Thursday, November 3, 2011

"Show us the Monuments"

First, what movie is the above line from? (Remember, it's pizza/movie night at the launchpad - but this movie is probably not being shown until after LBA and SoBA are in bed). Still don't know?

Living in Washington DC is pretty cool. I never get tired of the views and all of the great monuments that are all around the capital city. You may have heard that Washington had an earthquake back in August, which damaged the Washington Monument. After seeing this video, I understand (I was in Chicago when the quake happened, depriving me of one of my bucket list items - being in an earthquake). The link above is to DCist, from there you can get to the videos from the National Park Service, or click here, you want the "500ft level video view" videos.

Once you're done shaking, here's a list of some myths about the many monuments and statuary around DC for your enjoyment.
  1. There are 13 hands on the Iwo Jima Memorial. Nope, just twelve, no Hand of God.
  2. Fine. There is no such thing as the "Hoof Code" i.e., "the number of hooves in the air on equestrian statues tells you how the person died. Two hooves in the air means the person died in battle, one hoof means the person was injured in battle, and all four hooves on the ground means the person survived battle unharmed." But I don't believe it.
  3. There is a bible buried under the Washington Monument. Well, not under, but among other things, there is one in the cornerstone.
And another list of those obscure monuments that you really have to look for if you want to see them. No, I'm not telling you where they are. Go find them yourself!
  1. The Albert Einstein Statue
  2. The Maine Lobsterman
  3. Sonny Bono Memorial Traffic Island
  4. The Run-over Fireman Monument
  5. The Women's Titanic Memorial (dedicated to Kate Winslet, just kidding)
Then again, you could try to get here to have one of the best views in the city. Call your congressman (and then call me - because I want to go, too).

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