Mark Vanhoenacker

Mark Vanhoenacker is a writer in New York. Follow him on Twitter.

Brow Beat
Aug. 20 2012 8:45 AMWhat Are Those Buttons Between Wall Sockets?
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July 24 2012 2:24 PMWhat Do Fire Gates Do? The Latest "What's That Thing"
June 25 2012 8:17 PMWhy Are There Specialty License Plates for Quilters?
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June 7 2012 12:28 PMWhat’s That Odd White Cone in the Field Over There?
May 14 2012 6:00 AMDon’t Mess with MassachusettsIt may be everyone’s punching bag, but it’s time to face facts: The Bay State is best.
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April 24 2012 8:39 AMCan You Identify the Mysterious Wires in this Photo?
Aug. 2 2012 4:00 AMI, Mark, Take You, Mark …Sure, marriage equality sounds great. But what about the coming flood of same-named couples?
June 26 2012 6:25 AMMontana Quilters Have Their Own License PlateThe curious rise of specialty tags.
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June 25 2012 1:21 PMWhat Does the 'S' Button in an Elevator Do? Anything?
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May 24 2012 4:46 PMWhat Is That Ominous New Device on Street Lights?
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May 9 2012 2:05 PMWhat’s That Thing? Dashboard Arrow Edition
April 6 2011 8:15 AMWe're No. 1!But only when it comes to domestic appliances.



The End of Pregnancy

And the inevitable rise of the artificial womb.

Doctor Tests Positive for Ebola in New York City

How a Company You’ve Never Heard of Took Control of the Entire Porn Industry

The Hot New Strategy for Desperate Democrats

Blame China for everything.

The Questions That Michael Brown’s Autopsies Can’t Answer


Kiev Used to Be an Easygoing Place

Now it’s descending into madness.


Don’t Just Sit There

How to be more productive during your commute.

There Has Never Been a Comic Book Character Like John Constantine

Which Came First, the Word Chicken or the Word Egg?

  News & Politics
The World
Oct. 23 2014 1:51 PM Is This the ISIS Backlash We've Been Waiting For?
Oct. 23 2014 5:53 PM Amazon Investors Suddenly Bearish on Losing Money
Oct. 23 2014 5:08 PM Why Is an Obscure 1968 Documentary in the Opening Credits of Transparent?
  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 6:55 PM A Goodfellas Actor Sued The Simpsons for Stealing His Likeness. Does He Have a Case?
Oct. 23 2014 11:45 AM The United States of Reddit  How social media is redrawing our borders. 
  Health & Science
Oct. 23 2014 5:42 PM Seriously, Evolution: WTF? Why I love the most awkward, absurd, hacked-together species.
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.