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One Month After the Titanic Sunk, the Washington Post Suggested a Mummy‘s Curse Was to Blame

One of the great pleasures of reading old newspapers is their credulous approach to the supernatural. The modern-day San Francisco Chronicle would presumably not run an article headlined ‘A HEADLESS GOBLIN,‘ reporting that a Missouri man found nude in the street claimed his clothing had been stolen by-you guessed it-a headless goblin, but the Chronicle of 1887 was more than happy to. The New York Times‘ definition of news that w

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Can Kirk Cousins Dance?

Kirk Cousins isn‘t the coolest cube in the ice tray. The Minnesota Vikings quarterback proudly drives a beat-up conversion van. He loves Creed. He filed a copyright application for the phrase ‘YOU VIKE THAT!‘ The man still manages to be a relatively successful NFL gunslinger despite these obvious shortcomings, and he‘s often called upon to participate in moments of public celebration as a result. Can Cousins lift his game

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An American Muslim Marriage

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Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson Split; Engagement Off; Romance Dead

Romance is dead: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. Saturday Night Live cast member Pete Davidson and pop star Ariana Grande, the celebrity couple whose engagement captivated a nation, have called it quits, according to TMZ. Their engagement is off too, so anyone in the market for a 90,000 secondhand diamond (VVS1, 3.03 carats) should reach out to the unhappy couple, who announced their engagement in May, just a few weeks after

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Nathan Peterman Elevates Bad Quarterback Play to an Art Form; Please Give Him His Own Wing in the Louvre

Nathan Peterman has a gift. The Buffalo Bills‘ backup quarterback doesn‘t grace the field that often, but he never fails to produce moments of transcendent humor and tragedy when he does. The maestro was forced into action against the Houston Texans on Sunday after starter Josh Allen suffered an elbow injury in the third quarter, and Peterman did not disappoint. The NFL‘s greatest performance artist rose to the occasion and left

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Savannah Police Look for Person Who Put Googly Eyes on a Statue: ‘It‘s No Laughing Matter‘

The government of Savannah, Georgia wants everyone to know that personal preferences aside, ‘googly eyes‘ do not belong on statues. ‘Who did this?!‘ the City of Savannah Government posted to its Facebook page Thursday. It illustrated the post with two photos that showed how someone had stuck googly eyes on a statue of Nathanael Greene, a Revolutionary War general that is in the city‘s Johnson Square. ‘It may lo

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New York Governor Cuomo Blames Trump, Republicans for ‘Proud Boys‘ Violence

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is pointing the finger at President Donald Trump and the state‘s Republicans for the violence that broke out Friday night after the speech of the leader of a far-right group. Cuomo told reporters he couldn‘t fathom why Republicans would have invited a man who leads an organization that has been designated as a hate group to speak at their Metropolitan Republican Club. The Proud Boys is made up of men who des

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Democrats See Growing Lead in House Race Even as Trump Approval Rating Rises

Democrats are in an increasingly good position to take control of the House of Representatives in the midterm elections, according to a CBS News/YouGov poll. If the election were held today, Democrats would win 226 seats, eight more than the 218 needed for a majority. That‘s well within the margin of error of the poll, meaning that the race for leadership could still go either way and some are so close that ‘it wouldn‘t take muc

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How Does a Marijuana Farmer Do His Job?

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Four Men Killed in Shooting at One-Year-Old‘s Birthday Party in South Texas

An apparent argument at a one-year-old‘s birthday party led to a shooting that killed four men and injured another. It seems two families who were at the party had an argument and that escalated into gunfire. Although there were multiple witnesses, police are still trying ot figure out what happened exactly in Taft, a small town north of Corpus Christi with a population of around 3,000 people.

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Trump Suggests Defense Secretary Mattis Could Leave Soon: ‘He‘s Sort of a Democrat‘

President Donald Trump said Defense Secretary James Mattis could soon leave his Cabinet. In an interview with Lesley Stahl of 60 Minutes that is scheduled to be broadcast Sunday night, Trump said that there are ‘some people‘ who are members of his administration who he‘s ‘not thrilled with.‘ When Stahl asked the president specifically whether Mattis could be leaving, Trump said he didn‘t know but didn‘t q

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Saudi Arabia Threatens Retaliation After Trump Hints at Sanctions Over Missing Journalist

Saudi Arabia made clear Sunday it would not take any threats against the kingdom lightly, vowing that it would retaliate against any sanctions imposed by other countries. The statement from an unnamed government official appeared to be a response to President Donald Trump‘s threat of ‘severe punishment‘ for the world‘s largest oil exporter if it‘s proven that the country was responsible for the disappearance of journ

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Centuries-Old L.A.-Milwaukee Rivalry Teeters On Precipice as Dodgers Even Series Against Brewers

The NLCS is about more than just baseball. The seven-game series is a microcosm of history‘s most bitter rivalry: Los Angeles versus Milwaukee. The Dodgers and Brewers are but two players in this drama, and the outright hatred each city has for the other seeps through every pixel of your television set. The Brewers took a 1-0 NLCS lead on Friday night, but they squandered this advantage on Saturday when they lost to the Dodgers, 4-3. The tw

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B-Listers Bring Boss Baby Beyond Baldwin and Buscemi With a Brand-New Season of Boss Baby 2: Back in Business

The Boss Baby is back, but Alec Baldwin and Steve Buscemi were both too busy (and too big-ticket) to be on Netflix‘s boob-tube-based Boss-Baby-branded byproduct of the box office blockbuster from 2017, so bit-players built a bricolage Boss Baby by biting the best bits from bygone Boss Babies. Bravo, Baldwin and Buscemi, because the brand-new season of The Boss Baby 2: Back in Business looks breathtakingly bad. Behold:

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Members of Far-Right Men‘s Group ‘Proud Boys‘ Beat Up Protesters in New York

Members of the far-right men‘s group ‘Proud Boys‘ beat up at least three protesters Friday in the streets of Manhattan after an event Friday night. The members of the pro-Trump organization that the Southern Poverty Law Center identifies as a hate group had gathered at the Metropolitan Republican Club on the Upper East Side to hear a speech by the group‘s founder, Gavin McInnes. Minutes after they left the event, some 30 m

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College Football Is More Fun Now That It‘s Played With a Greased-Up Ham

Vanderbilt jumped to an early lead against Florida on Saturday, and they did so thanks to turnovers. The Commodores grabbed an interception and forced a fumble in the first half, and the latter appears to be the result of a new SEC rule that requires all game balls to be replaced with glistening Christmas hams. Just look at the rainbow sheen on that bad boy as it slips out of Gator quarterback Feleipe Franks‘ grasp and squirts through the h

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Documents Obtained by New York Times Suggest Jared Kushner Likely Paid Almost No Income Tax for Years

Although Jared Kushner‘s net worth has soared over the past decade, President Donald Trump‘s son-in-law has barely paid any federal income taxes during that time, according to the New York Times. The paper reviewed confidential financial documents that suggest Kushner has used ‘a common tax-minimizing maneuver‘ to claim he had million of dollars in losses, although they were ‘only on paper.‘ Specifically, he wa

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Due Processing

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Martha Plimpton and Masha Gessen Talk About Doing It All

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The Win-Win Edition

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Olive Branch, Turkey Leg

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22 July‘s Paul Greengrass Says His Movie Is Less About a Terrorist Attack Than the World It Leaves Behind

When I sat down to watch Paul Greengrass‘ new film 22 July, I was dreading it. Aside from a few forays into the Bourne universe, the British filmmaker is best known for meticulous, vrit recreations of traumatic historical events: the 1972 Bogside Massacre in Bloody Sunday, 9/11 in United 93, and the Maersk Alabama hijacking in Captain Phillips. His new project takes on the 2011 lone-wolf terrorist attack by far-right extremist Andres Behrin

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Does Stephen Elliott‘s Lawsuit Against Moira Donegan Have a Chance to Succeed?

Exactly one year after Moira Donegan started the Shitty Media Men list, one of the men named in that Google spreadsheet has filed a defamation lawsuit against her. Stephen Elliott, the founder and former editor in chief of the literary website the Rumpus, is asking for 1.5 million in damages for what the suit says were ‘malicious‘ actions ‘taken solely to damage [his] reputation and career.‘

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Would You Pay a Random Website 99 Cents to Find Out Who Else Paid It 99 Cents?

WhoPaid99Cents.com is the M.C. Escher print of websites: Its sole purpose is to charge users 99 cents to unlock a list of people who also paid the site 99 cents to look at the list of users who paid 99 cents. The conceit is diabolical: The only way to see who was stupid enough to fall for it is to pay the money and become a sucker yourself. Launched Friday morning by Thinko, a Brooklyn-based computer entertainment studio that specializes in creat

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