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Tinder's Explore page, where users can find social experiences. Photo: Tinder

Weddings have come roaring back, and now you can swipe right for to find a date on Tinder who will go with you.

By the numbers: Due to the pandemic backlog, there will be some 2.5 million weddings in the U.S. in 2022, the highest number since 1984, according to The Wedding Report. And mentions of "plus one" in Tinder users' bios has jumped 45% as a result, per Tinder data.

What's happening: Tinder has an "Explore" page in the app that lets users join interest groups — such as extreme sports — or look for partners through social experiences, like in-person speed dating.

  • Now the dating app has added a new group to "Explore" called "Plus One," which swipers can join to find dates for weddings or other events.

My thought bubble: Sure, a wedding can feel like one of the worst places to fly solo. But is it really better to bring someone along as a first or second date? That seems like a lot of pressure (and a potential recipe for disaster).

  • Plus, think of how the bride and groom may feel about having a rando on their special day (and in their pictures).

We'd love to hear your thoughts! Would you use Tinder's "Plus One" feature? Would the single folks in your life use it? Send us a note at whatsnext@axios.com.

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Thousands without power as "hazardous" winter storm lashes East Coast

Satellite imagery of the Northeastern U.S. taken by NOAA on Jan. 17. Photo: NOAA

A major winter storm was lashing much of the East Coast on Sunday, causing widespread power outages and disrupting travel over the holiday weekend.

The latest: The Weather Prediction Center said in a storm summary Monday that winter storm warnings are still in effect for portions of the Central Appalachians, Ohio Valley, interior Mid-Atlantic, and Northeast, while portions of the Central Appalachians and coastal New England are under high wind warnings.

Colleyville Rabbi credits survival to active-shooter training

Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker, one of the people taken hostage in a synagogue outside Fort Worth on Saturday, said in an interview with CBS Monday that he initially took in the man because he thought he needed shelter.

The big picture: Cytron-Walker said he spoke to the hostage taker, identified by the FBI as 44-year-old British national Malik Faisal Akram, for several minutes and made him tea before Akram took the rabbi and three other people hostage during Shabbat services for around 11 hours in Colleyville, Texas.

Book bans are back in style

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

School districts from Pennsylvania to Wyoming are bowing to pressure from some conservative groups to review — then purge from public school libraries — books about LGBTQ issues and people of color.

Why it matters: A pivotal midterm election year, COVID frustrations and a backlash against efforts to call out systemic racism — driven disproportionately by white, suburban and rural parents — have made public schools ground zero in the culture wars.

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