KPLU diversions
1:30 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis serve coffee in Seattle; crowd overwhelms event

Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis take coffee orders in a Seattle cafe to stump for votes in their faux election campaign and to promote their new movie, 'The Campaign.'
Mallory Kaniss KPLU

To promote their new movie – “The Campaign” – actors Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis blazed into a Seattle cafe to stump for votes in their faux election campaign.

The two are touring the country as if mired in a real political race, though they are “campaigning” to represent a district in North Carolina. Below is a video of their event in Seattle.

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KPLU diversions
12:00 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Video: Ride Seattle’s Great Wheel in under 3 minutes

The Great Wheel at night.
Dave Morrow Flickr

For those of us who have not gotten around to it, don’t want to stand in line for it or are afraid of heights, we sent our online news intern, Evan Hoover, to video his ride on Seattle’s waterfront Great ‘Ferris’ Wheel.

Here’s the the ride in under 3 minutes:

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5:12 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

10 reasons you should NOT move to the Northwest in July (it's complicated)

No. 1: It's so deceptive - this iconic open market in Seattle looks like it's always bathed in sunshine ... but we all know better.
Mark Henckel Flickr

Mostly, we’re thinking of your mental health a couple months from now.

You come here in July and August and it’s glorious: There’s two snow-capped mountain ranges, a couple of towering volcanos, lively outdoor markets, flowers and greenery, an expanse of blue water every which way you turn ... miles of lake, Sound and ocean beaches ...

Then come the other 10 months.

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10:50 am
Wed July 4, 2012

'Festival of Speed' brings skateboarding couple to southeast Wash.

Racers jostle and draft for position in the first turns of Maryhill Loop Road in the Columbia River Gorge. Photo by Anna King

Originally published on Tue July 3, 2012 5:54 pm

GOLDENDALE, Wash. – Each year on a long, steep stretch of looping highway in southeast Washington, hundreds of skateboarders test their grit. A helmet, a leather body suit and wicked skill are all that stand between glory and a face full of asphalt. It’s called the Maryhill Festival of Speed near Goldendale.

Maryhill Loop Road is 22 turns and 2.2 miles. And on a skateboard it’s just a fleeting few minutes to the bottom of the Columbia River Gorge.

Nearly 300 young men and just 11 women showed up recently to take on this twisted ribbon of pavement.

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8:03 am
Tue July 3, 2012

Bald Eagle: A Mighty Symbol, With A Not-So-Mighty Voice

The Bald Eagle's majestic call is ... not so majestic. Photo by USFWS

Originally published on Tue July 3, 2012 7:11 am

Few sounds symbolize American patriotism like the piercing shrill of a bald eagle. But just like George Washington and his cherry tree, that majestic call … is a myth. The screech associated with the bald eagle, in fact, belongs to a different bird.

Bird expert Connie Stanger blames Hollywood. You know the scene:

Stanger describes it: “You’ve got John Wayne riding through the sunset and you hear the jingle of spurs and often that piercing, loud cry.”

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1:59 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

5 embarrassing videos involving Microsoft and dance

Screen grab from the "dancing Azure girls" video causing Microsoft plenty of headaches this week.

The latest video involving Microsoft and dancing is causing not only a lot of cringing but some apologizing as well. It’s also the latest video pitting Microsoft against good judgment when it comes to song and dance.

Below, starting with the latest, are five videos that should give any Microsoft employee (or leader) pause before busting out the moves in public:

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Point Defiance Zoo
8:12 am
Sun June 10, 2012

Photos: Zoo's live animal drama encourages kids to get outside

The awe-inspiring bald eagle quickly became a crowd favorite.
Mallory Kaniss KPLU

Point Defiance Zoo’s latest outdoor theater show – “Captain Adventure vs. Dr. Do-Nothing: The Quest to Get Outside!” – is a live animal show that follows the journey of a superheroine and her trusty superdog sidekick as they defeat their nemesis, Dr. Do-Nothing.

The show features a variety of native and exotic animals and the chance for audience members to participate. KPLU’s multimedia intern Mallory Kaniss attended one of the shows and brought back the photo gallery below. (For larger images and to view captions or if your device doesn't support Flash, check out the show on our Flickr page.)

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11:11 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Look! Up in the sky! It’s Super Moon …

If the skies clear up Saturday night you could get a glimpse of the “super moon.”  Saturday’s full moon will appear the largest it has in more than a year. 

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10:56 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Take 'a walk' around the world ... from space!

If you're into images of Earth taken from space, NASA has a new video for you.

12:40 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

5 ways to resign your job in the Northwest

Karen Cheng sings her resignation letter to Microsoft - Bye, Bye Excel and I

First, there was that flamboyant Wall Street resignation of Greg Smith from Goldman Sachs. Now, a Microsoft resignation video has gone viral, with more than 85,000 plays and counting. It's Karen Cheng’s Microsoft resignation song on YouTube (letters are so last decade).

That got us to thinking – How many different ways have people in the Northwest publicly resigned their jobs? We found many fit into these five categories:

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Beautiful diversion
11:31 am
Wed April 11, 2012

Skagit Valley tulip festival in full bloom

The color of the farmlands in Washington's Skagit Valley, near Mount Vernon, Wash., during the annual Tulip Festival, is shown in this undated photo. About 850,000 people travel to the area each year to see the farmland color during the Tulip Festival.
The Associated Press

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. — Sunshine in recent days has Skagit Valley tulips blooming.

Tulip festival spokeswoman Betsy Nevi in Mount Vernon says the fields of flowers are showing lots of color.

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2:12 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

Tacoma leopard cubs to meet public, need names!

You can help the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium name these cubs! Go to the survey link in the story.

TACOMA, Wash. — Two newborn leopard cubs are making their first public appearance Saturday at Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma.

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Diversions: rankings
10:16 am
Thu March 22, 2012

Suicide, booze drive up Seattle stress rank

Computer driving you to drink?
Luke P. Woods Flickr

Sure they are stressing out in Florida, what with all that sun, but Seattle?

Sperling’s BestPlaces, a research firm specializing in livability rankings, has released its new study of major cities with the most stress. 

Seattle comes in 9th. Florida has five metro areas in the top 10.

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Diversions: Space travel
3:13 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

Whose spaceship would you ride into outer space?

Blue Origin's New Sheppard ship. Founder: Jeff Bezos.

After writing about the latest developments in space travel yesterday, I wondered whose ship I would want to ride and automatically saw myself in Jeff Bezos' ship the New Sheppard. Upon reflection, I just liked the retro-scifi style of it. Although, blowing up did come to mind.

What ship would you take into space?

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1:10 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

Slow lunch hour: 5 memes vaguely related to us online at KPLU

Here's a sweet one about our dear state. This came from a friend on Facebook and was originally posted by Dillon Dorsten. "Made this myself, there is probably another one out there."

Like everyone else, we sometimes just sit back and cruise the internet. We got on the meme kick this time. Here's five we thought related to where we live ... what we do ... who we are ... who we think we are ...