If you're an American gondolier, or someone who is interested in Venice, you can't go a week without hearing someone tell you about how they just heard the horrible news that Venice is sinking. Yes, it is bad news, but at this point I can only do a halfway convincing job of feigning surprise at the news (as I've heard it so many times). Now it seems that the Washington Monument may be suffering a similar fate. Yikes! Here's the story.