Urban Legend Quiz 1

On top of the Washington Monument, beyond the view of visitors, the words Laus Deo (Praise be to God) are inscribed. This was intended to signal that Washington was a devoted Christian. Is this popular religious urban legend an amazing fact or absolute baloney?

Actually, it’s partly true. Laus Deo is inscribed on the east face of the four-sided point that tops the Washington Monument. But that probably says more about religious sentiment in the era when the monument was built (1848-1884) than it does about the first president's faith.