The Most Beautiful and Intelligent Historical Coffee-Table Books of 2014
The Santa ConspiracyMy first crisis of belief.
One Guru’s Approach to Decluttering Your Home—and Your Life
Postpone ChristmasWe should celebrate Jesus’ birth in early February, not the end of December.
At These French Caves, Everyday Objects Turn to Stone
What Do These New York Road Signs’ Odd Markings Mean?
Behind the Year of Outrage Here’s how Slate tracked down everything we were angry about in 2014.
Oy, Hark!A Jewish parent's guide to Christmas specials.
Can’t Take a JokeMy family mercilessly teases to show affection, but my boyfriend doesn’t get it.
Dear Prudence Live ChatFor Dec. 22, 2014.
Want to Silence Transphobes in Your School District? Be Nice to Transgender Kids.
The Many Meanings of the Hashtag (It Represents Lumber Yards on Swedish Maps)
Why Black Teachers Don’t Stay
The Plague of Fake Paraphrasing
Becoming SantaA pro wrestler learns the secrets of Father Christmas.
You Did Not See Mommy Kissing Santa ClausI spoiled Santa for a classmate in third grade and have felt guilty about it ever since.
The Goofy, Anti-Nazi Parody Video That Enraged Goebbels
Why Do Skiers and Snowboarders Dislike Each Other?
Why 2014 Was the Year of “Trans Art”
The Rise of the Four-Figure CocktailBartenders are charging hundreds and even thousands of dollars per drink. It’s as indefensible as it sounds.
A Detailed, Majestic Diagram of Two British Ships of War, From an 18th-Century Encyclopedia
The Regift of the MagiThe three wise men seek the Messiah in the Jersey suburbs.
Why Did President Bush React Calmly When Told About the Sept. 11 Terrorist Attacks?
The Year of OutrageFrom righteous fury to faux indignation, everything we got mad about in 2014—and how outrage has taken over our lives.
Have Yourself a Tactile Little ChristmasGift ideas for parents who want their kids to play the old-fashioned way.
Don’t Stay Classy
These Stone Slabs Contain Odd Instructions for a New Age of Humanity
Are Gay Men More Sexist Than Straight Men? (Video.)
The Rise of the Singing Christmas TreeHundreds of people! Thousands of lights! Flying angels! Fireworks! Sequins! The megachurch extravaganzas explained.
When Did Science and Philosophy Separate Into Different Fields of Study?