If you were trying to attract visitors to a state with mediocre weather that was far from any ocean, what would you do? Create a tiny doppelganger of the 16th president and have him live-tweet the Oscars, so he could cheer on a Steven Spielberg movie about his historical counterpart? That's probably what you would do, right?
TODAY IN SLATE
The Budget Disaster that Sabotaged the WHO’s Response to Ebola
How Movies Like Contagion and Outbreak Distort Our Response to Real Epidemics
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.