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

Behind the Scenes
Oct. 21 2014 1:02 PMWhere Are Slate Plus Members From? This Weird Cartogram Explains.
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.
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.
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.
Sports Nut
Oct. 16 2014 2:03 PMOh What a Relief It IsHow the rise of the bullpen has changed baseball.
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.
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.
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.



The World

The Budget Disaster that Sabotaged the WHO’s Response to Ebola

How Movies Like Contagion and Outbreak Distort Our Response to Real Epidemics

PowerPoint Is the Worst, and Now It’s the Latest Way to Hack Into Your Computer

Everything You Should Know About Today’s Eclipse

An Unscientific Ranking of Really, Really 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.

Want Kids to Delay Sex? Let Planned Parenthood Teach Them Sex Ed.

Can Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu Pull Off One More Louisiana Miracle?

  News & Politics
Oct. 22 2014 9:42 PM Landslide Landrieu Can the Louisiana Democrat use the powers of incumbency to save herself one more time?
Oct. 23 2014 11:51 AM It Seems No One Is Rich or Happy: I Looked
The Eye
Oct. 23 2014 12:48 PM Track Your Bag and Charge Your Phone With This Carry-On Smart Suitcase
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 23 2014 11:33 AM Watch Little Princesses Curse for the Feminist Cause
  Slate Plus
Oct. 23 2014 11:28 AM Slate’s Working Podcast: Episode 2 Transcript Read what David Plotz asked Dr. Meri Kolbrener about her workday.
Brow Beat
Oct. 23 2014 12:01 PM Who Is Constantine, and Should You Watch His New Show?
Oct. 23 2014 11:45 AM The United States of Reddit  How social media is redrawing our borders. 
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Oct. 23 2014 7:30 AM Our Solar System and Galaxy … Seen by an Astronaut
Sports Nut
Oct. 20 2014 5:09 PM Keepaway, on Three. Ready—Break! On his record-breaking touchdown pass, Peyton Manning couldn’t even leave the celebration to chance.