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Our Favorite Washingtonian Stories of 2022 (That You Might Have Missed)

A "Stranger Things" house, adoptable goats, Bigfoot erotica, and the area's weirdest celebrity cat.

ICYMI: In no particular order, here are 18 of our favorite stories from 2022 that you might not have read the first time around.

Photograph by Jeff Elkins

Danica Roem on How Heavy Metal Prepped Her for Politics

The Virginia lawmaker discusses her candid new memoir.

The Mystery of the Missing Prune Danish

If the words “prune” and “Danish” make you laugh, you are not alone.

This dining room features a series of Hawkins locales: from left to right, the The Starcourt Malll’s underground Russian base, the Palace Arcade, the Snow Ball dance, and the Hawkins Middle School AV club. Photograph courtesy of Michele Cordero.

These “Stranger Things” Fans Transformed Their Home Into Scenes From the Show

They even had a Demogorgon roomie.

Ed Maibach. Photograph by Jeff Elkins

This George Mason Professor Trains Weathercasters to Be Climate Advocates 

You’ve probably seen his handiwork on local TV and didn’t even know it.

Photo courtesy of the Fisher family.

Meet Prince Snowflake, the Region’s Oddest “Celebrity Cat”

Snowflake is a model, actor, and magician. He invents his own tricks and can allegedly talk.

Brothers Osborne Play Emotional Hometown Gig After a Big Year

The country duo from Deale, Maryland, explain why their Anthem show meant so much.

Photograph by Vacclav via iStock.

No, Trump Is Not the First 2024 Presidential Candidate

Could Sexy Vegan, the Fiend, or YeeYee Ass Haircut Johnson be our next president?

The Martinez family with their dog Dante
The Martinez family reunited with their dog, Dante. Photograph courtesy of Fairfax County Animal Shelter

A Family Found Its Lost Dog at a Fairfax County Animal Shelter

“It was instantaneous—we knew that was his family.”

Photograph by Flickr user Vincent Macaluso.

Sorry, I Don’t Like Ghost Tours

Our own Sylvie McNamara does not, in fact, like ghost tours. (Spoiler alert: she’s not actually sorry about this!)

National Zoo New Elephants
The elephants in their new home. Photograph courtesy Smithsonian’s National Zoo.

Washington’s Newest Drama Is Here—and It Involves Elephants at the National Zoo

Will Dutch newcomers Trong Nhi and Nhi Linh mate with a much older dude from Miami and establish a matriarchal society?

Library of Congress. Photograph by Northfielder/Flickr.

5 Interesting Items in the Library of Congress That Aren’t Flutes

Two words: Tiny. Book.

Before “Don’t Worry, Darling” Drama, There Was Bigfoot Erotica Drama

Olivia Wilde’s mom called her opponent a “devotee of Bigfoot Erotica” during her Virginia campaign.

Dogs and Cats Too Tame? Check Out These Wild Adoptable Pets Around DC.

Chickens, massive tortoises, and goats are up for grabs.

RFK Stadium is all cleared out. Photograph by Andrew Beaujon.

Football Helmets on Fire and Parking Lot Edibles: Washingtonian Staffers Share Memories of RFK Stadium

The stadium, which is set to be demolished in 2023, was an eyesore. But it was our eyesore.

Photograph courtesy of Library of Congress.

The Cold War Over DC Ice Cream

A look back at the 1910 trial that helped make our food safer.

The plot involved killing horses in order to help Germany. Photograph courtesy of National Archives.

Weird History: An Anthrax Lab in Chevy Chase DC

A new exhibit brings to light a WWI-era incident.

The “Bunny Man” bridge in Fairfax. Photograph by Ryan Weisser.

Which Ghost Stories Do DC-Area Tour Guides Actually Believe?

Some stories are overrated. Some are underrated. Others are perfectly rated.

“How the heck can I retire?” says Barron, who at 80 still helps a long list of clients.

A Former CIA Disguise Expert Helps Disfigured People Regain Their Lives

Robert Barron makes prosthetics for people affected by injury or disease.

Amy Moeller
Fashion & Weddings Editor

Amy leads Washingtonian Weddings and writes Style Setters for Washingtonian. Prior to joining Washingtonian in March 2016, she was the editor of Capitol File magazine in DC and before that, editor of What’s Up? Weddings in Annapolis.