• Comic-Con Parties Are Where Nerds Go to Feel Sexy

    Comic-Con used to be a place to buy old comics and a nexus for the entire sci-fi/fantasy nerd culture. San Diego was one of the few places where a nerd could comfortably walk around town dressed like Mr. Spock without catching weird glances. Now, it's a five-day costumed orgy.

  • High Dives and Manicures at Saddam's Presidential Palace

    One morning in Iraq in 2003, our battalion chaplain came to our small firebase in Baghdad and told us that he had to go to one of Saddam’s palaces for meetings and wanted to take a couple of infantry squads with him so we could enjoy the facilities. He said there was a big pool a…

  • Afghanistan's Great Wall of Bones

    The wall’s creation story is a dark one. King Zamburak in the sixth century was said to have been a brutal monarch, forcing all his male subjects to work on the wall, which runs along the Sher Darwaza mountains. Those who refused were said to have been killed on the spot, their b…

  • Cleveland's Streets of Fire

    When the media talks about the City of Cleveland, it's always a negative narrative. But despite the bad rap, Cleveland is actually an incredible place, which is why photographer Peter Larson calls the city his home. In this selection, Peter captured an annual Fourth of July celeb…

  • The Barbie Dream House Experience Is the Scariest Place on Earth

    The Sawgrass Mills Mall is the second-biggest tourist attraction in Florida after Walt Disney World. Built in the shape of an alligator, the Everglades-themed outlet shopping just happens to be home to the dizzying and terrifying life-size Barbie doll house, known to the world as…

  • An Open Letter to the Most Factually Incorrect Museum in America

    Dear Guinness World Record Museum, I recently visited your Los Angeles location. I was not impressed by what I saw. It's not just that your museum was generally shitty, boring, and broken-down. There was a much larger problem than that. All of your world records appear to be, ahe…

  • The VICE Guide to Travel

    Blood Sacrifice in Sumba - Part 1

    Sumba is an island in the Indonesian archipelago that has been cut off from the rest of the world for so long that its ancient traditions survive to this day. It is the setting for annual ritual battles called Pasola in February and March. The Pasola is a fight between rival clan…

  • The VICE Guide to Travel

    Blood Sacrifice in Sumba - Trailer

    Sumba is an island the size of Jamaica in the Indonesian archipelago that has been cut off from the rest of the world for so long that its ancient animistic traditions survive to this day. It is the setting for ritual battles called Pasola which take place every year in February

  • 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…