Christmas Season Starts Earlier Every Year!Actually it’s been starting in early autumn since the Victorian era.
The Silent KillerHybrids are so quiet that pedestrians never hear them coming. Now automakers are racing to make the car of the future sound like the gas guzzlers of old.
The Postman Rings Every So OftenThe end of Saturday mail is coming—and Friday mail might be next.
The Cashless Society
Do You Know What James K. Polk Looks Like?It would be disturbingly easy to fake America’s $1 coins. Why isn’t the government doing more to prevent it from happening?
You Say It's Your BirthdayDoes the infamous "Happy Birthday to You" copyright hold up to scrutiny?
The King of All FormulasThe incredible true story of the man who invented the Hollywood schlock machine.
"Baboons Are Simply Too Small for Leopard Bait"The 10 oddest travel guides ever published.
The Original War on ChristmasThe short, glorious history of the Society for the Prevention of Useless Giving.
Ruffians, Pickpockets, and Jewel FencesWhat was crime-fighting actually like in Sherlock Holmes-era London?
That’s RichThe chancellor of UC-Davis is a bona fide 1-percenter. When did executive pay at public universities get so high?
Ghost ShipIn 1872, the crew of the Mary Celeste disappeared without a trace. Her story only got weirder from there.
How To Get Ahead in Tabloid JournalismMurdoch's minions have nothing on the journalists of 1897.
Must-Geek TVAn Emmy for the first sitcom character with Asperger's: The Big Bang Theory's Sheldon Cooper.
Roads & Kingdoms
Marooned in the Desert Sixty-seven years after the Arab-Israeli War, 3,000 Palestinians remain forgotten and stateless in rural Egypt.
What Happened at Slate This Week? Assistant interactives editor Andrew Kahn on the best of Slate, from the history of slavery to Mad Men.
Honeybees at a Crossroads Drought, pesticides, diseases—it’s not a good time to be a bee.