Smithsonian roof collapse part of Dan Brown's "Lost Symbol" conspiracy?
When I saw the Washington Post report that a warehouse used by the Smithsonian Museum Support Center in Prince George's County had suffered a roof collapse, I figured it was a religious/scientific conspiracy related to Dan Brown's "The Lost Symbol." You may recall that the natural history collections at the support center figure prominently into Brown's best-seller, as the villain hunts down a scientist conducting experiments in human cognition there. As it turns out, the warehouse contained about 1,500 artifacts for the National Air and Space Museum, and a spokeswoman told the Post that they were unharmed. So no extended conspiracy after all -- unless this is the sort of cover-up typical of a Brown novel.