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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)

Supporters of the "SlutWalk" in New Delhi, India, on July 31. (Mustafa Quraishi/AP)

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)

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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Clinton Yates is a D.C. native and an online columnist. When he's not covering the city, pop culture or listening to music, he watches sports. A lot of them.


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