Rick Paulas

tech

Niche Dating Sites Are Making People Dumber

The problem with matching two people who believe that lizard people control the world's currency from the sewers of L.A. is that they could have kids who will carry on their batshit ideas.
Rick Paulas
7.29.16
Travel

I've Spent More Than 300 Hours in the Deep-Sea Twilight Zone

When you're in the Twilight Zone, it's incredible because everything you see is something that has never been seen before. But you have to be careful, because it's very easy to die at that depth.
Dr. Luiz Rocha as-told-to Rick Paulas
7.11.16
Stuff

The Weird and Fraudulent World of Catholic Relics

For centuries, some Christians have venerated the bodies and possessions of saints, but more often than not, there's no way to tell whether something is St. Peter's skull or a really old potato.
Rick Paulas
3.4.15
Film

You Should Watch the Seven-Hour Hungarian Film 'Sátántangó' Right Now

Bala Tarr's black-and-white opus is looooong, but it's also a masterpiece that unfolds like a series of perfectly composed paintings.
VICE Staff
2.17.15
Stuff

The Power Team Was the Bloody, Evangelical Freakshow That Ruled the 80s

They bent steel and smashed concrete with their skulls while preaching the word of Christ to massive audiences. Two decades later, the group was bankrupt.
Rick Paulas
2.4.15
Stuff

Do Mormons Care About Joseph Smith's 40 Wives?

This year the LDS church released a series of essays that quietly acknowledged some of the more sordid bits of Mormon history, including the religion's founder's polygamy.
Rick Paulas
12.29.14
tech

A Tour of the Long-Lost Internet Churches of the Web 1.0 Days

I revisited the sacred relics of the days when GeoCities pages roamed the land.
Rick Paulas
12.17.14
Stuff

This Dude Started His Own Cult

"It's a group performance where everyone's a player," says Christopher Allman, the creator and leader of the People of Ieya.
Rick Paulas
12.10.14
Stuff

This Guy Thinks Danny DeVito Is the Antichrist

William Tapley, self-proclaimed "Third Eagle of the Apocalypse" and "Co-Prophet of the End Times," thinks the guy who played the Penguin is going to bring about the Apocalypse.
Rick Paulas
11.24.14
Stuff

Catholics Are Going to Freak When We Find Aliens

What would happen to the world's religions if we made contact with alien life? I asked Dr. David A. Weintraub, an astronomer at Vanderbilt University who's been trying to get to the bottom of that question.
Rick Paulas
11.18.14
Stuff

Can an Open-Source Religion Work?

The internet is democratizing everything. CNN is being swapped out for Twitter. Pirate Bay is being used in place of cable. Now, it's finally impacting religion with Syntheism, the first “open-source” faith.
Rick Paulas
10.28.14