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 ben.blatt@slate.com.

Holidays
Dec. 14 2014 8:27 PMDreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel; Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel; Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel …The classic Hannukah game is painfully slow. It’s time to speed it up.
Sports Nut
Oct. 28 2014 10:51 AMKyrie on My Wayward SonJames of Thrones, Home Oladipo, Ibaka Flocka Flame, and 2014’s other most popular fantasy basketball team names.
Sports Nut
Oct. 16 2014 2:03 PMOh What a Relief It IsHow the rise of the bullpen has changed baseball.
Culturebox
Oct. 8 2014 8:42 AMThe United States of Dunkin’ DonutsWhat America would look like if our state borders were based on fast-food density.
Culturebox
Oct. 5 2014 10:06 PMThe New United States of AmericaState borders were drawn in the distant past. Is it time to reimagine our map?
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.
Culturebox
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
Culturebox
June 16 2014 1:02 PMD3N1ED PL8S995 vanity plates that were too risqué for the Utah DMV.
Culturebox
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.
Culturebox
May 19 2014 4:15 PMEthiopians in Colorado, Cubans in KentuckyWhat are the biggest immigrant groups in your state?
Culturebox
May 13 2014 7:35 AMTagalog in California, Cherokee in ArkansasWhat language does your state speak?
Culturebox
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.
Culturebox
Dec. 10 2014 11:45 PMTop 10 Things to Love About Letterman’s Top Ten Lists10. Their topicality 9. Their absurdity 8. Their longevity 7. Their irreverence 6. Their silliness 5. Their brevity 4. Their self-deprecation 3. Their surprise 2. Their reliability 1. Regis.
Behind the Scenes
Oct. 21 2014 1:02 PMWhere Are Slate Plus Members From? This Weird Cartogram Explains.
Culturebox
Oct. 10 2014 8:57 AMManifest DensityUse our interactive map to figure out how many sparsely populated flyover states it takes to equal one densely packed New York City.
Culturebox
Oct. 7 2014 10:03 AMGlavineland and QuisenberriaA new U.S. map based on where baseball players were born.
Sports Nut
Oct. 1 2014 5:19 PMBunt-a-Palooza!How bad was the Kansas City Royals’ bunt-all-the-time strategy in the American League wild-card game? 
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.
History
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.
Culturebox
July 14 2014 11:39 PMAre More Junes Born in June?The calendar’s powerful effect on baby naming.
Culturebox
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.
Culturebox
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.
Culturebox
May 12 2014 8:45 AMHow Does Wikipedia Describe Your State?Pennsylvania is chocolate. New Hampshire is die.
Culturebox
May 8 2014 7:39 AMNew Yorkers Don’t Call Their Babies BrooklynA map of baby names and their places of origin.

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Dec. 18 2014 9:03 AM We Were Doing It Wrong: The Very First Political Gabfest Watch Emily, John, and David review their inaugural Gabfest from 2005.