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Michael Jourdan was walking around Mt. Pleasant on March 2 when he spied a diorama in a defunct fire callbox. These relics used to hold analog alarm systems that could alert the fire department of an emergency. “I love the way that the artist took these obsolete callboxes and reused them,” Jourdan said. (Michael Jourdan / For Express)

PUPPET REGIMES

Cookie Monster Would’ve Won If He Hadn’t Eaten His Bribes

Prince William County, Va., held a very special election last month. The twist? Candidates were Muppets, superheroes, actors and more. The “election” was set up to test two versions of a new paper ballot system, Woodbridge Patch reported. In one race, 158 voters said they’d support Kermit the Frog for public office. Big Bird came in last with 72, the county’s voter registrar, Doug Geib, told Express.

TALKING HEADS

“It’s time we had a councilman whose agenda can’t be confused with Jerry Springer’s Final Thought.”

— Robert Dyer, who is running for Bethesda’s city council, needling his rivals on Youtube by comparing their agendas to the talk show Host’s cheesy closing pronouncements

FALSE SIGNS

Wetro Mixes Up Its Ms and Ws

George Washington University wasn’t just forgotten on a new Metro sign — it was replaced by George Mason. On a placard listing Orange Line stops, “Foggy Bottom” was followed by “GMU” instead of the correct “GWU,” ARLnow.com reported. The faulty sign was discovered hanging in the Virginia Square-GMU station.

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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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