25 Crazy Things You Didn’t Know About Washington DC

Did you know that Washington DC is not a city? Or even a state? And did you know that the state capitol building has its own metro system? These are 25 crazy things you didn’t know about Washington DC.

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In 1983 the District of Columbia petitioned to become a state that would be called New Columbia

Washington DCSource: history.com, Image: wikipedia
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Why? One reason is that citizens of the district do not have a voting representative in the national legislature

US CapitolSource: history.com, Image: wikipedia
23

License plates are emblazoned with the age old phrase "taxation without representation" that the colonies used during the Revolutionary War

taxation without representationSource: history.com, Image: wikipedia
22

More wine is consumed per person in DC than anywhere else in the US

wineSource: blog.sidetour.com, Image: wikipedia
21

The Arlington Ladies is a group of women who attend the funeral of every soldier in the national cemetery so that no soldier is ever buried alone

Arlington CemeterySource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
20

In Washington DC there is 1 lawyer for every 19 residents

gavelSource: blog.sidetour.com, Image: wikipedia
19

For every US senator there are 74 lobbyists

lobbyistsSource: blog.sidetour.com, Image: wikipedia
18

You probably could have guessed that the "Washington" in "Washington DC" comes from George Washington but did you know that the "Columbia" in "District of Columbia" is a tribute to Christopher Columbus

Christopher ColumbusSource: washington.org, Image: wikipedia
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Washington DC is not a city or a state. It is a special federal district created to be the seat of government

US CapitolSource: washington.org, Image: pixabay
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Remember how we said that DC residents don't have voting rights in congress? That's because the district was created as a seat of government and not intended for people to live in (although today more than half a million people call it home)

Lincoln MemorialSource: washington.org, Image: wikipedia
15

Ever since 1971 the district has had one representative in the House of Representatives but he/she doesn't have voting rights.

CongressSource: washington.org, Image: wikipedia
14

The Library of Congress is the largest library in the country

Library of CongressSource: blog.sidetour.com, Image: wikipedia
13

It has over 500 miles of bookshelves

booksSource: blog.sidetour.com, Image: wikipedia
12

A former Mouseketeer wrote Washington DC's song in 1951

mouseketeersSource: blog.sidetour.com, Image: wikipedia
11

The White House was the place of residence for every US president except George Washington

White HouseSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
10

The US capitol building has its own subway lines

US Capitol metro lineSource: buzzfeed.com, Image: wikipedia
9

Underneath the capital building is a crypt where George Washington was going to be buried

US capitol cryptSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
8

And underneath that is a nuclear fallout shelter

Nuclear warningSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
7

8 presidents never went to college: Washington, Jackson, Van Buren, Taylor, Fillmore, Lincoln, Johnson, and Cleveland.

WashingtonSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
6

The Washington Monument is the world's tallest free standing masonry structure

WashingtonSource: nationstri.com, Image: wikipedia
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And the world's tallest obelisk

WashingtonSource: nationstri.com, Image: wikipedia
4

There is a grotesque of Darth Vader on the Washington National Cathedral

Darth VaderSource: nationstri.com, Image: wikipedia
3

Other cities that have served as the US capital have been New York City, Philadelphia, and Annapolis

New York CitySource: washington.org, Image: wikipedia
2

The National Air and Space Museum is one of the most popular museums in the world. It attracts more than 9 million people annually

National Air and Space MuseumSource: washington.org, Image: wikipedia
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Speaking of museums, if you ever visit you'll be happy to find out that most (over 100) of the museums and attractions are free

yes that's awesome!Source: washington.org, Image: wikipedia


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