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Spring Cleaning 2013: Readers’ Choice

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By The Washington Post Outlook section

What unnecessary traditions, ideas or institutions should the world toss out? We try to answer that question in our annual Spring Cleaning feature. This year’s edition, to be published online May 3 and in the newspaper on May 5, includes college rankings, flip-flops and Texas. What would be on your list? Tell us what you think and why, and vote for the best reader ideas below. You can also read previous Spring Cleaning suggestions by clicking on the “Outlook picks” tab.

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Spring Cleaning 2013: What would you toss out?

Readers’ picks for Spring Cleaning.

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Spring cleaning: What else should be tossed out? Readers respond.

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Readers suggest tossing daylight saving time and party favors.

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Let’s get rid of grades

They get in the way of real learning.

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Brainstorming: An idea past its prime

The technique doesn’t lead to good ideas.

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Let’s ditch software patents

They’re becoming intellectual property weapons.

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Kiss the social kiss goodbye

Who knows how to do it, anyway?

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Throw out the president’s Cabinet

Only four members are more than figureheads.

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Roll the credits on chick flicks

Women are tired of bad movies about women.

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No more premium gasoline, please

For most cars, it’s not any better.

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Toss out the all-volunteer military

10 things to toss in 2012.