OK, probably not—if you want a serious analysis of what Beyoncé sounded like at Obama’s inauguration, read what Mike Doughty has to say. But if you’re in the mood for something lighter—it is Friday, after all—turn to the comic wizards behind Bad Lip Reading, who have done it again. And definitely stick around for Beyoncé’s big number at the end.
TODAY IN SLATE
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.