Welcome to the first installment of "16," a BuzzFeed News series about ordinary people at the weirdest age. Meet an Atlanta teenager with trichotillomania who's trying to be more than the girl in class who pulls her hair out.
For three friends in Texas, partying until morning with Kendrick Lamar, Lil Wayne, and A$AP Rocky is merely an occupational hazard.
For many victims who want to publicly tell their stories, anonymity for themselves or their assailants seems like the safe, smart decision. But as recent cases have shown, anonymity is no guarantee of protection from an increasingly hostile internet.
Where terrorism succeeds, parents have a hard time recognizing their own children. BuzzFeed News' Jina Moore reports from Nairobi, Kenya.
This week for BuzzFeed News, Freda Moon and Tim Stelloh shed new light on a decades-old case of corruption, murder, and mystery. Read that and these other great stories from around the web.
On the morning of July 4, 1993, a Connecticut bodega owner named Eugenio "Gene" DeLeon Vega was found murdered. Two men were tried and convicted, but that was just the beginning. Part 4 of a four-part look at a case that has baffled and frustrated for over 20 years.
On the morning of July 4, 1993, a Connecticut bodega owner named Eugenio "Gene" DeLeon Vega was found murdered. Two men were tried and convicted, but that was just the beginning. Part 3 of a four-part look at a case that has baffled and frustrated for over 20 years.
On the morning of July 4, 1993, a Connecticut bodega owner named Eugenio "Gene" DeLeon Vega was found murdered. Two men were tried and convicted, but that was just the beginning. Part 2 of a four-part look at a case that has baffled and frustrated for over 20 years.
On the morning of July 4, 1993, a Connecticut bodega owner named Eugenio "Gene" DeLeon Vega was found murdered. Two men were tried and convicted, but that was just the beginning. Part 1 of a four-part look at a case that has baffled and frustrated for over 20 years.
Ronald Taylor and George Gould were jailed for murdering a New Haven bodega owner in 1993. They were exonerated thanks to the efforts of a cop-turned-private investigator, only to be ordered back to prison — along with the investigator himself. And in the middle of it all were the victim’s troubled son and a heroin addict whose changing testimony has been the most mysterious part of a case that has baffled and infuriated for over 20 years.
El marido de mi madre me confesó que cuando era adolescente me espiaba en mi habitación y en el baño. Resolver la manera de relacionarme con él (y con mi madre) fue traumático, aunque ellos no lo consideran abuso sexual.
This week for BuzzFeed News, Kayleen Schaefer pulls back the covers on the surprisingly trendy world of mattress startups. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed News and around the web.
In this excerpt from The Brothers: The Road to an American Tragedy, journalist Masha Gessen recounts the Boston Marathon bombing’s immediate aftermath through the eyes of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s friends and classmates as they came to realize who was responsible.
After 10 years on Friends, Perry could have chosen to do whatever he wanted — but what he's always wanted is to work. With his reboot of The Odd Couple, the actor seems finally to have found the right role.
It's been eight years since Modest Mouse's last album, and 11 since they found unlikely mainstream success. For frontman Isaac Brock, that's a very long time to stew and think about what he's done.
This really weird thing happened to me. Then it got even weirder. Then it turned insane. Do I have a story for you. [This is the epic continuation of "How I Became a Minor Celebrity in China."]
Casper leads a new crowd of startups in the $14 billion mattress industry, trying to turn the most utilitarian of purchases into a quirky, shareable adventure. Wake up to the new world of selling the fundane.
This week for BuzzFeed News, Albert Samaha explores how, for those exonerated from prison, living free doesn't necessarily mean living easy. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed News and around the web.
Scores of former convicts are exonerated every year, and the number is growing. But for Clarence Harrison and many others, walking out of the pen with a clear name and cash for all the years lost doesn't mean living happily ever after.
Nací en Veracruz pero llegué a Chicago cuando tenía solo un año y medio. Siempre supe que el lugar que yo considero mi casa piensa que soy extranjero. Este es mi relato de cuando visité la Exposición de Seguridad en la Frontera de 2014, donde hay una industria militar en auge que apunta a gente como yo.
After two decades together, Jim Obergefell and John Arthur married in 2013, as Arthur was dying from ALS. Ohio doesn't recognize their marriage. Next month, the Supreme Court will decide if it must.
ISIS has deployed IEDs — the homemade bombs that wreaked havoc on U.S. troops — on an unprecedented scale in its fight for Iraq. In the midst of wide-ranging offensives to roll the militants back, men with little training and few supplies work to dispatch the explosives, regularly losing their lives. Mike Giglio reports from key fronts across Iraq.
My entire life was shaped by violence, so I wanted to end it violently. But I didn't — thanks to overcoming the stigma surrounding African-Americans and depression, and to building a community on Twitter.
This week for BuzzFeed News, David Kushner chronicles the meandering, mysterious tale of Matt DeHart. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed News and around the web.
The government says Matt DeHart is an online child predator. He says that's a ruse created because he discovered shocking CIA secrets and claims he was tortured by federal agents. The only thing that’s clear is that he’s in deep trouble.
Scottish, Cornish, Welsh, Orcadian — Brits hailing from specific regions of the country have telltale genetic signatures, finds a groundbreaking new study. This gush of DNA data offers a time-machine ride through the history of Britain.
This week for BuzzFeed News, Ken Bensinger profiles black America's favorite white comedian. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed News and around the web.
A household name to black audiences and completely unknown to white audiences, this blond, blue-eyed stand-up from Ohio has a career wholly unlike that of anyone before him. But will his attempts to bridge the gap cost him all that he's built?
Over a decade ago, MC Jin was signed to Ruff Ryders, the first Chinese-American rapper to approach mainstream success, only to vanish from the scene as quickly as he arrived. Now, after becoming an unlikely star in Hong Kong and overcoming stereotypes he helped promote, he's attempting a comeback — but is anyone listening?
Oswaldo Cabrera says he was crusading for the rights of undocumented immigrants. Many of the people he was supposed to be helping say he was just taking their money.
Residents of a Bay Area town wonder how one police officer could gun down three men in five months and earn a promotion.
This week for BuzzFeed News, Anne Helen Petersen takes a hike with comedian Nick Kroll. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed News and around the web.
Comics work their whole careers to land their own successful, acclaimed, eponymous Comedy Central sketch show. But after three seasons, and with his show at its creative and commercial peak, Nick Kroll is leaving it all behind for destinations unknown — because he can.
A Michigan surgeon invented an apparatus that he believes tricks the brain into thinking the stomach is full. His Full Sense Device could be a lifesaver for millions of obese Americans and raises questions about how hunger — our most basic human impulse — even works.
This week for BuzzFeed News, Joel Oliphint discovers how one simple device could change our understanding of hunger and the way physicians treat obesity. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed News and around the web.
Long before Ben Carson was a champion to social conservatives and an anathema to liberals, he was a legendary neurosurgeon and an icon of black triumph. Will his turn to politics destroy his legacy?
After a lifetime struggling with disordered eating, I’m still figuring out how to have a healthy relationship with my body and what I feed it.
As a fat woman myself, I'm still struggling with how I feel about it.
Flibanserin, a drug that revs up women’s sex drives, has been battling for five years to get the FDA’s stamp of approval. Some feminists say flibanserin is a victory for women’s rights, but scientists question whether the drug really works.
Soon after we fell in love, my boyfriend was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. Over the course of the next year and a half, we learned what we could — and couldn't — control.