• Buying Condoms in Pakistan Is Hard

    In a country where consensual sex outside of marriage is illegal—even if 80 percent of Pakistan's general stores sell condoms and 12 percent of married couples used it as their primary contraception—they aren't necessarily easy to purchase.

  • I Went to California's Post-Apocalyptic Beach Town

    The Salton Sea, California's largest lake by volume, exists by accident. It was created after a rain caused the Colorado River to burst through the banks of an irrigation canal. The sea quickly became something of an ecological nightmare soup, with a shoreline littered with thous…

  • I Went to a Pokémon Musical

    I figured I'd be experiencing off-key voices, patchy dialogue, and terrible dance moves. I was prepared for a room of sweaty nerds resting solely on their references. But this was actually a terrific night of theater magic.

  • Fringes

    Heroin Holiday - Trailer

    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…

  • I Grew Up in a Trailer Park in the Everglades

    One time, a Local Boy Bludgeoned His Father to Death with a Baseball Bat

  • There’s No God in Antarctica

    There's No Morgan Freeman Either

  • The American Filmmaker Who Became a Freedom Fighter in Libya

    In 2008, Matthew VanDyke set off on a three-year motorcycle expedition around North Africa and the Middle East. He popped into bin Laden's old home, went to cockfights in Iraq, visited mausoleums in Afghanistan, and generally had a pretty nice time from the sounds of it.

  • The VICE Guide to Travel

    Human Safari

    Tourists on India's Andaman Islands are taken by the busload to watch the Jarawa tribe go about their daily lives. The Jarawa are treated like animals in a safari park, with large signs urging visitors not to feed them or give them clothing.

  • Why Is There a Photo of R-Patz in the Cuban Revolution Museum?

    The Cuban Revolution Museum in Havana, housed in the former presidential palace, is still pockmarked with numerous bullet holes and packed with propaganda lauding Castro's Communist regime. Strangely, there is also a large picture of Twilight star and teenage-girl-exciter

  • Buying and Selling the Past at Tbilisi's Dry Bridge

    You used to be able to get anything at the Dry Bridge Market, back when the upper classes were fleeing the country in the wake of the collapse of the USSR and were desperate to sell their possessions. But these days, most of the people at the market are tourists.

  • How to Work Hard and Not Pay Taxes

    A recent study revealed that about $2 trillion of unreported earnings is passing through the United States' underground economy. From gardeners to mechanics to dog walkers and construction workers, more and more Americans are working for cash and keeping their earnings secret fro…

  • Just Before Dawn at a Berlin Swinger Club

    A few hours after making a boozy decision to go to a club for swingers called Zwanglos III I found myself being pressed up against a bar by a half-naked overweight woman who had taken a fancy to me. So my night was going pretty OK, in other words.

  • Syria's 'Ministry of Tourism' Is Still a Thing

    There's perhaps no better testament to the delusional nature of the Assad regime than its dedication to promoting the country's tourism sector in the face of all-out war. As recently as last week SyriaTourism.org directed foreign visitors to the finest ruins, restaurants, beaches…

  • 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…