I sometimes like to look at lists of random pseudoholidays, and I happened to notice that Dec. 17 is Free Shipping Day. This seems to be more of a real thing than tomorrow's scheduled Answer the Telephone Like Buddy the Elf Day, with a Free Shipping Day website and everything.
Basically a whole bunch of retailers are offering coordinated free shipping promotions, just in time for your last-minute holiday shopping needs. So go forth and buy.
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.