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1. Washington Monument: A 550-foot-tall white obelisk towering over the National Mall and offering a birds-eye view of the city; free admis...
2. Slugging: The driver actually has to take on two passengers to use the HOV lane.  
3. Castle, The: Built in 1855, the Smithsonian Institution's first building is known as the Castle. The building houses the Institu...
4. Thomas Jefferson Building: The Thomas Jefferson Building is the oldest of the three Library of Congress buildings. Opened in 1897, the buildin...
5. Beer Summit: On July 30th, 2009, Harvard professor Robert Louis Gates and Cambridge police officer James Crowley had a private d...  
6. Booeymonger: A sandwich shop known for offering a wide variety of weird sandwiches (as well as the old standards) at excellent p...  
7. Capitol Hill: The area's most prominent landmark, the Capitol building, perches here; the original architect decreed that no buil...
8. Metrorail: Washington D.C.'s mass transit railroad system.  
9. Lucky Bar: A locally beloved dive bar on Connecticut Avenue.  
10. Gordon Biersch Microbrewery: A downtown spot that specializes in German beers.  
11. Sign of the Whale: A popular bar on M-Street.  
12. Freedom Fries: In the midst of the debate over the Iraq war, a few US congressmen exercised their freedom to slight the French by ...  
13. Agent Zero: Agent Zero is the nickname for Washington Wizards star Gilbert Arenas, who wears zero.  
14. beltway: Interstate Highway 495  
15. Mixing Bowl: The Springfield interchange where highways 495/395/95 all meet.  
 
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A popular breakfast food in New England; a pancake made with cornmeal, generally served with butter and/or maple syrup. And to the gluten-free...a good cause for celebration (and a visit to Rhode Island)!

Joe the Plumber, actually Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, became an instant celebrity when John McCain mentioned him (several times) in the third presidential debate for the 2008 election. Apparently "Joe" asked Barack Obama's plan to tax people making over $250,000 because he was about to buy a plumbing business that makes about that much money. After the debate he soon became the poster child for the American workingman (or woman) who would get taxed a greater amount on his hard-earned income. Wurzelbacher now has his own agents and is reported to have been offered a country music contract with a major label. It has yet to be seen whether "Joe the Plumber" can turn his 15 minutes of fame into something more sustainable, or if he should stick to his plumbing gig.

Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis or IUPUI, the acronym that inspired the not-so-flattering nickname.

Father Baker is waiting to be canonized at Our Lady of Victory. He used to run a house for boys and now every child is threatened to be sent to Fr. Baker's when they are bad.

Gypsy cab is the word for the black town cars that roam the boroughs looking for people who need a ride. If you are standing at the curb, they might pull up to see if you need a cab. In certain parts of the city (the Bronx, parts of Brooklyn, etc.) it is rare to find a yellow cab on duty (unless they just dropped someone off and are headed back to Manhattan), so you need to either call for a car company, or rely on gypsy cabs. It is recommended...