The most bizarre news from in and around D.C.


Mike Silva of Washington, D.C., thought about participating in Jan. 12’s No Pants Metro Ride, sponsored by Capitol Improv, but he couldn’t find a friend to join him. “It’d feel too weird riding the Metro without pants by myself,” he said. So, instead, he grabbed his camera — and his pants — and documented the annual event. (Mike Silva/For Express)

FALSE ALARMS

Found Nearby: A Plastic Sewer Rat Named Splinter

When an animal control officer arrived to aid a reptile-phobic woman at her house in Takoma Park, Md., last month, a surprise awaited. The “sick turtle” the woman had called about was made of plastic, The Washington Post reported. The officer believes the turtle may have been left as a prank. Joke’s on the taxpayers who paid for the animal control officer’s time.

VENGEANCE

“That’s what happens when your parents promise a tree house and don’t deliver.”

— Andrew Knight, 36, told ARLnow.com why he built an “epic tree house” in his arlington backyard, 30 years after his parents promised him one. The 90-square-foot tree house sits on a 199-square-foot platform.

PEAKING EARLY

Life’s Downhill From Here

Two Internet-famous D.C. rappers fulfilled their dream of filming a music video in Pyongyang, North Korea. Called “Escape to North Korea,” the crowd-funded video shows Pacman and Peso (aka Anthony Bobb, 19, and Dontray Ennis, 20) amid cement-block architecture and banners of supreme leader Kim Jong Un. The only thing missing was Dennis Rodman.

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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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