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The Bearable Lightness of Being: How Germans Are Learning to Like Themselves

Christine Meier, 61, sits in a beach chair in her bikini on the German island of Sylt. She's seen all but one of the matches at this year's football World Cup, having watched most of them at her…
PUBLISHED: July 17, 2014
LENGTH: 7 minutes (1869 words)

The Rio the World Cup didn't show

Editor's note: This story contains strong language. Wright Thompson delves into the complicated soul of Brazil in search of a true reality. RIO DE JANEIRO -- There's shit in the water. Two days after…
LENGTH: 12 minutes (3037 words)

The Strangest Sport No One Knows

Athletes perform 90-second routines packed with intricate skill combinations as a panel of three judges assesses each competitor’s speed, grace, and difficulty on one of the sport’s…
PUBLISHED: July 11, 2014
LENGTH: 1 minutes (423 words)

Lance Armstrong's Life in Exile Does Not Look Pretty

Published in the August 2014 issue Here in purgatory, the mansion is smaller, but the wine cellar, paneled in rich mahogany and stocked with thousands of bottles, is truly magnificent. The TV will go…
LENGTH: 33 minutes (8328 words)

National Defense

On June 12th, the United States men’s national soccer team faces England, in Rustenburg, South Africa, in a match that is expected to draw one of the largest audiences in the history of televised…
PUBLISHED: June 7, 2010
LENGTH: 22 minutes (5718 words)

Sixty-Nine Days

The San José Mine is situated inside a round, rocky, and lifeless mountain in the Atacama Desert, in Chile. Once every dozen years or so, a storm system sweeps across the desert, dropping a torrent…
PUBLISHED: July 7, 2014
LENGTH: 4 minutes (1086 words)

Why Brazil Is Actually Winning The Internet

BuzzFeed In 2004, the same year Facebook launched at Harvard, Google launched a social network called Orkut that changed internet history — at least in Brazil.John Perry Barlow, founder of the Elect
LENGTH: 19 minutes (4813 words)

The Story of Thaksin Shinawatra

The man who came closest to persuading me of the virtue of toppling a democratically elected government was a former investment banker and English public schoolboy called Korn Chatikavanij. All the…
LENGTH: 13 minutes (3322 words)

The World Cup of Dirty Dreams: Inside Brazil's Most Infamous Brothel

Felipe Dana/AP After four years of tending bar at Centaurus, the most elite brothel in t
PUBLISHED: June 26, 2014
LENGTH: 8 minutes (2117 words)