• Blacking Out Is the Other Universal Language

    People have been going on vacations to make bad decisions since antiquity, and that’s not going to change. So in the spirit of broadening our horizons, we’ve asked our international offices to dig up the strangest, booziest stories of vacations gone wrong—or right, depending on h…

  • Berlin's Suicide-Proof Nuclear Fallout Shelters

    The first 3,000 people to line up in an orderly fashion would be allowed to file in through a door and enter an air-locked decontamination chamber, under supervision of machine-gun-toting guards. A face behind a glass window would then instruct these lucky survivors to strip nake…

  • The Strange Beauty of the Chinese Politician Who Threw a Tantrum at the Airport

    In essence, this is just a video of a man having a nightmarish experience at an airport boarding desk. (He'd had a long breakfast and missed his first flight, then had not heard the call for the second flight, apparently.) But watched through the lens of one of China's state-owne…

  • Our Constipation Tour of India

    The Indian tourism industry has become so efficient at safely shepherding Westerners past the country’s landmark sights that pale-skinned travelers like ourselves could glide by easily without being touched by more than a few crumbs of dirt.

  • I Went to a Futuristic Hippie Commune in the Desert

    An hour or so outside of Phoenix, Arizona, lies the town of Arcosanti. According to the sign on the way in, Arcosanti is an "urban laboratory," which sounds like a church-run program to trick inner-city kids into becoming Christians, so I'm not sure why they called it that. It's

  • India's Street Doctors Will Bleed the Sickness Right Out of You

    Veteran bloodletter Mohammad Gyas watches as his son slices open the hands and feet of the sick with single-use razor blades in the gardens of a mosque in Old Delhi. A few feet away, a middle-aged arthritis sufferer leaps energetically onto a brick platform. Springing back down a…

  • I Had Romance Sex at Kate's Lazy Meadow

    So as we all know, last Thursday was Valentine's Day, and while you were staring at your weird girlfriend or boyfriend across a table at Applebee's, I was up in the Catskills with my sex lover, doing sex lover things at Kate's Lazy Meadow.

  • Carnival Day in Naples's Mafia-Run Slums

    In the notorious district of Scampia in northern Naples, drug and arms wars rage wildly and clan bosses reign supreme. One day per year, however, the children take center stage for a colorful and lavish Christian celebration that comes just before Lent.

  • I Couchsurfed with Settlers in the Holy Land

    A couple of months ago, my friend was on a rant (albeit, a very coherent one) about how CouchSurfing's website supports Zionism by allowing settlers in the West Bank to list their location as "Judea and Samaria"—the Israeli name for most of the disputed West Bank. She was trying…

  • Three Gothic Tales from Austin, Texas

    Amie and Clancy Martin went to Austin recently. While there, they were almost kicked out of a hipster hotel, ate delicious sushi, and accompanied a friend to get a tattoo. Here are three reviews from their trip, one from each of their adventures.

  • A Bike Ride to the Top of Rio's Oldest Favela

    In preparation for the upcoming World Cup and Olympics, the Rio de Janeiro city government is in the process of evicting thousands of residents of Providência, the oldest favela in Rio de Janeiro. Favela is the Brazilian word for a neighborhood that is built by its own residents,…

  • I Ate a Dog in Hanoi

    The first thing that struck me was the sheer chewiness. Ten gabbers on MDMA couldn't work up the gum power between them to gnaw through a chunk of this stuff in less than two minutes. What had started as a harmless foray into local tradition had quickly become a living nightmare…

  • Inside Cassadaga, the Psychic Capital of the World

    “How is my grandmother doing?” I asked. She started to go into a trance, and got a look on her face like a small turd was being held beneath her nose. “She says, ‘I’m doing dandy’.” My grandmother would never say the word “dandy.” She was a hard boiled, Sicilian woman. Things…

  • Porn and Free Sashimi and My Wedding in Las Vegas

    Although my husband and I had already been married in India, in a ceremony that I thought was beautiful and perfect because it was simple, to make everything official we went to Vegas. If my account of our legal wedding has a curious sadness, what can I say? I am not really a Las…