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Photo by PoPville flickr user Jennifer Crawford

On twitter folks are reporting hearing loud noises at regular intervals from neighborhoods all over DC. @EmeryMatt has a good guess:

“I think with a low cloud ceiling, you can hear the DCA flights coming in”

@RarityInForm also guesses:

“whew that was a big one! Planes taking off low to stay under cloud/fog layer?”

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“Dear PoPville,

I can’t possibly be the only one wondering this…

Behind the McDonald’s (across from Walmart) on Georgia Avenue & Peabody Street NW, stands a brick apartment building on Piney Branch Road. I sometimes need a Happy Meal when I get a migraine, and I first noticed this building several years ago when I was sitting in the drive through waiting to order my medicinal nuggets. What I wanted to know is, does anyone know what the deal is with the names bricked into the building above the two entrances: “Jay Joe” and “Barry”? The building looks like it is being renovated, and I bet they will eventually cover up ol Jay Joe and Barry forever. I think they are such odd names for building entrances.”

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“Dear PoPville,

Today I noticed some odd piles of a yellow powder around the area of 17th NW between Corcoran and S (see photo above of one of the piles). I have no idea what it could be, especially because the piles seemed randomly placed throughout the sidewalk, were dry, and seemed to serve no purpose. I think we saw around 7+ piles. It didn’t seem to have an odor and my dog was unusually interested in it. Am I just clueless to this being a completely normal thing that serves a very normal purpose? I just want someone to solve this powder puzzle for me.”