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May 21, 2012 Members of the U.S. Naval Academy freshman class (plebes) lock arms and form a human ladder while climbing the Herndon Monument at the academy in Annapolis. Each year members of the academy's freshman class climb the lard-covered 21-foot-tall Herndon Monument to replace a plebe Dixie cup hat with a midshipman’s hat at the top of the obelisk. Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post Buy Photo