Guinness World Record to back it up. David Babcock said he broke the record Saturday for knitting the longest scarf while running a marathon. The old record? 6 feet, 9 inches. Babcock shattered it. His scarf? 12 feet and 1-3/4 inches. Babcock said he mixes his two hobbies to combat boredom.

A violin played by the Titanic's bandleader as the ship sank, a scene depicted in the movie Titanic, sold at auction Saturday for more than $1.7 million. The price is by far the highest ever fetched for memorabilia tied to the sunken passenger ship.

Trains on some Time Square subway lines bypassed a station for about an hour Monday. What looked like a hand grenade on the tracks turned out to be a Chinese lantern.

Trivia Answer: Ichiro Suzuki -- usually known simply as Ichiro -- who turns 40 today. He, of course, was a Seattle Mariner for 11 seasons. Before playing in the MLB, Ichiro played nine years for the Orix Blue Wave in Japan's Pacific League. Posted by Orix after the 2000 season, Ichiro became Seattle's right fielder. The first Japanese-born position player to be signed to the major leagues, Ichiro led the American League (AL) in batting average and stolen bases en route to being named AL Rookie of the Year and AL Most Valuable Player. He's a ten-time All-Star and won the 2007 All-Star Game MVP Award for a three-hit performance that included the event's first-ever inside-the-park home run. Ichiro won a Gold Glove Award in each of his first ten years in the major leagues, and has had seven hitting streaks of 20 or more games, with a high of 27.

Monday 10.21.13
Today's Trivia: This blues and rock & roll musician and guitarist grew up on an farm near Elliott, Iowa. His family moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma when he was ten. He moved to Chicago in 1960 after he won a National Merit Scholarship to the University of Chicago, where he studied Physics. He met Paul Butterfield in 1963 in the neighborhood of Hyde Park and joined his band. He stayed with the group for nine years. In 1968 he went solo and formed his own group. In 1976 he and his band released his most memorable single which peaked at #3 in the U.S. charts. The recording featured vocalist Mickey Thomas and drummer Donny Baldwin, both of whom later joined Jefferson Starship. Who is the guitarist?

Longtime Washington football coach Don James died from the effects of pancreatic cancer yesterday morning, and was home with loved ones when he passed. James served as head coach for the Washington Huskies from 1975 until 1992, and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1997. He finished his coaching career with the Huskies with a record of 153-58-2 in 18 seasons, including a national championship in 1991. James is survived by his wife, Carol, their three children: Jeff, Jill and Jeni, and 10 grandchildren.

We lost another legendary football coach over the weekend, as well. Bum Phillips, the folksy Texas football icon who coached the Houston Oilers during their Luv Ya Blue heyday and later led the New Orleans Saints, died Friday. His son, Wade Phillips, is the Houston Texans' defensive coordinator. Bum Phillips was 90.

115 to 62 -- that's the combined score of the Huskies and Cougars over the weekend. Washington forced Arizona State into a quick punt on its first possession and methodically marched down the field for a touchdown right after that. Then it got ugly. No one could block, no one could tackle and the game quickly got out of hand, sending the Huskies to their third straight loss, losing to the Arizona State Sun Devils 53-24 Saturday afternoon. Thus ending their run in the AP Top 25. Then Saturday night, Oregon overcame the prolific passing of Connor Halliday for a 62-38 victory over Washington State. The Huskies are back home on Saturday hosting California. A bye week for the Cougars. They're off until Halloween when they host Arizona State.

The Seattle Seahawks are bringing former Pro Bowl fullback Michael Robinson in for a physical today after Derrick Coleman suffered a hamstring injury against Arizona. The team confirmed the talks with Robinson yesterday. Robinson was Seattle's starting fullback from 2010-12, but was cut at the end of training camp. He was set to make $2.5 million in base salary if he was on Seattle's roster to start the regular season. Robinson had a workout with Tennessee in early September but was not signed.

It's a red, red, red, red, red World … Series. It's the Red Sox and the Cardinals starting Wednesday. Carlos Beltran and the Cardinals stunned the Dodgers with a four-run third inning Friday night and St. Louis advanced to its second World Series in three seasons by roughing up and eliminating Los Angeles 9-0 in Game 6 of the NL championship series. Shane Victorino sent the Red Sox to the World Series with a seventh-inning grand slam that gave Boston a 5-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers in Game 6 of the AL Championship Series on Saturday night.

The Red Sox are AL Champions for the 13th time since 1901, one year after enduring last-place humiliation and the worst season in 47 years. The Red Sox open the World Series on Wednesday night against the St. Louis Cardinals, the team they swept in 2004 to end their 86-year title drought.

Today is Humble Yourself By Having Your Picture Made Wearing A Bicycle Helmet Day. Today is National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day. Today is Reptile Awareness Day. Today is Babbling Day. On Babbling Day, we celebrate those of us with a glib tongue. You know them when you hear them. They're talking gibberish. They never stop talking. They babble on and on. They can turn a simple one sentence statement into an endless dissertation. It's Count Your Buttons Day. Aren't you excited!? The very first question you must be asking is "Why!?" Well, we don't know why. And, it might be better that we don't know.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1960, Democrat John Kennedy and Republican Richard Nixon clashed in their fourth and final presidential debate. In 1975, Elton John's star was added to the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 1985, William 'The Refrigerator' Perry, a 325-pound offensive lineman, ran for a touchdown as the Chicago Bears beat Green Bay 23-7. Perry soon became a national folk hero. In 1995, Shannon Hoon, the 28-year-old singer with Blind Melon, died in New Orleans from an overdose of cocaine. In 2004, an Associated Press poll found President Bush and Senator John Kerry locked in a tie for the popular vote for the presidency.

Topping the box office for the third straight week, the space adventure Gravity continues to be the box-office juggernaut of the fall. The weekend performance made Gravity just the third film of the year to score a box-office three-peat, joining Lee Daniels' The Butler and Fast and Furious 6 as the only pictures to claim three weekend crowns. The film earned $31 million over the weekend and has now made more than $170 million in three weeks. Tom Hanks' Somali pirate docudrama Captain Phillips also held in second place at the box office. Horror film remake Carrie in its debut weekend took third place. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 finished 4th while jailhouse adventure Escape Plan rounded out the Top 5.

We could be looking at a grocery strike tonight. The clock is ticking as the 72 hour notice to strike expires at 7:00 tonight. About 21,000 Puget Sound-area grocery workers are nearing a strike. A union spokesman says four grocery chains with stores in the Puget Sound area have been given notice that 21,000 union workers could strike this evening if no contract agreement is reached. United Food and Commercial Workers spokesman Tom Geiger says 72-hour strike notice was given Friday night to QFC, Safeway, Albertsons and Fred Meyer stores. He said union members in King, Snohomish, Pierce, Kitsap, Thurston and Mason counties have rejected current proposals and voted to authorize a strike.

The wife of Seattle Mariners outfielder Carlos Peguero has been accused of making $180,000 in unauthorized purchases with a debit card belonging to another person in the Mariners organization, federal court documents showed. Citing an anonymous source familiar with the investigation, The Seattle Times reported Saturday that the unnamed victims described in court documents are pitcher Felix Hernandez and his wife. Maria Jacqueline Peguero was charged earlier this month with three counts of wire fraud, according to the federal court documents. An agent with the US Secret Service says in the court filings that Peguero made 60 unauthorized purchases in 2012 from the upscale retailer Saks Fifth Avenue. Twenty-two-year-old Maria Jacqueline Peguero was arrested in the case but is now free on bond. One of the debit card owners — Hernandez's wife, according to The Seattle Times — has a limited understanding of the English language and described to investigators that Maria Jacqueline Peguero had helped her to make online purchases in May 2012. She also told authorities that Peguero had asked whether she reviewed any of her bills, and she had responded that she did not usually review bills because the finances of the two victims were managed by a third party. Authorities say Peguero had items shipped to her apartment in Fife. Representatives from Saks first began scrutinizing the purchases because the billing addresses and shipping addresses did not match. Part of the investigation focused on images that Maria Jacqueline Peguero had posted on her Twitter account. Investigators said the images showed her wearing clothes that matched items purchased online from Saks, including a leather purse that costs $1,750 and a blouse that costs $208.

Daughtry is releasing their fourth studio album, Baptized. You can pick up Baptized, which includes their single Waiting for Superman, in stores and online on November 19th.

Trivia Answer: Elvin Bishop who turns 71 today. The tune featuring Mickey Thomas was Fooled Around and Fell In Love. Bishop feels that the limitations of his voice have helped his songwriting.

Friday 10.18.13
Today's Trivia: Dawn Wells is an actress known for her role on the TV sitcom Gilligan's Island during its run from 1964 until 1967. She's celebrating her 75th birthday today. Wells was born in Reno, Nevada. She attended Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, where she majored in chemistry. She transferred to the University of Washington in Seattle, where she graduated in 1960 with a degree in theater arts and design. She played Mary Ann on Gilligan's Island. What was Mary Ann's last name?

The Seahawks are 6-and-1 for the first time in franchise history. Russell Wilson threw for three touchdowns, Marshawn Lynch rushed for 91 yards and the Seahawks beat the Arizona Cardinals 33-22 last night. The Seahawks intercepted two of Carson Palmer's passes, converting both into touchdowns, and sacked him seven times. The Hawks are back in action on the 28th in St. Louis against the Rams.

Tomorrow, the No. 20 Washington Huskies face the Arizona State Sun Devils at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona. Kick-off at 3:00.

Then tomorrow night at 7:00, the WSU Cougars are in Eugene to face the Oregon Ducks at Autzen Stadium.

The Boston Red Sox moved within one win of reaching the World Series by edging the Detroit Tigers 4-3 last night. Boston returns to Fenway Park with a 3-2 lead in the AL championship series. Game 6 is tomorrow afternoon at 1:30.

The Dodgers cut the St. Louis lead to 3-games-to-2 in Game 5 of the NLCS. The best-of-seven series is back in St. Louis for Game 6 tonight at 5:30.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and today is National Mammography Day.

Today is Alaska Day, the anniversary of the transfer of Alaska on this date in 1867 from Russia to the US. The 4-day Biketoberfest is underway. It started yesterday and runs through Sunday in Daytona Beach, Florida. It's National Chocolate Cupcake Day. Today is Boost Your Brain Day. It's Support Your Local Chamber of Commerce Day. Don't tell the Boston Red Sox but today is No Beard Day. The days exists so you have a good reason to shave your beard.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1922, the British Broadcasting Company (BBC) was created. In 1931, inventor Thomas Edison died. He was 84. In 1969, the federal government banned artificial sweeteners known as cyclamates because of evidence they caused cancer in laboratory rats. In 1975, for the second episode of Saturday Night Live, the musical guest was Simon & Garfunkel, who temporarily reunited for the television appearance. In 1986, football's Frank Gifford married former Hee-Haw Honey Kathie Lee. In 1990, Los Angeles declared it Rocky Horror Picture Show Day in honor of the film's 15th anniversary. In 1992, as the Toronto Blue Jays met the Atlanta Braves in the World Series, the US Marine color guard presented the Canadian flag upside-down. Toronto won the game 5-4 and the series in six games.

Former US House Speaker Tom Foley died today. He was a Democrat who represented Washington state in the House for 30 years and served as speaker from 1989 to January 1995. Tom Foley was 84.

New Zealand singer Lorde, turns 17 on November 7th. Lorde's debut hit Royals holds on to the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for a third straight week.

A New York man built himself a life-size hamster wheel that somehow fit in his Brooklyn apartment. But now he's giving it away for free on Craigslist. The owner originally built the wheel when he was working at a pet shop and could no longer afford a gym membership. He would run on it four times a day, but now he has a better job and can afford "more conventional training methods."

Here's the latest in a long line of bizarre business ventures -- Wisconsin is looking to open a place called Snuggle House, where customers can pay to snuggle with a staff member. Snuggle House is looking to use "touch therapy" to help "ease the patrons' day-to-day routines." Each customer is assigned a staff member and a private bed, which includes a panic button and surveillance cameras, where the two can snuggle with "enforced boundaries." The company explains that their target audience is elderly and hospice patients "who just need to be held." Snuggle House is set to open as soon as the business can come to an agreement with local authorities, who are not so keen on the idea.

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have signed on to host The Golden Globe Awards for the next two years. The 71st annual Golden Globe Awards are Sunday, January 12th. The two are also hosting the 72nd annual show in 2015. The ladies hosted the big show last year, which scored over 19.7-million viewers and was the second-highest rated Globes in the past nine years.

Move over Super Bowl, there are a few other TV programs that want in on high-dollar ad slots during their shows! A survey by Adweek reveals that CBS comedy The Big Bang Theory brings in $326,260 for a 30-second spot. NBC's The Voice asks $264,575. And a 30-second ad during ABC's Modern Family will run you about $257,435. According to The Hollywood Reporter, NFL games still bring in the most overall with ads costing a little over a half-million dollars per 30 seconds.

Paramore's Hayley Williams counts herself among the millions of fans of the hit TV show The Walking Dead and has just lined up a spot for herself on Talking Dead, the popular after-show hosted by Chris Hardwick. Paramore fans can watch Williams "talking" about "walking" this Sunday on AMC.

Trivia Answer: Her character was Mary Ann Summers.

Thursday 10.17.13
Today's Trivia: This actor, comedian, writer, composer, and musician is well known for his portrayal of Squiggy's friend, Lenny, on Laverne & Shirley; and for his work in the Christopher Guest ensemble films, particularly as David St. Hubbins, the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist of the fictional rock band Spinal Tap. Who is he?

Thursday Night Football tonight. Of course, adding Thursday to the Sunday-Monday lineup -- Saturdays, too, in the playoffs -- was negotiated with the players union, the purpose being to give TV viewers another reason to subscribe to the NFL Network, which televises it exclusively -- except for local channels in the participating cities (in Seattle, JoeTV, channel 10, is carrying the game tonight). The Seahawks expect to see the return of starting tight end Zach Miller to the lineup against the Arizona Cardinals tonight. Miller has missed the past two games with a hamstring strain suffered in practice. Coach Pete Carroll said Miller was close to returning last week against Tennessee, but decided to give him a few more days to recover. Miller's return will be a boost for Seattle along the line of scrimmage as he can help in pass protection for an offensive line that will still be without starting tackles Russell Okung and Breno Giacomini. Defensive end Chris Clemons will be a game-time decision for Seattle. Marshawn Lynch was limited in practice yesterday with a hip injury, but Carroll said he's fine and will play tonight. Kick-off in Glendale tonight at 5:25.

The Washington Huskies are also heading to the desert. They're at Arizona State on Saturday. Meantime, the WSU Cougars meet the Oregon Ducks in Eugene on Saturday.

The Dodgers live to see another day. Adrian Gonzalez homered twice and Zack Greinke gave the Los Angeles Dodgers the clutch performance they needed in a 6-4 victory over the Cardinals yesterday that trimmed St. Louis' lead to 3-2 in the NL championship series. The best-of-seven series shifts back to St. Louis for Game 6 tomorrow night.

A revitalized Austin Jackson delivered in manager Jim Leyland's revamped lineup as the Detroit Tigers built a big lead and held on this time, beating the Boston Red Sox 7-3 last night to even the AL Championship Series at 2 games apiece. Detroit's had a five-run second inning. Former Mariner Doug Fister allowed just one run in six innings. ALCS game 5 tonight at Comerica Park at 5 o'clock.

Today is International Poverty Eradication Day, sponsored by the United Nations. Today is Mulligan Day, a day to give yourself or someone else a second chance, a day for a do-over. Today is Paint a Mural on a Sidewalk Day. Today is Work on Your Charisma Day. Today is Wear Something Gaudy Day, a chance for you to really stick out in a crowd.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1949, Northwest became the first US airline to serve alcoholic beverages in flight. In 1963, TV defense attorney Perry Mason lost his only trial to district attorney Hamilton Burger. Mason's client refused to reveal the evidence that would save her. But then, of course, Perry found the real culprit and exonerated his client despite herself. In 1967, the musical Hair premiered in New York City and ran for 1,758 performances. In 1978, Frankie Valli was number one on the singles chart with the theme song to Grease. The single went on to sell a staggering seven million copies. In 1991, the California Raisins, the clay versions created in 1986 for TV commercials, left California for their new home at the Smithsonian Institute. In 1995, Reuter news service reported that the newest edition of the popular board game Trivial Pursuit mentioned Lady Diana 18 times, more than any other person. Also in 1995, Rhino Home Video released 58 episodes of The Monkees on 21 cassettes, the largest video boxed set to be released. In 1999, Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band played the first rock concert at the brand new Staples Center in Los Angeles. In 2006, the 300-millonth American was born, probably a baby girl at a Chicago hospital.

Ashton Kutcher has earned the number one spot on Forbes' list of Top Paid TV Actors. According to Variety.com, the Two and Half Men star pulled in 24-million dollars over the past year. Kutcher's co-star, Jon Cryer, took second place with 21-million. Ray Romano came in third earning 16-million. For the full list, head over to Variety.com.

Studies show 15 percent of us marry someone we met in high school, but what about college? Facebook says that by cross-referencing users' education background with their partners', they've come up with some data that shows which schools are the best to find a mate. MSN reports the top schools for women are those with a strong male enrollment like Michigan Tech and Air Force. For guys looking for a soul mate, look no further than places like Faith Baptist Bible, Harding and Martin Luther. But, the magic really happens at Rose-Hulman in Terre-Haute, Indiana, where over 70 percent of female grads went to school with their future spouses.

It's rare that huge names in rock consider touring together, but that's exactly what happened when the guys from Metallica had drinks with the boys of Green Day and U2. Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich revealed to MTV News that, "U2 came to San Francisco two summers ago and we ended up having a lot to drink with them and Green Day following a dinner." He added, "I was told in the wee morning hours following this outing that members of U2, Green Day and Metallica agreed to tour together. We haven't talked about it since, but speaking for myself, I'd be very up for that."

Earlier this week, Apple sent out invites for a news event next week, where new iPads and Macs are expected. The invite says only, "We still have a lot to cover," and has colorful leaves from the Apple logo.

Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins has come to the defense of late singers Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse over comments made by Kiss bassist Gene Simmons, who has said that neither artist was worthy of being called an icon. The uproar started after a recent interview Simmons gave in which Gene said that both Cobain and Winehouse couldn't be considered musical icons because they didn't produce enough music. But Hawkins disagrees with Gene and tells TMZ that the rock legend was an idiot for saying such a thing. Surviving Nirvana members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic have been silent on Simmons' comments so far.

Paul Simon has been making music for over five decades and this week, fans can get a majority of that music in one set. It's called The Complete Albums Collection and boasts 15-discs that house 12 studio albums and two live concert recordings. Nearly all of the singer's records became hits and he says rhythm is the secret to musical success. Along with The Complete Albums Collection, you can also get a 20-song set called Over the Bridge of Time: A Paul Simon Retrospective. They're out now and you can learn more at PaulSimon.com.

Maybe Sylvester Stallone's Expendable movies aren't profitable after all because the actor is asking fans to shell out 445 bucks to pose for pictures with him. According to TMZ, Stallone made an appearance at the New York City Comic Con, where he was charging fans a whopping 445 dollars to pose for pictures with him and 395 bucks for an autograph. But that's chump change for the 67-year-old actor who at one timed commanded over 20-million dollars a movie and is reported to have a net worth north of 250-million dollars. Let's hope that his new movie, Escape Plan, which hits theaters tomorrow, is a hit so Sly won't be forced to up what he charges his fans for photos and autographs.

Trivia Answer: Michael John McKean who turns 66 today. In April of 2012, McKean began performing on Broadway in Gore Vidal's The Best Man. On May 22nd of that year, he was hit by a car in New York City, suffering a broken leg. His part was filled by James Lecesne. On June 1st of last year, McKean was released from the hospital to begin physical rehabilitation.

Wednesday 10.16.13
Today's Trivia: He's a former professional baseball catcher and current sportscaster. He played Major League Baseball and now announces for Fox Sports. He played for the St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies, Montreal Expos, and Boston Red Sox between 1959 and 1980. He appeared in the MLB All-Star Game in 1966 and 1967, and was a member of the World Series champions in 1964 and 1967. He's the recipient of the 2012 Ford C. Frick Award Who is he?

After their sloppy yet convincing 20-13 win over the Titans on Sunday at CenturyLink Field, the Seattle Seahawks have moved up a spot or two in most of the updated NFL power rankings. ESPN promoted the 5-and-1 Hawks from fifth in the league last week to fourth yesterday, skipping ahead of the Colts (No. 3 last week), who followed their win over Seattle a week ago with a surprise loss to the Chargers on Monday Night Football. The Seahawks now trail only the No. 1 Broncos, No. 2 Chiefs and No. 3 Saints in ESPN's newest NFL power rankings. In CBS Sports' latest rankings, the Seahawks jumped two slots from No. 5 a week ago to No. 3 after the Titans victory. Only Denver and Kansas City were rated higher than Seattle. Finally, NFL.com's Elliot Harrison clearly watched Sunday's game and didn't give the Seahawks much credit. In his latest rankings, the Seahawks remained in the No. 5 slot they held last week. Above Seattle were the No. 1 Broncos, No. 2 Chiefs, No. 3 Patriots and No. 4 Saints. Hawks are at Arizona tomorrow night.

The Washington Huskies are also heading to the desert. They're at Arizona State on Saturday. Meantime, the WSU Cougars meet the Oregon Ducks in Eugene on Saturday.

John Lackey edged Justin Verlander in the latest duel of these pitching-rich playoffs, and Boston's bullpen shut down Detroit's big boppers with the game on the line to lift the Red Sox over the Tigers 1-0 yesterday and a 2-games-to-1 lead in the AL championship series. Mike Napoli homered off Verlander in the seventh inning, and Detroit's best chance to rally fell short in the eighth when Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder struck out with runners at the corners. Game 4 is tonight at 5:00 at Comerica Park.

In the NLCS, the St. Louis Cardinals have moved to within a game of the World Series. Matt Holliday and pinch-hitter Shane Robinson hit the first home runs of the NL championship series, and the Cardinals beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-2 last night to take a 3-games-to-1 lead in the best-of-seven matchup. In a series starved for offense, the Cardinals scored as many runs as they did in the first three games combined. Game 5 is this afternoon 1:00 at Dodger Stadium.

It's Boss' Day today. It has traditionally been a day for employees to thank their boss for being kind and fair throughout the year. The holiday has been the source of some controversy and criticism in the United States, where it is often mocked as a Hallmark Holiday. Today is World Food Day which is celebrated every year around the world on October 16th in honor of the date of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 1945. It is also Dictionary Day in honor of Noah Webster, considered the Father of the American Dictionary. Noah Webster was born on this date in 1758.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1875, BYU -- Brigham Young University -- was founded in Provo, Utah. In 1923, the Walt Disney Company was founded by Walt Disney and his brother, Roy Disney. In 1971, Isaac Hayes released the Theme from Shaft. In 1976, Stevie Wonder released his double album Songs in the Key of Life, which featured the number-one singles Sir Duke and I Wish. It later won the Album of the Year Grammy. In 1984, Desmond Tutu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. In 1995, The Million Man March happened in Washington, D.C.

The GOP House leadership won't block a Senate agreement aimed at ending the government shutdown and raising the debt ceiling. That word from House Speaker John Boehner in a statement. The statement says, "The House has fought with everything it has to convince the president of the United States to engage in bipartisan negotiations aimed at addressing our country's debt and providing fairness for the American people under Obamacare. That fight will continue. But blocking the bipartisan agreement reached today by the members of the Senate will not be a tactic for us."

If you grew up in the Northwest, you're familiar with "Oh Boy! Oberto," Seattle's home-grown, beef jerky company with the goofy name. Founded in 1918, Oberto's name, Italian colors and enthusiastic "Oh Boy!" phrase have long been part of the Northwest fabric. But yesterday, Oberto announced it's getting rid of the classic saying in a rebranding move for its newest product, the "All Natural" jerky. Instead of "Oh Boy!", it will just be "Oberto," accompanied with the power mantra, "Eat excellent. Be excellent." by "excellent," Oberto must mean extremely athletic, because the new design features photos of people doing strenuous things like running and hanging off a mountain. The new All Natural bag also downplays Oberto's signature red, green and white, in favor of a starker yellow, black and white. The good news is, though, the redesign only applies to the "All Natural" beef jerky; other snacks, including the "Smoke-a-Ronis" and "Cocktail Peps," will still have the classic "Oh Boy! Oberto" name and logo.

Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt and Cat Stevens, and Hall and Oates lead nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 2014 class. The foundation that runs the music museum made the announcement yesterday. It's the first year of eligibility for Nirvana. Other nominees include Kiss, The Replacements and early rock guitarist Link Wray, along with British rock bands Yes, Deep Purple and The Zombies. Peter Gabriel, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2009 as a member of Genesis, also earned a nod for his solo work. LL Cool J and gangster rap pioneers N.W.A., which helped launch the solo careers of rapper-producer Dr. Dre and rappers Ice Cube and Easy-E, were the only hip-hop artists to garner nominations. Disco band Chic, funk band the Meters and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band also received nominations for the second consecutive year. Candidates for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum must have released their debut album or single at least 25 years before 2012 to be eligible. For the second year, the Hall of Fame is allowing fans to vote on which artists and groups are inducted at rockhall.com/vote and other websites. Fans have until December 10th to pick favorites. Inductees are being announced shortly after the voting closes and are also being chosen by some 600 members of the foundation, which includes past inductees.

The Minions will be in full force on Halloween night, that is if the year's most-searched costume becomes the most popular choice. Experian has ranked top searches from Google, Bing and Yahoo to find out what kids and adults are looking for. The Minion from the movie Despicable Me tops the list. Google Shopping also shows Breaking Bad costumes increasing in popularity this year. Yahoo sees a trend in users looking for Duck Dynasty costumes, as well as things related to Miley Cyrus. The top ten costume searches overall:

  1. Minion
  2. Wonder Woman
  3. Harley Quinn
  4. Minnie Mouse
  5. Catwoman
  6. Poison Ivy
  7. Batman
  8. Minecraft
  9. Queen of Hearts
  10. Pirate

Trivia Answer: James Timothy McCarver -- Tim McCarver -- who turns 72 today. As a broadcaster, McCarver has enjoyed prominence as a color commentator on the network level. He has won three Emmy Awards for Sports Event Analyst. McCarver has called baseball for all four major television networks. He's currently paired with Joe Buck on the Fox network's MLB telecasts, a role he has held since 1996. McCarver announced in March that he plans to retire from Fox after this year's baseball season.

Tuesday 10.15.13
Today's Trivia: He's known for engineering the Ford Mustang and Ford Pinto cars, being let go from the Ford Motor Company, and his revival of the Chrysler Corporation in the 1980s. He served as President and CEO of Chrysler from 1978 and additionally as chairman from 1979, until his retirement at the end of 1992. Portfolio named him the 18th-greatest American CEO of all time. Who is he?

Pete Carroll understands that from the outside, it looked pretty ugly. Whether it was the careless ball security or the Seahawks being unable to pull away until late, there wasn't much aesthetically impressive about Seattle's 20-13 win over Tennessee on Sunday. But within the Seahawks' 11th straight home victory, Carroll was encouraged by a better offensive performance and a Seattle defense that didn't allow an offensive touchdown for the second time this season. The Seahawks improved to 5-1 for the first time since 2003 and finished their out of conference matchups against the AFC South with a 3-1 record. There's not much time for making corrections though. It's a quick turnaround with the Seahawks headed to Arizona to face their NFC West foes, The Cardinals, on Thursday night.

On Monday Night Football last night, the San Diego Chargers used long drives to keep Andrew Luck off the field and came up with a 19-9 victory over the Indianapolis Colts.

There's no place like home. After falling behind two-games-to-none in their NLCS series with the Cardinals at St. Louis, the series came west and the Dodgers climbed back into it with a 3-0 last night. They go at again tonight at 5:00 down in LA

It's also a change of scenery for the ALCS. After two games ar Fenway, the action moves to Detroit. The series is tied at a game apiece. Game three has the Tigers hosting the Red Sox this afternoon at 1:00.

It's Take Your Parents To Lunch Day. You should totally do this. It won't cost a dime since you know mom and dad will insist on paying. Grouch Day If your a grouch then this day is just for you. Today's the day you have an excuse to be grouchy all day long but remember...tomorrow you have to go back to being nice again until next October 15th. It's Dictionary Day, My Mom Is A Student Day, Sunday School Appreciation Day, and National Poetry Day. It's White Cane Safety Day celebrating and recognizing the achievements of the blind and visually impaired, and their independence. That independence is represented by the white cane that's used to travel from place to place.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1939, the New York Municipal Airport was dedicated. It was later renamed LaGuardia Airport. In 1951, the first episode of I Love Lucy, starring Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, and William Frawley, aired on the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS). In 1966, former teen idol Rick Nelson performed at an oldies show at Madison Square Garden, but was booed when he debuted some new material. He later wrote the song Garden Party about the experience. In 1973, the Supreme Court voted not to review a 1971 Federal Communications Commission directive that broadcasters ban songs with drug-oriented lyrics. Only two judges disagreed with the final vote, arguing that according to the First Amendment. In 1989, Wayne Gretzky became the all-time leading points scorer in the NHL. In 2008, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down 7.87%, the second worst day in the Dow's history based on a percentage drop. It lost 733.08 points.

AMC saw some huge ratings during Breaking Bad's finale last month but that was nothing compared to the premiere of The Walking Dead. The zombie show brought in a record shattering 16.1 million viewers Sunday night. In comparison, the finale of Breaking Bad brought in 10.3 million viewers.

Is Jenny McCarthy already set to get the boot from The View? According to RadarOnline.com, the former Playboy model's future as co-host of the popular daytime program might be in doubt as research conducted by producers shows a dip in the show's ratings is apparently due to McCarrthy. The 40-year-old mother is said to be so polarizing that women are tuning out in droves as soon as she opens her mouth. Executive Producer and occasional co-host Barbara Walters is rumored to be seriously considering letting Jenny go in order to make sure that the show survives after she retires next year.

According to NME.com, Adele has been offered a 40-million dollar Las Vegas residency deal. A source says Elton John is advising Adele to take the deal. John says that plenty of Vegas casinos are dying to have her as a headliner. Britney Spears recently announced she's performing forty-plus shows at Planet Hollywood Casino & Hotel in Las Vegas over the next two years.

Paul McCartney filmed a video for his new song Queenie Eye, off his latest album, New, and he got a little help from his famous friends. The clip was shot at Abbey Road Studios earlier this year and features appearances from Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp and Kate Moss. No word when the video premieres but you can pick up New today.

Many brides opt to have their fathers walk them down the aisle when they tie the knot, but for weddings at Las Vegas' Graceland Wedding Chapel, that isn't often then case. One bride though managed to make her nuptials very memorable – she had Jon Bon Jovi walk her down the aisle. Two months ago, she launched an online petition at BonJoviWalkMeDownTheAisle.com asking the rocker to do just that and since he and the band were performing in Vegas that evening, Jon obliged. The Australian bride later wrote, "I have memories for life which I'll never forget. Such an amazing man to take time from his schedule to come walk this crazy Aussie down the aisle… Jon... I salute."

After disappearing when he lost his job in 1986, in 2004, the Ohio courts ruled Donald Miller dead. The only problem: Miller is alive. When Miller disappeared after losing his job, he abandoned his family and owed more than 25-thousand dollars in child support. The man returned to Ohio to find that, after nearly two decades of searching for him, the courts had ruled him dead. Miller tried to overturn the death ruling a few years later, but was unsuccessful. Ohio state statutes say "that no changes can be made to a death ruling after three years," meaning the court did not have the ability to recognize the man as living under state laws. So essentially, Miller must live the rest of his life... as a dead man.

Trivia Answer: Lido Anthony Iacocca -- Lee Iacocca -- who turns 89 today. He became President of the Ford Division on his 40th birthday. He was involved with the design of several successful Ford automobiles, most notably the Ford Mustang. Also, he was responsible for the Lincoln Continental Mark III, the Ford Fiesta, and the revival of the Mercury brand in the late 1960s Eventually, he became the president of the Ford Motor Company, but he clashed with Henry Ford II and ultimately, in 1978, was fired by Ford, despite the company posting a $2 billion profit for the year. After being fired at Ford, Lee was aggressively courted by the Chrysler Corporation, which was on the verge of going out of business (at the time, the company was losing millions, largely due to recalls of the company's Dodge Aspen and Plymouth Volare, cars that Iacocca would later claim should never have been built). Iacocca joined Chrysler and began rebuilding the entire company from the ground up. From Ford, Iacocca brought to Chrysler the Mini-Max Project which, in 1983, bore fruit in the wildly successful Dodge Caravan and Plymouth Voyager. Interestingly, Henry Ford II had wanted nothing to do with the Mini-Max, which doomed the project at Ford. Hal Sperlich, the driving force behind the Mini-Max at Ford had been fired a few months before Iacocca and was waiting for him at Chrysler, where the two would make automotive history.

Monday 10.14.13
Today's Trivia: He was a street magician before becoming an actor. In addition to eight appearances on Saturday Night Live between 1981 and 1985, he had a recurring guest role as con man "Harry the Hat" on Cheers, toured extensively as a magician, and did several magic/comedy shows for broadcast television. He is famous for starring in a sitcom from 1984 to 1992. Who is he?

In a game replete with daffy plays and weird bounces, the Seattle Seahawks outlasted the Tennessee Titans 20-13 at CenturyLink Field yesterday to extend their home winning streak to an NFL-best 11 games. Seattle is now 5-and-1 this year. They needed all 60 minutes to put away the no-excitement Titans and did so only with a 10-point surge in the fourth quarter. Marshawn Lynch managed 77 rushing yards, but scored both Seattle touchdowns, and Steven Hauschka recovered from a tackle that left him bloodied to kick two field goals. Lynch, who ran for 23 yards in the first half as the Seattle offense misfired, had 54 in the second. But it was his 55-yard reception from Wilson at 11:13 of the fourth quarter that set up Seattle's go-ahead score that improved Wilson's mark to 11-and-0 as a starting quarterback at CenturyLink Field. Wilson didn't throw a touchdown pass or an interception, but completed 23 of 31 for 257 yards and a 98.5 passer rating. As he has in other recent games, Wilson did more with his legs than his arm, rushing for 61 yards on 10 carries. Four of his rushes resulted in first downs. The game included a myriad of bizarre plays, most stemming from miscues. The most notable: Near the end of the first half, with Houschka temporarily out after getting hit in the chest and chin while covering a kick return, the Seahawks attempted a field goal using punter Jon Ryan. Ryan never got a chance to try his first NFL field goal as substitute holder Chris Maragos mishandled the snap and watched as the resulting fumble was returned by Tennessee 77 yards for a touchdown.

Not a good weekend for our state's college football teams, The Oregon Ducks won their 10th straight over the Washington Huskies 45-24 Saturday afternoon at Husky Stadium. Then Saturday night in Pullman, the Oregon State Beavers had a huge second half and beat the Washington State Cougars 52-24.

Despite the loss, the Huskies -- ranked No. 16 in the AP Top 25 poll going into the weekend -- come out of it ranked No. 20.

The St. Louis Cardinals have a two-games-to-none lead in their best-of-seven NLCS series with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Cards won 3-2 on Friday and 1-0 on Saturday in St. Louis. The series moves to LA and continues tonight at 5:07.

In the ALCS, Detroit shut out and nearly no-hit the Boston Red Sox Saturday. Then yesterday, Boston finally pushed a run across but Detroit had scored five. It looked like too little too late and then David Ortiz hit a game-tying grand slam in the bottom of the eighth. Boston put up another run in the bottom of the ninth to take game two 6-5. With the best of seven series tied at a game each, an off day today. The series reumes tomorrow afternoon at 1:07 in Detroit.

Today is Be Bald and Be Free Day, a day to go shiny and be proud. Today is National Frump Day, honoring frugal, responsible, unpretentious, mature people everywhere. Today is Ride a Bicycle Somewhere Day. Today is National Chocolate Covered Insect Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1943, RCA sold the NBC Blue radio network to Edward Noble for $8-million. Noble renamed the network the American Broadcasting Company, ABC. In 1972, with Motown single #1207, 13-year-old Michael Jackson had his first #1 solo hit song -- a love song about a rat named Ben. Also in 1972, The Temptations released the song Papa Was a Rolling Stone -- it became their fourth number one. In 1977, Bing Crosby died in Madrid from a heart attack. The 74-year-old singer was in Spain on a golfing trip. In 2003, in Game Six of the National League Championship Series, a Cubs fan inadvertently deflected a foul ball away from the outstretched glove of Chicago outfielder Moises Alou. The Florida Marlins, trailing 3-0 at the time, rallied to win the game. The Marlins also won game seven, and then beat the New York Yankees in the World Series.

Gravity kept a tight grip on the box office over the weekend, eclipsing the debut of Somali pirate drama Captain Phillips in a battle between two Oscar hopefuls. Gravity, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as astronauts stranded in space, held the top spot on movie charts for a second weekend, grabbing $44.3 million in ticket sales. The continued pull of Gravity beat the $26 million opening for Captain Phillips, a drama starring Tom Hanks in a story based on the real-life hijacking of a US cargo ship. Animated Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 took the No. 3 slot. Also this weekend, new action movie Machete Kills finished in fourth place. In fifth place was drama Runner Runner with Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck.

Arrowhead Stadium is once again the loudest stadium in the NFL. The Kansas City Chiefs broke the world record for an outdoor sports stadium in their 24-7 win over Oakland yesterday when they reached 137.5 decibels in the closing minutes. An official from Guinness World Records told The Associated Press that Chiefs fans broke the record of 136.6 set by Seahawks fans during a game against San Francisco earlier this year. To put that in perspective, a jet engine at 100 feet is about 140 decibels.

We all know how marriage can sometimes cramp one's style but have never seen a man this desperate for a night out with the boys. Recently, a Texas man wanted a night out with the boys so badly, he faked his own kidnapping. The man was reportedly so afraid of his wife he "had two friends put on black masks, grab their guns and pretend to kidnap him from his house." While he was out at the bar, his wife called the police, and boy did the man have some explaining to do when he came home. He was later charged with filing a false police report and forced to pay five-thousand dollars bail.

On The Voice tonight, the battle rounds begin with advisers Cher, Ed Sheeran, Miguel and Ryan Tedder to help the coaches decide which artists to keep.

The Songwriters Hall of Fame has announced the nominees for the 2014 inductions and among them are Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, John Mellencamp, Ray Davies, Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson, Cat Stevens, Madonna, Cyndi Lauper and others. Voting ends on December 16th and those selected will be inducted at a gala in New York on June 12th. Learn more at SongHall.org.

Saturday Night Live has another viral video hit on its hands. Bruce Willis joined the SNL crew over the weekend and the one of the skits that came out of it was Boy Dance Party. It's the thing that happens when women aren't around.

Trivia Answer: Harry Laverne Anderson who turns 61 today. The actor and magician is best known for the role of Judge Harry Stone on the television series Night Court. Harry Anderson was a long-time Mel Tormé fan. In fact, Anderson gave the eulogy at the singer's funeral. Judge Stone in Night Court was also a Tormé fan. The show's creator Reinhold Weege says the fact that Anderson was also a Tormé fan was completely coincidental (but I'm not sure I'm buying that).

Friday 10.11.13
Today's Trivia: She is the senior United States Senator from Washington. She was first elected to the Senate in 1992, becoming Washington's first female senator. She was re-elected in 1998, 2004 and 2010. She has served as the Senate Majority Conference Secretary since 2007, making her the fourth-highest-ranking Democrat and the highest-ranking woman in the Senate. She is currently the 16th most senior member of the United States Senate. Who is she?

The LA Dodgers are at St. Louis to face the Cardinals and launch the NLCS tonight. Game time is 5:37. In the ALCS, the Detroit Tigers are heading east. The Tigers shut out the Oakland Athletics 3-0 in the deciding game 5 last night. Detroit now faces the Red Sox in Boston in the ALCS starting tomorrow night at 5:07

Lou Piniella, back in the dugout? The Seattle Mariners recently contacted Piniella about the possibility, asking him to come out of retirement to manage their team again. One source with knowledge of the discussions described the Mariners' pursuit of Piniella as "a full-court press." Piniella, however, declined the Mariners' overtures. Piniella told FOX Sports last night, "I talked to them about the job, but that's it. There was nothing else to it. It was just conversation, nothing more." The 70-year-old Piniella says he doesn't want to manage again. He said, "No, I'm happy doing what I'm doing, which is watching a little baseball, doing a little bit of television for the Yankees, 15 games or so a year. It keeps me involved a bit."

Tomorrow, the No. 16 Washington Huskies host the No. 2 Oregon Ducks at 1:00 tomorrow afternoon. Then tomorrow night at 7:30, the 4-and-2 Washington State Cougars host the 4-and-1 Oregon State Beavers.

The Seattle Seahawks host the Tennessee Titans this weekend. Seattle is a 14-and-a-half point favorite. Seahawks-Titans Sunday afternoon at 1:00.

Today is Anniversary Day for Bill and Hillary Clinton. They married on this date in 1975 -- 38 years ago today, when Bill was 29 and Hillary was 27. Chelsea Victoria was born five years later in 1980. Today is You Go, Girl Day, celebrating Kathy Sullivan, the first American woman to walk in space. Today is National Face Your Fears Day. Today is National Sausage Pizza Day.

Calendar niotes: on this date in 1868, Thomas Alva Edison filed papers for his first invention: an electrical vote recorder to rapidly tabulate floor votes in Congress. Members of Congress rejected it. In 1975, Saturday Night Live debuted on NBC-TV, starring Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Chevy Chase, Jane Curtin, Garrett Morris, Laraine Newman, and Gilda Radner. The first host was George Carlin. In 1983, the last hand-cranked telephone system in the US went out of service as 440 telephone customers in Bryant Pond, Maine, were switched over to direct-dial service. In 2002, former President Jimmy Carter won the Nobel Peace Prize.

Scott Carpenter was the second American to orbit the Earth. His wife says Carpenter died yesterday in a Denver hospice of complications from a September stroke. He lived in Vail. Carpenter followed John Glenn into orbit, and it was Carpenter who gave him the historic sendoff: "Godspeed John Glenn." The two were the last survivors of the famed original Mercury 7 astronauts from the Right Stuff days of the early 1960s. Glenn is the only one left alive. Scott Carpenter was 88.

Prince Harry might be ready to pop the question to girlfriend, British socialite Cressida Bonas. A friend of Bonas told British paper The Telegraph, "Harry never stops talking about marriage and children, and she has now got used to the idea. The wedding is likely to take place next year." The two were first introduced in May 2012 and were rarely seen together in public until recently. There has been no official comment from Kensington Palace on the speculation.

Kathy Bates has undergone a double mastectomy. The Oscar-winning actress revealed to People magazine that a few weeks ago, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and, after surviving ovarian cancer nine years ago, decided to have the procedure. She told the magazine, "My family call me Kat because I always land on my feet and thankfully this is no exception." Bates won't need radiation or chemo.

NBC has made a commitment to a remake of Remington Steele, the romantic dramedy that was Pierce Brosnan's big break. If picked up to series, Remington Steele will be remade as a half-hour comedy and a sequel to the original.

Can American women finally "have it all"? Maybe. But they'd like to have a nap too. Despite strides toward gender equality, a new survey (Pew) shows women still shoulder more work at home and feel more fatigued by their daily grind. Whether at work or at home -- and even at leisure -- mothers said they felt more exhausted than fathers.

You hear people joking that that these hard economic times will be the death of us, but according to new research, death rates actually decline during difficult economic times, meaning less people die when the economy isn't at its best. The study also found that "death rates rose nearly 0.40 percent for men in their 40s and 70s when a country's gross domestic product increased one percent." Women were less affected during the economic boom with "an increase of roughly half of that of a man's." Researchers have yet to find a reason for correlation between the two statistics.

Saturday Night Live this weekend has Bruce Willis hosting with musical guest Katy Perry.

Trivia Answer: Patricia Lynn Murray -- Patty Murray -- who turns 63 today. She was born in Bothell, and is one of seven children. Patty received her Bachelor of Arts degree in physical education from Washington State University in 1972.

Thursday 10.10.13
Today's Trivia: He was born Bloomington, Indiana. His dad was an ophthalmologist. In the early 1960s, this guy's uncle owned a nightclub in New York City where the likes of Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix were performing and hanging out At seven-years-old, he got his first taste of show business from the inside by hanging out at the nightclub. In his teens, he moved to Pasadena, California. By the time he was in his late teens, he was singing solo as well as with a group called the Red Ball Jets. Another Los Angeles area group, Mammoth, occasionally rented the Red Ball Jets' PA system. He would eventually be invited to join Mammoth as lead singer, an invitation he quickly accepted. In 1974, the band was informed that another act was already using the name Mammoth, so they changed their name to what we know them as. Name the guy and name the band.

It's the St. Louis Cardinals and the Los Angeles Dodgers battling it out in the best-of-seven NLCS. That was decided last night as the Cards downed the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-1 to win the series 3-games-to-2. The battle for the National League pennant begins tomorrow night at St. Louis.

As for the American League, we know the Red Sox are in. They're opponent is to be determined tonight. It's Game 5 between the Athletics and the Detroit Tigers in Oakland tonight at 5:07. The winner then flies to Fenway Park in Boston to begin the ALCS on Saturday.

When NFL teams come to the Northwest, they have to prepare not just for the Seahawks but also for the 12th Man -- the loudest fanbase in sports, according to Guinness World Records. Tennessee Titans head coach Mick Munchak is doing what most opponents do: playing loud music during practice in the week leading up to Sunday's game at CenturyLink Field. But loud music can only go so far. In his weekly news conference earlier this week, he said "I don't think there is any way to get used to it. We'll have noise and do our thing as we normally do, but again, it can only be so loud. Loud is loud. So once I can't hear someone, I can't hear someone." Seahawks fans pride themselves on their ability to affect the opposing team with their deafening roar. As a couple of 49ers fans so valiantly pointed out three weeks ago, a loud crowd makes it difficult for visiting players to communicate on the field, giving the home team an advantage on defense. Seahawks-Titans Sunday afternoon at 1:00.

The No. 16 Washington Huskies host the No. 2 Oregon Ducks Saturday afternoon at 1:00. Then Saturday night at 7:30, the 4-and-2 Washington State Cougars host the 4-and-1 Oregon State Beavers.

Today is World Mental Health Day, sponsored by the United Nations. Today is National Floppy Hat Day, a day to wear the floppiest hat you can find for at least a half hour. Today is Really Clean the Sink Day. Whichever sink you want. Today is National Cake Decorating Day. National Ratty Sweater Season begins today.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1962, the BBC banned Bobby Boris Pickett's Monster Mash because it made mention of potentially offensive horror movies. In 1970, Neil Diamond scored his first #1 song with Cracklin' Rosie. In 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed a law authorizing the Susan B. Anthony dollar coin. In 1978, Steve Perry joined Journey as their new lead singer. In 1980, actor Billy Thomas died of a heart attack at age 49. He starred in 89 Our Gang films as Buckwheat. In 1990 an imposter appeared as Buckwheat on ABC's TV news program 20/20. In 2001, Styx's Dennis DeYoung sued the rest of the band for going on tour without him and for allegedly misusing the Styx logo. In 2005, Angela Merkel became the first woman chancellor of Germany.

The Dow posted its biggest gain this year, rising 322 points today, on optimism about a possible debt deal. Markets soared after House Republican leaders said they'll propose a temporary increase in the nation's borrowing limit -- a potential first step toward breaking a political deadlock that has shut down parts of the government and now threatens a US default as soon as next week. Wall Street investors have been concerned in recent weeks with the political stalemate in Washington and the potential economic consequences of any inability by the government to pay its bills.

It's the season of sweaters, bon-fires, and pumpkin spice lattes that don't actually contain pumpkin. As it turns out, pumpkin spice lattes are zero-percent pumpkin. According to the UK's Daily Mail, the staple fall drink is just a blend of "cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and pumpkin pie-flavored syrup." The Daily Mail also reported that Hershey's Pumpkin Spice Kisses are pumpkin-free and that Dunkin Donuts' pumpkin donut is less than two-percent pumpkin.

After 22 years together, Kris and Bruce Jenner are separated and have been for a year, but they are still friendly. According to TMZ, the Kardashian matriarch says she and Bruce still love each other, talk on the phone 12 times a day and remain best friends, they are "just happier living apart." Asked if there might be a divorce or a reconciliation in the future, Kris said, "Who knows? We don't have a crystal ball."

According to a survey, most Americans believe the responsibility for our country's fat problem rests squarely in our own hands. More than half of respondents cited poor eating habits as the primary reason we're overweight, while 27 percent said that too much time on the couch and too little at the gym are to blame. Only 2 percent blamed the marketing of unhealthful foods for excess pounds.

As McDonald's tries to overhaul its junk food image with healthier side dishes, its planning to add to kids' Happy Meals illustrated books about the virtues of eating healthy. For two weeks starting November 1st, McDonald's is putting four different books inside Happy Meals.

Watch out moms and dads, you may be finding some competition in your quest for fitness ... from your child. A CrossFit coach in New Jersey has added classes for toddlers, but it's not all about getting buff. According to MSN, soon, three to five-year-olds will be signing up for classes that include a focus on "colors, counting and... functionality in movement." One thing kids learn in the class is how to pick up things like a heavy backpack without getting injured. The cost per month for two classes a week? 280 bucks.

Trivia Answer: David Lee Roth who turns 59 today. Roth was ranked nineteenth by Hit Parader on their list of the 100 Greatest Heavy Metal Singers of All Time. The band Mammoth featured Alex Van Halen on drums and Edward Van Halen singing and playing lead guitar. It was at Roth's urging that the group changed their name to Van Halen.

Wednesday 10.9.13
Today's Trivia:  On this date in 1986, a musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber -- currently the longest-running Broadway show in history -- opened in London's West End. What is the show?

The Seattle Seahawks' 34-28 loss at Indianapolis has NFL evaluators pushing them down in their weekly power rankings, but not by much. While the Hawks fell a couple of spots in the polls, they remain among the best squads in the league in the eyes of most observers. ESPN had Seattle second last week just behind Denver, but moved them to No. 5 this week, behind the Broncos, New Orleans Saints, Kansas City Chiefs and Colts, as did NFL.com. Fox Sports dropped them two spots to No. 3. But most gave the team a break, even taking into account two straight sub-par performances by a defense generally considered by be one of the stingiest in the NFL. Perhaps CBS Sports' Pat Kirwan -- who also moved the Hawks from second to fifth -- said it best: "A bit of a setback with its first loss, but two road trips on back-to-back weeks was a little too much to ask. The Seahawks' offensive line was missing three starters and Seattle still ran for 218 yards." Seattle has a chance to get back to their winning ways when they host the Tennessee Titans at CenturyLink Field Sunday.

Coming up Saturday, the UW Huskies host Oregon while the WSU Cougars host Oregon State.

In the baseball playoffs, the Oakland Athletics couldn't hang on. They fell to the Detroit Tigers 8-6 yesterday to force a decisive fifth game in their AL Division Series. They'll play that game tomorrow at Oakland. Winner moves on; loser goes home. The Boston Red Sox, meanwhile, ended Tampa Bay's season beating the Rays 3-1 last night and taking that series by the same 3-to-1 margin. In the National League, Pittsburgh is at St. Louis tonight. The Pirates and Cards are tied at two games each. Game time is tonight at 5:00. The winner moves on to face the LA Dodger in the NLCS.

Today is National Submarine-Grinder-Hoagie-Hero Day. Today is Leif Erickson Day, celebrating his discovery of North America in the year 1000. Today is Moldy Cheese Day. Today is National Face Your Fears Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1872, Aaron Montgomery started his mail order business with the delivery of the first mail order catalog. The firm later became Montgomery Ward. In 1917, Clarence Saunders patented the self-service grocery store. He called his store Piggly Wiggly. In 1971, Van Morrison released his single Wild Night. It was his final top 40 hit in America, peaking at number 28. In 1980, John Lennon released the single (Just Like) Starting Over on his 40th birthday. The same day, Yoko Ono hired a plane to skywrite Happy Birthday over New York. Starting Over went to number one the next month. In 1985, in New York City's Central Park, Yoko Ono dedicated a 2½-acre memorial garden called Strawberry Fields to John Lennon. In 1995, recently acquitted of murder charges, OJ Simpson agreed to a live one-hour interview with NBC News. He pulled out two days later, saying he feared he was being "set up." In 2003, the Congressional Budget Office estimated that the US budget deficit for the 2003 fiscal year would be $374 billion, at the time, the largest ever.

When getting married, it's important to make sure you actually booked the venue. When one man in Liverpool, England forgot this little detail, he came up with a creative, and not so smart, way to cover up his mistake: calling in a bomb threat. Upon realizing he had incorrectly filled out the form to reserve the venue, the groom panicked and called the venue to tell them there was a bomb in the building set to go off in 45 minutes. But much to the groom's embarrassment, the wedding party still found out the venue hadn't been booked and he had to admit his actions in court. The groom now faces jail time and a less than happy bride.

Robin Thicke appears on the new edition of Oprah's Next Chapter. He sits down with O to discuss the song of the summer, Blurred Lines, and the controversy surrounding his MTV Video Music Awards performance with Miley Cyrus. He also opens up about his marriage to actress Paula Patton and about being a dad to three-and-a-half-year-old son Julian. The interview airs on Sunday on OWN.

Tom Hanks has Type 2 diabetes. The Oscar winner revealed the news to David Letterman, explaining that he lost weight because of the diagnosis.

If you're a fan of Daryl Hall's show Live From Daryl's House, here's good news. The series has been picked up for another season to air on Palladia. Upcoming guests haven't yet been announced, but Daryl promises that "the best is yet to come." The new episodes begin in early 2014. Keep an eye on LFDH.com for more info.

The Guinness Book of World Records said Tuesday that Grand Theft Auto V had broken seven records, including the record for fastest-selling video game franchise and fastest-selling entertainment franchise.

Apple is unveiling the newest updates to its iPad line on October 22nd. Apple will likely introduce the fifth generation iPad and the second generation iPad Mini. Sources say the fifth generation iPad will feature a thinner, lighter design similar to that of the iPad Mini.

A team of Chinese scientists found in tests on 57 drinks that Sprite performed the best in relieving the alcohol-related symptoms.

After a campaign by an advocacy group called Real Food for Kids was successful in placing real beef patties in Fairfax County Public Schools, the Virginia schools have gone back to serving processed meat. When students began to complain about the taste and appearance of the new 100-percent beef, the school made the decision to return to the processed beef. Despite the RFFK's efforts to rid schools of "beef patties that contain 26 ingredients" that "you need a dictionary to understand," Fairfax County has ruled in favor of flavor and children's happiness.

A spoonful of sugar makes the willpower go up, according to a series of studies that have suggested fueling the brain with sweets can strengthen self-control. You don't even need to swallow to get the benefits of sweetness. Simply swishing a glucose-laden drink in the mouth and spitting it out boosted self-control and willpower for tasks from squeezing a handgrip to completing impossible brain teasers.

Forget about "until death do us part." Just in time for the biggest paranormal holiday of the year, dating website GhostSingles.com is here to help even the ghostliest singles find true love. Users can create a profile by choosing what type of ghost they are (wispy, airy or ethereal) and filter through singles by how they died, whether that be "horribly, mysteriously, tragically or suddenly." With Halloween just around the corner, it feels like the website is just for laughs. But, hey, even the undead need a little loving too, right?

Trivia Answer: The Phantom of the Opera. It opened on Broadway on January 26th of 1988. It continues to play at the Majestic Theatre, where it became the first Broadway musical in history to surpass 10,000 performances on February 11th of last year. On January 26th of this year, the production celebrated its 25th anniversary with its 10,400th performance. It is, by over 3,000 performances, the longest-running show in Broadway history.

Tuesday 10.8.13
Today's Trivia:  She's known for her role of Ellen Ripley in the four Alien films: Alien, Aliens, Alien 3, and Alien Resurrection. Other notable roles include Dana Barrett in Ghostbusters and its sequel Ghostbusters II, Gorillas in the Mist: The Story of Dian Fossey, Working Girl, and Grace Augustine in Avatar. Her 1986 Academy Award nomination for Aliens is considered as a landmark in the recognition of science fiction, action, and horror genres. Who is she?

Nearly an entire calendar year had passed since Pete Carroll walked into the Seattle Seahawks headquarters on a Monday and faced his team coming off a regular-season loss. Even he is curious to see how the Seahawks are going to react next game after losing 34-28 on Sunday in Indianapolis, a game Carroll lamented as one that got away. Pete said, "I don't want to get real good at this. I don't want to get good at playing after losses, but we need to handle it well, but I'm curious to see if we do. We'll take care of that stuff day by day and watch what is going on and listen to them and make sure we're on track and getting a great preparation." Seattle had outscored opponents 44-7 in the fourth quarter through four weeks, then got dominated in the final 15 minutes on Sunday. The Colts controlled possession, holding the ball for 12:11 of the fourth quarter, rolling up 110 total yards and most importantly, outscoring the Seahawks. The Seahawks also left points on the field when Jeron Johnson's recovery of a blocked punt in the end zone was ruled a safety and not a touchdown. Carroll agreed a day later it was a difficult call to make but he believed Johnson had control and it should have been a TD that would have given Seattle a 17-0 lead. Seattle is also carrying some injury concerns into the week. Tight end Zach Miller's status won't be known until late in the week as he recovers from a hamstring injury suffered last week that kept him out of the Colts game. Seattle will also be watching starting linebacker Bobby Wagner, who suffered a sprained ankle. Sunday the Hawks host the Tennessee Titans.

In the world of baseball, there were eight teams still in the running at the beginning of the day yesterday. By the end of the day, we were down to seven. In the American League, Tampa Bay avoided the sweep by beating the Boston Red Sox with a walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth. The final was 5-4. The Bosox still have a 2-games-to-1 lead in the series. Boston at Tampa tonight at 5:30. In the other AL series, the Athletics beat the Tigers 6-3 to take a 2-games-to-1 lead. Oakland is at Detroit this afternoon at 2:00. The National League is taking today off. Last night, St. Louis edged Pittsburgh to tie that series at 2-games-apiece. Pittsburgh is at St. Louis tomorrow. And in the nightcap, The LA Dodgers downed the Atlanta Braves 4-3. The Dodgers win the series 3-games-to-1. The Braves are out of it.

Today marks the 18th anniversary of the Mariners' famous win over the Yankees. The game that Edgar Mariniez hit The Double. The team piled up at home plate with Ken Griffey, Jr. smiling out from the bottom of the pile.

Today is Fire Prevention Day, the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire in 1871, when legend says Mrs. O'Leary's cow kicked over a lantern. Over 98,000 people were left homeless by the fire. Today is National Fluffernutter Day. A fluffernutter is a yummy sandwich made with bread, peanut butter, and marshmallow fluff. It is now a classic American treat enjoyed in school cafeterias, college dorms, and local diners nationwide. Today is usually Lovable Lawyers Day, but this year there is no mention of it. Can't imagine what happened.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1966, the US government declared that LSD was illegal. In 1971, John Lennon recorded Imagine. In 1988, the Columbia University football team broke a 5-year, 44-game losing streak by defeating Princeton 16-13. Also in 1988, Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon dropped out of the Billboard Top 200 album chart, 741 weeks after it first debuted there. In 1997, Frito-Lay announced it had purchased the 104-year-old Cracker Jack brand from Borden Foods. In 2003, some $19 billion in peach-colored, redesigned $20 bills made their official debut throughout the US. In 2004, at Alderson Federal Prison Camp in West Virginia, Martha Stewart began serving a five-month prison sentence, imposed for lying about a stock sale.

An estimated 20,000 students, parents, teachers and community leaders from cities across the state are participating in International Walk to School Day tomorrow. Walk to school events taking place this week and throughout the month encourage students to explore walking and biking to school rather than driving or being driven. Some 3,200 schools from all 50 states are expected to participate in International Walk to School Month. Walkers from the US are joining children and adults in 40 countries around the world. The US participated in its first Walk to School celebration in 1997 to bring community leaders and children together to build awareness about walkable communities.

The new $100 bill, with an array of high-tech features designed to thwart counterfeiters, gets its coming out party today, partial government shutdown or not. The Federal Reserve, which has not been affected by the shutdown, is having armored trucks rolling from its regional banks around the country headed to banks, savings and loans and other financial institutions with the new C-notes. The bills took more than a decade to develop and the introduction was plagued by production problems that set back the rollout by 2½ years. But officials say the problems have now been fixed. Some bank customers could start seeing the new bills by this afternoon. The updated $100 bill has undergone a major makeover that includes a color-changing ink well, a 3-D security ribbon, and more texture on Benjamin Franklin's collar.

Sixteen-year-old New Zealand pop phenomenon Lorde says she only started writing her own music less than two years ago Her first album, Pure Heroine, was just released last week and is expected to debut at number three on the Billboard Album Chart.

For two decades, Linny Boyette graced Rockefeller Plaza in New York to show his love for NBC's Today show. Now, the cast and crew of the morning show are mourning his death after complications following a heart attack. Boyette was a fixture in the Today show crowd. Host Matt Lauer even called him a "part of the show." Al Roker claimed he was a "good luck charm." According to People magazine, the Today super-fan rode the train each morning from the Bronx to claim his spot in the crowd by 5:30 in the morning. Boyette, a military veteran, was 71 years old when he passed away on Sunday .

Instagram turned 3 yesterday. It's oldest user is probably Rex Redstone. Rex is 85 and lives in Peterborough, England. Rex refers to himself as the Instagrampa.

If you're the guy who's always forgetting to silence his phone in church or at the movie theater, someone on Reddit has s suggestion: make your ringtone sound like a cough. The guy on Reddit also suggests making your ringtone a sneeze or a quarter dropping.

Trivia Answer: Susan Alexandra Weaver who is 64 today. She began using the name Sigourney Weaver in 1963, at the age of 14, after a minor character (Sigourney Howard) in F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel The Great Gatsby. She's been nominated for seven Golden Globe Awards and won both Best Actress in Drama and Best Supporting Actress in 1988 for Gorillas in the Mist and Working Girl and becoming the first person ever to have won two acting Golden Globe Awards in the same year.

Monday 10.7.13
Today's Trivia:  He was a gangster who led a Prohibition-era crime syndicate. The Chicago Outfit was dedicated to smuggling and bootlegging liquor, and other illegal activities such as prostitution, in Chicago from the early 1920s to 1931. Despite his illegitimate occupation, he became a highly visible public figure. He made various charitable endeavors using the money he made from his activities, and was viewed by many to be a modern-day Robin Hood. He was publicly criticized for his supposed involvement in the Saint Valentine's Day Massacre, when seven rival gang members were executed. Despite all that, what eventually put him behind bars was tax evasion. On this date in 1931, he was convicted of income tax evasion. Who is he?

Russell Wilson and the Seahawks finally ran out of great escapes Sunday. After winning with dramatic, fourth-quarter comebacks at Carolina and Houston en route to the first 4-0 start in franchise history, Seattle squandered a 28-23 third-quarter lead and couldn't solve Andrew Luck or overcome their own mistakes in the fourth, losing 34-28 to the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Sunday, the Seahawks are back in the comfortable confines of CenturyLink when they host the Tennessee Titans.

Special teams failures and a dubious replay call on the Huskies' final play led to a 31-28 defeat Saturday night against Stanford, thwarting a splendid game from QB Keith Price. At least Washington's loss at Stanford didn't put a serious dent in the Huskies' poll standing. Ranked 15th a week ago, UW slipped only a notch to 16th in AP rankings released yesterday. In the USA Today/Coaches poll, Washington actually moved up one spot, from 20th to 19th. Washington, ranked for the sixth consecutive week, takes on the Oregon Ducks Saturday at Husky Stadium. Washington State, which romped past Cal 44-22 Saturday, has to crack either poll. The Cougars host Oregon State on Saturday.

In the National League Division Series, The Pittsburgh Pirates downed the St. Louis Cardinals yesterday 5-3 to take a 2-games-to-1 lead. They meet at noon today in Pittsburgh. The LA Dodgers pummeled the Atlanta Braves 13-6 to also take a 2-games-to-1 lead. Atlanta is at LA tonight at 6:30. The American League took yesterday off. Tied at a game each, Oakland is at Detroit this morning at 10:00. Up 2-games-to-none, Boston is at Tampa Bay at 3:00.

Today is Try To Start An Argument Over Which Is the Best Muppet Day. Today is World Smile Day, dedicated to good works and good cheer worldwide. Do an act of kindness and help one person smile. Today is If At First You Don't Succeed Day, honoring Frank Sinatra, whose CBS-TV musical variety show debuted on this date in 1950. The first year, Frank couldn't compete with Sid Caesar's Your Show of Shows. The second season he couldn't compete with Milton Berle's Texaco Star Theater. In 1957 Frank tried TV again with a variety-drama show, but it lasted less than a year.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1916, in history's worst football game, Georgia Tech defeated Cumberland College 222 to 0. In 1968, the Motion Picture Association of America adopted a film-rating system that ranged from G for general audiences to X for adults over 17.In 1970, Janis Joplin's body was cremated in Los Angeles. Her ashes were later scattered along the California coastline from a plane. In 2003, Californians voted to recall Democratic Gov. Gray Davis and elected Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican, as governor. In 2003, the FCC declared that U2 singer Bono's use of an obscenity during the Golden Globe Awards did not violate broadcast indecency rules. In 2004, Melissa Etheridge revealed that she had breast cancer. She was forced to cancel her autumn tour in order to undergo treatment.

Fueled by the strongest reviews of the year, Gravity hit the stratosphere at the box office this weekend,. The Sandra Bullock outer-space saga collected $55.6 million, according to studio estimates. The haul easily eclipsed analysts' projections of $35 million, and its near-unanimous positive reviews make it an early frontrunner in the awards race. Gravity scored the biggest October opening weekend of all time. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 finished at No. 2. Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake in Runner Runner finished at No. 3. Prisoners was 4th and Ron Howard's Rush rounded out the top five.

In January, Oprah Winfrey turns 60 years old and an insider has tipped off Us Weekly that the iconic talk show host is planning a huge birthday party to celebrate. Apparently, Julia Roberts, John Travolta, Tom Cruise and the Obamas are all expected to attend. There are also reports that Beyonce and Diana Ross might perform. The insider says it will all take place at Winfrey's Montecito, California estate.

CBS has extended its deal with David Letterman to host the Late Show through 2015. The late night legend's shows have been nominated for 67 Emmy Awards, winning 12. He has been hosting a late night talk show since 1982.

America's leading animated dysfunctional family The Simpsons will be continuing their antics for a 26th season, the Fox network said Friday, cementing the show's status as the longest-running animated series in US television history.

Lorde's debut single, Royals, tops the Billboard Hot 100, making the 16-year-old New Zealand native the youngest artist to top the chart since 1987. The song has sold over 1.8-million copies.

American Idol welcomes Jennifer Lopez back to the judges' table in the upcoming season but J-Lo says it wasn't an easy decision to return. On Ellen, she said, "I had a lot of stuff going on. It was going to be hard to fit it in. But, to be really honest, I just love the show and I love working with singers." As for working with judges Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr., Lopez says they're "having a great time" and everything is "working really great." The 13th season of American Idol premieres in January on Fox.

The effects of the government shutdown have far reaching effects - even spreading all the way into Alaska -- as whoever was on shift as the lead forecaster at the Anchorage National Weather Service office early Friday morning made a rather unusual plea for the shutdown to end. This was the beginning of their forecast discussion, which is updated every six hours, posted at 5 a.m. Alaska time. At first blush, it's a rather mundane forecast -- a weakening storm system. That is, until you note the first letter of every sentence:

Trivia Answer: Alphonse Gabriel Capone -- Al Capone. Following his tax evasion conviction, he was sentenced to federal prison. His incarceration included a term at the then-new Alcatraz federal prison. In the final years of Capone's life, he suffered mental and physical deterioration due to late-stage neurosyphilis, which he had contracted as a youth. On January 25th of 1947, he died from cardiac arrest after suffering a stroke.

Friday 10.4.13
Today's Trivia:  Bruno Mars is providing the halftime entertainment at the upcoming Super Bowl. Can you name five of the acts that have performed at the Super Bowl since 2004?

Post-season baseball is underway. The National League got things rolling with their Divisional Series openers last night. St. Louis pasted Pittsburgh 9-1. They meet again today at 10. The LA Dodgers knocked off Atlanta 6-1. They meet again this afternoon at 3. On the American League side of the ledger, things get going at noon today with Tampa Bay at Boston, then tonight at 6:30 Detroit is at Oakland.

UPDATE: The Pirates got their revenge today getting by the Cards 7-1 to tie the series at a game apiece.

Coming up tomorrow afternoon at 1:00 the WSU Cougars are at Berkeley to meet the California Golden Bears. Then tomorrow night at 7:30, the No. 15 Washington Huskies are at Stanford to face the No. 5 Cardinal.

Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman has grabbed the spotlight already this season with clutch play and two big interceptions, including a pivotal pick-six against the Texans last Sunday and he continues to get tons of attention from the national media. Sherman is likely dancing it up with some Sea Gals now that he's been named the NFC's defensive player of the month. He's the first Seattle cornerback to win the award. The Seahawks are out to keep it going. They're in Indianapolis with the Colts. Russell Wilson and Andrew Luck going at it. Kick-off Sunday morning at 10:00.

Today is International Toot Your Flute Day, a day to promote yourself. It's National Taco Day. Today is Dick Tracy Day, marking the comic strip detective's debut on this date in 1931 in the Detroit Daily Mirror as Plainclothes Tracy. World Space Week begins today, sponsored by the UN.

'Calendar notes: On this date in 1892, after much litigation, the U.S. Court of Appeals upheld Thomas Edison's claim he was the sole inventor of the incandescent light bulb. In 1965, The Beatles' Yesterday topped the singles chart. In 1957, Leave it to Beaver debuted on CBS Television. In 1970, Janis Joplin died of a drug overdose at the Landmark Motel in Hollywood. The 27-year-old had just finished recording her second solo album, Pearl. In 1980, in California, Mick Fleetwood, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac presented the USC Trojan Marching Band with a platinum record for their contribution to the Tusk album. In 1986, two bad guys attacked CBS anchor Dan Rather in New York's Central Park, beating him and repeatedly asking, "What's the frequency, Kenneth?" The phrase was later used by REM for a song on the 1994 album Monster. In 1992, Sinead O'Connor tore up a picture of Pope John Paul II on Saturday Night Live.

Her voice is known by millions of iPhone users. Her identity, up until now, has been unknown. Meet Susan Bennett, better known as Siri, Apple's voice-activated virtual assistant. "It seemed like everyone was clamoring to find out who the real voice behind Siri is," says the Atlanta-area resident, "and so I thought, well, you know, what the heck? This is the time." Apple, typically secretive, won't confirm it. But Bennett says she is Siri. Professionals who know her voice, have worked with her and represent her legally say she is Siri. An audio-forensics expert with 30 years of experience has studied both voices and says he is "100%" certain that the two are the same.

The members of Linkin Park are finally breaking their silence on their lead singer, Chester Bennington's, decision to join Stone Temple Pilots after STP fired Scott Weiland earlier this year. Band member DJ Joe Hahn tells Rolling Stone that he and his fellow bandmates grew up listening to STP and that they considered the group rock gods, adding that when your idols ask you to do something like join their group "you don't say no." Hahn goes on to tell the magazine that everyone in the band is supportive of Chester's decision and think that the experience will not only have a positive impact on STP, but on Linkin Park as well.

David Blaine is bringing his brand of magic to a TV special airing on ABC this fall. According to The Hollywood Reporter, David Blaine: Real or Magic features the illusionist performing for A-listers like Robert De Niro, Katy Perry, Woody Allen and even President George W. Bush. Blaine says he surprises the celebrities in his special in places where he knew they wouldn't be able to claim he had staged anything. Some of those places include the homes of Kanye West and Harrison Ford. No specific date has been announced yet for the 90-minute special which is expected to air sometime in November.

Trivia Answer:

  • 2013 -- Beyoncé, Destiny's Child
  • 2012 -- Madonna, LMFAO, Nicki Minaj, M.I.A., Cee Lo Green
  • 2011 -- The Black Eyed Peas, Usher and Slash
  • 2010 -- The Who
  • 2009 -- Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
  • 2008 -- Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
  • 2007 -- Prince
  • 2006 -- The Rolling Stones
  • 2005 -- Paul McCartney
  • 2004 -- Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake, P. Diddy, Nelly, Kid Rock
Thursday 10.3.13
Today's Trivia:  He is a professional golfer who competes on the PGA Tour and the Champions Tour. A former World No. 1, he has won numerous events, most notably the 1992 Masters Tournament. In August of 2011 he won his maiden senior major at the Senior Players Championship and followed this up in July 2012 when he won the Senior British Open Championship. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2013. Because of his long drives, he has been given the nickname Boom Boom. A couple of years ago, he was a part of the Grand Opening of Little Creek Casino Resort's new golf course at Salish Cliffs Golf Club. Who is he?

Seahawks kicker Steven Hauschka may not get the same attention as Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman or Marshawn Lynch, but he did receive recognition yesterday from the NFL. After kicking the game-winning field goal Sunday in Houston, Hauschka has been named the league's Special Teams Player of the Week.

The Seahawks, meanwhile, have added a third quarterback to their roster by claiming B.J. Daniels off waivers from San Francisco. Seattle made the roster move yesterday. The Seahawks released rookie linebacker John Lotulelei to clear a spot on the 53-man roster for Daniels. The 49ers waived Daniels on Tuesday after they decided to sign John Skelton. San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh said he was hoping to re-sign Daniels to the practice squad and the 49ers had plans for developing Daniels, but the Seahawks swooped in and signed him first. Daniels did not appear in a regular season game. He was a seventh-round pick in the April draft by the 49ers.

Bruce Irvin wore a huge smile yesterday when he finally got back on the practice field after serving a four-game suspension for using a banned substance. The Seahawks didn't hesitate in throwing Irvin back into practice, but have not made a determination if he will be ready to go when Seattle heads to Indianapolis to face the Colts. Sunday.

The kids at Centennial Elementary School in Olympia have put together a 12th man video. Check it out:

Saturday, the Huskies are at Stanford and the Cougars are at California

The Tampa Bay Rays ended the Cleveland Indians season last night in the American League Wild Card contest downing the Tribe 4-0.

The best-of-five National League Division series get underway tonight with Pittsburgh at St. Louis and the LA Dodgers at Atlanta. The American League starts tomorrow with Tampa Bay at Boston and Detroit at Oakland.

Tom Clancy, the author of books like The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games and The Sum of All Fears, passed away yesterday morning. The cause of death has not been released. Clancy published 28 books, including a new novel that hasn't yet been released, most with spy or military themes. Seventeen of his novels made it to the New York Times Best-Sellers List, with many hitting number one. Along with movies being made of his books, video games like Rainbow Six, Ghost Recon and Splinter Cell were also based on his works. His new novel, Command Authority, is due out in December. Tom Clancy was 66.

The Nottingham Goose Fair is underway in England. It started yesterday and runs through Sunday. It's been held every year since 1284, except during the Great Plague in 1665 and the two world wars. They expect a half million goose lovers during the 5-day fair. Today is Mickey Mouse Club Day, marking debut of the first TV series starring Annette Funicello and Shelley Fabaras on this date in 1955. A later version starred Keri Russell, Christina Aguilera, and Britney Spears. Other TV premiers on this date include:

Ozzie and Harriet - 1952
Captain Kangaroo - 1955
The Andy Griffith Show - 1960
Dick Van Dyke Show - 1961
Quincy - 1976
Scarecrow and Mrs. King - 1983
LA Law - 1986

Calendar notes: On this date in 1980, Bruce Springsteen, launching his US tour in Ann Arbor, Michigan, forgot the opening words to the song, Born to Run. In 1991, a burglar who looted a Newark, New Jersey, home left behind an important clue, his 4-year-old daughter. When police arrived they found the child in the house crying for Daddy. In 1995, a Los Angeles jury found OJ Simpson not guilty of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown and waiter Ronald Goldman. Some 107 million people watched TV news coverage of the verdict. Simpson was later found liable in a civil trial. In 1996, David Lee Roth was given the sack from Van Halen after rejoining the band in June. Roth later claimed that he was only welcomed back by the band as a publicity stunt for that year's MTV Video Music Awards. In 2000, Benjamin Orr, bassist and vocalist with The Cars, died of cancer in Atlanta. He was 53. In 2003, Roy Horn of Siegfried & Roy was in critical condition on his 59th birthday following a tiger attack during a performance. The tiger, a 7-year-old male, was debuting in his first show.

The government shutdown has brought some unwelcome changes to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, and those living on the base hope they don't last long. A weekend training session for the National Guard has been cancelled, and military commissaries around the region -- including at JBLM -- have been shut down. Despite the shut down, the base is largely still operating. The gates are open, Madigan is still operating and troops are still training. But thousands of civilians have been laid off and, as of yesterday, the commissary is no longer open.

Is Bill Gates on his way out at Microsoft? It's been years since Gates directly presided over the company he co-founded. Now though some reports say some Microsoft investors want to force Gates out of the one position he still holds: Chairman of the Board Reuters reports three of Microsoft's top 20 investors are lobbying for Gates to step down as chairman, saying his presence blocks the adoption of new strategies. Microsoft has not commented on the report. According to Reuters, the opposing board members think Gates wields more power than his relatively small stake in the company should allow. Further, they say his influence might prevent a new chief executive from making substantial changes. Current CEO Steve Ballmer, a longtime friend of Gates, is on his way out. No replacement for Ballmer has been named.

Expect Miley Cyrus to poke a little fun at herself during her appearance on Saturday Night Live this coming Saturday. In previews for this week's show, the singer makes fun of her controversial MTV VMA performance.

Trivia Answer: Frederick Steven Couples -- Fred Couples -- who turns 54 today. He was born in Seattle. His paternal grandparents immigrated from Italy and changed the family name from "Coppola" to "Couples" to make it sound less ethnic. His father was a groundskeeper for the Seattle Parks Department and the family, which included brother Tom, Jr., and sister Cindy, lived in a modest house on Beacon Hill near the city's Jefferson Park golf course, where Couples developed his signature loose, rhythmic swing in order to gain enough distance to keep up with the older children. Couples attended O'Dea High School in Seattle and the University of Houston, where, as a member of the Houston Cougars men's golf team. He roomed with Blaine McCallister, another future PGA Tour player, and future CBS television broadcaster Jim Nantz. Couples currently lives in Palm Springs, California. 

Wednesday 10.2.13
Today's Trivia: On this date in 2005, the National Football League played its first regular season game outside of the United States. The Arizona Cardinals beat the San Francisco 49ers 31 to 14. Where was the game played?

The Seahawks may have pulled off the victory Sunday, but in the process showed some big weaknesses. As such, ESPN yesterday dropped Seattle back down to No. 2 in its Week 5 NFL Power Rankings as Peyton Manning's powerhouse Broncos recaptured the top spot. The division-foe San Francisco 49ers improved to No. 8 after falling to 10th last week with a home loss to the Colts. The 2-and-2 Niners beat St. Louis big last Thursday at Edward Jones Dome. Rounding out the NFC West in ESPN's power rankings are the Arizona Cardinals at No. 19 and the Rams in 26th. CBS football analyst Pete Prisco wrote that "one thing looks obvious right now. Seattle and Denver are the two best teams."

Saturday, the Huskies are at Stanford and the Cougars are at California

The Arena Football League is returning to Portland. The team is owned by Terry W. Emmert, chief executive of Clackamas-based Emmert International, a transport and relocation company. Emmert says there will be a contest to name the team, which will play starting in March at the former Rose Garden Arena. Portland was home to the AFL's Forest Dragons for three seasons until 1999. That team eventually became the Oklahoma Wranglers, who folded in 2001

The Pittsburgh Pirates eliminated the Cincinnati Reds 6-2 last night in the one-game NL Wild Card contest. Tonight, it's another do or die game with Tampa Bay at Cleveland. Winner moves on and loser goes home.

Today is Peanuts Day, celebrating this day in 1950 when Charles Schulz introduced us to his pals, Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Sally, and Charlie's dog, Snoopy. Today is Guardian Angels Day. Today is World Farm Animals Day, celebrated on Ghandhi's birthday. Today is National Custodial Workers Day. Tonight is Go for a Stroll After Dinner Night.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1958, television's Yogi Bear stole his first picnic basket in Jellystone National Park, assisted by his sidekick Boo Boo Bear. In 1959, The Twilight Zone debuted on television. They made 154 original episodes. In 1985, actor Rock Hudson died at his home in Beverly Hills at age 59 after a battle with AIDS. In 1994, at the age of 42, singer John Mellencamp confirmed he had suffered a mild heart attack, that he smoked four packs of cigarettes a day, and his cholesterol level was 300. In 1998, Hollywood's original singing cowboy and former owner of the Anaheim Angels, Gene Autry, died at age 91.

It's the 25th season of The Simpsons and it's certainly set to be a memorable one. Executive Producer Al Jean has revealed that an iconic character will die this season. There's no word on who it might be but Al hinted that the actor voicing the character won an Emmy for his role. That doesn't really narrow things down though since Dan Castellaneta and Hank Azaria have won a number of Emmys over the years for their work on the show, as have guest stars like Kelsey Grammer. Keep watching Sunday nights on Fox.

Author Tom Clancy died this morning, sources with his publisher and family say. Clancy's first international military and espionage thriller was The Hunt for Red October, published in 1984. Other best-sellers included Red Storm Rising, Patriot Games, and Rainbow Six. Tom Clacny was 66.

Fifty years ago, a 17-year-old named Barbara Bexant and a 19-year-old named Lyn Phillips recorded a message for their idol, Paul McCartney, on a reel-to-reel tape and sent it to the London theater where The Beatles would be performing. According to the BBC, Paul didn't ever get it, but years later, a local historian wound up buying it at a flea market. He brought it to a BBC show which then tracked down the women, brought them back together for the first time in 40 years at the Beatles Story exhibition in Liverpool, and gave them a response from Paul. It read, "Thanks very much for your lovely tape. It finally go through, better late than never. Great to hear that you found each other after all these years. Keep enjoying the music. Love, Paul."

YouTube is holding its first music awards show on November 3rd. The extravaganza is being live-streamed from New York City's Pier 36 and includes performances by Lady Gaga, Eminem, Arcade Fire and more. The 90-minute show includes seven awards. Nominees for the YouTube Awards being announced on October 17th.

Rumors are floating around that Adele is in line to play Dusty Springfield in an upcoming biopic about the late musician.

Trivia Answer: Mexico City, Mexico. Beginning with the 2005 season, the National Football League has hosted regular season American football games held outside the United States in a series known as the International Series. Since 2007 games have been held at London's Wembley Stedium. Wembley will continue to be the game site at least through 2016. This season, there are two Wembley games. Last Sunday, the Minnesota Vikings beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 34-27. Coming up on the 27th, the Jacksonville Jaguars play the San Francisco 49ers.

Tuesday 10.1.13
Today's Trivia: This British film and stage actress, singer, and author is the recipient of Golden Globe, Emmy, Grammy, BAFTA, People's Choice Award, Theatre World Award, Screen Actors Guild and Academy Award honors. She made her Broadway debut in 1954 with The Boy Friend, and rose to prominence starring in other musicals such as My Fair Lady and Camelot. The roles for which she is best known, however, are in musical films such as Mary Poppins in 1964 and The Sound of Music in 1965. Her voice spanned four Octaves until it was damaged by a throat operation in 1998. Who is she?

David Price, Evan Longoria and the Tampa Bay Rays are going to playoffs again, getting there with a victory in their final regular-season game for the second time in three years. They needed an extra game this time. Price threw his fourth complete game of the season, Longoria had a two-run homer and the Rays beat the Texas Rangers 5-2 in the AL wild-card tiebreaker game last night, the 163rd game for both teams.

Baseball playoffs: tonight, Cincinnati at Pittsburgh; tomorrow night, Tampa Bay at Cleveland; Thursday, LA Dodgers at Atlanta; Friday, it's a two-fer with the LA Dodgers at Atlanta and Detroit at Oakland.

Another offseason. Another Seattle Mariners managerial search. By now, the Mariners should be adept at this process. They'll spend the early part of this offseason hiring their eighth manager or interim manager since 2002. Yet the indictment of the franchise that came from manger Eric Wedge's decision not to return for 2014 might be the most damaging they've ever received after Seattle went 71-91. Wedge essentially quit on his chance to continue with the Mariners' rebuilding process rather than stick it out with what he considered an untenable situation with a poor working environment where visions were not equal and commitment was lacking. They were blunt statements from a manager firm on his principles and not known as a quitter. And they leave the Mariners in a tenuous state going into another offseason where the fan base and general interest continues to erode.

Drew Brees reminded a national audience why he's becoming Mr. Monday Night, and gave the Miami Dolphins another reason to regret not making a harder push to sign him when they had the chance seven years ago. Brees passed for 413 yards and four touchdowns, and the Saints turned a clash of unbeaten teams into a lopsided affair, beating the Miami Dolphins 38-17 last night.

On the verge of getting bounced out of Houston, the Seattle Seahawks delivered one of the best comebacks in team history. It was a gutty statement by the Seahawks in their 23-20 overtime win. Not only did Seattle reaffirm its position as the class of the NFC, but the Seahawks also displayed more evidence they are no longer pushovers away from home. Dating back to last season, the Seahawks have won five of their last six — including the playoffs — away from Seattle. They have wins in Chicago, Washington, Carolina and now one of the biggest comebacks in franchise history in Houston.

The meme to the right of Houston DE J.J. Watt has been making the rounds -- showing Watt before and after he faced the Seahawks. Of course, he was dominant and caused a lot of problems for Russell Wilson and Seattle's offense Sunday ... but he did lose, and got bloody in the process.

"October" means the "eighth month." It has been the 10th month since New Year's Day was moved from March to January. October is Adopt-A-Shelter Dog Month, National Bake and Decorate Month, Bat Appreciation Month, Celebrating the Bilingual Child Month, Children's Disease Awareness Month, Children's Magazine Month, Church Library Month, Class Reunion Month, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, National Crime Prevention Month, National Go On a Field Trip Month, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, National Cookie Month, Roller Skating Month, National Popcorn Poppin' Month, Photographer Appreciation Month, Positive Attitude Month, and National Chili Month. it's Go Hog Wild-Eat Country Ham Month, National Book Month, National Chili Month, National Cookie Month, National Dental Hygiene Month, National Pajama Month, National Popcorn Poppin' Month, National Roller Skating Month, National Seafood Month, Frozen Food Month, Spinach Lovers Month, Vegetarian Awareness Month

Today is World Vegetarian Day. Squirrel Awareness Month begins today, sponsored by the Squirrel Lovers Club of Oklahoma City. Today is Child Health Day. Pudding Season begins today. Tonight is National Popcorn and Tears Movie Appreciation Night. Men can stay home and vacuum.

Calender notes: On this date in 1903, in the first game of the first baseball World Series, the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Boston Pilgrims 7-3. Cy Young was the first losing pitcher. But Boston won the series. In 1962, Johnny Carson became the host of The Tonight Show. His first guests were Tony Bennett, Joan Crawford, Rudy Vallee, Mel Brooks, and Groucho Marx. In 1970, Jimi Hendrix was buried in Seattle. He died in his London apartment two weeks earlier. In 1971, Walt Disney World opened in Orlando. In 1997, to curtail growing alcoholism, the Congress of the scorching hot Mexican state of Tabasco banned the sale of cold beer. Residents could continue to buy all the warm beer they wanted. In 2001, the US Supreme Court suspended former President Clinton from practicing before the high court. In 2002, police chasing a gang of car thieves in Colombia lost their suspects when they were stopped at a toll booth. The gang flew through the toll booth but workers flagged down the pursuing police car and wouldn't let it leave until officers paid the toll. By that time, the thieves they'd chased 25 miles from Bogata were long gone.

Shoppers down in Salem, Oregon have been getting quite the surprise along with their groceries. A Good Samaritan has been hiding 100-dollar bills inside various grocery items for unsuspecting shoppers. So far, over two-thousand dollars have been found inside of egg cartons, ice cream tubs, and other items all over the city. Because of the generosity of the anonymous benefactor, many of the lucky shoppers are looking for ways they can pay it forward.

TMZ is reporting that Lindsay Lohan's parents won't be welcome on the set of her new reality TV show. The producers of the new series have reportedly made an executive decision to bar both Michael and Dina Lohan from appearing in any of the series' upcoming episodes. The new program, which is being produced by Oprah Winfrey's OWN Network, will focus on Lohan's drug addiction recovery as well as her attempt to revive her flailing acting career. Rumors have been swirling that Lindsay recently tried to back out of the project and that Oprah herself had to step in and threaten to take back the two-million dollars the financially strapped actress received for the series.

The classic Monty Python film The Meaning of Life's 30th Anniversary Edition arrives on DVD and Blu-ray next Tuesday. It's packed with new bonus features like an all new reunion with the cast and directors, hilarious feature commentary with the directors, a sing-aong version and more. The Meaning of Life stars John Cleese, Terry Gilliam and Eric Idle. Monty Python's The Meaning of Life originally opened in theaters on March 31st, 1983.

Nielsen reported that 10.3 million viewers tuned in to Sunday's Breaking Bad finale -- 3.7 million more than the previous week. That's Breaking Bad's highest viewership in series history, but in comparison, it fell short of besting fellow AMC show The Walking Dead, which saw 12.4 million viewers for its season 3 finale in March.

The Royal Family has announced plans for the christening of Prince George, the newborn son of Prince William and Kate Middleton. According to People magazine, the ceremony takes place at The Chapel Royal at St. James' Palace. William and Kate broke tradition to have it there over Buckingham Palace, where he, his father Prince Charles and his grandmother Queen Elizabeth were all christened. The Archbishop of Canterbury is performing the ritual. As for who will be named George's godparents, odds-makers in England have William's brother Prince Harry and Kate's sister Pippa Middleton as the favorites.

Katy Perry is getting ready to release her latest, album, Prism, for which she drew inspiration from her divorce to English comedian Russell Brand. She spoke to Billboard about those dark days in her life, explaining that the lyrics to her song By the Grace of God reflect her saddest moments, when she questions God if she should continue living and keep enduring. She also revealed that she found herself lying on her bathroom floor considering suicide after Brand ended their marriage via text message. Prism is set to be released on October 22nd.

Trivaia Answer: Dame Julie Elizabeth Andrews, who turns 78 today. Andrews had a major revival of her film career in the 2000s, in family films such as The Princess Diaries in 2001, its sequel The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement in 2004, and in the Shrek films from 2004 to 2007.