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Why doesn't that part of Washington belong to Canada?
There’s a tiny part of Washington state that is so remote you have to cross an international border twice to get there.Isolated, surrounded by water and Canadians … why did Point Roberts become a part of Washington and not Canada?Read more on 'I...
Why are Seattleites averse to stepping out in style?
Do most of the clothes in your closet range from hiking fleece to dress fleece, or some variations of plaid and jeans?That’s probably what has fueled Seattle’s reputation as an unfashionable city.Overdressing – something that’s just not possible in...
How did the 'City of Destiny' lose out to Seattle?
(This is the second installment of a 2-part series about Tacoma’s designation as the City of Destiny.)Why didn’t Tacoma become the premiere city on Puget Sound? How did the City of Destiny lose out to Seattle?Back in 1873, it looked like Tacoma would...
Why Tacoma owes its slogan to a ‘crazy person’
Tacoma has been known as the “City of Destiny” for more than 140 years.And while the city’s slogan is unique because it has lasted for so long (when was the last time you heard Seattle referred to as “Jet City?”), it also comes from a 19 Century...
Why does Seattle have so few kids and so many dogs?
Here’s an odd fact: Seattle’s dog population is estimated to be around 140,000 and climbing. The number of kids? … 93,000 and dropping.Seattle’s not such a bad place to raise kids, but based on the 2010 census, roughly 15 percent of our population is...
Why is "Louie Louie" Washington's theme song?
In the 1980’s, the Washington State Legislature considered making it the official state song. The measure failed, but “Louie Louie” is still listed on government websites as the “unofficial” state rock song.Sure it’s got a good beat and it’s easy to...
I Wonder Why ... Reaction to 'Why is Seattle such a white city?'
Race can be a volatile subject.Still, judging from the reaction to a recent "I Wonder Why ... ?" story, it’s something people are eager to talk about.Charla Bear’s story explored why Seattle is one of the whitest big cities in the country, whiter than...
Why are there so many serial killers in the Northwest?
From Ted Bundy to Gary Ridgway, some of the most notorious murderers in our nation’s history committed their crimes in the Northwest.While we may not have the most serial killers, we’ve certainly got that reputation. And that got us to wondering: Why...
Why are we such gear freaks in the NW?
In the Pacific Northwest, we know that yoga pants, polar fleece and hiking shoes are great for grocery shopping. But when we head into the great outdoors, we love to pile on the high-tech gear.Sure, the weather here demands a certain level of...
Why did blackberry brambles become such a NW problem?
“It just doesn’t like to stop. It’s very tenacious.”If you have property in the Pacific Northwest, there’s one plant you’ve most likely encountered … and battled – The Himalayan Blackberry.It’s enemy No.1 in the Northwest. So, where did this plant...
Why can't you see the animals at Woodland Park Zoo?
Have you ever been to Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo and had a difficult time seeing the animals through all of the trees and plants? Well, it’s supposed to be that way. It’s all by design.The naturalistic animal exhibit was born in Seattle at Woodland...
What's with all of the totem poles in Washington?
With all the totem poles in Washington State, it might surprise you to know the cedar monument isn’t from this region.Though some local tribes now carve them, they didn’t originally.In fact, the first one here was pilfered from another state.Read More...
Why is the 'Boeing Bust' still with us?
Maybe you’ve heard the line, "Will the last person leaving Seattle turn out the lights." That well-worn phrase came from a billboard in 1971 as the Boeing Company stalled and then fell into a tailspin.And while the "Boeing Bust" happened a long time...
Why the Alaskan fishing fleet is based in Seattle
On the reality TV show “The Deadliest Catch,” you see the crew of the Northwestern enduring storms and other dangers while crab fishing in the Bering Sea in the middle of winter.You might be surprised to learn that the Northwestern and the hundreds of...
Did Jesus Christ make Seattle under protest?
You might say Jesus Christ Made Seattle Under Protest. Or, Jesus Christ Made Seattle Under Pressure.Either way, this provocative statement is a big help when youre trying to get around downtown Seattle.Its a mnemonic device, a sentence that helps you...
Why don't we bury our power lines in the Northwest?
Did you find yourself in the dark, shivering under blankets, eating cold rations during the recent snow and ice storms? Did it have you wondering why we are so dependent on overhead power poles to keep the lights on?Could there be a better way?Read...
Why do Utilikilts appeal to many in the Northwest?
"Its only a skirt if youre wearing underwear."A Seattle guy set out to liberate men from their pants his solution?The Utilikilt.If youve ever seen a Utilikilt, chances are you havent forgotten it. Maybe you thought it was cool to see a Scottish-esque...
Mysterious demise of Tacoma, Seattle streetcars solved
Todays stylish way to get from your high-tech office to an urbane lunch date was once so old, rickety and decrepit that it was melted into scrap-metal.The revival of streetcars in Tacoma and Seattle would be a surprise to our civic leaders from the...
Why is the 'Seattle Freeze' so hard to melt?
Is Seattle a great but lonely place to live?The city often ranks pretty high on those lists of the best places to move to Theres the food, the water, the mountains, the music. But once people get here, they find its pretty tough to make friends....
A 'Rain City' mystery: Why don't people in Seattle use umbrellas?
A lot of people in the Rain City take pride in the fact that real Seattleites dont carry umbrellas. But, I walk around town with a portable roof over my head.The result? I stay dry, my hair doesnt get tousled, and I can use my iPhone while I wait for...
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