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?
Brow Beat
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?
Brow Beat
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.
Brow Beat
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.
Brow Beat
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 Ebola Story

How our minds build narratives out of disaster.

The Budget Disaster That Completely Sabotaged the WHO’s Response to Ebola

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

The Shooting Tragedies That Forged Canada’s Gun Politics

A Highly Unscientific Ranking of Crazy-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.

Would You Trust Walmart to Provide Your Health Care? (You Should.)

  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?
Continuously Operating
Oct. 22 2014 2:38 PM Crack Open an Old One A highly unscientific evaluation of Germany’s oldest breweries.
Gentleman Scholar
Oct. 22 2014 5:54 PM May I Offer to Sharpen My Friends’ Knives? Or would that be rude?
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 22 2014 4:27 PM Three Ways Your Text Messages Change After You Get Married
  Slate Plus
Tv Club
Oct. 22 2014 5:27 PM The Slate Walking Dead Podcast A spoiler-filled discussion of Episodes 1 and 2.
Oct. 22 2014 11:54 PM The Actual World “Mount Thoreau” and the naming of things in the wilderness.
Future Tense
Oct. 22 2014 5:33 PM One More Reason Not to Use PowerPoint: It’s The Gateway for a Serious Windows Vulnerability
  Health & Science
Wild Things
Oct. 22 2014 2:42 PM Orcas, Via Drone, for the First Time Ever
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.