A bad wrapping job can harsh the buzz generated by a well-chosen holiday gift. It’s not the most complicated of tasks, yet legions of us struggle with scissors, Scotch tape, and those tightly wound rolls of colorful paper.
Slate paid a visit to a gift shop in Brooklyn to get some pointers from an expert who believes a little bit of tissue paper and lots of ribbon can go a long way.
TODAY IN SLATE
The Ebola Story
How our minds build narratives out of disaster.
The Budget Disaster That Completely Sabotaged the WHO’s Response to Ebola
PowerPoint Is the Worst, and Now It’s the Latest Way to Hack Into Your Computer
The Shooting Tragedies That Forged Canada’s Gun Politics
A Highly Unscientific Ranking of Crazy-Old German Beers
Welcome to 13th Grade!
Some high schools are offering a fifth year. That’s a great idea.
The Actual World
“Mount Thoreau” and the naming of things in the wilderness.