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Hands Across America might have been the most Eighties thing to happen in the 1980s

Thirty years ago today, millions of Americans joined hands to form a perfect sea-to-sea human chain from New York to L.A. that lifted spirits, erased divisions, raised hundreds of millions for charity and forever eradicated poverty and homelessness. Ha ha — no, “Hands Across America” didn’t quite manage to do any of that, not by […]

‘Our memories aren’t in our things': A movie explains why having less stuff makes you happier

We’re hard-wired to hoard resources. That way, when the famine comes, we won’t starve — or so our inner caveman tells us. But in modern-day America, when so many people have so much stuff, how beneficial is a deeply ingrained urge to accumulate? Hence the Great Unloading, a recent era ushered in by millennials, who […]

How Alisan Porter’s win on ‘The Voice’ symbolizes the best and worst aspects of the show

On Tuesday night, former child star Alisan Porter won Season 10 of “The Voice,” marking the first time a female coach’s contestant claimed the top prize. The crowd went crazy when the California folk singer, who was on coach Christina Aguilera’s team, was officially crowned the winner. It led to an especially adorable moment as Porter, 34, cradled her young […]

Nyle DiMarco stunned the ‘Dancing With the Stars’ judges. Did he win?

After Monday’s final performance episode of “Dancing With the Stars,” there wasn’t much doubt about who would win the Mirror Ball Trophy. Sure enough, 27-year-old Nyle DiMarco — a deaf model/actor who dedicated his final, stunning dance to the deaf community — walked away with the win on Tuesday night’s finale. At the beginning of the season, DiMarco […]

Native Americans protest planned auction in France of sacred objects and human remains

Leaders of several American Indian tribes were joined by representatives of the federal government Tuesday in calling for a halt to a planned auction of Native American objects and their repatriation. In an emergency meeting at the National Museum of the American Indian, some dozen federal and Native American representatives condemned the auction at the […]

Walk, don’t run: How the Hayes Awards got better last night

The biggest note from last night’s blessedly staid (after last year’s debacle) Helen Hayes Awards at the Lincoln Theatre: This is something you can work with. Six thoughts the morning after: One: “Businesslike” is the watchword for the efficient and affable ceremony (the awards story is here, and the full list of winners is here). […]

Why some ‘Bachelorette’ viewers are furious that Jake Pavelka was in the premiere

Monday night’s premiere of “The Bachelorette” was mostly business as usual, as the show’s new star JoJo Fletcher greeted 26 suitors who will compete to win her love. And similar to other seasons, producers teased that a special guest would stop by to confront JoJo during the episode, which any regular viewer knows is code for “cause as […]

The shirtless monument climb at the Naval Academy is America’s best spectator sport

On Monday afternoon several hundred Navy plebes worked together to scale a 21-foot obelisk slicked with lard on the grounds of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. It is a thrilling event. Here are the plebes running to the Herndon Monument. And here is the obelisk, the plebes and the lard — technically vegetable shortening, but that doesn’t […]

‘The Bachelorette’ premiere: Everything you truly need to know

On Monday night at 9 p.m., Twitter users everywhere will unite as one to tweet about the Season 12 premiere of “The Bachelorette.” At least, it will certainly feel like it — every time ABC’s long-running franchise kicks off for the season, there’s a frenzied spike in social media as people judge and snark about the […]

Jokes from the ‘Neighbors 2? trailer aren’t in the movie. Should we be angry?

There’s a curious discrepancy between the “Neighbors 2? trailers and the movie. A bunch of moments that were teased in commercials didn’t make the comedy’s final cut. To name a few: Seth Rogen getting propelled across his living room by a jerry-rigged airbag; Hannibal Buress screaming while riding around in a tank; a sorority girl […]

Billboard Music Awards: 10 moments you missed, from Kesha to Rihanna

R&B star The Weeknd was the big winner at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night, taking home eight awards out of a field-leading 16 nominations. However, following in the proud tradition of music award shows everywhere, no one really cared about the winners. As usual, it was all about the performances and potential viral […]

‘Game of Thrones’ recap: White Walkers barge through ‘The Door’

The White Walker army doesn’t show up too often, but when they do it means trouble. And plenty of action. And in this case, one of the more heartbreaking deaths we’ve seen on this show. As always, check out Alyssa Rosenberg’s review on Act Four and catch the two of us on Facebook Live Monday […]

Now that we know the truth about Hodor, we’re more confused than ever

This post contains spoilers for the most recent episode of “Game of Thrones.” There were a lot of theories about how Hodor became Hodor. Ever since Bran had a vision of the younger version of the sweet, barely verbal character — who was once a relatively talkative boy named Wylis — the speculation heated up. One […]

Rain wouldn’t stop thousands of puzzlers from taking on the 2016 Post Hunt

They were already soaking from the rain, but if they wanted to win, they were going to have to get sweaty too. The team of software engineers sprinted around the corner of New York Avenue and headed for the loading garage, where the final clue to the 2016 Washington Post hunt awaited them. “I thought, […]

The descriptions of — and solutions to — the 2016 Post Hunt puzzles

Here are the solutions to the 2016 Post Hunt. Every answer to a Hunt puzzle is a number. Orchestra At Hall D of the Washington Convention Center, a conductor introduced an ensemble of four musicians. The conductor informed the audience that this was the Philharmonic Orchestra, “but we just call it the Phil Orch.” Then […]

Andy Samberg’s new NSFW music video is all about sex and Osama bin Laden

The Lonely Island guys are back, and this time, their music video is so NSFW that we can barely find a lyric in it that doesn’t require bleeping. “Finest girl I ever met in my whole life, want to take her home make her my wife, knew she was a freak when she started talking, she […]

Sean Penn’s disastrous appearance at Cannes

Oh, boy. It’s been a tough year for tough guy Sean Penn. First there was the controversy over what some called his self-serving interview with drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán. Now comes the actor’s latest directorial effort, which many critics have described as the bomb of the Cannes Film Festival. On Friday, Penn was […]

David Hasselhoff joins the former millionaire’s club

David Hasselhoff has asked a judge to lower his $21,000 monthly spousal-support payments to ex-wife Pamela Bach. According to TMZ, The former “Baywatch” star told the court that he has less than $4,000 in the bank and is constantly on the hunt for work. Before you shed tears for the “Knight Rider” legend, let’s look at […]

Blake Shelton’s new album doesn’t spill divorce details — but it celebrates Gwen Stefani

Country star Blake Shelton isn’t known for holding back — and in the past week leading up to the debut of his new album “If I’m Honest,” he’s been candid about his motivation for the record, which chronicles the last year of his life. Basically, since others (i.e. the tabloids) are “cashing in” on his […]

52-year-old ballerina Alessandra Ferri blows her teenage hologram self away in new ad

For women tired of seeing twentysomethings’ skin featured in wrinkle-cream ads, a 52-year-old ballerina has come whirling to the rescue. Advertisers who turn to ballet dancers typically want to convey prestige, or a message of physical power. Under Armour showcased a muscular Misty Copeland as an athlete, while Lexus used Spanish ballerina Tamara Rojo’s supple […]

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