While getting your crude oil all over the place is usually frowned upon, there's one town in Azerbaijan that's tied its fortune to dunking tourists in the stuff.
The "remembrances" and "observations" and "celebrations" from that time and since are so intense that some residents are packing up and leaving town this weekend to get away from the media maelstrom and relentless sorrowful nostalgia.
I made a 5,600-mile journey in a month thanks to drivers I adorned with nicknames like Kush Grandpa, John the Racist, Four Divorces, and Nice Mike.
They build their own houses, tend their own farms, grow their own weed and get drunk on the cheap.
In the past five years, hundreds of legal private members cannabis clubs have opened throughout Spain. Originally most popular in the north, we took a look at the burgeoning "green economy" in the south of the country.
The Chiang Mai Women's Massage Centre by Ex-Prisoners helps female inmates transition back into the real world – and for £3.50, it gives one of the best massages in the country.
We head to Seoul to find out why so many Koreans are taking their own lives and why others are pretending to die in order to live better.
A look at life inside Hebron, where Palestinians' everyday lives are hemmed in by a system of soldiers, checkpoints, barricades and violence.
The Florida island used to be a famous destination for gay men, but with homosexuality becoming more acceptable in the mainstream, do gays still need a sanctuary?
We talked with the shop's artists about how they got started, guys being jealous and their love of permanently marking people's bodies.
Kryss Black and Rob Vanderveen want to turn the Snowtown bank where eight bodies were found in barrels in 1999 into an official tourist attraction that could give their struggling town an economic boost.
Corporate or not, adult summer camp is a bastion of nostalgia for a simple time when there was no distinction between real life and the one mediated by social feeds, mobile apps and messaging systems.
It's not all platinum hair and perma-tans, Los Angeles is the City of Dreams.
VICE Japan investigates 'yaba', the methamphetamine-based drug sweeping Thailand, and the unique rehab programme to cure addicts through daily group vomiting sessions.
For an assorted cast of wild characters, River Valley Farm is a paradise.
Inside the legendary Route 36, where £18 will get you a cocktail and a gram of coke.
I bore witness to one of the most elaborate pieces of advertising content ever made. But why?
Celebrating my 40th birthday on a tropical island with a sexy stranger sounded great – until I realised I would almost certainly look like an idiot on national television.
My friends and I over-consumed the park and its artificial pleasures, often forgetting the outside world was a far cry from all that.
Visiting one of the major launch points for the estimated 25,000 ethnic Muslims that fled the country in boats between January and March this year.
Exploring the dying tradition of New York bars opening their doors at 8 AM.
Although I left the LDS years ago, I went to the church's recent Hill Cumorah Pageant, a flashy spectacle designed to tell the origin story of Mormonism and convert new members.
I spent a day and night surrounded by alcoholic slushies, go-go dancers, and old people sitting in front of video slot machines.