Weird news from in and around Washington, D.C.


Red is in, white is out (hopefully) for spring: A cardinal cocks its head near Jim Havard’s Capitol Hill home on a snowy mid-March afternoon. “Our house is close to the Anacostia River and Congressional Cemetery, so there are lots of trees and open space around for wildlife,” Havard said. (Jim Havard/For Express)

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Recipient: ‘Thanks, I Guess?’

Alexandria-based auction house Rasmus sold an unusual item this month: a 12-foot-tall fiberglass statue of Buddha. The gold-painted statue was part of a liquidation sale at the now-defunct Buddha Bar in the District. Local attorney and bar owner David Chung made the winning bid at $1,526, but he won’t be taking Buddha home with him, The Washington Post reports. He says it’s a housewarming gift for D.C. builder Bill Dean.

RECORD HOLDERS

Orange Is the New Black Lab

The Humane Society of Harford County, Md., learned this month that it landed a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records. They achieved the record for most dogs wearing bandanas at a single location by gathering 200 dogs outfitted in orange Humane Society kerchiefs in Bel Air, Md., on Oct. 12. Guinness officials verified the record in early March, Bel Air Patch reports.

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Actual Mascot Now Warmer Than Guy Wearing Costume

Climate change could harm not only the environment but team spirit, too. The National Wildlife Federation reported this month that the University of Maryland’s beloved mascot, the terrapin, may be in danger from higher temperatures and rising seas, Capital News Service said. Buffalo, wolverines and alligators are also in danger, the report said.

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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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