Matt Shea

  • Reddit Wants the Boston Bomber's Blood

    Only one day after the Boston bombings, a subreddit was formed to collate and analyze photos of the crime scene, expanding to more than 3,000 users in less than half a day. We spoke to Rather_Confused, one of the subreddit's mods, to get a feel for...

  • Berliners Are Waging a War Against Gentrification

    It’s been 23 years since the Berlin Wall was demolished, and now the bulldozers are back. But this time, no one’s clapping. When word got out that a developer was planning to build a luxury apartment complex right on top of the preserved section of the...

  • I Tattooed Porn Websites on My Face So My Kids Wouldn't Starve

    In 1990, Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web, dreaming of a future in which people everywhere could bask in the glory of an interconnected global world. Two decades later, a man had the URLs of multiple porn websites tattooed on his face...

  • Bulletproof Kids

    In December, the massacre at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, threw the country into a deep depression, followed by a fiery debate about guns. Companies hawking children’s clothes saw sales skyrocket. One of these vendors, Amendment II...

  • Scientists in Wales Have Been Sewing Kittens' Eyes Shut

    Cardiff University has been conducting a series of experiments in which they sew kittens' eyes shut from birth. As you can imagine, many people on the cat-lover's Mecca that is the internet got pretty angry about it. I decided to contact Cardiff...

  • The Raving Outlaw Biker-Druids and Their 1575-Year-Old King

    Since the 80s, King Arthur and his biker-druid followers have been protesting in support of the environment, druids' rights, and establishing open access to Stonehenge. These days, you can find him and his partner, the High Priestess, campaigning in...