DYK the Space Needle was first sketched on a napkin? | Photo by @br3nn3nfoto
Did you know Seattle is the birthplace of the popular coffee chain Starbucks?
Nah, just kidding. If you know us, you know we’re here for the deep cuts — and there are plenty of interesting factoids to go around.
As connoisseurs of the quirky + unconventional, we put together this list of 15 interesting facts about Seattle.Maybe you’ve lived here your whole life and know some of these — or maybe you’ll learn something new.
Seahawks fans once got so loud after a Marshawn Lynch touchdown that they registered as a small earthquake on a nearby seismograph. It’s now referred to as the Beast Quake.
There’s substantial archaeological evidence to show that current Native American tribes have lived here for ~12,000 years.
The Washington State Ferry system is the largest in the US.
Settlers first named Seattle “New York” (super original, guys), before adding Alki, a Chinook word that means “in the future” to end of the name.
The Gum Wall has only been cleaned once. In 2015, the Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority removed all the gunk because the weight was beginning to destroy the wall’s structural integrity.
BurlesKARAOKE | Wednesday, Nov. 23 | 7 p.m. | Queer Bar, 1518 11th Ave., Seattle | $15-$200 | Sing with your very own burlesque backup dancers.
Thursday, Nov. 24
Issaquah Turkey Trot | Thursday, Nov. 24 | 9 a.m. | SE Bush St. and First Ave. SE, Issaquah | $15-$35 | Run through downtown Issaquah in your best Thanksgiving duds — proceeds benefit the local food bank.
Friday, Nov. 25
George Balanchine’s “The Nutcracker” | Friday, Nov. 25-Tuesday, Dec. 27 | 2 p.m. | McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St., Seattle | $69-$135 | Winter magic comes alive as the Pacific Northwest Ballet’s sugar plums waltz across the stage.
Saturday, Nov. 26
Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The Ghosts Of Christmas Eve | Saturday, Nov. 26, Saturday, Nov. 26 | 3 p.m. | Climate Pledge Arena, 334 1st Ave N., Seattle | $29-$99.50 | This holiday rock band, best known for its “Carol of the Bells” take, will add a little edge to other seasonal tunes.
We have amonthly guide filled with events + activities you can plan for in advance. Click the button below to bookmark ideas for upcoming date nights, family outings, and time with friends.
BRB — stuffing our faces with croissants while we can. Pioneer Square bakery + flower shop The London Planeannounced that its last day of service will be Saturday, Dec. 24. The cafe, known for its delicate pastries and fancy snacks, operated for 10 years. 🥐 (Seattle Met)
Starbuckswill close its Capitol Hill storefront located on Denny Way and Broadway East on Sunday, Dec. 11 due to what the company said were unmanageable safety concerns. This will be the sixth Starbucks closure this year in Seattle. (Seattle Times)
Sounders FC President and CEO Garth Lagerwey will be leaving his role tojoin Atlanta United when his contract ends at the end of the year. Garth joined the club in 2015 as general manager. (Seattle Times)
Making holiday travel plans? The Washington State Department of Transportationcreated a series of charts showing the best and worst times for driving on the interstates this week. Data shows today, Saturday, and Sunday as the worst days to be on the road traffic-wise. 🚗
Keep your eyes peeled. Bill Gates has distributedcopies of his favorite books to 100Little Free Libraries around the globe — and locally. Cities included are Redmond, Bainbridge Island, Seattle, Kirkland, and Bellevue. 📚 (Gates Notes)
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Today’s issue was written by Alina.
Editor’s pick: I’m not someone who necessarily gets really excited about the holiday season right before it happens, but once Thanksgiving is over — I am all in. You don’t want to know what octave my squeal was last year when I saw the Christmas tree lit up on the Space Needle. The holiday season is just so nice, y’know?