They started with bog people and moved on to Viking funerals and true crime.

  • Vijai Nathan
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(Daniele Seiss)

They shared a laugh about previous bad dates, but was this another one in the making?

  • Rich Juzwiak
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(Daniele Seiss)

He was clearly an extrovert.

(Daniele Seiss)

She has a “thing” for rugby players.

  • Prachi Gupta
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These two made a conscious effort to set themselves apart from the Date Lab pack.

  • Rich Juzwiak
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“I kept saying, ‘Oh my God, you’ve lived such a life!’ ”

  • Vijai Nathan
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They discussed love languages.

There was an immediate physical attraction.

  • Rich Juzwiak
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“I made an assumption but realized we are actually really similar,” she later told us.

  • Damona Hoffman
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Her first impression was that he was wearing a very vibrant outfit — and that he was eating already.

  • Tanya Ballard Brown
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She is 5-foot-4. He is 6-6.

The train enthusiast, who works for Metrorail, admitted to being a little bit offended by his date’s use of “subway” — with a laugh.

  • Vijai Nathan
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“He said, ‘So, you have a daughter?’ and that was the start of the conversation,” she said.

  • Tanya Ballard Brown
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She couldn’t get the vibe. Was he making a move? He says he was trying to be polite.

  • Rich Juzwiak
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The first time they met was at a Halloween party last year. Was it a missed connection?

When asked about red flags, he said no, but “I feel that she’ll probably have red flags on me.”

  • Vijai Nathan
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At one point, she noticed they were talking about work a lot and suggested discussing their interests.

  • Rich Juzwiak
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We are going to allow Date Lab participants to be identified by only their first names.

  • Washington Post Staff
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He had spent the day traveling from St. Louis to D.C. to make it to the date.

  • Prachi Gupta
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When one Bon Jovi hit after the other came on, he couldn’t keep a straight face.

  • Damona Hoffman
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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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