25 Crazy Things You Didn’t Know About Washington DC

Posted by , Updated on July 3, 2015

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

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

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

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

wineSource: blog.sidetour.com, Image: wikipedia

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

In Washington DC there is 1 lawyer for every 19 residents

gavelSource: blog.sidetour.com, Image: wikipedia

For every US senator there are 74 lobbyists

lobbyistsSource: blog.sidetour.com, Image: wikipedia

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

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

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

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

The Library of Congress is the largest library in the country

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

It has over 500 miles of bookshelves

booksSource: blog.sidetour.com, Image: wikipedia

A former Mouseketeer wrote Washington DC's song in 1951

mouseketeersSource: blog.sidetour.com, Image: wikipedia

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

White HouseSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

The US capitol building has its own subway lines

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

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

US capitol cryptSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

And underneath that is a nuclear fallout shelter

Nuclear warningSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

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

WashingtonSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

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

WashingtonSource: nationstri.com, Image: wikipedia

And the world's tallest obelisk

WashingtonSource: nationstri.com, Image: wikipedia

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

Darth VaderSource: nationstri.com, Image: wikipedia

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

New York CitySource: washington.org, Image: wikipedia

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

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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