Richard's Poor Almanac by Richard Thompson for April 20, 2015
richard's poor almanac discarded washington by richart thompson briefly, in 1906, they tried mooring zeppelins to the washington monument. but everybody hated climbing down the little ladder & the lightning rod kept poking teeny holes in the gasbag. minks allen's minkyard capitol mink works minks a-plenty in 1893-5 the area around 8th & c st. nw was known as the "mink ranching district." the smell was unbelievable. the old dept. of health & human services building had a 90 foot tall statue on top called "the spirit of mercy succoring everybody." because of weight concerns it was made of grout, chalk & papier mache. it lasted two weeks. hirshhorn's cyclorama live french arty oolala paris the hirshhorn was origina;;y a cyclorama entitled "bohemian paris" featuring live nude art models. after a few visits from the vice squad they were forced to put in some real art instead.