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Apr 1, 2013

The day seems to be filled with things you thought you’d never see.

And you wouldn’t be wrong at the Museum of Flight where Wonder Woman’s invisible plane is on display.

The plane “was designed by the enlightened Amazons of Paradise Island using highly advanced Amazon engineering,” the museum says on its website.

So what wonders are the plane capable of?

More from the museum: “Originally referred to as the Silent Invisible Plane, this propeller driven aircraft can fly faster than 2000 mph (3218.69 km/h) and can make trans-Atlantic flights without re-fueling. The plane features navigational devices such as a robot control pilot, a locascope and an electronic mist beam. Wonder Woman also commanded course and flight paths with telepathic signals andelectronic devices in her tiara.”

The plane will be on display until April 3. You can also take a virtual tour of the plane online

Style meets function in Microsoft's new Do Not Tracksuit.
Style meets function in Microsoft's new Do Not Tracksuit.

Microsoft’s Do Not Tracksuit

Perhaps the perfect outfit for a flight in Wonder Woman’s invisible plane is Microsoft’s new Do Not Tracksuit, which comes in two versions—velour and polyester.

“Now you’re probably thinking, ‘Clothing, from Microsoft? Really?’ Yes, really. And no, this isn’t a line of designer pocket protectors,” said Frank X. Shaw, the company’s vice president of corporate communications.

The suit will grant you digital anonymity, according to Microsoft.

“It blocks the wearer from being tagged, checked in, scanned, filmed, recorded, hashtagged or poked, in the real world and the virtual world,” Shaw said. “Because in today’s social media obsessed landscape, too often people can unwittingly become ‘content’ in other people’s lifecasting schemes.”

REI finally has answers for kittens' requests

“Kittens requested it, we delivered,” says REI, who introduced its new REI Adventure Kitten Gear on Monday.

Dress up your feline friend in a sporty “lil’ bandana” for just $11. Or go the whole nine yards and shell out $130 for rugged kitten boots, which have “superior traction for treacherous traverses." (We should note we're not sure if that price is for two shoes or four.) And of course, your kitty will need the “’wild cat’ kitten pack” to store all the kibbles and catnip.

REI also recommends the all-weather ball of yarn and tie-dye field mouse for “camping fun!”

Seattle Symphony to host renowned pianist

Get out your wallets—Nora the Cat is coming to Seattle for a live recital!

“We're excited to present Nora the Cat in recital!” tweeted the Seattle Symphony. “Critics call her improvisational approach meow-velous.”

The exact date of the feline phenom’s recital has not yet been announced. Until then, here’s a video clip of a past recital to tide you over.

Ballard, free at last

Wave goodbye to Ballard, Seattle.

“Finally, after over a century of disgruntlement, Ballard has seceded from the city of Seattle,” reports the Ballard News Tribune.

The newspaper said the Seattle City Council voted, 6 to 1, to approve the secession. Mike O’Brien, the lone dissenter, said the city's loss of his wife’s business, Firefly Kitchens, is disappointing, the paper said.

"Have you had her ruby red kraut?" O’Brien said. "Seriously, guys. Come on."

Pulit-surprise: Fifty Shades wins!

Seattle Public Libraries released a leaked list of Pulitzer Prize winners on Monday — a full two weeks ahead of the official announcement date.

And there were a few surprises. The winner for the biography/autobiography category was Sweet Revenge: The intimate life of Simon Cowell by Tom Bower.

The highly-acclaimed work I Could Pee on This, and other poems by Cats took the top spot in poetry.

And the best-selling novel Fifty Shades Freed by E.L. James won the fiction category.

Now you can smell that crispy goodness all day long.
Now you can smell that crispy goodness all day long.

Two words: Bacon (wait for it) Sunscreen

Forget coconut. Why not smell like a thick slab of bacon while you sunbathe?

J&D Foods, the Seattle-based maker of all things bacon, has come up with a real game changer: Bacon Sunscreen “for sizzling hot weather.”

"Science has shown us that 10 out of 10 people prefer the smell of bacon to coconut, which should makes this the most anticipated new product of the summer," the company said. 

It was not immediately clear how the family dog might react to such an enticing scent.