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There's more than one place called Washington.

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  1. Washington DC streets are set-up like a grid of letters and numbers. But you may notice that between the lettered streets of “I” and “K”, there is no “J Street”. The reason behind this missing street is that when the colonist were planning the streets, the alphabet wasn’t quite finished and the “J” wasn’t ready.
  2. Bill Cosby and Barack Obama are the only two people that eat for free at Ben’s Chili Bowls, a DC institution since 1958.
  3. The District of Columbia was named after the great explorer Christopher Columbus.
  4. Washington DC is home to more than 170 embassies and international cultural centers.
  5. The White House was being built while George Washington was in office, so he never actually lived there.

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