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

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 earthquake

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

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