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Posted at 11:25 AM ET, 08/15/2011

Lunchline: The National Gallery is prepped for WW3

Today is one of those mornings when the term ‘a case of the Mondays’ actually seems appropriate and not super corny. Flooding caused a mess of a commute on the Blue/Yellow lines in Virginia, a water main burst in Upper Marlboro forcing a road closure and two horses, that’s right, were seen grazing along I-395 to boot. What a day.

Andrew Robison, curator of graphic arts at the National Gallery of Art, has been curating a collection of works to be saved first in case WWIII breaks out. (Bill O'Leary - WASHINGTON POST)
Personally, when I think about what possessions I would save in case of nuclear holocaust, I think about paintings. Not really. But for curator Andrew Robison at the National Gallery of Art, that’s exactly what he does. Robison is responsible for ranking certain works in order to determine which should go in the emergency boxes and be shipped to safety should disaster arise. And this guy takes his job VERY seriously. The Post’s Ned Martel reports on the what the plan is, and it involves a bunch of black containers with ‘WW3’ drawn in calligraphy on the side. Also, that wacky lady is back to attacking paintings.

Supporters of the "SlutWalk" in New Delhi, India, on July 31. (Mustafa Quraishi - AP)
On first read, the term ‘Slut Walk’ sounds rather vulgar. But the movement that took hold earlier this year in Toronto has turned into a global cause designed to put an end to the practice of blaming victims for sexual harassment and assaults. Saturday in D.C., a march and rally were held that ended up at the Washington Monument. The Post’s June Q. Wu reports on the events over the weekend and columnist Robert McCartney says the rally disproves the stereotype of feminists as prudes.

Working downtown, it’s not that hard to find a place to eat for lunch. But if you don’t want to go broke, the options dwindle. But sometimes, you need to impress a client or partner and the food trucks can’t get it done. Luckily, the business lunch scene in D.C. is booming with deals. The Post’s Tom Sietsma offers an incredible breakdown of where to eat for any occasion from the power lunch, to celebrating a deal, to the big office party.

As a kid, my dad used to tell me that by the year 2000, he assumed the world would have flying cars. And while we aren’t quite there yet, our focus has shifted on where the world is likely headed. This month, Foreign Policy issues a special report on how the planet will look in 2025. And yes, we’re talking bionic prosthetic limbs, new ‘smart’ military munitions and global overcrowding due to old people. This stuff is fascinating to me.

Kevin Durant, #35, of the Oklahoma City Thunder. (Christian Petersen - GETTY IMAGES)
Basketball player Kevin Durant has to be the most beloved local athlete who doesn’t play here. So when he returned to play in the Goodman Summer League for a game at Spingarn High School in Northeast, it was sort of like the return of the prodigal son. Durant signed autographs for fans, dropped 44 points in a win, then spoke at length with The Post’s Michael Lee about his busy summer and his plans for the lockout.

Extra Bites

• I’m not typically a very fearful person, but these two stories have me quite nervous. First it was reported that a guy in Louisiana died last year from what turned out to be a case of vampire bat rabies (?!). Also, someone in Virginia has something that’s typically referred to as a ‘brain-eating amoeba.’ Shudder.

• Do me a favor, if you know anyone whose living arrangement has changed due to the recession, forward them this crowdsourcing form for a Post story. Thanks.

• And...Google just made a power move to acquire Motorola Mobility. No big deal.

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