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All Roads Lead to D.C.

Though the saying is “All roads lead to Rome,” if Washington D.C. architect Pierre Charles L’Enfant had his way, all roads would lead to the nation’s capital. L’Enfant wanted a column called “the Washington Meridian” erected a mile east of the U.S. Capitol. This column would mark where “all distances of places through the Continent, are [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Amazing Matchstick Sculptures

I can’t believe I haven’t been to the Matchstick Marvels Museum. Last month, Jill Harness featured an impressive Minas Tirith from Lord of the Rings made out of 420,000 matchsticks, and after checking out her link we discovered that the place is only about an hour away from Des Moines. Yep… it’s definitely on my [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Facts About the U.S. Capitol Building

I admit it – I’m reading the new Dan Brown book. I feel like I should be a little bit embarrassed, but it’s the fastest-selling adult novel of all time, so obviously I’m in good company. In case you’re not familiar, The Lost Symbol involves the typical Robert Langdon-style hunt for clues and symbols through [...]