Notable People & Places / 09.04.2012

You read that correctly. As in Napoleon Bonaparte ... that is, Jerome Napoleon Bonaparte III, the great-grandson of Jerome Bonaparte, Napoleon's youngest brother. Oh, Jerome III was also the great-grandson of Daniel Webster. Impressive lineage. What set me down this path was the photo below. I came across it on Shorpy and had to figure out the story behind this malcontent teenager.
Three Things... / 07.03.2012

I really enjoyed researching the last "Three Things..." post and from the traffic and Twitter buzz, it seemed like a number of you enjoyed reading it. So here's another one to add to your trivia treasure chest: Farragut Square. You all know it and love it, because this is where you go in the warmer months to partake in the recent explosion of D.C. food trucks. Pies, pitas, gyros and kebobs (yum) ... it's all awesome, cheap and you can sit on a little patch of grass to soak up some rays. I also love the food, but the real reason for this post is a conversation I had the other day with someone about the two Metro stations, Farragut North and Farragut West. It seems so odd and inefficient that two separate lines have stops just a couple hundred yards from each other ... and I didn't know why this was until I read a great book about the history of Washington's Metro system, "The Great Society subway: a history of the Washington Metro" ... great book, read it. I'll give you that story and two more about Farragut so you have some conversation topics for your next food truck run.