Smithsonian icons duke it out in Smithsonian Summer Showdown

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Kristi King | November 15, 2014 2:33 pm

WASHINGTON — Will Giant Panda Cub Bao Bao be roughed up by the nation’s T. rex? Will Wonder Woman lasso Wile E. Coyote?

Voting is underway in the Smithsonian Summer Showdown to choose the institution’s most iconic object.

Round one will narrow the number of contestants vying for votes to represent four categories: science, history, culture and art.

Then winners from science and history will face off while culture takes on art.

A winner will be crowned Tuesday, Aug. 19.

Staffers representing some of the items are duking it out with playful banter on social media:

Of course, none of this would be possible if the Smithsonian Institution didn’t exist, notes Smithsonian Archives’ Head of Web and Outreach Effie Kapsalis.

She says she believes the Archives’ item in the history category should at least be a sentimental favorite.

“In James Smithson’s will, the English scientist bequeathed his entire fortune, $508,318.46, to a country he never visited, to found an


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