Mark Vanhoenacker
Mark Vanhoenacker

Mark Vanhoenacker is a writer in New York and author of Skyfaring: A Journey With a Pilot. Follow him on Twitter.

Science
June 6 2013 7:36 AMHow to Sell PhilosophyIt just needs a product—thought experiments (TXes, if you will)—and a marketing plan.
Brow Beat
April 23 2013 11:03 AMWhy Are Public Toilet Seats Always U-Shaped?
Animal Forecast
Feb. 13 2013 11:55 AMNamibia’s Most Horrifying, Fascinating WildlifeForget the cheetahs, giraffes, and rhinos. Behold the armored ground cricket.
Brow Beat
Jan. 8 2013 3:26 PMWhat Are Those Color Splotches on So Many Packages?
Brow Beat
Nov. 1 2012 2:50 PMWhat Is That Little Cylinder on My Computer Wire?
Brow Beat
Sept. 17 2012 12:33 PMWhat Are Those Numbers by Convenience Store Exits?
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"
Design
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?
Politics
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?
Brow Beat
May 20 2013 4:49 PMThere Are Tabs on the Sides of Tin Foil Boxes That Will Change Your Life
Brow Beat
April 3 2013 4:37 PMWhat Are Those Odd Panels on the Backs of Trucks?
Design
Jan. 19 2013 9:45 AMThe Election Disaster That Wasn’tAmerica’s poorly designed ballots could have bungled the 2012 election. How we can fix them before 2016.
Brow Beat
Nov. 23 2012 11:30 AMWhat’s That Steam Rising Up From NYC Streets?
Design
Oct. 4 2012 2:30 AMThe Beauty of the Airline Baggage TagIt’s a masterpiece of design.
Culturebox
Sept. 10 2012 3:00 PMDo You Have a Photo ID, Young Man?Does stringent security make the Sept. 11 memorial safer—or a hassle to visit and an infringement on our civil liberties?
Family
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?
Design
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?
Brow Beat
May 24 2012 4:46 PMWhat Is That Ominous New Device on Street Lights?
Brow Beat
May 9 2012 2:05 PMWhat’s That Thing? Dashboard Arrow Edition
Culturebox
April 6 2011 8:15 AMWe're No. 1!But only when it comes to domestic appliances.
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Family
Sept. 2 2015 3:05 PM “Nobody Called CPS on Louis C.K.” Writing about giving your baby the finger makes people on the Internet go a little crazy.