How Does Wikipedia Describe Your State?Pennsylvania is chocolate. New Hampshire is die.
New Yorkers Don’t Call Their Babies BrooklynA map of baby names and their places of origin.
Which Friends on Friends Were the Closest Friends?Chandler and Joey? Rachel and Monica? Slate crunches the numbers.
Bad LatitudeThe trouble with viral maps. Plus: Some fun viral maps!
Rethinking Spring CleaningIn defense of homemakers.
Rethinking Spring CleaningElbow grease is great, but peer pressure is better.
Rethinking Spring CleaningNever go to bed messy.
The Easiest Thing to ForgetWhy we judge other people for being uncool.
Rethinking Spring CleaningStart with the closets.
Empty SuitsOrphan Black’s straight male characters are completely flat. That’s not an accident.
Draft DayWhy did the NFL—America’s most obsessively image-conscious sports league—allow this catastrophe to happen?
Don Draper 101My college course on Mad Men taught my students to be smarter TV watchers. It can teach you, too.
Letterman Revolutionized Late Night. Ellen’s the Perfect Replacement to Revolutionize It Again.
The Humor CodeEntry 8: Who invented stand-up?
“Bad Romance,” Great TritoneExplaining the genius of Lady Gaga—using music theory.
What Is the Most Valuable State on Jeopardy!?The dollar value of American locales, as determined by Alex Trebek and co.
Massachusetts Loves ItselfThe Departed, Gladiator, and the Bay State’s self-regard.
L. Rock HubbardRevisiting the curious career of the ultimate cult musician.
For This You Got Irradiated?Yes, Spider-Man is Jewish. Just listen to his jokes.
Rethinking Spring CleaningYour home will never be fully clean—and that’s OK.
Rethinking Spring CleaningLook at each room from a new angle—you’ll find new messes.
Much Ado About NothingnessWas Shakespeare an atheist? Or more of a secular humanist?
Rethinking Spring CleaningSentimentality is the enemy of cleanliness.
Rethinking Spring CleaningIt’s an antiquated ritual—but we need it now more than ever.
The Lathe of HeavenAn excerpt from the first e-book edition of Ursula K. Le Guin’s science fiction classic.
Visit Marian Anderson's Fur Coat Today, Its 75th BirthdayOn April 9, 1939, Marian Anderson was forced by segregation to sing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. She showed up in the coolest fur coat ever.
The Humor CodeEntry 10: No, men are not funnier than women.
The Humor CodeEntry 9: Are comedians really depressed?
The Humor CodeEntry 7: Who owns a joke? And can a comedian sue if someone steals his material?
Rhyme and PunishmentProsecutors are using rap lyrics as evidence in criminal trials. That needs to stop.