Ben Blatt

Ben Blatt is a Slate staff writer and co-author of I Don't Care if We Never Get Back. Follow him on Twitter. Email him at

Sports Nut
Sept. 9 2014 12:15 PMThe Million-Mile ClubWhich athlete traveled the most miles in his career? Which team holds the single-season frequent-flyer record?
Brow Beat
Aug. 14 2014 4:26 PMWill the Giver Movie Prompt More Schools to Ban the Book?
Brow Beat
July 29 2014 3:59 PMWhich Names Appear the Most in Pop Songs? We Have the Data.
July 17 2014 8:27 AMMeet RutherfordThe surprisingly durable American habit of naming kids after sitting presidents.
Brow Beat
June 30 2014 12:21 PMThe Screenwriter of Alley Cats Strike on Inspiring the Longest Plot Summary on Wikipedia
June 16 2014 1:02 PMD3N1ED PL8S995 vanity plates that were too risqué for the Utah DMV.
June 3 2014 12:35 PMYou Live in Alabama. Here’s How You’re Going to Die.A look at the most common causes of death by state.
May 19 2014 4:15 PMEthiopians in Colorado, Cubans in KentuckyWhat are the biggest immigrant groups in your state?
May 13 2014 7:35 AMTagalog in California, Cherokee in ArkansasWhat language does your state speak?
May 9 2014 7:44 AMWhat Is the Most Valuable State on Jeopardy!?The dollar value of American locales, as determined by Alex Trebek and co.
May 7 2014 7:27 AMMassachusetts Loves ItselfThe Departed, Gladiator, and the Bay State’s self-regard.
May 4 2014 10:30 PMWhich Friends on Friends Were the Closest Friends?Chandler and Joey? Rachel and Monica? Slate crunches the numbers.
Sports Nut
April 15 2014 4:42 PMThe Rams Should Hand Over $135 Trillion to Anyone Who Guesses Their Schedule Exactly
Brow Beat
March 20 2014 8:25 AMA Textual Analysis of Divergent Reveals It’s Just a Lot of Nodding and Head Shaking
The XX Factor
March 5 2014 4:11 PMDo Men Wager More Than Women in Jeopardy? A Slate Investigation.
Sports Nut
Sept. 5 2014 3:02 PMTeenage Mutant Ninja BortlesTurn Down for Watt, Stafford Infection, and 2014’s other most popular fantasy football team names.
Aug. 5 2014 11:54 PMWas John Hancock’s Signature Too Big?Or was everyone else’s too small?
Do The Math
July 17 2014 10:22 AMMo Money Mo MilesUnited Airlines’ new frequent flier scheme creates a perverse incentive for business travelers.
July 14 2014 11:39 PMAre More Junes Born in June?The calendar’s powerful effect on baby naming.
June 26 2014 8:11 AMThe Longest Movie Plot Summary on WikipediaDoes it belong to Ben-Hur? Star Wars? Inception? (Hint: You’re not even getting warm.)
Sports Nut
June 9 2014 10:39 AMWill Brazil Take Home the Trophy? Spain? Argentina?Use our interactive to make your World Cup picks, or let us pick for you based on population, animal power, and more.
May 28 2014 12:52 PMAs Easy As A-B-SchwaWhat sounds and letters are most likely to trip up contestants at the National Spelling Bee?
How Failure Breeds Success
May 19 2014 12:00 PM“Down in the Hole”What’s the key to a successful Harvard commencement address? One word: fail.
May 12 2014 8:45 AMHow Does Wikipedia Describe Your State?Pennsylvania is chocolate. New Hampshire is die.
May 8 2014 7:39 AMNew Yorkers Don’t Call Their Babies BrooklynA map of baby names and their places of origin.
Sports Nut
May 5 2014 11:45 PMTake Me Out to the Ballpark—All of ThemHow to visit all 30 major-league stadiums in 30 days.
April 30 2014 11:51 PMBad LatitudeThe trouble with viral maps. Plus: Some fun viral maps!
March 27 2014 8:00 AMThe Hardest Puzzles in Wheel of Fortune HistoryWhere does NEW BABY BUGGY rank? Plus: Try your hand at the toughest solves ever.
Sports Nut
March 17 2014 12:33 AMMarch Madness Driving You Mad?We can help! Use Slate’s interactive to make your picks based on the odds, SAT scores, mascots, and a whole lot more.
Feb. 27 2014 6:55 PMWho Will Win Best Picture?A cool new tool for predicting the biggest Oscar of the night.




More Than Scottish Pride

Scotland’s referendum isn’t about nationalism. It’s about a system that failed, and a new generation looking to take a chance on itself. 

What Charles Barkley Gets Wrong About Corporal Punishment and Black Culture

Why Greenland’s “Dark Snow” Should Worry You

Three Talented Actresses in Three Terrible New Shows

Why Do Some People See the Virgin Mary in Grilled Cheese?

The science that explains the human need to find meaning in coincidences.


Happy Constitution Day!

Too bad it’s almost certainly unconstitutional.

Is It Worth Paying Full Price for the iPhone 6 to Keep Your Unlimited Data Plan? We Crunch the Numbers.

What to Do if You Literally Get a Bug in Your Ear

  News & Politics
Sept. 16 2014 7:03 PM Kansas Secretary of State Loses Battle to Protect Senator From Tough Race
Sept. 16 2014 4:16 PM The iPhone 6 Marks a Fresh Chance for Wireless Carriers to Kill Your Unlimited Data
The Eye
Sept. 16 2014 12:20 PM These Outdoor Cat Shelters Have More Style Than the Average Home
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 15 2014 3:31 PM My Year As an Abortion Doula
  Slate Plus
Slate Plus Video
Sept. 16 2014 2:06 PM A Farewell From Emily Bazelon The former senior editor talks about her very first Slate pitch and says goodbye to the magazine.
Brow Beat
Sept. 16 2014 8:43 PM This 17-Minute Tribute to David Fincher Is the Perfect Preparation for Gone Girl
Future Tense
Sept. 16 2014 6:40 PM This iPhone 6 Feature Will Change Weather Forecasting
  Health & Science
Medical Examiner
Sept. 16 2014 11:46 PM The Scariest Campfire Story More horrifying than bears, snakes, or hook-handed killers.
Sports Nut
Sept. 15 2014 9:05 PM Giving Up on Goodell How the NFL lost the trust of its most loyal reporters.