Volume 20 Issue 8

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Prison Pit

In a rancid, sweltering prison yard ringed by a high wall topped with barbed wire sat three cages. They stood about 12 feet wide and 15 feet tall—each crammed with more than 30 human bodies.
Giles Clarke
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Wave of Immolation

It's not every day that you meet someone who has set himself on fire. One reason for this is because it's pretty much the most awful and insane thing imaginable. On a recent trip to Bulgaria, I met not one but two people who had survived suicide...
Wes Enzinna

The Ghost Rapes of Bolivia

For a while, the residents of Manitoba Colony thought demons were raping the town's women. There was no other way of explaining how a woman could wake up with blood and semen stains smeared across her sheets and no memory of the previous night.
Jean Friedman-Rudovsky
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We are pleased to present to you a new short story by Barry Gifford, one of the shrewdest and most authentically American authors to ever put words on a page. This short and sweet one is from his forthcoming collection The Roy Stories. It's...
Barry Gifford
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Show Us Your Pit Stains

It’s the dog days of summer, but not everyone is in the Hamptons cranking the AC... Some of us have to work. Every August, VICE checks out the most awesome pit stains on the sweaty, hardworking men and women of New York City to find the most beautiful...
Bob Odenkirk
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E.T. On the Street

E.T. was roaming the street robbing homies, when he ran into a dealer and asked him for Reece's Pieces. It didn't end well, but you probably already know that, because this is Johnny Ryan's page, not some 1980s Steven Spielberg kids movie.
Johnny Ryan
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Music Reviews

This month around VICE junction, the heavy and weird stuff ruled, and the normal crap and rap music drooled. There are exceptions, of course; A$AP Ferg’s 'Trap Lord' is great; meanwhile, the faster we eradicate Norma Jean from the face of the Earth...
VICE Staff
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How Do You Kill Giant Cats? Get Some Giant Dogs

The animals in Australia’s Northern Territory tend to be bigger than wildlife elsewhere, so when reports emerged that thousands of feral cats, weighing up to 45 pounds, were roaming around and tearing apart anything smaller than them, it wasn’t exactly...
Wendy Syfret
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The Nine-Year-Old Romanian Strongman and His Pissed-off Dad

Giuliano Stroe is probably the strongest nine-year-old on the planet. The Romanian boy started lifting weights when he was two and has set world records for doing push-ups without letting his feet touch the ground, along the way acquiring about 15,00...
Mihai Popescu
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Sweden’s Shitty Sewage-Sludge Debate

Using sludge to grow crops has dredged up a lot of controversy in Sweden. Some studies in the US have shown that people who live near land fertilized by sludge have suffered symptoms like burning in their eyes and rashes, and cancer.
Caisa Ederyd
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"Motorola Queen"

Here are the lyrics to the long-lost classic “Motorola Queen” by the completely unknown white 80s hip-hop artist, Rat Tail, whose current whereabouts are unknown. It was transcribed from a cassette tape discovered last November, wrapped in a ball of...
Brett Gelman
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What's the Frequency, Iasos?

If you’ve ever had a near-death experience, chances are you’ve been fortunate enough—depending on how you look at it—to hear music that sounds identical to the blissed-out tones produced by the mononymous minstrel Iasos.
Words by Piers Martin; Ilustrations by Jiro Bevis