Father of Our Country and the Mother of All Library Fines

Jon Bauer, Herald staff

After the first hundred years, it just slips your mind: George Washington has two books overdue at the New York Society Library. The Father of Our Country was supposed to return the books, “Law of Nations” and a volume of debates from the British House of Commons, by Nov. 2, 1789.

On top of that, Netflix has frozen Washington’s DVD rental queue until he sends back the last disc of the “John Adams” miniseries, angering Martha because she’s been waiting to see Sandra Bullock in “The Blind Side.”

  • “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me”: Hundreds of people stood in line at Yakima’s SunDome on Saturday to buy tickets for Elton John’s July 18 concert, the glam pop-rock pianist’s only stop in the Pacific Northwest for the tour.

    If you’re wondering why Elton selected Yakima over Seattle or Everett, his outfit for the concert will be used to reflect sunlight to a solar collector capable of powering every home in the Yakima Valley.

  • Veni, vedi, veni: New York City’s Museum of Modern art had to ask some visitors to leave after they were caught touching nude performance artists in the gallery.

    If that had happened at the Seattle Art Museum, docents could have just sent the touchy-feely art lovers across the street to the Lusty Lady peepshow.