LOCAL NEWS  5:14 pm February 8, 2008

Sinister Chalk Vandal Is Loose In DC Parks

by Sara K. Smith

But what does it MEAN?A mysterious ninja-type figure was recently seen running along Rock Creek between Woodley Park and Montrose Park, throwing “an azure-colored granular material” on the ground. Sometimes there seemed to be a pattern to this ninja’s artful splatters as they formed “X”s and “O”s. Was this some urban form of crop circles? A summons to ancient Mayan gods? Anthrax?

Bill Line, a spokesman for the National Park Service’s National Capital Region, said it was probably the sort of ordinary chalk runners use to mark trails. But isn’t that precisely what you’d expect to hear from the government?

Mysterious Substances, Different Reactions [Washington Post Express]

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