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Watch Kurt Vonnegut Explain the Emotional Shape of Creative Stories

It’s impossible to quantify what, exactly, makes a good story. However, underneath most popular stories, there are only a handful of familiar story …

This Hypnotizing Illustration Depicts the Entire Known Universe

Just not to scale.<p>What is it like to gaze through a telescope into the heavens? It's a little something like this illustration, which shows the entire observable universe arranged from most distant in the outer part of the circle to our own solar system in the center.<p>It's not a map, but rather a …

Science can help you beat writer’s block

Lots of people want to write—but many find the process of actually getting words on the page to be pure torture. As an author, journalism professor and therapist who specializes in working with writers, I can attest to the fact that it’s perfectly normal to struggle with writing. However, there’s a …

Writer's Block

How To Set Your Desk Up For The Most Productive Workday Ever

To-do list: Demolished.<p>You may have your work routine down to a science, from where you prefer to grab some quiet space to the exact time you take a lunch break. But there's one very important element you may be forgetting when it comes to success in the office: Your desk.<p>How you use your workspace …

Happiness

An Illustrated Tribute to Lemmy Kilmister

We put together 13 illustrations by various artists to honor the late, great Motörhead founder, who died Monday.<p>Lemmy's 70th birthday was a few days ago. I remember thinking, <i>Wow, I can't believe Lemmy's 70</i>. Then four days later he was dead. Lemmy started playing rock 'n' roll in the early 60s and …

​2015 Was the Year the Literary Versus Genre War Ended

Here are 11 great books that showed how the decades-old "literary or genre" question is now history.<p>The first big literary dust-up of 2015 occurred when Kazuo Ishiguro expressed worry that some of his fans would be put off by his new novel: "Will they be prejudiced against the surface elements? Are …

Books

Science puzzles no longer so puzzling

In 2015, researchers solved some head-scratching and mind-bending puzzles.<p>Radio dinner<p>A class of odd radio bursts first detected by the Parkes …

Unintended result: Gacy probe clears 11 unrelated cold cases

His task was to solve a cruel mystery decades after a serial killer's death.<p>Sgt. Jason Moran's work began in a graveyard, his first stop in his quest to identify the eight unknown victims of John Wayne Gacy. More than 30 years had passed since Gacy had murdered 33 young men and boys; most of their …

The Life Of A Porn Star, In Black And White (NSFW)

"She is an amazing person with a big heart, and if she loves somebody, it is for real."<p><i>Warning: This post contains nudity and may not be suitable for work.</i><p>Barcelona-based photographer Katia Repina met Marta on her second week on the job. Marta was a pornographic actress and Repina was working on a …

How People Actually Fought With Swords

From <i>Gladiator</i> to <i>Braveheart</i>, most historical fiction about fighting with swords is kinda <i>wrong</i>, influenced more by performance art than how people …

The Time I Told My Grandmother I’ve Been Using Her Name to Make Porno

"I hope none of the men at the nursing home get us confused and try to put my feet behind my head. I don't bend that way anymore."<p><i>Stoya is an adult performer, writer, and master of avoiding pants. Her writing has been published by the</i> Guardian<i>, the</i> New York Times<i>, and the</i> New Inquiry<i>. She maintains</i> …

Diminutive

Is the Junk I Collected as a 90s Kid Actually Worth Money Today?

I still have heaps of pogs, Pokémon cards, and Beanie Babies clogging up my parents' closets—could my preteen hoarding habits help pay my rent?<p>``Because I'm an only child, my parents have kept my old room exactly as I left it when I was a very uncool teenager. The evidence of my formative years is …

I Spent a Whole Day Doing Online Surveys to See if They Can Actually Make You Any Money

Turns out eight hours of sitting and clicking little bubbles isn't an easy path to riches.<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE UK.</i><p>As a writer, I love to have my voice heard. It is my raison d'être, my modus operandi. But even normal people who aren't cool professional writers want others to …

Repair Damaged Baseboards Yourself Instead of Replacing Them

No matter how careful you are, baseboards are bound to get chipped and damaged by furniture legs or errant feet. Instead of finding and installing a …

How one man made hundreds of thousands of dollars playing daily fantasy sports

1/<p>Bales wakes up at around 7:30 a.m. every day and heads into the office in his Philadelphia townhouse.<p>Jonathan Bales<p>2/<p>He tracks players' stats on an …

Gluten Free Vegetarian Spring Rolls With Thai-Style Peanut Sauce

This recipe was entered in The Foodista Best of Food Blogs Cookbook contest, a compilation of the world’s best food blogs which was published in Fall …

What Happens When You Donate Your Body to Science?

It takes courage to give away the only thing that is truly yours, even if you're already dead.<p><i>Warning: some of the photos in this article are extremely graphic, so if you're made queasy by images of cadavers and cadaveric material we would suggest you proceed with caution.</i><p>Look around you. How many …

Deep Cover: What It Was Like Working as a Prison Guard at Sing Sing in the 1990s

Ted Conover discusses how little has changed in the 15 years since he infiltrated Sing Sing in order to write a book about the prison system.<p><i>This article appears in the Canadian VICE Magazine's</i> <i>October Prison Issue</i><p>I first read <i>Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing</i>, Ted Conover's account of working as a …

I Tried to Get Rich Playing Fantasy Football

I tried to get to the bottom of America's latest gambling craze and wound up losing $50.<p>I don't care much for sports or gambling, possibly because all that was ever on in my house growing up was football or World Poker Tour, and no one wants to like what their parents think is cool. My father is …

Explore 62 Popular Myths and Misconceptions With This Interactive Chart

You probably know by now that you shouldn’t believe everything you hear, but some people out there still do. This interactive chart lets you explore …

A Girl Gets Her Period And Is Banished To The Shed: #15Girls

Kamala B.K. is tiny. She's barely 5 feet tall. A bright red ribbon sets off her dark hair.<p>As she walks past our guesthouse in the village of Thankot, we try to get her to come over and talk to us. But the 14-year-old won't come over to the porch.<p>This story is part of our <b>#15Girls series</b>, profiling …

Women's News

Inside Canada's Arctic Prison

Yellowknife photographer Pat Kane had the rare opportunity to visit the North Slave Correctional Centre in the Northwest Territories. Here's what he saw.<p><i>This article appears in the Canadian VICE Magazine's</i> <i>October Prison Issue</i><p>The third floor of the Northwest Territories' largest jail smelled …

Crime

This Magnet Can Change Your Faith in God

What if belief in God and prejudice against immigrants could be altered by magnetic energy?<p>That’s the question researchers sought to explore in a …

Have We Detected Megastructures Built By Aliens Around A Distant Star?

Or just a cloud of comets? Scientists want to investigate further<p>The Kepler space telescope's job is to find faraway planets that could potentially support life. But as <i>The Atlantic</i> reports, scientists are exploring the possibility that the telescope may have detected something even more …

Build The James Bond Body

James Bond epitomizes “cool.”<p>He’s the consummate gentleman. He’s calm under pressure. (That’s an understatement, by the way.) And he’s one a good-looking dude.<p>But let’s a take a second to breakdown the “James Bond” physique:<p>Does he have massive biceps? No.<p>Does he bench 300lbs? Hell no.<p>Yet does he …

Exercise

The Inside Story of How Nickelodeon's 'Angry Beavers' Nearly Ended by Making the Main Characters Realize They Were Going to Die

"Bye Bye, Beavers" forced Daggett and Norbert to confront the reality that they were cartoon characters, and that they were about to be cancelled.<p>In 2001, Nickelodeon's slapstick cartoon series <i>The</i><i>Angry Beavers</i> was facing cancellation after four seasons on the air. "We were significantly over …

What It's Like To Take Photos Of A Dying Man

For more than 10 years, disease had slowly eaten away at He Quangui's lungs, leaving him, for the most part, bedridden.<p>But He was no smoker — he was a Chinese gold miner. He was stricken with silicosis, a respiratory illness caused by inhaling silica dust. An estimated 6 million Chinese miners …

Did Avril Lavigne Die in 2003?: An Internet Conspiracy, Explained

“Hi fellow Avril Rangers”: This is the innocuous beginning to what is, perhaps, the best written statement on Canadian pop-punk Nickelback divorcee …

The Dumbest Tattoos Canada’s Top Artists Have Been Asked to Ink

From butterfly wings around vaginas to four-leaf clovers on some dude's junk—these artists have seen it all.<p>On the inside of my left forearm is a signature of a West LA battle rapper named Dumbfoundead. After seeing him live in Toronto and shooting the shit with him for a few minutes after the …