Manifest DensityUse our interactive map to figure out how many sparsely populated flyover states it takes to equal one densely packed New York City.
Bunt-a-Palooza!How bad was the Kansas City Royals’ bunt-all-the-time strategy in the American League wild-card game?
Teenage Mutant Ninja BortlesTurn Down for Watt, Stafford Infection, and 2014’s other most popular fantasy football team names.
Do The Math
Mo Money Mo MilesUnited Airlines’ new frequent flier scheme creates a perverse incentive for business travelers.
The Longest Movie Plot Summary on WikipediaDoes it belong to Ben-Hur? Star Wars? Inception? (Hint: You’re not even getting warm.)
Will 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.
As Easy As A-B-SchwaWhat sounds and letters are most likely to trip up contestants at the National Spelling Bee?
How Failure Breeds Success
“Down in the Hole”What’s the key to a successful Harvard commencement address? One word: fail.
New Yorkers Don’t Call Their Babies BrooklynA map of baby names and their places of origin.
The United States of Dunkin’ DonutsWhat America would look like if our state borders were based on fast-food density.
The New United States of AmericaState borders were drawn in the distant past. Is it time to reimagine our map?
The Million-Mile ClubWhich athlete traveled the most miles in his career? Which team holds the single-season frequent-flyer record?
Meet RutherfordThe surprisingly durable American habit of naming kids after sitting presidents.
You Live in Alabama. Here’s How You’re Going to Die.A look at the most common causes of death by state.
Ethiopians in Colorado, Cubans in KentuckyWhat are the biggest immigrant groups in your state?
What Is the Most Valuable State on Jeopardy!?The dollar value of American locales, as determined by Alex Trebek and co.
TODAY IN SLATE
The Budget Disaster that Sabotaged the WHO’s Response to Ebola
How Movies Like Contagion and Outbreak Distort Our Response to Real Epidemics
How Movies Like Contagion and Outbreak Distort Our Response to Real Epidemics How our minds build narratives out of disaster.
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.
Landslide Landrieu Can the Louisiana Democrat use the powers of incumbency to save herself one more time?
Slate’s Working Podcast: Episode 2 Transcript Read what David Plotz asked Dr. Meri Kolbrener about her workday.
Keepaway, on Three. Ready—Break! On his record-breaking touchdown pass, Peyton Manning couldn’t even leave the celebration to chance.