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The truth about dunking: It hurts

As the NBA playoffs get underway, highlight packages will be filled with dunks. But you won’t see the pain.


WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 18: Albert Birckhead, dress as 'Colossuss'  and Eric Brown (right) dressed as Cyclops'  pose for TV during the Awesome Con and Museum of Science Fiction attempt to break a Guinness World Records® (cq) for largest gathering of people dressed as comic book characters at the reflecting pool in Washington, DC on April 18, 2014. The event is part of the kick off the 2nd annual Awesome Con convention . Only 237 showed up; they needed more than 1,530 people to show up in costume to break a record set in China  (Photo by Michel du Cille/The Washington Post)

Holy cosplay, Batman!

Superheroes swoop in on the Mall in an attempt to break a Guinness record.


Announcing the 2014 Agnes Meyer Awards

Outstanding teachers from across the region honored for leadership and creativity.


The Freshwater Institute raises salmon inland in Shepherdstown, W.Va., using a recirculating tank system.

Is land-farmed salmon the answer?

The Freshwater Institute raises salmon in closed tanks. You can get a taste, but not for long.

Weddings & Romance

Date Labbers Rui and Megan at Scion on March 4, 2014

She’s a bodybuilder in search of a date

Now he can say he’s dated a bodybuilder who also does improv comedy


Kids winner of Peeps contest. Six kids from this Bethesda neighborhood collaborated on the 'What Does the Peep Say?' diorama, a parody on the YouTube sensation 'What Does the Fox Say?'.

(Photo by Rebecca Drobis/ For the Washington Post)

What does the 2014 Peeps Contest winner say?

The winners of our annual competition found inspiration in an online video that went viral.


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Carolyn Hax: Active kids, uptight relatives creating stress

A clash of parenting styles has parents of high-energy kids expecting the worst on a family vacation.

Reliable Source

The Chelsea Clinton cheat sheet

The former first daughter is expecting her first child. We take a look at what makes Chelsea Clinton tick.


VENICE, ITALY - APRIL 4:  (EDITORS NOTE: This image has been converted to black and white)  A gondolier sails under a bridge in the S polo neighbourhood on April 4, 2014 in Venice, Italy. Venice was one of the most popular touristic destination during 2013 with more than 25 millions visitors walking along its lanes and canals.  (Photo by Marco Secchi/Getty Images)

You, too, can learn to row like a Venetian gondolier

A lesson in Venetian rowing through the canals of the watery city.

Travel coverage

Home & Garden

It's corn seedlings planted in hills.

Start corn in your crib

Planting the corn indoors and then transplanting ensures an early crop.


Everything the Duchess of Cambridge (and baby George) have worn on the royal tour so far

Baby George is proving his selling power is as good as mom’s.


Johnny Depp in “Transcendence.”

Family Filmgoer reviews ‘Transcendence’

Movie reviews with kids in mind: This week, Johnny Depp’s latest, plus “Heaven Is for Real.”