Their first impressions were a bit off.

(Daniele Seiss)

This match hit it off like few Date Labbers ever do.

(Daniele Seiss)

He thinks how people talk about them is very telling.

  • Prachi Gupta
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(Daniele Seiss)

“It’s been one of the better dates that I’ve been on,” she said. “I think The Washington Post did a good job.”

  • Tanya Ballard Brown
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She thought it was nice to be on a date with someone who didn’t think tarot-card reading was stupid.

  • Damona Hoffman
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She cracked jokes to lighten the mood. Once seated at a table, he took the reins to ask lots of questions.

  • Rich Juzwiak
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While he was comforted by their similarities, she welcomed some differences.

  • Vijai Nathan
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What could be more fun on a date than dipping food in molten cheese?

  • Damona Hoffman
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It wasn’t long before she found out that “he’s hilarious.”

They both started new jobs during the pandemic. But she wasn’t a fan of talking about it during a date.

  • Vijai Nathan
  • ·

These daters needed no introduction.

The mutual interest was a refreshing commonality.

  • Prachi Gupta
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Both spent quarantine sprucing up their mixology skills.

  • Tanya Ballard Brown
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These daters had pandemic-related apprehensions during their in-person meetup.

  • Rich Juzwiak
  • ·

They had a lot to talk about.

The conversation flowed as easily as the photo shoot.

  • Damona Hoffman
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His Aunt Jean will be disappointed.

  • Sarah Wildman
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By the end of the date, they covered some lighter topics, too: fun facts about the world and favorite TV shows.

They both make videos for the platform. She’s even had one go viral.

  • Vijai Nathan
  • ·

So much about their lives and attitudes aligned on paper.

  • Rich Juzwiak
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About Date Lab

Here's how it works: We search our database of thousands of Washington, D.C.-area singles until we find a pair with romance potential. Then we send them out on a blind date on our dime and report the results in the pages of the Washington Post Magazine and online.

Our requirements: To participate you must be over the age of 21, single and living in the greater D.C. area. You must agree to have your name, age and picture published and to participate in a telephone interview.

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