Peek Inside Subterranean Tunnels Deep Beneath Washington, DC

No, it's not the setting for a new horror movie, though that's not a bad idea, considering we're talking 75,000 square feet of tunnels and trolley stations that have been virtually abandoned for the past 50 years beneath Dupont Circle. » 1/14/15 2:40pm 1/14/15 2:40pm

Compare 1836 and modern-day New York with this interactive map

Travel back in time with this interactive map of New York, which lets you take a spyglass to any part of the city and uncover what that circle of space looked like in 1836. » 9/07/13 9:30am 9/07/13 9:30am

Darth Vader's helmet is hidden on the Washington National Cathedral

High atop the Washington National Cathedral sits a Sith Lord, his menacing visage exiled there by the whims of a child. And, technically, National Geographic. Yes, the helmet of Darth Vader adorns the northwestern tower of the National Cathedral. It's a weird story and not Star Wars canon whatsoever. » 3/30/12 2:15pm 3/30/12 2:15pm

An art exhibit caught between the moon and a jug of cheese puffs

Entering a new exhibit in Washington, DC's Corcoran Gallery of Art is like walking into a movie mash-up of Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey and National Lampoon's Animal House. » 12/04/11 8:45am 12/04/11 8:45am

In an alternate reality, this pyramid is the Lincoln Memorial

The ziggurat you're looking at is John Russell Pope's 1912 design for the Lincoln Memorial. This design and plans for other kooky alternate history monuments are currently on display at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC. Check out parallel universe versions of the Capitol, the White House, and other… » 11/30/11 2:30pm 11/30/11 2:30pm

Are the streets of Washington, D.C. supposed to form a pentagram?

Popular lore suggests that the street layout of Washington, D.C., was designed so that the streets emanating from the White House would intersect with landmarks in the area to form a pentagram. The designers of the district were Freemasons, and the pentagram is one of a plethora of symbols important to the… » 10/13/11 8:00am 10/13/11 8:00am

What it's like to be trapped in the Washington Monument during an…

Last month's earthquake in Virginia rattled the 555-foot-tall Washington Monument such that it's been closed indefinitely so engineers can assess damage. Buildings all across the Eastern Seaboard were rocked on August 23, but the Monument's security camera footage shows that people visiting the famous obelisk had a… » 9/27/11 7:20am 9/27/11 7:20am

Chupacabra caught on camera in the suburbs of Washington DC

Cheese on crackers, has the chupacabra had a prolific summer. Now America's favorite prune-skinned mammalian cryptid is making a run for the White House. And I'm not talking about [FILL IN YOUR LEAST FAVORITE CONGRESSMAN HERE]! Political humor! Hey-yo! » 8/16/11 10:50am 8/16/11 10:50am

Video reveals an incredible reconstruction of what Washington, DC…

Full of farms and shacks, the capitol city of the United States wasn't exactly imposing 200 years ago. Politicians lived three to a room in modest boardinghouses, and the White House was surrounded by a fence to keep out wandering cows. » 5/31/11 3:30pm 5/31/11 3:30pm

The American Autobahn of 1925 would've run next door to the White House

In 1925, several American highway associations drafted up designs for a six-lane highway running from NYC to Washington DC. This doesn't sound controversial, but they also decided to plop down the road adjacent to the White House and Capitol. » 1/29/11 9:00am 1/29/11 9:00am

The Great Subways Of The World Are Freaking Gorgeous

There's something blissfully futuristic about subways. Maybe it's that these people-movers evoke space stations or arcologies. Or perhaps being shoved ass-to-shoulder together with strangers during rush hour unleashes some long-dormant pack instinct. Regardless, these metros are shiny. » 4/03/10 8:00am 4/03/10 8:00am

Explore the Vast Capitol Wasteland of 2277 in Fallout 3

This concept art for Fallout 3, which we mentioned once before, shows Washington D.C. reduced to ashen rubble. The highly-anticipated sequel to the classic "wander the wasteland and have sex with mutant hookers" RPG is slated for a Fall 2008 multi-platform release. The story is not directly related to the one from… » 4/07/08 11:40am 4/07/08 11:40am