The D.C. area’s weirdest local news


Herndon, Va., resident Frank Podczerviensky had been visiting the Manassas National Battlefield for a few weeks when he decided he wanted to go back at sunset to take some photos. His trip paid off, and late last month he captured some spectacular dusk lighting on one of the battlefield’s many cannons. (Frank Podczerviensky/Via WaPoExpress’ Flickr group)

WILDLIFE

Kermit to Teach ‘Ribbits 101’

Healthy frogs, healthy MoCo, says Montgomery County’s Department of Environmental Protection. Jan. 30 marks its first training session to teach volunteers to identify frog and toad calls, then collect data in hopes of boosting conservation efforts, BethesdaNow reported. The county fears that falling amphibian populations are affecting the wider ecosystem. Truth: It ain’t easy being green.

QUESTS

Nemo’s Dad: ‘If Only I Had Known About Hashtags …’

A Virginia woman carefully balanced flattering persistence with stalking when she launched a flyer and social media campaign to find a man she met at a bar in Old Town. (She didn’t give him her number; “I made the wrong choice,” her flyers read.) OldTownCourtney’s #FindBen campaign paid off when she indeed found Ben, according to Old Town Alexandria Patch. #YOLO

FOWL PLAY

Woman: ‘Bawk Off, Man!’

A 6-foot-tall white male in his early 20s followed a woman and her children into their Springfield, Va., home to … sell them poultry? That’s what the unwilling customer told West Springfield police in late December after the man entered her home around 8:30 a.m., said a Fairfax County police report and Burke Patch. When the woman refused his goods, the strange salesman left without further incident.

Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.
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