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Friday 11.22.13
Today's Trivia: Sunday marks the anniversary of the only unsolved air piracy in American aviation history. The plane involved was a Boeing 727 in the airspace between Portland and Seattle. The perpetrator extorted $200,000 and parachuted to an uncertain fate. What do we know the perpetrator as?

WSU's seniors are playing their last home game tomorrow. They host Utah at Pullman tomorrow afternoon at 12:30.

Still not sure who gets the nod to start at quarterback but the Huskies are at Corvallis tomorrow night. The Dawgs face Oregon State at 7:30 tomorrow night. ESPN2 has the game.

It's the bye week for the Seahawks. They're back in action a week from Monday. It's a Monday night matchup with the NFC No. 2 seed New Orleans Saints on December 2nd at the Clink.

Today is Stop the Violence Day. It's Start Your Own Country Day. Today is Go For a Ride Day. As the holidays approach, life becomes chaotic, and perhaps a bit stressful. Take a breather, and go for a relaxing ride. You don't need a destination to enjoy this day. But, you certainly can bring family or friends along for company. The means of transportation can be anything. Today is Can You Find Your Old Rubik's Cube and Still Work It Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1936, the cover of the first issue of Life magazine carried a photo of a doctor slapping a newborn baby and the caption, Life begins! In 1958, Ronald and Nancy Reagan appeared together in the GE Theater production of A Turkey for the President. In 1963, in Dallas, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated and Texas Governor John Connally was seriously wounded. Suspect Lee Harvey Oswald was later captured and charged with the murder of both the President and police officer J.D. Tippit. Oswald was shot two days later by Jack Ruby while in police custody. In 1976, Jerry Lee Lewis was arrested outside Graceland in Memphis after waving a pistol and demanding to see "the King." In 1996, State Legislator Michael Burns and registered lobbyist Kimberly McCoy were married in Annapolis, Maryland. It wasn't easy. The bride had to get state permission to buy a wedding ring for the groom, and had to spend less than $25 per guest on the reception so other legislators attending didn't have to report it. In 2005, Angela Merkel became the first female Chancellor of Germany.

Internet retailer Amazon is taking Black Friday further this year, launching its first sales this Sunday (November 24). And the company says there will be new sales going up very frequently, as often as every 10 minutes.

Like something straight out of the movies, a 23-year-old bride in India who was left at the altar after her man got cold feet ended up marrying one of the wedding guests. The 30-year-old man was to be a witness at the ceremony, but became the groom after the woman's husband-to-be went missing after an argument with his parents. According to the Times of India, the nuptials took place on schedule with the “substitution,” and relatives praised the new groom for stepping up to the plate.

Lorde's Royals tops the Billboard Hot 100 for an eighth straight week.

South Korean electronics company LG has launched its Flex smartphone with a self-healing coating that supposedly allows it to recover from accidental scratches. In a test, after just a few minutes the light scratches were already mostly cleared up and barely noticeable.

The Backstreet Boys, Sheryl Crow, Anna Kendrick, and Pat Monahan are performing at TNT's annual holiday spectacular, Christmas in Washington. Hugh Jackman is hosting the show, which also features a special guest appearance by NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley. Christmas in Washington premieres Friday, December 20th, on TNT.

Chances are many of us will be gaining a couple of pounds over the holidays and some may be planning now to lose that weight in the New Year. In fact, according to a new survey, 28 percent of Americans say they're expecting to gain weight over the holidays while 55 percent say they don't expect to gain any weight.

Trivia Answer: D.B. Cooper. The suspect purchased his airline ticket using the alias Dan Cooper, but due to a news media miscommunication he became known in popular lore as D.B. Cooper. It was November 24th of 1971. Despite an extensive manhunt and an ongoing FBI investigation, he has never been located or positively identified. Hundreds of leads have been pursued in the ensuing years, but no conclusive evidence has ever surfaced regarding Cooper's true identity or whereabouts. Numerous theories of widely varying plausibility have been proposed by experts, reporters, and amateur enthusiasts. The discovery of a small cache of ransom bills in 1980 triggered renewed interest but ultimately only deepened the mystery, and the great majority of the ransom remains unrecovered. While FBI investigators have insisted from the beginning that Cooper probably did not survive his risky jump, the agency maintains an active case file -- which has grown to more than 60 volumes -- and continues to solicit creative ideas and new leads from the public.

Thursday 11.21.13
Today's Trivia: She's an actress, film director, producer, and occasional singer. She's known for her roles in Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, Private Benjamin, Foul Play, Overboard, Bird on a Wire, Death Becomes Her, The First Wives Club, and Cactus Flower. Who is she?

Weekends don't pay as well as weekdays but at least there's football.

We should find out later today about the status of injured Husky quarterback Keith Price. Price was hurt in last Friday's oss against UCLA. Coach Steve Sarkisian earlier this week described the injury as a "sore shoulder." Price hasn't thrown all week. He's set to do so today. After today's practice, Sarkisian said the Huskies will make a decision on their starting quarterback and move forward. If Price isn't healthy enough to play, the starting job falls to Cyler Miles. The redshirt freshman has completed 21 of his 32 passes for 250 yards this season. He's thrown three touchdowns and two interceptions. The Huskies are at Oregon State on Saturday.

The 19 Washington State seniors playing their final home game this Saturday have been through some rough times on the football field. The team's record during their four seasons is just 14-and-32, and numerous losses have been blowouts. But this year's seniors are enjoying a season in which the Cougars (5-and-5 overall, and 3-and-4 in the Pac-12) are just one victory away from qualifying for a bowl game. They host Utah Saturday in Pullman.

Seahawks legend Walter Jones was among 25 semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's class of 2014 announced last night. Perennial All-Pro linebacker Derrick Brooks and wide receiver Marvin Harrison were also on the list. Brooks, Jones and Harrison, along with coach Tony Dungy, were the first-year eligible candidates to make the cut from 126 to 25. The Hall of Fame election will be held Feb. 1, the night before the Super Bowl, in New York.It's the bye week for the Seahawks. They return to action in a Monday night matchup with the New Orleans Saints on December 2nd at the Clink.

Today is World Television Day. The day recognizes that television plays a major role in presenting different issue that affect people. Today is Alascattalo Day, to honor humor and particularly Alaskan humor. An Alascattalo reportedly is a cross between a moose and a walrus. Today is World Hello Day, a day to promote peace by offering a friendly greeting to at least ten people. Today is National Clean the Oven If Your Mother Is Coming For Thanksgiving Day. Today is Furniture Memory Day, a day to see if you can remember when and where you bought each piece of your furniture, how much you paid, and which is your most precious scratch. You could also dust it if you want to.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1877, Thomas Edison announced he had invented the phonograph. In 1974, Congress passed the Freedom of Information Act, over-riding President Gerald Ford's veto. In 1980, having been cliff-hung for five months, an estimated 82-million Americans, 80% of all viewers, tuned in to see "Who Shot JR?" It was Sue Ellen's sister, the jilted mistress Kristin Shepard. In 1993, actor Bill Bixby died of cancer at age 59. His TV series were My Favorite Martian, The Courtship of Eddie's Father, and The Incredible Hulk. In 2004, the NBA suspended Indiana's Ron Artest for the rest of the season following a brawl at the end of a game against the Detroit Pistons.

Forbes has named Madonna the year's highest paid musician. She topped the list, bringing in 125 million dollars in 2013. Between her MDNA World Tour, clothing line, and perfume brand, Madge managed to top pop diva Lady Gaga, who earned 80-million. Here is Forbes' list of the 10 highest-earning musicians of 2013:

  • Madonna - $125m
  • Lady Gaga - $80m
  • Bon Jovi - $79m
  • Toby Keith - $65m
  • Coldplay - $64m
  • Justin Bieber - $58m
  • Taylor Swift - $55m
  • Elton John - $54m
  • Beyoncé - $53m
  • Kenny Chesney - $53m

Dan Dierdorf announced yesterday that he's retiring from NFL broadcasting at the end of this season. He spent 30 seasons broadcasting the game after 13 years on the field.

A new survey shows the average amount we plan to spend on our kids this Christmas is $224 -- per child.

The mayor of a town in Utah will keep his job for another two years after "forgetting" to inform residents that it was time to hold municipal elections. Wallsburg, Utah's four city council members will also be reappointed by default after the screw-up that is being blamed on a city employee in charge of election oversight.

"Selfie" has been named 2013's Word of The Year by Oxford Dictionaries. "Selfie," which is defined by the dictionary as "a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website," beat out seven other words like "twerk" and "binge-watch" to be named Word of The Year by both the U-K and U-S editions. According to PCWorld.com, "Words don't have to be entirely new to earn consideration. They must simply rise to prominence in a given year." After being added to the online dictionary early this year, Oxford thought "selfie" would be the perfect fit.

Four women are set to graduate from the Marine Corps' combat infantry training school, becoming the first female Marines ever to complete the 59-day course that preps Marines for war. Fifteen women began the training at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, on September 24th, but only four made it through.

A word to the wise: if you're going to go on a break-in spree, you probably shouldn't be wearing a GPS monitor. Colorado burglar Brandon Campbell was found guilty of burglarizing 15 homes in Lakewood and Greenwood Village, Colorado after police checked in on his GPS bracelet, which put him at the scene of every one of the robberies. The District Attorney said it was a prosecutors dream, adding, "I don't think that there's any doubt at all that this guy is the last guy picked on the prison Brain Bowl team."

Sean Penn was spotted at a fancy San Francisco hotel Monday night when a fan tried to sneak a cell-phone photo of the actor. When Penn saw the guy taking the picture, he started yelling at the guy asking him if Penn and his company looked like zoo animals. He also threatened the guy, telling him he would make him eat his own phone. Penn then grabbed the fan's cell and slammed it to the ground. Hotel security asked the unnamed fan if he wanted to call the police, but he simply declined and left the bar.

Steven Tyler recently revealed that he is ready to get back to work on his solo album and now, the Aerosmith singer says he hopes to work with producer Rick Rubin on the effort. The rocker told Rolling Stone that the band's tour ended last week, so he has set up his studio and just had dinner with Rick. It wouldn't be the first time the two collaborated --  Rick came up with the idea for Aerosmith to do Walk This Way with Run DMC. Steven's solo record is tentatively due out next year.

In his latest release, The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success, Oxford psychologist Kevin Dutton breaks down the Top 10 professions that are most likely to attract psychopaths, and some might surprise you. They are:

  1. CEO
  2. Lawyer
  3. Media (TV-Radio)
  4. Salesperson
  5. Surgeon
  6. Journalist
  7. Police officer
  8. Clergy
  9. Chef
  10. Civil servant

Trivia Answer: Goldie Jeanne Hawn who turns 68 today. Hawn's first husband was dancer (later director) Gus Trikonis, who appeared as a Shark in West Side Story. Her second husband was Bill Hudson, of the Hudson Brothers; the two divorced in 1980. They have two children, actor Oliver Hudson and actress Kate Hudson. Hawn is now and has been since 1983 in a relationship with actor Kurt Russell. The couple has a son, Wyatt Russell who was born in 1986.

Wednesday 11.20.13
Today's Trivia: This British-American actor, comedian, game show panelist, and host was Corporal Peter Newkirk on Hogan's Heroes. He appeared as a panelist on the 1970s version of Match Game on CBS from 1973–1978. Later he was the original host of another game show. Who is he?

Chuck Knox never did it. Neither did Mike Holmgren, Tom Flores or Dennis Erickson. In the Seattle Seahawks' history, they've never had consecutive 10-win regular seasons until now … under Pete Carroll. The Seahawks are 10-and-1, going into the bye week with the best record in the NFL. It's the latest point in any season in franchise history that the Seahawks have held the best record in the league by themselves. Knox and Holmgren both had lengthy runs of success in Seattle. Knox finally made the Seahawks a contender in the mid-1980s, leading them to their first playoff appearance and giving the franchise relevance. Holmgren raised the bar with his run in the mid-2000s that included five consecutive playoff appearances and the lone NFC championship in franchise history. Carroll appears on the verge of upping the ante. After winning 11 regular-season games a year ago, the Seahawks go into their bye week in position for a second NFC West title and third playoff appearance since Carroll arrived. The Hawks won't be able to clinch anything while getting a weekend off, but they'll have their chance at taking control of the race for homefield advantage in the NFC when they return. Seattle enters its final five-game stretch with two huge games, hosting 9-2 New Orleans on Monday, December 2nd, before a trip to San Francisco six days later.

Today is National Peanut Butter Fudge Day. Today is National Clean the Cat Hair Out of the Vacuum Cleaner Day. Today is National Absurdity Day. And though National Teens Don't Text and Drive Week is not on the calendar this week, teens are encouraged to go ahead and drive safely anyway.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1959, WABC Radio in New York City fired deejay Alan Freed after he was accused of accepting payola to play certain records. In 1962, newspapers reported that President John Kennedy had contributed every dollar earned in government salary since 1947 to charity, including his White House salary. In 1967, the US population reached 200-million. In 1975, Ronald Reagan announced he was a candidate for the 1976 Republican presidential nomination. He lost to incumbent Gerald Ford, who was defeated by Democrat Jimmy Carter. In 1976, George Harrison performed on Saturday Night Live. During the show, producer Lorne Michaels made an appeal for The Beatles to reform. In 1982, actress Drew Barrymore became the first 7-year-old to host Saturday Night Live. In 1994, David Crosby received a liver transplant. In 1997, a Ku Klux Klan group dropped its plans to join an anti-litter Adopt-A-Highway campaign in Fort Worth after the state of Texas filed a lawsuit claiming the white supremacist group was ineligible because it was not a civic organization. In 2003, Wall of Sound producer Phil Spector pleaded not guilty to the murder of actress Lana Clarkson after he was formally charged by a California court.

After pulling a prank right out of Fast Times at Ridgemont High, a high school football coach from Marion County High School in Tennessee has been charged with vandalism. The coach went on a graffiti spree across campus, painting "vulgarities on the side doors and along the backside of the field house as well as a storage building and on the concrete parking lot" in the opposing team's colors in an attempt to make his team believe their rivals had trashed the campus. Despite his attempt to get the team fired up, the plan backfired when an investigation revealed that it was an inside job, and the coach was arrested.

The Goo Goo Dolls are set to all over your TV this holiday season. The guys are performing at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC on the 28th and are also playing during the Hollywood Christmas Parade, which airs on the Hallmark Channel on December 11th. In between those parades, the Goos are performing on Live with Kelly and Michael on December 3rd.

Monty Python has announced plans to perform their first official stage show since the ‘80s. According to the BBC, the five surviving members, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin, are reuniting for a show that Jones said he hopes makes them "a lot of money," adding, "I hope to be able to pay off my mortgage." There's no word yet on specifics about the production but there are rumors it is just the beginning and that TV and/or film deals will follow. The guys have a press conference sceduled for tomorrow.

It's a Wonderful Life came out nearly 70 years ago and has been a holiday staple since, and now, a sequel is in the works. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the follow-up focuses on the descendants of George Bailey, the character famously portrayed by Jimmy Stewart. Karolyn Grimes, who played little Zuzu Bailey in the original, is expected to return as an angel who show's Bailey's unlikeable grandson how much better off the world would be with without him – an inverse of the original film's plot. The film is scheduled to come out during the holidays in 2015.

The all-clear was given yesterday at a Venice, Florida, park after it had been closed down due to what police initially said was a suspicious package. Investigators say the package was a GPS receiver that is used for the recreational activity known as geocaching.

Like nuggets of meat? Like pork? Like spicy? Then get ready to fly to China, 'cause McDonald's is giving that country Spicy Pork Nuggets. Will this new food creation be coming to our country? Time will tell, but if a billion Chinese fall in love with Spicy Pork Nuggets you can bet McD's will be importing them.

Tomorrow, the domain name MutualFunds.com is being offered for sale at a live auction event in New York City. The fact that fund.com sold for $10 million means MutualFunds.com could easily go for much more.

Business magazine Fast Company has released their annual list of North America's Smartest Cities. The rankings are calculated with the help of a scoring rubric that Fast Company calls the "Smart Cities Wheel" and factor six main components of a city's smartness: government, people, economy, mobility, and quality of life issues. Here is the complete list of top-10 cities:

1. Seattle
2. Boston (tie)
2. San Francisco (tie)
4. Washington D.C.
5. New York
6. Toronto
7. Vancouver
8. Portland
9. Chicago
10. Montreal

Trivia Answer: Richard Dawson who was born on this date in 1932. He was born as Colin Lionel Emm in England. At the age of 14, he ran away from home to join the Merchant Marines, where he pursued a boxing career. After his discharge, he pursued a comedy career, using the stage name "Dickie Dawson;" when he reached adulthood, he revised this to become "Richard Dawson" -- a name he would later officially legalize. Richard Dawson was the original host of the Family Feud game show from 1976–1985 on ABC and in syndication, and again in syndication from 1994 to 1995. In 2012, Dawson died of complications from esophageal cancer.

Tuesday 11.19.13
Today's Trivia: He's best known as Grizzly Adams. Who is he?

With Seattle's 41-20 victory over the Vikings Sunday, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson registered his 21st win since his NFL debut last season. The league record for most wins in a quarterback's first two years is 22 ... and the Hawks have five games remaining in the 2013 regular season. Now tied with Dolphins legend Dan Marino for the second-most wins in NFL history through a quarterback's first two seasons, Wilson still has plenty of chances to break (and surpass) the record. He is just one victory away from tying Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger, who holds the 22-win record. The 10-and-1 Seahawks have their bye this weekend, and return to the field December 2nd for a Monday Night Football matchup at CenturyLink Field with Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints. Seattle then faces the 49ers in San Francisco, the Giants in New York, the Arizona Cardinals in Seattle and the St. Louis Rams for the regular-season finale at home.

The Huskies are taking it slow with injured quarterback Keith Price. Price was hurt in last Friday's 41-31 loss against UCLA. He played in the first half against the Bruins, but he was in too much pain to take the second half snaps. X-rays on his shoulder were negative that night, and an MRI on Saturday revealed no structural damage. Coach Steve Sarkisian describes it as a "sore shoulder," and it's already getting better. Sarkisian said, "I don't count the guy out. The swelling is reducing rapidly. His movement is much better today than it was the last couple days." With that said, Price won't throw until Thursday. After practice that day, Sarkisian said the Huskies will make a decision on their starting quarterback and move forward. If Price isn't healthy enough to play, the starting job falls to Cyler Miles. The redshirt freshman has completed 21 of his 32 passes for 250 yards this season. He's thrown three touchdowns and two interceptions.

Washington State University has extended the contract of football coach Mike Leach for two years, ensuring he'll be at the helm through the 2018 season. That word yesterday from athletic director Bill Moos. Leach has led WSU to a 5-and-5 record in his second season, 3-and-4 in the Pac-12, as the Cougars prepare for Saturday's game against Utah in Pullman. That's the most wins for the Cougars at this point in the season since 2006. The Cougars are one win shy of qualifying for a bowl game. They have not played in the postseason since 2003. Leach was hired prior to the 2012 season and he signed a five-year contract that paid more than $2.2 million per year, plus incentives. He's the highest-paid coach in Washington State history. Details of the new contract were not immediately released.

Today is Learn When to Start Thawing the Turkey Day. You can use the USDA hotline at 800.535.4555, or the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line at 800.323.4848. You can also log on to butterball.com. Today is Have A Bad Day Day, for all the grouches who can't stand being told constantly to have a nice day. Today is National Carbonated Beverage with Caffeine Day. Not every Food Holiday is in recognition of foods or beverages that are necessarily good for you. National Carbonated Beverage with Caffeine Day acknowledges the importance Americans place on their sweetened, caffeinated soda pop.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address on a Civil War battlefield in Pennsylvania. In 1965, Kellogg introduced a new pastry called Pop Tarts. On this date in 1990, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences stripped Milli Vanilli of its 1989 Best New Artist Grammy because Rob Pilatus and Fabrice Morvan didn't actually sing on their debut album, Girl You Know It's True. It was the first time a Grammy Award was un-awarded. In 1996, Boating magazine announced the winners of its boat-name contest: Luna-Sea, Fishcally Irresponsible, Lady Go Diver, Fishin Impossible, and Wake, Rattle, & Troll. In 1997, Michael Hutchence arrived in Sydney to rehearse with INXS for their 20th anniversary tour. He was discovered dead in his hotel room three days later. In 2002, Michael Jackson dangled his son over the balcony of a Berlin hotel to the amazement of on looking fans some four stories below.

According to Variety, Saturday Night Live scored its best ratings since March thanks to Lady Gaga, who hosted and performed on the show over the weekend. It marks the highest performance of the show since Justin Timberlake was the host and musical guest on March 9th.

After rejecting his marriage proposal, 65-year-old Bruce Dusting sent his ex-girlfriend, Marie Lacombe, a bill for 200-thousand dollars. The couple started dating while Dusting was taking dance lessons from Lacombe and, according to NineMSN.com, Dusting spent 200-grand on things like shopping trips and medical bills for the woman. Lacombe is claiming that she worked as Dustings' unpaid office assistant while they were together and, apart from a 25-thousand dollar loan, he spent all of the money voluntarily. She said, "When he can sit down and give me my pay back, we'll do the difference."

In May of 2011, Steven Tyler released his first-ever solo song, (It) Feels So Good. Well, he's still working on his solo album and according to Blabbermouth.net, Tyler revealed in an interview that he's now "finishing up some songs" for it. The set is due out next year.

Katy Perry recently went on Twitter to announce that dates for her worldwide tour were coming soon. Yesterday, she announced things kick off on May 7th in Belfast, Ireland and so far they go until May 30th, when she plays in London. She says more dates will be announced soon.

It's been seven months since Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora pulled out of the band's Because We Can tour due to what he said was a "personal matter" and now, he is discussing his decision. The 54-year-old told The Today Show Australia that he had "no idea this was going to happen," but explained, "I just started spending time with my kid between [tour] legs, and my spirit wouldn't pull myself out the door. I just needed to be home." Richie went on to say, "I thought maybe we should have took more time between the last tour and this tour," adding that his decision was not over money. The good news is Richie hopes to rejoin the group in the future.

Trivia Answer: Dan Haggerty who turns 72 today. He was in the 1974 feature film The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams. From the film evolved the NBC television series which ran from 1977 to 1978. In The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams, one of Haggerty's co-stars was a 500-pound grizzly bear named Ben. The real-life Adams and his bear lived in the mid-1800s and accompanied each other through the trials and adventures of the western mountain wilderness. He's continued with a series of small roles. Recently, he appeared on the TV show American Pickers on the History Channel.

Monday 11.18.13
Today's Trivia: He's a retired left-handed baseball pitcher. At the time of his last game, he was the oldest player in the major leagues and had the most wins, losses, and strikeouts of any active Major League pitcher. He has pitched for the Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers, St. Louis Cardinals, Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Seattle Mariners and Philadelphia Phillies. He made the All-Star team in 2003, while with the Mariners. On April 17th of 2012, he became the oldest pitcher in MLB history to win a game. On May 16th of 2012, he broke his own winning-pitcher record and also set the record for the oldest major-league player to record an RBI. Who is he?

Marshawn Lynch ran for two touchdowns and caught a pass for a third, Russell Wilson tossed two scoring throws, and Percy Harvin electrified a CenturyLink Field crowd in his Seattle debut as the Seahawks rolled to a 41-20 swamping of the Minnesota Vikings Sunday. Seattle heads into its bye week 10-and-1, the franchise's best start and tops in the NFC. In winning their sixth in a row and a franchise-record 13th consecutive at home, the Seahawks snapped a 10-10 tie in the second quarter with a 28-3 run that gave Seattle its 17th win in 19 games. The home winning streak broke the mark set from 2004-06. Of more importance, the Seahawks took a 3.5-game lead in the NFC West as a consequence of San Francisco's 23-20 loss to the New Orleans Saints Sunday. The Seahawks remain the No. 1 playoff seed in the NFC. So the bye week is this week, then the Hawks return to action on Monday Night Football Dec. 2 against the New Orleans Saints at CenturyLink Field.

Today is Occult Day -- A day for witches, rituals, fairies and more, Occult Day celebrates a world of mystery and magic. Today is Married To A Scorpio Support Day. Today is Use Less Stuff Day. And today is William Tell Day as it was on this date in 1307 that William Tell shoots an apple off his son's head.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1956, Fats Domino appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show and sang Blueberry Hill. In 1963, the first push-button telephone went into service. In 1970, Jerry Lee Lewis divorced his wife (and cousin) Myra Brown. Brown married him 13-years earlier when she was only 14. She later said the couple spent only three nights alone during their years together. In 1988, the film Buster, which starred Genesis drummer Phil Collins as a British train robber, opened in the United States. In 1993, here in the United States, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was ratified by the House of Representatives. In 1995, The Rolling Stones became the first band ever to webcast one of their concerts over the Internet.

Thor: The Dark World hammered out another victory in its second weekend at box offices, overcoming a strong performance from Christmas-themed romantic comedy The Best Man Holiday. Thor hauled in $38.4 million in ticket sales. Best Man Holiday earned $30.6 million to take the No. 2 spot. Senior-citizen, buddy comedy Last Vegas finished third. Rounding out the Top Five, the animated Free Birds took the No. 4 spot, while comedy Bad Grandpa was fifth. Elsewhere, Catching Fire, opened big in Brazil with $6.3 million. The movie is set to open here in the United States, Canada and dozens of other countries on Friday.

February 9th of 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' US debut when they performed on The Ed Sullivan Show.  To celebrate the occasion, CBS is airing air a two-hour special called The Night the Changed America: A Grammy Salute to The Beatles. During the show, some of today's top artists are covering the songs performed by the Fab Four that memorable night in 1964, as well as other Beatles hits. It's also set to feature archival material. No word yet on who will is appearing on the special but it's coming up February 9th on CBS.

Thieves take note: Your days of stealing baby Jesus from your town's nativity scene are coming to an end. Makers of nativity scene characters say they're getting more requests each year for GPS-equipped baby Jesuses, Marys, Josephs, Three Wise Men and nativity animals.

The Duchess of Cambridge is sporting a new hairstyle which reveals a little gray. Out in London recently, Kate Middleton had her hair parted in the middle, with her gray hair clearly visible.

If he's seemed a bit more frisky to you more and more over the last month, there's a reason -- cold weather makes men frisky. Researchers asked 114 men to rate the attractiveness of women every three months. Peak arousal was between December and February. Researchers are blaming all the clothes we wear. Skin is rarely seen, so men go crazy when they see it.

Bon Jovi was the big winner at the tenth annual Billboard Touring Awards last week. The group's Because We Can trek won the Top Tour Award, which recognizes the top-grossing tour. But that's not all -- Bon Jovi also won the Top Draw Award, which acknowledges the top ticket-selling tour. Plus, they won the Eventful Fans' Choice Award, which is determined by fan demands at Eventful.com. While he couldn't make it to New York for the show, singer Jon Bon Jovi said in a pre-recorded video, "This is our 30th year in the business, and to still have number one tours and number one albums is a real treat and a blessing."

Adam Levine is rumored to be named People's Sexiest Man Alive for 2013. The Voice judge and Maroon 5 frontman has been in the Sexiest Man Alive issue before, but is now in the running to be the mag's top choice. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Levine was hesitant to dispel the rumors while on the red carpet at this year's Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, telling one reporter, "It would be an interesting idea…I know nothing." People is set to officially announce the list November 20th.

Everybody loves the holidays, until your family starts nagging you about your love life. Well if that's the case for you and you live near China, fear no more, Matthew Fan is here to save the day. The 27-year-old from Chongqing, China has started his own "rent a boyfriend" business for women who want to bring someone home to introduce to their family. According to UPI.com, he charges 131 dollars per day in mainland China and 246 bucks per day in Hong Kong, with a three-day minimum and a requirement that the client pays for his accommodations, meals, transportation and other expenses. The biggest plot twist in this story? Fan has a girlfriend who doesn't know about his "services." He says, "I only rent my time, not my body – you know what I mean."

Trivia Answer: Jamie Moyer who turns 51 today. Moyer is one of only 29 players in baseball history to have appeared in Major League games in four decades. After the retirement of Ken Griffey Jr. in early 2010, Moyer, along with Omar Vizquel, were the last two active players in MLB who played in the 1980s. They have both since retired. Jamie and Karen Moyer are philanthropists here in the Northwest with their work done through the Moyer Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping children in severe distress.

Friday 11.15.13
Today's Trivia: He's an actor and occasional producer and director. Among other roles, he's noted for his Academy Award-nominated portrayal of Sydney Schanberg in 1984's The Killing Fields, and his Golden Globe- and Screen Actors Guild Award-winning portrayal of Jack McCoy on Law & Order. He has starred in over eighty film and television productions during his forty-five year career. Who is he?

It was about this time of the season a year ago when the Seahawks took off. They were 4-4 entering a game against Minnesota on November 4th and won that one 30-20, the first of seven wins in eight games that propelled them into the playoffs. The Vikings' perennial all-pro Adrian Peterson ran for 182 yards, but QB Christian Ponder threw for 64 yards, operating for most of the game without Pearcy Harvin, whose ankle sprained in the game kept him out of the rest of the Vikings' season. Earlier in the game, Harvin caught a pass along the sideline on a wheel route and moved downfield. Rather than step out of bounds to avoid the hit, he collided nearly head-on and theatrically with Richard Sherman, knocking back both players. Says Sherm of his now teammate, "We talked about it a couple of times. He said that's just how he plays, and I was like, that's just how I play. It was a competitive moment. It was one of those moments where we're both competitors. He wanted to win and he thought he was going to run through. I wanted to win, and I wanted to get him down. I thought it was a great competitive moment for us. I'm glad he's on our team." Seahawks and Vikings at Century Link Sunday afternoon at 1:25.

Myles Jack knows everybody is wondering what he'll do for an encore. UCLA's freshman linebacker turned tailback isn't expecting to run wild when Washington visits the Rose Bowl tonight. He's just hoping to contribute to a win over his hometown team on the 13th-ranked Bruins' path back to the Pac-12 title game. Jack supplemented his growing defensive presence with a jaw-dropping, 120-yard rushing performance at Arizona last week. Even his teammates were surprised. Jack said, "I guess they didn't really know I played running back in high school." Washington coach Steve Sarkisian isn't surprised by anything Jack does: He recruited Jack heavily out of high school in Bellevue to play either running back or linebacker. Sark said, "He's definitely talented enough to do that." The Bruins likely will need all the offense they can get to take on the Huskies, who have scored 100 points in their last two games. Even if Jack doesn't take a handoff against Washington - and UCLA coach Jim Mora isn't tipping his hand - nobody will be surprised if a high-scoring contest breaks out between two teams still hoping for big finishes. UCLA controls its destiny for a third straight Pac-12 South title and a trip to the conference championship game, but Washington still has designs on an upper-tier bowl game in the fifth season under Sarkisian, who has a strong friendship with Mora. The Huskies and Bruins go at it tonight at 6 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

The WSU Cougars are also on the road this weekend. They take on the Arizona Wildcats at Tucson tomorrow morning at 11:00.

Despite speculation that Sounders coach Sigi Schmid might be shown the door after the team finished the season with only one win in its final 10 matches, majority owner Joe Roth Thursday announced that Schmid will return for a sixth season in 2014, citing Schmid's "resume and accomplishments." "Adrian Hanauer and I met to review all team aspects of the organization. After a thorough evaluation, there is no question that Sigi Schmid is the right man to lead our club," Roth said in a prepared statement.

Today is Record Your Cat Purring Day, so you can play the recording on his birthday after he's gone. Today is National Bundt Day, time to get out the old Bundt pans and get ready to bake for the holidays. Today is America Recycles Day. Today is National Sing in Your Car Day. Today is Don't Try to Do Everything at Once Day. Today is I Love to Write Day. Today is Clean Your Refrigerator Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1926, the National Broadcasting Company debuted on 24 US radio stations. The first broadcast was a four-hour NBC Spectacular. In 1956, Love Me Tender, starring Elvis Presley, opened in theaters nationwide. In 1965, The Rolling Stones did Get Off My Cloud on NBC-TV's Hullabaloo. In 1990, producer Frank Farian admitted that Fabrice Morvan and Rob Pilatus never sang a note on the Milli Vanilli album. The duo eventually returned their Best New Artist Grammy. In 2005, the town council voted in Clark, Texas, north of Dallas-Fort Worth, to change the community's name to DISH. In return the town would get 56 satellite dishes -- one for each home and another for town hall -- as EchoStar Communications hooked up every home in DISH to the Dish Network satellite TV system, worth an estimated $4,500 each. The deal would last ten years.

If you're planning on crossing the Cascade passes today, prepare for a challenging drive as heavy snow is on the way. As a potent storm drops into the Northwest today from the Gulf of Alaska, a Winter Storm Warning is in effect from this morning through tomorrow morning for all Cascade passes. Snow is developing this morning, and is expected to become heavy at times this afternoon -- even at Snoqualmie Pass -- where snowfall rates are expected to reach as high as an inch an hour. Overall snow totals are forecast to range between 12-18 inches by tomorrow morning, with maybe 2 feet of snow around Mt. Rainier. The snow will taper off as tomorrow morning progresses.

Congrats to Katy Perry. She has surpassed Justin Bieber to become the most popular person on Twitter. They're both over 46.5 million followers, but now Katy has more. Back in January, Bieber overtook Lady Gaga to win the number one followers spot.

Last year consumers spent an average of $786 on holiday gifts, but if the latest poll from Gallup is correct they'll be sitting on the wallets this year. Americans say they plan to spend an average of $704 on holiday giving this year. At the same time last year American consumers planned to spend $770 and ended up spending a bit more. Retailers can only hope that the pattern repeats itself this year.

A London-based company has recently started a service that will make Fridays even more awesome than they already are - a beer subscription service that sends craft beers from London breweries right to your work desk every Friday.

Trivia Answer: Samuel Atkinson Waterston -- Sam Waterston -- who turns 73 today. Waterston has appeared in a recurring segment on The Colbert Report, called "Sam Waterston Says Things You Should Never Believe In A Trustworthy Manner." The segments usually involve Waterston simply stating an obviously untrue quote ... in a very convincing voice. On January 7th of 2010, Waterston received the 2,397th Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Thursday 11.14.13
Today's Trivia: He's a retired NBA basketball center. He was known for his distinctive curly, blonde hair in his playing days. He was drafted eighth overall in 1977 by the Seattle SuperSonics, and was named to the NBA All-Rookie Team. Among his notable career achievements are his seven All-Star Game selections (from 1979 to 1985) and his championship ring won with the 1978–1979 Sonics. Who is he?

It almost seems unfair to the rest of the league that the best team in the NFC might be the closest it's been to being fully healthy all season going into Week 11. The Seattle Seahawks are just fine with the possibility that offensive linemen Max Unger, Russell Okung, Breno Giacomini, defensive end Red Bryant and wide receiver Percy Harvin will all be on the field Sunday when they host Minnesota. They're five important pieces the Seahawks were counting on being major contributors throughout the season. And it makes their 9-and-1 record missing those five for part or all their season more impressive. There are still questions about whether all five will play on Sunday, most notably Harvin who was a limited participant in practice yesterday. There was another concerning addition to the Seahawks lengthy injury report yesterday with cornerback Richard Sherman sitting out with a listed hip injury, coupled with what coach Pete Carroll has already called a "significant" groin injury suffered by Brandon Browner. Hawks-Vikings at the Clink Sunday afternoon at 1:25.

It's a road weekend for the Huskies and Cougars. The Huskies get it going tomorrow night at 6 when they face the UCLA Bruins at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. The Cougars then take on the Arizona Wildcats Saturday morning at 11:00 in Tucson.

Though he didn't win the A.L. Cy Young Award yesterday, Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma was grateful to have even been nominated for the league's highest pitching honor. Kuma was one of three finalists for the American League award, which was given to Max Scherzer of the Detroit Tigers. Yu Darvish of Texas Rangers was the other A.L. finalist. In the National League, Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers beat out St. Louis' Adam Wainright and Miami's Jose Fernandez for the N.L. Cy Young. Two Mariners pitchers have won Cy Young Awards since the team's inception in 1977. Randy Johnson won it as a member of the M's in 1995, when he helped lead the ballclub to its first-ever postseason appearance. And Felix Hernandez took home the A.L.'s top pitching award in 2010, when he led all of baseball with a 2.27 ERA despite a record of 13-12 thanks to Seattle's perennially struggling offense. Kuma, by the way, is expected to continue dominating next season, after the M's gave him a two-year contract extension earlier this month.

With his penchant for poetry, Todd Christensen never fit the Oaklans Raiders' renegade mold. But that didn't keep him from becoming one of the team's best all-time tight ends. A five-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time Super Bowl winner, Christensen died yesterday from complications during liver transplant surgery. Christensen's son said his father died at Intermountain Medical Center near his home in Alpine, Utah. He had been waiting for 10 months for a donor liver. Todd Christensen was 57.

Today is Leftovers Trading Day, a day to swap everything in your refrigerator to a friend for everything in their refrigerator. It sets up tomorrow which is National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day. Today is Loosen Up, Lighten Up Day, a time to remind everyone of the benefits of joy and laughter.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1980, Martin Scorsese's film Raging Bull opened in the US It starred Robert DeNiro as boxer Jake LaMotta. In In 1987, Cher's appearance on David Letterman's show was interrupted by Sonny Bono's surprise entrance. Dave cajoled the duo into singing I Got You Babe one more time. In 1988, a survey revealed that 55% of the nation's newspapers did not support either candidate in the Bush-Dukakis presidential race. In 1995, Crayola announced it was replacing its food-scented crayons with new scents parents could be sure their children wouldn't want to eat. Responding to parental complaints, Crayola replaced such scents as Chocolate, Bubble Gum, and Cherry with Dirt, Shampoo, and Cedar Chest. In 1995, a survey reported in George magazine indicated 75% of Americans believed the US government was involved in conspiracies; 50% believed there was life on other planets; 70% believed in angels; and 10% believed Elvis was still alive.

Sony's PlayStation 4 comes out tomorrow, though many stores will have it on sale at midnight tonight.

Lorde must be feeling like a queen. Her song, Royals, remains on top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the seventh week in a row.

Daytime soap All My Children may have finally reached the end of its run. The iconic drama, which moved from television to the Internet after ABC canceled it, won't return for a second online season. Debbi Morgan, who played Dr. Angie Hubbard, revealed the news when a fan asked her via Twitter if rumors of the show's demise were true. The actress responded, "So sorry to say, Kristin...but yes it is." The show aired on ABC for 41 years.

Katy Perry, Jennifer Lopez and TLC are all performing at the 2013 American Music Awards. They join previously announced performers Luke Bryan, Miley Cyrus, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Gaga,

Ke$ha, Imagine Dragons, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, One Direction, Justin Timberlake and this year's host, Pitbull. Perry is opening this year's show with Unconditionally, while TLC is performing with a special unannounced guest. The show beams out live from the Nokia Theater at L-A Live on Sunday, November 24th.

The highly anticipated film 50 Shades of Grey was slated to come out August 1st of next year, but due to Charlie Hannum dropping out of the project and being replaced by Jamie Doran, the date has been pushed back. Production for the film has moved to December. The flick will now hit theaters on February 13th of 2015, just in time for Valentine's Day… how romantic.

No wonder we feel full after Thanksgiving dinner. A recent study estimates the typical Thanksgiving meal contains a whopping 7,100 calories.

Want to have a few drinks after work but are worried about feeling hung over the next day? Well' much like the idea of e-cigarettes, scientists are developing alcohol substitutes that have all the benefits of real alcohol without damaging our livers, hearts, and brains. Alcohol targets the Gaba Function of the brain, which keeps the brain calm, and scientists are developing substances that have the same effects on the region without the harmful side effects. Researcher David Nutt claims that he has tested the substances on himself with much success and that the substances would be addiction-free and help curb alcohol-fueled aggression. And the best part? There is an antidote to help drinkers sober up in minutes.

Ever felt like your wife loves the dog more than she loves you? You might be on to something. A recent study by a British animal charity Brooke has found that one in ten women love their pets more than their partner. Other findings in the study included that a third of women admitting they "felt the same way about their pet as they did their husband or boyfriend" and 38 percent would have a heated custody battle for the pet if the couple ever split. A spokesperson for the organization joked to the UK's Telegraph, "Pets can't answer back with sarcastic comments or moan about the state of the house so it's easy to have a blissful relationship with a pet, which can't always been said of human relationships." Amen to that.

Trivia Answer: Jack Sikma who turns 58 today. Sikma got that championship ring playing with folks such as Dennis Johnson, Gus Williams and an aging Paul Silas. Sikma always averaged double figures in points-per-game throughout his career, and after his stint with the Sonics, he maintained consistent numbers while playing with the Milwaukee Bucks in his final five seasons. For his career, Sikma scored 17,287 points and grabbed 10,816 rebounds. Sikma later served as an assistant coach with the SuperSonics. In June 2007 Sikma was hired by the Houston Rockets as an assistant coach to head coach, Rick Adelman. Among his duties were to tutor center, Yao Ming, in "big man" playing strategies. On December 6, 2011 he was signed as an assistant coach by the Minnesota Timberwolves, again under Adelman.

Wednesday 11.13.13
Today's Trivia: He's known as a television producer. He worked on radio shows in the 1940s, and created the television series Gilligan's Island on CBS and The Brady Bunch on ABC. On March 7th of 2008, still active in his 90s, he was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Who is he?

The Kansas City Chiefs have a chance to prove they belong atop the AP Pro32 power rankings when they face the Denver Broncos on Sunday. The unbeaten Chiefs barely held onto the top spot yesterday in voting by a 12-member media panel that regularly covers the league. Kansas City, off last week, earned 374 points and five first-place votes, while the second-place Seahawks had 373 points and five No. 1 votes. The Broncos were third with 369 points and two first-place votes. The Patriots were fourth in the tightly bunched AP Pro32 with 341 points, followed by the Saints with 340. The Panthers, Lions, Colts, 49ers and Bengals rounded out the top 10. The Seahawks are hosting the Minnesota Vikings Sunday afternoon.

The Huskies and the Cougars are both on the road this weekend. Friday, the Huskies are at UCLA, Then Saturday, the Cougars are at Arizona.

Today is World Kindness Day, a day that encourages us to be kind to others, helping to create a nicer, better world. Today is National Indian Pudding Day. It's Sadie Hawkins Day. Here's a holiday that originated from a cartoon. It all began in Al Capp's Lil Abner Cartoon in the 1930's. In the cartoon series, the mayor of Dogpatch was desperate to marry off his ugly daughter. So he created Sadie Hawkin's Day. On this day, a race is held and all the single men were given a short head start. Then, all the single women, including the mayor's daughter, chased the boys. If a girl catches her man, he had to marry her. Sadie Hawkins Day races and events grew in popularity during the course of Al Capp's long running cartoon. This cartoon-made holiday largely died out after 40 years when the cartoon was discontinued. It can occasionally be seen celebrated on college campuses. Today is National Reread Old Letters or Magazines Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1789, in a letter to a friend, Benjamin Franklin wrote, "In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." In 1940, Walt Disney released the movie Fantasia, and it bombed. In 1967, he released it again, and it was a hit. In 1952, the first press-on fingernails were sold in the US. In 1998, Warner Brothers released The Wizard of Oz on the big screen 59 years after its original release. In 2003, Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore was thrown off the bench by a judicial ethics panel for having "placed himself above the law." He had refused to remove his granite Ten Commandments monument from the state courthouse.

After returning the 850 dollars he found on his daily walk, Good Samaritan and homeless man James Brady was forced to pay a price for his good deed. When no one claimed the sum of cash, the police returned the 850 bucks to Brady, who was homeless at the time. Though the cash was able to help him find housing and get treatment for his depression, the Human Services Department in New Jersey revoked his benefits checks because he failed to report the lump-sum as income. According to NorthJersey.com, Brady, who claims he was unaware of the rule, is working to fight the system with the help of the Bergen County community, who has set up a fund to help him along the way.

The original came out before she was born but Lorde takes on Everybody Wants to Rule the World -- the 1985 hit by Tears for Fears for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which hits theaters on November 22nd. Her rendition of the song is much darker and slower than the original, which fits perfectly for the movie.

You can learn a lot from just listening to Bruce Springsteen's music, and one college in The Boss' home state of New Jersey is so sure of it that they have designed a class around Springsteen's songs. It's called The Theology of Springsteen and is being taught as a freshman seminar at Rutgers University. The class' professor said on Rutgers' website, "Theologically, I would say the most dominant motifs are redemption – crossing the desert and entering the Promised Land -- and the sanctity of everyday. Springsteen tries to drag the power of religious symbols that are usually relegated to some transcendent reality into our lived worlds." The class covers Bruce's entire discography. Learn more at News.Rutgers.edu.

Some pretty weird stuff happens on subways, but "teens riding a stolen llama" is probably the weirdest. After leaving a club a little too intoxicated, a few French teens happened to find a circus that was closed down for the night and took a friendly llama named Serge for a ride on the subway. The teens were later arrested after passengers reported the llama to the police. The llama was returned safely, but the circus has filed a complaint for the chaos because a zebra was also let loose in the process.

A designer from India has come up with an eco-friendly use for a pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses. She has managed to equip the Ray-Ban's temples with a solar panel, allowing it to harness energy in the day so it can be detached and used to charge your iPhone when the sun goes down.

Trivia Answer: Sherwood Charles Schwartz who was born on this date in 1916. His entertainment career came "by accident". He relocated from New York to southern California to pursue a master of science degree in biology. In need of employment, he began writing jokes for Bob Hope's radio program. Schwartz recalled that Hope "liked my jokes, used them on his show and got big laughs. Then he asked me to join his writing staff. I was faced with a major decision -- writing comedy or starving to death while I cured those diseases. I made a quick career change." Schwartz went on to create and produce Gilligan's Island, starring Bob Denver, Alan Hale, and Dawn Wells; and The Brady Bunch with Florence Henderson and Robert Reed. He wrote or co-wrote the theme songs for Gilligan's Island and The Brady Bunch. In 1988 Schwartz appeared on The Late Show with Ross Shafer for a Gilligan's Island reunion, along with all seven castaways from Gilligan's Island. This was the last time they were all together on television; castaways Jim Backus, Natalie Schafer, Bob Denver, and Alan Hale, Jr. have since died. Schwartz himself died on On July 12th of 2011. He died peacefully in his sleep of natural causes. .

Tuesday 11.12.13
Today's Trivia: This sportscaster worked for three decades (1977 – 2006) with ABC Sports. Now employed by NBC Sports, he is perhaps best known for his many years of calling play-by-play of National Football League games, including nearly two decades with Monday Night Football. He's also known for famous calls in other sports, including the Miracle on Ice at the 1980 Winter Olympics and the earthquake-interrupted Game 3 of the 1989 World Series. Who is he?

The Seattle Seahawks have added wide receiver Percy Harvin to the 53-man roster. Yesterday's move was expected as Seattle had to add Harvin to the active roster or he would have to remain on the physically unable to perform list for the remainder of the season. Coach Pete Carroll said Harvin is expected to practice this week, meaning his Seahawks debut could come Sunday against Minnesota. If he's not ready, Harvin could be inactive on game day and his debut could come after the Seahawks' bye week when Seattle hosts New Orleans on December 2nd. Seattle released defensive tackle Michael Brooks to clear a roster spot for Harvin. Pete Carroll also said starting Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner could be out for "quite a while." Browner injured his groin during Sunday's 33-10 victory in Atlanta. Carroll said, "Browner's hurt. He's going to be down for a bit. We don't know how extensive it is, but it could be quite a while."

Coming off a 59-7 win over the Colorado Buffaloes on Saturday, it's a quick turnaround for the Washington Huskies. The Dawgs are operating on a short schedule with a Friday night matchup at No. 13 UCLA.

The Washington State Cougars are coming off their bye week. They're back on the road Saturday facing the Wildcats at Arizona.

Seattle Sounders general manager Adrian Hanauer said Monday the club is not ready to make a decision on the future of coach Sigi Schmid after some high-profile moves failed to yield anything beyond another early playoff exit. Hanauer spoke at length on a conference call just a few days after the Sounders season ended with a loss against rival Portland in the MLS Western Conference semifinals. Hanauer said he expects to sit down with Schmid and majority owner Joe Roth later this week to start discussions about whether to move forward with the only coach in the club's MLS history, or if there will be a change.

New Seattle Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon has made the first addition to his coaching staff by hiring Trent Jewett as his bench coach. The Mariners announced the hiring yesterday. Jewett has spent the last three seasons on the coaching staff of the Washington Nationals. Prior to joining the Nationals organization, the 49-year-old Jewett spent his entire baseball career as a player and coach with the Pirates organization. He was the third base coach for the Pirates during the 2001 and 2002 seasons when McClendon was Pittsburgh's manager.

Kendrys Morales has turned down a $14.1 million offer to play another year for the Mariners. In all fairness, all 13 free agents who received qualifying offers from their former teams tunred them down. That group includes Jacoby Ellsbury, Mike Napoli and Stephen Drew of the World Series champion Boston Red Sox; and Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson and Hiroki Kuroda of the New York Yankees. It also includes Atlanta's Brian McCann, Cincinnati's Shin-Soo Choo, Cleveland's Ubaldo Jimenez, Kansas City's Ervin Santana, St. Louis' Carlos Beltran, and Texas' Nelson Cruz. If a player who turned down the offer signs with a new team, his former club would receive an extra amateur draft pick at the end of the first round next June. All 22 players given qualifying offers have said no during two offseasons under the new system.

It's predicted there will be over 3,000 weddings in the US today ... on a Tuesday. Why? Because today is November 12th, 2013, or 11/12/13. Today is National Pizza With the Works Except Anchovies Day. Today is A&W Rootbeer Mug Day, a day to see if you can frost your mug like A&W always did it. Today is National Chicken Soup for the Soul Day. It's a celebration about you. According to the creators of the book series of the same name, Chicken Soup for the Soul Day was created as ".... a celebration of who you are, where you've been, where you're going, and who you will be thankful to when you get there!"

Calendar notes: On this date in 1934, according to Kentucky legend, the cheeseburger was born at Kaelin's Tavern in Louisville. In 1946, the first drive-in bank opened at the Exchange National Bank in Chicago. It had 10 teller windows with slide-out drawers. In 1955, despite high winds and a temperature of zero, the Washington State-San Jose State football game was played on schedule in Pullman, Washington. Total paid attendance was one. In 1972, Don Shula, coach of the Miami Dolphins, became the first NFL head coach to win 100 regular season games in 10 seasons. In 1990, the Internal Revenue Service seized holdings in six states to satisfy a $6.5 million tax judgment against singer Willie Nelson. In 1998, traffic chaos erupted on US 54 in Wichita when $50-thousand in one-dollar bills began flying out of an armored car. Police said several accidents resulted and, though many motorists willingly turned the cash over to police, others had to be encouraged. In 1999, Eddie Van Halen announced he was undergoing hip replacement. In 2003, Phil Collins revealed that he had lost nearly 60 percent of his hearing in his left ear.

Blockbuster has tweeted that the last video it rented was Seth Rogen's This is the End. Except it wasn't. Dozens of Blockbuster stores aren't closing -- so don't be surprised if you spot one while traveling through Texas or Alaska one day. Stories that all Blockbuster stores are closing are incorrect.

Spike Lee is being sued by the McClains, an elderly Floridian couple. According to TMZ, the director was angry over George Zimmerman's shooting of Trayvon Martin so he tweeted an address he thought was Zimmerman's, but it turned out it was the McClains. They're suing, accusing Spike of carelessly putting up the address online just days after the shooting, having it retweeted and spread. Because of it, the McClains received numerous death threats and hate mail and feared for their lives.

NBC has green-lit a reboot of the series Murder, She Wrote, and original star Angela Lansbury is against it. The Tony winner told the Associated Press, "It's a mistake." She went on to say that she is a fan of Octavia Spencer, who is set to star in the new version, but added, "I wish her well, but I wish it wasn't in Murder, She Wrote." No word yet when the reboot premieres.

Claiming that customers demand being able to get away from their families and shop earlier, Best Buy will now open at 6 Thanksgiving evening. A Best Buy spokeswoman says: "Last year customers clearly showed that they wanted to be out shopping much earlier on Thanksgiving."

Do you hate it when stores start putting out Christmas decorations too early? Well, stay away from Venezuela. President Nicholas Maduro has declared that Christmas begins now and continues until December 25th. Maduro has already decorated his palace with lights and Nativity scenes and is overseeing the early sale of holiday foods and items. The President shared with Lnacion.com, "We wanted to declare the arrival of Christmas because we want happiness for everyone." However, some of his critics are saying he is just looking to gain votes for their upcoming December elections.

Trivia Answer: Alan Richard Michaels -- Al Michaels -- who turns 69 today. He's won numerous awards during his career, including the Emmy Award for Outstanding Sports Personality (Play-by-Play Host) five times, the NSSA Award from the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association three times (he was also inducted into their Hall of Fame in 1998), and Sportscaster of the Year once each from the American Sportscasters Association and the Washington Journalism Review. In October 2004, Michaels was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Monday 11.11.13
Today's Trivia: After minor roles in film and a role in the soap opera General Hospital, this actress established her career in films such as St. Elmo's Fire in 1985, and in the early 1990s, became one of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood with her successes in Ghost in 1990, A Few Good Men in 1992, Indecent Proposal in 1993, and Disclosure in 1994. Who is she?

Today is Veterans Day. Make a point of thanking a veteran ... or two or five or ten.

JFK said it, "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."

These were the Seattle Seahawks we thought they were. Despite injuries to the offensive line and the loss of CB Brandon Browner (strained groin), the Seahawks yesterday put together their most comprehensive beat-down of the season dispatching the Atlanta Falcons 33 to 10 moving their record to 9--and-1. Using the hammer of Marshawn Lynch to pulverize the home-standing Falcons as well as doubts from the season's first half. While the much-wounded Falcons are a shadow of the team that beat the Seahawks in the playoffs last year, Seattle was unable to bury the previous two opponents of similarly modest accomplishments. With 490 yards of total offense that included 145 rushing yards from Lynch -- the Falcons had 226 yards for the game --  the Seahawks were in total control. The Hawks host the Minnesota Vikings next Sunday afternoon.

If you're keeping track (and quite frankly, who isn't), the San Francisco 49ers lost yesterday The Carolina Panthers beat them 10-9.

Keith Price threw for two touchdowns and ran for one as part of a huge first half where Washington racked up nearly 500 yards on offense, and the Huskies routed Colorado 59-7 Saturday to become bowl eligible for the fourth straight season. Washington's 59 points were the fifth most since 1945. They finished with 628 total yards, the fourth time this season topping 600 and did not attempt a pass in the second half. The Dawgs are back in action Saturday at UCLA. The Cougars had a bye over the weekend. They're back in action Saturday, as well, when they travel to Arizona.

Today is Veterans Day here in the US. It's Remembrance Day in Canada. This is National Hug a Veteran Week. Today is Washington Admission Day. Washington became the 42nd US state on this date in 1889.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1918, at 5:00 in the morning, French Army clerk Henri Deledicq finished typing the peace treaty that would end World War I. He had put the carbon paper in backwards. Ten minutes later, in a railroad car in France, military leaders signed copies of an armistice that were completely unreadable. In 1940, Willys Motors introduced the first Jeep. The name came from the initials "GP" in "General Purpose" vehicle. In 1992, Harry Cunningham died in North Palm Beach, Florida, at the age of 85. In 1962 in Garden City, Michigan, as president of S.S. Kresge Company, he opened the first Kmart store.

Superheroes continue to defeat their foes at the box office. Disney's Thor: The Dark World, earning $86.1 million, dominated the weekend box office as it opened domestically at No. 1. Starring Chris Hemsworth, the Marvel superhero sequel earned $109.4 million when it opened internationally last weekend and brought in $180.1 million globally. Overall, it has grossed $327 million worldwide. The hidden-camera comedy Bad Grandpa held the second-place slot at the box office for the second weekend in a row. The 3-D animated kiddie flick Free Birds, soared into third place. Last Vegas, featuring an all-star cast including Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline, took fourth place, Last weekend's box office champ, the sci-fi Ender's Game, starring Harrison Ford dropped to fifth place in its second weekend.

Lorde's debut single, Royals, remains on top of the Billboard Hot 100 for a sixth straight week and has sold over 3.1-million copies to date. Lorde just turned 17 years old. She was born Ella Maria Lanie Yelick-O'Connor on November 7th of 1996 in Devonport, New Zealand.

Alanis Morrissette's 1995 hit album, Jagged Little Pill, is headed to Broadway in 2014. The record has been adapted into a musical that includes all the original songs plus some new tunes. Two-time Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winner Tom Kitt has signed on to do the arrangements and the orchestrations. Like the album, the musical will be called Jagged Little Pill.

Heart is getting into the Yuletide spirit a little early. They're releasing a pair of Christmas singles tomorrow. The tracks are Ann Wilson s version of Please Come Home for Christmas with Aaron Neville, and Nancy Wilson along with Richard Marx, doing a traditional Welsh folksong called All Through the Night. The set is available as a double A-sided digital single tomorrow. Learn more at Heart-Music.com.

Olympic swimming gold medalist Ryan Lochte injured his knee in an accident involving an excited fan. A teenage girl saw the athlete while he was staying in Florida and jumped at him. He caught her but in the process, they both fell down. While the fan was unharmed, Lochte hit the curb, injuring his left knee. Unfortunately, the injury caused the athlete to have to take a break from training and competing. He's resting and hoping to make a speedy recovery so he can get back to training.

Trivia Answer: Demi Moore who turns 51 today. She was born Demi Gene Guynes in Roswell, New Mexico. During the early 1990s, she was the highest paid actress in Hollywood. In 1980, at the age of 18, she married singer Freddy Moore, who is 12 years her senior. The marriage lasted for four years. That's where the name Demi Moore came from .In 1987, Moore met and married actor Bruce Willis. They had three daughters together: Rumer Glenn Willis (born August 16, 1988), Scout LaRue Willis (born July 20, 1991), and Tallulah Belle Willis (born February 3, 1994).[16] Moore and Willis divorced in 2000. In 2005, Moore wed actor Ashton Kutcher -- 15 years her junior -- after dating for two years. Moore legally changed her last name to Kutcher two years after marrying Kutcher. However, she continued and continues to use Moore in her professional life. In November of 2011, after months of media speculation about the state of the couple's marriage, Moore announced her decision to end her marriage to Kutcher. After over a year of separation, Kutcher filed for divorce from Moore on December 21st of 2012 in Los Angeles Superior Court, citing irreconcilable differences. Moore filed her response papers in March of 2013, requesting spousal support and payment of legal fees from Kutcher. Demi's and Ashton's divorce was finalized last week.

Friday 11.8.13
Today's Trivia: On this date in 1969, National Educational Television debuted this program which is now the longest running children's program on American television. What is the program?

The Portland Timbers held off the late-charging Seattle Sounders 3-2 last night to advance to Major League Soccer's Western Conference finals. The Timbers, who won the semifinal series against the rival Sounders 5-3 on aggregate, face Real Salt Lake in the first of the two-leg conference final on Sunday in Salt Lake. RSL defeated the two-time defending MLS Cup champion Los Angeles Galaxy 2-0 last night to win the series 2-1 on aggregate.

Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas doesn't cry often, but he shed tears after last seasons playoff loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Thomas said, "That's the most hurt I've been since I started playing football. I was hurt. I was drained. You never want to feel like that again." Thomas was exhausted for a reason: Seattle and Atlanta fought hard in the divisional playoffs on January 13th in Atlanta. The Falcons jolted out to a 20-0 halftime lead, but the Seahawks rallied for the go-ahead touchdown with 31 seconds to play. That Seattle advantage didn't last long though, because Atlanta drove right back down the field and kicked the game-winning field goal with 8 seconds left. Atlanta advanced to the NFC Championship with a 30-28 victory, while the Seahawks' title hopes were crushed. Thomas said, "We were so close. We fought back so hard. I've been using that (for motivation) all season long." Thomas and the Seahawks now head back to Atlanta with revenge on their minds. Seattle squares off against the Falcons on Sunday inside the Georgia Dome -- the same building where the Seahawks' season ended just 10 months ago. Kick-off is Sunday morning at 10:00.

The Washington Huskies are coming off a bye week. They host the Colorado Buffaloes tomorrow night at 5 at Husky Stadium.

The Washington State Cougars are enjoying their bye this week. They're back in action next Saturday when they're at Arizona.

Today is Cook Something Bold and Pungent Day, sponsors suggest using lots of cabbage and garlic. Today is National Parents as Teachers Day, a reminder that parents are the primary teachers of children ages birth to five, the most important learning period of a person's life. Today is Abet and Aid Punsters Day, a day to laugh at instead of groan at dreadful puns.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1913, Indiana's Clair Scott kicked football's worst punt. With the ball on the 3-yard-line, Scott punted from his own end zone. The wind caught the ball and carried it back into the end zone, where an Iowa player caught it for a touchdown. In 1991, Philippe's sandwich shop in Los Angeles, which had served a 10-cent cup of coffee since 1978, was forced to raise the price to 11 cents because of a new state snack tax. In 1995, the Swedish news service reported that members of the nation's anti-terrorist police force were resigning because there was no terrorism in Sweden and the job was boring. In 1995, Michael Jackson sold the ATV music catalog to Sony for $95-million. It included rights to most of the Beatles songs.

Kmart has a few disgruntled employees and customers over news that they're planning to stay open 41 hours straight beginning on Thanksgiving Day. The store's Black Friday hours begin at 6AM on Thanksgiving and run through Friday. Some customers tell CNN they're boycotting the chain this year. In past years, Kmart released employees at 4 PM to spend time with their families. On Kmart's Facebook page, people are calling the company "greedy," "heartless" and "morally bankrupt." MSN reports company execs claim the decision was based on customers' requests for more flexible holiday hours.

Facebook has made yet another drastic change to its design. If you want to "Like" a page or a post, don't look for that thumbs-up button anymore. The website has opted for a simpler design: the Facebook "F" logo followed by the word "Like." The button was redesigned to be consistent with the site's "Share" button. The change, which, according to DigitalSpy.com, took over six months to approve, begins rolling out over the upcoming weeks.

Katy Perry and John Mayer are getting closer and closer getting engaged. Sources tell E! News that their engagement is "inevitable" and that they are "very serious" about each other. Katy recently chatted with W magazine, saying she loved the status of being married, speaking of her previous marriage to Russell Brand, and that she is very happy to be dating John Mayer now.

Good news for American Horror Story fans. FX has announced that the series has been renewed for a fourth season. The current season, AHS: Coven, is wrapping up on January 29th, and the follow-up to Coven is slated to begin in late 2014. The show's supreme witch, Jessica Lange, has revealed that the newly announced season will be her final one. She's retiring from acting after that. No other cast information about the fourth season has been announced.

Disney has announced that the next Star Wars movie, Episode VII, is premiering December 18, 2015. It's the sequel to 1983's "Return of the Jedi" and continues the tale of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, and the rest of the gang. According to Variety, the film marks the return of Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill to their famed roles in the franchise.

Last month we talked about a 24,000 piece jigsaw puzzle -- a world record holder -- that you can actaully own. But if that isn't challenging enough for you, now there's a 32,000 piece jigsaw puzzle. This puzzle is a whopping seventeen-foot-long and weighs 42 pounds. And it's only $194.

Trivia Answer: Sesame Street. National Educational Television was an American educational television network in the USA from 1952 to 1970. It was replaced on October 5th of 1970 by the Public Broadcasting Service. Sesame Street is a pioneer of the contemporary educational television standard, combining both education and entertainment. Sesame Street is well known for its Muppet characters created by Jim Henson. The show is produced by the non-profit organization Sesame Workshop, formerly known as the Children's Television Workshop. By its 40th anniversary in 2009, Sesame Street was the fifteenth-highest rated children's television show in the United States. A 1996 survey found that 95% of all American preschoolers had watched the show by the time they were three years old. In 2008, it was estimated that 77 million Americans had watched the series as children. As of 2009, Sesame Street has won eight Grammy Awards and 118 Emmy Awards -- more than any other children's show.

Thursday 11.7.13
Today's Trivia: The original opened on July 1st of 1940. Four months later, it dramatically collapsed into Puget Sound during a windstorm. Its replacement was opened in the same location in 1950. What is it?

Do or die for the Sounders tonight. Tonight is the second leg of the Western Conference semifinals. It comes down to this: A one-goal win would force overtime. A victory by two goals or more would advance Seattle to the Western Conference finals against the LA Galaxy or Real Salt Lake. A draw or a loss eliminates the Sounders and ends their 2013 season. The Sounders are in Portland taking on the Timbers tonight at 8:00.

Seattle Seahawks center Max Unger and defensive end Red Bryant did not participate in practice yesterday as each went through the mandated concussion protocol after being injured last week against Tampa Bay. Seattle coach Pete Carroll said it was too early to determine the status of either player for Sunday's game at Atlanta. Unger has already missed two games earlier this season with an arm injury. Carroll said, "Every day is a new day on this thing. We'll see if they can make it back. Both of them are really determined to do it if possible, but we got to do this right." The return of wide receiver Percy Harvin after hip surgery also remains unknown, although Carroll said yesterday he's confident Harvin will play this season. Harvin must be added to the active roster by next Tuesday or he would have to spend the rest of the season on the physically unable to perform list. Carroll said, "I think it's just a matter of time." Seahawks-Falcons in the Georgia Dome Sunday morning.

UW is back in action this weekend following their bye. The Huskies are hosting Colorado Saturday night at 5:00. The WSU Cougars, meanwhile, are enjoying their bye this weekend. They're back in action on the 16th when they are at Arizona.

Today is Republican Elephant Day, marking the debut of a cartoon elephant to represent the Republican Party on this date in 1874 in Harper's Weekly. Today is International Tongue Twister Day in Burlington, Wisconsin. Today is National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day. Today is 4 Term Day, marking election day in 1944 when Franklin Roosevelt became the first and only person elected to a 4th term as US president. President Roosevelt died only 53 days into his 4th term, and Vice-President Harry Truman assumed the Presidency.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1960, James Brett Jr. underwent successful hip surgery in Houston. He was 111 years old, the oldest surgical patient on record. In 1965, the Pillsbury Dough Boy debuted in television commercials. In 1988, John Fogerty was victorious in the court case brought against him by Fantasy Records. The label, which owned his recordings with Creedence Clearwater Revival, alleged he plagiarized his own Run Through the Jungle on his 1985 hit The Old Man Down the Road. In 1973, New Jersey became the first US state to allow girls to play on Little League baseball teams. In 1991, Magic Johnson announced he had tested positive for the HIV virus and would retire from pro basketball. In 2000, Hillary Rodham Clinton became the first president's wife to win public office. The state of New York elected her to the US Senate. In 2002, Guns N' Roses fans up in Vancouver rioted after Axl Rose failed to show for the opening date on the group's comeback tour. A band spokesperson said Rose's plane was grounded in Los Angeles due to bad weather.

The healthcare websites aren't the only ones having issues. Walmart suffered a problem with its website yesterday that accidentally priced expensive items like computer monitors and televisions for a few dollars. Items that were put on sale by the website glitch included $600 treadmills priced at $33, $2,000 televisions priced for a couple hundred and $60 video games for $18. So Walmart, giant retailer that it is, is honoring those prices, right? Ha. They're canceling the orders, refunding money, and giving people $10 gift cards instead.

If you think Lady Gaga has done it all, think again. Gags is set to blast off into space in 2015, where she is giving a special performance. Gaga is part of the Zero G Colony Tech Festival, which sees her taking off in a Virgin Galactic ship and performing one of her songs. Although the performance is just a little over a year away, she has started vocal training because of the atmosphere.

Lenny Kravitz has been busy at work, but it's not music he's been doing – it's acting. The musician recently appeared in The Butler, he is set to return to the Hunger Games franchise in the upcoming sequel, Catching Fire, and if that wasn't enough, he just landed the lead role in the upcoming drama Little Rootie Tootie. Oscar-winning actor Christoper Walken will play Kravitz's dad in the flick. The movie will start shooting in New York City early next year.

The nominees for the 2014 People's Choice Awards have been announced. In the television category, the hit show Glee leads the pack with eight nominations. In movies, Sandra Bullock has the most nominations with five, matching Katy Perry, who leads the music nominations. To vote for your favorite acts, head to PeoplesChoice.com and then watch CBS on January 8th to see who won.

The Federal Communications Commission has issued a 25-thousand dollar fine to the owners of TBS, because Conan O'Brien used emergency broadcast alert sounds to promote his talk show. The promos, which were aired a year ago, included a prerecorded "sound burst" followed by a "bars and tone" sound that brought in viewer complaints. The FCC wants to take a strong stance against the misuse of the emergency broadcast alert.

ABC News anchor Elizabeth Vargas is in treatment for alcohol dependency. Vargas and the network confirmed Wednesday a New York Daily News story about her treatment. Vargas, who is 51 and married to singer-songwriter Marc Cohn, is anchor of the newsmagazine "20/20" and last appeared on the network in October. Vargas says she realized she was becoming increasingly dependent on alcohol. She says that if going public with her problem gives someone else the courage to seek help, she will be grateful. ABC says Vargas has been in treatment at a facility for a couple of weeks and has a few weeks more to go before coming home.

Not content to simply be one of the biggest-selling female recording artists of 2013, former child star Miley Cyrus has announced that she'll be kicking off a 38-stop tour to promote her new album, Bangerz. The tour starts on Valentine's Day in Vancouver, BC, and stops at the Tacoma Dome on February 16th.

Trivia Answer: The Tacoma Narrows Bridge -- a suspension bridge spanning the Tacoma Narrows strait between Tacoma and the Kitsap Peninsula. The bridge collapsed 73 years ago today – on November 7th of 1940 at 11 in the morning. The instability of the bridge in the wind inspired the nickname Galloping Gertie. At the time of its construction (and destruction) Gallopin' Gertie was the third longest suspension bridge in the world, behind the Golden Gate Bridge and George Washington Bridge. Following the installment of a replacement, a second, parallel bridge opened in 2007. The bridge's collapse has had a lasting effect on science and engineering. In many physics textbooks the event is presented as an example of elementary forced resonance with the wind providing an external periodic frequency that matched the natural structural frequency, even though its real cause of failure was aeroelastic flutter. Aeroelasticity, by the way, is the science which studies the interaction among inertial, elastic, and aerodynamic forces. Its failure also boosted research in the field of bridge aerodynamics-aeroelastics, the study of which has influenced the designs of all the world's great long-span bridges built since 1940. Leonard Coatsworth was a Tacoma News Tribune editor. He was also a driver who narrowly managed to escape the bridge before the collapse: He said, "Just as I drove past the towers, the bridge began to sway violently from side to side. Before I realized it, the tilt became so violent that I lost control of the car. I jammed on the brakes and got out, only to be thrown onto my face against the curb. Around me I could hear concrete cracking. The car itself began to slide from side to side of the roadway. On hands and knees most of the time, I crawled 500 yards or more to the towers. My breath was coming in gasps; my knees were raw and bleeding, my hands bruised and swollen from gripping the concrete curb. Toward the last, I risked rising to my feet and running a few yards at a time. Safely back at the toll plaza, I saw the bridge in its final collapse and saw my car plunge into the Narrows." No human life was lost in the collapse, although Coatsworth's cocker spaniel named Tubby perished. Coatsworth was driving with the dog over the bridge when the bridge started to vibrate violently. Coatsworth was forced to flee his car, leaving Tubby behind. Engineering Professor F. Bert Farquharson from the University of Washington and a news photographer attempted to rescue Tubby during a lull, but the dog was too terrified to leave the car and bit one of the rescuers. Tubby died when the bridge fell, and neither his body nor the car were ever recovered. Coatsworth had been driving Tubby back to his daughter, who owned the dog.

Wednesday 11.6.13
Today's Trivia: She's a journalist and author of six best-selling books. She has received a Peabody Award, and was co-anchor for NBC's Emmy-winning coverage of the 1988 Summer Olympics. As executive producer of The Alzheimer's Project, she earned two Emmy Awards and an Academy of Television Arts & Sciences award for developing a "television show with a conscience". She's a member of the Kennedy family. Her mother was a sister of John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, and Edward Kennedy. She was formerly First Lady of California.  Who is she?

Passing on the chance for someone fresh to the job of managing an MLB club, the Mariners yesterday went for the one experienced guy among the five finalists, 54-year-old Lloyd McClendon, whose experience managing in Pittsburgh is fitting for the task he faces in Seattle. McClendon had an eight-year major league playing career among 15 professional seasons. He becomes Seattle's seventh manager in the past six years. He was a losing finalist to Eric Wedge when Wedge was hired to replace Don Wakamatsu in 2010. The Mariners selected McClendon over a pool that included Dodgers third base coach Tim Wallach, Padres bench coach Rick Renteria, Athletics bench coach Chip Hale and Joey Cora, the former Seattle infielder and a long-time major league coach. Cora also previously applied for the position. McClendon led the then-inept Pirates from 2001-05, after which Pittsburgh jettisoned him. When Jim Leyland, recently retired, became the manager of the Detroit Tigers, he brought McClendon aboard as his bullpen coach, ultimately promoting him to hitting coach in 2007. Since then, the Tigers made the ALCS three consecutive years while featuring one of the most productive offenses in baseball, something Seattle has sorely lacked for the past 10 years. A Detroit hitter has won an American League batting title in four of McClendon's seven seasons with the team, and two years ago Miguel Cabrera won the Triple Crown.

Outfielder Raul Ibanez, who tied Ted Williams' 1960 major league record with 29 home runs as a 41-year-old last season with the Mariners, was named Monday the winner of the 49th Hutch Award, given annually to a major league player who best exemplifies the "honor, courage and dedication of baseball great Fred Hutchinson," on and off the field. The Hutch Award recipient is selected annually through a vote of all surviving former awardees. A total of 48 players have been honored since 1965, when Mickey Mantle accepted the inaugural award. Baseball Hall of Famers Sandy Koufax, Carl Yastrzemski, Willie McCovey and Lou Brock are past recipients. In more recent years, Jamie Moyer, Craig Biggio, Jon Lester, Tim Hudson, Billy Butler and Barry Zito have won the award.

No surprise. The San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks are on a roll as they begin the season's stretch run with each vying for the NFC West title. This is how everybody expected this division race to be: Tight and tense until the end. Led by these two rivals. The reigning NFC champion Niners are 6-and-2. They've won two straight division crowns. Seattle is 8-and-1 and captured the West in 2010. After a long flight home from London last week, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh stayed up for Monday Night Football to watch Seattle sneak out of St. Louis with a 14-9 win. Yes, this West race is going to get wild in the season's second half — just as all involved envisioned from Day 1. Seahawks coack Pete Carroll said, "We've got a long haul here. We're just at the halfway point of the season." There's a big circle around that December 8th game when Seattle visits San Francisco for the Seahawks' final game at Candlestick Park. It's one that will go a long way in determining the division winner. The Seahawks whipped the Niners 29-3 in Week 2. Harbaugh said, "Same as we knew it was at the beginning. Arguably the best division in football. It's very tight at the halfway mark. So, there's a lot of football to be played. " The Seahawks are at Atlanta to face the Falcons Sunday morning.

Today is Meet the Press Day. honoring television's oldest program. The news program made its TV debut on November 6th of 1947. It had been on radio from 1945. Today is Saxophone Day, the birth anniversary of Adolph Sax, who invented the instrument. Today is National Nachos Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1965, The Stones' Get Off Of My Cloud was number one in both the United States and Britain. In 1993, the Evander Holyfield-Riddick Bowe boxing match in Las Vegas was interrupted in the seventh round when an intruder, using a paraglider, tried to fly into the ring. Holyfield won the 12-round bout. In 1997, almost a hundred drunk migrating song birds crashed into store windows in downtown Iowa City, Iowa. The birds had stopped to dine at a nearby berry tree where the berries were beginning to ferment. Local bird lovers quickly closed the saloon by spreading a tarp over it. In 2005, US gasoline prices fell an average of 23 cents per gallon -- to pre-Hurricane Katrina levels. The average price of a gallon of regular gasoline was $2.43.

Is there a better combination than something chocolaty and something salty? Now, for a limited time, Lay's is releasing a milk chocolate-covered potato chip. The chips are being made available soon in the Wavy variety exclusively at Target stores. If the combination sells well, the chocolate-covered chips will be available beyond the holiday season. One Frito-Lay exec telling USA Today, "It gives us latitude to offer other flavor combinations that we've never done."

Another reason to treat yourself to a piece of chocolate: A new study (published in the journal Nutrition) found that European kids who ate more chocolate also had a lower body mass index. So, more chocolate doesn't necessarily mean more fat. Scientists examined the chocolate intake of 1,458 kids age 12½ to 17½ and found those who had more chocolate (1½ ounces a day versus less than a quarter of an ounce) actually had lower BMIs, regardless of sex, age, and other diet factors.

Sting and Paul Simon are teaming up for a tour where they'll play their classic songs and do a few duets as well. The trek is aptly called Paul Simon and Sting: On Stage Together and it sees 18 stops from February 8th to March 16th, including a March 4th gig at New York City's Madison Square Garden. There might be more dates added. Sting told the New York Times, "We don't really know where this is going. We don't really have a clue how this is going to pan out."

Eminem won Artist of the Year at the first YouTube Awards, which took place in New York City over the weekend. Mackelmore & Ryan Lewis walked away with the YouTube Breakthrough Award. Head to YouTube.com to see clips from the show.

Did Prince want a romance with Stevie Nicks? The Fleetwood Mac singer sure thinks so! She revealed to Mojo magazine that Prince was her friend but she suspects he wanted to be more than that. Stevie said Prince once picked her up after a Fleetwood Mac show and drove her back to his place. She explained, "We get into his purple Camaro and bomb out onto the freeway at 100 miles per hour. I'm terrified, but kind of excited too." Nicks says nothing happened at Prince's house, much to the chagrin of her bandmates, who had wanted a juicy story when she got on the plane the next day.

If you need a cup of coffee first thing in the morning, researchers say you might want to hold off a little longer. A recent neuroscience study found that a stress hormone that is related to alertness that our bodies produce is at its highest levels between 8:00 AM and 9:00 AM, 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM, and 5:30 PM and 6:30 PM, and ingesting caffeine during these times can develop a tolerance to caffeine, causing you to drink more. The study says the best time to drink coffee is no more than one cup an hour between 9:30 AM and 11:30 AM.

McDonald's has seen so much success with their McCafé products that the fast food chain is soon offering its coffee in chain grocery stores. Reuters reports McDonald's will start testing packaged versions of their coffee around the US in versions of whole bean, ground, and single-cup or K-cups. No word yet on when the products are hitting shelves or what the prices will be like. Last year, McDonald's introduced packaged coffee in Canada.

Starbucks has unveiled its Holiday 2013 cups. While not as big a launch as a new gadget from Apple, the Internet seems pretty interested in the new cups, which have a more "subtle illustrated look."

Trivia Answer: Maria Shriver who is 58 today. Her mother was Eunice Kennedy Shriver. Maria was the first lady of California as the wife of actor and then-California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, from whom she is now separated. She is currently a special anchor and correspondent for NBC News.

Tuesday 11.5.13
Today's Trivia: This English singer-songwriter, guitarist, pianist, and actor, is best known as Herman -- the frontman of the successful 1960s group Herman's Hermits. Who is he?

Pete Carroll likes the fact he's coaching what he called a "work in progress" yesterday. Especially when they're 8-and-1 with the best record in the NFC. Carroll said, "I think it's a beautiful thing to say. I'm glad I'm saying that right now in a sense because we have a lot of stuff ahead of us that we're going to have to get better to handle and to deal with. We don't want to peak too early." Carroll is exactly right. The Seattle Seahawks may be leading the NFC thanks to the best start in team history, but the past two weeks have exposed a number of their flaws. They continue to have a propensity for starting slow, their run defense has been poor, and quarterback Russell Wilson has been exposed to far more hits than Seattle would like to see its quarterback take. Still, the Seahawks are finding ways to win despite the problems. The latest came Sunday when they rallied from being down 21-to-nuttin' to beat Tampa Bay 27-24 in overtime. It was the Seahawks 12th straight win at home, tying the franchise record for consecutive home wins. Max Unger and Red Bryant both suffered concussions against the Bucs and the status of each for Sunday's game at Atlanta is unknown. Carroll said he's not expecting Percy Harvin to be ready this week. Shortly after Carroll's press conference ended, Harvin tweeted that he's, "getting very very close." The Hawks are at the Georgia Dome against the Atlanta Falcons Sunday morning at 10:00.

It seems like only yesterday that Matt Flynn was supposed to be the answer for the Seahawks at quarterback. He wasn't. Russell Wilson was. So Flynn was shipped to Oakland. He wasn't the answer there, either. The Buffalo Bills signed him last month as a sort of insurance policy. But now that rookie starter E.J. Manuel is scheduled to return to practice for the Bills, Flynn became expendable. The Bills released him yesterday,

Washington's second bye week of the season came at the perfect time for Steve Sarkisian. The Huskies were beat up and tired after a rough October where the Huskies dropped three of four games, fell out of the AP Top 25 and were again left to become a middle of the pack finisher in the Pac-12 North Division. The time to regroup was an important break before a hectic final four games that will determine whether 2013 was a success. The Huskies begin their final stretch on Saturday hosting Colorado. A win over the Buffaloes makes the Huskies bowl eligible for the fourth straight season, but it's what they do following at UCLA, at Oregon State and vs. Washington State that determines if Washington can escape the 7-6 plateau of the last three regular seasons.

The Seattle Mariners have made a qualifying offer to designated hitter Kendrys Morales that would pay him $14.1 million for next season. The Mariners announced the offer yesterday and Morales has until November 11th to accept. If he signs elsewhere, Seattle gets an extra pick at the end of the first round of June's amateur draft.

Today is Roy Rogers Day. The King of the Cowboys was born Leonard Sly in Cincinnati on this date in 1912. He died in 1998. Today is the 36th wedding anniversary of former President George W. and Laura Bush. They were married in Midland, Texas, on Nov. 5, 1977. Twin daughters Barbara and Jenna were born in 1981. Today is Gunpowder Day in England, marking a plot to blow up Parliament in 1605. The plot failed when 20 barrels of gunpowder were discovered under Parliament. Guy Fawkes and seven other conspirators were beheaded.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1935, Parker Brothers introduced the board game Monopoly. In 1946, Chuck Connors of the Boston Celtics became the first basketball player in history to shatter a glass backboard during an NBA game. Connors later starred as TV's Rifleman. In 1959, the American Football League was formed. The original eight teams included the Houston Oilers, New York Titans, Buffalo Bills, Boston Patriots, Los Angeles Chargers, Dallas Texans, Oakland Raiders, and Denver Broncos. The AFL merged into the NFL in 1967. In 2004, the Texas Board of Education approved middle school textbooks after publishers made changes defining marriage as being between a man and a woman.

Frito-Lay announced that it will sell chocolate-covered potato chips. But they will be available for a limited time only.

Thanksgiving dinner will cost a little more this year. Agricultural experts say the cost of a meal for ten adults will run $50.01 -- about $3 more than last year. That price includes turkey, dressing, sweet potatoes, rolls, peas, cranberries, a carrot and celery tray, and pumpkin pie with whipped cream for dessert.

After a significant amount of media backlash, Barbara Walters is standing firm in her decision to hire Jenny McCarthy as a co-host on The View. In the past, McCarthy has been vocal about her beliefs that childhood vaccines may have caused her son's autism, and many are worried her position on the show could spread what they believe to be false information. But according to E! Online, Walters told Fox News that the star's views are "not a subject that we have discussed on The View" and that McCarthy was hired to add "light and fun" to the daytime talk show. Walters also shot down all reports that McCarthy was getting the boot from the ABC show.

Drew Barrymore and husband Will Kopelman are expecting their second child. Barrymore has said that she wants her daughter, 13-month-old Olive, to have a sibling. She told InStyle magazine: "I was an only child, and it was lonely."

A New York school was shut down late last week after a "hazardous smell" was reported from a classroom. Emergency crews dispatched to the school soon realized the smell was not a gas leak or anything dangerous – it was Axe body spray. Apparently a student sprayed the Axe in the classroom, causing eight students to become sick and require hospitalization. According to the New York Daily News, no one was seriously injured, but the sixth-grade student behind the Axe trigger is being disciplined by the school.

A new book on Jeff Bezos is called inaccurate by his wife, MacKenzie Bezos. She disliked the book so much she posted a scathing one-star review to Amazon.com on Monday.

If you're about to hop on a treadmill, throw in the ear buds and turn up your favorite tunes. It turns out that exercising while listening to music adds 19 minutes to the average workout. That's 58 minutes with music compared to 39 minutes without.

Guys are digging a little deeper into their pockets these days when it comes to the ring for their second marriage. Jewelry website CompareJewelery.com surveyed men getting hitched for a second time and found that 48 percent of men who spent more on the second ring admitted to having "more faith in the security of their second marriage," and they're proving it with the size of the bling. Over one-third of the men polled said they spent more because they were wealthier at this point in their lives, while 17 percent say they didn't intend to spend more but their second wives had more expensive tastes.

Trivia Answer: Peter Blair Denis Bernard Noone who is 66 today. Early in his career, he used the stage name Peter Novak. At the age of 15, he became the lead singer, spokesman and frontman of Herman's Hermits. As "Herman", the photogenic Noone appeared on the cover of many international publications, including the Time Magazine's cover collage showing new faces in popular music. He was the host of VH1's My Generation from 1989 to 1993, and in 2001 he was voted VH1's Sexiest Artist. The Viewers' Choice award. In the '80s he appeared in several versions of Joseph Papp's New York Shakespeare Festival productions of The Pirate of Penzance. He now lives in Santa Barbara, California. One of his neighbors is Dennis Miller. He still tours with a group called Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone. In fact, Thursday, December 12th, Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone are at ShoWare Center in Kent. In June, they're at the Admiral Theatre in Bremerton.

Monday 11.4.13
Today's Trivia: He's an actor of Italian ancestry. He first appeared on television in commercials for products such as Bubble Yum and Dr Pepper. His first major role was playing Jeremy in the television series Eight Is Enough. In 1983, he appeared alongside many young actors who had yet to become major stars, such as Tom Cruise, Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez, Patrick Swayze, and Matt Dillon in The Outsiders. It was 1984 that he became known internationally as Daniel LaRusso. Who is he?

Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch made the plays to help the Seattle Seahawks pull off the greatest comeback in franchise history against the winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It was just another ugly win during the best start in Seattle's history. Steven Hauschka kicked a 27-yard field goal with 8:11 left in overtime, and the Seahawks overcame a 21-point deficit to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27-24 yesterday. Trailing 21-0, Seattle improved to 8-and-1, but it was far from easy against the winless Buccaneers. Russell Wilson threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Doug Baldwin with 1:51 left in regulation to pull the Seahawks even. Wilson then led Seattle on a nine-play, 51-yard drive in overtime capped by Hauschka's winner. Seattle tied the franchise record with its 12th straight home victory, which coincides with Wilson being a perfect 12-and-0 at home as Seattle's starter. Next Sunday, it's another road game as the Hawks travel to the Georgia Dome to face the Atlanta Falcons.

No Cougs or Huskies over the weekend. WSU played last Thursday and now have their bye. They're off until the 16th when they're at Arizona.

Washington had its bye over the weekend. They're back in action Saturday when they host Colorado.

Today is Will Rogers Day in Oklahoma, marking his birth on this date in 1879. Today is Use Your Common Sense Day, always on Will Rogers' birthday. Rogers said, "Common sense ain't all that common." Today is Honeymoon Day, a day to celebrate honeymoon memories. Today is Reverse Bite Day, a day to tilt your head in the other direction to eat your taco. Today is National Candy Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1939, air conditioners in cars were introduced in Chicago by Packard Motor Company.In 1961, Bob Dylan earned $20.00 for his first concert at Carnegie Hall. Only 50 showed up. Tickets were $2.00. In 1963, during a Beatles' appearance in the Royal Variety Performance in London, John Lennon wisecracked, "Those of you in the cheaper seats clap -- the rest of you can rattle your jewelry."

A powerful wind storm moved through Western Washington Saturday, blasting the region with 45-60 mph winds, knocking out power to thousands and forcing the closure of the 520 Bridge for two hours. In Tumwater, we were lucky. We lost power ... for about 15 seconds. It was just long enough to reset everything so it had to be reset.

If you're keeping track, after two long years, Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore have at last finalized their divorce.

Ender's Game, the futuristic story of children forced to fight an enemy race, battled to the top of box office charts over the weekend, defeating senior citizen buddy comedy Last Vegas and animated turkey tale Free Birds. Based on a best-selling 1985 novel, Ender's Game collected $28 million in ticket sales over its first three days. Raunchy comedy Bad Grandpa, which topped last weekend's charts, dropped to second place. Last Vegas debuted in the No. 3 spot. Free Birds, featuring the voices of Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson, debuted in fourth place. Rounding out the Top 5, 3D space thriller Gravity. By the way, Gravity has moved past the $400 million mark worldwide. Through Sunday, the Sandra Bullock-George Clooney film has grossed $219.2 million in North America and $207.5 million overseas.

NBC has ordered 13 episodes of a new, untitled comedy created by former 30 Rock and SNL star Tina Fey. In the series, Ellie Kemper, who played Erin on NBC's The Office, portrays a woman who leaves a doomsday cult to start a new life in New York City. Fey is joined by former 30 Rock Executive Producer Robert Carlock on the writing team for the new comedy, which is set to premiere on NBC in the fall of 2014.

Lady Gaga has just been announced as a host for Saturday Night Live this month. She's hosting the November 16th episode and also serving as the musical guest for the night. Gags has been the musical guest on the show twice before, but this is her first time hosting.

Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger got married back in July at a castle in the south of France. The newlyweds recently caught up with People magazine and said that they are both excited to start a family. The Nickelback singer revealed that the only thing holding them back right now is they "just need to find a time [that they're] both home to get around to it."

A new mobile app uses technology to solve an age-old problem in photography: getting all your subjects to open their eyes and smile. That app is Perfect Shot, an iPhone and iPad app that has two simple controls you can toggle on and off to detect when people are smiling and blinking. Once Perfect Shot detects everyone is looking and smiling, it will automatically take a photo, no button required.

Trivia Answer: Ralph George Macchio who turns 52 today. It was not until 1984 that Macchio became known internationally as Daniel LaRusso in the Karate Kid movie. He continued this success with the film's sequels, Karate Kid Part II and III. With his boyish looks, Macchio became one of the most famous teen idols of the mid-1980s, his face appearing on the cover of many teen magazines such as Tiger Beat, 16, and Teen Beat. In 1992, Macchio starred opposite Joe Pesci and Marisa Tomei in the hit comedy, My Cousin Vinny, playing the part of "Billy Gambini", who was wrongly accused of murder while passing through a small Alabama town. It was the first significant adult role of his career. On the Friends episode titled The One with Phoebe's Wedding, Italian character Joey Tribbiani mentions that he lost out on a part in a movie: "How could I not get that part? Stupid Ralph Macchio." Macchio is ranked #80 on VH1's 100 Greatest Teen Stars.

Friday 11.1.13
Today's Trivia: She's a singer, songwriter, musician and painter. Her debut album, Tongues and Tails, was released in 1992. It achieved both worldwide commercial success and critical acclaim, earning her a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist in 1993. A single from the album -- Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover -- went to #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles' chart, and was also a top 20 hit in the UK. Her second album was called Whaler and was released in 1994. It also contained a US Top 10 hit -- the song As I Lay Me Down -- and achieved gold status. Who is she?

Arizona State has qualified for a bowl. Washington State had a Halloween nightmare. Taylor Kelly tossed five touchdown passes and ran for two more scores in a 55-21 victory over the Cougars. The redshirt junior threw for 275 yards and rushed for 66 to help the Sun Devils win their first road game of the season after two losses. The Cougs are now idle until the 16th when they're at Arizona.

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

Marshawn Lynch didn't practice Wednesday and was listed with a knee injury, raising even more concerns about the Seahawks running back after he carried the football just eight times and gained just 23 yards against the Rams. But according to NBC's Pro Football Talk, Seahawks fans can stop worrying for the moment: Lynch is expected to play anyway this Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at CenturyLink Field. Seattle is favored by 16.5 to 18 points -- but then they were supposed to beat the Rams by a couple of touchdowns. Kick-off is Sunday afternoon at 1:00.

Don't look now but it's somehow become November.

In Latin novem means nine. In ancient Rome November was the ninth month. Fifth century Anglo-Saxons called November "Wind Month." November's birthstone: topaz. Flower: chrysanthemum.

November is National American Indian Heritage Monrh, National Adoption Month, National AIDS Awareness Month, Aviation History Month, American Diabetes Month, National Epilepsy Awareness Month, National Adoption Month, National Alzheimer's Disease Month, National COPD and Lung Cancer Awareness Month, National Family Caregivers Month, Vegan Month, and Peanut Butter Lovers' Month.

November is I Am So Thankful Month, dedicated to counting blessings and giving thanks daily. National Fig Week and World Communication Week begin today. Today is the Day of the Dead in Mexico. Today is All Hallows or All Saints Day. Today is National Men Make Dinner Day, for non-cooking men only. Give the women a break. Barbecues not allowed. Today is National Authors Day, and National Family Literacy Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1913, Notre Dame introduced the forward pass. Quarterback Gus Dorais completed 17 of 21 passes to receiver Knute Rockne to defeat a surprised Army team 35 to 13. In 1946, the New York Knicks defeated the Toronto Huskies 68-66 in the very first NBA game. Any fan taller than Toronto center George Nostrand got in free. In 1990, McDonalds announced it would replace Stryofoam burger boxes with heavyweight paper containers. In 1991, Clarence Thomas took his place as the newest justice on the US Supreme Court. In 1999, one of the NFL's all-time great running backs, Walter Payton, died of cancer at age 45.

Daylight Saving Time ends this weekend. We go back on Standard time Saturday night/Sunday morning.

A new survey reveals that 38 percent of children under two years old have used a smartphone or tablet. That's compared to only ten percent a year before. Meanwhile, kids up to eight years old are spending 15-minutes per day on mobile devices on average. You may have noticed your own kids learning pretty quickly how to swipe a screen like an iPad or iPhone. In fact, Common Sense CEO Jim Steyer tells Mashable, "We're seeing a fundamental change in the way kids consume media." He recommends "ethical and valuable" technology is good and can be used as learning tools. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends banning screen time for children under two.

Smartphone cases can be expensive, so what's a person to do if they want to swap their case out every month? Now there's Reset My Case , an iPhone case subscription service that brings a new look to your phone case each month instead of an entirely new case. Reset My Case does this with custom-designed printed inserts which fit into a durable, high-quality transparent case. The subscription, which gets you a new insert every month, is $5 a month.

Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst is reportedly working on a TV show. TV Guide reports the show is called, The Noise, and it's a one-hour drama loosely based on his life. It features a young artist who escapes his difficult home life and forms a successful band.

Stevie Wonder announced he's performing his Songs in the Key of Life in its entirety at the House Full of Toys Benefit concert. The performance is set to even feature some of the original musicians from the album. The show happens December 21st at the Nokia Theater at LA Live.

Merchant Navy ships off the coast of Africa working to subdue Somali pirates have a new weapon of choice: Britney Spears. Navy ships have been pointing speakers at approaching pirate ships and blaring Brit's biggest hits. One officer told UK's The Mirror, "These guys can't stand Western culture or music, making Britney's hits perfect. As soon as the pirates get a blast of Britney they move on as quickly as they can." By playing a little bit of "Hit Me Baby One More Time," officers onboard haven't even needed to fire their real, but less catchy, weapons.

Lullabies are good for more than just soothing a baby to sleep. A study out of the U-K has shown that singing lullabies to children can "alleviate" pain and suffering. Researchers used songs like "Hush Little Baby," "Twinkle Twinkle" and "See Saw Margery Daw" to sing to one group of hospitalized children under three, while another group of the same ages was read stories and a third group was left alone. The group of children who were sung to showed a decrease in both heart rates and pain perception, better than the other two groups. Professor David Hargreaves of Roehampton University says of the study, "The practical applications are fairly obvious. Music therapists are going to be a lot cheaper than drugs to numb pain."

Trivia Answer: Sophie Ballantine Hawkins who turns 46 today. Hawkins is a vegan and a long-time supporter of animal rights. In February 2008, Hawkins re-recorded her hit Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover as Damn, We Wish You Were President in support of presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.