I Wonder Why http://www.kplu.org en Why doesn't that part of Washington belong to Canada? http://www.kplu.org/post/why-doesnt-part-washington-belong-canada <p></p><p style="margin-top: 20px; margin-bottom: 2px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: rgb(244, 244, 244); line-height: 20px; color: rgb(126, 126, 126); font-family: 'Lucida Grande', Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; ">There’s a tiny part of Washington state that is so remote you have to cross an international border twice to get there.</p><p style="margin-top: 20px; margin-bottom: 2px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: rgb(244, 244, 244); line-height: 20px; color: rgb(126, 126, 126); font-family: 'Lucida Grande', Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; ">Isolated, surrounded by water and Canadians … why did Point Roberts become a part of Washington and not Canada?</p><p style="margin-top: 20px; margin-bottom: 2px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: rgb(244, 244, 244); line-height: 20px; color: rgb(126, 126, 126); font-family: 'Lucida Grande', Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; "><a href="http://kpluwonders.org/content/why-doesnt-part-washington-belong-canada" target="_blank">Read more on 'I Wonder Why ... ?'</a></p><p style="margin-top: 20px; margin-bottom: 2px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: rgb(244, 244, 244); line-height: 20px; color: rgb(126, 126, 126); font-family: 'Lucida Grande', Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; "> Fri, 28 Sep 2012 08:03:45 +0000 Jennifer Wing 6517 at http://www.kplu.org Why doesn't that part of Washington belong to Canada? Why are Seattleites averse to stepping out in style? http://www.kplu.org/post/why-are-seattleites-averse-stepping-out-style <p></p><p style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; line-height: normal; ">Do most of the clothes in your closet range from hiking fleece to dress fleece, or some variations of plaid and jeans?</p><p style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; line-height: normal; ">That’s probably what has fueled Seattle’s reputation as an unfashionable city.</p> Fri, 21 Sep 2012 18:53:07 +0000 Monica Spain 6421 at http://www.kplu.org Why are Seattleites averse to stepping out in style? How did the 'City of Destiny' lose out to Seattle? http://www.kplu.org/post/how-did-city-destiny-lose-out-seattle <p>(This is the second installment of a <a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/why-tacoma-owes-its-slogan-crazy-person">2-part series about Tacoma’s designation as the City of Destiny</a>.)</p><p>Why didn’t Tacoma become the premiere city on Puget Sound?&nbsp; How did the City of Destiny lose out to Seattle?</p><p>Back in 1873, it looked like Tacoma would be graced with fame and fortune when the city beat out Seattle to become the terminus for the Northern Pacific Railroad.</p><p><strong><a href="http://www.kpluwonders.org/content/how-did-city-destiny-lose-out-seattle">Read more on "I Wonder Why ... ?"</a></strong></p><p> Fri, 14 Sep 2012 08:59:30 +0000 Paula Wissel 6335 at http://www.kplu.org How did the 'City of Destiny' lose out to Seattle? Why Tacoma owes its slogan to a ‘crazy person’ http://www.kplu.org/post/why-tacoma-owes-its-slogan-crazy-person <p>Tacoma has been known as the “City of Destiny” for more than 140 years.</p><p>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 “crazy person” who was a relentless promoter of Tacoma.</p><p><strong><a href="http://www.kpluwonders.org/content/why-tacoma-owes-its-slogan-crazy-person">Read more on <em>I Wonder Why ... ?</em></a></strong></p><p> Fri, 07 Sep 2012 17:40:48 +0000 Paula Wissel 6247 at http://www.kplu.org Why Tacoma owes its slogan to a ‘crazy person’ Why does Seattle have so few kids and so many dogs? http://www.kplu.org/post/why-does-seattle-have-so-few-kids-and-so-many-dogs <p>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.</p><p>Seattle’s not such a bad place to raise kids, but based on the 2010 census, roughly 15 percent of our population is 18 or younger. And, when you compare Seattle to Boston, New York City or Chicago our share of little ones looks pretty paltry.</p><p>In fact, Seattle is neck and neck with San Francisco, which has the lowest population of children of all major U.S. cities.</p><p>So where did all of Seattle’s kids go?</p><p><strong><em><a href="http://kpluwonders.org/content/why-does-seattle-have-so-few-kids-and-so-many-dogs">Read more on I Wonder&nbsp; Why ... ?</a></em></strong></p><p> Fri, 27 Jul 2012 11:15:00 +0000 Jennifer Wing 5739 at http://www.kplu.org Why does Seattle have so few kids and so many dogs? Why is "Louie Louie" Washington's theme song? http://www.kplu.org/post/why-louie-louie-washingtons-theme-song <p>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.</p><p>Sure it’s got a good beat and it’s easy to dance to, but is a song about a Jamaican sailor longing for his girl really the best tune to represent Washington State?</p><p>How did this classic party song become so much a part of our cultural DNA, anyway?</p><p><strong><a href="http://kpluwonders.org/content/why-louie-louie-washingtons-theme-song">Read More on "I Wonder Why ... ?"</a></strong></p><p> Fri, 13 Jul 2012 11:05:00 +0000 Paula Wissel 5582 at http://www.kplu.org Why is "Louie Louie" Washington's theme song? I Wonder Why ... Reaction to 'Why is Seattle such a white city?' http://www.kplu.org/post/i-wonder-why-reaction-why-seattle-such-white-city <p>Race can be a volatile subject.</p><p>Still, judging from the reaction to a recent "I Wonder Why ... ?" story, it’s something people are eager to talk about.</p><p>Charla Bear’s story explored why Seattle is one of the whitest big cities in the country, whiter than such places as Denver, Oklahoma City, even Minneapolis.</p><p>The response to the report was overwhelming.</p><p><a href="http://kpluwonders.org/content/reaction-why-seattle-such-white-city">Read more on "I Wonder Why ... ?"</a> Fri, 06 Jul 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Paula Wissel 5520 at http://www.kplu.org I Wonder Why ... Reaction to 'Why is Seattle such a white city?' Why is Seattle such a white city? http://www.kplu.org/post/why-seattle-such-white-city <p>Seattleites don’t like to admit it, but this is a pretty white city.</p><p>In fact, the latest census figures show it’s the fifth whitest of the 50 biggest cities in the country. That means there’s a higher proportion of Caucasian people here than in Denver, Oklahoma City, or even Minneapolis.</p><p>So why are there so few people of color in Seattle?</p><p><a href="http://www.kpluwonders.org/content/why-seattle-such-white-city">Read more on <em>I Wonder Why ... ?</em></a> Fri, 29 Jun 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Charla Bear 5435 at http://www.kplu.org Why is Seattle such a white city? Why do so many park the wrong way in Seattle? http://www.kplu.org/post/why-do-so-many-park-wrong-way-seattle <p>I just moved here from Chicago, and there’s one thing that has been bugging me – the way people park.</p><p>In some ways, Seattleites seem to really follow the rules. People don’t jaywalk, for instance. So why do so many people park on the wrong side of the street?</p><p>In my neighborhood in West Seattle, near Alki Beach, cars are parked higgledy-piggledy. Nose to nose, tail to tail. The streets are really narrow, and traffic runs in both directions, so I can understand the temptation to just zip into an empty spot, no matter which side of the street it’s on.</p><p><a href="http://www.kpluwonders.org/content/why-do-so-many-park-wrong-way-seattle"><strong>Read more on I Wonder Why ... ?</strong></a></p><p> Fri, 22 Jun 2012 11:30:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 5357 at http://www.kplu.org Why do so many park the wrong way in Seattle? Why are there so many serial killers in the Northwest? http://www.kplu.org/post/why-are-there-so-many-serial-killers-northwest <p>From Ted Bundy to Gary Ridgway, some of the most notorious murderers in our nation’s history committed their crimes in the Northwest.</p><p>While we may not have the most serial killers, we’ve certainly got that reputation. And that got us to wondering: Why are there so many serial killers in the Northwest?</p><p><strong><a href="http://kpluwonders.org/content/why-has-nw-been-home-so-many-serial-killers">Read the story on "I Wonder Why ...?"</a></strong></p><p> Fri, 15 Jun 2012 11:30:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick 5289 at http://www.kplu.org Why are there so many serial killers in the Northwest? Why are we such gear freaks in the NW? http://www.kplu.org/post/why-are-we-such-gear-freaks-nw <p>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.</p><p>Sure, the weather here demands a certain level of protection from the elements. But what is it that compels people in the Pacific Northwest to want every piece of equipment out there?</p><p><strong><a href="http://kpluwonders.org/content/why-are-we-such-gear-freaks-nw">Read more on I Wonder Why ... ?</a></strong></p> Fri, 08 Jun 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Charla Bear 5226 at http://www.kplu.org Why are we such gear freaks in the NW? Why did blackberry brambles become such a NW problem? http://www.kplu.org/post/why-did-blackberry-brambles-become-such-nw-problem <p><em>“It just doesn’t like to stop. It’s very tenacious.”</em></p><p>If you have property in the Pacific Northwest, there’s one plant you’ve most likely encountered … and battled – The Himalayan Blackberry.</p><p>It’s enemy No.1 in the Northwest. So, where did this plant come from and why did it become such a pervasive pain in the garden?</p><p><strong><a href="http://kpluwonders.org/content/why-did-blackberry-brambles-become-such-nw-problem">Read more on I Wonder Why...?</a></strong></p> Fri, 01 Jun 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 5161 at http://www.kplu.org Why did blackberry brambles become such a NW problem? Why can't you see the animals at Woodland Park Zoo? http://www.kplu.org/post/why-cant-you-see-animals-woodland-park-zoo-0 <p>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.</p><p>The naturalistic animal exhibit was born in Seattle at Woodland Park Zoo nearly 30 years ago.</p><p><a href="http://www.kpluwonders.org/content/why-cant-you-see-animals-woodland-park-zoo"><strong>Read more on I Wonder Why ... ?</strong></a></p><p> Fri, 25 May 2012 13:19:00 +0000 Jennifer Wing 5102 at http://www.kplu.org Why can't you see the animals at Woodland Park Zoo? What's with all of the totem poles in Washington? http://www.kplu.org/post/whats-all-totem-poles-washington <p>With all the totem poles in Washington State, it might surprise you to know the cedar monument isn’t from this region.</p><p>Though some local tribes now carve them, they didn’t originally.</p><p>In fact, the first one here was pilfered from another state.</p><p><a href="http://www.kpluwonders.org/content/whats-all-totem-poles-washington"><strong>Read More on <em>I Wonder Why ... ?</em></strong></a> Fri, 18 May 2012 11:45:00 +0000 Charla Bear 5036 at http://www.kplu.org What's with all of the totem poles in Washington? Why is the 'Boeing Bust' still with us? http://www.kplu.org/post/why-boeing-bust-still-us <p>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.</p><p>And while the "Boeing Bust" happened a long time ago, that economic slump, almost as much as the most recent one, is still a part of our collective consciousness.</p><p>Why does it still resonate all these years later?</p><p><a href="http://www.kpluwonders.org/content/why-boeing-bust-still-us">Read more on I Wonder Why ... ?</a> Fri, 11 May 2012 08:20:50 +0000 Katherine Banwell 4998 at http://www.kplu.org Why is the 'Boeing Bust' still with us?