Darth Vader's head is on a church. This is not a joke. If you look carefully on the Washington National Cathedral, you can see a sculpture of the head of Darth Vader. The story behind it is that in the 1980's, National Geographic held a contest for kids to select a "grotesque" for the cathedral under construction. Third place winner Christopher Rader won for his drawing of Darth Vader. And so, it began. Oh, those wacky kids.