• Partying in a 14th-Century Czech Castle

    It was late afternoon, and a crowd was slowly gathering in the main courtyard. Pivo stands doled out beer for 25 crowns a cup under a clear blue sky. I made the mistake of referring to the event as a festival, and Aran politely corrected me. “We don’t use the word festival,” he e…

  • Blood Sacrifice in Sumba

    We had come to Sumba film the lead-up to the Pasola battle in Wanukaka, a village where members of the Praibakul clan had been prepping their spears and horses for this year’s fight against the neighboring Waihura clan. The battle was set to take place a couple of days later, alt…

  • Mexicalia

    Oaxaca's Third Gender

    Every November a celebration known as the Vigil of the Authentic Intrepid Searchers of Danger takes place in the city of Juchitán, Oaxaca, in Mexico. In this community of Zapotec indigenous people, it's generally understood that there are men, there are women, and there are muxes…

  • The Trials and Tribulations of Building a Skatepark in India

    Holy Stoked, a small collective based in Bangalore, India, is working to create a community of skaters in a country where many people have never even seen a skateboard. Parks are important to any young skate scene, so Holy Stoked got some funding and built one with help from a fe…

  • This Slaughterhouse Mural Is Really, Really Creepy

    On the walls of a sketchy pork-processing plant in Los Angeles, a massive mural was painted that illustrates the joys of slicing up pigs for food. Perhaps the creepiest part is that, on the high wall of the house where hot dogs are cured, the mural features the souls of the pigs

  • The Man Flying His Plane to Every Country That Doesn't Recognize Kosovo's Independence

    James Berisha wants the world to accept Kosovo's independence. So, instead of circulating a bunch of pointless "Facebook awareness" macros, the Albanian pilot decided to single-handedly fly to every country that hasn't accepted their independence and talk directly to them about i…

  • Fringes

    Portrait of a Russian Oligarch

    After the collapse of Communism in Russia, as state assets were divvied up and privatized, a few individuals stepped in to take the reins of this entrepreneurial experiment. Rewarded with massive fortunes and fame, they came to be known as "the oligarchs." To see how the .00001%

  • Traveling to Mexico for a Tooth Implant and Tacos

    Dental tourism is one of the most cheapskate aspects of neocolonialism. Every year, thousands of cheap Americans travel to Mexico to buy new teeth. I am one such cheap person.

  • Swimming with Warlords

    Nabi Gechi is a killer and a warlord, a militia commander in Afghanistan formerly paid by NATO who fights the Taliban and taxes the local population in exchange for the security he provides them. I visited him at his compound recently and went swimming with his men. Things were a…

  • The Sliding Aussie Dollar Still Holds Promise for Broke Backpackers

    When I was travelling I met many Australians and every time I mentioned that I’d always been interested in coming over they took it as an opportunity to brag about how well they’d made it through the Global Financial Crisis

  • Malibu

    We sat in the recliners. I ate the cheesecake and my uncle ate the carrot cake. We watched the end of a movie called While You Were Sleeping. Then my uncle emptied his colostomy bag, while I sent that cheesecake down the toilet. I drank some coffee and went back to the toi…

  • The Mexico City Barrio Giuliani Couldn't Conquer

    A decade after Rudy Giuliani was asked for advice on how to clean up Mexico City, his recommendations have borne some fruit. Now you can walk the streets of the historic center at night and find trendy bars inhabited by turistas, hipsters, and local chilangos alike…

  • Riding the Bitcoin Bubble in Panama

    I flew from San Francisco to Panama City with less than $200 in my bank account. But I didn't worry about my lack of funds, because I had a stockpile of bitcoins that could support the high life down south.

  • Searching for Forrest Fenn's Gold

    In 2010, cancer-stricken millionaire Forrest Fenn buried a chest containing three million dollars worth of treasure somewhere in the mountains north of Santa Fe. Clues to the chest’s whereabouts are hidden in the text of a memoir and poem he published that same year. Thousands ha…