#WHENINDC

Unless you’ve been hibernating on Lau’s lower level without a computer or phone for the past month, you’ve been on #whatweshouldcallme procrastinating at some point over the past month. We love it because we can always relate to .gifs of drunk people on Bravo shows, old 90’s sitcoms and SNL skits. But, at the same time, #whatweshouldcallme seems to be focused a little too much on people in law school for us undergrads to handle.

Luckily for us, someone in the District has made a new tumblr page — a #whatweshouldcallme dedicated to D.C.-isms. And, since we here at 4E love D.C.-themed procrastination more than anything (besides puppies, grilled cheese sandwiches and food trucks), we figured we’d pass it along.

Since you need the motion to understand the humor, we’ve included the links below to some of our favorites. And even though we’re mildly upset no Georgetown humor has been included yet, we still find #whenindc mighty funny.

D.C. Streetcars Strike Back

Ever wondered what went down in the Car Barn before Georgetown professors and students began making use of it? Well, the next time you’re sitting in class, minutes away from dozing off, think about how less than 50 years ago, the Car Barn didn’t house any classrooms. Rather, it housed streetcars that were undergoing maintenance. Also, it was actually super close to becoming a Union Station.

So why the mention of the building that many students dread walking to? Streetcars, that’s why. The first streetcars in D.C. appeared in 1862 and were literally horse powered. After a little under 100 years of operation, streetcars were replaced by buses and the Metrorail system. Now, fifty years after that fateful decision, D.C. residents welcome the return of a streetcar system.

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Valentine’s Day — D.C. Style

by Martin Hussey

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Can’t wait to express your love this Valentine’s Day? Can’t find the right words for the love in your life? The Washington Post has you covered this year, with D.C.-themed cheesy valentines that are so sappy they belong on a box of Capitol-themed Sweethearts. We collected our favorite valentines, but the rest of them can be found here.

The Post accepted reader submissions for the best valentines inspired by the District. Regardless of your relationship status this Valentine’s Day, the political humor and jabs at D.C.’s quirkiness are sure to make even the most lonely heart smile.

Top of the Class

by Kaitlyn Morio

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Looks like all the time in Lau is paying off! A recent report from Central Connecticut State University has declared Washington, D.C. the most literate city in America for the second year in a row.

To rank literacy within each city, the study examined factors like newspaper circulation, number of bookstores, library resources, periodical publishing resources, educational attainment, and Internet resources. Boston ranked fifth while New York tied with Austin, Texas at 22.5, and L.A. lagged far behind at 59th. D.C. has been steadily rising in the rankings since 2007 when it was ranked fifth overall.

Georgetown students can always be spotted with books in hand as they sprawl out on the grass of Healy lawn on a nice, sunny day or as they huddle up in a dark cubicle of Lau. The buzz on campus recently has been The Hunger Games trilogy, with students making a mad dash to read the trilogy before the movie adaptation arrives in theatres this March.

However, many students are sad to admit that they rarely have the opportunity to simply read for fun because they are too busy with school. So unless you’ve snagged yourself a seat in Young Adult Fiction and Film (where Hunger Games is required reading), we recommend trying to find some time for pleasure reading.

City Paper Answers All of Your Questions

by Michelle Cassidy

This week, the Washington City Paper pulled a particularly ambitious stunt when they attempted to answer the “most nagging questions about life in the District.” Well color us impressed, because they’ve done a fairly thorough job that’s definitely worth checking out. In their Answers Issue, they address 32 pressing questions posed by District residents.

In October, City Paper asked its readers to submit their questions, and they’ve picked the most intriguing ones to feature in the Answers Issue. With topics ranging from the native fruits and vegetables of the D.C. area to the lack of J, X and Y streets in the city, this article answers questions that we wouldn’t have even thought to ask. It’s an informative and helpful read that 4E wholeheartedly recommends taking a look at.

Though it functions partially as a magic eight ball (“Will Mayor Vince Gray get re-elected?”), the City Paper does showcase some interesting bits of D.C. history and culture. It’s a veritable encyclopedia of modern D.C. life. I mean, where else could you learn about the political power of local taxi drivers?