You Did Not See Mommy Kissing Santa ClausI spoiled Santa for a classmate in third grade and have felt guilty about it ever since.
The Language Time MachineGoogle’s Ngram Viewer gave us a new way to explore history, but has it led to any real discoveries?
An Angsty Queen, A Deadly Elephant and Other Early Chess Pieces From the Cloisters Collection
In Praise of the Small ThanksgivingI used to wish for more guests at my holiday dinner. Now I know better.
The Developing World Needs More Female Internet UsersA new report outlines some ways to make it happen.
The Future of Food: Five FrontiersHow nanotechnology, vertical farms, and lab-grown meat may change the way you eat.
Furious at Facebook Again!When a man tried to return my lost laptop, Facebook hid his messages from me. How come?
The Mystery of the Little Norwegian ChessmenA new exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art showcases strange and charming chess pieces from the Middle Ages.
Say Cheese, Mr. PresidentA new traveling exhibit highlights the most captivating presidential photography of the past 50 years.
Let’s Abolish Religion!How two British atheists convinced a crowd of New Yorkers that the world would be better off without faith at last night’s Slate/Intelligence Squared U.S. debate.
Religion Doesn’t Make People Immoral, Being Human DoesAn interview with Rabbi David Wolpe: Why he’ll argue against the motion,"The World Would Be Better Off Without Religion," at the Nov. 15 Slate/Intelligence Squared U.S. debate.
Why We’d Be Miserable in a World Without ReligionAn interview with King’s College President Dinesh D’Souza: why he’ll argue against the motion, “The World Would Be Better Off Without Religion,” at the Nov. 15 Slate/Intelligence Squared U.S. debate.
Roads & Kingdoms
King of the Dump How a trash heap in Thailand became the scene of a philanthropic turf war.
Women’s Work The jobs recovery was supposed to be great for women. It hasn’t exactly worked out that way.
Slate’s Working Podcast: Episode 17 Transcript Read what David Plotz asked a middle school principal about his workday.
Something to Sneeze At Natural remedies that claim to “boost your immune system” don’t work, and it’s a good thing they don’t.
Squash vs. Baseball! Wrestling vs. Golf! Good riddance to the days when sports had to fight each other for Olympic survival.