• Pee-Wee Herman's Dinosaurs Are Actually a Creationist Museum

    The Cabazon Dinosaurs are a couple of giant concrete dinosaurs located out in the desert near Palm Springs, California. They're best known for their appearence in the movie Pee-Wee's Big Adventure, but have also featured in Paris, Texas, Fallout: New Vegas and the v…

  • Exploring Vietnam's Lunchtime Sex Motels

    Nha Nghis—cheap hotels you can rent by the hour—are used by everyone from young couples in love to serial cheating sleazebags to prostitutes looking for a place to do business that's safer than the streets.

  • Exploring One of London's First Trans Clothing Shops

    There's something captivating about Doreen Fashions. From the outside, it's an unremarkable storefront selling women's clothing, but inside it's a radically progressive haven for a previously sidelined section of society, located in an area of London that's never been known for b…

  • I Kayaked to New York City’s Abandoned North Brother Island

    In a city crammed with 8 million people, North Brother Island has sat abandoned since the 1960s. It's about a thousand feet from the shores of the South Bronx, and over the centuries it's been home to quarantined smallpox victims and Typhoid Mary, NYC's one-woman epidemic.

  • The Prepubescent Spider-Hunters of Cambodia

    In the 70s, the Khmer Rouge committed one the 20th century's worst genocides in Cambodia. The genocide reshaped the country’s eating habits. Starving people were forced to find food any way they could—including hunting and cooking tarantulas. Today you can buy fried arachnids, an…

  • On Patrol with Ontario's Suburban Batman

    Brampton Batman takes this shit very, very seriously and tells me he's the Dark Knight even when he's not wearing an expensive replica getup. He's also, very, very polite, which is only natural since this is Canadian Batman after all.

  • The Trickle-Down Economics of Nicaragua’s Drug Trade

    When the Bluefields and the rest of Nicaragua's Caribbean Coast was a hub for cocaine traffic, violence went up and most of the profits went to unscrupulous kingpins—but the extra money was also a boon to many poor residents.

  • The Site of Hitler’s Suicide Is Now a Playground

    By the afternoon of his suicide, Adolf Hitler hadn’t seen the sun in ten days. He had been living in a concrete bunker 28 feet below the ruins of Berlin for months. Sixty-eight years later, Berlin is almost unrecognizable, and a slide sits atop the exact location where the Fü…

  • Neither Big nor Easy

    A Pilgrimage to Gypsy Lou Webb, New Orleans’s Patron Saint of Beat Literature

    With her husband Jon, Gypsy Lou Webb ran Loujon Press and made beautiful art books that featured poetry from Charles Bukowski, William Burroughs, and Allen Ginsberg. At 97, she now lives off of social security and the kindness of fans.

  • The Sienese Are Whipping Each Other with Dried Bulls' Penises as Their City Collapses

    Palio is a spectacular 90-second bareback horse race run twice a year around Siena's central plaza in which jockeys whip one another with dried bulls’ penises. But how much longer can the city distract itself with the Palio horse race when the bank that funds Siena’s services, in…

  • We Went To An Outback Love Hunt

    With 89 percent of Australians living in cities, we’re the most urbanised country in the world. But with most of our population crammed into cities, you have to feel for the other 11 percent. That’s where B&S or bachelors and spinsters balls come in. Held in rural Australia, they…

  • This Palestinian Taxidermist's Stuffed Animal Zoo Is Heartbreaking

    I’m at Qalqilya's zoo to see an exhibition of stuffed animals that Dr. Khader has created from the beasts that were killed in the Second Intifada, the four-year period of fighting that claimed the lives of 4,000 Palestinians and more than 1,000 Israelis. It is probably worth ment…

  • I Saw the Future of Pot at Seattle’s Hempfest

    The vibe at the 22nd annual Hempfest—the massive pot pageant held in Seattle, Washington, this past weekend—was 100 percent celebratory. And why not? Weed is legal in the state and soon will be elsewhere, and all that's left to do is light up and cash in.

  • The Magician's Retreat

    A black winged creature flew into the room and fluttered about erratically. “A bat!” I screamed. Transylvanian thoughts caromed through my mind. “No… wait! It’s a fucking moth!” Raf shouted, as it hurtled to a stop upside down in a corner where the ceiling met the wall. “Holy shi…