Mark Vanhoenacker

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

The Eye
Aug. 18 2014 9:02 AMWhat Does This Beloved Road Sign on the Massachusetts Turnpike Actually Mean?
The Eye
June 20 2014 9:38 AMWhat Are Those Roadside Totems Along the New Jersey Turnpike?
The Eye
April 18 2014 10:30 AMWhat’s That Blue Asterisk on the Elevator Door?
The Eye
Jan. 23 2014 1:47 PMWhy Do Reflective Pavement Markers Come in So Many Colors?
The Eye
Dec. 19 2013 9:00 AMWhat Is a Tree Doing on Top of That Construction Site?
The Eye
Oct. 30 2013 9:30 AMDesigning Safer Utility Poles
Aug. 13 2013 5:15 AMThese Are TakenWhy don’t movie theaters have reserved seating?
June 26 2013 6:15 AMPut a Fork in ItThe American way of using fork and knife is inefficient and inelegant. We need a new way.
Brow Beat
June 19 2013 1:24 PMWhat Are These Cryptic Symbols I Keep Seeing on Doorways?
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?
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?
Oct. 4 2012 2:30 AMThe Beauty of the Airline Baggage TagIt’s a masterpiece of design.
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?
July 2 2014 11:48 PMThe Contradiction at the Heart of Road-TrippingThirteen ways to minimize your nature-loving drive’s cost to nature.
The Eye
May 16 2014 10:15 AMWhat Are Those Piles of Gunk on NYC Subway Platforms?
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March 4 2014 9:00 AMWhat's That Little Round Hole in the Elevator Door?
Jan. 21 2014 11:52 PMRequiemClassical music in America is dead.
The Eye
Nov. 27 2013 9:00 AMWhat's That Metal Strip Above the Airplane Door?
Brow Beat
Sept. 5 2013 11:10 AMWhat Are Those Circular Things on Car Bumpers?
Brow Beat
Aug. 1 2013 3:18 PMWhat Are Those Long Fences Along the Highway Out West?
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June 20 2013 3:22 PMHere Is the Best U.S. State, According to 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?
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Nov. 1 2012 2:50 PMWhat Is That Little Cylinder on My Computer Wire?
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Sept. 17 2012 12:33 PMWhat Are Those Numbers by Convenience Store Exits?
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Aug. 20 2012 8:45 AMWhat Are Those Buttons Between Wall Sockets?




More Than Scottish Pride

Scotland’s referendum isn’t about nationalism. It’s about a system that failed, and a new generation looking to take a chance on itself. 

What Charles Barkley Gets Wrong About Corporal Punishment and Black Culture

Why Greenland’s “Dark Snow” Should Worry You

Three Talented Actresses in Three Terrible New Shows

Why Do Some People See the Virgin Mary in Grilled Cheese?

The science that explains the human need to find meaning in coincidences.


Happy Constitution Day!

Too bad it’s almost certainly unconstitutional.

Is It Worth Paying Full Price for the iPhone 6 to Keep Your Unlimited Data Plan? We Crunch the Numbers.

What to Do if You Literally Get a Bug in Your Ear

  News & Politics
Sept. 16 2014 7:03 PM Kansas Secretary of State Loses Battle to Protect Senator From Tough Race
Sept. 16 2014 4:16 PM The iPhone 6 Marks a Fresh Chance for Wireless Carriers to Kill Your Unlimited Data
The Eye
Sept. 16 2014 12:20 PM These Outdoor Cat Shelters Have More Style Than the Average Home
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 15 2014 3:31 PM My Year As an Abortion Doula
  Slate Plus
Slate Plus Video
Sept. 16 2014 2:06 PM A Farewell From Emily Bazelon The former senior editor talks about her very first Slate pitch and says goodbye to the magazine.
Brow Beat
Sept. 16 2014 8:43 PM This 17-Minute Tribute to David Fincher Is the Perfect Preparation for Gone Girl
Future Tense
Sept. 16 2014 6:40 PM This iPhone 6 Feature Will Change Weather Forecasting
  Health & Science
Medical Examiner
Sept. 16 2014 11:46 PM The Scariest Campfire Story More horrifying than bears, snakes, or hook-handed killers.
Sports Nut
Sept. 15 2014 9:05 PM Giving Up on Goodell How the NFL lost the trust of its most loyal reporters.