Thomas Morton

Articles by Thomas Morton

  • The Most Evil Thing I Own

    Nothing ups the value of a run-of-the-mill kitchen implement or piece of clothing like someone dying all over it. It's like smearing it with interesting butter. And—as with ghosts—the eviler the person who died on it, the heavier the smear.

  • I Fraught in a War

    Syria's Kurds won the war against Assad, which means now they get to fight al Qaeda and al Nusra. I spent approximately an hour at the front lines of this battle royale, and let me just say, no thank you.

  • Fringes

    Heroin Holiday

    Every August, while Europe's desk jockeys shut off their phones and head to the beach, the junkies of Prague set up camp in the poppy fields outside the city for a vacation of their own. For one glorious month, there are no cops to run from, no dealers to skirt—just acres of verm…

  • Fringes

    Heroin Holiday - Trailer

    Every August, while Europe's bankers, lawyers, and other desk jockeys shut off their phones and head to the beach, the junkies of Prague set up camp in the poppy fields outside the city for a vacation of their own. For one glorious month, there are no cops to run from, no dealers…

  • Fringes

    Mr. Hálek's Fungus

    Václav Hálek is the world's most prolific composer of mushroom songs. As in the songs they sing to him. The mushrooms. Because God asked them to.

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    Senegalese Laamb Wrestling

    The most popular sport in Senegal isn’t soccer—it’s laamb, combining Greco-Roman wrestling moves with eclectic pre-fight rituals and dances. Laamb’s appeal has skyrocketed as the nation’s economy has plunged, and the top stars are the Michael Jordans of their country. In this ext…

  • Wild Things

    The $wiftest Pigeon - Part 1

    China's spoiled young princelings aren't content with buying horses, sports cars, and insanely tacky watches alone. In tribute to the intrepid bootleggers who've propped up their country's market economy, China's rich have taken arguably the worst bird of all time, the pigeon, an…

  • Wild Things

    The $wiftest Pigeon - Trailer

    What is the sound of 1 million yuan flapping? China's spoiled young princelings have taken arguably the worst bird of all time, the pigeon, and slapped a Louis Vuitton logo on it. Racing pigeons are the new thoroughbreds here, with birds auctioning for hundreds of thousands of do…

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    Tobaccoland

    The tobacco industry in Indonesia is virtually unregulated. The result? Over two-thirds of all men are smokers, and it is commonplace for children as young as six to take up the habit. Tobacco is a $100 billion industry here, with TV and print ads everywhere. While investigating

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    The Fat Farms of Mauritania

    In Mauritania, a country crippled by food shortages, obesity is viewed as a woman's sign of wealth and prestige. To attain Mauritanian standards of beauty, many women undergo the practice of gavage, or fattening up. While traditionally the practice of fattening includes chugging