Reason enough: Our Web Monkey survey asked readers to predict how well the Seattle Mariners will do this season. About 44 percent expect a disappointing season, 34 percent see a .500 season, 16 percent think they’ll make the playoffs and 6 percent predict a World Series appearance.
The percentage of disappointed fans would have been even greater, but Safeco Field concession stands this year will be selling Belgian waffles.
War and peace: Gen. David Petraeus, who led U.S. forces in Afghanistan before heading the CIA, is a fan of New Age music, including Enya and Loreena McKennitt, according to a new book about the retired four-star general.
It must have confused the Taliban to hear Enya blaring from a helicopter gunship and Petraeus, hands on hips, growling, “I love the smell of patchouli in the morning.”
Don’t know much about history: On this day in 1792, Congress passed the Coinage Act, which authorized establishment of the U.S. Mint.
But it wasn’t until 1964 that Congress passed the Mass-Produced Collectibles Act, which authorized establishment of the Franklin Mint and its collections of gold-layered $2 bills, mini busts of NFL stars and sacks of postage stamps of the world.