Did The Seal Pool Shrink? Nah, Mayor Schaefer Added Some Poundage
In 1981, Mayor Schaefer threatened to jump into the Seal Pool of The National Aquarium if construction was not finished on time.
It wasn't, and so Schaefer donned a bathing suit and jumped in. Twenty years later, his aides thought to re-enact the scene - using the same bathing suit. They learned that since the original opening, the Aquarium added square footage, and Mr. Schaefer had added pounds!