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Posted at 2:45 PM ET, 06/21/2010

Vuvuzelas, the Argonaut -- five fun blogs

By Washington Post editors
Washington Post editors

Happy first day of summer.

Today's blog bits: a fire at the Argonaut Bar in NE D.C., a free app featuring the like-it-or-love-it vuvuzela and a proposal to put DVD kiosks in Metro stations.

Neighbors and fans are rallying around H Street’s Argonaut Bar, which suffered significant damage during an early morning fire Sunday. Frozen Tropics reports on a benefit scheduled next week at the Rock and Roll Hotel and also has posted a “wish list” of items the bar’s owners have requested.

With World Cup fever in the air (the U.S. plays again Wednesday) we’d be remiss if we didn’t say something about the vuvuzela, the love-it-or-hate-it plastic trumpet that has become the talk of the games. French Twist D.C. notes that – of course – there’s a free vuvuzela app for the iPhone/Touch/Pad. If you don’t like the one she’s suggested, there are plenty more to choose from. Although the plastic horns have their roots in South America, they are fixtures at South African sporting matches. If that’s not international enough for you, the Associated Press reports that 90 percent of vuvuelas are made in China.

DVD kiosks and trolley tickets at your nearest Metro station? Could be. Greater Greater Washington reports that WMATA has received proposals from several vendors who hope to sell their goods in train stations. The no-food-on-trains-rule prompted officials to rule some proposals out, but maybe it will be easier to grab a copy of “Alice in Wonderland” when you hop on the Red Line?

DCist reminds us that starting July 1, the curfew for children under 17 will be 12:01 a.m., seven days a week. The extended summer hours are in effect until the end of August. In addition to other promotional materials, D.C. police have produced this promotional video, available on YouTube.

WIth temps climbing into the 90s and no relief in sight, here’s a cool picture for a very hot day courtesy of the blog DC Art Seen.

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By Washington Post editors  | June 21, 2010; 2:45 PM ET
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