What's Up With That?

Christa Meyer, residential physical therapist in Mountlake Terrace, Washington, plays Wordle daily. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

What in the world is Wordle? It’s an online game C-R-A-Z-E

Solving the daily five-letter brain teaser in six tries is the latest social media obsession.

 

Veteran Keith F. Reyes, 64, gets his monthly pedicure at Nail Flare on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021 in Stanwood, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

No more gnarly feet: This ‘Wounded Warrior’ gets pedicures

Keith Reyes, 64, visits a Stanwood nail salon for “foot treatments” that help soothe blast injuries.

 

Jack Rice, left, gives his grandmother Carolyn Rice, a tutorial on her new tablet Saturday afternoon in Edmonds on November 20, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Need to Ring or Zoom? Edmonds teen comes to the rescue

Jack Rice, 17, started a free service to help seniors connect with tech. “He’s a hero around here.”

 

Laird Will and Glenna Atkins share a laugh Saturday afternoon in Marysville on December 18, 2021. Will found out he had additional siblings through a DNA test. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Oh, boy! DNA test reveals Marysville mom’s 1957 secret baby

Shirley Howard, 86, has two other kids, ages 60 and 62. They didn’t know they had a big brother. They welcomed him.

Laird Will and Glenna Atkins share a laugh Saturday afternoon in Marysville on December 18, 2021. Will found out he had additional siblings through a DNA test. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Cindy Jensen, left, greets Auggie Doggie as his owners John and Lorna Landis walk around Alderwood Mall on Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021 in Lynnwood, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

This dapper dog in a bow tie has business cards for his fans

An Everett couple pushes Auggie Doggie in a stroller and engages others to share their pet tales.

Cindy Jensen, left, greets Auggie Doggie as his owners John and Lorna Landis walk around Alderwood Mall on Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021 in Lynnwood, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
The back view of the 10,000 square foot home at 3727 Shore Ave. in Everett that's for sale for $4.9 million. (Norton Zanini)

For sale: A $5M mansion expanded with Alfy’s pizza dough

The marble-floored Everett estate is among several pricey pads for sale. A Woodway wonder is $16 million.

The back view of the 10,000 square foot home at 3727 Shore Ave. in Everett that's for sale for $4.9 million. (Norton Zanini)
Anthony Schmidt, 13, uses forced perspective photography to make model cars look real. This was taken at King Charley’s Drive-In on Highway 9 in Snohomish. (Anthony Schmidt)

He’s 13, and famous for photos making toy cars look real

Anthony Schmidt, who is on the autism spectrum, has gallery exhibits, 2,500 model cars and a real 1957 Ford named Betty.

Anthony Schmidt, 13, uses forced perspective photography to make model cars look real. This was taken at King Charley’s Drive-In on Highway 9 in Snohomish. (Anthony Schmidt)
Jacob Akers in his replica Dude sweater from The Big Leboswki on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Dude, you’re knitting some bodacious ‘Big Lebowski’ sweaters

Jacob Akers, 29, a Costco shelf stocker, knits cardigans made famous by the 1998 cult classic guy flick.

Jacob Akers in his replica Dude sweater from The Big Leboswki on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Shannon Session's high school photo decorates a signal box at Alderwood Mall.     (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

‘Lynnwood blue’ eyeshadow, ’80s glam shots adorn new landmark

A signal box by Alderwood mall is a throwback to an era of big hair, lampooned on local sketch show “Almost Live.”

Shannon Session's high school photo decorates a signal box at Alderwood Mall.     (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
A cat watches TV at PAWS in Lynnwood. The animal rescue is seeking TV donations for all the cat rooms. It helps the cats from feeling lonely and acts as a window of sorts for them to watch birds and squirrels. (Lynn Jefferson / PAWS)

Kitty TV: Shelter cats get a digital window to outside world

PAWS in Lynnwood seeks TV donations to keep all 30 of its cats happy and entertained.

A cat watches TV at PAWS in Lynnwood. The animal rescue is seeking TV donations for all the cat rooms. It helps the cats from feeling lonely and acts as a window of sorts for them to watch birds and squirrels. (Lynn Jefferson / PAWS)
Second grader Emma Bahboud jumps for joy after splitting  an apple in half using just heir hands during class at Penny Creek Elementary School on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021 in Everett, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Apple-splitting TikTok lands Everett teacher on ‘Ellen’ show

Sean Reich teaches students, staff and Ellen DeGeneres how to halve apples with bare hands.

Second grader Emma Bahboud jumps for joy after splitting  an apple in half using just heir hands during class at Penny Creek Elementary School on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021 in Everett, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Cars drive onto the ferry at the Mukilteo terminal on Monday, Nov. 1, 2021 in Mukilteo, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

3 miles by ferry, but these days a round trip can take 5 hours

Reporter Andrea Brown commuted on the “20-minute” sailing between Mukilteo and Clinton. Service is taking a toll.

Cars drive onto the ferry at the Mukilteo terminal on Monday, Nov. 1, 2021 in Mukilteo, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Gene Simmons impersonator, Jack Murrin practices on there bass guitar at his storage building on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021 in Everett, Washington. Murrin, 51, a firefighter and impersonator, is putting on a 2-hour KISS concert with 19 songs in front of his north Everett home on Halloween.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

The Demon: Gene Simmons imitator hosts a free Kiss concert

Everett firefighter and paramedic Jack Murrin will return to the stage for a Halloween show at his home.

Gene Simmons impersonator, Jack Murrin practices on there bass guitar at his storage building on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021 in Everett, Washington. Murrin, 51, a firefighter and impersonator, is putting on a 2-hour KISS concert with 19 songs in front of his north Everett home on Halloween.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
A $10,000 taxidermied grizzly bear for sale at the new Everett Consignment on Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Oh my! An Instagram wonderland of loveseats, rhinos and bears

Everett Consignment in the former Bramble building has 60,000 square feet of new and vintage items.

A $10,000 taxidermied grizzly bear for sale at the new Everett Consignment on Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Inside the Great Hall of the Monroe castle. All armor and weapons are included with the castle. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Home sweet castle: $2.3M buys a medieval marvel near Monroe

Swords, armor and collectibles are included. The 19-acre property has a gun range and 9-foot dragon.

Inside the Great Hall of the Monroe castle. All armor and weapons are included with the castle. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
A lone white Costco shopping cart at the Woodinville Costco has achieved celebrity status first as Blanco and now Dash. It is the only white cart in the fleet of gray carts and has a cult following inside the store and on social media. (Neil Enns / Dane Creek Photography)

Lone white Costco cart formerly known as Blanco is celebrity

The only non-gray cart at a Woodinville Costco got a name change but kept its job — and its magical powers.

A lone white Costco shopping cart at the Woodinville Costco has achieved celebrity status first as Blanco and now Dash. It is the only white cart in the fleet of gray carts and has a cult following inside the store and on social media. (Neil Enns / Dane Creek Photography)
Evan Wiederspohn, a 15 year old from Arlington, who won the blind-judging Put It On The Menu category in a recent BBQ contest hosted by Famous Dave's. His bacon wrapped mac and cheese bites with burnt BBQ ends will go on the appetizer menu in November. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

BBQ whiz kid: At 15, he’s getting a dish on Famous Dave’s menu

Evan Wiederspohn of Arlington won a competition and $250 for his bacon-cheese-burnt ends bites.

Evan Wiederspohn, a 15 year old from Arlington, who won the blind-judging Put It On The Menu category in a recent BBQ contest hosted by Famous Dave's. His bacon wrapped mac and cheese bites with burnt BBQ ends will go on the appetizer menu in November. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
David Boushey is a retired former stuntman and member of Hollywood's Stuntmen's Hall of Fame. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

This hometown fall guy is a legendary Hollywood stuntman

The illustrious career of David Boushey, 79, includes falls, fisticuffs and David Lynch flicks.

David Boushey is a retired former stuntman and member of Hollywood's Stuntmen's Hall of Fame. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
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David Barney, owner of Barney's Pastrami on Evergreen, has changed the last names of the dozens of celebrities who's photos hang on the wall of his restaurant to Barney.  The newly named celebrities include Humphrey Barney, Uma Barney, Marilyn Barney, Olivia Newton-Barney and Stevie Ray Barney.  
Photo taken 11252014

Where’s Barney? His pastrami shop has served its last hoagie

Even the Evergreen Way deli’s landlord is looking for him. David Barney has vanished.

Genna Martin / The Herald
David Barney, owner of Barney's Pastrami on Evergreen, has changed the last names of the dozens of celebrities who's photos hang on the wall of his restaurant to Barney.  The newly named celebrities include Humphrey Barney, Uma Barney, Marilyn Barney, Olivia Newton-Barney and Stevie Ray Barney.  
Photo taken 11252014
Russell Struck, 63, started decorating his Chevy L5 about five years ago and never stopped and lives in his truck part-time. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

He keeps on truckin’ in a fabric-wrapped Chevy that’s his home

Russell Struck decorated his S-10 with 8 yards of flaming red cloth, holographic eyeballs and skulls.

Russell Struck, 63, started decorating his Chevy L5 about five years ago and never stopped and lives in his truck part-time. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)