Rump FakerIs imitation calamari made from pig rectum? A charming urban legend gets its start.
Why Do the Rich and Famous Always Sunbathe Topless?An answer to the Explainer's 2012 Question of the Year.
In Defense of Mike ShanahanWhy the Redskins coach shouldn't be attacked for playing Robert Griffin III.
The Culture Gabfest: Trapped in a Glass Box With Dwarves EditionSlate's podcast about The Hobbit, the A&E series Duck Dynasty, and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator at 50.
You and Your Precious 24 fpsIn defense of The Hobbit’s increased frame rate.
Who Said It: Marco Rubio or Barack Obama?Willful ignorance of science is a bipartisan value.
Silver MedalObama’s big win does not mean Nate Silver is a towering electoral genius.
The SlimingHow processed beef trimmings got rebranded, again and again and again.
Are Humans Monogamous or Polygamous?Archaeologists, anthropologists, and biologists agree: It’s complicated.
The Internet Blowhard’s Favorite PhraseWhy do people love to say that correlation does not imply causation?
Fuzzy and FizzyThe contested science behind Bloomberg's ban on large-sized sodas.
The Pleasures of YouTube in Three DimensionsThere’s marvelous 3-D video on the site, and you don’t need glasses to see it.
Is Air Conditioning Bad for You?The biology and ideology of home cooling.
A Fine Whine
Starry BlightHow a bunch of peasants in Mesopotamia ruined the night sky.
Lost in the WildernessThe military's misadventures in pixelated camouflage.
American Horror Story, Season 2
Finally, an explanation for the aliens!
The Culture Gabfest: Falling Off the Treadmill Vomiting EditionSlate's podcast about the year in movies, The Biggest Loser, and the decline of the American shopping mall.
Gorillas Watching TVBehind the scenes at the zoo.
The Unanswered Questions, 2012 EditionWhy do the rich and famous always sunbathe topless? Plus other bafflers from the Explainer's year-end roundup.
Listen to Slate's Spoiler Special for Life of Pi
Against NatureWhy the government doesn’t—and shouldn’t—regulate which foods are “natural.”
Sandy’s Toll on Medical ResearchWhere’s the worst place for an animal lab? In the basement.
Heaven Help UsAnother “Harvard brain scientist” finds faith and tells the world.
Truth DecayA network scientist examines the lifespan of a fact.
Head GamesSteve James’ new concussion documentary overstates the evidence on head injuries in sports.
Better Than Steroids?The hype behind Stanford’s magic “cooling glove” for athletes.
The Most Dangerous GameIs baseball really more hazardous to players’ health than football?
Don't Sweat ItThe case against the case against air conditioning.
Why Kanye West Loves Lesbians
Ugly ButtonsHow did the remote control get so awful and confusing?