Since Last We Met …

4EguesswhatWe’re baaaaack. You’ve missed us. We’ve missed you. At long last, the 4E drought is over. Seeing as it’s been so long since last we met, let’s make up for lost time. Here are five of the stories we missed while we were gone.

1. There was unrest in the kingdom.

Two weeks ago, leaked elevator footage of American royalty, Jay-Z and Beyoncé, and the royal-by-association Solange proved that celebrities are just like us. Some of us are lovers, some are fighters and some do absolutely nothing at all. In this case, I’m referring to Jay-Z, Solange and Beyoncé, respectively. Below, the brawl is re-enacted in gif form.

2. We work out.

Washington D.C. was just ranked as the fittest city in the country. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that it’s definitely because Georgetown keeps its Sweetgreen and Lululemon game strong.

3. Barack Obama went for a casual walk in D.C., and people freaked out.

This video below pretty much says it all:

4. We can finally enjoy the view.

The Washington Monument is finally reopened. Your Instagram followers will be overjoyed. Watch the action unfold:

5. Finally, rapper 50 Cent “successfully” threw the first pitch at a New York Mets game.

Yup.

Don’t worry — now that we’re back, we’ll be here all summer to keep you up to date on everything happening in Georgetown, D.C. and pop culture. Stay tuned!

Is the Washington Monument Getting Shorter?

Bad news—the Washington Monument may be sinking. Our beloved 555-foot tall tower may now be 2 millimeters shorter. A recent study examining this possibility is currently ongoing, and its results will be available in a few weeks.

So what’s with the possible shrinkage? Well, for starters, the monument was built on pretty soft land taken from the Potomac River in the 80’s and 90’s. Next, think of how heavy this 91,000-ton structure must be. Then, add in that 5.8 magnitude earthquake that hit D.C. last August into the mix, and it starts to make sense.

This just adds to the currently damaged state of the monument. Last summer’s earthquake also caused a significant number of stones to be loosened or dismantled from both its exterior and interior, leaving the city with a costly $15 million repair job. So don’t plan to go inside until next year at the earliest. For now, a view of the outside is the best you’re gonna get—good thing it’s Cherry Blossom season.

The National Park Service will working in conjunction with the National Geodetic Survey to understand and evaluate this problem. So, while 2 millimeters is greater than expected, the Washington Monument should not be falling over anytime soon.